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The DigiTech Event

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The DigiTech event is an open-house technology fair that takes place March 30, 10:00AM - 7:00PM in the William Johnston Building (WJB) on FSU's Tallahassee campus. The DigiTech event features three floors of student exhibits displayed, projected, demonstrated, and accessed on your smartphone or tablet. FSU departments will also be on hand to display their innovative work and provide information about useful tech courses and degree programs.

schedule

Time Location Activity
10 AM - 7 PM WJB Student Exhibits & Department Exhibits
12:30 - 1:30 PM 2004 WJB Presentation: Ira Greenberg, Computational Artist
1:45 - 2:45 PM 2004 WJB Presentation: Josh Greenberg, Entrepreneur
3:00 - 4:30 PM Atrium WJB Electronic Chamber Orchestra (EChO) Performance
3:45 - 4:45 PM 2004 WJB Presentation: Gregory Miller, Economist
5:00 - 6:00 PM 2004 WJB Awards Ceremony featuring FSU President Eric Barron
6:00 - 7:00 PM 1st Floor Atrium Reception with free hors d'oeuvres and refreshments

guest presenters

Ira Greenberg

Presenting March 30
12:30 - 1:30 PM, 2004 WJB

Ira Greenberg

Associate Professor, Meadows School of the Arts and the Lyle School of Engineering, and Director of the Center of Creative Computation,
Southern Methodist University

With an eclectic background combining elements of painting and programming, Ira Greenberg has been a painter, 2D and 3D animator, print designer, web and interactive designer/developer, programmer, art director, creative director, managing director, art professor, and author. He wrote the first major language reference on the Processing language.

Ira has steadily exhibited his work, consulted within industry, and lectured widely throughout his career. He was affiliated with the Flywheel Gallery in Piermont, New York, and the Bowery Gallery in New York City. He was a managing director and creative director for H2O Associates in New York’s Silicon Alley, where he helped build a new media division during the golden days of the dot-com boom and then bust, barely parachuting back to safety in the ivory tower. Since then, he has been inciting students to create inspirational new media art; lecturing; and holding residencies at numerous institutions.

Ira will be sharing the account of his transition from traditional studio art to creative coding and computational art, inspiring the audience with his amazing work.

Josh Greenberg

Presenting March 30
1:45 - 2:45PM, 2004 WJB

Josh Greenberg

Cofounder, CTO, Grooveshark

Grooveshark is the world's largest on-demand and music discovery service. With over 15 million songs, Grooveshark is an ecosystem that brings together music fans, bands, music labels, and brands.

Josh Greenberg co-founded Grooveshark in 2006 while studying Business Administration at the University of Florida. He is a lifelong developer and entrepreneur, having previously founded two web development companies.  Josh has led Grooveshark as CTO since its inception, overseeing Grooveshark's engineering, infrastructure, creative, data, and community teams. In addition to playing a large role in Grooveshark's strategic planning, Josh guides the direction for Grooveshark's unique set of products, spending most of his time coordinating high-level strategy with technological implementation. Josh enjoys contemplating, strategizing, observing, learning, leading, and getting things done.

Businessweek named Josh a finalist for America's Best Young Entrepreneur in 2008, and in 2012, Forbes named Josh one of the Top 30 Under 30 for Music.

Josh will lead an interactive discussion based on his six-year learning experience of founding Grooveshark and growing it to a team of 100+ people.

Gregory Miller

Presenting March 30
3:45 - 4:45PM, 2004 WJB

Gregory L Miller

Chief Economist, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Banks

Gregory Miller is Chief Economist with SunTrust Banks, Inc.  He completed his graduate and undergraduate Economics degrees at Florida State University and has been a practicing economist, forecaster, and teacher for over 30 years.

As SunTrust’s Chief Economist, Mr. Miller forecasts the national economy.  He advises corporate and bank boards of directors as well as SunTrust clients.  He sits on committees charged with interest rate setting, corporate investment, and benefits policy.  He is a policy advisor for Private Wealth and Corporate Investment Banking groups.

