• Creative Code Charlie Foxtrot: A Real-time, Collaborative Art Experiment

    After a nice summer break, we're now returning to our normal routine. Except this meetup will be anything but normal. Curious? One of my favourite things about sharing projects with the VCT community has been opening up tech demos to live audience participation. Samm Cooper and I thought, why not make participation the focus of the presentation instead of a regular talk? Thus was born: Creative Code Charlie Foxtrot. Creative Code Charlie Foxtrot is an open source experiment occurring in real-time; a collaborative creation of digital art using Samm Cooper's open-source technology called "Loopin". The mission is for a group of people to simultaneously design, develop, tune and colour an evolving, unique video artwork rendered on multiple screens. C3F is a participatory event, requiring the skills and minds of the Vancouver Creative Technology community. However, the experiment is accessible to participants of all skill levels. GLSL coding chops are not required! All you need to participate is a smartphone or tablet, and you can contribute. This event is inspired by Niel McLaren's previous creative coding relays, but adds a new level of parallelism and orthogonality. To my knowledge, no experiment of this type has ever been attempted (though if you know of anything, let me know!). It will certainly be unprecedented, psychedelic, educational, historical and totally scientific. All results will be open source and shared afterwards. We'll provide non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and other goodies. Hope to see you there! Schedule: 7:30pm - Doors open, members can mingle 7:45pm - Facebook livestream starts, 8:00pm - Experiment begins, coders start generating art 9:00pm - Experiment ends Break 9:15pm - 9:45pm - Q&A, Post-experiment wrap-up

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  • Animating The Everyday: A DIY Approach with Karolina Glusiec

    Centre for Digital Media

    Now that summer is in full blast, why not join us for a nice, air-conditioned talk to cool down. Generally, we've have speakers who share their expertise in the areas of robotics, software development and hardware programming. However this time, we'll be focusing on the 'art' part of Creative Tech, with our upcoming speaker, Karolina Glusiec. A practicing animation artist, filmmaker and lecturer, Karolina considers herself the luckiest person in the world who enjoys the simple and surprising sides of the every day. Her art involves resourcing and up-cycling; making the most of it and making the new from scratch. She is the 2012 Winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and has won the 2013 Ann Arbor Film Festival award for best animated film. In her talk, Karolina will discuss her DIY approach to collaboration, her experimental and open-source way of working and re-sourcing, which technology she uses for traditional animation, as well as the important role her grandparents have played in her work. You can follow her on Instagram at @karolina.glusiec as well as view her work on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/karolinaglusiec After a short break, we'll try something a little different. Instead of our usual TAD Talks, we'll introduce a discussion topic related to the creative industries that everyone can participate in. Let's see if we can generate some interesting perspectives! All are welcome to attend! We typically have some food and drink available, but please keep in mind this is an alcohol-free venue. We also encourage visitors to keep the classroom tidy as it is an active learning environment for the current cohort of students. PS: If you haven't already, please fill out our quick 1min survey to give us feedback. I promise vast riches! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8BS2D2H -- If you have questions or comments, feel free to message the meetup group, Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/vancouvercreativetech/), or our Instagram (@vanctech).

  • Gizmos and Gadgets: Prototyping the Future

    Centre for Digital Media

    Let's get the summer season started with an exciting new talk! NOTE: the meetup normally runs on Tuesdays, but we'll be shifting to Wednesday due to scheduling issues. Our main speaker is a fellow named Noel Rubin. He's a two-time Emmy Award winning designer who has delivered landmark projects, from Anakin’s Podracer dashboard in Star Wars to pervasive typefaces used on retail product packaging across the globe. His skills are utilized across many sectors, from vehicle instrumentation for the automotive industry to 3D user interface design in augmented reality applications. You can check him out on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/teknoelogy/) In this talk, he'll share his UX work and then branch into HMI (human machine interaction) and physical design. During / afterwards, we'll all gather round and get hands on with some of the smaller physical pieces he's designed. After a short break, we'll dive into our usual TAD Talks. For those who don't know, TAD Talks are an opportunity for attendees to come up to the mike and spend 10 - 15 min each sharing their work and gaining support / feedback. It's a great way to connect with the community and share your latest and greatest! Please bring your laptop so we can hook up to the dual projectors. All are welcome to attend! We typically have some food and drink available, but please keep in mind this is an alcohol-free venue. We also encourage visitors to keep the classroom tidy as it is an active learning environment for the current cohort of students. Hope to see a lot of folks on Wednesday! PS: If you haven't already, please fill out our quick 1min survey to give us feedback. I promise vast riches! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8BS2D2H -- If you have questions or comments, feel free to message the meetup group, Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/vancouvercreativetech/), or our Instagram (@vanctech).

