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International conference on ‘Designing for children' with focus on 'play + learn'

Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th of February 2010, Venue: IDC, IIT Bombay

Updated Schedule of events: click here (pdf document)

Speakers - List of accepted papers for presentation: click here

This international event is aimed at exchange of viewpoints, deliberations and discussions concerning design and research issues related to children. The event is expected to throw light on the role of designing for children as related to design of objects, media and environment with focus on ‘play + learn’.

The events are centered around the interests of students, educationists, practicing designers and children related interest groups. The event has been designed to be lively, interactive and thought provoking and will provide great opportunity to interact with thought leaders, listen to visions by researchers and for networking.

Call for papers:
The call for papers for the ‘International Conference on Designing for Children’ is closed. 

Deadline for Abstract submission (500 words maximum): extended till 31st of August 2009
Acceptance of Abstract: 15th of September 2009 (over)
Deadline for full paper submission (3000 words maximum): 29th November 2009

Guidelines for full paper submission: Click here
Template for full paper submission: Click here

Call for posters:
The call for posters for the ‘International Conference on Designing for Children’ is open. 

Deadline for full poster submission (A3 size posters - maximum 8): 15th December 2009
Guidelines for poster submission: Click here

Poster Session:
The fourth day afternoon on Friday 5th of February 2010 session is dedicated to presentations through poster.

You can submit upto 8 sheets each of dimension A3 size (297mm x 420 mm) either
in horizontal or vertical formats.
You’ll be provided with two numbers of 3ft width x 4ft height panels where these
A3 sheets could be pinned. A table of size 2ft x6ft would be provided to display of
items connected with your poster topic or to demonstrate your concept.

Themes for the conference on ‘Designing for Children with focus on Play + Learn’:

We invite interesting experimentation, different perspectives, innovative design applications, in-depth case studies, research outcomes and position papers centered on the theme of the conference.

The following are the suggested main themes and sub themes for submission of papers:

Products  for children with focus on ‘Play + Learn’
Issues involved with design of products for children
Toys, games and puzzles for children
Design with sustainability issues for children
Process, methods and theories on designing for children

School for children with focus on ‘Play + Learn’
Design as a subject in school curriculum
Design as a methodology for learning other subjects
Alternative methods of learning systems for children
Learning and play theories
Learning through play activities
Design of school textbooks and other learning materials

Children’s environment with focus on ‘Play + Learn’
Design of play environment for children
Design of living environment for children
Design of parks, schools, hospitals, playgrounds, etc. for children

Children and media with focus on ‘Play + Learn’
Design of storytelling methods for children
TV and film programs for children
Illustration, comics, animation for children
Design of children’s publications
Communication design for children
Typeface and readability issues for children

Interactive environments for children with focus on ‘Play + Learn’:
Design of interactive systems and technologies for children
Social networks for children
Design with new technologies for collaborative activities
Usability issues and human factors as related to children
Design of virtual environments for children

Children with special needs with focus on ‘Play + Learn’:
Design for children with special needs

Development issues of children with focus on ‘Play + Learn’:
Children’s behaviors, perception, and emotion
Development of sensorial skills in children
Issues connected with innovative and creative potentials in children

Paper and Presentation Details:
The selection of abstract is through blind jury. Notification of acceptance of abstract is 15th of September 2009 (over). The submission of full papers is by 29th of November 2009.

Selected papers will need to be orally presented by the author/s during the conference from 3rd to 5th of February 2010 at IIT Bombay. The time duration for each of the paper presentations is 20 minutes followed by 5 minutes for discussion and Q and A. All the selected papers will be published during the time of the conference. The papers will also be made available online after the conference.

The registration for the conference is on. An early registration before 30th November 2009 includes an early rate.
For further details click here.