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Collision: Where Art and Technology Meet

Thought Leaders Demonstrate Virtual Reality to Creative Economy & Technologists

Spark Saratoga and Arts Spark announce a new collaborative event to bring together the entrepreneur, technical, and artist communities within the region. Collision: Where Art and Technology Meet is designed to demonstrate the common ground regional artists have with regional entrepreneurs and technologists.

“By cutting across industry silos and aligning local tech-based entrepreneurs with creative economy contributors furthers our mission of impactful growth and collaboration,” says Ryan Van Amburgh, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Spark Saratoga.  “We’re excited to co-host this unique event with Arts Spark.”

Beth Moeller, founder of Arts Spark explains, “The creative economy employs over 45,000 people in the Capital Region, according to the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy.  It is important to bring together creatives, entrepreneurs, and technologists to showcase collaboration opportunities. A gathering like this will spark ideas and conversations that can ultimately benefit everyone.”  

The March 19, 2019 event will be hosted at Artisanal Brew Works, 41 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY, from 6pm to 8pm.  Attendees will hear from two thought leaders while demonstrating the creation of graphics in a Virtual Reality environment using an HTC Vive and Google Tilt Brush. Attendees will be able to create Virtual Reality art themselves.

Our speakers:

Joe Arcuri is the Director of Design and User Experience at Overit. For over 20 years Joe has been creating memorable experiences across all mediums and devices and always trying to make things better for the users. His expertise is in visual user-centered design and information architecture.  Joe has collaborated with local and national clients, such as The Daily Gazette, AAA (Hudson Valley), Nationwide Insurance and UPS.  Joe has lead the UX and visual design as a cofounder for DashMetrics, NY Tech Loop, and Career Disco.

Ben Moeller is a Senior Computer Science major at Clarkson University. For the last 2 and half years, Ben has been working in the Terascale All-sensing Research Studio, focusing his research on user experiences in Virtual Reality. Ben recently presented the results of a collaborative research project in the Best Paper Session at the 25th International Conference on Multimedia Modeling in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Arts Spark, a program of Interactive Media Consulting, LLC, is designed to help artists with the business of being an artist.  Services include business and marketing services for artists, education programs, and shared marketing resources for arts-based organizations. 

SPARK Saratoga, the county’s only entrepreneur business incubator and early stage company accelerator. Spark Saratoga gathers all members of the local start-up ecosystem including founders, experienced CEOs, investors, key influencers and supporting organizations. Spark Saratoga creates a collaborative environment to launch impactful and enduring companies across all industry sectors.

Spark Saratoga is a program of Saratoga Economic Development Corporation.


6:00                 Registration, networking, and light hors d’oeuvres
6:30                 Welcome from Arts Spark and Spark Saratoga
6:35                 Joe Arcuri, Importance of Graphics in Digital Environments
6:50                 Ben Moeller, Creating Graphics in Virtual Reality
7:00                 VR hands-on demonstration, networking, and light hors d’oeuvres

Tickets are limited and cost $20 each.