Leveraging Strategic Collaborations

Vivian Kung Haga, USA

With tight budgets and limited resources, how can cultural institutions fulfill their missions to engage audiences through innovative technologies?  This demo will highlight innovative projects developed by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) with university partners such as the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), technology institutes such as the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Japan and corporate partners such as Information Services International-Dentsu LTD, Tokyo, Japan and Qualcomm Incorporated, San Diego, California.  These collaborations are transformative in facilitating museum access to technology, “real world” learning opportunities for students, cyber-researchers access to artistic content, and prototyping opportunities for companies. This presents a new, exciting model for collaboration between museums, academic institutions, and companies interested in merging art and technology.