FITC Toronto 2014

FITC Toronto 2014

The Technology & Creativity Conference

April 27-29, 2014
Toronto

Speakers

Adam Carlucci
Presentations
Adam is an artist and programmer whose work focuses on the creative integration of new technologies into interactive installations which provide a fertile ground for play, expression and exploration. His installation work can be found at the TELUS Spark Science Centre, as well as…
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Addy Osmani
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Addy Osmani is an engineer on the Chrome team at Google working on open-source projects like Yeoman and Polymer. A passionate JavaScript developer, he has written open-source books like ‘Learning JavaScript Design Patterns’ and ‘Developing Backbone…
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Alex McLeod
Alex McLeod
Alex McLeod, 29, was born in Scarborough and graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2007 from the drawing and painting faculty. Through digital prints, sculpture, video, and installation, McLeod presents visuals that appear as if “they could exist in real…
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Anders Lassen
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With an eye for visual design, a life-long interest in hardcore graphics programming and an M.Sc. in industrial economics, Anders has set out to revolutionize how we create digital content. Having previously worked on graphics hardware which powers millions of phones, Anders is…
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Andrew Casden
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Bassett & Partners uses an ethnographic understanding of people to find original emotional insights. Through unique methodologies, B&P helps brands find new ways to connect with consumers emotionally. Our story-telling capabilities are as unique as the insights we…
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Andy Gilmore
Andy Gilmore
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A master of colour and geometric composition, Andy Gilmore’s work is often characterized as kaleidoscopic and hypnotic, though it could just as well be described as visually acoustic, as his often complex arrangements reference the scales and melodies in…
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Anton Repponen
Anton Repponen
Creative Director
Creative Director
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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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Ben Unsworth
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Ben Unsworth is Co-Founder and President of Globacore, the Toronto-based creative technology shop behind PaperDude VR and many other game-based interactive installations that can be found at exhibits, events and museums around the world. While Ben’s formal training is in…
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Bermon Painter
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A rootbeer-drinking, cupcake-eating, Spanish-speaking, piano-playing, handlebar-mustache-wearing designer/developer hybrid living in the glorious city of Charlotte. Bermon is the organizer of various community groups for user experience designers and front-end developers, and 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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Brock Enright
Brock Enright
Artist
Artist
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Brock Enright was born in 1976 in Norfolk, VA. He received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1998, and his MFA from Columbia University in 2002. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Enright has perhaps received the most attention from the mainstream media…
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CJ Gammon
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CJ Gammon is a Creative Technologist at Adobe, focusing on new Web technology with the goal to showcase the creative potential of the Web and inspire the community through innovative applications and experiences.

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Charlie Taylor
Charlie Taylor
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Charlie Taylor received a B.S. degree in Zoology from Univ. Texas in 1975 and a PhD in Neurobiology from Univ. California, Berkeley in 1980. He received a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. F.E. Dudek at Tulane Medical Center from 1980 to 1982. He has…
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Chris Mills
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Chris 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 any other web technology you can name, and when he isn’t tinkering, he often gives tech…
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Chris Shankland
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Chris Shankland is a lead developer at Big Viking Games and spends his days building the systems that are used extensively throughout Big Viking’s HTML5 game engine, Valhalla. Chris is originally from Seattle, a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and has…
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Chris Strom
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You could fill a book with what Chris doesn’t know….which is rather the point. Author of “3D Game Programming for Kids,” “Dart for Hipsters,” and “The SPDY Book.” Co-author of “Recipes with Backbone(.js).”

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Christopher Bahry
Christopher Bahry
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Born in 1978 and currently living and working in Toronto, Chris Bahry has carried his sensibilities and experiences from his mentorship under Bruce Mau in the world of print, branding, product, video and architectural design into motion design and film-making. Over the course of…
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Christopher Lewis
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Christopher Lewis is a Toronto-based creative technologist, photographer and interactive developer. He explores the potential of technology through digital installations and as a member of the technology/art collective The Creative Technologists of Toronto. Christopher believes…
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Dann Toliver
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Author of Daimio. Makes things at Bento Box. Co-founder of Bento Miso, a non-profit collaborative workspace focused on lowering barriers to entry in the technology world. Likes math.

