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Producer, Media Executive, Award Winning Storyteller
Adaora Udoji produces and manages media at the intersection of emerging technology. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU, the Tisch School, Interactive Telecommunications Program and an award winning storyteller who produces film, video, virtual reality and augmented reality media.
Alejandra Rojas is an architect, designer and artist. She’s currently working on a multi-use, ground up building in NYC. Previously, she has worked for architectural studios in Toronto and London.
Creative Director at Agile lens
Alex is a strong advocate of using VR beyond simple presentations and takes a holistic approach to VR's capabilities throughout the design process. Currently his company is focused on developing new tools and experiences for VR, MR & WebVR.
Laura Jeffords Greenberg
Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Littlstar
Laura Jeffords Greenberg is the Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Littlstar, the leading global platform dedicated to immersive virtual reality and 360° content. She manages and oversees the company’s legal department, advising the company on international content acquisition and distribution, development and licensing of software and applications, and business operations.
Director at IDEA New Rochelle
Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist, creative director, and organizer who develops cultural communities at the intersection of art, technology, and advocacy.
Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre
Ana is the Chief Digital Officer of the CFC and Founder of CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned and award-winning institute for interactive storytelling created in 1997. Ana is driving the digital transformation of the CFC into a unique blend of talent, product and company accelerator and creative production house.
Founder at Roundhill VR
Andrew Asnes is a producer and entrepreneur. His career in the arts began as a dancer in The Paul Taylor Dance Company, stint with Twyla Tharp Dance and was followed by performing in touring and Broadway shows. Round Hill VR's 360º video clients include CBS, The Tony Awards, Hamilton: An American Musical, The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Futurism and Knotel.
Filmmaker and Director of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark
Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions, and the Crowdfunding Director at Seed&Spark. Her work, a collection of short films, a web series, and two feature films, has gained a large online following through multiple crowdfunding campaigns.
Founder at Friends With Holograms
Cortney Harding is a professor, author, and the founder of Friends With Holograms, an agency that helps brands, advertisers, and entertainment companies understand VR and other emerging technologies.
Faculty Member at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
Danya Glabau is a Core Faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Her ongoing research and writing programs examine healthcare activism, the Anthropocene body, and the social and political contexts surrounding the emergence of the VR industry. She also co-founded a feminist VR collaboration called Practically In Person in 2016.
Senior Developer & Evangelist at HTC
Dario is a software entrepreneur, consultant, instructor, mentor with expertise in VR and mobile technologies. Software architect with design experience in the enterprise, desktop and embedded/mobile areas focusing on VR
Co-founder at HamletVR
David Gochfeld creates performance experiences at the intersection of the real and virtual, drawing on classical and contemporary theatrical techniques as well as interaction design and creative technology. He is currently working with live performance in virtual reality in To Be With Hamlet (hamletvr.org), and in ongoing research at NYU's Future Reality Lab.
Founder at Object Normal
David is an artist, animator and creative coder based in NYC.
Co-founder at Datavized
Debra is an entrepreneur with expertise in digital media, impact strategy, communications and storytelling. She is specialized in data-driven and researched based approaches to immersive experiences. An innovator and pioneer, in 2015 she completed post-production on her first Virtual Reality documentary "In\Formation". In 2016, she founded Datavized Technologies, a WebVR start-up in NYC focused on building a data-driven platform for the 3D Web.
Co-Founder/COO & Commercial Director at SpaceoutVR, Inc
As Co-Founder, COO & Commercial Director, Dennis’ role is to define, strategize, structure, commercialize, focus on corporate and capital formation of SpaceoutVR, Inc. Other core functions are focused on User Acquisition, Marking communications, and advertising. Dennis is a 20 year Experienced Digital Marketing and Media Executive.
NYVR, Co-founder at The Glimpse Group
Parsons, Thoughtworks, Volumetric Society of NY
Ellen Pearlman, PhD premiered "Noor", the world's first interactive immersive brain wave opera in a 360 degree theater in Hong Kong. She is Director of the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency, President of Art-A-Hack (TM), Director and Curator of the Volumetric Society of New York, and a Fulbright World Learning Specialist. Ellen is on faculty at Parsons/New School University, and will be special guest faculty at Leipaja Univeristy in Latvia, designing that university's new master's program in digital Media.
Founder at Cinehackers
Elli Raynai is the founder and head content creator at Cinehackers. He has over 20 years of experience in writing, producing, and directing independent projects. In 2014, his passion for art and technology led him to explore the possibilities of creating cinematic experiences in virtual reality. To date he has directed, written, and produced two features, seven short films, and four VR experiences.
