Welcome to Member Events

This program of events serves to connect a wide range of disciplines with one another. We encourage you to check out some of these member events. These events play an important role in helping us understand the current and future needs of children with respect to digital media. As our site grows, we encourage you to reach out to us if you know of any important programs missing from this list.


April 18 & 19, 2016
Sandbox Summit 2016– Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
The Summit will explore how the power of play – as it intersects with learning, entertainment and ever-changing technology – can positively impact the lives of children at every age . Learn how learning and life can be enhanced by remixing traditional toys and technology
General admission:

May 23 – 26 2016
2016 Learning Impact Leadership Institute – San Antonio, Texas
The Learning Impact Leadership Institute, established in 2007, is truly unlike any other education conference you have ever attended! It’s not only a conference, but a vital community of education and technology leaders from around the world working together to advance progress towards putting in place an open architecture to support next generation digital learning.

May 30 – June 2, 2016
Cauce-Cnie Conference – Delta Waterloo and Center for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo Canada The Centre for Extended Learning
TARGET: EDUCATION 3.0: Possibilities at the Nexus of Pedagogy, Technology, and Access

May 31 – June 3, 2016
Society for Preventative Research
24th Annual Meeting 2016 – Hyatt Regency San Francisco, CA
This year’s theme is “Using Prevention Science to Promote Health Equity and Improve Well-being.” The SPR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to advance this vision by providing a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields; and by providing a forum for the communication between scientists, public policy leaders and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health.

June 1-4, 2016
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
60th Congress of the Spanish Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association (AEPNYA) – A shared initiative with AACAP –  Kursaal Convention Centre, Donostia / San Sebastián, Spain
We are delighted to invite you to the 60th Congress of AEPNYA (Spain’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association), that will be held at the Kursaal Congress Palace on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June 2016 in Donostia / San Sebastián, Spain. This special event is a joint initiative with the AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) from the USA, the very first time this world leading organization comes to Europe

June 5-8, 2016
NAEYC’s 2016 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development – Baltimore, MD
The National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for professional

June 8 & 9 2016
EduTECH International Congress & Expo – International Convention Centre, Sydney Australia
To create an annual event where the entire education and training sector gather together to learn, debate, exchange ideas and be inspired. EduTECH is the only event that brings together schools, tertiary education, VET, and workplace learning under one roof. One large scale exhibition with eight parallel conferences covering the entire learning life-cycle, plus post-event masterclasses for a more tailored and intimate learning experience.

June 9 -13, 2016
Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)
66th ICA Annual Conference – Fukuoka, Japan
ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.
The conference theme , “Communication Across the Lifespan” analyzes how, as humans transition through life, communication expectations shift, roles are redefined, media use patterns transform and interaction patterns evolve.
Conference Registration is now open:

August 15-17, 2016
Annual Meeting of Games Learning society (GLS)
Forum for individuals who create and research high-quality digital learning media to gather in order to discuss and help shape the direction of the field. The annual meeting provides a venue to  foster in-depth conversation across diverse disciplines including game studies and culture, game design, learning sciences and education research, industry, and policy.
Calls for proposals, March 25th, 2016

October 22-25, 2016
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
National Conference and Exhibition – San Francisco
Forum for AAP member and non-member physicians, residents, medical students, nurses and allied health members to convene for practical updates and reviews of pediatric practice, research, and advocacy.

October 24-29, 2016
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
63rd Annual Meeting – New York, NY
The AACAP will hold its 63rd Annual Meeting in NYC, NY  (TBA)
The AACAP deals with developmental, behavioral or mental disorders of children and adolescents. New developments in research, evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders will be presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting
Call for Papers Deadline: February 16, 2016 / New Research Poster Call for Papers Deadline: June 15, 2016

October 27 – 30, 2016
Society for Research in Child Development
Technology and Media in Children’s Development – Irvine, California
The Doctoral Consortium (DC) at TMCD 2016 is a forum for doctoral students interested in child development and technology/media to present their work and receive feedback and guidance from established community members. It is a closed event where only PhD students can participate. The use of digital devices and social media is ubiquitous in the environment of 21st century children. From the moment of birth (and even in utero), children are surrounded by media and technology. This meeting will provide a forum for intellectual and interdisciplinary exchange on media and technology in development and is designed to appeal to a range of researchers from the seasoned media researcher to technology developers to developmentalists who need to understand more about the role of technology and media in children’s lives.
Submitted Program: Call for Submissions
Submission site closed on April 6, 2016

November 2-5, 2016
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Annual Conference and Expo – Los Angeles, CA
NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo is the largest early childhood education conference in the world, where tens of thousands of educators come together to explore the latest research and learn from one another.
*Melli sent email to inquire about Media/child develop. related sessions

November 6-8, 2016
International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA)
IBPA Annual Conference– New Orleans Sheraton Hotel
The Annual Conference provides a forum for  new knowledge, research and practices which will inspire, invigorate, challenge and renew our collective courage to act collaboratively to stop bullying.  We will hear from outstanding leaders from across the world on bullying prevention and intervention.

November 6 – 8, 2016
16th Annual Dust or Magic Fall FestivalThe Inn at Lambertville Station, Lambertville, NJ.
A group of reviewers, designers and researchers meet to review the past year in children’s interactive media, as well as the latest research, writing and trends.
$1480 for one seat, $990 each for 2 or more. Registration fee includes meals (except dinner Monday night), handouts, materials and a ride to/from Newark airport. Rooms at the Inn cost $138/night.

November 10-13, 2016
National Communication Association (NCA)
NCA’s 102nd Annual Convention – Philadelphia, PA
Further details on Submissions and Registration will be announced.


April 6 – 8, 2017
Society for Research in Child Development (SCRD)
2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting -Austin, TX
The biennial meetings provide an opportunity for child development professionals and other researchers to connect and exchange information and ideas as well as to learn about latest developments in the field.

May 25-29  2017
International Communication Association
67th ICA Annual Conference – San Diego, California

June 11-14, 2017
San Francisco, CA
NAEYC’s 2016 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
The National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for professionals who prepare, mentor and train early childhood professionals.
NAEYC’s 2016 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

September 16-19, 2017
Pre-conference events Friday, September 15
American Academy of Pediatrics
2017 AAP National Conference & Exhibition Chicago, McCormick Place

October 23-28, 2017
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
64th Annual Meeting – Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels
Washington, DC

November 15-18, 2017
NAEYC’s 2017 Annual Conference – Atlanta, GA
NAEYC Annual Conference is the largest early childhood education conference in the world, where tens of thousands of educators choose from hundreds of presentations and exhibits

November 16 – 17 2017 – Dallas
National Communication Association (NCA)
NCA’s 103nd Annual Convention – Sheraton Dallas Hotel, TX
Further details on Submissions and Registration will be announced.

Society for Prevention Research
The SPR Annual Meeting – Hyatt Regency, Washington DC