Tempe, Arizona

TEI 2019 will be held in Tempe, Arizona, a vibrant and growing Sonoran desert city. Arizona has a unique ecosystem with stunning desert landscapes and sights. It is well known as an ideal spring destination, with average March temperatures between 52F and 77F (11C-25C) and a low chance of precipitation. The main venue, the Tempe Mission Palms, is walking distance to the ASU Campus and in the heart of Tempe shops, bars, and galleries. Tempe, and the larger Phoenix metropolitan area are rapidly attracting and originating a wide range of technologically-focused companies, a growing arts community, and exciting cultural events. Tempe is a short light rail train ride from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and the downtown Phoenix cultural attractions.

Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona, by Bob Wick

School of Arts, Media, and Engineering

TEI 2019 will be hosted near the Arizona State University campus, within walking distance of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME). AME is built on the idea that the biggest and most important problems require transdisciplinary solutions and hybrid approaches. Tangible media is a core component of AME research and pedagogy, which is dedicated to thinking through and making the environments in which we want to live. Tangible, embedded and embodied interaction presents a paradigm of computation and human-computer interaction that is not encapsulated in a monolithic perspective, but instead requires the modes of thinking and researching that is exemplified by the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering and its undergraduate Digital Culture (DC) program are products of an institutional philosophy that has made Arizona State University a world leading school. ASU was ranked first as the “Most Innovative School”, ahead of Stanford and MIT in a 2016 ranking by U.S. News and World Report. Among the guiding “design aspirations” for the growth and evolution of ASU as a “New American University” is the goal to “fuse intellectual disciplines”.