AI CON!

AI CON

Animation and Interaction Convention is an event sponsored by Animation and Interaction at the University of Iowa (AIUI), a student organization. We have invited several guest speakers from the animation and games industries to speak at the University about their career paths, working in the industry, and to offer advice.

We are offering this event free to students and the public alike so please come to the event and get a unique chance to hear from professionals:

David McGraw – Business in the Arts, The University of Iowa.

David is a lecturer in the Division for Performing Arts at the Tippie College of Business. He holds several degrees in the arts including an MFA in Theatre Arts and an MA in Arts Administration.

Edwin Chang – Simulation Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios.

Edwin graduated from Brown University with a degree in Computer Science and Art Semiotics. He has since worked at Pixar Animation Studios, first as a Simulation Lead Engineer and currently as a Simulation Technical Director. Edwin has also had work published in Data-Driven 3D Facial Animation, a book focusing on the techniques developed over the last 10 years for facial animation.

Matt Rix – Founder of Magicule and creator of Trainyard.

Matt created the game Trainyard in his spare time and published it to the iPhone. He continually improved upon the game and lowered the price, eventually causing it to reach #2 on the Apple charts. At that point it was getting 40,000 downloads a day. In total there have been 750 thousand paid downloads and 4 million downloads of the free Trainyard Express game.

After the success of Trainyard, Matt created Magicule. He has since learned many lessons about application development and how to succeed on a market with 400,000+ applications.

Mike Winter – Along with famous game designer Will Wright (Sims™, Spore™), Mike co-founded Stupid Fun Club, LLC 2001. SFC created Bar Karma, a successful crowd-sourced TV series, along with toys and game concepts. Their upcoming Ant Farm toy was ranked high at the New York Toy show and will be sold by Uncle Milton this holiday season.

Michael Winter founded Crazy Research in November 2009. Crazy Research developed a new ‘relaxed’ interface to web TV, an Android based bicycle safety device, an Android powered toy robot that squirts water, and a smartphone controller of architectural and consumer (Christmas tree lights) LED lighting.

Before that, Michael founded a series of software startup companies, all successful. In addition he has pursued his interest in making robots and gadgets:

Robot Wars combat – won first place.
ABC Master of Champions show – won first place.
Discovery Channel Modern Marvels – featured on gadgets episode.
Two films won acceptance into the first Robot Film Festival in New York in 2011

Michael currently works at Stupid Fun Club designing TV shows for the big 3 networks, mobile games and mobile based toys.

Event Details:

Location: Pomerantz Center C20

Dates and Time:

Friday, April 13, 2012

3:00 – David McGraw (Business in the Arts, The University of Iowa)

4:30 – Edwin Chang (Simulation Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios)

6:30 – Refreshments in lobby

Saturday, April 14, 2012

2:00 – Matt Rix (Magicule, via Skype)

3:30 – Mike Winter (Stupid Fun Club)

5:30 – Refreshments in lobby

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  1. […] up in Iowa City: Animation and Interaction at the University of Iowa (AIUI) is putting on the Animation and Interaction Convention April 13th & 14th in Pomerantz Center C20. They’ve invited interesting speakers from the […]

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