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Atul Varma
Current location
Brooklyn, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
201514, Project Resident

Atul Varma is a design-driver engineer that enjoys building bridges of understanding between humans and machines. Varma likes to construct metaphors people can relate to and uses them to explain technology in a way that liberates, excites, and empowers.

As a Processing Fellow in 2016, Varma created a p5.js-widget, a tool for educators to embed interactive p5 sketches in their learning content. He also improved the error feedback of p5.js to help novice coders.

Varma researched and prototyped using TypeScript, a strongly-typed superset of JavaScript, to provide helpful feedback to novice coders. He also aided in research and advised on the opportunities for making Processing and p5.js accessible to individuals with visual impairments.



Eyebeam Project Resident (2015 – 2016):


Minicade (2014 – 2015)

In collaboration with Chloe Varelidi, they designed Minicade.

Game Jams are events in which small teams of individuals create tiny games over a short period of time. Unfortunately, it can be hard for newcomers to make their first game; it can also be difficult to showcase the final output of the event.

Minicade attempts to solve these problems by allowing anyone to use their Web-based tool of choice to create their game and add it to a “playlist” of mini-games that can be played as one giant game. Additionally, it consists of the Minigame Maker, which is a mobile-friendly way to create such games using a simple block-based visual programming language, and subsequently “level up” by examining the generated HTML5 source code of their game and tinkering with it.



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