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Industry / Creativity CaT (#crcat)

June 14, 2010

I wanted to recap my visit to the Creativity CaT conference earlier but was struck down with an evil case of the flu care of Hush Studios’ very own David Schwarz thankfully I am back at a near functional state, so on with the review.

The Creativity CaT conference was held at Pier 94 which is one of the most remote locations a Brooklyn based body can travel to. On the edge of Manhattan, the space was a huge warehouse/hanger that resembled something out of Christopher Nolan’s (no relation) Dark Knight. The line up of speakers included some of the usual suspects like; Faris and Nick Law of RG/A.

What I enjoyed much more having heard those two speak a good deal already this year was getting some insight from people like Theo Watson. Theodore’s work ranges from creating new tools for artistic expression, experimental musical systems, to immersive, interactive environments with full-body interaction. His recent work includes the Eyewriter, an eye controlled drawing tool, Graffiti Research Lab’s Laser Tag, laser graffiti system and Funky Forest, an immersive interactive ecosystem for young children. Theodore works together with Zachary Lieberman and Arturo Castro on openFrameworks, which is an open source library for writing creative code in C++, and it was a pleasure to be walked though his projects by the man himself.

I was also stoked to see my twitter buddy Alex Rainert talk about Location, Location, Location. Alex is currently Head of Product at foursquare where he and the rest of the team are working to change the way you engage with the world around you.

One more speaker I want to shift some attention to was Eric Rodenbeck of Stamen. Mr. Rodenbeck is Stamen’s founder & creative director. A 14-year veteran of the interactive design field, he has worked to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualization.

Needless to say it was a day full of handshakes, networking, and the free exchange of ideas. Exactly what a conference needs to be in this ever changing state of our industry. Kudos go out to Teressa Iezzi and the entire Creativity Mag team for a successful day.

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