August 31st 2010, an announcement was made that will change the face of
Interaction Design in Dublin and Ireland forever. Dublin and the
Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT)
were announced as the co-hosts for Interaction 12, the annual
conference of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). Dublin was one
of five submissions alongside Berlin, Delft, Helsinki and Paris. In the announcement on IxDA.org, Steve Baty, the Interaction 12 Conference Chair said the IxDA
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.” This
is a major achievement for IxDA Dublin. The IxDA Dublin organisers and
community are honoured and overjoyed 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
Please keep the evening of Monday, October 11th free. We hope you can join us and some very special guests to celebrate the good news at IxDA Dublin's 2nd Anniversary Party – full event details to be posted very soon.
A collaborative effort
The success of our bid would not have been possible were it not for the hard work and effort
put in by a collaborative group of individuals and organisations who
dedicated their time to a busy Summer of putting
together a rich and detailed proposal. It was a pleasure to work with the dream team of IADT and the Dublin Convention Bureau.
I would especially like to thank Bernard Mullarkey, Secretary/Financial
Controller at IADT, for seeing the potential of such an event,
responding to my initial enquiry, and for his vision, drive and
leadership during the bidding process.
I would also like to thank Donna Brogan
and her colleagues at The Dublin Convention Bureau, a business tourism
unit of Dublin Tourism for their support. When it comes to knowledge of
Dublin, and putting on a conference here, their world-class experience
and expertise is second-to-none.
Thanks to Barry Sheehan for sharing his wide knowledge of the Irish design world and his fantastic dissertation "What is the Optimal Structure for Organisations Representing Design and Designers on the Island of Ireland?"
Many thanks to the following folks for taking time to contribute to the proposal.
Ben Arent, TRIL Centre & co-founder and co-coordinator of IxDA-Dublin
Julian Becerra, Graphic Mint
Dr. Adam Drazin, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin
Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect
Frank Long, Frontend.com
Matthew Ovington, Open Interface
Simon Roberts, Innovation Interface
Barry Sheehan, Chairperson Designweek
John Wood, iQ Content
Thanks also to Frank Long, Celine O’Neill, Martha RotterandDr. Grainne Kirwanfor putting me in touch with IADT.
Huge thanks to Ben Arent,
co-founder and co-coordinator of IxDA-Dublin for keeping the group
running smoothly and for his insatiable appetite for organising stellar
local IxDA events.
Finally, thanks to Graphic Mint,
for providing me the agency and freedom to take vast amounts of time off
over the Summer to work on this bid. I promise I will be back at my desk presently.