Our networking events kicked off with a party on September 21st hosted and sponsored by Torch Motorcycles with beer provided by the awesome Village Brewery. The following evening our closing mixer was held at the Bank and Baron Pub and sponsored by MailChimp.
Just like in our inaugural year, we curated the content for a healthy balance of inspiration and instruction, so that the attendees could leave as happy campers, whether they were interested in cutting edge tech, or amazing art and design. We have received great feedback and again we have to thank our passionate storytellers, all of our generous sponsors, supporters, volunteers, and of course all the attendees. We are looking forward to CAMP 2016!
Our highlight reel above was filmed and edited by the team over at Ramble.
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On Sunday, September 20th, the day prior to our official festival, we organized three workshops with our awesome speakers, Yuko Shimizu, Aaron Draplin, and Stacey Mulcahy. The workshops took place at the Marriott hotel in downtown Calgary for its easily-accessible location and great natural light with views of the Calgary tower – great for those guests from out of town.
Learn How to Draw (Better) in One Day with Yuko Shimizu
Logo Tips, Tricks, Triumphs, Turds, Threats and Tales from the DDC” with Aaron Draplin
How to Make Your Own Flappy Bird Clone in Unity3d, Presented by Young Game Makers (Stacey Mulcahy)
All proceeds donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters
Our tier-1 industry speaker line-up was, and always will be, meticulously curated by hand.
Yuko Shimizu is an award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and an instructor at the School of Visual Arts.
You may have seen her style gracing Pepsi cans, Gap and Nike T-shirts, VISA billboards, Microsoft and Target ads, as well as covers of DC Comics and inside the pages of New York Times, TIME, New Yorker, GQ, Esquire and in many other publications over the last ten years.
But illustration is actually Yuko’s second career. After studying marketing and advertising at a university in Japan, Yuko got a position in corporate PR in Tokyo – a job she kept for 11 years. After having an early midlife crisis, she made up her mind to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an artist, and moved to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts in 1999. She received a MFA in illustration in 2003 and has been illustrating ever since.
When not working out of her midtown Manhattan studio, she teaches the next generation of artists at her alma mater. In 2009, Newsweek Japan chose Yuko as one of the “100 Japanese People The World Respects”.
Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Web Development, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Target, Ford, Hutchco, TImberline Lodge, Patagonia, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Chuck Prophet, Field Notes and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.
Our Proud List Of Services: Graphic Design, Illustration, Friendship, Clipping Pathery, Garying, Jokes/Laughter, Campfire Strummin’, Gocco Dynamics, Road Trip Navigation, Trust, Guitar Tuning, Gen’l Conversation, Culture Critique, Color Correcting, Existential Wondering, Bounty Hunting, Heavy Lifting, Advice, A Warm Meal, Simple Ideas and Occasional Usage of Big Words.
Stacey Mulcahy is a technical evangelist with Microsoft for Windows 8. Prior, she was the Lead Developer working with a variety of technologies at Big Spaceship, a digital agency based out of Brooklyn, NY.
She has worked at Teknision and Fuel Industries in Ottawa, Canada, and IQ Interactive in Atlanta in a variety of technical roles. A technical editor and instructor, Stacey enjoys sharing her love for her work in interactive development.
She considers her lack of verbal filter and extreme candor just a small part of her charm.
Shantell’s work is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, faces and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process. Part autobiographical, and part dreamlike-whimsy, she’s created her own world that bridges fine art, commercial and the everyday experience — conversations, objects and places.
Shantell has been featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and her hand-illustrated bedroom walls graced the cover of the New York Times home section in May 2012. Her work has appeared in Creative Review Magazine, and she is still honored to have been named French Glamour’s New York’s “coolest ‘it’ girl” in 2011. Summer 2014 Vogue Magazine stopped by her downtown studio for a feature. Her recent art commissions include an interior installation at the new Brown Institute for Media Innovation located in the beautiful Pulitzer Hall, Columbia University and a large mural at MIT Media Lab, where she’s currently a visiting scholar. She regularly creates live digital drawings at conferences, musical performances, and museums including the Museum of Moving image, The Brooklyn Museum and MoMA.
