Spencer Striker is the founding Creative Lead/Producer of Galxyz Inc.; founder of the four-time Webby Award winning game media studio, GameZombie TV; co-founder of the Media Arts & Game Development program at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater; and a PhD in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Spencer is a proven, award-winning creative director and executive producer of cutting-edge multimedia that synthesizes new media production, social media optimization, and the new web.
Digital Media Focus New Media Production, Social Media Optimization, Entrepreneurship, Team Building, Project Development; Leadership; the future of Multimedia—including Mobile, Interactive, TV, and Web Video
Digital Media Prof at the American University in Dubai
Founding Creative Director of the hot new ed tech startup, Galxyz
Founder of the four-time Webby Award winning original series, GameZombie.tv
Co-Founder of the Media Arts & Game Development program at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, uww.edu/games
PhD in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison
Education PhD, Digital Media
University of Wisconsin at Madison
M.S., Telecommunications, Indiana University at Bloomington
B.S., Radio-TV-Film B.A., History University of Texas at Austin Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Bio I grew up primarily in New England--between Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts--and spent some of my youth in Southern California and Europe. I completed high school in Chicago, and received highest honors degrees in History and Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, I lived in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Brazil, a journey that resulted in the novels, Fury & Redemption and Bad Blood Born. In the fall of 2006, I entered the Telecommunications Program at Indiana University at Bloomington. My thesis project was the four-time Webby Award winning original series, GameZombie TV.
In the Fall of 2009, I expanded GZ to the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and co-founded the Media Arts & Game Development Program. Simultaneously, I completed a PhD in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, defending my dissertation on October 24, 2012. I moved to Silicon Valley in 2013 and became Founding Creative Director for an exciting new digital media & learning startup in Mountain View, CA called Galxyz. Worked hard to quarterback the building of a revolutionary next gen learning product/service--backed by Relay Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and the Emerson Collective--currently taking the edtech world by storm. In the Fall of 2015, I began yet another adventure when I accepted a position as a professor of Digital Media at the American University in Dubai--where I'm thrilled to study, teach, and produce digital media and technology in one of the most innovative, entrepreneurial, and progressive cities of the 21st century.
Selected Web Awards & Distinctions 2010 Webby Award 2010 People’s Voice Webby Award 4th Annual Digital Media & Learning Competition - Finalist 2010 Mashable Award, Finalist - Best Web Video 2010 Davey Silver Award 2009 Webby Honoree Award 2008 Webby Honoree Award