Interaction Design and Children Conference 2013
Sesame workshop and the new school

Conference: June 24-27, 2013
Hands-on Design Activities: June 23, 2013 (optional and open to the public)



The New School and Sesame Workshop host the 12th annual international Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference, which brings 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. IDC 2013 offers a wide-ranging program that supports and facilitates the exchange of ideas within and between these diverse communities, with a special emphasis on supporting interaction and impact for children in at-risk and marginalized populations. Panels include The Google Experience for Young Users and a discussion of Seymour Papert's research on child-computer interaction. More information at


Noon - 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 23 (Hands-On Design Activities)
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday, June 24 (Full day of workshops; Evening Welcome Reception at 5:30 p.m.)
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 25 (Paper sessions and Keynote Address; Evening Reception at 7:30 p.m.)
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 26 (Workshops and paper sessions; Evening Reception at 7:00 p.m.)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Thursday, June 27 (Panels and paper sessions; Evening Closing Reception at 5:30 p.m.)


David Monina Sengeh, MIT Media Lab; Opening Keynote Speaker
Sesame Street’s Bert, Welcome Evening Host
H. Melvin Ming, Sesame Workshop CEO and President; Welcome Evening Speaker

Nitin Sawhney (The New School), Emily Reardon (Sesame Workshop), and Juan Pablo (Hourcade - University of Iowa), Conference Co-Chairs


The New School, 66 West 12th Street.

In addition, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, certain additional Hands-On Design Activities and the June 26 Evening Reception will be held at The New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St, Queens, NY. See for details.


Conference and individual event tickets are required and available for purchase on site during the event.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence. Learn more at


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Media Contact:

Sam Biederman, Associate Director of University Communications

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