FITC Toronto 2013

FITC Toronto 2013

The Design & Technology Festival

April 21-23, 2013
Toronto

Speakers

Aaron James Draplin
Aaron James Draplin
Presentations
Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Web Development, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine,…
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Adam Luck
Adam Luck
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Adam is a Group Director, Business at Grip Limited who leads the digital team. He ensures that digital is not only tightly integrated into everything Grip does, but that it is engrained into the entire client service, creative, social content, and analytic teams. Adam joined GRIP…
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Adam Thody
Adam Thody
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Adam Thody leads Architech’s Web, Mobile & Cloud Applications Practice. His team builds great-looking, powerful applications that leverage open web standards, cloud technologies, and open source.

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Adrian Belina
Adrian Belina
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Adrian Belina is one of the three principals at Jam3 and is also Creative Director and the Head of Business Development and Strategy. At Jam3, Adrian focuses on running one of Toronto’s top interactive production studios best known for their ability to combine technical…
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Alan Smithson
Alan Smithson
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SmithsonMartin Inc. is a technology startup company that is focused on disruptive innovations for the music and gaming industries.   SmithsonMartin began with two veteran DJ’s in August 2010 on YouTube, one interested in the others multitouch technology and the other able…
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Alex Kurina
Alex Kurina
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Alex Kurina (OK!AK) is an award-winning designer and new media artist from Toronto, with a strong body of commercial and personal work in graphic design, video and animation. Alex’s artistic practice is heavily design-focused and leans towards polished and visually compelling…
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Ana Serrano
Ana Serrano
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Ana is the Chief Digital Officer of the Canadian Film Centre and Founder of the CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned and award-winning institute for interactive storytelling created in 1997 at the Canadian Film Centre. With her visionary direction and digitally-forward approach to…
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Anrick Bregman
Anrick Bregman
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Anrick is interactive director at unit9 and part of the arts collective Tango&Hawaii. He creates commercial and experimental content for the browser and the smart phone, built on a dialogue between the viewer and the story. His work has been recognised by the Webbys, One…
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Anton Repponen
Anton Repponen
Creative Director
Creative Director
Presentations
A recipient of the prestigious Red Dot “Best of the Best” award, Anton Repponen is a highly influential designer in the digital creative industry. As Creative Director, Anton was responsible for delivering creative solutions for clients such as Google, Wacom, USA Today, HTC,…
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Ariel Garten
Ariel Garten
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If there ever was a gap between science, art, business and technology, Garten has closed it. Her work converts the workings of the mind into tangible solutions. Garten has researched at the Krembil Neuroscience Institute studying hippocampal neurogenesis, displayed work at the…
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Bob Heubel
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Bob Heubel is a haptic technology evangelist with Immersion Corporation specializing in helping developers implement what is known as force-feedback, tactile-feedback or rumble-feedback effects. He holds a number of patents in the field of Haptics and has spent more than…
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Carl Bergenhem
Carl Bergenhem
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Carl Bergenhem heads up the Solutions Consultant team over at Telerik, the guys behind the client-side library, Kendo UI. As an ASP.NET Insider Carl has spent a lot of time developing web applications within .NET, but loves to work with other technologies like NodeJS. Being a…
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Chris Eben
Chris Eben
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Chris is a Partner at The Working Group (TWG) a leading Internet software company based in Toronto and founding partner and investor in PostageApp, Front Porch Forum, Rocketr, Greengage Mobile and 1Thing – all startups in their own right. Chris has more than 13 years of…
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Chris Mills
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Chris Mills is a Senior Tech Writer at Mozilla, where he writes docs and demos about open web apps, Firefox OS and related subjects. He loves tinkering around with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other web technologies, and gives occasional tech talks at conferences and universities.…
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Daito Manabe
Daito Manabe
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After working at Tokyo University of the Art Inter Media Art Department as part-time teacher, Manabe co-founded Rhizomatiks and Hackerspace “4nchor5 La6″. In 2009, he was a juror at Ars Electronica Prix and Digital Music Category. He received a Second Prize…
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Dan Lee
Dan Lee
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Dan is Automation QA Lead at Xtreme Labs Inc. Having worked previously at Microsoft as a developer and at LG Electronics for UX design, he and his team help to develop in-house automation tools and QA solutions for the mobile industry. A Waterloo grad living in Toronto with his…
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Dan Mall
Dan Mall
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Dan Mall is an award-winning designer from Philadelphia, an enthralled husband, and new dad. As the Founder & Design Director at SuperFriendly, Dan and his team defeat apathy and the forces of evil with heroic creative direction, design, & strategy. He’s also…
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Daniel Scheibel
Daniel Scheibel
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Born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany, Daniel now lives in New York City. As a founding member of the Red Paper Heart Collective he plays with code for a living. Daniel studied Multimedia Design and Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg. His dynamic…
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Danny Yount
Danny Yount
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Danny Yount is a main title designer / director for film and television. He has earned many notable industry awards, as well as 2 Emmy wins and one nomination. At Prologue Films he has designed and directed many recognizable feature film main titles like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang…
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Dave Greene
Dave Greene
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David Greene was born and raised in London Ontario. He graduated from NSCAD University in Halifax Nova Scotia in 2003 with a major in fine art and a minor in art history. During this time he studied printmaking with a focus on lithography, intaglio and wood…
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David Bouchard
David Bouchard
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David (http://www.deadpixel.ca) is an omnivorous New Media artist, technologist and educator. His work explores the expressive potential of computation, both in software and hardware forms. His research interests include generative art, interactive and responsive environments,…
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David Schwarz
David Schwarz