Prior to joining SunTrust, Mr. Miller was on the faculty of the College of Business Administration at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  In addition to his regular SunTrust duties, Mr. Miller is active in the National Association for Business Economics and the Financial Roundtable. Mr. Miller is also a member and past-chair of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association—a national group of economists who meet with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to discuss the economy and monetary policy.

Presentation Abstract:

To many, the world of technology and the world of economics seem at best strange bed-fellows.  But that is a construct of a bygone past.   We in the world of finance and capital recognize that our world is now more dependent on technology than the converse. This irrevocable process is a manifestation of what DigiTech celebrates.

In the span of the lifetimes of the youngest in the room, the global economy has forever changed the dynamics of economic relationships.  Time contracts but scope and outreach expand.  The nexus between human welfare and technology has never been more closely aligned.   

From the economic perspective, all production incorporates some combination of labor and capital.  Technology is now embedding capital directly into the human component.  Thus, those who study technology today will own and control the dominant component of capital in the future.

 

FSU President Eric Barron
FSU President, Eric Barron

Presenting March 30
5:00 - 6:00 PM, 2004 WJB

DIGITECH Awards Ceremony

The DigiTech Awards Ceremony will feature presentations by FSU President Eric Barron and other FSU leaders to recognize and reward students for innovating across the disciplines. Awards and prizes will be presented in several categories. There will also be a raffle drawing and free giveaways. A reception will follow with free hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Everyone is encouraged to attend to show your support of innovation with technology at FSU!

Awards & Winners

There are four primary awards for which exhibitors may receive trophies:

  • Best in Show - Innovation Winner: LESS (Living Electronic SystemS)
    in the spirit of Vires, the exhibit that best demonstrates strength and influence through innovative use of technologies
  • Best in Show - Expression Winner: Paintings by MANDEM
    in the spirit of Artes, the exhibit that best demonstrates the application of digital technologies skill for expressing ideas and feelings
  • Best in Show - Contribution Winner: Sentry
    in the spirit of Mores, the exhibit that best demonstrates strength of character by contributing to others
  • Campus Choice Award: Winner: Habitat Tracker
    the most popular exhibit at FSU DigiTech decided by votes cast by event attendees

    Vote for your 3 favorite exhibits by texting the exhibit code provided on the exhibit placard to 37607. Only on sight visitors are permitted to vote.

In addition to the four primary awards, certificates and prizes will be awarded to recipients of our Excellence Awards in the following categories:

  • Music Winner: cello.EXE
    the creative use of digital technologies towards creating music
  • Web Design Winner: JFWDESIGN
    the design and implementation of a Web site using an appropriate visual design and user interface
  • Web App Winner: CMS for Social Gaming
    a Web application judged on usefulness, user experience, visual design, and complexity
  • Mobile App Winner: Mobile Technology in Medicine - Black Book App
    a mobile application judged on usefulness, user experience, visual design, and complexity
  • Software System Winner: Habitat Tracker
    a complete software system including both Web and mobile interfaces, database application, judged on usefulness, user experience, visual design, and complexity
  • Visual Expression - 2D Winner: Glitch Art
    digitally produced drawings and photos
  • Animation and Motion Pictures Winner: Wonderings
    digitally produced animation and motion pictures
  • Physical Computing Winner: Weather Coat
    computing systems that include robotics or physical objects that can sense and respond to the analog world
  • Digital Publishing Winner: Advertising and Media Systems
    communicating ideas digitally through the use of online tools
  • Startup Winner: Socialite
    the design of a technology oriented company, judged on viability, business plan, and innovative use of technologies
  • Research Winner: Particle Systems: Rigid-body,Fluid,and Flocks
    computer applications designed to support research
  • 3D Animation and Motion Picture Winner: Virtual Florida
    digitally produced 3D animation and motion pictures
  • Education Winner: Ms. Lolita, "The Virtual Teacher"
    computer applications designed to educate or support education
  • Information Management Winner: MAP
    computer application designed to produce valuable information from data sets

 

location

FSU's William Johnston Building is located on Landis Green at the heart of our beautiful FSU campus. Several fine hotels are nearby including the Residence Inn which is on the southeast edge and A Loft in the heart of downtown Tallahassee. Guest parking is available after 4:00 in the parking lot next to Dodd Auditorium between Jefferson and University Way near the Johnston Building.


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