"Success factors in fostering creativity in IT research and education"

The Arts, Media and Engineering Program at Arizona State University is delighted to be hosting a CreativeIT workshop sponsored by the NSF CISE Directorate on January 18th - January 20th, 2008.

The goal of this workshop is to collaboratively determine successful strategies for promoting creativity in IT based on the experiences of a diverse group of leading practitioners. Creative activity leading to major innovation is a critical component of the American competitiveness initiative, not only for driving innovation in IT research and development, but also for advancing our pedagogical approaches to educating and preparing scientists for the future. There is a need to establish a formal collective basis for critically examining the role of creativity in IT research and education in order to support structured dialog, disseminate findings and broaden understanding. To contribute to this process, we have invited leaders engaged in fostering creativity within a variety of disciplines to share their experiences and success stories. Topics addressed will include diverse perspectives on fostering creativity; integrating creative and scientific disciplines; formalizing and measuring success factors in encouraging creativity; and creativity through the exchange of ideas in electronic publication forums.

The ultimate intention of the workshop is to integrate invited participant's knowledge into a concentrated collection of presentations that can serve as an encompassing reference on intelligence, creativity and ability. Their presentations and the surrounding conversations that shape, extend and evolve common ideas will be collected into an edited electronic publication that will be part of the dynamic CreativeIT wiki currently hosted at the University of Colorado.

We are looking forward to meeting with you in January for some stimulating discussion in the warmth of the desert!

Thanassis Rikakis, Workshop Co-chair
Aisling Kelliher, Workshop Co-Chair
Colleen MacKay, Workshop Administration