AppCamp 2015

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    Children’s app developers from ten countries will be doing demos at this year’s Dust or Magic AppCamp 6; including Brazil, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Korea, South Africa, Sweden, UK and Wisconsin.

    DETAILED AGENDA:  Who is coming; when they speak

    DATES: 5 PM Sunday (dinner), May 31 to Tuesday 1:00 PM Lunch, June 2.  Note that Children’s AppFest will be held on Saturday, May 30 from 3-6 PM at the co.lab in San Francisco. Tickets are $20 each for adults (to cover pizza); children are free and welcome.

    WHAT IS APPCAMP? Watch this overview video from 2013.

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

    REGISTRATION: Prices are $1440 for one seat; $1175 for 2-5;  $990 per seat for small publisher (pending prior approval).  Housing and food starts at $189.91/ night and up for double occupancy (same gender roommates are available by request; a process made much easier this year because of new online process). The group size is limited to 79 on a first-come, first served basis. A two night stay is required, and the housing fee includes meals and full access to the Asilimar grounds and amenities. Conference attendees are required to stay at Asilomar.


    You’ve seen ’em on YouTube. But there’s only one place to watch a Pacific Sunset with one of these amazing digital leaders… Dust or Magic AppCamp 2015

    ABOUT: Our first four AppCamps were held at Asilomar. The 2014 edition was held at the Marconi Conference center.  We are returning to Asilomar’s schedule for 2015.


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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.