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Our President, Derek Woodgate will participate as a panelist and run a workshop at Meowcon in Austin, TX in October. The workshop is titled FutureMusic. Here is an outline:
The music industry is at its second major crossroads in a decade. Whereas digital dramatically changed how we receive, listen, store and share recorded music, the next few years will redefine how we create, produce, record, deliver and consume live music. This workshop will look at some of the emerging approaches and technologies that will rock the live scene.
In collaboration with Skybridge Academy and Hackerspace, both located in Austin, TX, The Futures Lab, Inc. and its recently formed BU, LIFE (Leaning Innovations for Future Education) will present STEAM3 – A future-focused sense event to explore and develop multi-dimensional, immersive approaches to the future of education through experiential learning.
The event will have four separate spaces,
the Living Classroom: which will deal with immersive experiences, simulation, machine learning, learning companions, rich interfaces, learning on demand, Advanced ADL and personalized learner models;
The Game of Learning: covering social learning, sharable content, virtual world design, gamification, mobility, emerging haptics, etc.;
Make Magic: experimenting with visual, audio and interactive “Make Labs”, focusing on interactive, immersive learning through “Make”;
Interactive storytelling: looking at building social narrative, re-framing language, meaning, perception and context, creating multiple avenues of expression and systems that evaluate students’ emotion and motivation, self-efficacy and interest, etc.
The two day event will be held in Austin, TX on 1st and 2nd March 2014 and will include speakers, panels, workshops, demonstrations, make labs, immersive and interactive installations, entertainment, exhibitions and a technology faire.
For further information: contact Maggie Duval at email@example.com or on tel: 512 484 9769.
During his visit to KL, Malaysia last year to speak at the XMedia Conference, Derek Woodgate keynoted on the subject of Creating Creative Environments. This was followed by a TV interview on Malaysian TV’s Cultural-Political program, Vantage Point on which Derek the same subject. He focused on the key criteria, structures,approaches, metrics and strategies for designing and developing creative cities, or areas, which can successfully provide and sustain a prosperous environment for creative industries and creative workers. Derek used Austin TX and the creative cluster around Shoreditch, London . projects in which he had been involved, as prime examples.
After a period of intensive discussion and collaboration, Derek Woodgate , President of The Futures Lab, Inc. and Maggie Duval, the CEO of Plutopia Productions Inc, have decided upon a merger of the two organizations under The Futures Lab, Inc. banner. The new business unit within The Futures Lab, Inc. is titled FEEL (Future Entertainment and Events Lab), will be located in Austin, Texas. This is an apt name given Derek’s extensive consulting, authoring and speaking work over the past decade on the future of entertainment, media and communications and his input as Chief Creative Officer at Plutopia Productions. Derek has become recognized as an authority on the application of emerging and immersive technologies and the changing human in the design and production of experiential entertainment with his creation of what are termed “Sense Events.” These multisensory, immersive, interactive events show in practice many of the wonderful, creative inventions and innovations that are under way to future‐proof and augment our future, with content often reflecting ideas resulting from The Futures Lab’s consulting assignments.
The Futures Lab, Inc is in it seventeenth year of operation and will continue its global consulting activities for a myriad of categories and world-renowned clients, extending its network both in terms of territories and personnel. With sister companies/partner offices now in eight countries and having conducted consulting work in over 20 countries worldwide, the new set up will enable FEEL to expand it services which include the creation, design, content acquisition, rendering, curation, production, implementation and marketing of future focused ‘sense events’ into new territories. Plutopia events in the US have always had an international character, involving artists from across the globe.
Maggie was CEO of Plutopia Productions for six years. In addition to the revolutionary five SXSWi and two SXSW Music related ‘sense events’ that she produced during that period, Maggie also created and produced Showdown at the Unobtainium: Tesla vs. Edison and numerous other events featuring famous futures-related speakers and performers, such as Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, Douglas Ruhskoff, etc.
Whilst most of the existing Plutopia Productions team will be integrated into FEEL, Maggie has already confirmed the addition of Randall Aretoo Squires as the Technical Producer. Randall was the technical producer on the Plutopia FutureMusic Summit 2012 and Maggie’s Showdown at the Unobtainium.
These changes coincide with Derek’s recent appointment as Consultant in Residence at DAEL: the Digital Arts and Entertainment Lab at Georgia State University.