Brit Cruise

This site is intended as a time capsule. It contains current & past research, experiments and multimedia projects. Contact me: britjcruise@gmail.com

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2016

I studied both Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario & McGill. In school I worked on various experimental films and thought about how we can (or can’t) predict the stock market. After school I spent some time in industry working on algorithm design.

In early 2011 I launched an educational series titled: Art of the Problem on Kickstarter. This lead to an ongoing web series: Artoftheproblem.

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I joined Khan Academy Jan 2012 – with 20 or so amazing people. I eventually developed lessons on Cryptography, Information TheoryScience Discoveries, Math Warmups and experimented with narrative driven challenges. I co-produced some lessons with content partners such NASAGoogle and Disney.

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The first ever annual meeting at Khan Academy (early 2012)

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Testing out interactive software in the classroom environment

I also worked as employee #1 at a handful of education startups (apartments), such as Codecademy and Mystery Science….

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Doing my “time” in the Mission District.

 

Starting in 2014  I co-created Pixar in a Box alongside Tony DeRose (short CBC interview or long Podcast) and a handful of others. This project is still in development through 2019. It is an initiative to create free interactive courses which demonstrate how concepts (math, science, art & storytelling) are used in the filmmaking process at Pixar. Think of it as an interactive “behind the scenes” experience for students both young and old.

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I had the pleasure of presenting this project at The Steve Jobs Theatre on Pixar’s campus with Tony in summer 2015. 

In 2017 I began an ongoing collaboration with IEEE to communicate the ideas behind groundbreaking papers from Information Theory in a simple way. It’s been a intellectual joy to work with the core team on this project (Matthieu Bloch, Michelle Effros, Christina Fragouli & Suhas Diggavi) the content is also reviewed by the original authors when possible.

In Jan 2017 I also started an investment fund to track the Cryptocurrency index (and blog about this process).

In 2018 I began work with on a new educational initiative focused on the technical & creative process behind Walt Disney Imagineering. This project will involve the same creative team behind Pixar in a Box (Tony DeRose, Elyse Klaidman, Josh Hollander, Peter Collingridge) as well as live on the Khan Academy platform.

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9 Responses to “Brit Cruise”

  1. adrian vedady Says:

    Hi Brit,

    Glad you enjoyed the show at last summer’s jazz fest in Montreal.

    Adrian

  2. Wakan Tanka Says:

    Many thanks for your great work. Keep on rocking.

  3. Brit el contenido de tus vídeos es genial, de los cursos que conozco en linea de ciencias de la computación, el de khan academy es el mejor hasta el momento. muchas gracias por tu aporte a la humanidad!

    saludos desde Pereira, Colombia

    Juan Rodriguez

  4. Hassan Haridy Says:

    Thank you for the computer science courses you have made on Khan Academy

  5. Are you ever going to make more tutorials on Khan Academy? It ended quite abruptly and I was really hungry for more.

    • Brit Cruise Says:

      That’s great to hear. I have been working on a few things both on and off KA. On Khan I’m building out the http://www.pixarinabox.com/ (I recommend you start with the storytelling module, I’m very proud of it) as well as an extension of this project in the near future which I’ll blog about in the fall. On my YouTube channel I did another CS series and soon I’ll be posting a 25min special on Bitcoin in a few days.

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