By Lance Weiler, March 23rd, 2010

chuckChuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, game designer and freelance penmonkey. He’s written and/or developed 85+ game books, and has a number of game, film, and television properties in development. His fiction work is represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Chuck will be sharing his expertise with us at the workshop “How to Develop a Story Around a Game”.

Q & A:

What excites you about the future?

Flying cars. Jetpacks. The first “i-Flu,” when computer viruses jump from their digital domain and begin infecting actual human beings. Whatever the sequel to “The Internet” will be called. All that good stuff.

What is on your playlist, reading list, or movie queue?

  • Watching: The Wire.
  • Reading: New World Monkeys, by Nancy Mauro.
  • Playing: Bioshock 2.
  • Listening: New Massive Attack.

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By Lance Weiler, March 18th, 2010

noahNoah is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, producer and co-founder of 2.1 Films (film & media) and Two Bulls (mobile apps & mixed reality). His features have premiered at Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Rome. He has produced branded projects for TV and the web for MTV, CSTV, Chevrolet, Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Southwest Airlines and Audi. Two Bulls develops & produces apps for major international brands and they have been downloaded over 500,000 times. Noah will be joining us to explore and workshop “The Future of App Design”.

Q & A:

What excites you about the future?

The ways in which technology is breaking down the barrier between user and content by bringing content into the real world (mobile) and changing old forms of interaction (gestures).

What’s on your playlist, reading list, and movie queue?

Playlist: Taj Mahal’s “World Music” (note: I’m in Fiji and feeling very island…)
Reading List: Malcolm Gladwell’s “What The Dog Saw”
Movie Queue: (it’s long and ugly – no comment : ) )

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By Lance Weiler, March 17th, 2010

jessevondoomJesse is the executive director of CASH Music a nonprofit organization building open tools and services for musicians and the evolving music industry. He has a background in design and technology and has been working with music marketing and technology for over ten years. Jesse lives with his wife and two daughters on a tiny island in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.

Jesse is creating useful digital tools for musicians when they need it most.  He will be joining Brian McTear to discuss the “Future of Music”.

Q & A:

What excites you about the future?

Besides the jetpacks? My daughters.  That’s a serious answer.  I was talking to my two-and-a-half year old daughter last week and she picked up a CD. Asked me what it was.  So I tell her it’s music and she looks at me like the RCA dog and says “No Papa.  It’s plastic.  It’s not music.”  How perfect is that?  So what excites me is the perspective that kids are growing up with. Not only do they not care about the containers, they don’t even have a concept of a container. Content is just content.  Music just is.  And that’s our future, from music to games to movies.  A whole generation of people who grew up without artificial limitations on how they consume culture. That excites me.

What’s on your playlist?

There’s so much great new music right now. Xiu Xiu’s “Dear God, I Hate Myself” is solidly on the top of my list.  I love that record…it’s amazing.  I’m also high on their collaborators Former Ghosts and Zola Jesus.  Shift gears to the UK and you’ve got the amazing Future of the Left out of Wales, and Frightened Rabbit from Scotland — both released epic records with their last efforts.  And I’m biased because I help with her management, but I think the world of Kristin Hersh — I’m especially excited about material she’s recording with her band 50FOOTWAVE right now.

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By Lance Weiler, March 17th, 2010

DIY DAYS NYC
30+ speakers
8 workshops
11 talks
2 think tanks
23 open sessions

***ALL FREE

FULL PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS COMING SOON

SATURDAY APRIL 3rd

9:30 AM to 10:10 AM
Registration

WOLLMAN HALL

10:10 to 10:15
Opening remarks

10:20 to 10:40
Opening Keynote – TED HOPE

10:45 to 11:05
A Look at Innovation – BRIAN NEWMAN

11:10 to 11:40
Transmedia Storytelling – JEFF GOMEZ

11:45 to 12:05
Connected Toys – MICHAEL LAST and THERESA LOONG

12:05 to 12:25
Universal Record Database – DAN ROLLMAN

12:25 to 12:35
OPEN SESSION what are you working on what do you need ? 1 minute x 10 people
Conference attendees are given 60 seconds to present a project and express what they need to make it happen. These slots are LIMITED and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Interested parties will be able to sign up for a slot when registration opens at 9:30.

12:35 to 1:15
LUNCH BREAK

1:20 to 1:40
Fireside chat about the Future of Publishing – CYNDI STIVERS and SREE SREENIVASAN

1:45 to 2:05
Found Stories – JASON BITNER

2:10 to 2:30
DIY EMPIRE how a little art class took over the world – MOLLY CRABAPPLE

2:35 to 2:45
OPEN SESSION what are you working on what do you need ? 1 minute x 10 people
Conference attendees are given 60 seconds to present a project and express what they need to make it happen. These slots are LIMITED and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Interested parties will be able to sign up for a slot when registration opens at 9:30.

2:45 to 3:05
MakerBot – BRE PETTIS

3:10 to 3:40
Future of Music – JESSE VON DOOM and BRIAN McTEAR

3:40 to 4:00
Through a Lens Darkly – THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS

4:00 to 5:00
DIY DAYS Incubator Pitches
Two media startups will make presentations in front of a live audience that detail their vision, business models and goals.

INCUBATOR

11:30 to 3:30
Two media Startups meet with experts from various industries to think thank their models and to craft presentations which will be made to those attending the conference at the end of the day.

WORKSHOP ROOM #1

11:30 to 12:30
How to create an app – NOAH HARLAN

12:30 to 1:15
LUNCH BREAK

1:15 to 2:00
Augmented Reality and Geolocational Storytelling – BRIAN CHIRLS

2:00 to 2:30
OPEN SESSION – 3 x 10 minute talks
DO YOU HAVE A CONCEPT FOR A 10 MINUTE TALK?
We’re looking for three conference attendees who’d like to share something they’re working on, something they think will help others, and something that will be an interesting topic of discussion.

Those interested should email us at work [@] workbookproject [dot] com with the subject “open session.”

2:35 to 3:10
How to develop story around a game – CHUCK WENDIG

3:10 to 4:10
How to design for transmedia – ANITA ONDINE and DAVID BEARD

WORKSHOP ROOM #2

11:15 to 12:15
The Real You: Personal Branding, Social Media and Storytelling – MICHAEL MARGOLIS

12:30 to 1:15
LUNCH BREAK

1:15 to 2:15
Social Media for Storytellers – LESLIE POSTON and AMY GREENLAW

2:20 to 3:15
Social Change How to Mobilize Audiences – SCOTT BEIBIN and LIZ COLE

3:20 to 4:10
RADAR creating online / offline experiences – ALEX JOHNSON, JANINE SANDERS and JOSH CRAMER

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