Hackfort 2020 Preview


Get your nerd on with Melodysheep, Kathleen Cohen, and Chad Rea at Hackfort 2020!

Hackfort will take place Friday and Saturday of Treefort 2020 (March 25th-29th). Hackfort passes are on sale now and will gain you priority access to events! Admission to Hackfort is also included in a Treefort pass.

Learn more about Hackfort 2020’s headliners below.


( amber mountain studios / owner )
Melodysheep is John D. Boswell, a filmmaker, composer, and editor from the Pacific Northwest. His work spans from television and music production to viral remixes and mashups, and has drawn over 100 million views online.

Most recently, Melodysheep created the 8 part series ORIGINS for National Geographic, and has done extensive work with Disney, PBS, and many other collaborators. A TED guest and Webby Award winner, he strives to evoke a sense of awe with his work by celebrating the musicality of life, nature, and pop culture.





( experience strategist – digital twins / virtual beings, the collaboratorium )
Kathleen Cohen is an XR immersive designer and experience strategist with over 20+ years building both user and guest experiences. Kathleen’s background includes working as a Creative, as well as a Producer/Sr. Producer for DreamWorks Interactive, IBM Centers for Innovation and Disney Parks & Resorts Online. Kathleen also had a brief 4-year stint in civic engagement as the Vice President of Digital Innovation & Integration for the National Constitution Center, helping to tell the contemporary story of our Constitution.

Currently, Kathleen’s consultancy, the Collaboratorium focuses on immersive, disruptive and exponential tech, AI/ML, XR and spatial computing projects as it relates to virtual humans, as well as themed attractions, LBE, gaming, product development and future storytelling narratives. Her interest is the near future of man+machine and the humanist potential, perspective and transformation that parallels it.




( independent creative consultant / mentor )
Chad Rea has created influential advertising and design for more than 170 brands, including Target, Google, Nike, Mountain Dew, MTV, and ESPN X Games. When he’s not building brands, he helps build internal creative departments, coaches young creatives, and creates social impact art from Austin, Texas.

Chad will show you how to think differently about effectively branding and marketing your business or organization while learning from industry examples and actionable insights, as well as implementing new processes to help solve your current challenges in a supportive and collaborative environment.