Ozbay excels in designing unique experiences and artifacts; using technology, electronics, code and robotics as a medium of art and expression. He is a multiple Midas Gold awards winner, Shorty awards finalist engineer/creative, who attended the Oscars in 2016 with his works; and musician / sound engineer with works that aired in festivals globally.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with Master's in Music and Technology (Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Music), he's the founder and CEO of Cryptee. A privacy focused, encrypted and secure storage service for photos, documents, files and notes.
Previously he worked for TBWA NY, McCann NY and Wieden + Kennedy NY. With clients like Microsoft, MasterCard, Accenture, Heineken, Coca-Cola, USPS, Delta Airlines, MGM Hotels and more. He was a founder of McCann's Creative Technology Lab. He has ideated, concepted, prototyped and created interactive, experiential, digital, outdoor, tv and online projects, ranging from interactive installations he made for the Oscars in 2016, to smart golf balls, from experiential brand presences in NYC Pride Parade to interactive parks in Las Vegas, viral online videos, microsites and more.
He's a fanatic participant of hackathons. Some notable ones are, Facebook Creative Hackathon in Menlo Park, CA, Google Home/Actions Hackathon in Google HQ, NY. Also organized and held engineering hackathons for Microsoft Cloud, Preventation of Excessive Alcohol Use, Fight Against the ZIKA virus with support from the global McCann Health network.
He also oversaw all aspects of the technology in Microsoft's global advertising production, from copy to art and concept to execution. Simplified the sophistications of technology products, and communicated to the end user to bridge the gap between technologists and creatives.
He's also a musician with multiple published albums, online music videos, and a world-wide audience reach. Heavily inspired and driven by minimal music, carrying rare Scandinavian melodies, Ozbay's music takes the listener through a mantric, atmospheric journey.
John's music explores the boundaries of a classical genre at the intersection of art, science and technology. Minimalist piano melodies combined with glitches, digital artifacts, strings, orchestral percussions, and atmospheric sustaining harmonics; John Ozbay's futuristic music can be categorized as an imaginary, fictional film score.