Vancouver AI Community Meetup Recap: June 2024 at Future Proof Creatives Studio

In a world increasingly captivated by the potential of artificial intelligence, the Vancouver AI Meetup stands as a testament to the vibrant community at the intersection of technology, creativity, and community.

Vancouver AI Community Meetup at Future Proof Creatives Studio | Photo: Michelle Diamond

With over 135 attendees, this gathering was a microcosm of the broader dialogue shaping the future of AI. I couldn’t be prouder of the buzzing atmosphere we created together on May 30th.

Friendly faces of the Vancouver AI Community | Photo: Peter Holst

At the heart of this meetup was a palpable sense of community. It’s easy to imagine technology events as gatherings of individuals glued to their devices, but here, the reality was strikingly different.

RULE 1: Can’t have a meetup without donuts! | Photo: Peter Holst

Conversations flowed freely, ideas were exchanged with enthusiasm, and a shared passion for AI’s potential united everyone in the room.

Our meetups aren’t just a meeting of minds; they are a celebration of what those minds can achieve together.

Bright eyes and big smiles the friendly faces of the Vancouver AI Community | Photo: Michelle Diamond

The diversity of speakers underscored the multifaceted nature of AI. From academia to industry, the range of perspectives offered a holistic view of AI’s place in our world.

Dennis Chenard, Northeastern University at AI Community Meetup | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Dennis Chenard from Northeastern University bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, while Bill McGraw highlighted AI’s transformative role in Impact and CSR.

Bill McGraw Invites People to Vancouver Startup Week AI Events | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Yet, it was perhaps the inclusion of indigenous perspectives by Michael and Caroline Running Wolf that most vividly illustrated the depth and breadth of the discussions taking place.

Michael Running Wolf introduces himself and his work at the Vancouver AI Community Meetup | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Their insights into AI ethics and sovereignty challenged attendees to think beyond code and algorithms, to consider the societal implications of the technology we create.

Caroline Running Wolf introduces herself and her work at the Vancouver AI Community Meetup on May 30th | Photo: Peter Holst

Art and technology often seem like disparate realms, yet at this meetup, they converged in spectacular fashion.

Holy Mother of the Void dancing with Holonic Systems Generative Music Sensors | Photo: Michelle Diamond

The performance by Ove Holmqvest of Holonic and Marina, the Holy Mother of the Void, merging generative music with interpretive dance, was a powerful demonstration of emerging tech’s potential to transcend traditional boundaries and redefine creativity.

Ove Holmqvest of Holonic Systems answers questions about his generative music sensors project | Photo: Peter Holst

Similarly, Arshia Sobhan and Philippe Pasquier’s AutoLoom project from Metacreation Lab for Creative AI at SFU showcased how AI can be harnessed for artistic expression, further blurring the lines between creator and creation.

Arshia Sobhan shares the work of Philippe Pasquier’s Metacreation Lab for Creative Artificial Intelligence at the School of Interactive Art and Technology at SFU | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Dr. Pennefather’s improvisation with AI at UBC’s Emerging Media Lab challenged the linear relationship between human and machine.

Dr Patrick Pennefather of UBC Emerging Media Lab rocking the mic at the Vancouver AI Community Meetup May 2024 | Photo: Peter Holst

Donald Jukes introduced us to a cool new event I’m stoked about, “Minimal Viable Demos,” being organized by friends in the Novus and Atelier communities.

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Sian Flanagan’s poetic voice empowered the multi-passionate, while Gabriela Arno facilitated entrepreneurial connections at The Cofounder’s Hub and Meet Your Cofounder event series.

Sian Flanagan shares poetry from Silk On Ice: The Process of Growing into Grace | Photo: Peter Holst

But what truly set this event apart was its emphasis on inclusivity and community engagement.

Gabriela Arno is helping startup founders connect with one another at The Cofounder’s Hub | Photo: Peter Holst

Roman the Intern shared with us his AI-generated videos and All You Need to Know YouTube Channel…

CEO of All You Need to Know Generative Video Production Services…. Roman the Intern. | Photo: Michelle Diamond

he’s building a robot army and media empire with generative tools and popped the trunk and showed us his approach and process.

Sam Huo invites people to apply to speak at upcoming Google Developer Group Build with AI Event | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Sam Huo invited everybody to the Google Developer Groups Build with AI event. I went to the last one and am volunteering at the upcoming one and think it’s a great technical event with low barriers and a sweet community.

Artist and musician Ed Kennedy of Run Diffusion talks about creative generative AI | Photo: Peter Holst

Ed Kennedy from Run Diffusion talked about the cool creative opportunities they support: RunDiffusion provides AI workflows with private GPU hosting.

The Circles of AI project, spearheaded by James Rowe and Rochelle Grayson, aims to create a space where everyone could contribute to and benefit from AI’s advancements.

James Rowe launches Circles of AI | Photo: Peter Holst

These initiatives, along with the active participation of volunteers and the support from diverse sponsors, highlighted a crucial truth: advancing AI is not just about technological breakthroughs; it’s about building a community that reflects the diversity and complexity of the world it seeks to serve.

Sian Flanagan at the Vancouver AI Community Meetup March 2024 | Photo: Peter Holst

As attendees mingled, shared insights, and discussed future projects, one thing became clear: these meetups are just the beginning. The call to action for continued sharing and collaboration was not just about maintaining momentum; it was about recognizing that the journey of AI is one we undertake together.