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Dave Benton
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Dave is the driving force behind metajive, since its inception in 1999. Dave headed to San Francisco to become a ‘hired gun’ for a handful of the big agencies in the city. Dave worked on everything he could get his hands on, which included Disney, Banana Republic,…
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David Sheinkopf
David Sheinkopf
Director of Education, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation
Director of Education, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation
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“BBQ Dave” Sheinkopf taught in the NY school system for 10 years and has spent the last 5 of those years developing a curriculum for teaching analog and digital electronics to high school students in order to prepare them for life in an increasingly-technified world.…
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Derek Watson
Derek Watson
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Derek is a developer who currently spends his time writing Rails, Node.js, cracking jokes and being tall. He’s a senior dev at TWG, where he solves problems for innovators at tech start-ups, established media companies and big brands. This means getting up close and personal…
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Dr. Helen Papagiannis, Ph.D
Dr. Helen Papagiannis is recognized as a world leading expert in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). She has been working with AR for a decade with a focus on storytelling and creating compelling experiences in AR. Dr. Papagiannis was named among the NEXT 100 Top Influencers of…
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Dré Labre
You could say that Dré Labre is a creative director with infinite directions: when he’s not directing a team, he’s exploring his own art projects. When he’s not engaging audiences at speaking events, he’s engaged in foot stomping medleys with his band, The Darned. When…
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Edward Keeble
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Edward Keeble was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1984 and received a BFA in New Media from Ryerson University. A long-time resident of Toronto, he moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2013 to pursue danger and art. Of particular interest to him are projects which explore…
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Eugene Andruszczenko
Eugene Andruszczenko
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Eugene has over 15 years of extensive experience in the technology landscape. With his vast knowledge in technologies ranging from hardware through middleware to front end presentation tier, Eugene has continued to deliver solutions to consumers and client by abstracting those…
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Frédéric Harper
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With over 10 years of experience in the IT world, Frédéric Harper began as a developer working with different technologies, focusing on Web and mobile development. One day Frédéric had a revelation and decided to use his social skills to become an Evangelist; he then spent a…
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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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Geoffrey Lillemon
Geoffrey Lillemon
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Geoffrey Lillemon brings a classic, romantic style of painting and drawing to technology in order to reinterpret artistic practice. Unwilling to be restricted by medium, he uses various art forms, mixed and moving media, literature and soundscapes to create works of…
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Graham Rapsey
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As an award-winning Canadian strategic content creator, creative director and filmmaker, Graham has always sought the story at the heart of the script, product, idea, or brand he’s working with. The result is a craft-based narrative approach to a wide variety of media and…
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Grant Skinner
Grant Skinner
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Grant Skinner is an internationally recognized leader in the field of rich interactive experiences. His body of work spans experimental interaction, applications, games, websites, installations, embedded devices, and mobile, with a recent focus on projects that span multiple…
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Greg Borenstein
Greg Borenstein
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Greg Borenstein is an artist, technologist, and teacher, creating illusions for humans and machines. His work explores computer vision, machine learning, game design, visual effects, and drawing as media for storytelling and design. Greg is a graduate of the NYU Interactive…
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Greg Hermanovic
Greg Hermanovic
