Pixar co-founder Dr Alvy Ray Smith comes to Auckland and Wellington

UntitledSpend an inspiring evening with a talk from Dr Alvy Ray Smith, co-founder of two global digital power houses, Pixar and Altamira – followed by a Q&A session, drinks, canapes and networking.

The evening will bring together early adopters, innovation drivers, vanguard thinkers and pioneering spirits from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds. Seats are limited, so book your ticket now and join the change agents that are putting New Zealand on the map when it comes to the strategic, creative and commercial implementation of digital technologies.

Dr Smith is a computer graphics pioneer and media visionary. As well as co-founding Pixar (sold to Disney) and Altamira (sold to Microsoft), he was the first Director of Computer Graphics at Lucasfilm and an original member of the Computer Graphics Lab of the New York Institute of Technology. He was also the first Graphics Fellow at Microsoft and was at Xerox PARC during the birth of the personal computer.

Dr Smith has received two technical Academy Awards, he directed the Genesis demo sequence in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - the first use of computer graphics in a major motion picture – and has published multiple papers in theoretical computer science and computer graphics. He is the creator of many pieces of computer art, including Sunstone in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Dr Smith holds four patents and is currently writing a book, tentatively titled, A Biography of the Pixel.

Auckland: Wednesday 3 December, 5:30pm-8:30pm
AUT Auckland – Sir Paul Reeves Building
2 Governor Fitzroy Place
Ticketing information here.

Wellington: Thursday 4 December, 5:30pm-8:30pm
The Paramount Theatre
25 Courtenay Place
Ticketing information here.

About The Project
Following on from the success of earlier events and this year’s two-day Project: Digital Disruption conference, AUT University, the US Embassy and SMNZ are partnering again to deliver the Project ’15 event series.

Project ’15 will focus on taking digital innovation and commercialization global. Over three days, 15-17 April 2015, more than a dozen international and local presenters will come together to share their knowledge and expertise around how New Zealand Inc can continue to develop and export diverse and unique products and services to global markets.

It’s been 10 years since the social media phenomenon began, and 8 years since YouTube was purchased by Google for $1B. Much has changed over that time and that pace of change continues to accelerate. Technology has reshaped the look and form of 21st century life and disrupted business on a global scale. What will the business landscape look like in two, three, five years and what do you need to do now to prepare for this uncertain future? The rise of SMAC-smart companies (Social, Mobile, Analytics (Big Data) and Cloud) is changing the way businesses and consumers use software applications. The co-creation economy is shifting how we purchase versus share goods and services. And, The Internet of Things (IOT) will change how we manage everything.

Project ’15 will delve into the near future of all these trends. How will they continue to shift? How will they evolve and change? And what will we see coming our way over the next few years as new technologies, new business models and new market strategies emerge?

Through a quarterly networking event series and an annual conference, Project ’15 will provide a platform for diverse people and networks to converge, collaborate and catalyse something new and different. Whatever your industry or interest, Project ’15 offers a rare chance to meet business people working on the next cutting edge and to learn from their successes and failures. Together, we can make better business sense of our shifting and evolving digital world.

Find out more at www.the-project.co.nz/about.