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Robert Gelman is an author, editor, musician, interactive media developer, and producer of large events, including conferences, tradeshows, and festivals. He has also held senior marketing positions and consultancies with leading publishing and software companies.

As a conference/tradeshow professional, he has held senior positions with Cahners Exposition Group, Miller Freeman Expositions, and Ambit International, as well as consulting contracts with IDG World Expo, Key3Media, CMP Events, Advanstar, and others.

He was the co-founder and producer of the seminal CyberArts International Conferences and Festivals, producer of the Digital Be-In and many other unique events in the art/technology realm. Early in his career he spent a year on the road as a technician with Cirque du Soleil.

Gelman has served as a judge for the Global Information Infrastructure Awards, and was named a “Seybold Fellow” by the Seybold Conference and Publishing organization. He is a member of the advisory boards of YLEM, the association for art and technology; Computers & You, the inner-city learning center for the underprivileged; and was instrumental in the establishment of The Northwest Cyberartists (Seattle).

His company, BG & Associates was launched in the early 1990s, and was the provider of audio and text-based content for companies such as Mindscape Entertainment, Disney, Electronic Arts, and America Online. In partnership with Verbum, Inc, he was Senior Internet producer for their Studio-V web development team and other web-based ventures, such as Radio-V .  He was also affiliated with Thomas Dolby Robertson’s Beatnik, Inc. where he produced original online content, and evangelizes the Internet industry on interactive audio technology.

His writings appear in publications such as Keyboard and The San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, and the Verbum Journal. He served as contributing editor to InterActivity Magazine and contributed regularly to its sister publication, Music & Computers.  He is also the main author of the   book, “Protecting Yourself Online” (HarperCollins) in conjunction with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

His educational background includes four years at California State University, Northridge and additional studies at UCLA, majoring in Business Administration, minoring in Music.