Mario, AKA Quasimondo, is what you get when you cross the analytic mind of a coder with the creative fervor of an artist, and add a little bit of mad scientist mentality to the mix. In his aim to surprise himself and his audience, he consistently explores uncharted territories in order to discover unseen beauty and unthought ideas. A key factor in his work is the drive to overcome limitations by creatively repurposing and recombining objects and systems to reveal hidden qualities.
His creations have been exhibited in international art shows and have won acclaim among critics as exemplary pieces of net art. Pieces like Mona Tweeta, ScribblerToo, Flickeur, Dada Visualization, Like This or his Pie Packing series have made their way into uncounted best-of lists and been featured in many articles. He enjoys sharing his explorations and discoveries at design and technology conferences worldwide, has co-founded the Munich FabLab and is working as a freelance creative coder and visualist.
Neil Huxley is one of Digital Domain’s Creative Directors for Commercials and an in house director with sister company, Mothership. He joined Digital Domain in 2011 after working for many years as a VFX designer and art director, most notably on James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen.”
Neil has applied his creative sensibilities to a number of cinematics and spots for Digital Domain/Mothership that have become celebrated in the video game world. He directed the trailer for Activision’s “Transformers: The Fall of Cybertron” as well as a follow up teaser piece. The trailer soon went viral and was recognized at the VGA Awards by the AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers). Neil also directed the announcement trailers for Warner Bros Games, “Mad Max,” “Rise of the Tomb Raider” as well as the “Dead Space 3” “Take Down Terror” TV spot.
Neil recently directed the TV spot, “Make History” for the internationally acclaimed series “Assassin’s Creed” which combines live action and high-end CG.
Currently Neil is directing performance capture for in-game cinematics for ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ for which he is using Digital Domain’s latest virtual production techniques and digital human technology.
A Los Angeles transplant, Neil is a Londoner at heart. As a personal passion he is currently directing an independent feature documentary, “Portrait of an Assassin,” about retired East London boxer Jimmy Flint as well as developing film projects with his brother and writer Philip Huxley.
Claudio Guglieri is an independent product designer and creative director in San Francisco.
Claudio has been responsible for directing and executing interactive experiences for clients like Google, Kayak, EA, CNN, Nickelodeon, Microsoft, History Channel and Motorola to name a few. He led the Design Department at Fantasy Interactive as Design Director before starting his own venture. Alongside his daily job, Claudio’s personal projects and interests vary from illustration, typography, developing interactive concepts and watching Stephen Chow’s movies.
Jay Grandin is Partner & Creative Director at Giant Ant, a creative studio in Vancouver, which he runs with his wife, Leah Nelson. Specializing in animation and documentary, Giant Ant has slowly worked its way to being one of the top studios in Canada, with clients like TOMS Shoes, Target, and Facebook—and recognition from the likes of the Clios and ADC awards.
Zander Brimijoin is Creative Director and Co Founder of Red Paper Heart, an interactive art studio in Brooklyn. After over 10 years as an Art Director, and an MFA to boot, Zander left his career to combine art, technology… and bears. The result was Red Paper Heart, a studio that has created large scale installations for likes of Sonos, Red Bull Studios, BMWi, MOMI, and Google. Zander likes to make people run, jump, and maybe even find unexpected joy in life.
Anton & Irene
Anton Repponen and Irene Pereyra climbed their way from junior designers to founders of their own studio. Their studio Anton & Irene is known well beyond Brooklyn and their projects are not limited to web-design. In their portfolio you will find projects for Karim Rashid, Nickelodeon, BBC, Balenciaga, Wacom, National Geographic, USA Today and Red Bull, as well as self-initiated projects like a walking tour of New York City, and an analog wristwatch. Besides that, almost every month Anton and Irene deliver workshops and lectures in various corners of the world.
They have more than a dozen of prestigious awards including a Webby, Emmy, Red Dot, .NET and Cannes Lions. And, yes, their studio does indeed deserve a specifically dedicated board on Pinterest.
