Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day by recognizing women’s global achievements. At FloVerse, this isn’t just one day, it’s our everyday company culture. Since inception, we have embraced a diverse team of women contributors to bring forth innovative ideas in music and technology. Women’s voices are leading the way in every aspect of what we do and this is the model we want to see grow in the future. As we develop unique products in industries that continue to lack gender equality, we #choosetochallenge other music and tech organizations to do more when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
We’ve been busy Beta Testing our music device prototype with our first round of Artist Scientists and thought we’d share a short teaser video to show a little behind the scenes footage (we are still keeping things very secretive and are not disclosing too much just yet). We adapted quickly to COVID and moved testing from our Lab to online Zoom sessions. Our Beta Testing & Community Program Manager, Alexis Douglas has been delivering Flow devices all over the Lower Mainland and creating on-boarding materials and how to manuals covering all the major DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) softwares. We are so appreciative for the all the learnings and the willingness of these Beta Testers to be first in working through our initial challenges. We are incorporating all their feedback and have already started developing the next version, expected to be ready for testing by June 2021.
We are grateful to have had Vancouver, BC Musician Royce Costa as one of our Artist Scientist. His advanced technical skills provided us with some new DAW tips and his videography skills provided some great video recordings of his experiments. Royce has a diverse background in music performance and production, including film scores. We look forward to working with Royce again in the future with our next round of prototypes and mobile application. Listen to his new album Frontal Lobe at Roycecosta.com
Our newest member to join our Mobile Application team is Sachin Raturi!
We have been searching high and low for some much needed support in Mobile Application development and we found a great addition to our growing team. Meet Sachin Raturi! Sachin is completing his fourth year in computing science at Simon Fraser University and has previously worked on various App projects including a recent internship at Mozilla. Sachin is passionate about all things Mobile and will be valuable resource to support all application development, testing and support.
We have officially commenced our hardware Beta Testing program with our talented Artist Scientists.
After months of development and preparation we have finally commenced Beta Testing our first hardware prototype, a MIDI motion controller. Due to COVID, we have also taken time to ensure our lab and procedures will comply with all the health and government regulations, as safety is our first priority. Our first in-lab Artist Scientist is James Goodon, a professional session and touring musician who plays electric guitar for the band ‘The Broken Islands‘. While James experimented and interacted with the device, our two researchers captured video and device data and also recorded his first impression commentary. Thank-you so much James for all your project support!
We have officially started the development of our concepts on Mobile Application platforms.
Our hardware experiments have provided us with valuable insights and direction for our future product roadmap, starting with a focus on Mobile Application development in 2021. We will spend the remainder of this year creating our development plan and hiring additional mobile application resources, including a specialist in UX/UI design. We will continue to evolve our ‘Flow’ hardware in parallel and we know the learnings from both hardware and software testing will facilitate the unique design of both product concepts. We look forward to using our phones in fun and productive ways in 2021!
Welcome Alexis Douglas the latest member to join our team!
We are super excited to welcome Alexis Douglas to our team in the position of Beta Testing and Community Program Manager. Alexis brings with her music industry expertise with 12 years of international music and live event industry experience. Alexis has worked as a Recording Engineer at Hipposonics Studios and CBC Vancouver and was the first female Head Sound Engineer at the Civic Theatres. Alexis is also a talented multi-instrumentalist and an international touring veteran. Alexis has contributed a lot of volunteer hours towards the development of the local music industry and is Co-founder of Vancouver SoundGirls.org and proud supporter of Creative BC – Industry Initiative – Producers Lounge.
We are thrilled to add a new female engineering student to our product development team
This summer Parinaz Balkhi joins our Product Development team as prototype researcher and developer. Parinaz has a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering and is currently working on her Masters of Applied Science in Mechatronic Engineering at SFU with a thesis on wearable technology. Parinaz is a skilled research assistant with a background in embedded control systems, software development, sensor analytics, machine learning, signal processing, and data mining. Welcome Parinaz, we love your passion for engineering and you are a role model for future female engineers.