It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Red Burns on Friday, August 23, 2013. Red was an instrumental advisor during the early days of the World Science Festival in 2008. Founder and Chair of the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), her continued support and service on the World Science Festival’s Board of Advisors inspired innovative programming including the immensely popular Science Hack Day at the 2013 Festival. She leaves behind an inspiring legacy of leadership, dedication, and innovation.
Red Burns was an entrepreneur, inventor, and pioneer of alternative media. She was the founder and chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University’s Tisch School of Art in New York City, a creative home to more than 200 students, who are joined by some of the technology industry’s top practitioners in their search for ever more creative ways of bringing digital and interactive media to a variety of audiences. Her work has been honored with many awards, including the 2002 Chrysler Design Award and the 1998 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology. She was honored as Design Patron at the National Design Awards by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in October 2012 and was an honoree at the Exploratorium’s 32nd Annual Awards Dinner honoring Women in Science.
A dedicated educator and sought-after consultant on new media, Burns was a founding member of the Media Lab Europe Board and the Board of Directors of the New York Media Association. She was named one of Newsweek’s “50 for the Future” and one of Silicon Alley Reporter’s “100 Top Internet Industry Executives in New York.”
NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) is collecting stories and memories of Red Burns here.