ISABEL WALCOTT DRAVES
Isabel Walcott Draves is the founder of Leaders in Software and Art (LISA) and President of Creative Tech Week. She is an Internet entrepreneur with over two decades of experience organizing technology communities, conducting research and managing large projects. In 2015, she started Creative Tech Week to create a network of creative and business professionals originating new technology-driven content in media, entertainment, advertising, music and the arts. Since 2009, Draves has convened Leaders in Software and Art, bringing together cutting-edge software and electronic artists, curators, collectors, and coders to share their work in conferences, shows and salons. Draves founded the first website for teen girls, SmartGirl.com, from 1995-2001; managed content publishing systems at Bertelsmann and directed an elite think tank for cybersecurity executives at Gartner in the 00’s; and has provided expert consulting to dozens of startups and Fortune 100 companies nationwide, from IBM, Edelman and Digitas to Second Life and C Space. Isabel has a MA in Communications, Computing and Technology from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Literature from Harvard.
About Creative Tech Week
Creative Tech Week, founded in 2015, is held annually in May in over 70 venues across New York City. We bring together 3000-5000 professionals working at the intersection of art, business and tech to meet each other and discover the latest talent, strategies and product developments in the field of creative technology. The 10-day convention covers media from VR, 3D printing and software art to interactive installations, data visualization, fashion tech and electronic music. Our theme for 2018 is Code Dependent. We’ll showcase exhibitions, performances, talks, panels and parties highlighting how culture, creativity and the arts are being influenced and altered by technologies like cyptography, the blockchain, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of things.
Leaders in Software and Art, founded in 2009, is an exclusive community of cutting-edge software and electronic artists, curators, collectors, and coders who meet to share their work in monthly salons and occasional art shows and conferences. Over 200 past presenters are listed at the softwareandart website.