Conferences and Key Events for Children's Interactive Media Designers
Updated September 2013

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September 18, 2013 Digital Kids EDU San Francisco produced by Austin-based Engage Digital.

September 19, 2013 Digital Kids Summit San Francisco produced by Austin-based Engage Digital

November 3-5, 2013 The 13th Annual Dust or Magic Institute in Lambertville, NJ

November 20-23 NAEYC in Washington DC

January 8, 2014 Kids @ Play, Las Vegas, Nevada
What is it? A 1/2 day series of talks and panels given on Saturday during the annual Consumer Electronic's Show (CES). Created by Robin Raskin as part of Living in Digital Times. Warren Buckleitner and Robin Raskin design the agenda. The KAPi Awards are given at a Friday night gala in the Fashion Center. Wear your LED tux. Free to registered CES attendees.

February 9-12, Kidscreen, Hilton, New York City
What is it? Linear media creators meet at the Hilton. Includes iKids -- a one day set of meetings dealing specifically on the making and selling of children's apps.

February 16-19, Toy Fair, Javits Convention Center, New York City
What is it? A huge trade show that deals with all sorts of toys. You can find plenty of technology tucked inside toy creators like Educational Insights, Ty (Beanie Babies), Ganz (Webkinz) and LEGO. There's a section of booths that deal with technology where you can find robots and software. Contact Jackie Retzer; 646.454.5587 or Stacy Leistner; 646.520.4858

February 18-19, Digital Kids Conference at Toy Fair covers the business of making digital toys, games and media services for kids. Produced by Austin-based Engage Digital.

March 7-16 South by Southwest in Austin Texas

March 17-21, 2014, Game Developers Conference, Moscone Center, San Francisco. A large gathering of game designers, with an excellent selection of workshops on components of game design. Includes a Serious Games track.

March 24-27, 2014, Bologna Children's Book Fair, Bologna Italy. The world's largest and oldest children's publishing event; going strong after 50+ years.

March 24-25, 2014, Sandbox Summit, MIT, Cambridge, MA
What is it? Parents' Choice Foundation and MIT Comparative Media Studies partner for the 5th annual conference which is always "star studded and fun filled." Contact Claire Green: or Wendy Smolen:

April 1-3, 2014, Early Education and Technology for Children (EETC), Salt Lake City, UT
What is it? Created by the Waterford Institute, the EETC is an annual meeting place for presenting and discussing research and developments in the areas of preschool and elementary education. Topics include research and design of educational tools, learning theories for early education, and educational technology.

April 27-29, 2013, Dust or Magic eBook Retreat at Honesdale PA

June 1-2, 2014 Fred Forward. An invitation only conference about young children and technology.

June 8-9, 2014 Dust or Magic AppCamp in a NEW LOCATION, at the Marconi Conference Center in Marshall California What is it? The annual meeting of children's app inventors and designers in Monterrey CA. Details at

June 10-14, E3 Expo, Los Angeles, CA at the Los Angeles Convention Center

November 4-6 Dust or Magic, Lambervtille, NJ. The 14th Annual Dust or Magic Institute, in the original location.

AEP's Content in Context (CIC), Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC
The AEP always puts on a well organized, valuable experience.

InPlay, Toronto, Canada
What is it? A meeting of children's interactive developers with panels and exhibits.

Games for Health, Boston, MA
What is it? Part of "Games Beyond Entertainment" week, with tracks for exergaming, games in rehab and other areas. More information at

ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Vancouver BC
Child Computer Interaction is a new Featured Community for CHI 2011. It is a place for contributions where a method or a design is proposed that is especially suited to children and that could not sensibly be easily adapted for adults. Chairs are Janet Read, Panos Markopoulos and Allison Druin.