Conference Chair

Katie Salen
Katie Salen is a game designer, Professor of Design and Technology, and Director of the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons the New School for Design. She is also the Executive Director of a non-profit called the Institute of Play that is focused on games and learning, as well as the founder and Executive Director of Design of Quest to Learn, a new 6-12th grade public school in New York City. The school uses a game-based learning model and supports students within an inquiry-based curriculum with questing to learn at its core. Katie is co-author of Rules of Play, a textbook on game design, The Game Design Reader, and editor of The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning, all from MIT Press. She was an early advocate of the then-hidden world of machinima and continues to be interested in connections between game design and transformative modes of play.

She holds research grants from the Gates foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Intel, and has been collaborating with David Birchfield and Mina Glenberg-Johnson from Arizona State University on a project focused on embodied play in mixed reality environments. Her non-profit runs an afterschool program focused on immersing middle school youth in game design, technology, and global collaborations via physical and mobile computing expertise, and once co-designed a karaoke ice cream truck driven by a squirrel. Katie was lead designer on Gamestar Mechanic with Greg Trefry, and has been involved in the design of slow games, online games, mobile games, and big games in both the commercial and independent games sectors.

To hear more about Katie's plans for the conference, listen here - Katie Salen 

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News & Events

  • DML2012 will be held from March 1-3 in San Francisco, California. Stay tuned for more details...
  • The DML2011 Conference Evaluation is now up
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  • The DML2011 Conference Program is now online! Click here to review.
  • The deadline for conference registration has been extended to February 14, 2011 - please click here to register
  • The deadline for hotel reservations has been extended to February 8, 2011 at 5pm - click here to book your room
  • Have a dynamic, new idea you want to share at DML2011? Propose an Ignite Talk before February 7 - see the CfP for more details...
  • Hotel Registration Closes February 1, 2011 - click here to book your room and avoid LA traffic!!
  • The DML2011 Conference Schedule is online here
  • All Notifications for the DML2011 Conference Program have been sent to short talk presenters and workshop and panel organizers. Please contact your session organizer and/or dmlhub <at> hri <dot> edu if you have not received your notification
  • Student Volunteer Notifications have been sent 
  • Registration for DML2011 is now open. To register, please click here to complete the registration form and your registration payment. Registration fees will be $50 for students and underemployed and $100 for faculty, professional and employed.
  • DML2011 Conference Submission System Closed
  • Student Volunteer Applications Closed
  • Abstract Submission Deadline extended to Friday, November 5th (11:59pm PST) 
  • Invited sessions announced for the "New Collectives" track
  • DML2011 Conference Submission System Opens - http://fastapps.hri.uci.edu/
  • Invited sessions announced for the "Emerging Policies and Platforms" track
  • Invited session announced for the "Youth, Digital Media and Empowerment" track
  • Plenary session panelists and theme announced - Fran├žois Bar, Mizuko Ito, Tara Lemmey and David Washington will discuss "Transformative Play"
  • Student volunteers wanted: Applications due November 6, 2010
  • DML2011 wikidot site - to organize a panel or workshop, see http://dml2011.wikidot.com/
  • Chair, Conference Committee, CfP and Keynotes announced - DML2011 "Designing Learning Futures"
  • Location announced - DML2011 to be held in Long Beach, CA
  • Dates announced - DML2011 to be held March 3-5, 2011

Key Dates & Deadlines

Oct. 18, 2010 - Proposal System Opens

Nov. 1, 2010 - Proposals Due (extended to Friday, November 5th at 11:59 pm Pacific)

Nov. 6, 2010 - Student Volunteer Applications Due

Dec. 1, 2010 - Registration Opens

Dec. 15 - 30, 2010 - Proposal Notifications Sent

Jan. 20, 2011 - Schedule Announced

Feb. 1, 2011 - Hotel Registration Deadline

Feb. 8, 2011 - Conference Registration Deadline

Mar. 3, 2011 - DML2011 Begins