Announcing Dublin, Ireland as the host city for Interaction 12

31 Aug 2010 - 6:27am
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Steve Baty

It is with great pleasure that I announce Dublin and the Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) as the co-hosts for Interaction 12, the annual conference of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA).

Dublin was one of five submissions received during our open call for proposals, alongside Berlin, Delft, Helsinki and Paris. A small evaluation panel reviewed and assessed each proposal.

On August 8th I met with the Board of Directors of IxDA to propose Dublin as the preferred city from a shortlist of three locations - Berlin, Dublin and Helsinki. After a review of the submissions the Board unanimously endorsed this choice, based on the strength of Dublin's coordinated, city-wide support for the conference, the strength of the local interaction design community, and the quality of the conference facilities on offer.

I've spent the past few weeks working with the Dublin submission committee - which includes members from IADT, IxDA Dublin, and the Dublin Convention Bureau - to refine our draft budget to ensure the conference can be staged at a quality and cost that compare favourably to previous Interaction conferences. I can say with confidence that Interaction 12 will be a conference experience not to be missed!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the committees from Berlin, Helsinki, Delft and Paris for their submissions, and the obvious effort that went into them. The decision was not an easy one to make and this speaks well to the strength and quality of the interaction design community in Europe.

On behalf of the Interaction 12 conference committee, the Board of IxDA, and the Dublin coordinating committee, I hope you'll join us in Dublin in February 2012 for Interaction 12.

Steve Baty
Chair, Interaction 12


31 Aug 2010 - 8:28am
Séamus T. Byrne

Hi Steve,

On behalf of IxDA Dublin and myself, I would like to offer our sincere gratitude to you and to the IxDA Board of Directors for selecting Dublin as the location for the Interaction 12 Conference. We are absolutely overjoyed by your decision and honoured to be the host city for the first IxDA conference in Europe.

We look forward to working with IxDA, IADT and the Dublin Convention Bureau to make Interaction 12 a resounding success.

Commiserations to our European neighbors Berlin, Delft, Helsinki and Paris. It was a privilege to be in the running with cities held in such high regard.

Our local IxDA group is a vibrant and thriving community that has helped Interaction Design take centre-stage as an important and relevant discipline here in Dublin. It is clear our industry will play a vital role in Dublin’s current evolution from capital city of a knowledge economy to a global hub for research, design and development.

Our proximity to both North America and Europe has graced our monthly events with excellent international speakers from both sides of the Atlantic. Now, we are delighted to have the opportunity to bestow a thousand million welcomes from Dublin to the global IxDA community.

Kind Regards,
Séamus Byrne

1 Sep 2010 - 9:48am
Calum Benson

Delighted that this is going to be virtually on my doorstep for a change!  Slightly concerned about the Dublin / Dun Laoghaire "co-hosting" though, they're not exactly right next door to each other... how's that going to work? Or is the whole thing actually happening in Dun Laoghaire, even though it's being announced as Dublin?  (Hope not, as that wouldn't be quite so near my doorstep...)

6 Sep 2010 - 11:06am
Bernard Mullarkey

IADT is delighted to be awarded Co-Host status for Interaction 12 along with the IxDA Dublin and Dublin City.  We look forward to welcoming as many members as possible to Dublin and we look forward to wrking alongside Steve and the team at IxDA in bringing about a conference to remember.

For those who are unfamiliar with the geography of Dublin, Dún Laoghaire is a suburb of Dublin within 10km of the City Centre and is very accessible to the City Centre with mainline and commuter rail, dedicated tram and regular bus links.  There are direct bus links from Dublin Airport to Dún Laoghaire.

It is likely that the majority of the events for Interaction 12 will be held either inor within walking distance of the City Centre, although the exact venues for all of the planned events have not been finalised.  IADT would like to be able to host some part of the proceedings on Campus and in planning this will ensure that all participants will be facilitated with transport for the occasion.

It is expected that Interaction 12 will be a great opportunity to explore the interaction design industry in Dublin and Europe in convivial surroundings and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible in our Fair City. 

24 Mar 2011 - 3:23pm

I am very interested in when the call for papers & presenters will be. Any initial thoughts?

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