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WORKSHOPS + TALKS

Workshops and talks are my way of experimenting with new educational content and new ways of teaching and learning, but most importantly they help me to validate and rapidly prototype approaches to teaching skills. They are diverse and reflect my varied interests and short attention span.

 

Programmable Trust: Ethereum, Bitcoin and Blockchains

Lecture: NYU Shanghai, Volatility Institute Lecture

Workshop: NYU Abu Dhabi

This introductory course focuses on building virtual worlds and understanding how immersive interactive media and social presence can help create entirely new forms of compelling experiences and narratives. Throughout the course, students will become familiar with critical concepts such as iterative design, play testing, object-oriented programming, physically based rendering of light and sound, 3D modeling, logic and experience design. They will take a design-based approach to content creation, developing a proficiency in a variety of software tools, development methodologies and creation techniques. Students will work over 7 weeks in design teams to create interactive virtual worlds to be experienced on high-end PC VR head-mounted displays, culminating with a premiere where invited guests from around the NYU campuses will explore and interact with the class in each team’s immersive virtual world.

 

Made In China 中国制造 - Spring 2018

Subject Areas: interactive media business, interactive media arts, business, China, hardware and software design

This course takes a hands-on critical look at the history and factors shaping China's reputation as the 'workshop of the world' and also it's emergence through economies of scale and scope as a hub for innovation through rapid prototyping and manufacturing. They will become experts on not just the techniques involved in conceptualizing and delivering innovation to a market, but also in the ways that China's unique online, offline and decentralized marketplaces for skills, talent and innovation enable a small team to accomplish what a large one cannot.

Students make the full use of China's rapid design and production infrastructure to conceptualize, prototype, design for manufacture and market a consumer electronics product. This is an intensive course that takes place across two of China's innovation hubs, Shanghai and Shenzhen, with conceptualization, design and rapid prototyping, and rapid manufacturing followed by a final presentation, user testing and documentation.

 

Practicum on Branding + Innovation

Subject Areas: interactive media business, marketing, branding, new product and service development

This course explores core technical and economic concepts behind blockchains such as Bitcoin and its derivations both from the perspective of their use as financial instruments, stores of value and speculation, but more importantly, the value of immutable, programmable blockchains and how they might be used to improve qualities of life, increase transparency and promote ethical behaviors. 

PLANNED COURSES

 

Programmable Truth - Planned Fall 2018

Subject Areas: interactive media business, financial technology, programming, economics

This course explores core technical and economic concepts behind blockchains such as Bitcoin and its derivations both from the perspective of their use as financial instruments, stores of value and speculation, but more importantly, the value of immutable, programmable blockchains and how they might be used to improve qualities of life, increase transparency and promote ethical behaviors. 

PAST COURSES

 

Shenzhen Style - Fall 2017

Subject Areas: interactive media business, business, China

This course explores core technical and economic concepts behind blockchains such as Bitcoin and its derivations both from the perspective of their use as financial instruments, stores of value and speculation, but more importantly, the value of immutable, programmable blockchains and how they might be used to improve qualities of life, increase transparency and promote ethical behaviors. 

 

Driving Genius - Summer 2017

Subject Areas: engineering, robotics, business, economics

This course explores core technical and economic concepts behind blockchains such as Bitcoin and its derivations both from the perspective of their use as financial instruments, stores of value and speculation, but more importantly, the value of immutable, programmable blockchains and how they might be used to improve qualities of life, increase transparency and promote ethical behaviors.