Fall Institute 2014

  • A magic moment, on Tuesday AM during the talks.

    A magic moment, on Tuesday AM during the talks.

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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. 

    Testimonials

    (used with permission from the final evaluation form).

    • Sanj Kharbanda

      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."

      Continue reading 

    • Roby John

      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."

      Continue reading 

    • Valerie Connell

      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!"

      Continue reading 

    • Kate Wilson

      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."

      Continue reading 

    • Krista Marks

      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."

      Continue reading 

    • Jens Peter de Pedro

      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!"

      Continue reading 

    • Scott Traylor

      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."

      Continue reading 

    • Charity Gerbrandt

      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."

      Continue reading 

    • testimonial - Kimberley Sorenson

      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."

      Continue reading 

    • Jayne Clare

      Jayne Clare  Jayne Clare President, Teachers With Apps, Dust or Magic Highlights 2015

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

      Continue reading 

    • Erin Reilly

      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." 

      Continue reading 

    • Scott Traylor

      Scott Traylor  Scott Traylor President, 360KID, DM 2002-2010

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

      Continue reading 

    • Jesper Lodahl

      Jesper Lodahl  Jesper Lodahl CEO, SmartTots, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

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

      Continue reading 

    • testimonial - Hans Wagner

      Hans Wagner  Hans Wagner Owner, Computer Explorers, Dust or Magic 2014

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

      Continue reading 

    • testimonial - Megan Smith

      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."

      Continue reading 

    • Aleen Stein

      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."

      Continue reading 

    • Lorraine Akemann

      Private: Lorraine Akemann  Lorraine Akemann Moms 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.

      Continue reading 

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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."

    • SONY DSC

      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."

    • dustormagic-peterspicture

      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!"

    • katewilson200

      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."

    • SONY DSC

      Krista MarksDust 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 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!"

    • Scott_Traylor_200x200

      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."

    • charity 1

      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."

    • JCC

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

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

    • Erin - bio pic

      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." 

    • Scott_Traylor_200x200

      Scott TraylorPresident, 360KID, DM 2002-2010

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

    • jlodahl

      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."

    • aleen

      Aleen SteinCEO, Organa, Dust or Magic 2014

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

    • Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 4.03.01 PM

      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.