What you missed at the 2017 Smithsonian Digitization Fair

This week, October 18th and 19th, the Smithsonian hosted a Digitization Fair to celebrate how digital collections are shaping our understanding of the world around us. This 2-day event hosted numerous keynote speakers and exhibits from fields ranging from engineering to art.

Photo courtesy of  @ SIxDIGI    @dzorich

Photo courtesy of @SIxDIGI @dzorich


Day one started with introductions from the Smithsonian Team, followed by keynote speeches from Briana Matthews of Autodesk, Inc. and Victoria Portway from the National Air & Space Museum.


The rest of the day featured four panel discussions titled Showcasing Impact in Art, Education and Research, Showcasing Impact with Emerging Platforms, Manufacturing Impact, and Measuring Impact.


From our biased perspective, they certainly saved the best for last – Day One concluded with a keynote address from Erika Woolsey. Woolsey is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Hydrous, a community dedicated to inspiring marine stewardship through science, technology, and design.


Day two followed a similar structure with panel discussions titled Showcasing Impact, Facilitating Impact: Open Access, and Resourcing for Digitization Impact.


The Smithsonian Digitization Fair exhibits were open to the general public and featured a multitude of cutting-edge 3D digital technology. Displays included 3D printed wood filaments, 360 immersive imaging, virtual reality experiences, and digitized historical archives and fossils.


Bummed that you missed out? Check out the archived event livestream and relive the magic!