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Jared Ficklin

Partner, Chief Creative Technologist

Jared Ficklin is a designer and technologist with two decades experience creating products and visions for major companies.


Jared designs with technology and has a passion for innovative or unique interaction models especially those involving interesting inputs and outputs like touch, multi-touch, voice, gesture, sensing and projection. His philosophy is "Think by Making, Deliver by Demo" and employs user experience simulation as a method for quickly bringing products to life and as a method for finding new experiences when applying innovative technologies.


Jared spent 14 years of his career at frog design contributing to the visions, strategy, intellectual property and products of clients like HP, Microsoft, AT&T, LG, SanDisk, Motorola & many more.  His work has generated patents & has reached the market place through successfully launched products. Jared's work integrating technology into to the design process at frog design led to the honor of being named one of 4 frog fellows.


Jared is an evangelist and co-creator of the cable car based mass transport vision known as The Wire. He is also the Co-Director of the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee helping design and construct quality concrete and steel skateparks for Austin, TX.

For many years Jared directed the SXSW Interactive opening party which served as an outlet for both interactive installations and a collective social experiment hosting over 7000 guests. In 2012 his passion for sound visualization led to the honor of being the first to bring live fire onto the TED stage in his talk "Eyes Can Hear" and he was once a cowboy in 1867 for the PBS living history experience known as Texas Ranch House.


He speaks internationally as a creative technologist and futurist.


TED: Eyes Can Hear

TEDxKansasCity: We Were Promised Flying Cars

The Verge: The Other Singularity Report

Play & Make: Think by Making

Room/E: Walk Through

FOTB: Auto Vortex Cannon Segment

FITC: Eyes Can Hear, 5 Ways

PBS: Texas Ranch House

Articles & Interviews



FITC Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan, February 2014



Minneapolis, USA, November 2013


Frontiers of Interaction

Milan, Italy, October 2013


Whole Foods Future Search

Austin, Texas, October 2013


NXNE Interactive

Toronto, Canada, June 2013, 2011



Austin, Texas, February 2013, video


World Maker Faire

Queens, NY, September 2012, video



Austin, TX, November 2012



Toronto, Canada, October 2012


Make Zine, Maker Camp

Online, March 2012, video


SXSW Interactive

Austin, Texas, March 2012, audio


Spring Sessions

Graz, Austria, May 2012, 2011


MIT Media Lab

Boston, November 2011, video


Flash On The Beach

Brighton, England, September 2011, 2009


Microsoft MIX11 Keynote

Las Vegas, USA, April 2011



Minneapolis, USA, June 2010


FITC Toronto

Toronto, Canada, April 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009


Pecha Kucha

Austin, Texas  2009, video

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