Michael McKellar is a creative designer, instructor, and technologist. He has been involved with creative computing most of his professional life. He is currently an assistant professor within the School of Creative Design and Technology at the University of Texas in Austin. McKellar’s classes specialize in the methodologies surrounding the design and development of immersive technologies.
Professionally, he has designed, developed, and implemented immersive and interactive commercial work around the world for clients from fields that range from construction to realty and even royalty. His portfolio contains a large number of specialist projection and interactive mapping skills from CAVEs, immersive domes, and human computer interactivity.
He started Programming for People in 2016 to fill a gap in the online tutorial market that was not catering to interactive or creative outlets. It boasts in excess of 10,000 unique viewers each month studying a range of hardware, software, and creative computing implementations.
Elburz Sorkhabi is the founder and technical director of nVoid. He is also the immersive technical director at ZERO11ZERO and one of the leading authorities on TouchDesigner.
He has worked on product launches, permanent architectural installations, and world wide tours with brands, iconic organizations, and individuals that include Google, Kanye West, Giorgio Armani, Nike, Under Armour, Netflix, the Seattle Art Museum, Verizon, TIFF, AMEX, and Cannes Lions. Elburz has led and deployed teams across the world in major cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, and Paris. He has lectured publicly and privately at leading institutions including Yale University, Society for Arts and Technology, and the International Space University.
Owen Kirby is an audio-visual artist from Montreal, Canada with a background in science, film-making and electro-acoustic music composition. He studied cinema at Collège Champlain and went on to study electroacoustic music composition at Concordia University.
His love of electronic sound and real-time video workflows led him to spend time exploring the audio-synthesis side of TouchDesigner; discovering techniques and workflows which he documents and shares through his YouTube series: Electronic Ape Friends.
A keen biology enthusiast, he is in the process of proving the first partial albino morph of a local species of isopod and has created introductory myrmecology kits which have sold side by side with his TouchDesigner components on his Etsy store: StareIntoTheFire.
350 TouchDesigneurs coming from all the corners of the world.
The Summit takes place on the beautiful and spacious Couer des Sciences / UQAM campus in Montreal centre-ville very close to Place des Arts. We will be occupying several spaces in the campus, but the main entrance and registration will be in the “Chaufferie” building which will also act as the ‘lab’ or community space. Please see attached map for access routes.