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Gabe Sawhney

Senior Associate, Bridgeable


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Date: May 27
Time: 3:35 PM – 4:25 PM
Location: The Drake | Underground


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Gabe Sawhney is an experience designer, creative technologist and innovation strategist. For over 15 years, he’s been using design and technology to address creative and business challenges, with particular focus in digital media & entertainment, experiential marketing, and games. As an innovation strategist, Gabe helps organizations to discover emerging opportunities, build consensus, and navigate ambiguity. As a creative technologist, Gabe explores and tests ideas using functional prototypes (hardware & software), to imagine future use cases, assess user experience, and build buy-in. While completing his MDes at OCADU’s Strategic Foresight and Innovation program, Gabe’s research work covered organizational change, corporate sustainability, big data and information visualization. His creative projects often focus on community, storytelling, and place: [murmur] is a site-specific oral storytelling mobile documentary, and SEED is an interactive video installation which raises funds and awareness for urban reforestation programs. Gabe is the founder and director of Wireless Toronto, a volunteer community wireless group that helps small businesses and managers of public spaces to offer free wireless Internet access to their visitors. He is on the board of directors of Urban+Digital, and has previously served in committee positions at MEIC, InterAccess, and Interactive Ontario, and on the board of directors of Heritage Toronto. Gabe has spoken at conferences and festivals in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and Brazil.