Most of the events that really matter don’t begin with a bang; they begin with a spark.

How do you survive culturally in a new city? By pitching a tent and setting up CAMP of course! Investigate a creative and innovative initiative that encourages ingenuity amongst community members through the design of experiences. Explore the benefits and pitfalls of supporting and inspiring talent of all digital backgrounds. How do we form communities like CAMP? How do we support other digital creators? How do local organizations and corporations benefit? How can we realize opportunities with local and global talent? And does location play any importance in our everyday digital culture? In this talk we’ll ignite the importance of experience design with properly supported infrastructure (that often gets overlooked) and how it can support local initiatives using CAMP Festival as an example.

About the speaker

Bram Timmer is a creative director and designer with over 15 years in the digital and integrated brand experience space while deepening his passion for the arts. Bram’s commercial projects include work for MasterCard, Nivea, Unilever, Kraft, Hershey’s, SC Johnson, NBA, NFL, CFL, HP, AMD, Adobe, Bombardier, Hilton, Citi, TD Canada Trust, TELUS, For Dummies, Survivorman, Lilly, Calgary Stampede, National Film Board of Canada, and even the US State Department and the New York City Mayor’s Office if you can believe it.

Bram founded Wild Forest where he balances art and commercial work as well as curates and produces CAMP – an annual creative technology, art and design festival. Currently, he’s creating outdoor public art for the Calgary Film Centre and has produced a range of public experiential work living anywhere from airports and theatre houses to streets and galleries. He actively maintains a multi-faceted art career.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Bram lives in Calgary, Canada with his wife and daughter. He also serves on non-profit boards, advisory committees, international awards juries, and occasionally speaks at art and design conferences, colleges and universities.

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