Sandbox Summit Conference Announces Keynote Speakers and Panelists for 2010

Organizers of the May 2010 Sandbox Summit conference iPlay, YouPlay, WiiPlay: How Play is Changing Media & Media is Changing Play have recently confirmed several new sessions and speakers on the program line-up.  The two day conference, which kicks off on May 18th at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, is sponsored in part by the Toy Industry Association. 

This year’s event brings together leading innovators in children’s media, books, toys, virtual worlds, and education for an exploration of the impact that emerging media and technology platforms have on kids’ play – and to share their predictions on how the new playrooms will impact 21st century literacy.

“We are looking at how children and technology are reshaping the play environment,” said Wendy Smolen, co-founder, Sandbox Summit.  “From books to toys to screens of all sizes, technology is making an impact on how kids play and what they’re learning from their play.”

Henry Jenkins, provost’s professor of communication, journalism and cinematic arts at the University of Southern California, will deliver a keynote entitled Toying with Transmedia: The Future of Entertainment Is Child's Play. The session will explore the new buzz in Hollywood where media moguls are recognizing the larger implications of a world where every story, image and sound plays out across multiple media channels.

Laura Seargeant Richardson, principial designer of frog design Inc. will host The Medium Doesn’t Matter, a second keynote session which will explore play as the preparation for a future that constantly redefines reality.  Conference participants will see how play across platforms is becoming an important training ground for kids to intuit greater complexity, move seamlessly through man-made and natural constructs, and introduce news ways of seeing.

“Eventually, the medium won’t matter,” says Seargeant Richardson, “it will simply be one more toy in the toy chest, waiting for interpretation, manipulation and imagination.”

Additional sessions and moderators announced include:

  • A New Chapter for Books: Innovative Approaches to the Oldest Form of Media
    Moderated by Alexandra Kennedy, Executive Director, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art
  • Design Breakthroughs: When Toys Meet Technology – and it Works
    Moderated by Scot Osterweil, Creative Director, MIT Education Arcade

Launched in January 2008, Sandbox Summit® is a series of conferences designed to address how technology is changing the ways kids play, learn, and connect. The goal of Sandbox Summit® is to ensure that the next generation of players becomes active innovators rather than passive consumers of technology.

To view the complete program or to learn more about the May event, please view the Sandbox Summit website; the registration fee is $695.