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David Schwarz is an award-winning creative director working between motion-based storytelling, graphic design and interactivity. After receiving an MFA from Art Center College of Design, he became a sought-after freelance talent working at many notable creative studios on both…
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Edgar Parada
Edgar Parada
BlackBerry Developer Evangelist for the BlackBerry 10 Platform. Adobe Community Professional & founder of the User Group RIActive in Mexico City. In the last year Edgar was recognized as a BlackBerry Elite Developer, his principal strengths are in mobile & web…
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Eric Chan
Eric Chan
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Eric Chan is eepmon, a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of fine arts, design and technology. Among his many creative works, he has pioneered an open data / new media performance in which he does live paintings using real-time weather data. He has exhibited…
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Eric Vardon
Eric Vardon
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Over the past 15 years Eric Vardon has created three successful businesses and led award-winning campaigns for a broad range of market leaders including AOL, Bridgestone, General Motors, GoodLife Fitness, The Hearst Company, Laura Secord, Popular Mechanics and Wired Magazine. As…
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Erik von Stackelberg
Erik von Stackelberg
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Erik von Stackelberg is Creative Director at Myplanet Digital, a quickly-growing Toronto design & technology company focused on helping organizations build meaningful digital products. His average day straddles the theoretical and practical, an ongoing mix of digital…
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Evan Jones
Evan Jones
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Stitch Media partner Evan Jones, is a two-time Emmy Award® winner whose innovative work on interactive content for primetime television, radio, web, mobile and games have established him as a pioneer in new genres of Alternate Reality Games, Locative Media and Interactive…
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GMUNK
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GMUNK is a Designer, Director and Galactic Crusader who devoutly believes in Hot Vegans and Dark Crystals. He has over a decade of experience functioning as a Design Director for the motion graphics industry and has remained passionately involved in the global design community,…
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Geri Coady
Geri Coady
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Geri Coady is a colour-obsessed designer and illustrator living and working in Newfoundland, Canada. She is a former Art Director at a Canadian advertising agency and is now pursuing her own clients as a full-time freelancer. Geri loves chatting about nerdy things on Twitter and…
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Greg Beldam
Greg Beldam
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Greg is Lead Mobile Designer at Shopify in Ottawa, Canada. Greg and his team are responsible for crafting the future of mobile apps and disrupting e-commerce. Prior to Shopify Greg has worked extensively as an Art Director on mobile and interactive projects for Hasbro, Samsung,…
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Heather Payne
Heather Payne
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Heather Payne is the founder of Ladies Learning Code, a Toronto-based not-for-profit startup that runs popular workshops for women (and men) who want to learn computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Recently, she founded HackerYou as …
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Hoss Gifford
Hoss Gifford
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Hoss is a digital industries veteran who’s published several books, won a bunch of awards, run a few companies, and shared his vision at a lot of international creative and technology conferences. In the copious amounts of free time this leaves, Hoss is inclined to judge…
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Hydro74
Hydro74
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Hydro74 | MCMLXXIV | The Purveyor of Sin Hydro74 is a Orlando based designer, otherwise known as Joshua M. Smith. The only purpose of his career is to push the boundaries in doing what he feels is progressing personal style, structure and function within the vector rhelm and…
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Irene Pereyra
Irene Pereyra
User Experience Director
User Experience Director
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As User Experience Director, Irene is responsible for translating business requirements into intuitive interactive solutions. For the last 6 years she has led the strategy and UX initiatives for clients including Wacom, USA Today, EA, HTC, Google, Nickelodeon, FOX, Verizon, BBC…
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James Milward
James Milward
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James Milward has a degree in Economics and a postgraduate degree in Interactive Art and Entertainment from the New Media Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. James has worked extensively in TV commercial production and documentary film, prior to defecting to the dark arts of…
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James White
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James White is a Canadian artist and designer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is the 1-man wrecking crew behind the Signalnoise Studio where he produces visual artistry for professional and personal projects. He began his career as a designer in 1998 but started drawing way…
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Jason White
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Jason White is the Executive Creative Director for creative studio Leviathan, which he co-founded in 2010 and quickly built into an industry leader in creating phenomenal visual experiences that maximize all media platforms. Among Leviathan’s most high-profile projects to…
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Jenna Marino
Jenna Marino
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Jenna Marino is a Boston-based designer who’s focus is on providing superior user experiences across all device platforms, especially when it comes to mobile and television applications. She’s the sensible half of Hanerino, a design studio she and her now husband…
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Jesse Malone
Jesse Malone
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Jesse Malone is an Agile Engineer at Xtreme Labs and maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician around the GTA. He discovered web development while Perl was still cool and music long before that. Upon completion of a mathematics degree at McMaster he entered the Jazz…
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Jonathan Snook
Jonathan Snook
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Jonathan writes about tips, tricks, and bookmarks on his blog at Snook.ca. He has also written for A List Apart, 24ways, and .net magazine, and has co-authored two books, The Art and Science of CSS and Accelerated DOM Scripting. He has also authored and received world-wide…
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Kerry Morrison
Kerry Morrison
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During a nearly 20 year career in the digital marketing world, Kerry has worked for some of the biggest brands and with a number of the largest ad agencies in North America. He’s worked for advertising agencies, startups, telcos, media conglomerates, dot-coms and one of the…
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Kurt Krumme
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Kurt Krumme is a User Experience Consultant who has spent most of the last decade creating websites and apps for clients ranging from small not-for-profits to billion-dollar companies. These days he gives talks, writes articles and helps clients keep the focus on their users,…
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Kyle McDonald
Kyle McDonald