Manager of New Media Content at American Museum of Natural History
Erin Chapman is the Manager of New Media Content at the American Museum of Natural History, where she ’s never had a bad day at work. In a former life, she was a multimedia reporter, interactive game producer, zine editor, and Emmy-nominated journalist.
Artist & Founder at Hutong Games
Erin Ko is a visual artist from the United States. She combines traditional art making methods with new media tools to address our complicated love/hate relationship with technology. She is classically trained and has worked in video games and new media. She is the co-founder of Hutong Games.
Founder at Atlas5
Creative Director & Senior Advisor at United Nations
Gabo Arora is a Creative Director & Senior Advisor at the United Nations; Founder & President of LightShed, a virtual reality and social impact start-up; and an award-winning filmmaker represented by Within/Vrse.works. His work focuses on new technologies that promote social causes and make decision-making processes more inclusive.
VR Creator at SEAing Breath
hannes bend recently developed one of the first virtual reality (VR) programs with heart rate biofeedback, with researchers while artist-in-residence at the Institute of Neuroscience and Quantum Physics Alemán Lab, at the University of Oregon from 2014-2016.
Co-founder at EEVO
Harris is one of the co-founders of EEVO where he currently serves as head of creator relations and sales. Prior to EEVO, he spent time working for film production and digital media companies like Red Granite Pictures, WWE, and Davis Entertainment. Harris loves interfacing with VR filmmakers to help them bring their creative vision to fruition.
Heidi J. Boisvert
Director at Future Perfect Lab
Heidi is a new media artist, experience designer, creative technologist, researcher and writer. She founded and serve as the CEO and Creative Director of the futurePerfect lab, a boutique creative agency that works with non-profits, cultural and educational institutions to develop imaginative and playful applications of integrated media and emerging technology.
Howard Olah Reiken
President at Preferred App Consulting
Howard has over 25 years software engineering experience, holding BS and MS degrees in Computer Science. He is a long-standing member of Augmented Reality New York, New York Virtual Reality, and the VR/AR Association, where he serves on the Enterprise committee.
CEO at Aquinas Training
Hugh runs a software company that makes training reinforcement platforms, with special focus on Augmented and Virtual Reality, and has been really active in developing the community in the NYC area, including hackathons (check out the upcoming NYC VR Hackathon!), Meetups, and the NYVR Expo.
Founder at Hubneo
The Hubneo VR Lab in Manhattan, NY provides a space for people to immerse themselves in virtual worlds using state of the art VR equipment and unique motion simulation systems. These interconnected simulation systems allow for an unparalleled level of VR immersion, while facilitating maximum levels of collaboration, social interaction and healthy competition between gamers.
Associate Professor at NYU
Professor Tchen is the founding director of the Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Studies Program and Institute at New York University and part of the original founding faculty of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU. He co-founded the Museum of Chinese in America in 1979-80 where he continues to serve as senior historian.
VR Director at AMNH
I create impactful and visually engaging documentaries, video series, virtual reality, and animated films. My background is in video series development, 360/VR, art direction, video journalism, projection-mapping video installations, film direction, motion-graphics, animation, music videos, and film editing.
Executive Producer at Two goats
Johanna Salazar is Executive Producer and Partner at Two Goats VR. With over 17 years of experience in TV Production, Content Strategy and Format Development, she has a history of launching Linear and Digital networks for US and Global Audiences.
Adjunct Instructor at NYU
I am a storyteller working with new technology & interactivity. That means I ride a Tricycle: 1) I have a background in Writing linear stories : both books and screenplays (HBO / Film Independent screenwriting fellowship). 2) & how this meets Visual storytelling:I am a Director, Cinematographer & Editor (Shorts, Fashion, and Music Videos). 3) & (last but not least) Game Design & Interactivity: I Program.
Director , Co-found at Mythologi
Fascinated by the subjects of informatics, big data, the parsing of information in communication architectures, and interface design, his focus in the projects undertaken by mythologi, becomes an exploration of the depths of immediate experience as the intersection of constructed dichotomies: of time and place, of memory and imagined futures.
Li is an Architect and programmer whom is specialised in generative design, visual computing and robotic fabrication. He received his master of architecture degree from Architectural Association, Design Research Lab. His thesis project “Growing Systems” from Shajay Bhooshan Studio is a research on additive manufacturing in architecture scale with integration of responsive industrial robots, regrading construction process and material as programmable matters to create new topology of inhabitable space.
