Dream. Encode. GT Computing Inspires 2012 Grad Connie Chen to Be More

What does it mean to “Be More”?

First, take any discipline – biology, finance, media, health, engineering, art.

Now add computing. Voila--you get more. Every time.

What would Wall Street be without computerized trading? Or health care without electronic medical records or genomic mapping? Or everyday life without the Internet? In our hyper-speed society, people who can apply computational skills and thinking are positioned to do more and affect greater change.

“I didn’t come to Georgia Tech to be a filmmaker,” said Chen. “I came here to be more.”

Connie Chen (2012 College of Computing grad and award-winning filmmaker) had a passion for film and storytelling growing up. But she came of age as YouTube exploded and saw firsthand how technology was changing the medium, making it more accessible, more creative and more engaging. Connie chose to get her Computational Media degree at Georgia Tech so she could study the change, as opposed to just the craft.

We asked Connie to create a “cinematic interpretation” of what it means to study computing. The result is a poignant portrayal of inspiration and impact – the story of a small spark of interest and a healthy sense of curiosity flourishing into something more.

At Georgia Tech, people with creativity,intelligence, and ambition learn to apply the power of computation to any field of study or discipline. As a result, we are a computing community at the forefront of driving future progress in science, government, human interaction, entertainment and virtually every other aspect of life.

Our thanks and best wishes to Connie who is well on her way to become a great filmmaker … and more.

This profile is a first in an ongoing series featuring members of the Georgia Tech Computing community who push beyond traditional boundaries within fields of study or disciplines to “Be More.”