• Dust or Magic AppCamp will be June 2-4, 2017


    We Now Offer a Sunday Only Option, on June 4


    Read a recap of last year’s event • See the 2017 Agenda


    General information about AppCamp:

    Three immersive days to get smart on the state of children’s digital media, in one of the most beautiful locations in the world; with talks, laser critiques and demos.

    WHERE: Asilomar Conference Center in Monterey CA. Read more about our choice for this location, in “Lessons from Asilomar.”

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    WHAT IS APPCAMP? Watch this overview video or view the 2016 Agenda.

    Please note — this year, due to Apple’s WWDC, we will be having a one-day registration option. Please check the registration form for more information.

    REGISTRATION: Prices are $1200 for one seat; $1075 for 2-5;  $990 per seat for small publishers (pending prior approval).  Housing and food starts at $208.11 per night for double occupancy, and same gender roommates are available by request. The Sunday only option is $599 per seat (though early bird rates may make the rate lower).  All materials are included. Includes one year of Pro-level access to the CTREX database (a $60 value).

    Space is limited, seats are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

    HOUSING: Conference attendees are required to stay at Asilomar.
    The per person total below are based on a 2-night stay beginning on June 2nd and includes 3 meals per day and ALL applicable fees & taxes. Meals are inclusive beginning with dinner on arrival day and ends with lunch on departure day.

    1. Single Occupancy – $623.34 ($311.68/night)
    2. Double Occupancy – $416.22 per person ($208.11/night)

    Note: If you selected the “Roommate Request – Double Occupancy” category, every attempt will be made to place you in the occupancy type room you have selected either with your requested roommate or with another suitable participant until all possible partners are housed. If Asilomar is not able to find you a roommate for some or all nights or your requested roommate does not register or registers for some nights only, the appropriate rate will be applied and you will be charged for the difference.

    Check-In Time: 4PM
    Check-Out Time: 11AM


    The total value of your reservation plus a one-time processing fee of $20 per person will be charged on the credit card provided within 24 hours of your booking.


    A full refund, less a service charge of $100 per person is given for cancellations received by May 2, 2017.  No refunds on or after May 3, 2017.



    Betty Forbes
    831.642.4219 (Monday thru Friday from 7:00AM-3:30PM PST)

    Patricia Kauffman

    831.642.4218 (Monday thru Friday from 7:30AM-4:00PM PST)

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      Sanj KharbandaVP Digital Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dust or Magic Hurricane 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."

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      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."

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      Valerie ConnellVP Product & Market Strategy, The Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic 2010

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

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      Kate WilsonFounder & Managing Director, Nosy 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."

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      Krista MarksDust or Magic 2011

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

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      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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      Scott TraylorPresident, 360KID, DM '13 Institute

      "Dust or Magic Fall is a must attend event to help increase chances of making successful children's new media products."

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      Charity GerbrandtCreative Lead, Disney Club Penguin, DM Institute '13

      "So great to share with like-minded people in a low pressure, no drama environment. Great size, space and leadership."

    • Kimberley SorensonThe Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic Highlights Foundation 2015

      "A wonderful opportunity to get down and dirty with a lot of different voices in a protected space. Inspiring + energizing on all conceivable levels -- many many thanks."

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      Jayne ClarePresident, Teachers With Apps, Dust or Magic Highlights 2015

      "Leaving with a wealth of new knowledge, friends, ideas and inspiration!"

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      Erin ReillyCreative Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC, Dust or Magic eBook Retreat 2013

      "This was just the retreat I needed to learn and to be inspired by others." 

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      Scott TraylorPresident, 360KID, DM 2002-2010

      "Come for toys, stay for friendship; leave with knowledge."

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      Jesper LodahlCEO, SmartTots, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      "Great crowd, great minds, great learning experience."

    • Hans WagnerOwner, Computer Explorers, Dust or Magic 2014

      "Just soaked in all of it. Great environment!"

    • Megan SmithSenior Designer, Interactive Media, Highlights for Children, Dust or Magic 2014

      "Warren and Daren really made everyone feel relevant and comfortable. Perfect balance of healthy criticism and ideas for growth."

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      Aleen SteinCEO, Organa, Dust or Magic 2014

      "Even though I'm not making apps right now, exciting and relevant to my life."

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      Lorraine AkemannMoms With Apps

      While there is no shortage of conferences on kids and tech, Dust or Magic stands out in the crowd. This might be because attendees are required to leave their egos at home, or cast them into the ocean until the sessions are finished.