• Immersive Experiences: The Future of Content and Storytelling
    The content landscape is vast and platforms are changing quickly. With virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, 360-degree video and projection mapping it's hard to keep up. Are these just a collection of fads or is the future of content immersive? Dave Mason, Creative Director at Wheelhouse Media, will discuss why you should care about immersive content and how it is becoming rapidly more available. --- Wheelhouse Media is a creative studio focused on original and branded content and products across all media platforms. Wheelhouse works with each client to strategize the optimal content solution, visualize the story of the brand or product, and bring the story to life. An award-winning director and designer, Dave Mason has been the Creative Director for Wheelhouse Media for 3 years. He has lead the growth and development of Wheelhouse’s motion design studio and has brought motion design into an untapped market. Dave developed the world’s first ever Virtual Reality (VR) album for the LA based indie band Saint Motel. His project has been a globally recognized immersive content experience and received a nomination for Best VR Experience of 2017, specifically for the work on Saint Motel’s song Sweet Talk. Dave has also been leading content development for brands such as Mars Wrigley Confectionary, Bank of America, Discovery Place, and the Charlotte Hornets. These projects cover a diverse array of experiences including VR, Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), 360 video, and projection mapping. Understanding the value immersive content can bring to a brand or product’s story is the force behind all creative experiences developed by Wheelhouse. Dave continues to strive toward originality to ensure his clients’ stories are brought to life in unique, innovative ways.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC

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  • Volcano Tour
    Welcome! Once a month at the Skookum Charlotte offices, the curious and the hungry are cordially invited to an open tour of the office where participants will get a peek at the technology and ideas powering Skookum. From 12pm - 1pm every last Thursday of the month, the Skookum crew will be on hand to discuss innovation, careers in technology and anything related to the modern digital environment. This standing event is open to all friends and neighbors of Skookum, any Charlotte acquaintances and business people, weary travelers, poets, degenerates, or colorful personalities who just want to see what the most progressive and fastest growing company in CLT are up to. Even if you never buy creative technology ideas, come take some of your own back to the office. Lunch is on us.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC

  • Experience Design: Micro-Delights & The Return of Craft
    As we look to the future of experience design, we’re witnessing a revival of the notion of craft. Designers, product managers and engineers uniting, across disciplines, to create highly refined experiences, with details seemingly imperceptible to users while simultaneously foundational to the engagement. This brief talk will explore the rise of micro-delights, their use, and their role in defining the experiences of our shared future. Chris Paul is Senior Vice President for Advisor and Investor Experience at LPL Financial. In this role, he and his team are focused on designing seamless, integrated experiences that empower LPL advisors and engage end investors. Chris and team are responsible for product user experience and design, experience strategy, experience innovation, and advisor and investor research and insight. Chris has over two decades of experience designing enterprise and consumer software solutions. Prior to joining LPL, Chris was Director, User Experience and Information Development for IBM’s Collaboration Services and Social Business division. At IBM, he led the award-winning product design efforts for Connections, WebSphere Portal, Sametime and SmartCloud, among others. Chris holds 17 patents for software innovations and was named an IBM Master Inventor for his contributions to IBM intellectual property portfolio. Chris received his M.F.A. in Design from the Yale School of Art and his B.S. in Design from Eastern Michigan University. He lives in Waxhaw, NC with his wife, Danielle, two teenage children, and their 11 year old corgi, Murphy. In his spare time, Chris likes to abandon all modern technology by casting lead type and printing letterpress on a rebuilt 1964 Heidelberg Windmill.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC

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  • Volcano Tour
    Welcome! Once a month at the Skookum Charlotte offices, the curious and the hungry are cordially invited to an open tour of the office where participants will get a peek at the technology and ideas powering Skookum. From 12pm - 1pm every last Thursday of the month, the Skookum crew will be on hand to discuss innovation, careers in technology and anything related to the modern digital environment. This standing event is open to all friends and neighbors of Skookum, any Charlotte acquaintances and business people, weary travelers, poets, degenerates, or colorful personalities who just want to see what the most progressive and fastest growing company in CLT are up to. Even if you never buy creative technology ideas, come take some of your own back to the office. Lunch is on us.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC

