Director of Creative Tech, Thomas Wester Consulting
Thomas Wester is a technical innovator, leader, hands-on mentor and lost Dutchman. Ever curious and ever inquisitive, Thomas is at his best leading teams that are intensely collaborative and interdisciplinary. Thomas is a passionate leader, engineer and craftsman with 15+ years experience building compelling interactive experiences that cross digital and physical, creating responsive environments.
Thomas has worked in the creative services as a practitioner, entrepreneur, strategist and leader, continually rediscovering how the innovative use of technology in the design process can increase the creative potential of a team. He currently acts as an independent researcher and consultant in the evolution of design, technology and art seen through the lens of AR/VR/MR. Thomas premiered the first mixed reality experience at Sundance, led an artist research residency in collaboration with Eyebeam NYC, and created an immersive theatrical experience for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Prior to his work as a consultant, Thomas elevated the art of storytelling with Second Story. He went through three distinct career phases, most recently as an Executive Technical Director. Thomas established the integrated design and technology practice, creating a culture of curiosity, exploration and collaboration between design and tech which resulted in widely recognized, lasting and award winning projects.
Thomas was born in the Netherlands, raised in Papua New Guinea, and went on to live and work in Utrecht, Amsterdam, London and Portland. This makes him bilingual (Dutch/English), and gives him a global mindset.