Thursday, October 16th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Playing with Lasers, Fire, and Robots for a Living
In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach
6241 East University Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815
Park in the Foundation Lot across from the Design Department main entrance – $5
In this talk, Brent Bushnell will explore the excitement and challenges of being an entrepreneur and engineer focused on large-scale entertainment. Over the course of four companies Brent has built high-tech restaurants, engineered huge spectacles for viral videos, created inventions on national television and is now in the throes of building a
traveling carnival. He will cover some pitfalls of managing creative people, fun approaches to staying imaginative and why you should go to clown school. If you don’t like fun, this talk is not for you.
Brent is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles based experiential entertainment company. Most recently the team launched STEAM Carnival, a modern re-imagining of the midway to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Previously he was the on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He was a founding member of Syyn Labs, a creative collective combining art and engineering to create high engagement for large brands and bands including Google, Disney and responsible for the viral hit Rube Goldberg music video for OK Go that garnered 40 million views on YouTube. In his spare time, Brent mentors teens in game development and entrepreneurship via programs such as Spark and NFTE. He publishes at brentbushnell.com and @brentbushnell