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Juan Pablo Hourcade <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:52:55 -0500
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Interaction Design and Children (IDC), June 24-27, 2013, New York City
Co-Organized by The New School and Sesame Workshop
In Cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery

Submission Dates
Full papers and workshop proposals due January 22, 2013
Short papers, demos, and doctoral consortium due March 18, 2013

IDC 2013 is proud to announce that the keynote speaker for this year's conference will be David Moinina Sengeh, a doctoral student at the MIT Media Lab, and researcher in the Lab's Biomechatronics group. David, who is originally from Sierra Leone, has been working on technology to improve prosthetic limbs for amputees around the world and designing the next generation of wearable mechanical interfaces. Sengeh recently created a youth mentorship program called Innovate Salone to foster innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone; the youth work in teams to create new ideas for DIY projects related to related to health, agriculture, crafts and entertainment in their communities. David will be accompanied by Kelvin Doe, the young teenage student from Sierra Leone, who created a radio transmitter built from salvaged parts and broadcast his own local programming under the name DJ Focus. Sengeh, impressed with Doe’s creativity, arranged a trip for him to the United States in 2012, having him speaking at the World Maker Faire in New York and spending time as a resident practitioner at the MIT Media Lab. Sengeh’s strongest impulse remains the desire to empower youth in developing countries to design their own solutions to everyday problems. 

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