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Kyle McDonald is an artist who works in the open with code. He is a contributor to arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and spends a significant amount of time building tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways. His work is very process-oriented,…
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Lanny Geffen
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Lanny is a creative leader and design thinker who has crafted products used by millions of people everyday. From financial websites that trade billions to media apps that broadcast around the world, he works with global brands to discover new opportunities to enhance and expand…
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Manny Elawar
Manny Elawar
Manny Elawar is a BlackBerry Developer Evangelist at BlackBerry. His main focus is reaching out to the developer community and getting them excited about generating top quality apps for the BlackBerry 10 Platform. Manny graduated from the Software Engineering program at Western…
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Marcelo Coelho
Marcelo Coelho
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Marcelo Coelho is an artist, designer and researcher, whose work explores how physical and computational materials can be used to create new human experiences. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Marcelo holds a BFA in Computation Arts, with highest honours, from Concordia…
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Mark McQuillan
Mark McQuillan
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Mark McQuillan is founding partner at Jam3, an interactive production company at the leading edge of innovation in entertainment, technology and advertising. Since 2004, Mark has had the awesome pleasure of working with his incredible team on projects for global brands, artists…
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Matt Fisher
Matt Fisher
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Matt Fisher, Senior Developer at Jam3, is passionate about technology. Whether it is building a large scale multi-user Flash game or programming a model plane to fly itself, he brings that passion with him to every project. An interactive web and systems developer by day and…
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Memo Akten
Memo Akten
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Memo Akten is a visual artist, musician and engineer working at the intersection of art and science. His work covers a range of disciplines including installations, performances, films, music videos, online works and mobile applications. Driven by the urge to make the seemingly…
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Michael Chang
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Michael Chang exists in the awkward cracks between creative code, web development, and indie games. As the founder of MIN/MAX, a San Francisco based creative code agency, his work includes the FWA-Winning 100,000 Stars, a visualization of nearby star systems and the Milky Way,…
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Michael Labriola
Michael Labriola
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Michael Labriola is a Partner and Senior Consultant at Digital Primates IT Consulting Group. He has been developing Internet applications since 1995 and has been working with Flex since its 1.0 beta program. He specializes in developing applications with high business impact…
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Mike Robbins
Mike Robbins
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Mike studied visual arts at York University, and has picked up the technical side of his trade while working at Helios Design for the past 13 years. He is responsible for staying on top of the latest and greatest digital technologies and translating them into engaging online…
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Myron Campbell
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In 2001, Myron began his work with the Trailer Park Boys in Halifax after completing a diploma in Visual Communication at Medicine Hat College. Following that he spent 4 years at the Banff Centre For The Arts as an Interactive Consultant and Lead Designer for the online digital…
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Nando Costa
Nando Costa
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Nando Costa is a Brazilian director and graphic artist based in Portland, Oregon. As a native of Rio de Janeiro, he began experimenting with various artistic mediums from an early age, eventually finding home in graphic design and photography, which led to his career expanding…
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Patrick Haney
Patrick Haney
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Patrick Haney is not a sausage. He’s a developer turned designer who works from his home office just north of Boston, rocking client projects with his wife and business partner, Jenna. Together they form Hanerino, a design studio focused on creating fantastic interfaces for…
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Paul Laberge
Paul Laberge
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Paul is a Developer Advisor with Microsoft Canada, based in Mississauga, Ontario. Paul brings over 12 years of technical experience working with some of the largest North American Fortune 500 companies to the role and has been with Microsoft for almost 5 years. His experience…
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Paul Trani
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Paul Trani is a Creative Suite Evangelist for Adobe Systems, focusing on workflows that empower designers and developers to publish to multiple screens and platforms. Paul has been an Adobe Certified Instructor and CourseWare creator for over a decade and as a writer and prolific…
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Pearl Chen
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From HTML to LEDs, Android to Arduino — Pearl Chen takes on a cross-disciplinary approach to her work. With over 10 years of professional experience, Pearl currently works independently as both a developer and educator. Under the umbrella of her own company, Karma Laboratory,…
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Philip Sierzega
Philip Sierzega
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Philip Sierzega is a multidisciplinary Art Director and founding member of Red Paper Heart. He has always had a passion for experimentation, especially when combining interactivity and animation. With a degree from RIT in New Media Design and a background in web design, Philip…
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Pol Pla
Pol Pla
Pol is a graduate researcher at the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. His work seeks to lay a foundation for designing alternative output technologies. Identifying limitations of current display technologies and conceptualizing, designing and building alternatives that…
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Qanta Shimizu
Qanta Shimizu
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Creative Director, Founder / PARTY While studying at University of Tokyo Faculty of law, Qanta started to set up in type for DTP at a design studio in Tokyo. He joined IMG SRC inc./NON-GRID inc. In 2005 Qanta decided to focus on interactive production. Since then, as a creative…
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Riccardo Giraldi
Riccardo Giraldi
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Riccardo Giraldi is Creative Director at B-Reel in New York. He started his career playing with Lego and is not sure how he ended up working in the digital industry. Over the years Riccardo developed a strong geek accent and found wild satisfaction in watching his ideas quickly…
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Rick Mason
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A man of many hats – and beards – Rick gets his hands into everything. By day he’s a senior developer at Relish Interactive where he builds tools and back-end systems to make websites and apps come alive. By night Rick helps curate speakers for FITC and NXNEi…
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Ron Gervais
Ron Gervais
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Ron Gervais is a director / designer / animator based in Toronto Canada.

