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Women Interactive © Creative Technology Festival, in Conjunction with Spelman College Digital Moving Image Salon, Returns for a Second Year

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Audrey Arthur
Spelman College
Twitter: @spelmanmedia

Eugenia Johnson
The Garner Circle PR

ATLANTA (Oct. 10, 2013) -- Women Interactive Creative Technology Festival is a one-day interactive technology festival for women who produce and share digital content, with a special emphasis on women of color; however anyone interested in technology and the global village can participate. In keeping with the fast-paced nature of technology, Women Interactive allows college students, collegiate faculty, and technology, media, and creative professionals and enthusiasts the opportunity to interact with innovative technology represented by the three pillars on which the festival is based: Interaction, Education and Inspiration.

Women Interactive will kick off with the WICTF Networking Mixer on Nov. 6, 2013, at One Midtown Kitchen, followed by the Digital Vanguard: Women Talk Tech Roundtable Discussion on Nov. 8, 2013, at the Microsoft Store, and concluding with the Women Interactive Creative Technology Festival at Spelman College on Nov. 9, 2013. Tickets are on sale at www.womenInteractive.net/purchasetickets.

On the campus of Spelman College, festival attendees will touch and experience technology in the Interactive Atrium, view cutting-edge media content in the signature Screening Room, experience technological exhibitions and tech talks in Inspiration Hall and participate in media/technology workshop presentations in the Education Suites.

This year's keynote speakers include: James Andrews of Studio Good, Ananda Leeke of the Digital Sisterhood Network and Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D., filmmaker, interactive digital media artist and founding director of the Spelman College Digital Moving Image Salon. In addition to workshops on Coding, UX, WordPress, Graphic Novel Creation and Digital Advocacy, Microsoft will also conduct a workshop on gaming. The festival also features interactive exhibitions from Black Women Save, Madame You, Go Generation, Tech Talent South and Spelman College's all-female robotic team, the SpelBots. All exhibitions and educational workshops are executed in 30, 20 and 15-minute intervals, allowing attendees to get high-quality information in a short amount of time. Social Media Partner, The Webby Awards, will also help to spread the word on this cutting-edge event.

Who should attend Women Interactive? Tech enthusiasts, lifestyle agents, graphic artists, filmmakers, game and app developers, artists and curious explorers who are seeking ways to monetize their creativity and move beyond technological boundaries.

Women Interactive, produced by Art of Genius Creative Technology Series, is a creative technology festival based on an overall theme of content creation. The purpose of the festival is to empower women and accidental techies to take control of their story by becoming not just consumers of content, but creators as well. "If you are a content creator, thinking about becoming a content creator or have been a content creator for years, Women Interactive is the place for you," said Women Interactive Founding Curator Sabrina Harvey.

"The festival will show attendees how to use technology as a creative tool and platform for sharing work to encourage them to harness the power of their voice and ability for expression whether it's artistic, business oriented or technological," said Women Interactive Founding Curator Ashia R. Sims.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Women Interactive Kick-Off Mixer
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Place: One Midtown Kitchen
Admission: Free

Friday, November 8, 2013
Women Talk Tech
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Microsoft Store Lenox
Admission: Free

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Women Interactive Creative Technology Festival
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Place: Cosby Academic Center, Spelman College
Admission: $50 Non-Students, $25 Students

T/IG: @womeninteractiv  #WICTF

2013 Women Interactive Program Schedule:
Download the free BIZZABO app from the iPhone and Android app stores to see the full program schedule. The app allows you to:
-connect with fellow speakers
-share your workshop, keynote, and exhibition experience with your online audience
-network with other conference goers

About Art of Genius Creative Technology Series

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 consist of a panel discussion series, Talkback, digital business and art book, Women 2 Watch and 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 award-winning filmmaker and interactive digital media artist, Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D., DMIS 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;  former Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

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