2:00 Registration desk opens

3:00 Welcome and Introductions. Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

3:05 Mark SchlichtingHow to Create Experiences Children Love.  Mark is a pioneer of the children’s digital space. He is  best known as the creator of original “Living Books”  — Brøderbund’s Living Books CD-ROM. In 2000 Mark founded his how design and consulting firm. He recently finished a textbook on design, Understanding Kids, Play, and Interactive Design: How to Create Games Children Love.

3:50 Luca Prasso:  Creativity and ingenuity in VR/AR  Virtual and Augmented Reality offer new opportunities for creativity, storytelling, content creation and distribution. We will explore tools, projects and prototypes created at Google in the past couple of years. Luca Prasso is a creative technologist at Google’s Daydream Labs, a small team dedicated to exploring new
interactions and possibilities in VR/AR. Prior to Daydream, Luca has worked on Google’s Spotlight Stories immersive storytelling project for 2 years.

4:30 Presenting the 2017 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award entries, winners and short list, by Juror Chair Warren Buckleitner, with juror members and winners on hand.

MINI TALKS (10 minutes each)

5:00 Christiaan CoenraadsHow to Make a Terrible Picture Book App. Interactivity in digital picture books is mostly distracting, not engaging, young children. Christiaan Coenraads argues that we should use a different approach to digitizing picture books. In short: lose the gimmicks and focus on the story.

5:10 Junko Yokoto Some Dust and Some Magic. Junko is a long-time BCBF attendee and is the Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books. She will bring us an update from the world of visual narratives in picture books, digital literature for children and more.

5:20 Demos

5:30 Panel: The Annual State of the Children’s App with Neal Hoskins Bologna Digital Media Consultant as moderator. Take a deep dive on the current issues facing interactive designers, with leading minds from various parts of the world. This annual panel is highly interactive, with plenty of discussion with the audience that will extend well into the evening. Confirmed so far:

  • Michel Kripalani, Oceanhouse Media, USA
  • Valerie Touze, Edoki Academy, UK
  • Aksel Koie, Step In Books, Denmark
  • Gerald Cai, MXRi, UK
  • Juliet Tzabar, Plug-In Media, UK

6:30 Break: Back to your hotel.

8:00 Fixed price communal dinner in the center city of Bologna

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