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Theme: Decoding The Future

This event occurred on
May 18, 2012
9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Savannah, GA
United States

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207 W York Street
Savannah, GA, 31401
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Catherine Compton

As a co-founder of Slow Food Savannah, Cat Compton’s mission is to unite local food producers with local restaurants, schools, and the community. At the top of her list is educating the next generation of youth: how to rediscover the joys of eating, understanding the importance of where food comes from, caring for the hands who nurture it and the ones who prepare it.

Andrew Davies

With degrees in Illustration, 2D Animation and Broadcast Design, Drew's multifaceted interests have taken him from a small advertising shop in Barbados to Mississippi where he helped build MadGENIUS Inc. Drew now leads the creative team at Savannah-based Paragon where he straddles various design disciplines. His work has been featured in Layers magazine, American Corporate ID, One Showcase, Animae Caribe and the Travelling Caribbean Film Festival.

Zhenjie Dong

Zhenjie is a Chinese artist and photographer exploring ways to express her social and political concerns through photography. A graduate of the Communication University of China, Zhenjie is currently pursuing her MFA in photography at SCAD. Her project QR Series has been featured on numerous websites including Hey Hot Shot!, Feature Shoot and Design Boom.

Mark Finnern

Mark is the Chief Community Evangelist for German software giant SAP as well as founder of Future Salon, a group that explores possible futures. A decade of hosting Future Salon and community work at SAP give Mark unique insights into what lies ahead and innovative ideas for bringing schools into the 21st century.

Tom Hardy

Tom is the founder of Verbal-Visual Framework, a brand-design strategy firm based in Atlanta. Clients have included Ford, Lenovo, Lowe’s, Merck and Samsung. He formerly directed the Corporate IBM Design Program in concert with preeminent designers Paul Rand and Richard Sapper. Hardy currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Design Management at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Enoch Hendry

Enoch has lived in Savannah, Atlanta, Athens, Valdosta, Tifton, Macon, Cordele, Clemson, Knoxville, and Tybee Island. He has scaled Mt. Le Conte and the pitcher’s mound at Fenway Park; walked the Giants Causeway and driven the Pacific Coast Highway! The pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Reverend Hendry lives on Telfair Square and Tybee Island, with his wife, photographer and baker, Ann Curry.

Kevin Klinkenberg

Kevin is a senior planner with Arizona-based Olsson Associates. Since 1994, Kevin has explored his passion for walkable communities. As a principal for 180 Urban Design & Architecture, Kevin worked on new and redevelopment projects in 27 states. He’s worked with developers, cities and non-profits, and led award-winning public involvement processes. He writes about urban design at and lives in Savannah.

Kevin Lawver

Kevin is a geek and troublemaker. When he's not building apps, he's starting things like Refresh Savannah, Free Advice Friday or helping launch Geekend. Kevin was first drawn to Savannah by a job, but stayed for everything else that makes this town special. Kevin works with Rails Machine to make the web more operational, and on his projects, like Ficly, to make the web more creative.

Nikki Kala Lee

Born in Switzerland to two architect parents, Nikki discovered her passion early in life, and has already been working toward becoming a fashion designer for more than a decade. She has interned at Oscar de la Renta, shown her designs in South Magazine, and presented her work in local fashion shows. Nikki plans to earn fashion and jewelry design degrees at SCAD.

Jaime McGrath

Jaime McGrath is a teacher and gifted specialist at Gould Elementary School in Savannah, Georgia.

Beth Mount

A Georgia native now living in and working from New York City, Beth is known for her groundbreaking work related to Person Centered Planning, an initiative promoting the positive contributions and creativity of people with disabilities. Her Story Quilt exhibit currently at the Telfair Museum brings provides a glimpse of our capacity to engage, co-create, and bring together through art what indifference has taken apart.

David Pleasant

David grew up on Sapelo Island, immersed in the rich sounds and rhythms of the Gullah‐Geechee culture. His early years have fueled his unique rhythmic style, inspired his teaching methods, and served as the basis for his Fulbright Senior Specialist award. A master percussionist, “virtuoso” improviser, and renowned educator, David is the founder of “RiddimAthon!”, a performance and teaching method.

Christopher Plummer

A Savannah native, Chris grew up fascinated by the tin ceilings found in older homes and buildings. What started as a passion became a business: today Chris is recognized as an authority on the origins, patterns and restoration of this timeless design element, and his company, Bastille Metal Works, is synonymous with premier manufacturing of custom zinc and pewter countertops, range hoods and furnishings.

J. Carlos Santamarina

The global energy challenge demands unprecedented action. While Carlos Santamarina and his team are focused on geo-centered alternatives, he takes time to analyze the creative process involved in engineering new solutions. A professor at Georgia Tech, Carlos is a frequent speaker at conferences and academic institutions worldwide.

Lana Scott

Lana Scott, an aspiring artist from Virginia, studies Performing Arts at SCAD while keeping a focus on singing/songwriting. At 17, Lana’s life path was inspired when she performed in Japan with the Governor's School for the Arts. She hopes to pass on the importance of both living and loving through music.

Laura Spears

A native of Alabama, Laura Spears recently transferred to SCAD to major in Performing Arts. A lifelong performer, Laura yearns to give those with no voice an outlet for expressing their struggles, triumphs, and everything in between. Her goal is to never stop exploring the many facets of performance.

Organizing team


Savannah, GA, United States
  • Jacob Hodesh
  • Kevin Lawver
  • Murray Wilson
  • Leigh Acevedo
  • Leigh Acevedo
  • Charisse Bennett
  • Rad Harrell