Elena Kathryn Parker is a writer, producer and creative technologist committed to exploring narrative on new platforms. She currently works as Manager of Interactive Development at Campfire,  where she specializes in building storytelling systems and using artificial intelligence in narratives. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

At Campfire, Elena has contributed to a variety of projects for clients such as HBO, USA Networks, National Geographic Channel, El Rey Network and Ubisoft. Campaigns to which she has contributed have won awards including Ad Age’s “Small Campaign of the Year,” a Gold Clio at the Key Art Awards, and a ProMax Gold Award for Technical Innovation. Elena recently represented Campfire on a panel at the 2015 South by Southwest Interactive conference called “Technology, Story and the Art of Performance,” which illustrated how to use AI to build responsive narrative systems.
Previously, Elena co-wrote and co-produced the HBO Documentary Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain. She also served as the managing editor for the New York Public Library’s first mobile application, Biblion: The Boundless Library.

Elena holds a Masters from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Bachelors in Film from Columbia University. During her Master’s studies, NYU awarded her the Lew and Edie Wasserman Scholarship.

Elena’s next work, a digital novel titled “Base Pair,” was selected for the Banff Centre’s first Digital Narratives Residency and will be released in late 2016.

Elena hails from Hammonton, NJ and is a fan of movies, bourbon, thoughtful design, movies and beards.

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