G.I.G. will be directed by its three executive founders: Dr. Norman Jacknis, technology executive, and Dr. Carl Skelton, artist and founding director of the integrated digital media programs at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Jee Won Kim, architect.

Norm, Carl and Jee Won will work with a small staff of happily obsessed integrators, facilitators, tech wizards, and evangelists, in collaboration with an advisory advisory group made up of New York City’s leaders in key areas of knowledge, influence, and excitement.

Carl Skelton

Carl Skelton’s creative/research work bridges the arts, design, technology, and community engagement. He is currently working on “The Multimedia Programming Fakebook” with R. Luke DuBois for MIT Press. Creative projects include Betaville, a massively participatory editable mirror world project with an international network of partners and collaborators. You can learn more at betaville.net. “Soft City Culture and Technology– The Betaville Project” is available for pre-order at http://www.springer.com/engineering/signals/book/978-1-4614-7250-6. Before Gig, Carl set up and directed the Integrated Digital Media BS and MS programs and the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at NYU’s Polytechnic Institute. Carl’s work has been supported by Microsoft Research, the Rockefeller Foundation through its Cultural Innovation Fund, the National Science Foundation, the Ontario Arts council, and the Canada council for the Arts. He has exhibited in formal and informal settings internationally since 1986. Awards include the first (2012) Jane Jacobs medal for Technology and Innovation.

Dr. Norman Jacknis

Dr. Norman Jacknis is also Senior Fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum.  He was Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group (the company’s open innovation and strategic advisory group), is a globally recognized expert in government innovation and transformation. Dr. Jacknis has extensive executive and leadership experience in local and state government. Before joining Cisco in Feb. 2008, Jacknis served more than ten years as CIO and commissioner of Westchester County, NY government, where he was responsible for all of the government’s technology, Internet and broadband activities, as well as technology-based economic development. In addition to the County, he provided these services to municipalities and other non-profit community organizations.

Dr. Jacknis served as co-chair of the technology and architecture committee of the New York State CIO Council, participated in the Federal/State/Local Partnership for Intergovernmental Innovation and continues as the technology adviser to the County Executives of America. Prior to his public service, Dr. Jacknis had diverse experience as an executive in the software industry, with emphasis on Internet applications and distributed computing.

Jee Won Kim

Jee Won Kim is the principal of Jee Won Kim, Architect PC in New York City. He is currently working on residences in Soho, a gallery in Tribeca, a new restaurant building in Clifton, a historic landmark renovation for a restaurant in the ladies mile, and a major waterfront redevelopment project for New Bedford MA with Kostow Greenwood.

Jee Won has varied professional experience in institutional, hospitality, retail and residential work: historical institutional at Robert Siegel Architects, working on the Music building and Dance building renovations at SUNY Purchase; commercial at the Rockwell group, where he was project architect for the first W and the Chambers Hotel; at Peter Marino Architects, he worked on various retail shops for Valentino, Calvin Klein the DKNY flagship store in London, and as lead designer for the women’s stores at Barney’s on Madison Ave and in Beverly Hills. 

Experimental work includes collaboration on a large residential building in Mongolia as part of the Ordos 100 project curated by Ai Wei Wei and Herzog and de Meuron; Collaboration with Carl Skelton to present Betaville On The Bowery for the New Museum’s inaugural Festival of Ideas in 2011, and to develop concepts in Betaville for Hans Breder’s retrospective at the Dortmund Museum in Germany.

Jee Won has served as a leading member of the Busan International Architectural Competition Festival committee set up to select architects and develop the briefs for the Pusan international film festival theater (won by Coop Himmelblau) and Solomon Group’s 107 story tower (won by Asymptote). He has taught architecture studios at the Pratt Institute (with Vittorio Giorgini) and at Inje University, and serves on the board of Whitebox in New York.