Asian Children’s Media Summit, 28 May 2011

Summit Director: Joanne Teoh, Singapore

Summit Consultant: Greg Childs, UK

Children are connecting with content on multiple media platforms. Learn how to engage and enthuse this 24/7 iGeneration with new insights in this dynamic media landscape. Connect with media-providers at the Asian Children’s Media Summit 2011. Share cross-sector experience and plan for the digital future at this unique pan-media event.

For: Publishers, writers, librarians, broadcasters, filmmakers, journalists, scholars, educators and others interested in exploring the future of children’s media.

8.30am – 9.30am: Registration

9.30am – 10.15am / Gallery

Welcome Note by Joanne Teoh, Summit Director

Keynote: Decoding the Digital Kid by Warren Buckleitner, Editor, Children’s Technology Review, US

Children today are born into and grow up in a media-saturated world. As media converge and a pervasive digital screen culture change cultural paradigms, children’s roles are evolving as individual learners and as meaning creators within a social network.  How should media producers and content makers adapt their strategies to fulfill the new requirements of connected, multitasking youngsters who look at the world through different eyes?

10.15am – 11.15am / Gallery

Plenary: The Digital Landscape – What Kids Want


  • Yvone Foong, CEO, Zixxe, Singapore
  • Adrian Mills, Chief Adviser, BBC Children’s and BBC Learning, UK
  • John Thet, Publisher and Editorial Director, Asian Geographic, Singapore

Moderator: Greg Childs, Media Consultant and Former BBC Children’s Producer and Commissioner, UK

Representatives from major sectors will outline successful cross-platform projects and explain their successes amongst a range of children’s audiences.

11.45am – 12.45pm / Screening Room (Parallel)

a) The Future of Media in Children’s Education by Elvina “Rina” Lopez-Bautista, Founder and Director, Knowledge Channel, Philippines

The Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc.’s (KCFI) is the Philippines’ first and only educational media institution, which started its work by using television to provide greater access to quality, curriculum-based educational content to public schools nationwide. Here, Lopez-Bautista argues about the inevitable influence of media in functional literacy. She then examines present trends in media and education, and looks at how rapidly advancing technologies can affect practices and approaches in the future.

11.45am – 12.45pm / Gallery (Parallel)

b) Digital Trends and Its Impact on Children’s Books by Richard Wan, CEO of E-Book Systems, Singapore

The skills needed to navigate digital books are different from those needed to understand traditional print books. How has digital technology changed the way children read? How might e-books and book applications enhance their reading experiences?

12.45pm – 2.15pm: Lunch

2.15pm – 3.15pm / Gallery (Parallel)

a) Roundtable : Of Naga & Bidadari: Asian Stories for Global Kid


  • Elvina “Rina” Lopez-Bautista, Founder and Director, Knowledge Channel, Philippines
  • John Thet, Publisher and Editorial Director, Asian Geographic, Singapore
  • Sayoni Basu, Director of Publishing, Scholastic, India

Moderator: Kenneth Liang, Creative Director at Singtel mio TV, Singapore

Multicultural content empowers children to understand diverse cultures, people and perspectives. There is need to rethink distribution and access of Asian content to children worldwide while bridging the digital divides. Panelists discuss representations of Asian Diasporas in children’s media and the approaches to re-imagine Asian narratives in creative multimedia formats.

2.15pm – 3.15pm / Screening Room (Parallel)

b) Roundtable: Wise Kids – Raising Cyberfit Kids


  • Poh Yeang Cherng, Director and Cyber Wellness Consultant, Kingmaker Consultancy Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Allein Moore, Editor, AdAsia Magazine, Singapore

Moderator: Joanne Teoh, Founding Editor of Webs@Work and Director, Sapphire Studios, Singapore

Parents and policy makers are grappling with new and increasingly complex social, ethical, legal and regulatory issues as communicating, learning and entertaining move online. To woo children, advertisers create commercials that evoke emotional responses rather than critical thinking.

Regulating the impact these experiences are having on children has become very challenging. What are the strategies to engage children and protect them from harmful content in the media space? Panelists shed light on how the best interests of children are served by media policies.

3.45pm – 4.45pm / Screening Room (Parallel)

a) Media Use Among Youths in Singapore by Brian Lee, Head of Communication Programme, SIM University, Singapore

Governments, public and media tend to view use of media among youths negatively and are decidedly critical. In Singapore’s context, use of new media applications, such as SMS and computer games, among youths has always been seen as a “problem” in the education arena. Brian will share about his study on the correlation between youths’ media use and their attitudes and social behavior. More specifically, it focuses on whether the use of new media would cause the problematic behavior among youths, as claimed by some local politicians and media.

3.45pm – 4.45pm / Gallery (Parallel)

b) eBooks, Apps, iPads and the Content Creators by Christopher Cheng, prolific writer in Print and Digital Formats, Australia

This session is an insider’s look at the rapidly changing ‘book world’ presented by a creator of traditional children’s titles. We will look at the ins and outs for the CONTENT CREATORS – the writers and illustrators – for this new media. Chris will discuss how his iPad App was created, the different mechanisms involved in producing Apps and eBooks and his experience as a traditionally published author in the digital landscape. We will also investigate some of the different iPad Apps and eBooks that are out there with content created by traditionally published children’s authors and illustrators. It will also look at how one ‘work’ can be utilised to cross many forms of the book landscape in both traditional to digital media.

5.00pm – 6.00pm / Gallery

Plenary: Broadcasters and the Cross Platform Revolution


  • Adrian Mills, Chief Adviser, BBC Children’s and BBC Learning, UK
  • Syahrizan Mansor, Director, Programming and On Air Promo, Nickelodeon Asia, Singapore
  • Catherine Yap, Programme Director, Okto, Mediacorp, Singapore

Moderator: Greg Childs, Media Consultant and Former BBC Children’s Producer and Commissioner, UK

This session explains why major broadcasters are investing money and creative effort in cross-platform exploitation of their properties, and building transmedia relationships with their young audiences.  It explores the budgetary, skills, internal communication and creative challenges, and outlines the opportunities in digital development.

6.15pm – 7.00pm / Gallery

Roundtable: Blockbusters – The Muse in the Screen


  • Arvind Ethan David, Producer, Slingshot Studio, UK
  • Yvone Foong, CEO, Zixxe, Singapore
  • James Toh, Producer, Singapore

Moderator: Viswa Sadasivan, CEO, Strategic Moves Pte Ltd, Singapore

From Bollywood to Hollywood, books are fertile ground for Asian producers looking for a bright idea to rivet and inspire young viewers around the world. What are the strategies to create a global hit that transcends cultural barriers and stereotypes?

The festival organisers reserve the right to change speakers, events and/or session times, dates, and other details as necessary.


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