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Greg Hermanovic is co-founder of Derivative and Side Effects Software, and has been meddling in 3D graphics since 1974. Greg currently leads Derivative, the creators of TouchDesigner which is an application development tool used for making interactive experiences, architectural…
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Hal Lasko
Hal ‘Grandpa’ Lasko was born July 28, 1915 in Toledo,OH – one of eight children of Austrian immigrants. As he was starting his career as a graphic designer, he left civilian life to serve in WWII, drafting directional and weather maps for bombing raids. During…
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Harvey Moon
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New media artist Harvey Moon is a creator of tools and machines. He works with emerging technologies, finding new and creative ways of connecting people to the world around us. Using electronics, mechanics and software, the works straddle mediums while opening new insights into…
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Ingrid Kopp
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An innovator in the independent film industry and an expert on interactive storytelling and maker culture, Ingrid Kopp is Director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute where she oversees the TFI New Media Fund. Recently supported projects include Alma, Hollow,…
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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 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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Jared Ficklin
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Jared has been designing with technology for over a decade, focusing on innovative or unique interaction models especially those involving interesting inputs like touch, multi-touch, voice or gesture. His philosophy is “Think by Making, Deliver by Demo” and employs…
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Jason Arena
Jason Arena
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Jason runs Workinman Interactive, a game design and development studio that creates games and interactive experiences for large entertainment companies. Their clients include Nickelodeon, Disney, Addicting Games and many more. Before starting Workinman in early 2005, Jason worked…
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Jason Theodor
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Jason Theodor is a Creative _______________. A. Director (Over the last twenty years he has built digital marketing solutions for mega-brands like Citibank, WestJet, and Nike.) B. Speaker (From Amsterdam to Winnipeg, Jason has presented at schools and conferences around the…
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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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Jeff Tapper
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Jeff Tapper has over 18 years of experience developing Internet applications for a myriad of clients, including ESPN, Major League Baseball and CNBC. He is actively involved in the Streaming Media industry, and is a frequent speaker at NAB, IBC, Streaming Media East and West.He…
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Jonathan Moneta
Jonathan Moneta
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Jonathan is Creative Lead at MAKELAB, a digital fabrication event company and hands-on drop-in 3D printing studio in Toronto. MAKELAB’s industrial design and event staff develop digital fabrication events, creating compelling experiences with 3D printing and digital tools…
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Karolina Sobecka
Karolina Sobecka
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Karolina Sobecka works with animation, design, interactivity, computer games and other media and formats. Her work often engages public space and explores the way we interact with the world we create. Karolina received her BFA from the SAIC and her MFA from Calarts, has also…
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Kevin Airgid
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Kevin started developing interactive when Mosaic was the dominant browser and began his career working for The University of Western Ontario developing generation one websites. Kevin continued to grow his interactive experience working for companies developing Macromedia Director…
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Kim Pimmel
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Kim Pimmel is a designer, photographer, filmmaker and coder inspired by digital generative art, natural patterns and phenomena, and analog visual effects in films such as 2001, A Space Odyssey and Solaris. Pimmel pioneers new techniques for visual effects by using a wide range of…
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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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Lauren McCarthy
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Lauren McCarthy is a designer, artist and programmer who is fascinated by the slightly uncomfortable moments when patterns are shifted, expectations are broken, and participants become aware of the system. She is a Processing fellow, adjunct faculty at NYU ITP and RISD, and was a…
