The Tech Museum of Innovation | Imagination Playground



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


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


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.


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

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

Senior Director of Exhibits and Programs – (11/02 to 6/03) 

Director of Exhibits – (6/99 to 11/02) 

Reported to VP of Exhibitions. Led 13 staff in designing permanent exhibitions, developing public programs, and hosting traveling exhibits. Managed $2.3M annual operating and capital budget and served as liaison to Exhibits and Programs Committee of the Board. Recruited creative professionals from around the country and built a cohesive team. Closed out 15+ contracts after the new facility opened, and, tutored by bitter experience, developed fabrication standards, multimedia standards, graphic design standards, etc. to clarify client and vendor responsibilities.

· Developed a 5-year plan leading to over $4 million in new project funding within three years. 

· Developed a partnership with Stanford University to enable visitors to interact with working scientists, wrote successful $1.6 million proposal to NIH. The partnership is still flourishing.

· Secured $982,000 from the National Science Foundation for the NetPla@net exhibition about the “anything to anything” network, developing an exhibit about the “Internet of Things” before the phrase existed.

Exhibit Developer and Project Manager (6/95-6/99)

Led the research and development of $3.5 million Communications: Global Connections gallery as part of the Tech’s 1998 expansion. Developed exhibits, prepared budget projections, managed vendors, coordinated advisor input. 

· Made successful fundraising presentations to CEOs of Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and other tech companies.

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