MommyTech Conference Schedule
Play with the new toys and new tech designed to address the specific needs of kids and their families. [email protected] explores the world of sophisticated gear-toting digital kids ready to who will become tomorrow’s digital citizens. We’ll reveal the latest games, toys and educational products certain to engage the most discriminating kids: from toddler to teen. MommyTech looks at how digital technology helps Mom do what they do every day: the impossible.
Part I: Meet the Futuremakers:
They are young, smart, and good looking, but you probably couldn’t pick them out of a buffet line. However, the products they’ve helped make are household names for any child. Disney’s Toontown, Magic Piano, and Octerina have shaped the way we interact with technology and each other.
A Game Changer:
Sifteo gives playing with blocks a whole new dimension and reminds us that kids don’t always need a screen to learn.
It’s a Movement
Bye bye keyboards and mice. Today’s games use sound, movement, and voice to involve you in the action in ways we’ve never seen before. Does it change how kids learn? Will it get rid of the stigma of too much screen time? Advance intergenerational play? See THQ, SONY, Omek, Rullingnet and HopSports for some mind and body bending demonstrations.
We’ll look at what parents really need to know about the 3D experience: from content availability, to glasses that fit, from 3D as a learning tool to 3D as an eye diagnostic.
Get your debate on. What’s new for 2011, and what were the greatest moments of 2010 for toys. Join Warren Buckleitner, our emcee, and founder of Children’s Technology Review, Reyne Rice, toy expert, and Jocelyn Christie, from KidScreen, will share their naughty and nice list. And ten year old Caitlyn Gatrell, from the KidsTech TV will share her favs as a reality check.
Learning: Is there an App for that?
PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have been at the forefront of digital learning since Bert and Erie found themselves on a shiny CD. Hear the results from their latest study about how kids learn using technology; look out five years out as the companies continue to expand the transmedia philosophy of their products. See in-the-works projects, some targeting intergenerational game play.
The Changing Virtual World
Keynote: David Pogue, New York Times Columnist
David Pogue, our lunchtime entertainment will talk about the newest trends in the digital world for families… he’ll probably play piano and tap dance, too. And like the best of the cabaret stars, he’ll do it while the audience munches on lunches.
Part II: Reports From Mommyland
Meet the Momtrepreneurs:
If you’ve ever walked into a Starbucks in midmorning you’re likely to see a mom business being planned ’round a stroller packed table. What are the tools that give them the edge? How can they break through the crowded world of business to make their products known.
They drive, hail cabs, push strollers, load beach bags, sit outside lesson rooms — but they’re always working, planning or heaven forbid sharing a moment with a friend or family. First it was the apron strings, then it was the cables. Now moms have been cut totally loose.
M.O.M. — MOM ON A MISSION!
According to Disney Online’s M.O.M. – Mom on a Mission research study, today’s Mom utilizes technology and the Internet to make being a Mom easier, so she can achieve her ultimate mission of spending more time with her family. Disney Online will reveal new insights from their study on how Mom uses technology, the Web and mobile devices by herself and with her family to enhance their daily lives.
Internet Safety Symposium
Cyberbullying, sexting and other “unthinkable” offenses cropped up as a disturbing trend this year. It’s particularly upsetting since it’s typically something kids do to each other. No predators involved. We’ll look at some new technology but also look at what we need to do to raise good digital citizens.
Moms as CTOs:
Poor tech mom. She has to manage everything from scheduling the kids to cleaning the rugs, from keeping them safe to keeping the systems tuned. Christine from Consumer Search will moderate a panel/reality show. She’ll set up a problem and then panelists including Whirlpool, Withings, Neato, ASHA and Underwriters Laboratories will demonstrate some solutions.
Moms As Memory Keepers
Liz Cutting spends the year looking at how we take and organize digital photo and videos. After giving you her birds-eye view we’ll showcase some exciting new products from Hitachi GST, Eye-Fi and Snapfish.
How Moms and Technology Interact
Find the secrets to how moms really think about tech, from two folks that really know what’s up.