April 2011 Sandbox Summit to Explore Youth and Digital Media; Early Bird Registration Now OpenSandbox

January 14, 2011 | The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has announced that it will be a sponsor for the 2011 Sandbox Summit conference, which will be held April 28th to 29th, 2011 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early bird registration for “Game Changers: People, Products and Policies that Empower 21st Century Kids” is currently open – from now until February 12th, 2011, the two-day event is just $595.

Launched in January 2008 by Wendy Smolen and Claire Green, Sandbox Summit is a series of conferences designed to address how technology is changing the ways kids play, learn and connect.

Summit organizers for “Game Changers” have identified a crucial need for digital media that challenges and engages today’s youth. The 2011 event is poised to present a roster of impressive innovators who are constantly raising the bar to ensure that today’s kids become key players – and not just passive observers – in the 21st century.

The panelists slated to speak are scholars, developers and toy designers with a broad range of expertise. Among the confirmed speakers are Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education; Diana Rhoten, Co-founder and Managing Director of Startl; Bill Ritchie, CEO of ThinkFun; and Alex Chisolm, Executive Director at Learning Games Network.

“We are pleased to continue our positive relationship with Sandbox Summit,” said Carter Keithley, TIA president. “As technology evolves it continuously enhances traditional play patterns, presenting some interesting opportunities for toy and game manufacturers. Sandbox Summit is the perfect environment to come together to imagine the future of fun and play.”