  • A Wavering Path Back to the Playa

    Centre for Digital Media

    Hey everyone - how many of you have your Burning Man tickets? Well, if you don't, no worries, because it's definitely worth checking out our latest speaker for the month of May. We have Aubrey Tucker in the house: the Director of Innovation and Technology for ETRO Construction. He's an Enabler, Technologist, International BIM Speaker, University Lecturer and Revit Expert, with a fascinating topic, entitled, "A Wavering Path Back to the Playa." This is a tale of several large scale art projects that lead to the 2019 Roots Cathedral project. It's an epic that involves many talented folks and his personal efforts and obsessions along the way. Big Burns, digital fabrication, weird inspirations and the connections that made it all happen. Should be exciting! (Possible second speaker, stay tuned!) After a short break, we'll dive into our usual TAD Talks. For those who don't know, TAD Talks are an opportunity for attendees to come up to the mike and spend 10 - 15 min each sharing their work and gaining support / feedback. It's a great way to connect with the community and share your latest and greatest! Please bring your laptop so we can hook up to the dual projectors. All are welcome to attend! We typically have some food and drink available, but please keep in mind this is an alcohol-free venue. We also encourage visitors to keep the classroom tidy as it is an active learning environment for the current students who attend during the daytime. Hope to see a lot of folks on Tuesday! If you have questions or comments, feel free to message the meetup group, Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/vancouvercreativetech/), or our Instagram (@vanctech).

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  • Creating Marginally Clever Robots

    Centre for Digital Media

    The robots are taking over! Well, maybe not all the robots, but at least the ones that Dan Royer produces. That's right, on April 30th we have a very special guest - Dan, a self-described "local eccentric and maker-at-large", is also the founder of a company called Marginally Clever Robots. What do they do? The company advocates for technology that improves humanity by building robots that can solve everyday problems. We'll learn about their robot arms, such as the Sixi 2, which is planned to be 840mm and be able to carry a 2kg payload. Then we'll explore their larger, more lofty goals including building 3D printed moon bases! if there's time, we may get to see a live demo of their robots in action. After a short break, we'll dive into our usual TAD Talks. For those who don't know, TAD Talks are an opportunity for attendees to come up to the mike and spend 10 - 15 min each sharing their work and gaining support / feedback. It's a great way to connect with the community and share your latest and greatest! Please bring your laptop so we can hook up to the dual projectors. All are welcome to attend! We typically have some food and drink available, but please keep in mind this is an alcohol-free venue. We also encourage visitors to keep the classroom tidy as it is an active learning environment for the current students who attend during the daytime. Hope to see a lot of folks on Tuesday! If you have questions or comments, feel free to message the meetup group, Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/vancouvercreativetech/), or our Instagram (@vanctech).

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  • Vancouver Creative Tech Meetup

    Centre for Digital Media

    Hi everyone, We don't have any specific speakers lined up for this meetup, so I think we'll open up the floor for TAD Talks this time. What are TAD Talks? Basically, for 10 - 15 minutes, we encourage anyone to come up front and share their latest work. It can be a professional project, or a side hobby related to creative technology. This is a great way to receive positive feedback and help generate new ideas in the community. We may even consider a round table discussion to go over topics related to our group. I would like to see some familiar faces, as you know, this event depends on our community engagement. Feel free to bring pop drinks or food! Note: No Alcohol is permitted on the premises - thanks :)

  • Creating a Graphic Novel in Virtual Reality

    Centre for Digital Media

    UPDATED Feb 19th: We have switched the location from downtown to the Centre for Digital Media due to a booking conflict. Also, the event will start at 8:00pm. We have a great talk lined up for our end of February talk - so come in from the from the snow (if it is still snowing) and settle in! Our main speaker is Ed Madojemu, and he'll be giving a talk on how he and his team have been creating a graphic novel, entitled "Dami and Falian", in virtual reality. He'll discuss the challenges they've encountered, ranging from the process of designing worlds, working with a VR based pipeline all the way to translating traditional comic book values into 3d space. Due to our shortened schedule, we can still slot in a second speaker if they want to be included in our TAD Talks series. During TAD Talks, we'll open up the floor for anyone to come and share their work for 5-10 minutes each. I would like to see some familiar faces, as you know, this event depends on our community engagement. Feel free to bring drinks or food!. Note: No Alcohol allowed in premises. Schedule: 8:00pm - Doors open 8:15pm - 9:00pm - Creating a Graphic Novel in VR Break 9:15pm - 10:00pm - TAD Talks

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  • First Meetup of 2019! Tales from Project Cherry + Making Suspended Disbelief

