Monday, April 02, 2018

@FITC Toronto 2018 coming April 8-10

Canada's largest digital media conference is almost here. The 3-day future of technology and design event will be at the Hilton Toronto 145 Richmond Street West. This is where you go to find out about the latest information on technology and the creative arts from over 75 of the most knowledgeable speakers in the world from companies such as NASA, Microsoft, Facebook and The New York Times.

"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. Now in its 17th year, FITC Toronto is our flagship event, with more than 1,200 attendees every year and attracting the world’s pioneers in technology and digital media."

This is the time to network, experience incredible new hardware and technology and be inspired by speakers that know the technology and are experts in design, digital media, film and television. There is even a FITC Toronto 2018 opening night party on Sunday, April 8 at Hotel Ocho on Spadina Avenue. See photos of the 2017 event on my post here.

“It’s an incredible group of people that are changing the digital and design world, and we’re hosting them in Toronto,” said Shawn Pucknell, founding Director of FITC, who added many of the prominent speakers have roots in Toronto and Canada.

Krys Blackwood of NASA Jet Propulsion Labratory will present 'Dreaming of Mars: How user experience factors into NASA Missions' on April 8 (2-2:45pm in Room Toronto 1). Recommended for space enthusiasts and those that want to update their design practices, the audience will learn about how NASA missions happen and how user experience fits into the exploration of the solar system and more.

"NASA’s rovers on Mars brought us the first proof of water on our neighboring planet. Voyager, Juno and Cassini spacecraft have captured stunning images and with them, the hearts and imaginations of the world. Learn the soup to nuts of how missions like these become a reality, and how NASA is using design thinking to improve its mission design practices. You’ll hear firsthand stories of how user experience design fits into an 80 year old process, and how it’s changing the ways that NASA approaches unmanned exploration of the solar system and beyond."

Other speakers include:

Joshua Davis • Joshua Davis Studios: A prolific programmer and image maker, Davis has devoted his practice to screen and projection mapping. He’s used his skills to create visualizations of everything from AI processes and human-machine interactions to the visualization of IBM’s Watson, the intelligent computer program capable of answering questions, for the quiz show Jeopardy. At FITC Toronto, you'll be able to experience his work first-hand during our opening titles, created with motion designer Saad Moosajee.

Kyle Cooper • Founder, Prologue: Kyle has directed more than 300 main title sequences and dozens of handcrafted visual effects sequences. Details magazine credits Cooper with “almost single-handedly revitalizing the main title sequence as an art form,” and IFC ranks his title sequence for Se7en as one of the greatest of all time.

Alan Williams • Creative Director at Imaginary Forces: Fans of hit TV shows like Mad Men, and recently the reimagined Anne now airing on CBC Television and globally on Netflix, will recognize Williams' work creating the phenomenal opening titles.

PES • Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker: The LA director will share his work and process for creating his wildly-successful films. He'll also lead a workshop, called One Infinite Loop, helping FITC Toronto's attendees create their own animated short films.

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