Explore last year's panels, Tech Expo and Hackathon prize-winning teams.
Last year's design panel explored real impact and desirability in design. The panel was moderated by Dr. Beth Altringer, a Lecturer on Innovation and Design at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School of Design, and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The panel consisted of John Rothenberg from Sosolimited, Matt Keeter from Formlabs, Sara Hendren, a professor at Olin College, Sarah Mallin from Essential, and Tobias van Schneider, Art Director and Lead Product Designer at Spotify.
The fashion panel explored how entrepreneurs have been able to scale their business ideas and make a mark in today's Fashion industry. Liz Bacelar, Founder and CEO of Decoded Fashion, moderated a panel including Jade Huang, founder and CEO of StyleSage.co, Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, Yaniv Nissim, founder of Stylit, and Jill Sherman, founder and CEO of Modalyst.
The 2015 Film Panel explored the question of how interactive storytelling can offer a new cinematic experience. The panel was led by William Uricchio, Professor, Comparative Media Studies, MIT and featured Christopher Allen, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of UnionDocs, Kel O'Neill, filmmaker with Jongsma + O'Neill, Sandra Rodriguez, filmmaker and scholar, and Jeff Soyk, a freelance creative director/UI & UX designer.
This panel focused on the changing landscape of gaming as the barriers to entry are breaking down for starting entrepreneurial ventures and independent gaming studios. Eitan Glinert, Fire Chief at Fire Hose Games, moderated this panel focusing on entrepreneurship along with panelists Jack Dalrymple, Senior Vice President at Cap and Cut, Justin Pappas, Ape Law's Founder and Creative Director, Sam Butin, Associate Producer at iNK Stories, and Trevor Stricker, President at Disco Pixel.
In a panel called, “New Tech: Threat or Boon to the Music Industry,” panelists discussed the dramatic evolution of the music industry since the dawn of the digital revolution. Panos Panay, Founding Managing Director of Berklee ICE led the panel which also featured Jeff Price, Founder and CEO of Audiam, Kiran Gandhi, Madame Gandhi artist, Benji Rogers, Founder and President of Pledge Music, Sachin Doshi, Spotify’s VP of Content, and Berklee College of Music Associate Professor George Howard.
The 2015 Dance Panel explored how emerging technology is changing the language of dance - from motion capture to AI and beyond. Mimi Yin of ITP/NYU moderated a panel made up of Troika Ranch’s Artistic Co-Directors, Dawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio, Motion Bank’s Director, Florian Jenett, the Director and Professor of Deakin University’s Deakin Motion Lab, Kim Vincs, and Brooklyn Ballet’s Founding Artistic Director, Lynn Parkerson.
Last year's Virtual Reality panel focused on exploring current use and creative possibilities of Virtual Reality. The panel consisted of Jessica Brillhart, Principal Filmmaker for Google's JUMP, Rachel Rossin, a Virtual Reality Fellow at NEW INC, Rus Grant, Director of the Harvard University Visualization Research and Teaching Laboratory, and Alexander Porter, Creative Director at Spectacular. Moderation for this panel was done by Michael Naimark, a resident artist with Google VR.
The Visual Arts panel last year looked at how startups, artists, and cultural institutions approached innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship, while democratizing the arts with the use of technology. Moderated by Matthew Israel, a curator at large from Artsy, the panel consisted of Kevin McCoy, CEO of and an artist at Monegraph, the Executive Director of ArtScience Labs, Carrie Fitzsimmons, Julia Kaganskiy, Director of NEW INC and Sarah Hromack, the Director of Digital Media at Whitney Museum of American Art.
Using the IMVU online metaverse, Inside Art created virtual realities of famous works of art including American Gothic and the Birth of Venus. Using a VR headset, art lovers can explore these famous scenes up close and personal. You can check out the presentation the Inside Art shared at the hackathon below. Inside Art consisted of Bruno Olmedo, Kathy Wu, Willy Wu, and Marcelo Decastro.
Team DJ Guru, made up of Arpit Gupta, Gulay Ozkan and David Henry also, also won the CODEMKRS Acceleration Award prize.
Team LockAR was a solo effort of Uttam Grandhi. Team Music Touch consisted of David Wang and George Sun.
Sonos charged Hacking Arts participants to re-envision the user experience of enjoying music in the home and this extraordinary team delivered. Team My Sonos Hack was made up of Nick Del Vecchio, Adam Mitchell, Jacob Connery, Sophia Yang, Kevin Shaabi, Jose Belloso and Linda Cheung.
Two MIT undergraduates took home the prize with their project, BAE "Better Art Understanding." BAE stands for Better Art Understanding and their tongue-in-cheek hack allows for anyone to sound knowledgeable about art criticism; using the Artsy API these two Course 6 (EECS) students were able to scan works of art and automatically generate commentary that would allow you to keep up with even the most devoted art history buffs.
2015 Tech Expo was an art and fashion gallery, a game room, an interactive performance, and a social scene full of new ideas and engaging conversations all at once.
It was built around a vision as an interactive playroom featuring work from artists and products from start-ups and companies across all eight of our focus industries - design, visual arts, virtual reality, music, film, dance, fashion, and gaming.