At the 2019 Digitization Conference, we explored what meaningful engagement with those one billion people might look like.We were exploring :
• What constitutes meaningful engagement?
• How can we become better at enabling it?
• What areas offer the most opportunities for engagement? The best opportunities?
• How do we measure engagement?
• What outcomes do we want? What outcomes do our audiences want?
These are the key questions we explored in the 2019 Digitization Conference. Sponsored by the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office, this three-day event explored how we can use digitized collections to:
• Spur creativity, innovation, and positive change in some area of human endeavor;
• Explore ways cultural institutions can maximize engagement with their digitized collections; and
• Investigate ways museums, archives and libraries can measure, improve and expand engagement that takes place around their digitized collections.
Creative Director at Smithsonian National Zoo, Wash. DC
John Davis is the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums, Education, and Research. He is responsible for all of the national museums, the scholarly and scientific research centers, the Office of Fellowships and Internships, Smithsonian Archives and Libraries, the Office of International Relations, and all programs in Education and Access. His office provides programmatic and administrative leadership across the areas of art, culture, history, and science. Davis is currently responsible for many of the Smithsonian’s highest priority projects and initiatives, including the pan-Institutional American Women’s History Initiative, highlighting the contributions of women to the social, cultural, intellectual, scientific, economic, and political life of the United States, the Smithsonian Year of Music 2019, spotlighting the diverse music collections of the Smithsonian, and the Smithsonian’s participation in America 250, commemorating and celebrating the official semiquincentennial of American Independence.
Alexander is an industrial designer and has been working with computer scientist Danny Hillis since 01997 to build a monument scale, all mechanical 10,000 Year Clock. Alexander speaks about the work of The Long Now Foundation all over the world at venues ranging from the TED conference to corporations and government agencies.
Innovation Catalyst & Head of VR at AARP Innovation Labs
Cezara Windrem is an innovation and product executive employing immersive media and spatial computing to create valuable solutions that span generations. She heads up the work in virtual reality at AARP Innovation Labs, and is the creator and producer of Alcove -- the VR platform that brings together intergenerational families and the VR ecosystem. Alcove was voted Finalist for Best Consumer App at AWE 2019, and selected on Forbes’ Best XR at CES 2020.
Cezara's professional background is at the intersection of media and technology. She has over 15 years of experience applying human centered design and modern product management principles to create, lead, and scale products that enhance people's lives at work, and at home. She is a frequent speaker at various national and global events that in the past included AWE, AdWkDC, CES, Games4Change, MAVRIC, Smithsonian Digitization, SXSW, VRX, VRARA, World Economic Forum.
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