Haig Armen is a professor, designer and musician living in Vancouver, Canada. For the last 8 years, Haig has led the Interaction Design program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His research explores the design of music technology, focusing on new gestural interfaces, data sonification and music visualization. His most recent efforts are in design-led entrepreneurship and creating new musical instruments using emerging technologies.

Haig’s past education is in music and architecture with an extensive career as a professional musician and composer. Over the past two decades, Haig has designed interactive work for prestigious clients like CBC, BMW, Chanel & Nokia. As a producer of CBC Radio 3′s groundbreaking online magazine during 2001-2005, Haig has received international design awards including Webby Awards, Prix Italia and Art Director’s Club of New York. When Haig’s not teaching or hanging out with his family he can be found playing guitar in one of his quartets or the North Vancouver big band, Jazz Connexion.


Kate Armstrong is the Director of Living Labs and Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a research lab that builds projects and partnership models that use art and design as a mechanism for innovation and community building and connects with organizations to develop adaptive design labs that create an experimental “third space”. In addition to creating research partnerships with companies and organizations including Mozilla, Microsoft, Rogers, and the Vancouver Airport, she has 15 years of international experience in the creative sector as an artist, writer, and curator. She founded Upgrade Vancouver as part of an network of art and technology organizations in 30 cities, was a founder of the Goethe Satellite, an initiative of the Goethe Institut that produced ten exhibitions in Vancouver between 2011-2013, and is past President of the Board of the Western Front (2007-2014). Armstrong serves on the boards of BC Artscape, Innovation Central Society (ICS), and the New Forms Festival. She participates in the activities of a range of organizations and has acted on juries for SIGGRAPH, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, and Creative BC. Armstrong was an Artistic Director of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2015), which partnered with 15 galleries and organizations including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the New Media Gallery, and the Museum of Vancouver to present the work of over 150 artists in Vancouver in 2015. She is the founder of Startland, which has raised over 500K to support free training for immigrants and refugees who wish to enter the technology sector.


Laura Kozak is a designer, educator, and organizer. For fifteen years she has built partnerships and collaborated on projects with artists and organizations including Access Gallery, 221A, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, the Aboriginal Housing Society, the Vancouver Park Board, and the City of Vancouver. Recent publications include Open Source City (in Now Urbanism: the Future City is Here, Routlege, 2014), Infinite Mappings, with Rebecca Bayer (Access, 2015) and Design for Startups, with Kate Armstrong and Haig Armen (Living Labs, 2016). In 2014 she was a lead organizer of Culture and Community: Social Practice and the City with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board, and has curated numerous exhibitions and educational institutes, including Some Powers of Ten (221A, 2010), Design in the Field (2011) and Design Every Day (2012). A core interest in cartography and collaborative design of the urban environment informs her research and teaching practice. She holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture from UBC (2012) and a BFA from Emily Carr (2005), and currently teaches in the Master of Design program at Emily Carr.


Cemre Demiralp is an arts programmer and communicator whose passion lies within public engagement and community building. Through her career, she has collaborated with a diverse roster of arts and culture organizations worldwide and worked alongside emerging and established artists including Kerry James Marshall, Yoko Ono, Solange Knowles, Ian Wallace, Simon Starling, Lara Favaretto, Vik Muniz, Jonathan Borofsky and Ken Lum to name a few. She holds a double major in Art History and Political Science from the University of British Columbia.