Friendly faces of the Vancouver AI Community | Photo: Michelle Diamond

By fostering a culture of openness, curiosity, and mutual respect, events like this lay the groundwork for a future where AI can truly be a force for good. In reflecting on the Vancouver AI Meetup, it’s evident that the power of such gatherings lies not just in the knowledge shared but in the connections formed.

Friendly faces of the Vancouver AI Community | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Bridging academia and industry, integrating art with technology, and embracing diverse perspectives are not just strategies for innovation; they are pillars for building an AI future that is inclusive, ethical, and profoundly human.

Friendly faces of the Vancouver AI Community | Photo: Peter Holst

As we look forward to more meetups and more opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, let us remember that at the core of every technological advancement is a community of people committed to making a difference.

Friendly faces of the Vancouver AI Community | Photo: Peter Holst

The Vancouver AI Meetup is an awesome example of what happens when that community comes together: a confluence of minds and machines that promises to shape our world in ways we are only beginning to imagine.

Friendly faces of the Vancouver AI Community | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Highlighting Key Demos

The demos were the heart of the event, showcasing the cutting-edge applications of AI:

Lionel Ringenbach’s CompoVision AI Demo

Lionel used three computer vision cameras, ComfyUI, Llama3 and TouchDesigner to create real-time visuals.

Compovision AI by Lionel Ringenbach at Vancovuer AI Community Meetup | Photo: Michelle Diamond

The demo involved placing objects in front of the cameras, which were then meshed into prompts to generate stunning visuals on the wall.

Compovision AI by Lionel Ringenbach at Vancovuer AI Community Meetup | | Photo: Peter Holst

Attendees got to tinker and prompt AIs with a variety of props.

Compovision AI by Lionel Ringenbach at Vancovuer AI Community Meetup | | Photo: Peter Holst

Prajwal’s Jarvis Demo

Prajwal Prashanth demonstrates his homemade Apple Vision Pro at the May 2024 Vancouver AI Community Meetup | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Prajwal’s Vision Apple Pro cap, equipped with a speaker, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Raspberry Pi, and a vision sensor, demonstrated the innovative potential of wearable AI.

Prajwal Prashanth demonstrates his homemade Apple Vision Pro at the May 2024 Vancouver AI Community Meetup | Photo: Peter Holst

Despite initial technical hiccups, the audience’s supportive cheers helped him showcase its capabilities, including poetry generation and real-time interactions.

Prajwal Prashanth demonstrates his homemade Apple Vision Pro at the May 2024 Vancouver AI Community Meetup | Photo: Peter Holst

Stigmergic Action for Global Empowerment – Jerrica Clelland

The SAGE project leverages video games for mental health support, highlighting the collaboration between technology and well-being.

Photo: Michelle Diamond

At the heart of SAGE is an unwavering belief in the transformative power of storytelling, world-building, and gameplay as conduits for positive change.

Photo: Michelle Diamond

Acknowledgments

A huge thank you to Kemp Edmonds for coordinating the team of volunteers and organizing partners and sponsors.

Kemp Edmonds at Vancouver AI Community May 2024 Meetup at Future Proof Creatives Photo: Michelle Diamond

Special thanks to Jeff Clark, Alexandra the Bartender, Roz McNulty, Roman the Intern, James McKenzie, and Brittney Smaila for their invaluable contributions. Valerie and Daria, your logistical support was crucial to the event’s success.


Visual Recap

Relive the event through a selection of the best photos and videos:

Video production by Viktor Serbin | Photo: Peter Holst

Peter Holst Photo Album
Michelle Diamond Photo Album
YouTube Highlights


Thank You Note

A heartfelt thank you to all the speakers, demo presenters, volunteers, and attendees who made this event a resounding success. Special gratitude to our sponsors and partners:

AugXLabs
AI Futures for Art + Design
Metacreation Lab at SFU
Vancouver Biennale

Cocktails by Sons of Vancouver thank you James Lester | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Sons of Vancouver
Creative Mornings Vancouver
Holistic Hybrid
CMPFYR
Internet Masterminds
The FATALE Festival
VLACC (Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre)
Taylight Brewing

Thanks for the support and the beers Taylight Brewing!! | Photo: Michelle Diamond

Looking Ahead

Stay tuned for more innovative sessions at our future meetups. Don’t miss the next event and grab your Earlyworm Tickets now:

June Vancouver AI Community Meetup at Future Proof Creatives Studio


Call to Action

We invite attendees and readers to share their experiences and photos from the event. Your suggestions and ideas are crucial for shaping future meetups, fostering a collaborative and innovative AI community.

In the ever-evolving world of AI, community engagement and innovation are our guiding stars. Let’s continue to explore, create, and inspire together.

Next event is June 27th and tickets are on sale. See ya there! 🙂 | Photo: Michelle Diamond

1 thought on “Vancouver AI Community Meetup Recap: June 2024 at Future Proof Creatives Studio”

  1. Holy smokes, you know I love a good round-up – complete with links, photos, captions etc. – and a great community vibe, and this comes through in highest marks on both. Remarkable to see all the big smiles and bright eyes.

    PS great blog theme too

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