VRS 2016

Called “the most substantive VR event in years,” VRS 2016 featured top industry thought leaders, investors and executives.

VRS 2016 featured hundreds of CEOs, CMOs, CTOs, and global investors at the two-day event that attendees have called “a career-changing experience.”

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Agenda

Pre-Conference


Keynote Conversation

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    Kim Cooper

    A leading creative executive in design and entertainment, Kimberly Cooper co-founded Prologue Immersive with Kyle Cooper in 2015. Under Kim’s guidance Prologue Immersive has developed groundbreaking techniques in storytelling, design and technology. In addition to her invaluable creative influence, Kim personally supervises all in-house production.

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    Jim Chabin

    Jim Chabin is a leading authority on television, cinematic and theatrical productions. As Founder and President of the Advanced Imaging Society/The VR Society, Jim leads a global industry group tasked with providing hands-on seminars and recommendations for best practices to improve VR.

Re-imagining Live Entertainment in VR

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    Geoff Brim

    Vice President, B2B Innovation, Architecture @ Deutsche Telekom. Focusing on innovative telecommunication architectures to support nextgeneration telcom requirements, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality communications, Robotics and AI.

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    Tom Impallomeni

    Tom Impallomeni is CEO of Virtually Live, which recreates the magic of live sports for fans around the world using virtual reality. Having started his professional career as a Corporate Finance advisor for PwC, Tom moved to senior management positions at a number of high growth tech businesses.

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    Facundo Diaz

    Facundo Martin Diaz is CEO of VRTIFY, the world’s first VR Music platform. Before that, he has founded several Digital Startups and has created the “Exponential MindProgram,” a methodology that still helps companies and entrepreneurs to scale their business 10X bigger and faster applying Startups principles and taking advantage of digital disruption.

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    Tracy Swedlow

    Tracy Swedlow is the co-founder and CEO of TMRW Corp., the parent company that owns InteractiveTV Today and the TV of Tomorrow. Tracy’s writing has appeared in many leading newspapers and trade publications over the years including the New York Times, the San Francisco Examiner, PC World, Multimedia World and VR World.

Achieving Higher Engagement in VR Games

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    Margaret Wallace

    Margaret Wallace is Chief Executive Officer of Playmatics, award-winning creators of digital and real-world games, products and other interactive experiences. She was named one of Forbes “12 Womenin Gaming to Watch” and, in 2014, Wallace was highlighted by Fortune as one of “10 Powerful Women in Video Games.“

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    Nicole Lazzaro

    Nicole Lazzaro is the Founder and CEO of XEODesign. She is a world-renowned game developer and speaker who pioneered measuring emotions on players’ faces. She designed the first iPhone game and now she is the lead engineer for “Follow the White Rabbit” a VR Mystery Adventure™ from her new company, XEOPLAY.

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    Rita Turkowski

    Rita Turkowski is the managing editor for Gaming Business Review, focused on graphics and VR related technology, having joined GBR as an advisor in January, 2015. From April 2013 to January 2015, Rita was employed by AMD as a gaming marketing manager in their embedded products division.

From LA to Silicon Valley to Shanghai: The New Hollywood Rulebook

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    Eric Shamlin

    Eric Shamlin is Managing Director & Executive Producer of Secret Location, the content studio for emerging platforms based in Toronto and Los Angeles. Secret Location won the first Emmy awarded to a VR production for Sleepy Hollow: A VR Experience. Shamlin’s resume also includes stints at Apple, Blitz Digital Agency and creative agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

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    Tom Sanocki

    Tom Sanocki is Founder and CEO of Limitless Ltd, an innovative, new company with patented-technology enabling content developers to create interactive, animated characters that respond to voice, gestures, gaze and more. Prior to foinding Limitless, Tom spent eleven years as a Character Lead at Pixar, where he built characters & technology on films from Finding Nemo through Good Dinosaur, filed five patents, and won a VES award for Mater in Cars.

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    Peter Dong

    Aihui (Peter) Dong is the CEO of VRision Film, and works as a VR cinematic content producer and creator based in Beijing, China. Aihui has produced more than 20 VR cinematic and commercial projects and frequently lectures and presents in China, including at the Beijing Film Festival, Riandance, Beijing Film Academy, Shanghai Film Festival and China International Film Industry Congress.

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    Don Levy

    Don Levy is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California and a thought-leader on the frontline of Hollywood’s digital transformation. Don is a former senior marketing executive at Sony, where he successfully spearheaded and implemented several high-profile initiatives across complex global businesses in the competitive and fast-paced media, entertainment and technology industry.

Perspectives on the VR Camera Market 2020

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    Tim Milliron

    Tim Milliron is Vice President of Engineering at Lytro, where he leverages his broad experience in computer graphics and cloud computing to drive engineering across hardware and software.Tim began his career at Pixar, where he first specialized in large procedural set pieces and character rigging for films like Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo.

