Kate Hartman and Albert Shum join Interaction13's keynote lineup

24 Oct 2012 - 5:09pm
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We are just three months out from the start of Interaction13 in Toronto - IxDA's sixth annual conference - and we are delighted to unveil two more of our keynote speakers.

This is the first time the conference will be held in Toronto and OCAD University's Digital Futures Initiative (DFI) is partnering with us for the event. The Digital Futures Initiative is a collection of research laboratories, graduate and undergraduate programs that sit at the cutting edge of creative digital technology and industries.

Artist, educator and technologist Kate Hartman (@katehartman) has been added to the conference keynote lineup. Kates's work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art. She is the co-creator of Botanicalls, a system that lets thirsty plants place phone calls for human help, and the Lilypad XBee, a sewable radio transceiver that allows your clothing to communicate. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured by the New York Times, BBC, CBC, NPR, in books such as 'Fashionable Technology' and 'Art Science Now'. She was a speaker at TED 2011 and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Kate is based in Toronto where she is the Assistant Professor of Wearable & Mobile Technology and Director of the Social Body Lab at OCAD U. She is also the director of ITP Camp, a summer program at ITP/NYU. Kate enjoys bicycles, rock climbing, and someday hopes to work in Antarctica.

Kate is joined by Albert Shum, director of the Windows Phone Design team at Microsoft. The team consists of interaction, visual, motion, industrial and brand designers along with user researchers & design program managers working in an open studio. They collaborate with engineering & business partners to create integrated mobile experiences for consumers. Prior to Microsoft, Albert led the convergence of sports & technology efforts at Nike resulting with the digital Nike+ experience. Albert has a Master's of Product Design from the Stanford University, a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and the General Management Program from Harvard Business School. In his spare time, Albert is usually found riding his bike, hanging with his family and trying to perfect his cooking.

Kate and Albert join Facebook's Global head of Brand Design, Paul Adams (@Padday), and Jer Thorp (@blprnt), a Canadian artist and educator who is currently Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times, in our lineup. 

Suzanne EL-Morsi, our Interaction13 Chair has this to say: "Each year at the conference, my curiosity and craft as a designer are enriched and stimulated by the engagement with the global IxDA community through the inspiring stories, ideas and personal connections with other like-minded designers. Our singular goal this year is to find ways of extending the experience, for programming and collaboration, beyond what we know to be "traditional". Interaction13 marks IxDA's tenth anniversary and we are delighted to have these keynotes join us in Toronto to take us on a  journey toward defining our role as guides through social interactions – digital and beyond."

We have two more keynotes yet to be announced and you can look for more of the conference program later this week. If you haven't already marked your calendar, Interaction13 takes place from January 27-31, 2013 at OCAD University and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Registration is open at interaction13.ixda.org.

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