Studying art from a young age Ron first attended BealArt in London Ontario Canada as a teen where he was introduced to a diverse range of art making. He later graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and…
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Sara Blake
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Sara Blake, also known as ZSO, is a New York City based illustrator and designer. After studying in the Individualized Study program at NYU, she started her career with a number of jobs in interactive and graphic design and art direction while balancing her true love of hand…
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Sarah Hunt
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Sarah Hunt is a Product Manager at Adobe focusing on HTML design and animation. Prior to joining Adobe, Sarah worked as both a print designer and front-end web developer and now leverages her industry experience to help propel the Web forward.

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Stacey Mulcahy
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Stacey Mulcahy is a technical evangelist with Microsoft for Windows 8. Prior, she was the Lead Developer working with a variety of technologies at Big Spaceship, a digital agency based out of Brooklyn, NY. She has worked at Teknision and Fuel Industries in Ottawa, Canada, and…
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Tom Kuo
Tom Kuo
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An award-winning designer and creative director, Tom Kuo has some 20 years of experience in the art, music and marketing worlds. His dynamic career has been marked by recognition and accolades, including, most recently, a 2009 Applied Arts Interactive Art Award and an exhibition…
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Tomasz Dysinski
Tomasz Dysinski
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Tomasz Dysinski is a visual artist, developer and technologist. His background is in animation, compositting, web and game development. His current role at Jam3 is to git’er done, with a special focus on graphical code and just-in-time tool development.

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Topher Bullock
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Topher is an Agile Engineer at Pivotal Labs where he works on mobile services and applications; and focuses on front-end and back-end solutions in various JavaScript environments. He is obsessed with JavaScript, and enjoys exploring the bleeding-edge of both server and client…
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Vincent McCurley
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Vincent McCurley is a Creative Technologist for the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio. He regularly calls upon his 15 years of interactive design and development experience to help filmmakers and artists use technology to tell stories in creative and innovative…
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Walter Luh
Walter Luh
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Walter Luh is Founder, CEO and creator of Corona SDK, the marquee product of software development company, Corona Labs. In a previous life, Walter was Lead Architect for Adobe Flash Lite, a mobile runtime that has shipped on over a billion devices. During that time, he led the…
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Zander Brimijoin
Zander Brimijoin
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Zander Brimijoin brings a hefty pile of design, and installation art experience to the Brooklyn based collective, Red Paper Heart. In his tenure as an award winning Interactive Art Director at various agencies, Zander found opportunities to mix traditional hand skill with digital…
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