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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."
Directions to the Lambertville Station Inn
Lambertville Station Inn
11 Bridge Street
Lambertville, NJ 08530
The first session, AppFest, will begin at 2:00 PM on Sunday in the new reception area on the river level, below the Riverside Room; dinner will start at 6:00 PM, followed by a presentation at 8:00 PM. The Institute will end at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, following lunch.
Lambertville is easy to get to/from if you are on the East Coast. Major transportation hubs include New York City, Philadelphia, and Trenton (all are within a 90 minute commute, train ride or drive).
Most West Coast and EU visitors plan to arrive at Newark Liberty Airport no later than 2:30 PM on Sunday. You can take the Trans-Bridge Bus to Lambertville (908-730-6552, www.transbridgebus.com). Ticket counters are located at Door 6 on the Arrival Level of each terminal. Tickets cost about $24, one way.
There are two bus options, each stopping within four blocks of the Inn. Please check the bus company website to confirm times.
Newark Airport —> Lambertville
Bus 1 — 10:55 AM —> 12:40 (arrive)
Bus 2 — 3:00 PM —> 4:25 (arrive)
The bus will drop you about 4 blocks east of the Inn. You can walk to the Inn along Bridge Street. Head toward the river.
Check out of the Inn on Tuesday morning, bags ready to go in the Riverside room. The luncheon will end around 1:30, and the Dust or Magic limo bus will depart for Newark airport at 1:30 PM, arriving at Newark at 3:15 PM. If you need to leave earlier, the Transbridge Bus leaves for Newark Liberty at 12:20, arriving 1:35 PM. To be safe, plan for your flight to leave after 4:30 PM.
Participants stay at The Inn at Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530. Room cost, for Dust or Magic participants, is $135/night (standard) or $145/night (deluxe). Suites are $175. You must specify that you are a participant to qualify for these rates. Call 609-397-4400 or visit www.lambertvillestation.com. We’ve also negotiated with the Lambertville House (across the street). Call 888-867-8859.
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What to Bring
- Literature to share (optional). Dust or Magic is a free exchange of ideas. Anyone is welcome to send materials for distribution at the Institute. We are still working on a local address. Participants will be given a folder for storage.
- A laptop computer. There will be a large library of products for testing, as well as a video projector and sound system for large group demonstrations. The twitter tag is #dustormagic.
- Your favorite mobile platform. We’ll have many of the latest titles available, for those interested in portable gaming. If you plan on sharing or passing around a handheld device, please label it.
- A product to demonstrate. There will be both formal and informal opportunities for the demonstration of one product or project that could be classified as “magic”, with feedback opportunities from the group. The formal demonstrations should be scheduled in advance by emailing Warren Buckleitner. You will have a timer clipped to your collar set to eight minutes. After the demonstration, you’ll have the option to receive a formal laser rating from the group. Ratings are optional. The best demonstrations limit the talking and introduction — show first, then tell. We’ll have all the audio visual support you’ll need, and will work hard to provide a glitch free demonstration. You will also have the option to have the demonstration video taped and shared on online.
Dress is casual (slacks, sweaters or whatever is appropriate to the season).
Internet Access & Screen Sharing
Wireless Internet access in the meeting area. If you have a site to demonstrate, it is smart to bring an archived copy on a flash drive or on your own laptop.
Social Networking and the Dust or Magic Community
Prior Dust or Magic Attendees have created a wiki, a Facebook group, a Twitter feed (hashtag #dustormagic) and are on Linked In. These services are maintained by The Picky Teacher, who serves as the editorial director and gatekeeper. Participation in these groups is open to anyone with an interest in the design and critique of children’s interactive media. They are designed for informing and not selling; and promotional behavior should be avoided or at the very least fully disclosed. Contact Warren for more information, or log in through the service itself.
A Neutral Ground: No to Selling, Yes to Informing
Like the original juror meetings, Dust or Magic is designed around an academic and editorial framework. There are no sponsors (the meeting is self-funded through registration fees) and speakers are selected based on digital accomplishments — linked to innovative products — rather than political connections or links to funding sources. All platforms are fair game, and participants are asked to check their egos by the door.
Selling can’t be completely removed from a human soul. For this reason, sales materials (white papers, swag, brochures, free download codes and so on can) can be left on a table that is reserved for this purpose. Anyone is welcome to send information for this table, within reason of course.
Photographs & Information Disclosure
A photographer and videographer will be present during the sessions and it is possible that a section of the dialog may be recorded for immediate uploading to a video sharing service. In other words, there’s a good chance you’ll show up on somebody’s blog.
If you wish to have the use of your photograph or voice restricted in any way or do not want your opinions on public record, please notify us in advance. It is perfectly OK (and common) for individuals, for whatever reason, NOT to have their voice recorded or their photograph taken. You may have also noted a rather unique group picture that has become a bit of a tradition. Your participation in this photo is optional.