The 2012 Design, Art and Technology Awards (DATA)

Published On May 31, 2012 | By Kymbo Slice | Community, Giveaways, The Arts

NakYouOut is proud to be a media partner for the 4th annual DATA Awards, a project made possible by the Pittsburgh Technology Council as part of the Creative Technology Network, developed with the generous support of the Benedum Foundation. The awards celebrate the best individuals and companies of the creative design, art and technology movement that’s flourishing in our fine city. The importance of this work and innovation to our city is crucial to its development and this event was designed to reward those who are at the forefront of these exciting industries.

The 2012 installment of the DATA awards features special guest J. Moses, founder of WeChi Social Media game and UGO Entertainment. WeChi lets you express and share how you’re feeling about happenings in your life. It has taken social media one step further to the point of evoking empathy amongst other members in your circles. Curious about what it is? Check out the video below:

J. Moses has worked around the globe in his many past roles, including: Director on the Board of Take Two Interactive Software; President of BMG Interactive – where he green lighted Grand Theft Auto; President of MTV Russia; Co-founder of UGO Entertainment; and Executive Producer on an array of film and television projects.

Other haps for the evening include Pop-Up Awards every 20 minutes, Technology Drive Interactive Exhibition space, featuring 40 of this year’s most innovative and creative tech projects; the all-new People’s Choice Award Tour and Tweet – an interactive exhibition juried by you live via Twitter; plus door prizes, dancing and the sounds of Tracksploitation, two Deejays who are makin’ moves and were recently featured as finalists in the Iron City Sound contest, as well as appearing on the cover of the City Paper.

The DATA Awards honors finalists in the following categories:

Innovation: The Changemakers
Maker: Design & Making
Joystick: Games & Applications
i-Con: Communications & Information Sharing
Media Arts: The Intersection of Art and Technology
Community: Art + Tech for our People and Places
Next Generation: Kids & Creative Technology

Nominees include our friends at the VIA New Music & Media Festival, Geek Art/Green Innovator’s Festival (GA/GI), Lightwave International: Cowboys & Aliens, Hip Hop on L.O.C.K: Fli Society “Roll Up” and Jennifer Baron/Keith Tassick: Nature-Nurture (The Garment District).

For a full list of finalists visit here. This event will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Grande Hall at the Priory from 6 to 9 PM. You can register here. If the $119 general admission ticket price is a little steep for you, but you’d still love to attend – you’re in luck! We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the event. To enter, this one’s a two-parter! All you have to do is leave a comment below as to what your favorite entry is in any category. You also have to either re-tweet or share this post on Facebook to spread the word about the awards and our contest. We will announce a winner next Wednesday, June 6. Good luck!

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