Another success! In just three days, FutureMedia Fest (FMF) 2011 at Georgia Tech featured a slew of outstanding discussions, workshops, keynote speeches, and research demos focused on exploring the media’s disruptive power on people and business.
• 631 attendees
• 2,498 webcast viewers
• 41 countries represented
• 29,720 total FMF web page views
• 700+ associated tweets
• Nearly 100 dynamic speakers
• 80+ Georgia Tech research demos
• 26 startup company demos (including 4 from VentureLab and 17 from ATDC)
Georgia Tech’s IPaT, GTRI, and EI2 brought together a stellar lineup of keynote speakers, including major industry figures such as Robert Hunter (Vice President of Innovation, ESPN), Joel Lunenfeld (Director of Global Brand Strategy, Twitter), Bob Hesskamp (Senior Vice President, CNN Broadcast Engineering and Systems Technology), Trish Jones (Chief Emerging Technologies Officer, TBS) and Michael Tavani (Co-creator, Scoutmob). Several Fortune 100 companies were represented at FMF: Wal-Mart, HP, AT&T, IBM, Intel, Cisco, Disney, Comcast, Coca-Cola, Google, and Time Warner.
FMF also featured attendance by many leading media organizations, such as CNN, The Economist, Bloomberg News, AJC, Clear Channel, Knoxville News Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlanta Voice, Klein Media, APINKE Magazine, The Ify Show, and Turner Broadcasting Systems. In fact, Turner Broadcasting used the FMF webcast as a training tool for its employees. The company also had an interactive demo showcase in its well-attended “Turner Suite.”
The final day of FMF 2011 highlighted developments within the Nigerian movie industry, affectionately known as Nollywood. This event brought a packed house of around 250 attendees, ranging from Georgia Tech students to the Consul General of Nigeria. A delegation of about twenty scholars and top Nollywood artists were present and held a brilliant Birds of a Feather session. Senior government officials also attended, including the Chair of the Nigerian Communications Commission. The main FMF/Nollywood co-production was the Wednesday night film screening of Memories of My Heart, followed by an insightful panel discussion with its producers, director, three of the major film stars, and the President of the Nigerian Association of Film Producers.
Thanks to everyone who made this wonderful event possible!