6 countries
20 years
25 cities
166 events
2,075 speaker flights
4,208 presentations
81,540 attendees
99,519 beers drank
Audience at FITC's Web Unleashed 2016 event

About

Who are we?

FITC stands for ‘Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity.’ – four words that capture the essence of what our company and events are all about. We produce design and technology focused events worldwide that inspire, educate and challenge attendees. Since 2002, FITC has brought together like-minded professionals in Toronto, Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles and many other cities.

What is it all about?

It starts with the presentations that are both technical and creative in nature and led by hand-picked experts from around the world who are eager to share and meet you. For our larger events, there are often multiple tracks to choose from which include content catered to a specific audience. It’s also about the networking. FITC provides the platform for people who share a passion to meet and interact, whether it’s at the presentations, in the exhibitor hall or at one of the evening parties.

Who goes to an FITC event?

Digital Creators of all kinds…designers, developers, motion graphics artists, digital artists and everyone and anyone who creates things in the digital space. From technical to inspirational sessions, there’s always something to choose from, regardless of what stage of your career you’re in.

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Staff

Shawn Pucknell
Founding Director

Creative guru and successful entrepreneur, Shawn began his career in 1996 as a Flash developer producing award winning content for Maclaren McCann and later Blast Radius. He was the lead author on the Macromedia Press title “Flash MX 2004 Demystified”, and in 2001 he began his community efforts by starting the Toronto Flash user group FlashinTO.

A notable and respected figure in the new media industry, he has taught at OCAD University and the International Academy of Design, is frequently called on to sit on program advisory boards and judge international and local award shows including SXSW Interactive, and in 2009 he was honoured with an induction into Algonquin College's Media Hall of Fame.

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Alfred Park
Senior Producer

With more than a decade of experience running professional development events, Alfred is a seasoned pro. He is a master of spreadsheets, checklists, contract negotiations, and dongles. In his years with FITC, Alfred’s responsibilities have evolved to him quite literally running the show. He is a multi-faceted event production guru who knows how to turn an event concept into a reality, from start to finish.

A geek at heart, Alfred fits in well with the attendees of the design and tech events he hosts in the name of FITC worldwide. You’ll often find him tinkering with every device in the office to all hours of the morning and surfing on Reddit.

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Matthew Potter
Technical Director

From graphics to fabrication, coding to video production, Matthew has been spending the last 20+ years building out his skills for interaction design. Working with large name brands and agencies in order to partner with small time not-for-profit organizations, he focuses on building out ideas and methods to bring accessible education and learning to as many people as he can.

Nearly always to be found with a cup of coffee (or bacon), Matthew continues his efforts in making events, both in-person and online, a more engaging and enriching experience for all.

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Jill Dasti
Social Media Manager

Eight years of schooling in corporate and digital communications, multiple social media accounts, a passion for storytelling, and well over a decade of experience in both photography and event planning - it's obvious that Jill likes connecting with others. Having run everything from professional development sessions to horse shows and medieval festivals, one of Jill's favourite things about event planning is the excitement for what ís coming next. Whether she is writing a news article or a social media post, Jill is pumped, and she wants you pumped too.

When she is not planning an event, writing, or wandering with her camera, you can find Jill binging Community (again), going down Internet rabbit holes, playing Nintendo, or baking for any reason she can come up with. Cheesecake, anyone?

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