FilmGate Interactive
Media Festival #07


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Arwa Michelle Mboya is a designer and creative technologist from Nairobi Kenya, interested in the intersection of technology, storytelling and social change. She loves working with XR and solving complex problems through strategy, computation and design. Her current research project, Allo-I, mixes storytelling, machine learning and behavioral science to enhance and examine the imaginations of marginalized women. Arwa studied at Yale University (B.A.) and the MIT Media Lab (M.S.) and now runs her own mixed reality studio, Allo-I. Arwa is originally from Nairobi, Kenya. She loves travel and adventure.

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Through a 20-year career in digital media, Mike has filled many roles. He has proven experience in all phases of digital media creation, from strategy to execution, design to development, and product management to sales/marketing. After graduating from college, he played bass in a noisy indie rock trio and self-booked nationwide tours in a van named Big Silver. 'We were no Nirvana, but I learned how to be entrepreneurial.' Mike led large tech projects for brands like IBM, MoMA and Tiffany & Co. at an early Silicon Alley tech company. He also established his own businesses - a user-interface design firm, a digital agency, and a next-gen storytelling studio. His work garnered extensive press coverage and awards. Later, he founded and ran the immersive media organization StoryCode, a cross-discipline global community of innovative creators. Currently, he is a senior leader of Campfire, a specialized marketing agency that develops award-winning strategies and campaigns to launch new products and entertainment franchises. If his Slack status says he’s away, you will likely find him on a stream fly fishing.


Nitzan Bartov (she/her) is an Architect and Interaction Designer based in Brooklyn.

In VR, interactive and spatial media, her work mixes pop culture, sci-fi and mysticism, to explore changing relationships between humans and technology. Her works were presented at TriBeCa, Cannes, SXSW and Sundance Film Festivals, Art && Code, Grey Area Festival, The Current Museum and The Center for Architecture, and were covered by Wired, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, BBC, The Verge, Vice and others.  Nitzan is a Research Designer at FRL and Brooklyn Research, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where she teaches a VR and Speculative Simulations course. She studied architecture in Tel Aviv University, and taught at School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute and the Kill Screen Scholars Program. Her past residencies and fellowships include New Inc, The Economist Media Lab, Sundance Story Lab and POV.

James Powderly is a designer and inventor with two decades of genre-defying and award-winning innovation in fashion, robotics, graffiti, architecture and augmented reality.

His work can be found on Mars, in the permanent collection of the MoMA in NYC and in retail stores around the world. James currently lives in Los Angeles and leads the design for the next generation of Snapchat's Spectacles.