Sharing What Works

March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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GS02 KEYNOTE: Think Inside the Box: Creativity Within Constraints

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Thursday, March 17

Though it may seem counterintuitive, most people are at their most creative when they innovate within a given set of boundaries. How can you tell a clever story while obeying the construction rules of a crossword puzzle, the sensitive angles of a stage illusion, or the constraints of a learning program? In this fascinating keynote, David Kwong, a master of working within the lines, explains how constraints give us the freedom to create. You will discover why we are at our most innovative when we design a new form for something familiar and subsequently express it in a novel and compelling way. Through demonstrations of groundbreaking puzzles and illusions you will explore an inspiring new method of problem solving and learn how we obtain and retain information.

David Kwong

Illusionist and Puzzle Expert

David Kwong, who studied magic at Harvard University, has combined his expertise in illusion with his passion for film. A former member of the DreamWorks Animation story department, Mr. Kwong has consulted on films including Now You See Me, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and The Immigrant. A veteran puzzle creator, he has constructed crossword puzzles for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other national publications. He frequently serves as a puzzle consultant for film and television.

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