Tools for Creatives


Tools for making, for learning, for funding, for connecting, and for sharing... How do we build tools with communities of creatives, makers, and entrepreneurs in mind? Where are we going with these tools, and how are these tools shaping the ways we create and do business? We’ll bring industry leaders from Adobe, Autodesk, and Kickstarter together with makers and entrepreneurs from NuVu Studio and SproutsIO to discuss the bigger picture impact of tools for creatives.

Mickey McManus Visiting Research Fellow, Autodesk

Mickey McManus
Visiting Research Fellow, Autodesk

Mickey McManus
Visiting Research Fellow at Autodesk // Panel Moderator

Mickey McManus, IDSA, is a visiting research fellow at Autodesk, and principal & chairman of the board at MAYA Design, a design consultancy and innovation lab. He's a pioneer in pervasive computing, collaborative innovation, human-centered design and education. McManus holds nine patents in connected products and vehicles and services, and spearheaded the launch of MAYA's Pervasive Computing practice. In 2012, McManus wrote the award-winning book Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology, which serves as a field guide to the future—where devices outnumber people, and computing will be accessible freely in the ambient environment.

Mark Rupert Senior Director, Adobe for Education

Mark Rupert
Senior Director, Adobe for Education

Mark Rupert
Senior Director at Adobe for Education
 

Mark Rupert is the Senior Director of Education at Adobe. His team's mission is to inspire and empower the next generation to be lifelong creators. Mark started his career as a teacher in Japan. Since then he has held sales, marketing and ecommerce leadership roles at BMW, Gap Inc., Art.com, and Adobe. He is passionate about education, leading teams, and the ability to leverage data and technology to build great customer experiences. Mark has a BA from Saint Olaf College and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

 

Jenny Farrah Founder and CEO, SproutsIO

Jenny Farrah
Founder and CEO, SproutsIO

Jenny Farah
Founder and CEO at SproutsIO

As co-founder and CEO of SproutsIO, Jennifer Broutin Farah leads the development of new technologies that redefine our interaction with food. Drawing from her childhood experience growing fruits and vegetables in the suburbs of Detroit, Jennifer believes the spirit of the gardener extends beyond growing plants; it represents the ability to thoughtfully nurture and participate in the world around us.

Jennifer earned an M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, an M.S. Advanced Architecture Design from Columbia University, and a BArch from the University of Miami. She has taught at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and at the New York City College of Technology, and continues to lecture internationally. She was selected as an Innovation Fellow by Wired Magazine, a Tech Hero by Glamour Magazine, a finalist for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, and an INK Fellow.

Julio Terra Director of Design and Technology Outreach, Kickstarter

Julio Terra
Director of Design and Technology Outreach, Kickstarter

Julio Terra
Director of Design and Technology Outreach at Kickstarter

Julio Terra is the Director of Design and Technology Outreach at Kickstarter. He supports and celebrates work from creators and organizations in these communities, like Pebble, Hax and Maker Faire. Before joining Kickstarter, Julio produced interactive installations at the LAB at Rockwell Group, managed global marketing programs for large technology companies, and graduated from NYU’s ITP program in 2011.

Saba Ghole Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director, NuVu Studio

Saba Ghole
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director, NuVu Studio

Saba Ghole
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director at NuVu Studio

Saba Ghole is an architectural-urban designer turned education-technology entrepreneur. As Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of NuVu, an innovation school for middle and high school students based in Cambridge, MA, Saba leads the school's agenda of creativity and experimentation. Students at NuVu collaborate with experts on projects such as new medical devices, interactive games, and brainwave-generated art. Saba received her Masters in Urban Design at MIT. Saba's urban design experience has included work on innovative educational projects such as the Central Los Angeles High School #9 while working at Coop Himmelb(l)au and the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh while working at leading architecture firm Perkins+Will. Saba is passionate about creating interactive art that raises social awareness and strengthens community through building inclusive urban spaces. Her art pieces Pulse and Bloom and Grove are two of the largest biofeedback-art installations of their kind, and have been featured widely. Saba is an INK Fellow and TEDxSanJoseCA speaker.