Founder and CEO at Jump Into the Light & JIVR Fest
Michael has an entrepreneurial background in software development, music and art. He has owned a Street Art Gallery in Berlin, designed skateboards, worked as an audio engineer at the biggest hip hop studios in NYC and developed data systems for clients such as Planned Parenthood, Gucci and About.com. He has travelled extensively, including 17 trips to India in search of enlightenment.
Co-founder at The BodyVR
Mo cofounded The Body VR in 2015, where he leads all product and development efforts. The Body VR is revolutionizing healthcare through virtual reality. As an award-winning healthcare VR company with established proprietary technology, The Body VR allow students and professionals to interact with the human body in real-world healthcare scenarios.
Co-founder at Emoshape Inc
Patrick develop a technology able to understand and communicate with the human emotional spectrum to achieve a positive singularity. Empower a machine that can not only respond to human emotions and be emotionally intelligent, but feel it's own emotional states will completely change the face of technological development as we know it.
Founder at Blurred Media
Philip A. Sanchez is the founder and VR/360° video producer of Blurred Media, a creative shop dedicated to supporting independent artists. Previously, Philip served as the Associate Director of Philanthropic Investments at Time Warner Inc.’s Office of Corporate Responsibility. He served on the board of the nonprofit Native Americans in Philanthropy from 2008 to 2014 and is currently on the advisory board of UNRESERVED American Indian Fashion and Art Alliance.
Priam Givord has been teaching, experimenting and working with videogame engines and real-time 3D graphics for over 15 years.
Founder at Two Goats
Richard is founder of Two Goats, an Immersive Creators Studio, focused on creating AR/MR/VR content and experiences for lifestyle and entertainment brands. Over the past three years, the Two Goats team of leading creative and technology specialists have created over 45 - VR 360 experiences. Two Goats offers the following services: creative strategy, content development, production and distribution.
Professor at Penn State University
Richard Doyle, PhD, is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor at Penn State University, where he has taught since 1993. Ever since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler at age twelve, Doyle has been on a scholarly and personal quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture and consciousness.
Head of Hospitality & Tourism at YouVisit
Richard writes and speaks on the effects of immersive media. He helps content creators understand how users engage with VR/AR/MR experiences so they can create ethical, responsible content to enhance people’s lives. Richard spent the last 2 years working for NY's biggest VR company, YouVisit, creating amazing and successful VR campaigns in the travel industry.
Marketing, Sales & VR Filmmaker at Suometry
Samuel works in the marketing and content side of Suometry, a Montreal-based 360 3D VR startup that boasts the fastest 3D 360 streaming solutions. His involvement in the technology, production and post-production pipeline continues to inform him of the possibilities of the medium for immersive entertainment.
Content Creator, Chief Creative Director & Founder at little GIANT Wolf & To The Metaverse & Beyond
Skye Von is a VR content creator based in NYC. Her work spans from editorial to commercial to journalistic experiences created with her won production company little GIANT Wolf and companies such as Koncept VR and Google for such publications as The Wall Street Journal and Condé Nast Traveler, and such clients as Bausch & Lomb. Skye also teaches VR documentary and narrative filmmaking at The New York Film Academy in NYC.
Founder at Jump Into the Light & JIVR Fest
Sky Rolnick is a PhD Particle Physicst and Co-founder of Jump into the Light. He began working in Virtual Reality back in 2013 developing 360 degree camera prototypes. Since then, he has started his own media production company, and been involved in producing VR content for several large events.
Founder at Lumiere VR
Travis co-founded LumiereVR with the determination to bring empathetic cinema to life through Virtual Reality. He uses his background in computer science to build tools and softwares that empower and challenge filmmakers to explore new depths with this new medium.
Creative Director at Iris VR
Tyler works with an interdisciplinary team of designers, developers, architects, creators and more to build Virtual Reality software for the architecture, engineering and construction industries. Tyler will draw on his experience as a former VR designer at Framestore, UX designer at Samsung, and architectural designer at Diller Scofidio & Renfro. He is also on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts, teaching immersive design.
Founder at ANNY
Founder / Executive Director of Animation Nights New York. Animation Nights New York is a monthly curated screening event and annual festival presenting Animated Short Films and Virtual Reality Animation Experiences from all over the world. Yvonne is also an independent animator at eyesnare inc and a NY correspondent for the UK/US based blog/podcast Animation For Adults.
Co-founder at Retinad
Alexander is the CEO at Retinad — the leading virtual reality analytics platform. What does that mean? Analytics are equivalent to the modern compass for VR pioneers; helping filmmakers, creatives and brands define, shape and mould beautiful VR content.
