Do you believe that video games, mobile phone applications, websites and social networking sites can be designed to motivate and influence people? If you don't you are not paying attention and you need to get with the program. Consider getting educated by attending the 4th International Conference on Persuasive Technology.

The Fourth International Conference on Persuasive Technology is set for April 26-29, 2009 in Claremont, California, USA. The conference brings together people from all over the world who believe we are entering the era of persuasive technology.

Can you convince a person that technology can be green? How do you design a mobile application to be persuasive and how do you test it? What tools can be used in social network sites to accelerate persuasion among peers? Is persuasive technology ethical? These are just some of the themes to be discussed at the conference. 

Some of the confirmed keynote and distinguished speakers for the event include:

  • Brenda Laurel, California College of Design & Arts - Keynote Speaker
  • Stephen Intille, MIT - Keynote Speaker
  • BJ Fogg, Stanford University
  • Mihály Csikszentmihalyi, Claremont Graduate University
  • Pål Kraft, University of Oslo

Call for Papers Deadline Extended

If you are an academic or a practitioner and you want to share your research, technologies, designs or applications during the conference you can submit your papers for presentation.

The original deadline of January 1 has been extended to January 15. That's just two days away, but plenty of time.

There are a number of research themes and tracks you can submit papers for, including:

  • Persuasion for healthy living
  • Persuasion via social networking
  • Mobile & Ubiquitous Persuasion
  • Gaming and Persuasion
  • Design, Human Computer Interaction
  • General Persuasion

There are also a number of cutting edge topics such as green technologies and education/training.

There are strict guidelines that must be followed to submit a paper and ACM templates that must be used. It's important to note that submissions can only be a maximum of 8 pages and must be submitted blind.

If you don't want to get that involved and are happy to sit in the audience and listen then attend the conference for a registration fee of US$ 600.00.