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John Harrison is musician, electrical/computer engineer, and new media artist. Currently he serves as Concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and Chicago Chamber Orchestra. He is also the co-founder and technical lead/programmer for Snappy Kids, a proprietorship which builds clinical mobile apps for kids with anger, social, and behaviorial issues. John is also the inventor and sole proprietor of Filimin, interactive lights that connect you with those you love, no matter where they are in the world, with a simple touch.

Previously, John was a full-time Engineering Educator at Wichita State University's (WSU) College of Engineering. He has also worked as an Electrical and Computer Engineer at PWI Inc, served as Director of WSU's Center for Research in Arts, Technology, Education, and Learning (CRATEL) and was a tenured Associate Professor of Violin at Wichita State University's School of Music.

A founder of Wichita's new media artist collective Hack.Art.Lab, John has created and installed new media art in such places as Wichita, Kansas City, Richmond VA, Weimar Germany and Sao Paulo Brazil. Recent installations include Touch #1 and Touch #2, both inspired by the playfulness he witnessed in seeing the joy low-functioning autistic children found in immersive environments. John also helped found and currently serves as Vice President of MakeICT, Wichita's first Makerspace.

Recently, John's invention Filimin was successfully funded on Kickstarter. Filimins are Wi-Fi enabled touch lights that connect families and loved ones simply and without words. Each member of the family places their Filimin in a warm place in their home or office. When one member is thinking of the family, they can touch their Filimin. Everybody's Filimin will light, regardless of where they are in the world. The family knows that they are in someone's thoughts. John is currently accepting preorders for Filimins; they will be manufactured and shipped in time for the holidays this 2015 season.

John also continues his activities as a violinist. He has recorded for Koch International Classics and New World Records and has been broadcast internationally on Public Radio International. As First Violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet, his touring and performance schedule included internationally televised and recorded concerts. He has also performed as First Violin of the Amernet String Quartet, first-prize winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

As a violin soloist, John has performed with orchestras in major cities internationally. His former leadership positions include Concertmaster of The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and The Vermont Symphony Orchestra. He was also a regular substitute member of The Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Boston Pops Orchestra. His recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons has been featured as one of the best sounds available on the English Wikipedia.

John is also an active teacher of technology, having led classes in programming and electronic audio and video at various middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the region. He pursued his undergraduate degrees at Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music (BM: Violin Performance), as well as Case Western Reserve University and University of Rochester (BS: Computer Science). He holds a Master's Degree in Media Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he pursued graduate research at the MIT Media Lab.