The Tech Museum of Innovation | Imagination Playground

THE TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION | SAN JOSE, CA | IMAGINATION PLAYGROUND

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Technology is more than a set of tools for pragmatic areas of endeavor such as medicine or communication or transportation; it can also be a medium for creative expression and play. The Imagination Playground gallery invites visitors to interact with art and technology installations that run the gamut from art to games.

Butterfly Projection

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We collaborated with artist Zack Simpson to produce this interactive shadow projection. Stand still for a few moments and an edge detection algorithm leads butterflies to land on your shadow. The exhibit was replicated by more than 50 venues nationwide. 

Sand Projection

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Hold hands with a a friend, cup your arm, or get creative and use your hair to catch falling sand in a variation on the edge detection software produced as part of an art and technology installation by Zack Simpson.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE

The Tech Museum of Innovation | Senior Director of Exhibits and Programs

The Tech Museum of Innovation - San Jose CA – June 1999 to June 2003

Senior Director of Exhibits and Programs – 2002 to 2003

Director of Exhibits – 1999 to 2002   

Reported to VP of Exhibitions and supervised a team of 13 exhibit developers, exhibit designers, graphic designers, writers, educators, and project managers in design and installation of  travelling and permanent exhibitions and related programs. Managed $2.3-million annual capital and operations budget. Introduced experimental technology including a robotic arm-wrestling exhibit which linked visitors to the New York Hall of Science and a full-body butterfly projection which was replicated by more than 50 venues nationwide.

  • Secured NIH Science Education Partnership and NSF awards totaling $2.5 million 
  • Presented exhibition concepts to CEOs of HP, Microsoft, and other companies during capital campaign
  • Closed out 15+ unresolved contracts totaling several million dollars after The Tech’s grand opening 
  • Streamlined exhibit design, fabrication, and installation by documenting milestones and standards

Full Resume