The program of IDC09 presents a complete spectrum of events and sessions, exploring all the themes of the conference, in all possible aspects.
High level scientific workshops allow the in-depth discussions with peers, of specific topics and issues.
Two prestigious keynote speakers will provide a broad perspective on issues of general interest.
A record of submissions (nearing to 200, among all the different categories) has allowed the different program committees to select 17 outstanding full papers, 30 high-quality short papers and 14 exciting demos.
A panel of experts will debate the issue of interaction for children in the context of museums.
The best ideas for interaction for children at school, object of an international competition C4C (Como for Children), will be presented in a special session.



All workshops will be held on June 3rd.They will offer a terrific opportunity to meet in the context of focused and interactive discussions, to investigate emerging topics, to move new fields forward and build communities. Workshop participation will be open to any IDC 2009 participant, upon place availability. Please notice that all attendants must register for both the workshop and the IDC conference itself. A selection of the best position papers will appear in the conference proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library.


Digital Technologies and Marginalized Youth: Reducing the Gap (Full Day)

Edith K. Ackermann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Francoise Decortis, FNRS, University of Liège, Belgium
Juan Pablo Hourcade, Univ. Iowa, USA
Heidi Schelhowe, University of Bremen, Germany

Creative interactive play for disabled children (Full Day)

Patrizia Marti, Alessandro Pollini and Alessia Rullo, University of Siena, Italy
Leonardo Giusti, FBK - Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Erik Gronvall, University of Aahrus, Denmark

Children and Embodied Interaction: Seeking Common Ground (Full Day)

Alissa Antle, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Ylva Fernaeus, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
Paul Marshall, The Open University, UK

Children and Mobile Technology: Interface Development for Mobile Touch Devices) (Half Day)

Glenda Revelle, Sesame Workshop, USA
Rafael "Tico" Ballagas, Nokia Research Center, USA
Jordana Drell, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games, USA
Allison Druin, University of Maryland, USA
Emily Reardon, Sesame Workshop, USA


Two outstanding keynote speakers will set up the scientific mood for the welcome reception and the second day of the conference.
         Allison Druin, University of Maryland (USA)
         Sasha A. Barab, Indiana University (USA)


IDC09 will feature 17 outstanding full papers, selected with a rigorous peer review process out of 53 submissions. Authors represent 17 different countries from 4 continents: a truly world-wide spectrum of research in the field will therefore be presented.


30 high-quality short papers have been rigorously selected out of 82 submission. The short papers will be presented in an interactive poster session and will cover a wide range of issues in a challenging way. They represent an exciting spectrum of on-going research in 14 different countries from 4 different continents.


14 exciting demos will allow attendees of IDC09 to "see and touch" innovative proposals of interaction for children: from serious learning to fun and games.


The IDC program includes a panel on "museums, interactive technologies and children" that involves top-level representatives from children's museums and museum science centers in Europe and United States.
Panel coordinator: Paolo Paolini - Politecnico di Milano
Panelists: Claire Pillsbury - San Francisco Exploratorium (US); Jane Werner, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (US)
Mikko Myllykoski - Heureka Finnish Science Center (FL)