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Marc-André Baril
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Marc-André Baril is interactive director at Moment Factory. Since 2009, he has contributed to the growing profile of the company with innovative interactive experiences for clients such as Cirque du Soleil, Los Angeles World Airports (LAX), Nine Inch Nails, Disney, le Quartier…
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Marco Petkovski
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Marco is a man obsessed with data, analytics and measurement. Part strategic thinker, part artist, part analyst, he has worked in the advertising agency and digital product design field for years with the likes of PepsiCo, Air Canada, Scotiabank, Nissan, Toshiba, Air Miles, Bell…
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Mark Argo
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Mark is an artist and technologist who has worked extensively in creative applications of software, hardware and networks. His work has been exhibited internationally across Asia, Europe and North America, and has been featured in major technology magazines such as Wired and…
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Markus Heckmann
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Markus Heckmann is a Technical Director with Derivative, the makers of TouchDesigner. He arrived in Toronto seven years ago from his native Germany and has since participated in the development and delivery of commercial and artistic projects alike. Apart from producing show…
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Mary Franck
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Mary Franck is a new media artist working in installation and performance. She creates visceral, contemplative experiences entwined and in contrast with contemporary digital technology. She uses video as character, set and material, using projection mapping and real-time video to…
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Mary Huang
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Mary Huang is the founder of Continuum Fashion; she pioneers fashion for the digital age, combining 3D design, digital fabrication and software to redefine the craft of making apparel. Continuum Fashion is best known for creating wearable 3D printed shoes and textiles, and…
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Masashi Kawamura
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Masashi was born in Tokyo, and raised in San Francisco. He currently works as Creative Director / Founder of the Creative Lab ‘PARTY’ in Tokyo & New York. He was previously a Creative Director at Wieden + Kennedy New York, and has worked around the globe in different…
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Matias Niemelä
Matias Niemelä
Core Developer, AngularJS
Core Developer, AngularJS
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Matias Niemelä is a core developer on the AngularJS project, working primarily on animations, tutorials and documentation as well as core-level contributions. While not working on AngularJS, Matias raises the bar on tech blogging via his website yearofmoo.com. He also performs…
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Matthew Barnett
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Design is about communicating an idea: with nearly 11 years of experience in the field of identity development and graphic design, Matt has helped hundreds of clients do just that. Matt started his career in the dot com world, designing websites and interactive experiences.…
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Mike Butcher
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Mike is currently a Senior Web Developer at D2L Inc. where he develops websites and web services for both internal use and client projects. With two decades of experience creating solutions for the Web, he dreams in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other obscure dialects. He is…
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Mikko Haapoja
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Mikko Haapoja is Director of Creative Technology at Jam3, one of the world’s top digital production and design agencies. Coming from a Computer Science background into advertising has been an interesting ride for Mikko as it has enabled him to merge his love for art,…
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Molly Schwartz
Molly Schwartz
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Molly Schwartz’s professional and artistic work combine technology, art and a love of drawing. She creates immersive expeditions – informal narratives traveling through aerial, arboreal and aquatic worlds of curious perspective. She shows her animated videos, drawings…
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Nadine Lessio
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Nadine Lessio is a designer and artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. She spends her time programming, tinkering with found objects and experimenting with games. When not working she can be found cycling long distances or exploring far, far away.

