About the Annual Children’s App Developer Huddle: AKA “AppFest”
Not to be confused with “AppCamp.” This is the warmup act for AppCamp — the 2 day meeting at Asilomar.
THE BACK STORY: We’ve now hosted six Dust or Magic AppCamps on the west coast, but the cost to attend this two-day sleepover is out of reach for many small app publishers.
In addition, many children’s app publishers have children (who would’a figured) which means they’re double-busy, broke, and the children are less-than-welcome when adults want to concentrate. But children are at the core of our work. It is the child’s finger that determines if an app lives or dies.
We think that it’s important to start an intense meeting about children’s apps with an immersion in “child reality.”
That’s why we started the Dust or Magic Children’s AppFest. AppFest will be the day before AppCamp in a developer-friendly place known as the co.lab. The space can comfortably hold 80 adults (not counting kids), however you must register in advance in order to get in. Here are the details:
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WHEN: The 7th Annual Children’s AppFest took place Saturday, May 21 2016 from 3 – 6 PM
WHERE: Co.lab, 699 8th Street San Francisco, CA. Co.lab is an incubator where many successful children’s technology publishers have started.
WHO: AppFest is a cooperative effort between the SVKAG (Silicon Valley Kids Apps Group), Moms With Apps, Co.Lab and CTR/Dust or Magic. Many people helped to make this happen, especially Josh Garratt, Gabriel Adauto, Esteban Sosnik, Randy Weiner, Daren Carstens, Michael Colombo and Lorraine Akemann.
HOW IT WORKS: This is less of a formal “conference” with panels and experts who talk at you. Instead, we think of it as a huddle.
People who want to set up a demo station, take a balloon, write the name of a title and put out a tablet. You might want to have business cards or a one page handout with some free download codes, so people can learn more about your work. This is an excellent place to get discovered, as several of the Dust or Magic speakers will be in the audience.
People (and kids) who want to get a demo look for balloons. We’ll have snacks and lots of apps; developmentally appropriate for both children and adults. Parents are responsible for their kids; and remember we are guests in this space; so help take care of it.
Throughout the day, we’ll have spotlight or demos in the conference room, where Dust or Magic AppCamp presenters can preview their talks.
3:00 Demo Stations
Open, free explorations of apps.
4:00 Demo Theater
If you want to give a demonstration, sign up on the chart (first come, first served; sign up on site). Space may be limited.
5:00 Mini Talks
Ten minute AppCamp Preview talks by Mark Schlichting (Noodleworks) and Valerie Touze (Edoki).
Space may be limited.
5:30 Hot Topics
An informal panel to discuss the topics that are shaping how children’s apps are made and sold. This will be the start of the conversations that will continue tomorrow at Asilomar.
Please help us clean up.
A FEW NOTES:
• By participating, you agree to allow you and your child to be photographed or videotaped.
• This event is $12 per adult ($free for children or registered AppCamp participants) space is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis.
TO REGISTER: You must register in advance to get into the building (including children). Use this form.