I have collaborated with my husband (and fellow PhD student) Josh Tanenbaum on a number of ventures over the years. We currently run a small design business called Tanenbaum Fabrications, making Steampunk props, costumes, and jewelry. We participated in the 2011 Vancouver Mini-Maker Faire , the big Bay Area Maker Faire in May 2012, and the first ever Portland Mini-Maker Faire in September 2012.
In October 2009, we entered the UISTStudent Innovation Contest to design a novel application for a pressure-sensitive keyboard developed by the Microsoft Research Applied Sciences group. You can see the details of our entry here: Laban Gestures for Expressive Keyboarding. There is also a demo video here.
In May 2009, we took first place in the UC-Santa Barbara Bluesky Innovations Competition on “Social Computing in 2020”, for our entry SENSe (Socialization, Exploration, Negotiation, and Security)
In our spare time, we indulge in amateur filmmaking, with a specialization in costuming and prop making. At the moment, we are particularly enamored of the Steampunk movement (in case it was unclear).
Along with some other SIAT students, we entered the Port Moody 2008 Quick Flick Challenge, where competitors produced a 5 minute film in 48 hours based on an “inspiration package”. Our entry, titled “Takeout for Two“, took first place. We also entered the 2008 Vancouver Film Race, where competitors produced a 5 minute film in 24 hours, but we did not take home any prizes with our entry, “The Collector“.