Earlier this month, I had the chance to attend the inaugural CAMP Festival at Theatre Junction GRAND in my home town of Calgary. In conjunction with FITC, this conference was an intense two-day sprint session revolving around the fusion of art, technology, creativity and new media.
Throughout the two days, attendees were bombarded with traditional sessions and intimate studios conversations revolving around the emergence of art within the technology and creative sectors. Talks touched upon topics such as Design and Happiness, Big Redesigns, Tough Clients and a Lot of Work!, Designing the Future of Augmented Reality, Rich Web Experiences and the Future of the Web.
Really enjoying the chat from
repponen</a> at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAMPFEST14?src=hash">#CAMPFEST14</a> on the design, pitch and UX process. Fantastic information. Lots of takeaways.</p>— Armadillo Studios (armadillostudio) September 8, 2014
It was a mind melting two days of uplifting discussion and idea generating conversations about the direction of Web Design and the Internet. Artists such as GMUNK, James White, and Sarah Blake delved in to their own personal style influences and how they create unique work for clients and their own personal pet projects that have driven their artistic voice. While creative agency veterans such as Anton Repponen, Irene Pereyena, and Kim Alpert shared their collective experiences dealing with the business side of the creative industry; discussion such topics as client relations, project budgeting, the art of the pitch and team planning and resource management.
CAMP Festival was a fantastic two days and a breath of fresh air into an otherwise stagnant local conference scene. The fusion of internationally renowned speakers and industry shakers with some of Calgary’s own local success stories, really created a unique experience. As an event it was fantastic opportunity to catch-up with every single one of our local friends from the the Calgary design community, meet some new friends and to hang out and discuss the topics that were shown throughout the day.
If CAMP Festival’s goals were to challenge and inspire the growing Calgary tech and creative industry, then mission accomplished. It goes without saying that pretty much all of the 330 people who attended this conference left with something inspiring or challenging to incorporate into their own business models or creative endeavours. For a first run conference of this magnitude, it was a pleasant and energizing surprise. So a massive thank you to all who was involved in the planning and organizing of CAMP Fest.
The big take always from #CAMPFEST14 are: 1) follow your side passions and heart. Just create. Don't fear the rest.— Armadillo Studios (@armadillostudio) September 9, 2014
Plus they had S’Mores. Nothing beats a conference with Beer and S’Mores.
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