Drue Kataoka, In Brief
Drue Kataoka is a top innovation and creativity speaker, artist, technologist, and the founder and CEO of Drue Kataoka Studios. Drue’s story of building a thriving practice spanning art, technology and creativity, right in the heart of Silicon Valley, is both inspirational and insightful. 4-time speaker in Davos. Named a Young Global Leader & a Cultural Leader by the World Economic Forum. Recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research & Education Institute Award for her social activism & impact. Covered by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Fox News, Telemundo, Wired, Barrons, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle and others.
Why Drue Katoaka?
A woman at the intersection of tech & creativity, Drue delivers a high-energy keynote experience that lets you discover your inner creative powers & imagination, regardless of your background or the nature of your work. Drue effectively brings together left & right brain with the latest tech trends in a compelling narrative, weaving in actionable insights. One of the very few 4-time cultural speakers at the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Drue’s sessions have consistently delighted and inspired global audiences. Among the few successful women in contemporary art (a field dominated by men, despite the fact that the majority of art school graduates are women), Drue’s story of building a thriving art practice spanning technology and art, right in the heart of Silicon Valley, is both inspirational and insightful.
About Speaker Drue Kataoka
Drue Kataoka is an artist-technologist-activist & CEO of Drue Kataoka Art Studios. Creating in both material art genres such as steel sculpture and painting as well as new technologies such as virtual reality, she is known for her interactive and reflective visual mazes and experiences, which distort the perception of space-time. Her relativistic artwork Up! was featured in the first zero gravity art exhibit at the International Space Station. She is Artist in Residence at Google and is part of Facebook’s Oculus Launchpad, and her distinctive Virtual Reality creations have been widely featured around the world.
Named a Young Global Leader & Cultural Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Drue presented a solo exhibition at the WEF in Davos and has presented at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. She is currently a member of the WEF’s 2018 Steering Committee on VR/AR/AI for the Creative Economy and is a contributing author to the book Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Drue has been invited to speak in Tokyo, New York, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Oslo, Ulaanbaatar, Abu Dhabi, Yangon, Beijing, Geneva, Puerto Vallarta and more for multiple organizations, corporations and governments.
The tragic events of 9-11 provoked Drue to endow a youth scholarship through the sale of one of her artworks. Since 2001, 24 recipients have benefitted from The Rotary Drue Kataoka Art Scholarship.
Drue’s art has been featured on CNN, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, CNBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, NY1, Telemundo, Barrons, Wired, Blackbook, Gentry and others. Graduate of Stanford University. Recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute Award for her extensive social impact work.