Alon Chitayat loves few things in life more than drawing. As a resident researcher at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, his work studies drawing as a means of dialogue — creating empathy and intimacy where it would otherwise be absent. Alon weaves together traditional and digital drawing tools to create entirely new experiences: collaborative real-time drawing booths, 3D drawing apps, cross-media storytelling platforms; nothing is out of reach from his pen, paper, and imagination.
Alon’s work has been exhibited internationally, including ARS Electronica (2010), SIGGRAPH (2011, 2014), and the Currents New Media Festival (2015). He carries a strong background and practice in animation, VFX, and art direction, both freelance in New York and with his Tel Aviv-based studio “animishmish” for the past 10 years. He is also part-time faculty at the School of Art and Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Ramy is an engineer, an artist and a maker living in Toronto. As Architech’s Director of Service Innovation, Ramy works with clients to create innovative & differentiated customer experiences that mesh the physical and digital worlds. Working at the intersection of Design Strategy and the Internet of Things, he pushes the boundaries of how technology can integrate with everyday experiences.
With a background in computer engineering, Ramy has straddled technical and business-oriented roles, ranging from grassroots startups to some of Canada’s largest technology companies. He has worked on the tech industry’s cutting edge for the past decade.
Ramy is the director and co-host of TEDxWaterloo, an independently organized TED event and a regular TEDx speaker, having given talks at TEDxAthens, TEDxCarthage and TEDxBeaconStreet. Ramy’s photography has been featured in a number of Canadian publications and two independent exhibitions.
Grant has been building interactive experiences on myriad platforms for 15 years. In that time, gskinner has grown into a highly effective team of twenty, building creative solutions for clients including the BBC, Nike, Nissan, Microsoft, Google, Bioware, and Facebook. Grant has fused creative, technical, and business savvy to produce a body of work that spans applications, games, interactive experiences and installations for desktop, mobile, and embedded systems. He contributes regularly to open source, including founding the popular RegExr.com application and the widely used CreateJS suite of libraries, and has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide.
Steve Tam is the Canadian lead in Tech and Design for Indiegogo. He’s also co-founded the creative branding agency, 100 Acre Wood, Simcoe Bicycles, and Metsa Design. In 2013 he was named to Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30, and is Toronto’s Ambassador for the Swiss founded Sandbox Network.
A native Calgarian, Meaghan moved to New York in 2012, the day before Hurricane Sandy. As Head of Human Experience (and about 7 other things) at a startup called Superhuman, she discovered a passion for understanding people and designing digital products they need and love.
Today, she does just that as a Senior Designer at Moment, a digital strategy and design consultancy in New York. With a background in research as well as design, she helps companies blend data-driven and creative approaches to tackle challenges from uncovering user insights to figuring out what product to build to detailed product design.
She is also the founder of The UX Lab, a 2000+ member meetup group for UX designers with chapters in New York, Boston and San Francisco. With her incredible co-organizers, she has organized and led numerous design workshops, speaking panels and networking events.
Apart from all that, Meaghan loves riding her bike, good coffee, and chocolate chip cookies.
Dave Brown is committed to making the world more awesome. He’s a creative thinker, entrepreneur and mentor who believes in good design, emerging technologies and random acts of kindness. As SVP, Group Creative Director of Edelman’s Experience Design team, Dave connects brands to audiences through memorable experiences at the intersection of digital and physical environments. He’s innovated for clients such as Unilever, Delta Air Lines, Whole Foods, IFC, Google, TED, Chase, Madison Square Garden, Heineken and Samsung.
When Dave isn’t crafting engaging experiences at Edelman, he’s investing in Brooklyn businesses and inspiring the creative community through his blog Holiday Matinee. He’s the author of I Swear to Good You are God at This and co-founder of independent record Label, Better Looking Records. Dave also developed an acclaimed iPhone app, The Amazing Game of ReCollection, and delivered energetic speaking engagements for Columbia University, Social Media Week, Creative Mornings, Pecha Kucha, OTA and General Assembly. There, you can find him spreading positivity under the motto, “Love your work. Work your love.”
