Scott Minneman

Associate Professor at California College of Arts and Affiliate researcher, Institute of the Future


Scott Minneman is an innovative technologist who invents, designs, engineers, fabricates, and exhibits novel physical interactive devices for public spaces.  After earning architecture and engineering degrees from MIT (MS and BS) and Stanford (PhD), he was on the research staff at the think-tank Xerox PARC for 15 years, and then co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc. – a make-tank for interactives. Scott is faculty in Graduate Design at California College of the Arts, where he coordinates the Interaction Design focus, teaches studios on ubiquitous physical computing, hands-on interactives, and robotics, as well as shepherding MFA theses.  He is an affiliate researcher in the Tech Horizons program at the Institute for the Future, forecasting the changes and roles that emerging technologies will play as our future plays out.  With Onomy and since, he has been commissioned to create interactive projects all over the world, including Mexico City, Singapore, Tijuana, Denver, San Francisco, Nashville, Jersey City, Irving (TX), and more. His public interactive art commissions include pieces in St. Petersburg (RU), Cleveland, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Jose, and Goleta, among others.  The Cinema Snowglobe, a recent invention (with partner JD Beltran), imbues the traditional tourist tchotchke with cutting edge video technology for a delightful handheld experience.  Blending art with technology, he creates innovative forms of immersive, interactive storytelling.