About Create Lab
This extra-curricular group is an opportunity for LSU students — in any major — to work together on a digital solution to a client’s real-world problem. Travel to gain creative inspiration and participate in monthly hands-on workshops with industry experts. We accept applications from any LSU student in any major – journalists, advertising geniuses, programmers, designers, math & science gurus – all fields are welcome and encouraged.
What You’ll Do:
- Participate in monthly meetings through both Fall and Spring semesters to develop a digital solution to a real-world client’s problem.
- Travel as a group (destination TBD) to gain inspiration for the project and meet with industry experts to jumpstart the creative process.
- In May 2014, the group will present its work to an audience of digital experts.
Create Lab 2013′s Project: Watson
Create Lab welcomed its first student team in Fall 2012, and shortly after shook hands with its first client — the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. The Times-Picayune recently announced it would only publish three days each week (four when it’s football season). With a city the size of New Orleans being without a daily newspaper, Create Lab is working on a digital solution to help all community members have access to the type of information a daily paper provides.
Create Lab 2013 presented their idea, Watson, at TedxLSU. Check out their talk in the video below:
For a behind-the-scenes look at the group at work, check out their video that explains the project, and the teaser that hints at what’s coming in the big reveal. Both videos are below.
Create Lab 2014 Members:
Applications are currently being reviewed. Look for the announcement of the 2014 class early in Fall 2013!
Create Lab 2013 Members:
I am Chris. I solve problems, motivate myself, help others, code solutions, take pictures, make noise, and tweak everything.
I am a graduate student in landscape architecture with a background in international relations and development work. As a landscape architect, I hope to design public spaces and parks and find ways to integrate data and digital media into the experience of cities and outdoor spaces. I am interested to find creative ways to visualize our data rich environment through 2-D and 3-D design. Originally from Atlanta, I attended Boston University and Lewis and Clark College for my undergraduate education.
My name is Vilien Gomez and I am a Junior Computer Engineering major from White Castle, LA. I am currently the Director of Education for the Iota Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., an executive board member of the National Society of Black Engineers, an executive board member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Cohort of Black Male Leadership Initative, a researcher in the Center for Computation & Technology, and a worker in the Louisiana State University Residential Life Department. I do research under Dr. Xin Lin, and the lab’s focus is Visual & Geometric Computing. I was selected to be a part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institue and the Ronald McNair Scholars Program. I enjoy learning new tech things, and I am constantly reading blogs to stay updated on cutting edge technology. I love networking and meeting people every chance and every opportunity I get.
Rachel Weaver is a an advertising major with a journalism background. She was the editor of her high school newspaper and wrote a column for the Times-Picayune in high school. As a junior at LSU, she spent the first two years studying journalism and applied the skills to her job at the college radio station, KLSU. She’s interviewed dozens of artists and written music reviews and features for the website. In her recent switch to advertising, she’s applied her communication skills to being Promotions Director of the station. She coordinates interviews, manages the social media accounts, and oversees web content. With her skills of not only working for media outlets, but also working on the business/advertising side of them as well, she’s thrilled to apply her knowledge to the digital brand of nola.com/Times-Picayune.
Phillip Madison is from west Texas and lives with his wife and daughter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His professional experience includes radio production/sales, institutional advancement, fundraising management, and public relations. At LSU he taught visual communication for two years, focusing on Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. In 2008 he entered the Manship School doctoral program at LSU and studies media effects as functions of human imagination, with special focus on imagined interactions and parasociability.
Mallory is a senior in the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU with a concentration in political communication and a minor in visual communication. Mallory’s political aspirations were affirmed last summer when she interned with her sister in Washington, D.C. for Representative Bill Cassidy (R-LA). In addition to her stint on Capitol Hill, Mallory has also interned for Rep. Cassidy at his local office in Baton Rouge, has worked as a communications intern for Louisiana Sea Grant and currently works as the communication intern in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. While Mallory’s work schedule keeps her busy, she enjoys being heavily involved with the LSU campus community. She has served as a mentor to freshman students through the Leading Edge program at LSU, as a LSU Ambassador, a writer for The Daily Reveille, and was a member of the first graduating class of the Manship School’s Academy for Applied Politics. Mallory also remains active within her college, sitting on the executive council of the Society for Political Interest and Networking and serving as a Manship Ambassador. Upon her graduation in May of 2013, Mallory plans to enroll in a duel enrollment program at LSU to earn both a law degree and a master’s degree in political communication. Later, she hopes to become engaged in political consulting work or pursue a career in political advertising.