Raw & Rendered is Joey Camacho – a freelance 3D motion and graphic designer based in Vancouver, Canada. He has created conceptual and creative design work professionally for reputable global brands such as Nike, Microsoft, and Adobe, as well as passionate local homegrown shops. He specializes in comprehensive brand development and 3D design and is a graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a degree in Visual Communications.
Joey recently completed, and still continues, his 365 day project “Progress Before Perfection” using Cinema 4D, creating a render everyday in order improve his craft and produce work more efficiently. When he’s not working, you’ll find him fumbling with his camera outside, drinking a good cappuccino, and catching the latest flick at the theatre.
Neetu Sidhu has a diverse background in marketing, social entrepreneurship and startups. After different marketing and brand strategy gigs in Calgary, Neetu decided to move to The Big Apple and pursue an interdisciplinary Masters program at NYU. It was through this experience that she launched her own social venture (profit + purpose), a contemporary clothing line that provides skills training and equitable employment to rural artisans in India living below the poverty line. Neetu is passionate about design, innovation/entrepreneurship and making a positive impact. In addition to starting her own company, she worked with four different NYC-based startups while living in New York spanning tech, education and design. Through her role as Manager of Alberta BoostR, Neetu is excited to help provide access to funding, marketing and community support for Alberta entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level of growth.
A recent graduate from the University of Calgary, Emily is currently director and co-CEO of FREDsense Technologies, an early stage biotech company in Calgary. Using a combination of electrochemistry, electrical engineering and synthetic biology, the company designs autonomous sensors for contaminants in wastewater. Their ultimate goal is to allow everyone to know exactly what’s in their water. During her university years, Emily was a leader of the university’s International Genetically Engineered Machines competition team. The team worked on designing and engineering microbes to solve a variety of important tasks such as detecting disease and remediating waste. The team won a variety of international awards for their work and Emily brings this experience to her position at FREDsense. Emily loves public speaking and has won a variety of pitch and presentation competitions. In her spare time, Emily mentors high school students from rural Alberta competing in genetic engineering competitions, tutors math and highland dances.
After leaving her role as a Media Planner at Calder Bateman Communications, Sylvia Cheverie founded her own marketing strategy company, Silverbell Strategy, in 2014.
Sylvia was the lead Media Planner & Buyer for the Don Iveson for Mayor Campaign, and has worked with clients in various industries ranging from fashion and beauty, hospitality, not for profit, environmental services and more. Most recently, Sylvia and her husband Darren celebrated the completion of their first Kickstarter campaign in order to raise a portion of the capital required to open a French brasserie called “Chartier” in their hometown of Beaumont, Alberta.
Chartier is the most successful restaurant Kickstarter campaign in Canada, and the first in Alberta – with over $107,000 raised in their 60 day campaign.
Roger is founder and CEO of Jump On Flyaways, an airplane sharing service with a unique way for travellers to access low-cost flights. By contracting idle aircraft from charter airlines at discounted rates, scheduling convenient one-way and return flights promoted through social media, and only departing if a minimum number of seats are sold, Jump On offers consumers 30% to 65% off typical scheduled airline prices.
From 2010-2014, Roger was CFO of Enerjet, a charter airline specializing in workforce transportation.
From 2000-2007, Roger was President of Rare Method, a publicly traded interactive marketing firm. Rare Method was one of Alberta’s fastest growing companies in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and one of Canada’s fastest growing companies in 2007 and 2008. Rare Method was also named one of Canada’s best small and medium sized employers in 2007.
From 1993-2000, Roger was the CFO of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (“RCR”). While at RCR, Roger helped lead the company from financial difficulty in 1993 to one of National Post’s 1997 and 1998 50 best-managed companies in Canada.
Patti is a catalyst, community organizer, and business leader in Calgary’s creative economy. As Chair of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, and marketing professor at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business, she draws upon her eclectic professional career in broadcasting, design, cultural marketing, start-up ventures, and music industry management. Patti’s first bike was provided by her older brother, who didn’t want to drive her around all the time. She didn’t mind. She always gets a big grin on her face whenever she rides.
