shirin anlen

storyteller, creative technologist, experience designer 

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Hello there!
I’m an award-winning creative technologist and director with a decade of experience in collaborating with studios and talents in the development and execution of concept-driven projects. I am highly motivated about creating emotional, meaningful and outstanding immersive experiences that are rooted in real-life stories and have the potential to empower and engage communities. My work combines programming, storytelling, data research and interaction design using machine learning technology, web applications, virtual and mixed reality platforms.
I hold an MFA in cinema and television, was a research fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab, a co-founder of Raycaster, an experience design studio and the founder-director of Steamer Salon, the first VR and interactive storytelling festival and lab in Israel.






Software & Languages & Frameworks:
Adobe Creative Cloud, HTML5, CSS, Javascript,  React, Node.js, C#, Depth sensing and 3D scanning, Unity, TouchDesigner, SparkAR, 2D Canvas, Express.js, Sequelize, API, WebSocket, Webpack, Git.


Type of skills:
• Creative coding and web development.
• Director, experience designer, interactive storytelling.
• VR, AR and mixed reality technology.  
• Data, user and design research and Content strategist.
• Production, project management

• Technical director and technical consultant.
Selected recognition and awards:
2020 Creative Capital, Artist Relief Grant
2019 Artist in Residence, National Film Board of Canada, Montreal, Canada.
2018 R&D for artistic experiments, fundamental research and public research of IDFA Doclab and MIT Open Documentary Lab.
2018 Winner Best digital story: Biennial of Medial Arts of Chile Juan Downey Contest

2018 Support by NEW INC and Knight Foundation- research grant on museum and tech- Implementing machine learning technology in museums
2017Awwwards – Honorable Mention
2017 CSS Star Winner
2017 SPECIAL KUDOS AWARD CSS DESIGN
2017 Winner WYU women's Diversify AI hackathon.