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Neil Mendoza
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Neil likes to use digital and mechanical technology to bring objects and spaces to life, and is a founding member of the collective “is this good?” He graduated from Oxford University with a Master’s in Maths and Computer Science and has worked in many fields…
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Pamela Hilborn
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Pamela is a designer who has invested the past 15 years to creating and building consumer software and hardware products. She has been an anthropologist, copywriter, creative director, information architect and product designer; these experiences, along with her profound interest…
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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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Philippe Dubost
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Philippe Dubost is a Technology Designer at Moment Factory. Deeply fascinated by the intersections between art and technology, Philippe has always balanced technical research with creative endeavour. During three years of studies in computer engineering, Philippe created and…
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Rachel Binx
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Rachel Binx is a data visualizer, developer, designer and mathematician. She has co-founded Meshu and Gifpop, two small companies that explore creating one-off physical objects from the data that each person finds meaningful. Meshu creates generative jewelry based on the places…
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Rami Sayar
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Rami Sayar is a computer engineering graduate from McGill University. He has been active in the fields of software engineering and design. While pursuing his studies, he has worked for hot startups in Silicon Valley and for Fortune 500 giants. Rami founded the Code Jam @ McGill,…
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Raymond Camden
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Raymond Camden is a 40 year old married father of three living in beautiful Lafayette, Louisiana. He is a developer evangelist for Adobe with a primary technical focus on web standards and mobile development. Most of his time is spent writing, researching or presenting. When not…
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Reed + Rader
Reed + Rader
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The story of Reed + Rader begins over a decade ago on the internet when Matthew messages Pamela and says, “Hey I like your blue hair”. After stops in farm-town and coal country America they ended up in New York City where they joined forces while attending the School of…
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Rich Gilbank
Rich Gilbank
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Rich Gilbank has been a developer at Shopify (one of Canada’s leading SaaS companies) ever since it acquired Jet Cooper – a UX agency known for its lean product design and development process, where he worked as a lead front-end developer. Prior to Jet Cooper, Rich…
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Robert Wong
Robert Wong
Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab
Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab
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Google’s dream is an engineer’s dream: that the world is in beta and exists to be re-invented. It’s Google Creative Lab Chief Creative Officer Robert Wong’s job to tell the stories of those dreams and inventions; whether it’s Google Glasses, a new…
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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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Sean Ramsay
Sean Ramsay
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Sean’s 20 year career in all things digital has allowed him to understand the roles and requirements needed to make Bubl a reality. He has often been the translator of visions into digital products for a number of agencies. Sean is a well-versed expert in the area of…
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Sophi Kravitz
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Sophi Kravitz designs electronics for both creative projects and pure science applications. Most recently she has been working with biofeedback, two recent works that ask the user to use a sensor to measure their heartbeat and concentrate on slowing it down for meditative and…
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Sougwen Chung
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Canadian-born, Chinese-raised, New York-based. Sougwen is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores transitional edges. Her artistic practice spans installation, sculpture, still image, drawing and performance, informing her multi-faceted approach to experiential art. Her…
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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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Stefan Sagmeister
Stefan Sagmeister
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Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated eight times, he finally won two Grammy Awards for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno &…
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Stephan Tanguay
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Stephan Tanguay is an award-winning designer/developer located in Toronto, Canada. Stephan has won awards such as an Applied Arts Interactive Media Award for a rich media banner for the Jeep Wrangler, several IAC awards for work on the Estee Lauder website redesign in addition to…
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Tatjana Green
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Throughout her career, Tatjana has always drawn upon the design philosophies and fundamentals she learned while studying at the Bauhaus. Tatjana’s philosophy is about form and function working in harmony with an understanding of the role that design plays. Her expertise in the…
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Thibault Imbert
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Thibault Imbert is a Group Product Manager on the Web Authoring team at Adobe, working on next generation tools for Web designers and developers. After a few years working for different agencies as a Flash developer, in 2008 Thibault released a free ActionScript 3 ebook called…
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Tim Cannon
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Chief Technical Officer of Grindware Circadia LLC. Tim Cannon is a software engineer whose passion has always been to be a cyborg. This passion led him to co-found Grindhouse Wetware, a research and development group dedicated to creating open source human augmentation…
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Tim Stutts
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Tim Stutts is a designer/ prototyper who strives to innovate in the space between content and code. His initial approach often involves hand-sketching and wireframing, before transitioning to creative coding platforms to push concepts further as prototype applications and…
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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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Vladimir Vukicevic
Vladimir Vukicevic
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Vladimir has been with Mozilla for over seven years and is passionate about making the web a high-quality platform for app development. His particular focus has been on graphics and media, and he did the foundation work and led the creation of WebGL, the standard API for 3D…
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Walter, Patrick and Matt
Walter, Patrick and Matt
Film Directors
Film Directors
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Walter, Patrick and Matt are the co-creators of “Noah”. The film won best short film at the TIFF 2013 and when the video was released in partnership with YouTube, it racked up over 1.5 million views. They met at Ryerson University during a talent show where they…
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Yuko Shimizu
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Yuko is an award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York. You may have seen her style gracing Pepsi cans, Gap and NIKE T-shirts, VISA billboard, Microsoft and Target ads, as well as covers of DC Comics and inside the pages of New York Times, TIME, New Yorker, GQ and…
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