Call: 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2011)


IDC 2011 – The 10th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children – In cooperation with ACM-SIGCHI

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
June 19-23, 2011


For young people today, technology is pervasive in many aspects of life as they learn and play using computers and other technological devices, build and maintain friendships, and engage in innovative learning experiences and other creative activity. IDC 2011 continues the IDC tradition of exploring and expanding the landscape of interaction design and children to understand children’s needs and how to design for them by gathering the leading minds in the field of interaction design and children to present and discuss innovative research and exhibit the most recent developments in design and technology for young people.

IDC 2011 would like to invite you to discuss the wide diversification of technology (e.g., ranging from computers to mobile phones to innovative uses of digital media, games, and other interactive technologies) for young people of different profiles, ages (very young children to adolescents) and psychological, social, and physical needs in different contexts (e.g., museums, classrooms, playgrounds, etc.).

Additionally, we would like to explore work addressing our conference theme “Designing When Boundaries Blur: Reshaping Interaction Design in the Pervasive Technology Landscape” to discuss the opportunities and challenges that arise as technology becomes more pervasive.  As some technologies shrink (e.g., networked, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets) and other technologies expand (e.g., large displays, embedded technologies, haptic interfaces), what does this pervasive technology landscape mean for interaction design? The boundaries are now blurred in ways that cause us to reshape and rethink the research and design approaches that we use for our work on interaction design and children, especially as we consider technology use across contexts; the types of artifacts that children can now view, create, and interact with; and the instruments we use for our own work on design and evaluation.

We hope that you can contribute and join us for our tenth anniversary as we reflect on our work, examine these and other issues, develop new IDC directions for the next ten years – and have a little fun while we’re at it!

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Submissions of workshops, full papers, short papers, and demos, are invited on all topics from the domain of interaction design for children, including, but not limited to:

  • Methods, techniques, and guidelines for requirements analysis, design, and evaluation of interactive systems for ‘children as a diverse group’ (young people of different gender and age, with special needs, from different cultures or ethnical groups).
  • Emerging or new technologies for children (e.g., innovative educational simulations, interactive games, mobile communications devices, wireless embedded technologies, robots, accessible fabrication devices, ‘smart’ materials, authoring/programming tools).
  • The impact that such technologies can have on children¹s lives and personalities.
  • Ethnographic and case studies of children¹s use of interactive systems in schools, at home, in hospitals, in public spaces.
  • Usability, enjoyability, accessibility, and safety issues, with particular reference to children.
  • Novel theoretical models of interaction with special relevance to children.
  • Design for children¹s civic involvement, democracy, physical and emotional well-being, and social awareness of environmental, ethical, ethnographical, or cultural issues.
  • Interactive technology for children from an adult’s perspective.

All accepted full papers, short papers, and demos, will be presented at the IDC 2011 conference, and will appear in the IDC 2011 proceedings. Proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library (In cooperation with ACM-SIGCHI).

For submission instructions please visit


Workshop Proposals

  • Submission deadline: January 21, 2011
  • Acceptance notification: February 11, 2011
  • Final version deadline: February 18, 2011

Full papers

  • Submission deadline: February 11, 2011
  • Acceptance notification: March 18, 2011
  • Final version deadline: March 28, 2011

Short papers and Demos

  • Submission deadline: March 11, 2011
  • Acceptance notification: April 12, 2011
  • Final version deadline: April 26, 2011

Doctoral Consortium

  • Submission deadline: March 25, 2011
  • Notification date: April 15, 2011


Tom Moher, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Chris Quintana, University of Michigan, USA

Sara Price, London Knowledge Lab, United Kingdom

Paulo Blikstein, Stanford University, USA
Paul Marshall, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Alissa Antle, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Heidi Schelhowe, University of Bremen, Germany

Juan-Pablo Hourcade, University of Iowa, USA

Rafael ‘Tico’ Ballagas, Nokia Research Center, USA
Michael Horn, Northwestern University, USA

Allison Druin, University of Maryland, USA
Franca Garzotto, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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