Here you'll find references to some of my friends and associates who challenge me to think more deeply about youth media and interactive technologies. This is far from a complete list, but is a good sampling of people who are using this medium to accomplish interesting tasks.
Pete Bevin builds interactive web sites for a living and also for a hobby. His current baby is Keeping Abreast, an online community for breast cancer survivors. When he's not in front of a computer, he likes to cook, enjoy single malt whisky, and spend quality time with his wife and three cats.
Eliza T. Dresang is an Associate Professor of Information Studies at the Florida State University School of Information Studies. She is author of Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age (H.W. Wilson, 1999), recently selected as the most outstanding professional book of the year by The Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA). Dr. Dresang has demonstrated that books reflecting the interactivity, connectivity, and access of the digital environment have special appear for net-generation readers and nurture their capabilities in positive ways often overlooked in the past. Her web site updates and annotates new radical-change books and web sites.
Sandy Feldman is a graduate of both Sheridan College and Dawson College. She has extensive experience in animation, corporate design and web based projects. This year alone she has designed sites for Information Highways magazine, opera singer Louis Quilico and youth media analyst Kate Baggott. She designed the images for the award-winning web site Kiss My Freckled Ass Goodbye. Her work has been profiled on Toronto Radio station CFNY, local CBC Radio affiliates in Montreal and Ottawa, and in the National Post. Her work has won awards from Yahoo Canada, Marc's Web Watch and IShouldBeWorking.Com. Sandy Feldman is an active member of DigitalEve Toronto: Women on the Web.
There isn't much about the interactive universe that Rakesh Jethwa doesn't know. He has developed ecommerce solutions and produced online marketing strategies for both the telecommunications and entertainment industries. His recent clients include the Rogers Communications Centre, the 1999 Toronto and Vancouver Molson Indy, Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant, Nortel and Bell Northern Research. Rakesh has spoken internationally on issues related to the Internet, telecom and computer industries. In 1998 he attended the Antenna Cinema Film Festival in Padua, Italy as a speaker on Broadband Networks for Film and Video Post Production. In 1996 he was an Official Representative for Canada at the g7 information society conference in Johannesburg, South Africa sponsored by Industry Canada. Rakesh is the co-author of Bandwidth for Post Production, a report on requirements and technologies for networking film/video, animation houses in Toronto with studios in New York, Hollywood and London.
David Kleeman is Executive Director of the American Center for Children and Media, which promotes the exchange of ideas, expertise, and information as a means for building quality. Kleeman is principal consultant to the international children's television festival, PRIX JEUNESSE. He has been lead US advisor to two World Summits on media for children, advisor to an Asian Regional summit, and is on the Executive Committee for a 2000 North American summit. Kleeman advises on media projects for organizations as diverse as Fox Family Worldwide, the Harvard Center for Astrophysics and UNICEF. He was named by the Secretary of Commerce to the U.S. Advisory Council on Educational Television. He has twice chaired the children's category for the prestigious Global Information Infrastructure Awards. A graduate of Harvard College, Kleeman is married with two children.
Daniel Westgate is Creative Director for www.generation.net . He studied Multi-Media Design at Sheridan College, has been the recipient of several awards for excellence in design. Over the last 10 years as a designer and art director Daniel has overseen the creative production for such clients as BMW, IBM, Scotia Bank, Bank of Montreal, Alliance Atlantis, Deloitte & Touche and many others. His portfolio page is available at hipcat.com