[Speaker: Niki Selken] We live in a continually abstracted digital age. The ways in which people are learning and making within this economy, the SF Bay Area in particular, is changing rapidly. Along with formal design and tech focused MFA programs, code bootcamps, adult creative code learning programs, and high school code/making schools are proliferating. The problem with many of these programs is that they neglect the art and design elements of the process of learning and making. I will cover the insights and learnings of running a creative code immersive and artist incubator at Gray Area in San Francisco, CA. This view will be focused on ways of encouraging the development and showcase playful interactive artworks and games by artists in a community that is overflowing with for-profit games and app design.