Keynote: How algorithms shape the world
Kevin Slavin, Entrepreneur, Provocateur, Raconteur
Kevin understands algorithms as nature — our world is subject to algorithmic optimization, not just on Wall Street, but in our homes, our architecture, and in our cities. Math is shaping our environments, what he calls the 'physics of culture'.
As an entrepreneur, Kevin has successfully navigated and integrated the areas of gaming, new media, technology, and design. As Co-founder of Area/Code in 2005, Kevin was a pioneer in rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS) and new platforms (like Facebook). Area/Code worked to develop next-generation game experiences not only for major consumer product groups like Nokia, Nike and Puma but for media giants such as MTV, Discovery Channel, CBS and Disney. Their Facebook game Parking Wars, commissioned byA&E Television to promote its show of the same name, served over 1 billion pages in 2008. The company was acquired by Zynga in 2011, becoming Zynga New York.
Kevin is currently advising and investing in several new startups including locative games, education analytics, luxury retailing, algorithmic sports analysis, visual search, and online video advertising. Kevin's thinking and ventures have been featured in major business publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Businessweek and Fast Company. Recent feature profiles include everything from Dwell to the New Scientist, the Design Observer, and the Calcalist in Israel. Slavin and his partner at Area/Code were named to Creativity Magazine's Creativity 50.