ITP Spring 2009 Post-Show Wrap-Up

The ITP Spring Show 2009 was a great success.  Givkwik (micro-donations on the go) was very well received, and we got some leads for people interested in partnering with us and hearing more about the project.  ODI et AMO also did very well.  It seems like kids in particular really like the bright flashing colors of the videos and the cuteness of the characters themselves.  The kiddies also dug the business cards I made (below).


I am thinking that I should spin the characters out some more, and give them bodies, and put them on a whole range of merchandise, Sanrio-style.  Some British guy told me that it would be illegal to broadcast in the UK because it would cause epileptic seizures.   He also said he was too hungover to watch the whole video.  😉

After we cleaned up at ITP, we headed over to the After Party at Santos, which featured music and visuals by ITP students. Below: LS, Matt Parker, and Asli Sevinc.


ODI et AMO made another appearance in the party video projection:



And the nuit blanche concluded with the sun coming up and some greasy noodles with Kristin and Sonaar at Wo Hop in Chinatown.


Also be sure to check out ITP graduate Jonathan Swerdloff’s Floor Four Productions, a platform for students at ITP to extend their projects beyond the classroom. Full disclosure: HEPNOVA Multimedia designed the logo.

I’m off to Washington DC tomorrow with Catherine for the Free Press Summit: Changing Media, and then to San Francisco on Friday to visit Kris and to finalize my housing arrangements for my summer internship at Creative Commons.

Congratulations to the graduating ITP 2nd years!  And to my class for making it halfway through.

Grad School

I’m going back to school!

I have been accepted into the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU). I will be starting the two-year Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) program in September 2008. According to their website, ITP is:

A graduate department dedicated to creativity and critical thinking applied to new technologies…More than just a graduate school, ITP is a creative ecosystem – a living and interdependent flow of people, projects, ideas and applications all dedicated to exploring and expanding the ability of real people to use media to connect to one another and influence the world around them.

I learned about the program from my former Avaaz colleagues Ji Mi Choi, who worked at ITP, and Paul and Milena Berry of Talacon Social Software who are ITP alumni.

While I concentrated in Government (Harvard-speak for majoring in political science) in undergrad, I have always wanted to go to art school as well. ITP deals with the intersection between technology, art and society, so I think it is the perfect fit for me. I hope to build up some technical chops and make some good connections so I can further develop the multimedia production, technological consulting services and music production wings of my company, Hepnova Multimedia. Continue reading Grad School