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  • Craft Beer Tech - Brewing in Charlotte
    The craft beer scene continues to grow throughout the US – and in the metro area alone you’ll find over 40 breweries. While they’re keeping the Charlotte city scene lively, have you ever wondered how they keep up with their processes? That’s were Ekos comes in. A Charlotte based start-up brewery management software – Ekos now works with over 1300 craft beverage companies in over 35 countries. Ekos exists to help streamline the craft process, helping producers focus on 4 areas of their business – operations, production, sales, and accounting. Josh will be sharing about the craft beverage industry in Charlotte and how Ekos has helped take craft producers to the next level worldwide. Passionate about the start-up community and craft industry, Josh McKinney and his partner Greg decided to develop innovative software to help partner with craft producers. Just 4 years in and Ekos is already working with over 1300 craft beverage producers - helping them streamline their processes. As CEO of Ekos, Josh continues to drive the company's mission by continuing to disrupt the craft industry through software. Over the past 3 years, Ekos has been recognized for their tech accomplishments by NC Tech Awards and Charlotte’s Blue Diamond Awards. This year Josh was also recognized as one of Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 under 40.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC

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  • Volcano Tour
    Welcome! Once a month at the Skookum Charlotte offices, the curious and the hungry are cordially invited to an open tour of the office where participants will get a peek at the technology and ideas powering Skookum. From 12pm - 1pm every last Thursday of the month, the Skookum crew will be on hand to discuss innovation, careers in technology and anything related to the modern digital environment. This standing event is open to all friends and neighbors of Skookum, any Charlotte acquaintances and business people, weary travelers, poets, degenerates, or colorful personalities who just want to see what the most progressive and fastest growing company in CLT are up to. Even if you never buy creative technology ideas, come take some of your own back to the office. Lunch is on us.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC

  • Volcano Tour
    Welcome! Once a month at the Skookum Charlotte offices, the curious and the hungry are cordially invited to an open tour of the office where participants will get a peek at the technology and ideas powering Skookum. From 12pm - 1pm every last Thursday of the month, the Skookum crew will be on hand to discuss innovation, careers in technology and anything related to the modern digital environment. This standing event is open to all friends and neighbors of Skookum, any Charlotte acquaintances and business people, weary travelers, poets, degenerates, or colorful personalities who just want to see what the most progressive and fastest growing company in CLT are up to. Even if you never buy creative technology ideas, come take some of your own back to the office. Lunch is on us.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC

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  • Rebranding STEM to Better Engage Girls
    The impact of Science and Technology on every aspect of our world is inescapable. With only 25% of working women in the STEM workforce, women are underrepresented in the critical work of building the future. Research has shown that boys and girls perform equally in math at the elementary level, but by age 12, girls begin to lose interest in math and sciences. What are the key factors that drive this loss of interest? How do girls perceive STEM and can their perceptions be changed? What can individuals and corporations do to increase the female talent pipeline for STEM? Abi will share current research and discuss effective contributions we can all make to engage girls in STEM and sustain their participation over the long term. Abi Olukeye is the founder of Smart Girls HQ, an organization focused on increasing female participation in the STEM pipeline along the K to 12 learning path. Abi brings her personal experiences as a woman in Technology to her work. Mostly recently, she led IOT strategy development and digital transformation projects at a diversified manufacturing company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and MBA from Indiana University. She has two young daughters of her own who greatly inspire her to create pathways for girls to succeed at STEM.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC

  • Volcano Tour
    Welcome! Once a month at the Skookum Charlotte offices, the curious and the hungry are cordially invited to an open tour of the office where participants will get a peek at the technology and ideas powering Skookum. From 12pm - 1pm every last Thursday of the month, the Skookum crew will be on hand to discuss innovation, careers in technology and anything related to the modern digital environment. This standing event is open to all friends and neighbors of Skookum, any Charlotte acquaintances and business people, weary travelers, poets, degenerates, or colorful personalities who just want to see what the most progressive and fastest growing company in CLT are up to. Even if you never buy creative technology ideas, come take some of your own back to the office. Lunch is on us.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC

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  • Lessons from the Frontier of Social VR
    Erin Summers, from Facebook’s Social VR team will share lessons on what helps people connect in VR. She’ll preview what's next and explore best practices for building inclusive and immersive social experiences. Erin is a Senior Software Engineer at Facebook, where she builds immersive social experiences for Virtual Reality. Over the last 5+ years Erin has built Facebook Pages, threaded comments on Facebook, mobile advertising tools, growth infrastructure tools at Oculus, Facebook Spaces, led analytics for the social VR org, and is now building foundational social VR infrastructure. She is also CEO and Cofounder of the nonprofit wogrammer - an movement to highlight the successes of women in engineering. She's interviewed over 200 women all over the world on every continent. Erin has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Berkeley and degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NC State. She is a 2015 Foreign Policy Global Thinker, and NSF Graduate Fellow, an Insight Data Science Fellow, an Amelia Earhart Scholar, and a NASA Jenkins Fellow. Erin is a Charlotte native and moved back to the area a few months ago from California.

    Skookum

    201 S. Tryon 15th Floor · Charlotte, NC