Digital Innovations: Inspiration Technology Event

Last Friday the Communication & Media Studies and Art Department co-sponsored a very special event at the Falany Performing Arts Center. Students were treated to five excellent guest speakers.  First to speak was John DeMicco, a Senior Audio Designer, who discussed the history of technological and digital innovation at his place of employment CNN.
Next Brian Frey, a Reinhardt University Graduate, discussed BrailleTouch, a revolutionary iPhone app for the blind community that allows the visually impaired to type using braille on a touchscreen and paste the text into any application on an iPhone.  Brian worked on the team that devised and created this groundbreaking app.  Brian described the emotional moment when a sight-impaired user experimented with his iPhone app for the first time.
Next Kiel Schultheiss described the history of 3D printing and discussed opening his own printing service shop in Atlanta.  He talked about the 3D revolution which includes the creation of everything from  military machine parts to cars and houses.  After the lecture event, Kiel demonstrated 3D printing and continued teaching about the process in the FPAC lobby.
Event organizer Lauren Hasty then discussed her experiences working as the Digital Communications Manager at the well known Poilâne Bakery in France.  Lauren worked with digital communications for 8 years in Paris, France.  She told an interesting anecdote about the bakery’s connection to Salvador Dali.
Finally, IT Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Georgia State University Gregori Faroux delivered an honest and motivating speech about what it takes to succeed in the digital field.  “Learn Code!” he advised the audience.  Gregori discussed several ways for a job seeker to stand out among competitors.  He also outlined the interesting process by which Georgia State designs and tests the school website.
Thanks to all of the participants who devoted their time, energy, and expertise to our lecture event.


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