Xlab, SEGD’s technology and innovation conference for the experiential graphic design community, was held two weeks ago on October 27 and 28.
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Yasmin Elayat is a new media artist, experience designer, and creative technologist working at the intersection of art and technology. Her work focuses on pushing the boundaries of immersive, storytelling experiences ranging from new media documentary to immersive environments and interactive installations. Yasmin leverages emerging technology to create new forms of storytelling constructs to build collaborative, participatory projects for engaging communities and for social impact.
Yasmin Elayat is the co-creator of 18DaysInEgypt: A Collaborative Web-Documentary Project about the Egyptian Revolution which calls on the Egyptian community to tell their story of the revolution using their own media. The project is supported by the Tribeca New Media Fund grant and the Ford Foundation, was awarded an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities Category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2012, was selected by the Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab, was featured in the Margaret Mead Film Festival 2012, and recently named one the Moments of Innovation in Participatory Documentary by MIT Open Documentary Lab & IDFA DocLab.
Yasmin was the co-founder technology start-up GroupStream. GroupStream is visual group storytelling tool that empowers groups to easily bring together their social media fragments, such as tweets, Facebook updates, photos and Youtube videos, to easily tell stories together.
Yasmin Elayat presents her work and ideas at various interactive storytelling workshops and panels around the world. Her appearances include Harvard University, Sundance New Frontier Day Lab, NYU, the i_doc workshop in Nyon, Switzerland, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, the DS8 Digital Storytelling Festival, and Memories Can’t Wait, hosted by the International Center of Photography in New York City.
In 2014, Yasmin Elayat was listed in GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100, an “issue dedicated to showcasing 100 people who are pushing the world forward in inventive and inspiring ways.”