Wednesday, May 09, 2007

New Mastermind: Tony Walsh, creative developer and consultant

Tony Walsh (1969) is a Toronto-based creative developer and consultant with a background in professional illustration, writing, and design. He has helped plan and build compelling social media and game projects since 1994, including the Gemini Award-winning "This is Daniel Cook" web site (2005), the International Emmy Award-winning "Regenesis" alternate reality game (2006), and the SXSW Web Award-winning "Fallen" alternate reality game (2007).

Walsh is a part-time Game Design instructor with Centennial College (undergraduate program) and George Brown College (postgraduate program) in Toronto. In 2007, he conducted game prototyping workshops for the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab in Toronto, joined Australia's Laboratory of Advanced Media Production as a mentor for a series of workshops based around the "Story of the Future," and joined San Francisco's Producers Institute for New Media Technologies as a mentor for a week of new media production workshops. Walsh is an Advisory Board member for the South by Southwest Screenburn game conference in Austin, Texas.

Walsh maintains an active public profile by giving presentations, contributing to panel discussions, and by commentating in the media. He has been filmed for two pending documentaries about virtual worlds, and has consulted two other pending documentaries on the same topic. In March, 2007, Walsh lead a panel discussion on "Avatar-Based Marketing in Virtual Worlds" at the Screenburn game conference. In 2006, he moderated a top-rated panel on "The Secret Sex Life of Video Games" at South by Southwest. Walsh has been cited in such publications as Wired Magazine, Discover Magazine, Utne Magazine, and Harvard Business Review.

Walsh is interested generally in the intersections between culture, business, and technology. Specifically, he finds virtual worlds such as Second Life among the most exciting results of those intersections. He has been researching and writing about Second Life since 2004. His blog Clickable Culture is recognized as one of the world's most interesting sources for virtual-world criticism and analysis.


Tony Walsh said...

Thanks for the introduction, I look forward to collaborating with you all :)

Olivier Blanchard said...

Welcome to the fold, Tony.