Kate Armstrong is the Director of Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a research lab that investigates the critical impact of art and design on innovation in business, technology and social enterprise, and that supports early stage ventures driven by artists and designers. As a curator she has produced exhibitions, events and publications in contemporary art and technology in Vancouver and internationally. She founded Upgrade Vancouver as part of an international network of art and technology organizations in 30 cities, was a founder of the Goethe Satellite. Kate is Artistic Director of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art and past Acting Executive Director and Board President of the Western Front. She is the author of multiple books, and her writing has appeared in many publications. Her interdisciplinary art practice merges networked media, written forms and urban experiences and engages with open forms of production that bring poetics and computation together in physical or network space.