We are thrilled to announce the 23rd annual ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference, scheduled to occur from June 17-20, 2024 at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

As a premier worldwide conference for researchers, educators, and practitioners, IDC serves as a platform to share the latest research findings, innovative methodologies, and new technologies in the areas of inclusive child-centered design, learning, and interaction.

The conference is hosted by the Delft University of Technology’s Electric Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science (EEMCS) department.

The Netherlands, with its reputation as a hub of innovation and creativity, particularly in the fields of media, culture, and global interaction, is an ideal host for IDC’24. Home to world-renowned publishers like Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer, as well as significant players in the television industry like RTL and Public Broadcasting, the country boasts an impressive museum scene, with Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Anne Frank House among the best in the world, all of which prioritize children’s participation.

Furthermore, Dutch research institutions are deeply invested in studying child-media interaction across various platforms, including search technology, robot interaction, and ethics. Despite its size, the Netherlands has over fifty universities that collaborate with various stakeholders, such as Koninklijke Bibliotheek and Musea, companies like Philips, ING, and multiple ICT companies, and the government, including the Miniserie van Onderwijs en Cultuur en Wetenschap. This approach to problem-solving is globally recognized as the Dutch Polder Model.

In 2002, the Netherlands hosted the original IDC, and four leading universities in the country, including Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the University of Twente (UT), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe), are collaborating to host IDC’24. With the support of the international IDC community, they aim to explore the opportunities and challenges of interactive design, primarily for children.

Theme 2024:
Inclusive Happiness

In 2020, UNICEF described children in the Netherlands as being among the world’s happiest. That, of course, is a beautiful position. However, in the Netherlands, as in the rest of the world, there are also wide variations in happiness across groups.

Children are happy on average, but some children are happier than others. How can the IDC community help make children happier, not only for the happy few but for all the children in the world?

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