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Contributors Conference 2015

Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Carnegie Mellon University
May 25-31

A group of approximately 30 participants gathered spent a week at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, advancing the code, documentation, and community outreach tools of the p5.js programming environment. Participants came from as far away as Hong Kong, Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston and New York. Most were working professionals in the fields of creative technology, interaction design, and new-media arts, but the group also included a half-dozen undergraduate and graduate students from Carnegie Mellon’s Schools of Art and Architecture.

Diverse group of participants smile and make a p5 sign with their hands" Woman presenting the p5.js community statement from her laptop" Woman expressively speaks into a microphone while two male collaborators look on" Participants attentively smile and listen to a presentation" Woman reads about p5.js into a microphone to three female students" Participants sit in a circle around a white board with sticky notes on it while a female student speaks into a microphone" Participants sit around a table looking at each others laptops and compare code" Whiteboard with different colored sticky and written notes about programming" Woman speaking into a microphone about valuing different skill sets while a group of participants with laptops look at her powerpoint in a classroom" Woman speaks at a podium in an auditorium while three participants sit on the stage and another three are skyping in on the stage screen" Overhead view of a classroom with participants working on their laptops" Five people having a discussion in a circle" Five people in a circle with their laptops sharing their notes" Man in a classroom with a microphone speaking out to a group of participants" Participants jump, smile and throw their hands in the air on a green lawn"

Photos by Taeyoon Choi


Alongside technical development, one of the main focuses of this conference was outreach, community, and diversity. The conference began with a panel—Diversity: Seven Voices on Race, Gender, Ability & Class for FLOSS and the Internet. Organized by Johanna Hedva and Lauren McCarthy, the panel took place Tuesday, 25 May 2015 in Kresge Auditorium at Carnegie Mellon University. Speakers included Maya Man, Casey Reas, Johanna Hedva, Stephanie Pi, Phoenix Perry, Taeyoon Choi, Sara Hendren, Epic Jefferson, and Chandler McWilliams. diversity_640

Casey Reas Johanna Hedva
Stephanie Pi Phoenix Perry
Taeyoon Choi Sara Hendren
Epic Jefferson Chandler McWilliams


Our contributor conference took place at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, an academic laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary, and inter-institutional research at the intersections of arts, science, technology, and culture.

This event was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and generous support from the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Processing Foundation, TheArtificial, Bocoup, Darius Kazemi, and Emergent Digital Practices | University of Denver
Thank you!