Monte Michaelis is a creative director of product and experience. He helped net a Parent’s Choice Award at Emmy award-nominated agency Smashing Ideas, making games and interactive content for clients such as Disney, Nick, Hasbro, PBS, and Adult Swim. As an art director at EA/PopCap, Monte led all creative disciplines on the DICE award-winning casual hit, Plants vs Zombies 2. For over fifteen years, he was a senior lecturer at DigiPen Institute of Technology, a college for interactive media and video game development in Redmond, WA. Outside of games, Monte was a design leader on the HoloLens Experience Team at Microsoft and creative director of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Vision Labs. Monte is a senior leader in experience design at modern technology firm Slalom Build, working out of their New York City offices.