Toronto, Canada [May 15, 2008] -- FITC returns to Chicago with two full days of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities, part of FITC Chicago ( at Chicago City Center Hotel & Sports Club, June 22 - 23, 2008. This is the second year for FITC Chicago, which includes a strong local contingent represented by Samuel Agesilas Pastel ( and Zack Stepek (, and sneak peeks of new unreleased technologies.

"We are excited to be returning to Chicago with a jam-packed program that covers the hottest trends in design and technology," says Shawn Pucknell, Director of FITC, producer of the event.

Richard Galvin, technical product manager for Flash at Adobe Systems (, kicks off FITC Chicago with a sneak peek at some of the new technologies currently in development at Adobe Systems. Entrepreneur Avi Muchnick follows with a first look at the tools currently in the Aviary ( product pipeline. Aviary, a new suite of sophisticated web applications for designers, 3D modelers, and artist of all genres, is one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted to be built in ActionScript 3.

Erik Natzke (, always a favourite at FITC events, wraps the day's presentations with a talk on his personal evolution as a designer working with technology. Named one of the Top 10 Young Designers by HOW Magazine, Natzke's commercial, as well as personal, works have received numerous awards within the fields of both design and advertising.

Other confirmed presenters include: Sean Koriakin (Imaginary Forces), James Paterson (,  Jon Ruppel (schematic), Jason Theodor (Critical Mass) and R. Blank (AlmerBlank)

Also on the schedule for FITC Chicago are two pre-event workshops on Sunday, June 22nd -- 'Building on AIR: Developing AIR Applications with Flex' and 'Papervision3D From the Core.' 'Building on AIR' will be presented by Zack Stepek, owner and founder of Crave Media Group (, an Interactive media consulting company located in Rockford, Illinois. Zack is manager and founder of the Stateline Macromedia User Group in Rockford and has distinguished himself as a valued member of the training staff at Chicago's Digital Bootcamp. Amsterdam-based Ralph Hauwert leads the Papervision3D workshop.

Workshops are only available to those delegates who have 'The Works" pass, or a 'Pre-Event Workshop' ticket.

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FITC Chicago Tickets:
FITC Chicago is open to anyone who works with or would like to know more about cutting-edge creative technologies -- whether Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, After-Effects, or a combination of these and other programs. Delegate passes range in price from $50 (USD) for a student pass to $300 for "The Works". Early Bird price in effect until Saturday, May 17, 2008. Go to for more information or to register.

FITC Chicago - Dates, Times and Location:
Sunday June 22 - Monday, June 23, 2008, 9:00 AM – 6 PM
Chicago City Center Hotel & Sports Club
300 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL

FITC Chicago Sponsors:
Adobe, Aquent, Ascend Training, Digital Bootcamp, Domani Studios, Jumpeye, and Modulous,

About FITC:
FITC ( is an international events management company serving the design and technology community with events designed to inspire, educate and challenge. The company's flagship event, FITC Toronto: The Design + Technology Festival is one of the largest and most important events of its kind, attracting participants from around the world. Other events include FITC Amsterdam, FITC Hollywood, and FITC Road Shows, a series of one-day conferences, which have visited cities across North America and will be coming to Asia in 2008.