Jean-Louis Rivard founded MicroPublica to help visionary ideas communicate with the world using smart technology and exceptional creative media. It combines his deep experience in 2D/3D media production, software product development and involvement with international research missions, to create the best set of tools supporting niche publishing in a cross-platform digital format. He has a unique background in Creative Direction, Product Management and media production in Canada, Japan/Asia, US, North Africa and the Middle East, including senior account and client-relationship roles with top global clients including Deutsche Bank, EDS (US/UK), AT&T and Intel.
Jean-Louis is a co-author and illustrator of "City of Elephants", the launch title eBook and App of MicroPublica's first digital community FlatandJuicy. He was the Creative Director for the AT&T 3D web-browser "Pogo" that was beta launched in 2007/8, as a founding member of his first internet startup, and was a member of a research facility using Silicon Graphics 3D CGI visualization and VRML tools (with Onyx, Crimson & O2 boxes) for the federal government, which was the origin of the 3D technology of this startup. His exit provided a small amount of funding for MicroPublica, after AT&T made a significant investment in the company.
Jean-Louis is the Digital Media Producer of a 13 episode TV documentary series entitled "Wild Archaeology", entering production in July 2014 with PaleFox Pictures and Tilt Cinema/Faust Films with development and production funding provided by APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) and CMF (Canada Media Fund). He is the Director of Media & Technology for the University of Delaware / PCMA "Berenike Project" archaeological mission to the Red Sea coast of Egypt, which has been sponsored by National Geographic, USAID and NYU, and has been a team member and co-Director of the Eastern Desert Survey since 1999. Jean-Louis has worked with research missions in North Africa, the Middle-East, and Asia for more than 15 years, providing 2D/3D media and tech expertise for expedition mapping and media to missions in Italy, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia with the universities of Delaware, Georgia, Miami, Toledo, Warsaw, Leiden and Princeton.
Jean-Louis was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Design Medal for his R&D work on architectural technology, digital media and sensory perception in Tokyo, Japan as a research scholar with the Japanese Ministry of Education.
Jean-Louis has a Master’s degree from Waseda University, School of Science and Engineering in Tokyo, Japan, and was an honorary research fellow at Kyoto University in the Uchii Shozo Research Laboratory. He has a Bachelor of Architecture (Engineering/ES) degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
See a short list of Jean-Louis' recent publications.