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Art of Genius and Spelman College Partner to Present Technology Festival


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ATLANTA (Sept. 24, 2012) -- Produced by Art of Genius in partnership with Spelman College Digital Moving Image Salon, Women Interactive is an inaugural technology festival with a special focus on women of color.  The festival seeks to encourage creative types and empower novices to use technology innovatively for content creation. The festival will take place Oct. 13, 2012, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  It has three tracks: content creation, sharing content and monetizing creativity.

“Women use technology in various ways for both creative and utilitarian purposes. Further, women are also the largest purchasers of technology in that they tend to buy not only for themselves, but also for families, homes and businesses,” said Sabrina Harvey, co-founding curator of Women Interactive and chief creative officer of Art of Genius, a transmedia education company which produces a creative technology series of art, entertainment, science, media and technology events and workshops for women.

“The Digital Moving Image Salon is a creative incubator for women at Spelman with an interest in documentary film making and digital media art,” said Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D., a professor of film and women’s studies and the founding director of DMIS at Spelman College. “Our focal point is educating and training women of color to lead in the development of content using various digital platforms and technologies. The collaboration with Women Interactive is one way of carrying out our mission.” In conjunction with the partnership, DMIS will screen the student documentary, “Invisible Heroes: African American Women in the Military” at the festival.

In an effort to foster dialogue between women and technology companies, Women Interactive is featuring an Interactive Atrium, which will showcase cutting-edge products and facilitate one-on-one interaction with attendees. Companies and individuals who have interactive technology products are invited to submit products to be considered for inclusion in the Interactive Atrium.

“The Interactive Atrium will be similar to a user conference where attendees are allowed to touch and experience technology directly and offer immediate feedback to companies exhibiting at the festival,” said Ashia R. Sims, co-founding curator of Women Interactive and chief transmedia officer of Art of Genius.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.womeninteractive.net. For more information about Women Interactive, email info@womeninteractive.net or call 404-832-5631.

About Women Interactive

Women Interactive is a one-day interactive technology festival for women of color who produce and share digital content. In keeping with the fast paced nature of  technology, the WI Festival will allow college students, academic faculty, technology and media professionals the opportunity to interact with innovative technology in our Interactive Atrium, view cutting-edge media content in our Screening Rooms , experience technological exhibitions in the Inspiration Hall and participate in media and technology workshops in our Education Suites.  All exhibitions and education workshops are executed in 30, 20 and 15-minute intervals, allowing attendees to get high-quality information in a short amount of time.

About The Art of Genius Creative Technology Series

The Art of Genius Creative Technology Series is a creative technology series of art, entertainment, science, media and technology events and workshops geared toward women. The mission of the Art of Genius Creative Technology Series is to examine how women can create social responsibility in our society by using art, design, entertainment, science, technology and media as a creative platform to inspire, encourage and bring about social change. Current Art of Genius projects consists of panel discussion series, Talkback, a business and art digital book, Women 2 Watch and the creative technology festival, Women Interactive.

About the Digital Moving Image Salon

The Digital Moving Image Salon (DMIS) began at Spelman College in the fall of 2004.  Founded by internationally award-winning filmmaker and interactive digital media artist, Ayoka Chenzira, it is a mechanism through which the college encourages and supports the growing number of students interested in creating stories for digital media platforms. In 2012, DMIS was named Best Fine Arts Program by The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu/dmis.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

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