Ravi Jain is a prolific multimedia storyteller, with over 25 years experience of implementing new technologies to engage audiences. A short form video evangelist, he has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including a 2007 Webby Award nomination for his "talk-show in a car," DriveTime.
For the last seven years, Jain has devised multimedia solutions for clients served by Boston College's Office of Marketing Communications, including Boston College Magazine. One of his first products for the university was The Boston College Minute: 60-second fly on the wall documentaries that remain one of the most popular content offerings of the school. He manages a team of producers to develop custom multimedia experiences, including original features for @BC, the multimedia arm of Boston College Magazine.
Prior to his time at Boston College, Jain wrote and produced interactive content for the PBS series' American Experience, produced by WGBH in Boston. He served as the liaison between the film units and WGBH's in-house interactive staff in order to build out educational interactive features. Jain also served as field producer for many behind the scenes shoots, for both web and DVD platforms.
Jain's passion for non-linear, digital based experiences dates to the early 1990s when he created his own independent major of study at Oberlin College, combining film/video, computer science and studio art. After establishing his professional career as a designer in the Boston area, Jain moved to Stockholm, Sweden in the late 1990s to pursue opportunities in interactive multimedia design. He returned to the United States three years later to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design's Studio for Interrelated Media.
Since receiving his MFA, Jain has successfully balanced three roles: professional multimedia strategist, part-time university professor and practicing conceptual artist. Concurrent with his roles at WGBH and Boston College, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies Digital Media program. Jain teaches graduate level courses on different aspects of digital media and also acts as thesis advisor for students.
As an innovative artist, Ravi has showcased his work both as a solo artist and in a number of regional group shows. His 2002 interactive web sitcom Three Abreast anticipated "second screen" synchronized content in popular media and was a Web Award nominee at the 2003 South by Southwest Interactive Festival. Most recently, Jain was one of the winners of the City of Boston's inaugural Fenway's 30 Second Cinema competition, producing a custom short form video optimized for an outdoor video screen adjacent to the Fenway Park baseball stadium.
Mitchell Powers is a video producer/shooter/editor specializing in institutional and corporate communications. He was formerly a producer/director at Virginia Tech and now works for the University of Virginia as a senior multimedia producer.
His layered, compelling and shareable video stories have been featured by online outlets including Wired, Gizmodo, This is Colossal, BoingBoing, and Popular Mechanics. He is a graduate of the Film and Television Department of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Alonso Nichols is the chief of photography at Tufts University, an institution he has served for over ten years. At Tufts, his work has taken him from lecture halls and laboratories to refugee camps and NCAA championship tournaments. Creating personal work has led him down the backroads of Kentucky to the bustling streets of Manila, Philippines.
Alonso earned degrees in Spanish Literature from the University of California at Irvine and the University of Louisville and was on the path to becoming a Spanish professor when he took a summer job in training and development at the Los Angeles Times. While teaching Spanish language to photographers at the LA Times, one thing led to another, and he crossed over to the other side. He studied at New England School of Photography and the Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops as well as the Kalish Photo Editing workshop. His work regularly appears in Tufts University publications both online and in print—Tufts Now (now.tufts.edu), Tufts Magazine, Tufts Medicine Magazine, Tufts Nutrition Magazine, Cummings Veterinary Medicine Magazine, Tufts Dental Medicine Magazine and Jumbo Magazine—and has appeared in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education among other publications.
Erin Supinka is a digital strategist with eight years of experience helping higher education institutions communicate with and engage their target audiences. She currently serves as the assistant director for digital engagement at Dartmouth College. Erin leads the institution’s social media program and works with senior leadership to identify the most effective ways to disseminate key messages across digital platforms and tracks the success of those messages across multiple channels.
Alison Jones is an award-winning writer, editor and audio producer. As senior writer at the Duke University Office of News and Communications, she has co-produced several podcasts that have been well-received at Duke and beyond, including “Everything Happens,” “Ways & Means” and “Glad You Asked.”
Her work as a print and radio journalist has appeared in The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun and on public radio, including NPR's “All Things Considered,” NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” American Public Media’s “American RadioWorks” and North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC. She was part of the reporting team for the DuPont Award-winning radio series “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty.” A former staff writer for the Raleigh, N.C. News and Observer, she has also reported on the Carolinas for TIME Magazine.
Her radio documentary "Mine Enemy: The Story of German POWs in America," co-produced with editor Deborah George, aired on public radio stations across the country beginning in summer 2014, reaching more than 2.6 million listeners.
Jones also previously served as communications director for the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.