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Project Connect Auckland: The Pixar Effect

Project Connect Auckland: The Pixar Effect

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  • Wed 3 Dec ’14, 5:30pm – 8:30pm


AUT Auckland - Sir Paul Reeves Building, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland CBD


All Ages



Ticket sales close: Monday 1st December 5pm.
Door Sales available.

Technology & Entertainment: From Pixel to Pixar and beyond
Spend 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.

About Alvy Ray Smith
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.

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