BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The 2018 annual Red Stick International Digital Festival will feature seven free events over four days at LSU Digital Media Center, Patrick F. Taylor Hall and at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library on Goodwood.
"We are proud to present the 2018 Red Stick International Digital Festival," said J. "Ram" Ramanujam, LSU Center for Computation and Technology director. "This festival is a great place to showcase our community's accomplished students, teachers, artists and digital businesses."
Opening day for the festival was Tuesday, April 24. The day was focused on esports and its rise in popularity.
"We are excited to include collegiate esports to this year's symposium. Esports is exploding in the U.S. with 60 million viewers of the League of Legends finals in 2017. We are also excited to have our keynote speaker, Jonathon Oudthone, who just finalized the multi-million dollar esports arena out in Arlington Texas, as well as our representatives from developers to hardware companies speaking and taking part," said Marc Aubanel, the director of LSU's Digital Media Arts & Engineering program.
Day 2 will showcase college students at FutureFest as well as host the 2nd annual Video Game Symposium. Two-time Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Chris White will speak at 1 p.m. He is best known for his work on "Rise of Planet of the Apes" and "The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey." In addition, Mike Ludlam, a senior technical artist on the engineering team at Toys for Bob, will present. In Patrick Taylor Hall in Room 1262, Luis Cataldi, the director of education & learning from Epic, will give an Unreal Engine 4 workshop.
Audio will take focus for day 3 at the Digital Media Center Theater. LSU's Experimental Music and Digital Media, or EMDM Program, will host an "Immersive Audio Expo." A digital art show presented by students in the LSU School of Art will be shown in the Digital Media Center the following day.
The final day will be on Saturday, April 28. The Kids Dev Workshop and the Making Expo will be held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library on Goodwood Boulevard. These events will include booths by NASA /Stennis and an activity exhibit called Fairy Tale Tech designed for preschool-age children through 6th grade by the Knock Knock Children's Museum and STEMup BR/Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System.