Patrick believes every experience heightens our understanding of the worlds in which we live. During his career he has adopted an interest in highly developed design, developing impressive skills in detail, material, and landscape/building relationships. His work attempts to bring awareness to the way we interact – with our physical environment, objects, or sensory experiences, community and emotion. In all aspects of his creative career, whether it be architecture, product design, graphics, public and visual art, illustration, book design, teaching and entrepreneurship, a central focus lies with human experience.
Becky is a curious, tenacious woman who naturally challenges the concept of “good enough”. She believes that “processes” and “things” should supplement and enhance, not hinder, the human abilities and that women have an equal right to be the centre of design. Her passion is to put the user at the centre of the design process and strives to put a smile on that user’s face with the end result. Becky is a Human Factors Engineer and consults on a variety of projects where the delighted user is the end goal.
Edward Keeble is a software developer and artist living in Whitehorse. His work primarily explores technologically-mediated social interactions and device-human relations. He has designed, built or directed projects for Honda, Canon, Chrysler, BlackBerry, AT&T, Genentech, GE Healthcare, Lowes, Hudson’s Bay Company, and Lord & Taylor.
He has built multitouch walls, mobile apps, interactive installations, wearables and web applications at Globacore, Fabrica, SiG@MaRS, and DreamNow. His work has been exhibited in North America and Europe and featured on the Discovery Channel and numerous online outlets.
David Nagy is an entrepreneur, marketing consultant and VP of Marketing for Live Out There, an online retailer based in Calgary, Alberta. David has enjoyed a decade-long successful entrepreneurial career developing interactive solutions for brands such as General Motors, HBO Comedy, Virgin Mobile and more.
In 2009, David become a founding member of LiveOutThere.com – currently one of Canada’s fastest growing businesses – having earned a spot on the Profit magazine HOT50 list and the Alberta Venture Fast Growth 50 list in 2015.
Marc Binkley is the Social Media Manager for Canada’s largest sporting goods retailer Sport Chek, which is part of FGL Sports. Responsible for developing and implementing the retailer’s social engagement strategies, Marc plays a pivotal role in furthering the company-wide initiative of digitizing the retail shopping experience, both in-store and online. He is an industry expert in fostering brand awareness, generating traffic and driving engagement through the development strategic and relevant content, all in an effort to deepen the brand’s connection to its customer. Marc’s role at Sport Chek is currently focused on helping the retailer shift from a campaign driven to content focused mindset, helping accelerate customers through to loyalty on their purchasing decision journey.
Before joining FGL Sports, Marc founded the Social Media for Business certificate program at Mount Royal University, in Calgary, Alberta. During that time he also ran his own social media brand strategy consultancy firm called Sleeping Barber. Outside of the office, Marc spends a lot of his time reading about branding and innovation, plays hockey, skis and rides mountain bikes and looks forward to cooking Saturday morning breakfasts with his wife and two girls.
In the Media
Here are a variety of outlets who wrote articles in relation to the inaugural CAMP Festival and supporters that helped spread the love included:
Follow the links to read some of the nice articles published about CAMP:
- Techvibes — Gather Round Creative Technology, Art and Design
- Art of the Title — CAMP Festival 2015
- Uppercase Magazine — Go to CAMP with Aaron Draplin!
- Calgary is Awesome — Gone to CAMP: Venture into the Digital Wilderness at This Year’s CAMP Festival
- B2B News Network — The top tech conferences in Canada coming in 2015
In 2015 CAMP Festival also had it’s own beer, brewed and supplied by Village Brewery. ‘Twas called S’Morgy!
Shiny, Blinky Billboards!
We Went Green in 2015
Our proud sponsor, Bullfrog Power, ensured that the equivalent amount of renewable electricity was put back onto the energy system to match the amount consumed by us over the days at CAMP.
Through this initiative we are helping to reduce our environmental footprint, supporting the development of Alberta and Canadian based renewable energy projects, and helping lead the way to a renewably power future!
We’re very happy to be able to share this certificate with you. Don’t you feel a little better now?
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