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Disney Imagineering with Mk

Disney Imagineering with Mk

May 14, 2019

Mk Haley has been with The Walt Disney Company since 1994 serving primarily with Walt Disney Imagineering in both technical and creative roles with the Virtual Reality teams, R&D, Special FX, Show Quality Services and now the Disney Research. These teams allowed support of projects with a 10 year lead time, to critical in-park issues that needed immediate solutions. Mk has also served Disney Corporate initiatives related to New Technology programs and collaboration tools, as well as Disney Digital Media initiatives with our Television Groups. She has been an educator for 20 years teaching at both the high school and University level, including the Imagineering – UCLA partnership in Themed Entertainment Design, and recently served as both the Associate Executive Producer and Faculty at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. With more than 25 years of service to ACM SIGGRAPH, Mk more recently served as the SIGGRAPH 2013 Conference Chair.

MK at Mahuki, Wellington. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Mk was in New Zealand for a nationwide series of talks with support from the U.S. Embassy and Te Papa’s innovation hub Mahuki. The series was called  “The Innovation of the Experience Economy” - a series of four talks and workshops exploring the future of “the experience” within the culture and heritage sector and beyond.

Mike from the U.S. Embassy had a few minutes to chat with Mk Haley while in a cab in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington...

Butterscotch, the vocal percussionist virtuosa, speaks (and beatboxes) with Dolores

Butterscotch, the vocal percussionist virtuosa, speaks (and beatboxes) with Dolores

May 3, 2019

Butterscotch, the vocal percussionist virtuosa, uses her powerful voice to defy gender and music social constructs. She began her career in the underground male-dominated beatbox battle scene, where she was crowned the world's first female beatbox champion. Butterscotch blends Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul and Reggae and her shows are emotionally and physically invigorating with her trifecta fusion of singing, beatboxing, and playing either piano or guitar simultaneously, or creating endless layers on her loop station. With a voice reminiscent of Billie Holiday and rap verses comparable to Lauryn Hill, Butterscotch courageously sings about her love life, depression, and daily struggles of being a biracial queer woman of color. Her philanthropic mission is to empower and elevate people through music and compassion. Butterscotch has opened up for Erykah Badu, Earth, Wind & Fire, Thievery Corporation, Sergio Mendes, Wyclef Jean and other musical legends.

Butterscotch Clinton performance at Raroa Intermediate School, 5 December 2018. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Butterscotch was in New Zealand for the Creative Leadership conference (CLNZ) that the U.S. Embassy supported.  CLNZ was a two-day conference connecting visionary humans into a creative community to solve contemporary challenges. Butterscotch also had an opportunity to meet with the wider community while in Wellington, including giving this performance (video) to other 600 enthusiastic children at a local school. Public Affairs Officer, Dolores Prin, had a chance to sit down with Butterscotch Clinton in a state-of-the-art CoCa Massey University studio to find out what makes her tick…or beatbox…

Co-Founder of Masterclass Aaron, speaks with Mike about MasterClass, interviewing techniques, and…pies!

Co-Founder of Masterclass Aaron, speaks with Mike about MasterClass, interviewing techniques, and…pies!

May 3, 2019

Aaron Rasmussen is an American entrepreneur, inventor, and game designer. He is a co-founder of MasterClass - an American online education platform where students can access tutorials and lectures pre-recorded by experts in various fields. Masterclass.com has interviews from stars such as Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Stephen Curry, Gordan Ramsey,  Natalie Portland, and Malcolm Gladwell.

Aaron was in New Zealand for the Creative Leadership conference (CLNZ) that the U.S. Embassy supported.  CLNZ was a two-day conference connecting visionary humans into a creative community to solve contemporary challenges.

Aaron recently co-founded - https://outlier.org - an online education course company

Aaron during his time in Wellington. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Mike from the US Embassy had a chance to sit down with Aaron while down at a startup co-working space in Wellington (BizDojo) to talk about MasterClass, interviewing techniques and...pies!