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Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting a public expo next week, featuring a host of cutting-edge technologies impacting journalism’s future.
Cronkite Innovation Day includes a variety of interactive attractions, including indoor drones, telepresence robots, wearable technologies, 3D printers, virtual reality experiences and more. The event is open to all ASU students, faculty, staff and the public.
Innovation Day is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, from 4-8 p.m. at the Cronkite School on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. The event is happening in conjunction with ASU’s Night of the Open Door, a public open house with free activities across the Downtown Phoenix campus, and Phoenix First Fridays, a monthly art-walk.
Innovation Day was established last year by Cronkite Innovation Chief Eric Newton, who drives cutting-edge ideas at the Cronkite School and Cronkite News, the school’s multiplatform daily news operation.
“Imagine a festive environment in which the curious try new technologies and brainstorm ways these new tools can help make journalism better,” Newton said. “That’s Innovation Day.”
Cronkite and ASU faculty and staff are joined by technology companies big and small to provide information and instruction about the technologies. Attractions include:
“Innovation Day reflects the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of our fantastic students and faculty at the nation’s most innovative university,” said Cronkite School Dean and University Vice Provost Christopher Callahan. “We are excited to welcome the community to tour our school and experience the future of journalism and beyond through some fun hands-on activities.”
Students who Tweet great ideas for journalistic uses of technology to #cronkiteinnovation can win prizes in continuous giveaways during the evening.
Participating companies include the event’s lead sponsor, Sony, as well as B&H Photo Video, the Newseum, Suitable Technologies, Sennheiser, Rode, iOgrapher, Reticare, Panzer Glass, Whoosh!, Mobile-Catch and Plasticase.
Innovation Day will be located in the Cronkite School’s First Amendment Forum at 555. N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.