Founder at Tumble & Yaw
Originally from the Netherlands, Albert Leusink is a NYC based recording- editing- and mixing engineer with more than 20 years of experience in all facets of the media landscape: Music, Advertising, Radio, Television and Film.
M!NT aka Cody Yozipovic is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist composer & music producer that now resides in Brooklyn, NY by way of Denver, CO.
Digital Officer at French Embassy in NY
As Digital Officer of the French Embassy, Daphné Lora builds bridges between the French and American VR/AR/MR creative communities by originating and supporting initiatives to develop cross-border professional networks and business opportunities. She is also running the French-American Creative Lab, an exchange program for entrepreneurs from the cultural and creative industries.
Founder & Director at NY Video Games Critics Circle
Harold Goldberg writes for the Washington Post, The New York Times, Playboy and elsewhere. He is the founder of the NY Videogame Critics Circle and is Editor in Chief at NYGameCritics.com. He's been featured on the BBC, National Geographic Channel, Spike TV, and was been NPR's game historian. He's the author of All Your Base Are Belong to Us, How 50 Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture (Random House).
Director at Future Reality Lab
Ken Perlin, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University, directs the Future Reality Lab, and is a participating faculty member at NYU MAGNET. His research interests include future reality, graphics and animation, user interfaces and education. He is chief scientist at Tactonic Technologies and Holojam Inc, and is an advisor for High Fidelity. He received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, which are widely used in feature films and television, as well as the 2008 ACM/SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the TrapCode award for achievement in computer graphics research, the NYC Mayor's award for excellence in Science and Technology and the Sokol award for outstanding Science faculty at NYU, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.
Founder at Holojam
CEO of Holojam, a platform that makes it easy to share augmented and virtual reality content within a group or to a live audience. Background in technology and location based entertainment. Recognized as a leader in marketing and innovation by publications including Entrepreneur, Forbes, Mashable, and Techcrunch.
Sound Engineer and Manager at Society for Arts and Technology
Mourad has been working in sound for almost 15 years and is a sound designer specialized in immersive environments and interaction. Active on the Montreal electronic scene under the name of Famelik, and co-founder of the label Unlog he also composed original soundtracks for films and VR projects such as the immersive horror film Patterns by Pierre Friquet (Immersion Award - FNC Explore 2016). He collaborates on a regular basis with the french scenographer Aurélien Lafargue on creations that blend video mapping, immersive audio and interactive devices. He is currently project manager and and trainer for the immersive department of the Society for Arts and Technology.
Founder at Moar Technologies
Stewart is a lucky guy who gets paid to invent fun things. He recently founded Moar, a consultancy to help brands and agencies better conceptualize virtual reality experiences. Stewart loves strategy and has worked with renowned hybrid studios like Google’s Data Arts Team and Creative Lab, and has won top industry awards like the Cannes Gold Lion. What really makes him happy is partnering with smart friends to take on the impossible—or ridiculous.His work’s been exhibited in various museums and publications and he’s taught grad courses mixing code and design.
Founder at Silvr
Robin Shore is an Emmy award winning Sound Designer and Re-recording mixer. He is a partner at Silver Sound, a boutique post-production facility in New York City. He has created and mixed sounds for films, television shows, video games, podcasts, museum exhibits, art installations and many other forms of media. In 2015 Robin and his colleagues at Silver Sound started SilVR, a new company focused on providing creative sound services for cinematic VR and 360 videos.
Founder at ReVRie
Diamond Way Buddhist Center
In pursuit of answers to life’s and nature’s deepest questions, Sasha studied sciences and received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. However, true insights came when he experienced the power of mind directly. Having met the teacher and turning to meditation in 2001, he never looked back. At the request of his teacher, Sasha guides meditation retreats and gives lectures about Buddhism and meditation. He was a Chief Risk Officer of a large financial company. Today he is building a fintech start-up in NYC, where he lives with his wife and son
Madhusudhan better known as Mad is determined, workaholic, Taurus man born on 15th May. He is a Kayakalpa & Kundalini yogi since 15 years trained under his Guru Vethathiri Maharishi and attained the Brahm Gyan. But there is something more added to the formation of MYSTICS. He is the beast of burden, a Director. Virtual Reality is what excites him the most as this technology lets him explore his whole artistic power of Live Stage Plays, Choreography, his experience of handling the set, sound & lighting, and his treatment of Direction skills, making it as a story living experience for the viewer. As a technician, he likes to challenge himself and keeps mastering his Filmmaking technique by adapting new technologies of storytelling.