4A's to host advertising industry's first "CreateTech" conference - McKinney

4A’s to host advertising industry’s first “CreateTech” conference

April 28, 2011

The advertising industry is no longer solely devoted to making advertising. Transformative ideas—with technology as an integral component—are changing the way to do business. And a broad group of minds—the creative technologists—are facilitating these changes. The 4A’s, in launching the industry’s first creative technology conference, “CreateTech,” is acknowledging the confluence of creative and technology, and the critical role played by creative technologists in the current advertising landscape.

“CreateTech,” a one-day conference to be held Friday, May 20 (8:30am-5:30pm), at the Sentry Midtown Conference Center (730 Third Avenue, New York), will explore the challenges facing creative technologists, bring together prominent practitioners currently working in the agency world, and establish an ongoing community of engagement in these issues. The inaugural conference will highlight client/agency collaboration from a technology perspective, explore some emerging marketing technologies and celebrate an increasingly important community in advertising.

The 4A’s is also establishing a new Creative Technology Committee to further the work of the conference with agencies and clients. The committee will be co-chaired by Trevor O’Brien, Creative Technology Director, McKinney and Scott Prindle, SVP, Executive Technology Director, CP+B.

Featured speakers include, J. P. Rangaswammi, Chief Scientist, Salesforce.com; Scott Roen, Vice President, Marketing, American Express; Glen Fellman, Group Creative Director and Trevor O’Brien, McKinney; Gary Koelling, Director of Emerging Platforms at Best Buy; Marcel Kornblum, Creative Technologist, Stink Digital; Brian Skahan, VP/Creative Technology Director, Crispin Porter + Bogusky; Nick Parish, North American Editor at Contagious Magazine and Nancy Hill, President-CEO, 4A’s.

Select session topics include: “Agency Technology/Creative Methodologies and Technique”; “Technology/Creative Collaboration and Team Organization”; “Technology, Common Ground: Brands, Agencies, Specialists, Entrepreneurs”, “Digital Retail” and “Emerging Capabilities: APIs, Augmented Reality and more.”

“Establishing a conference like ‘CreateTech’ will bring together the senior managing digital technology community in one place,” said Chick Foxgrover, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “There are brilliant innovative thinkers in agencies today and we are eager for them to participate, contribute and connect.’”

More information and registration for “CreateTech” can be found at: http://createtech.aaaa.org.