Graduate Research Assistant, sLab
Alumnus, SFI Program
Gabe Sawhney is an experience designer, creative technologist and innovation strategist. For over 15 years, he's been using design and technology to address creative and business challenges, with particular focus in digital media & entertainment, experiential marketing, and games. As an innovation strategist, Gabe helps organizations to discover emerging opportunities, build consensus, and navigate ambiguity. As a creative technologist, Gabe explores and tests ideas using functional prototypes (hardware & software), to imagine future use cases, assess user experience, and build buy-in. While completing his MDes at OCADU's Strategic Foresight and Innovation program, Gabe's research work covered organizational change, corporate sustainability, social innovation, big data and information visualization. His creative projects often focus on community, storytelling, and place: [murmur] is a site-specific oral storytelling mobile documentary, and SEED is an interactive video installation which raises funds and awareness for urban reforestation programs. He has served on the boards of Heritage Toronto and Wireless Toronto, and on the founding steering committee of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC). He has presented at conferences and festivals in Canada, the US, the UK, China, Australia and Brazil.