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    Devon Copley

    Devon Copley is Head of Product Development, Digital Media, Formats & Platforms at Nokia. Devon is responsible for developing the production pipeline and ecosystem around Nokia’s groundbreaking Ozo virtual reality camera. Devon has 15 years in digital media spanning online video, SaaS platforms, and virtual reality.

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    Rock Jacobs

    Rock Jacobs has over 15 years in the entertainment industry. His work has reach over 550 million views online. He has been considered as a pioneer of creating young and fresh content across the commercial, film, tv and virtual reality sectors around the world. Having been honored by MTV, BET, and MVPA, for music videos he has written, produced, and directed.

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    Sinclair Fleming

    Sinclair Fleming is currently the lead electronics engineer at Starbreeze Studios, working on mixed reality for IMAX Virtual Reality. Sinclair was the Director of Engineering at Radiant Images and Technical Director at Avalanche 3D Entertainment. Sinclair received his MBA from Pepperdine University and currently teaches a virtual reality course at Global Cinematography Institute.

Industry 5.0: Re-Inventing the Enterprise with Virtual and Augmented Reality

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    Sunny Webb

    Trained as a engineer, Sunny Webb leads the Accenture Labs Digital Operations team. She directs the vision and investment for Accenture’s new products and technology offerings in advanced digital experiences. Sunny leads development of Accenture Labs’ new product initiatives. Specifically, she is responsible for building high-impact business solutions with cutting-edge technologies for Accenture’s largest Fortune 100 clients.

Revolutionizing Healthcare with Virtual Reality

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    Walter Greenleaf

    Walter Greenleaf, PhD is a research neuroscientist and medical product developer working at Stanford University. Walter is known internationally as an early pioneer in virtual environment technology, and is considered the leading authority on medical applications of VR and AR.Walter’s focus has been on computer-supported clinical products, with a specific focus on VR and digital health technology to treat PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke, Addictions, Autism, and other difficult problems in behavioral and physical medicine.

How Fortune 500 Firms Use VR for Workforce Training

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    Derek Belch

    Derek Belch is the founder and CEO of STRIVR Labs, a virtual reality solutions company that uses VR to train athletes and improve human performance in the workplace, and creates best-in- class interactive experiences for sports fans of all ages. Belch laid the foundation for STRIVR during the 2014 season with the Stanford Cardinal football team, when he was an assistant coach for the team while completing a masters degree in VR.

Accelerating Local Virtual Reality Ecosystems

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    Chad Eikhoff

    Chad Eikhoff serves as creative director and founder of TRICK 3D, a media studio specializing in the creation of virtual worlds through 3D animation and virtual reality (VR). Chad and his teams apply their creative energies to serving as a VR and AR innovation partner for Fortune 100 and entertainment companies across the globe, including AT&T, CBS, Delta Air Lines, Turner Broadcasting System and others.

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    Xavier Wartelle

    Xavier Wartelle is the CEO of French Tech Hub, the largest accelerator of French start-ups and innovative SME’s in the US. He is also the General Manager of PRIME a catalyst for open innovation promoting economic development in the Paris Region. Xavier’s career spans over 30 years of executive leadership in startups and mature companies.

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    Jessica Richman

    Jessica Richman is the Business Development Manager at the Australian Trade Commission. The Commission contributes to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they develop international markets, win productive foreign direct investment, promote international education, strengthen Australia’s tourism industry, and seek consular and passport services.

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    Clifton Dawson

    Clifton Dawson is founder & CEO of Greenlight Insights, the leader in virtual & augmented reality market research. Prior to founding Greenlight, Clifton was a growth and monetization analyst at Snapchat, the leading image messaging and multimedia mobile platform. Clifton has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.Clifton is featured regularly on FastCompany, Bloomberg, Fortune, RoadToVR, UploadVR, and numerous of national publications.

Lightning Round: Top 2020 Disrupting Technologies

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    Ryan Damm

    Ryan Damm is a filmmaker and Light Field Expert. He’s been shooting video since the early 90s and building custom film equipment since 2000. In pursuit of better images, he’s written software, soldered leads, welded housings, and destroyed a humbling number of cameras in the process. He is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject of light fields, speaking at NAB, SVVR, the podcast TWiT (Home Theater Geeks), AWE, and now VRS 2016.

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    Matt Connors

    Matt Connors is the CEO of Simplygon, the leading provider of automatic 3D optimization solutions for digital content creation. Connors is an accomplished technology leader, marketer and product management executive who brings deep industry experience to Simplygon. An alum of Apple, Adobe and Macromedia, he has spent the past ten years helping companies develop and launch new software products and services.

