2013 DATA Awards Finalists

Published On April 26, 2013 | By Kymbo Slice | Community, The Arts

DataFormed in 2008, the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Art + Technology Initiative explores the various intersections of art and technology in an effort to unite and cultivate these communities in the Pittsburgh region. It was “founded on the idea that art and technology share the fundamental characteristic of innovation, as well as a synergy at the forefront of cultural innovation.” Each year the organization celebrates the regions talent during their Design, Art + Technology Awards (DATA) ceremony. Local candidates are nominated in a variety of categories, and then goes to a public vote.

We had the pleasure of attending last year and experienced the best examples of the city’s convergence of the art and technology communities. This year’s ceremony is May 15 at The Grand Hall at the Priory on the North Side. Early registration is recommended! We’re excited to share this year’s nominees.

i-CON: Apps & Information Architecture

PPG: Digital Glass Visualizer
Highmark Diversified Services: Chomper Chums Mobile App
United Concordia Dental: iDental Mobile App
Duquesne University: Viewbook iPad App
Sierra w/o Wires: Sierra Billing Manager (SBM)
OnlyBoth Software
swackett®:The Visual Weather Report

Maker: Design & Art

Andy Warhol Museum: Screen Test Machine
Teletrix: Radiation Training Simulators
Bird Brain Technologies: The Hummingbird Robotics Kit
Slipppery Rock University: Transformative Klein Bottle Composition #8
Sole Power
Volte Kaleidoscopic Art Installation
Slippery Rock University: God Particle

Media Arts: Interactive + Multimedia

BHive Labs: Multi-Screen Mobile Presentation Platform
The Entertainment Technology Center: Meet Mr. Lincoln
PPG + Garrison Hughes: PPG Aquarium Wall of Watery Wonders
Lightwave International: Global Rainbow-After the Storm
Production Masters Inc: One Young World Pittsburgh Innovation. Global Inspiration. Video
Lightwave International: Christmas Spectacular
Saturday Light Brigade Radio Productions: StoryBox
Fireman Creative: Ricky’s Dream Trip
Argentine Productions: Mapping Mammoth Cave
Inventionland: Dare to Invent
Pittsburgh Foundation + MarketSpace Communication: Voices of Youth

Joystick: Gaming

Walking Thumbs: Blab Cake
Ludo Mechanica: DropKicker
Yale University + Schell Games: PlayForward – Elm City Stories
Geneva Mars: Zachy the Robot’s Quest for Museum Treasures
Global Game Jam: Chopsticks & Push-Ups
Schell Games: Tunnel Tail

Next Generation: Kids & Creative Technology

WQED Multimedia + SLB Radio Productions: iQ Kids Radio
Assemble: Learning Parties
Digital Dream Labs: dreamTableTop
The Center for Creativity: transformED
Steeltown Entertainment: Take a Shot at Changing the World
Carnegie Science Center: Can*TEEN Career Exploration
Robot Virtual Worlds Website
Dream Flight Adventures
California University + Avalon Elementary School: “What’s in Your Cart?”
Robomatter: Robot Virtual Worlds Software

New This Year! Student Category

Carnegie Mellon University: Celestia
California University of Pennsylvania: Computer Animation Portfolio
Carnegie Mellon University: Mission Critical
Carnegie Mellon University: Ghost Story
Carnegie Mellon University: Floria
Carnegie Mellon University: Stealth the Game
Carnegie Mellon University: flux

The awards ceremony is a mash-up of networking, interactivity and inspiration. Mix and mingle with 50 of this year’s most innovative art and technology projects and enjoy door prizes, food, fun and the music of sound architect, Bill Stankay. The evening will be hosted by journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNN Bureau Chief, Chip Walter, as he explores human creativity and curiosity, exemplified in each of this year’s nominees.

To vote, visit here. We would also like to congratulate each of this year’s nominees. You’re among a talented bunch! To learn more about each of the nominees, as well as the Pittsburgh Technology Council, visit their website.

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