About Steve Warren, Mr. Interactive NYC
I have been a software developer for 27 years, dating back to a Dungeons & Dragons game I programmed in Basic on a TRS-80 when I was 16. One of my earliest jobs was at Abacus, Inc., an eccentric Haight-Ashbury company, where in the late 1980s I installed early-model Macintoshes at San Francisco design shops and offices of the local phone and electric companies.
I have led teams of programmers to build large-scale products, including kiosks for Barnes & Noble, digital signage for the exterior of the ABC News building in Times Square, and Nike’s online store. Working for Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Crayola, and others, I have built games, music makers, cartoon and video-mashup creators and other creative tools.
A productivity freak, I try every available software tool—Subversion, Basecamp, Google products, etc.—and choose the most appropriate ones for each of my projects. I pride myself on writing transparent code that can be easily shared and modified.
I also follow technology on a deeply personal level. I collect every gaming console, operating system and handheld device and put them through their paces. I maintain a full-production digital studio, that runs on Linux-based servers. I consume technology news, podcasts and blogs from many sources and am always looking to discover new trends, tools, and apps—among my current favorites are Mixel (http://mixel.cc/) and Loopy (http://loopyapp.com/). I check out every social media service because I believe technology’s best application is to bring people together.
My current projects include an iPad art magazine, Defrag: The Digital Magazine of Global Culture (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/defrag/defrag-the-interactive-ipad-magazine-of-global-cul).