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    Josh Carpenter

    Josh Carpenter is a UX designer for immersive computing at Google, helping build the future of the web platform for immersive computing at Google, including WebVR. Previously Carpenter co-founded MozVR at Mozilla, researching and developing the fundamentals of the new virtual reality web platform.

Conference


Virtual Reality as the New Experience Medium

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    Cosmo Scharf

    Cosmo Scharf is Co-founder and CXO at Visionary VR, a technology and content development studio. Cosmo also founded VRLA, the leading virtual reality expo event in Los Angeles, home to one of the largest communities of VR developers, enthusiasts, and pioneers. Cosmo is also on the Board of Directors for The Virtual Reality Foundation, a non-profit that produces the Proto Awards, which honor “trailblazers in immersive media.”

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    Ben Lang

    As Executive Editor, Ben Lang covers the exciting world of virtual reality, augmented reality and human-computer interaction (HCI). He brings news of this bleeding-edge tech down to earth in a way that is easy to understand for the mainstream and focus on how such technology can be applied to our daily lives. Lang has spent over 8 years covering the tech industry and has been recognized among the most influential voices in the VR landscape according to Little Bird.

Unlocking the Platform Opportunities of VR

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    Bryn Mooser

    Bryn Mooser is a filmmaker and co-founder in RYOT, an immersive media company that specializes in virtual reality documentary. RYOT spotlight the world’s key global and social issues, creating innovative 360° and virtual reality experiences for viewers. They have received numerous awards for filmmaking, including an 2016 Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short.

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    Taylor Freeman

    Taylor Freeman is the Founder and CEO at UploadVR. Taylor is passionate about education, entertainment, startups, building community, human enhancement, health, music, and the future of human computer interaction. He has made the personal commitment to do everything in his power to ensure the success of consumer virtual reality technology.

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    Eric Romo

    Eric Romo is CEO and Founder of AltspaceVR, a virtual reality software company that creates virtual meeting spaces where users can watch movies, play games, or share other experiences together. Eric is featured regularly on Wall Street Journal, Fortune, RoadToVR and other of national publications.

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    Eric Shamlin

    Eric Shamlin is Managing Director & Executive Producer of Secret Location, the content studio for emerging platforms based in Toronto and Los Angeles. Secret Location won the first Emmy awarded to a VR production for Sleepy Hollow: A VR Experience. Shamlin’s resume also includes stints at Apple, Blitz Digital Agency and creative agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

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    Clifton Dawson

    Clifton Dawson is founder & CEO of Greenlight Insights, the leader in virtual & augmented reality market research. Prior to founding Greenlight, Clifton was a growth and monetization analyst at Snapchat, the leading image messaging and multimedia mobile platform. Clifton has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.Clifton is featured regularly on FastCompany, Bloomberg, Fortune, RoadToVR, UploadVR, and numerous of national publications.

How to Invest for the Long Run

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    Michael Yang

    Michael Yang is a Managing Director with Comcast Ventures based in Palo Alto. An operating executive turned venture capitalist, Michael joined Comcast Ventures in 2009 and focuses on consumer Internet applications and services. Some of Michael’s relevant investments include AltspaceVR, NextVR, Baobab Studios, and SPACES. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Michael was a Vice President and General Manager for Yahoo!

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    Toby Zhang

    Toby Zhang leads CRCM Venture Capital’s investments in consumer and emerging technologies. At CRCM, Toby co-founded Youku Global Media Fund, a joint early stage venture fund between CRCM and Youku focused specifically on AR/VR. Prior to CRCM, Toby was a venture investor at Edison Partners, a growth-stage VC focusing on interactive marketing, e-commerce, and financial technologies.

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    Marco DeMiroz

    Marco DeMiroz has extensive experience in executive roles with leading technology companies and in global investments. He was a Managing Director of Evolution Media Partners and led its investment in JauntVR. He actively advises various media and technology companies in VR/AR sectors. Earlier, Mr. DeMiroz was President and CEO of PlayFirst, Inc. and sold PlayFirst to Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU).

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    Dean Takahashi

    Dean Takahashi is lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat. He has been a tech journalist for more than 25 years, and he has covered games for 18 years. He has been at VentureBeat since 2008. Prior to that, he wrote for the San Jose Mercury News, the Red Herring, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Dallas Times-Herald. He is the author of two books, “Opening the Xbox” and “The Xbox 360 Uncloaked.” He organizes the annual GamesBeat and GamesBeat Summit conferences. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Working Lunch: Research Master Class

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    Steve Marshall

    Steve Marshall is SVP of Greenlight Insights, overseeing all company research and advisory initiatives. Steve has more than 25 years of experience in management consulting. Previously, Steve founded Marshall Associates, a strategy consulting firm specializing in the telecommunications and new media industries. Before founding Marshall Associates, Steve was assistant vice president of corporate strategy for Pacific Telesis (now apart of AT&T).