    UPDATED AGAIN: We have our second speakers confirmed! UPDATED: Looks like we have both a confirmed speaker and our location is locked. We have two talk tonight: First off, Samm Cooper will be presenting Tales from Project "Cherry". Loopin', an interactive tool that Samm has been working on for a number of years, was field tested on a project in L.A., using 8 megapixels of infrared interactive particle systems. This will be an uncensored (children, cover your ears) account of the technical and creative challenges of making a project happen on the fly. Time permitting, there will be a bonus of anecdotes involving the oppulence of Hollywood and plenty of sweet code to look at! Bring your mobile device for an interactive demo. Our second talk will document the creation and installation of a unique interactive work that was created by Tim Rolls, Niel McLaren and Tim Fernandes. Here's their description: "Suspended Disbelief is a spatial installation that explores the concept of perception, and its role in the reality we experience. Seemingly enigmatic structures and layers of light combine to create illusions for participants to engage with. You may be surprised what you find, with the right perspective." After that, we'll open up the floor for anyone to come and share their work for 5-10 minutes each during TAD Talks. I would like to see some familiar faces, as you know, this event depends on our community engagement. Feel free to bring drinks or food! Schedule: 7:00pm - Doors open: 7pm 7:15pm - 8:15pm - Tales from Project "Cherry": Break 8:30pm - 9:15pm - Making "Suspended Disbelief" 9:15pm - 10pm TAD Talks

  • 8-Bit Insanity! Messing with Sound Chips from a Commodore64

    Centre for Digital Media

    NOTE: A reminder to all new peeps that the Center for Digital Media is a drug and alcohol-free environment. Alright folks. Last meetup of 2018! Due to busyness (and some small part of laziness on my behalf), we did not manage to host a meetup for October. But fear not! We have a special one planned this November. To mix things up about, the theme for this one is "8-bit Insanity". Anyone with projects that are arcade/game related or 80's or retro-inspired glitch art is welcome! We are going to start off with our main speaker: Spencer Leslie. By day, he's a mild-mannered developer/wizard - by night he's a cool jazz musician who has brought his two passions together for one interesting project. He'll be presenting a synthesizer that he's built using an MOS SID6581 sound chip that has been re-purposed from a classic Commore64. Oh yeah! During the talk, he'll give an overview on running the chip and speaking MIDI. "Sounds" fun! (*cough). Bring your favourite 8-bit game soundtrack and we'll see if we can recreate it on the fly :-) Next, Stuart Ward from HFour will impart some knowledge about the business side of working as an artist, sharing tips about money, value, efficiency and improving all three. After a 15min break, we'll jump straight into TAD Talks, a chance for anyone to come up, and share their latest art projects, projection mapping pieces, experimental interactive glitch art, you name it! So please bring your laptops if you want to present. We should have the required connected to make everything work. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own food as well. -- Schedule: 6:45 - Doors open 7:00 - "Messing with Sounds Chips" Spencer Leslie 7:45 - Food Break 8:00 - "The business side of being an artist" Stuart Ward 8:45 - Break 9:00 - TAD Talks If you have any questions or want to get more involved, please visit our Slack channel: https://creative-tech-vancouver.herokuapp.com and/or visit our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/vancouvercreativetech/ We also have a Creative Tech Whatsapp group as another way to notify people. You can find the link on our Slack channel :-)

  • Hands-on Learning With 4K Touchscreens

    The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC

    You can call TRAVIS:[masked] if you can't find the location. We're going to change it up for September and have a special meetup at UBC! Instead of our normal hangout location at Z-Space, we'll instead visit the new "Indian Residential Schools History & Dialogue Centre" and get an early access peek at their state-of-the-art, interactive touchscreen exhibit being developed by Travis Kirton and his team at Logic&Form. The school is located on campus, between the IK Barber Centre and the Koerner Library. If you have trouble finding the place, or are unfamiliar with UBC in general, please visit this link for more detailed directions: http://irshdc.ubc.ca/visiting/ First, Travis will summarize the project for those folks who couldn't make it to our previous meetup. Then, we'll jump into the hands-on experience where people can beta test this unique installation featuring a set of three, 100" 4k displays with multiple forms of interaction. We'll be able to follow up from Travis' previous talk and see how far his team has progressed since August. After a snack break, the screens will be set up to show other works during our TADTalks - so if you want to share your latest projects, feel free to bring your laptop with your work and see it displayed in 4k :) Pizza and drinks will be provided, so bring your appetite! -- Schedule: 6:45 - Doors open 7:00 - Residential Schools Project Part 2" Travis Kirton & team 8:00 - Food Break 8:15 - TAD Talks 9:15 - Time to mingle If you have any questions or want to get more involved, please visit our Slack channel: https://creative-tech-vancouver.herokuapp.com and/or visit our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/vancouvercreativetech/