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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 2014
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Announcing the 14th Annual Dust or Magic Fall Institute
WHEN: Nov. 2-4, 2014, 2:00 PM Sunday through 1:30 PM Tuesday
WHAT: A group of reviewers, designers and researchers meet to review the past year in children’s interactive media, as well as the latest research, writing and trends. The three day event—equivalent to a graduate level course—includes sessions on child development applied to interactive media, plus demos, critiques, testing and brainstorming sessions. View 2014 agenda. Read 40 Products to Ponder that will drive the discussion this year.
WHO: Speakers are selected based on the recent products, books or research that they publish.
WHERE: The Inn at Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ. This is the location of the “original” 2002 event and the agenda follows a similar path.
TRAVEL: We provide transportation to and from Newark Liberty airport (EWR), which is 90 minutes from The Inn at Lamberville Station. We are 1 hour from Philadelphia, and a short distance from Trenton. Lambertville is on the commuter bus route to and from Port Authority in New York City; for easy access from all points on the east coast of the USA. The best airport is Newark Liberty (EWR). For more logistics, click here.
COSTS: $1480 for one seat, $990 each for 2 or more. Registration fee includes meals (except dinner Monday night), handouts, materials and a ride to/from Newark airport. Rooms at the Inn cost $138/night. Register now using this form. Don’t delay, space is limited and we’ve sold out every year.
Dust or Magic has no sponsors or affiliation with Apple, Google, Microsoft or any other hardware or software publisher. Costs are covered by registration fees.
(used with permission from the final evaluation form).
Sanj Kharbanda Sanj Kharbanda VP 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."
Roby John Roby John CEO, 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 Connell Valerie Connell VP 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!"
Kate Wilson Kate Wilson Founder & 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."
Krista Marks Krista Marks Dust 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 Pedro Jens Peter de Pedro Play 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!"
Scott Traylor Scott Traylor President, 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."
Charity Gerbrandt Charity Gerbrandt Creative 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 Sorenson Kimberley Sorenson The 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."
Jayne Clare Jayne Clare President, Teachers With Apps, Dust or Magic Highlights 2015"Leaving with a wealth of new knowledge, friends, ideas and inspiration!"
Erin Reilly Erin Reilly Creative 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."
Scott Traylor Scott Traylor President, 360KID, DM 2002-2010"Come for toys, stay for friendship; leave with knowledge."
Jesper Lodahl Jesper Lodahl CEO, SmartTots, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition"Great crowd, great minds, great learning experience."
Hans Wagner Hans Wagner Owner, Computer Explorers, Dust or Magic 2014"Just soaked in all of it. Great environment!"
Megan Smith Megan Smith Senior 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."
Aleen Stein Aleen Stein CEO, Organa, Dust or Magic 2014"Even though I'm not making apps right now, exciting and relevant to my life."
Private: Lorraine Akemann Lorraine Akemann Moms With AppsWhile 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.