PhD Candidate Maneksha DuMont Accepted into Competitive Doctoral Consortium
Maneksha DuMont has been accepted to the doctoral consortium for the Interaction Design and Children 2012 Conference in Bremen, German this June. The mission of the conference is: "To understand children's needs and how to design for them, by presenting and discussing the most innovative research in the field of interaction design for children, by exhibiting the most recent developments in design and design methodologies, and by gathering the leading minds in the field of interaction design for children". For this year's conference, special emphasis is being placed on learning and diverse populations.
This is the first time a USU ITLS student has been accepted to participate in the IDC conference, which is sponsored by the widely recognized Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). For Maneksha's dissertation project, titled "Empowerment Through Design: Engaging Alternative High School Students Through the Design, Development and Crafting of Digitally-Enhanced Pets", she designed and implemented a curriculum for academically struggling high school students. During the project, students designed and developed their own tangible/digital pets. The IDC Conference will give Maneksha a great opportunity to showcase her work thus far and get feedback from preminent innovators in technology and interaction design.