Real Talk: Riding High, Failing Fast

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    Linda Jacobson

    The world’s first professional Virtual Reality Evangelist, Linda Jacobson had her mind blown by VR in 1990, when chasing gremlins with a VPL EyePhone and DataGlove, then playing virtual music at Fakespace Labs. The 25-year VR industry veteran soon became a co-founding editor of Wired magazine, co-founder and emcee for the Bay Area’s first VR user group, and author of Garage Virtual Reality and CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology.

VROI: Path to Profitability

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    Amy Small

    Amy Small is the Global Head of VR at Framestore. Known globally for visual effects, Framestore has a history of creating extraordinary images and scenes for some of Hollywood’s biggest pictures, including Doctor Strange, The Martian, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Small was previously at Electronic Arts, THQ, and Disney Interactive.

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    Brian Roth

    Brian Roth is a 12 year advertising technology veteran and has focused on how advertisers can fit into emerging mediums. Brian is currently VP of Sales at Immersv, a VR & 360˚ Video content distribution platform which allows advertisers and brands to promote content within VR experiences. He helps brands, ad agencies, and content developers utilize emerging media channels to reach active VR consumers.

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    Jonathan Flesher

    Jonathan Flesher leads business development at Baobab Studios. Jonathan previously spent over 10 years in the gaming business at Skillz (CRO), Betable (EVP), Zynga (VP) and Electronic Arts (Sr Dr). Prior to playing games for a living, he worked in private equity and financial services at KKR, MC Ventures and JPMorgan. Jonathan also serves on the board of directors and advisory boards for a number of technology and gaming startups.

M&A Fireside Chat

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    Bryn Mooser

    Bryn Mooser is a filmmaker and co-founder in RYOT, an immersive media company that specializes in virtual reality documentary. RYOT spotlight the world’s key global and social issues, creating innovative 360° and virtual reality experiences for viewers. They have received numerous awards for filmmaking, including an 2016 Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short.

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    Patricia Glovsky

    Patricia Glovsky is the Founder and Managing Partner of Polygon Capital, an investment bank which specializes in M&A advisory, capital raising/private placements, strategic advisory and valuation services transactions for visual computing technology companies across industries. Glovsky has over 25 years of experience in investment banking and has been the investment banker for more VR companies than other bankers.

Beyond Virtual Reality: Strategies for Next Generation Platforms

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    Jody Medich

    Jody Medich is the Director of Design at Singularity University. In her 20-year design career, Jody has created just about everything from holograms to physical products and R&D for over 300 companies. She’s spent the last 5 years on AR/VR. Formerly, Jody worked as Principal UX Designer at Leap Motion, the pioneering hands-free motion control technology company. Jody was also Principal UX Designer for HoloLens and other future devices while employed at Microsoft.

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    Stefano Baldassi

    Stefano Baldassi is the Director of Analytics and Neuroscience at Meta. After 18+ years as a researcher and faculty member in top notch academic centers around the world, Baldassi joined Meta, a world leading wearable augmented reality startup. His vision scaled with the company. In about two years, as Meta grew by 5X, Baldassi and his team have been making a tremendous impact on the Meta 2 developer kit and on the roadmap for future products.

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    Frank Nuovo

    Frank Nuovo and his associates at Design Studio Nuovo now develop their own innovations including Datzing Virtual Beacon application while also collaborating with international start-ups such as unique wireless audio solutions for UK’s Orbitsound and Airsound Spaced 360, Finland/USA Metawatch brand and smartwatch.Nuovo’ s corporate client list include Nokia, Hewlett Packard, and Samsung with design research for Samsung Innovation Center resulting in the Simband wearable health sensor.

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    Ondrej Homola

    Onrej Homola is the founder and CEO of LifeLiQe, an interactive education platform that offers VR and AR education experiences. He also is the founder of Silicon Valley house TV and CEO of Corinth Ltd. He previously was the region director for building innovations in Central Europe at DuPont. Homola is passionate about education and creating immersive learning experiences with VR and AR.

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    Nima Shams

    Nima Shams is the VP of Head-Worn Product at Osterhout Group (ODG). ODG is a leading wearable technology company that develops and manufactures mobile and lightweight head-worn mixed reality smartglasses. Shams has spent 7 years using both business and technical skills to bring the ODG smartglasses to market. Previously, he worked at Movea Inc and Tyco Electronics.

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    Mike Boland

    Mike Boland was one of Silicon Valley’s first tech reporters of the internet age, as a staff reporter for Forbes (print) starting in 2000. He is currently Chief Analyst and VP of Content for BIA/Kelsey, and Chapter President of the VR/AR Association. Mike is a frequent speaker at top industry conferences, such as BIA/Kelsey events, ad:tech, and LeadsCon, and has authored in-depth reports on the changing local media landscape.