We’ve been told it’s a bit trailblazing to crowdsource an event week. To us, it’s nothing new, but we figure everyone will benefit from a little explanation of what we’re up to.

Glossary of Terms

Every insidery group has its own terminology, and we’re no different! Here’s a guide to some of the terms we’ll be using to describe Creative Tech Week. Let’s start with the most important one, and get that out of the way.


  • Creative Technology is art, performance, product design, advertising and creative media made with a software-based, electronic and/or data-driven engine. Examples of creative technology include multi-sensory experiences made using computer graphics, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, and wearable technology. In the art world, new media art, digital art, and Internet art are examples of work being done in the Creative Technology field. Performances, interactive installations and other immersive experiences take museum-going to the next level and may serve as research processes for humans’ artistic and emotional integration with machines. DIY making and electronics labs also feed the strong and developing interest in Creative Technology today. Note: This description is drawn from Wikipedia – so you can add to and clarify the definition there.
  • An Event Week is a weeklong series of multiple events around a theme. Well-known Event Weeks that helped inspire us to start Creative Tech Week in NYC include New York Fashion Week, Art Basel Miami (OK, it’s not quite a week), the Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW interactive, Cannes Lions, and so on.
  • Crowdsourcing is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people”. The way we’re using it, it means we’re drawing together events, speakers, artists, performers, panelists, and art produced by a broad community of people who are passionate about creative technology. Drawing on the example set by the open source model, we believe that collaborative, competitive content from multiple independent sources generates an better perspective than one entity can provide long term. As the curators and caretakers of the event week, to keep the quality of the events high we’ll limit the number of accepted submissions and include a public vote on who may participate.
  • Every Tub on its own Bottom. You’ll hear us say it a lot, but what does it mean? The phrase describes a philosophy of decentralized management and project funding, where fundraising, project management, curatorial decisions and resource allocation are best made by those most directly involved in production. Every Tub on its own Bottom recognizes the genius of our community and their own ability to do what they do better than anyone else. We are not likely to be resource-limited, since our participants fund their own art, performances and events. It frees us up from having to micro-manage hundreds of events, allowing us to be larger and more exciting than otherwise possible.
  • Main Events are the events organized by the Creative Tech Week Team.
  • Satellite Events are events during Creative Tech Week where our partners have secured their own space to host a gathering. Satellite locations may be galleries, museums, theatres, companies, restaurants, webinars, or even virtual.
  • Partners are the companies, organizations, schools, galleries, museums, individuals and brands that are producing events and content as part of Creative Tech Week.
  • Experts are individuals who are speaking, performing, teaching or showing work during Creative Tech Week. They may be artists, industry executives, professors, musicians, researchers, engineers, designers, creative technologists, makers, or models…surprise us!
  • Sponsors are the companies and foundations that recognize the importance of supporting the creative technology community. These businesses understand that our community strengthens and beautifies our environs and that it is a strong source of employees and customers. The foundations know the creative tech work that’s being done in and around education and the arts is creating more inclusive economic opportunities for excluded populations and exploring cultural frontiers. We love our sponsors and can’t do this without them!

  • Are there Badges for Creative Tech Week?
    You will need a ticket to get into some of the different Creative Tech Week Hub Headquarters venues. Other events will be free, open to the public. Just be sure to check before you choose an event to attend, to see what kind of credential you will need to enter.
  • Is There a Code of Conduct?We request that all partners, experts and attendees follow a simple behavior code at Creative Tech Week: Treat others with respect, even if they are different from yourself. Harassment of anyone for any reason, including trolling, shaming, stalking, targeting, sustained disruption, and mocking others in person or online is not acceptable. Inappropriate physical content and unwelcome sexual attention will not be tolerated. Creative Tech Week is committed to fostering a welcoming and diverse community and will not allow discrimination against any person of a disenfranchised group for any reason, including sexual identity, differing ability, gender, appearance, ethnicity, skin color, genetic ancestry, religion, age, or body shape.  Please be aware that in an artistic and performance context, overtly sexual costuming, language and imagery is commonplace and may be disturbing for some. If you plan to discuss or display sexual imagery please disclose this in advance as much as possible to alert attendees who may wish not to be exposed to this type of work.Participants who disregard this code may be asked to leave without recourse at the discretion of event week organizers. Any participant who is asked to stop any harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately. We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of our conference staff immediately.
  • Can I See Samples of Event Submissions?
    Sure. Check out two nepotistic event submissions for a conference (LISA 2016), an art installation (Electric Sheep ).
    Sample Creative Tech Week Application – LISASample Creative Tech Week Application – Electric SheepSample Creative Tech Week Application – Scott Draves
  • How do I apply? Fill out our application form.