Mixed Reality and Art, and Designing Smart Cities — BuzzConf Night: Melbourne, March 30

We will be hosting the next instalment of BuzzConf Nights on 30th March in Melbourne.

This session will have a great range of interesting topics — Mixed Reality, Art, and Smart Cities. If you want a little taste of what the BuzzConf festival is all about, this event is a great place to start. You can also see videos from many of our events on YouTube.

Held in The Loop Bar in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

We’ll be holding similar events all over Australia, so if you’re not in Melbourne but would like to be involved in one of the other events just let us know!

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6pm — Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm — Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late — Music, drinks, and party


Mixed Reality and Art: The Quest for Balance — Jennie Rosenbaum

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are this year’s hottest buzzwords when it comes to art. Are they just gimmicks or is there something deeper behind the work? When artists can create whole immersive worlds or blur the line between the digital and the real what we have to say is still of the most importance. J Rosenbaum is a digital artist working in 3D Modeling and Augmented Reality with Machine Learning based interactions. Join us as they unpack what new technology brings to art and what artists bring to new technologies.

J. Rosenbaum is a contemporary figurative artist working in 3D modeling and exploring the boundaries of technology and art. Their most recent work has been in exploring the nature of Non Binary Transness and their own genders and sexuality. Well known for being a painter of nudes, Rosenbaum has recently completed a masters degree and changed focus to more technologically based digital art using physics based rendering, Deep Neural Networks and Unity to develop an Augmented Reality mobile application. Following a car accident that impaired Rosenbaum’s mobility they have turned their mind inwards exploring the nature of humanity, religion and gender through art. The human body has always been a source of fascination in Rosenbaum’s art with a focus on mythical and archaeological stories driving their progress. This fascination has continued with their newest Computer Generated works with a basis in classical art and history. J is an American working from their home in Victoria, Australia with their partner and child and two cats.

Designing Smarter Cities — Jacob Lindsay

Our cities are being layered with many types of hardware and software sensors, internet of things and internet of everything. This new domain of digitally integrated urban space has become to be known as a smart city. This new type of city is fundamentally a different space to how we used to experience it decades ago — one where digital systems have a very real impact on how we experience and navigate our cities. Jacob will be discussing his work with Creative Suburbs, Code for Australia and with Aurecon looking at the combination of the digital and physical, and how we as designers can create positive technological change in our cities.

Jacob is a multi-disciplinary designer based in Melbourne. He is working on how emerging technologies impact our cities and built infrastructure globally as a Service Designer within the Digital Futures team at Aurecon. He is also Non-executive Director and Co-founder of Code for Australia, and co-founder of Creative Suburbs. He enjoys living among a mountain of bike parts, a fridge stocked with cheese and his sidekick-cat Maximus

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Have Something to Say?

We’re always on the look out for presentations, discussions and demonstrations for BuzzConf Nights. If you have something you’d like to share, please get in touch. You don’t need to have a tonne of experience, just a willingness to share your passion.

Have Something to Show?

You’ll occasionally see a robot spider body, or LED list helmet at BuzzConf events. If you have some exciting tech that you’d like to bring, please do! There’ll be plenty of time during before and after the talks to show it off.

See you in the future!