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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."
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."
Fall Institute 2013 Agenda
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Sunday November 3
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
An informal gathering of developers and researchers who want to demonstrate work or informally share. No registration is required; this part of the agenda is open to the public. Please find Lisa or Megan to check in and pick up a guest name tag.
Location: The Lobby of the Inn at Lambertville Station in the Creekside room.
The Inn at Lambertville Staiton, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Welcome to the 13th Annual Dust or Magic in Lambertville
“The State of Children’s Interactive Media”
- The view from the front line: Android vs. iOS
- Game Consoles in 2014: What to expect for kids from the Nintendo 2DS, Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One
- Economics of iTunes and Google Play; in-app sale reality
- Lessons from Minecraft, Daniel Tiger, Candy Crush, Furby, the XO Tablet…
- Trends and news with contributions from a rare and expert audience.
Get smart fast: 5 minute overviews on this year’s dust and magic, aka “the view from 30,000 feet” by Robin Raskin, Chris Byrne, Scott Traylor and others. What will 2014 bring? What key products should be watched? What products/companies are most improved?
Welcome and Introductions. Warren Buckleitner
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Way it Was Meant to be Told: Dancing with the Mouse by Theo Gray
Walt Disney came to Hollywood in August 1923 with forty dollars, some drawing materials and a pair of trousers that didn’t match. But he also had a rare understanding of how to make magic. For two years, Theo Gray immersed himself in the archives of the Walt Disney Company to create an app called Disney Animated. He is uniquely qualified to be our tour guide, to better understand the Walt Disney process.
In this presentation, Gray will help us understand how the Disney brothers followed their magical formula based on such things as “Plausible Impossibility” — to build one of the most successful and valuable “Magical Kingdoms” in the world. As you explore the app, you learn that the Disney path to success was bumpy. Roy and Walt continually wrestled with the limits of delivering quality audio, changing platforms, screen resolutions, and the risk of loosing it all. Sound familiar?
As the creative director of Touch Press, Gray himself is a pioneer of the interactive arts; having created apps like The Elements and War Horse. He’ll offer his own point of view of how he used the iPad to tell Disney’s story, and why it was a medium suited for the job. The invention of animation a hundred years ago for the first time allowed humans to communicate long, complex stories that combine the book author’s freedom to imagine the impossible with the playwright’s medium of visual performance. Similarly, interactive apps — for the first time — can combine textual narrative with dynamic images and open-ended interactivity to tell stories in new ways. Gray’s main message: We are only just beginning to see the potential of this medium. After this presentation, you’ll be able to more accurately ask “what would Walt do?”
8:30 “Child Development 101 for the Designers of Children’s Interactive Media” by Barbara Chamberlin and by Warren Buckleitner. The 2013 edition of our crash course on child development, applied to interactive media. Bring your handout packet.
10:00 Critic’s Panel with Chris Byrne, (Time to Play Magazine), Chris Crowell (CTR), Claire Green (Parents’ Choice), Richard Gottlieb (World Congress of Play), Warren Buckleitner (CTR); Marc Prensky, Bob Author & Visionary; Bob Tedeschi, NYTimes; Moderated by Robin Raskin (Living in Digital Times).
Why does a product make your “editor’s choice” list? What products would you like to see? Which products are quickly dismissed, and why?
11:00 Demos/Appdance/Nice Touch
11:30 David Kleeman: TV Magic. Best Practices Linear Media. Are there Lessons for Interactive Media?
1:00 Ten Kids App Commandments by Jens Peter de Petro of Toca Boca.
3:00 On a Mission to Minecraft. Bus trip to Mediatech Foundation: Meet some kids, see how a public library uses technology on a shoestring; listen to a feedback from real kids.
- Introduction to the Mediatech concept
- Meet some testers
5:00 Bus leaves exactly at 5:00 PM to return to the Inn.
6:00 Dinner (on your own)
8:00 Will the real Craig Fusco lease stand up? The story of Bobo Explores Light by Bob Tedeschi
If you’re staying in the Inn, make sure you checkout of your room by 10:00 AM. It is OK to store bags in the Riverside room.
8:00 Demos/Talks (20 minutes each; a great mind attacks one topic, and we make a video for the world).
- Chip Donohue Digital Media and Early Learning: What We Know, What We Still Need to Learn, and Why It Matters to App Developers
- Benjamin Heuston What’s new at the Waterford Institute?
- Caroline Hu Flexer What’s new at DDM?
- Stephen Gass
- Claire Green: Can the skills children learn from physical toys and games transfer to digital toys and games?
11:00 Panel: What Should Daren Do? Advice for a small publisher. We’ll invite producers who have created highly regarded interactive products to talk about their successes and failures. Each can present one PPT or Keynote slide (optional). Moderated by Daren Carstens.
11:00 Scott Traylor: What have we learned?
12:20 Transbridge Bus #1 leaves to Newark Liberty, arriving 1:35 PM (for early flights). Note that departure is from the Hess Station, 5 blocks from the Inn.
1:30 Dust or Magic limo bus departs to Newark Liberty International Airport, arriving 2:45 PM
1:55 Transbridge bus departs to Newark Liberty Airport, arriving 3:15 PM
5:50 PM last Transbridge bus departs to Newark Liberty Airport, arriving 7:15 PM (departs from the Hess Station, 5 blocks from the Inn). You can buy tickets from the Valparaiso Deli, Rt 165 & Rt 518, 609-397-1116