Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 1.58.42 PMLauren Gardner is a New York City–based product manager, community builder and artist.

Lauren has spent 15+ years building enterprise level software for companies including Turner/Time Warner & Thomson Reuters. Her passion to uncover base needs of varied users and turn that into elegant, effective solutions­ building something as a collaborative that would not be possible alone is the heart of her professional and artistic pursuits.

She is the co-owner and curator of the independent art collective and gallery Babycastles which has reinvented the arcade as a public gallery and social space for creative technology and independent game culture.

Lauren also acts as an administrator and organizer for the School For Poetic Computation, an artist run school that is a hybrid of a school, residency and research group where each year a small group of students and faculty work closely to explore the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory.

School For Poetic Computation, NYC 2015 (Spring, Summer)
Block Party @ Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC 2012
VIA, Pittsburgh PA 2012
Babycastles Summit @ Museum of Art & Design, NYC 2012 

School For Poetic Computation, NYC 2014
Poetic Science Fair, NYC 2014
Meowtown @ La Gaîté Lyrique – Paris, France 2012
Harpy Diem @ Secret Project Robot, NYC 2012
Gamma IV @ GDC, CA 2010

Facets, 2015
Code Liberation Game Jam (press), 2013
Different Games, 2012
VIA, 2012