Welcome to Dust or Magic

  •  “An idea can become dust or magic depending upon the talent that rubs against it.” (Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉), from the forward of the book by Bob Hughes with modifications by Roger Wagner)


    NOVEMBER 2-4, 2014  –  The 14th Annual Dust or Magic Institute at the newly designed Inn at Lambertville Station, Lambertville, NJ.
    Details: http://dustormagic.com/institute/
    Register:  http://dustormagic.com/institute/register/

    All Dust or Magic Events share similar objectives:


    • To familiarize you with the key products of the year and to point out strengths and weaknesses.
    • To contribute to your personal definition of “dust” and “magic.”
    • To provide a review of the fundamental theories of child development in the context of emerging technologies such as multi-touch screens, physical computing, 3D and movement based interfaces.
    • To give you access to a library of current products for a hands-on experience.
    • To provide critical, honest, fair and open demonstrations of this year’s products, with room for discussion.
    • To help students of interactive design earn credit.
    • To provide an overview of the elements of successful design.
    • To help you meet and learn from others who are passionate about exploring the potential of interactive media for children.
    • To provide a comfortable, structured, relaxing experience.

    “Child development remains constant even as the context shifts wildly.”
    - David Kleeman


    Dust or Magic is produced by Children’s Technology Review. It has no affiliation with any hardware or software company; it is supported solely by registration fees. Read more about Dust or Magic’s history here.


  • Conference testimonials


    • Sanj KharbandaVP Digital Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dust or Magic Hurrican Edition

      Unique, inspiring, eye-opening. I would recommend anyone involved in the interactive space for kids to attend at least one. Thank you to everyone for sharing and being an inspiration.

    • Roby JohnCEO, TapToLearn, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      Thanks for a great first Dust or Magic. Made it totally worth flying all the way in from Mumbai.

    • Valerie ConnellDust or Magic 2010

      Top Notch conference with A-list attendees - a pleasure to be included with the best of the best!

    • Kate WilsonNosy Crow, Dust or Magic 2011

      Relevant, invigorating and mind expanding: a great event. Warren's energetic, warm and informal style of communication and facilitation is key.

    • Ann My ThaiThe Joan Ganz Cooney Center, AppCamp 2010

      I don't know if it was the beautiful setting or the brain trust that participated, or the obvious love and care that was invested in the event, but there was a true sense of community and support here. Exactly what you need if you are just entering this space and want to succeed. Thank you!

    • Krista MarksDust or Magic 2011

      The best part is "the inspiration that comes from being with a group of like minded, passionate, talented humans".

    • Jens Peter de PedroPlay Designer, Toca Boca, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      If you are in Children's Interactive Media it's like coming to Church. You got to go for spiritual reasons. And it's only once a year!

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