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Opening Keynote: Scott Kim
Lost in Translation: the perils and opportunities of moving an idea from one medium to another.

Electronic media have both strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes an idea that works well on paper or as a physical experience works even better on screen. Sometimes it falls flat. Often it needs to be changed. In this talk I will discuss the design challenges of moving in idea from one medium to another, based on my experience as a puzzle designer. I will show how I have translated the classic educational puzzle Tangrams into print, computer, web, mobile phone and stage performance. You will learn both what to avoid, as well as how to take advantage of the strengths of each individual medium.

Closing Keynote: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Claremont Graduate University and Chris Csikszentmihalyi, MIT Media Lab

In today's schools, homes, and public spaces, children are becoming frequent and experienced users of technology. As this trend continues, it is increasingly important to understand both the needs of children and the nature of technological design for young people. With this in mind, the IDC conference focuses on addressing the challenges of interaction design for children. We also explore the opportunities that new technologies afford -- and the impact that those technologies have -- in the everyday lives of young people.

To address emerging research and development, IDC 2004 will look for papers, demonstrations, posters, doctoral proposals, tutorials and workshop submissions that may include at least one of the following broad areas:

Emerging technologies for children (e.g., innovative educational simulations, online games, accessible fabrication devices, mobile communications devices, wireless embedded technologies, sensors and actuators, "smart" materials, authoring/programming tools)

The impact these technologies can have on children's lives (e.g., in schools, at home, in public spaces)

New research methods which give children a voice in the design, development, and evaluation processes (e.g., participatory design methods, usability testing, etc.)

This conference builds on the successes and high standards of the previous IDC conferences (IDC 2004-USA, IDC 2003-UK and IDC 2002-the Netherlands ). It is our goal for IDC 2005 to continue to support this strong international community of researchers, educators, and industry professionals concerned with interaction design and children.

Conference Co-Chairs: Mike Eisenberg and Ann Eisenberg, University of Colorado, Boulder.