Call for Papers: Interaction Design & Children Conference (IDC 2008) [Archived]

Jan 20, 2008

The IDC 2008 conference will continue to present significant contributions to research, development, and practice in the field of interaction design for children. The goals of the 2008 conference are to better understand children's needs, and how to design for them, with a specific focus on creativity and innovation. We invite researchers to step outside the domains of learning and play, and to consider designing for civic involvement, for democracy, and for physical and emotional well-being, among other topics. The theme for IDC 2008 is "Think outside the toybox".

This year we welcome submissions in the form of full papers, posters, demos, proposals for full-day or half-day workshops, and doctoral consortium papers. We also welcome position papers for the pre-conference workshop on designing for children with special needs. All submissions must be original and unpublished work.

All accepted papers will be presented at the IDC 2008 conference and all will appear in both the IDC 2008 Proceedings and in the ACM digital library.

Topics and Areas of Discussion

Submissions are invited on all topics from the domain of interaction design for children, including, but not limited to:

  • Emerging or new technologies and their impact on children's health, education or play
  • Methods and techniques for establishing children's requirements for interactive systems
  • Guidelines for the design of interactive systems for children, with a specific focus this year on children as a diverse group (children with special needs, children from developing nations, very young children, race, gender, and ethnicity concerns)
  • Reports on the development of creative interactive systems for children (motivation, design, outcome, evaluation)
  • Usability, enjoyability, accessibility, ethics, and safety issues, with particular reference to children
  • Innovative evaluation methods for use with children
  • Evaluations of interactive systems and technologies for children
  • Novel theoretical models of interaction with special relevance to children
  • Results of ethnographic and case studies in children's use of interactive systems
  • Stimulating in-depth analyses of issues related to interaction design and children
  • Effects of interactive technologies in children's lives (e.g. game violence and aggression, obesity, learning...)
  • Design and evaluation of interactive systems for children with special needs
  • Design for civic involvement, for democracy, and for physical and emotional well-being of children.

More information on submissions can be found in the information for authors section.

Important Dates

  Submission Deadline Notification Deadline Camera-Ready Deadline
Workshop proposals January 7 February 11 April 14
Full papers January 21 February 25 April 7
Posters / Demos March 3 March 31 April 14
Doctoral consortium papers March 3 March 31 April 14
Workshop position papers March 3 March 31 April 14