IDC 2013

Interaction Design and Children Conference
presented by The New School and Sesame Workshop

The IDC conference’s mission is to bring together researchers, designers and educators to explore new forms of technology, design and engaged learning among children. The conference incorporates papers, presentations, speakers, workshops, participatory design experiences and discussions on how to create better interactive experiences for children. Several of the workshops will also be child-friendly. IDC 2013 will offer a wide-ranging program, supporting and facilitating the exchange of ideas within and between all of these communities, with a special emphasis on supporting interaction and impact for children in at-risk and marginalized populations.

Jeff Kasper (CUNY) and Laura Scherling (New School) of GREENSPACENYC will lead a hands-on-design activity inviting participants to co-create impromptu public art – a colorful map illustrating how New York could be re-imagined to include more artistic interventions and inventive play spaces. The activity is guided by these questions: What are current examples of play within urban space? What are strategies for incorporating play into our cities through top-down and bottom-up interventions? Why is play an integral element in the development of more sustainable communities and neighborhoods?

The workshop will be followed by a presentation from LEED certified Architect Andrew Haner, Urban Planner/Educator Mike Ernst, and Artist/Technologist Jeff Maki.