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Thursday, June 22
 

9:20am

The New Fine Arts Part I: Unlocking the Creative Potential of VR as a Medium, Presented by Unity
9:20-9:40 am Welcome
Intro: Tony Parisi
Remarks: Brent Bushnell

9:40 am Panel Part I
Moderated by Nick Ochoa

Moderators
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Nick Ochoa

Chief Curator, Magik Gallery
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Tony Parisi

Head of VR/AR Strategy, Unity Technologies
Tony Parisi is a virtual reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Tony is the co-creator of 3D graphics standards, including VRML, X3D and glTF, the new file format standard for 3D web and mobile applications.Tony is also the author of O’Reilly Media’s books o... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marina Berlin

Marina Berlin

Artist/Curator, Marina Berlin
Marina Berlin is an industrial wire mesh artist and connoisseur of fine VR. For the past several years she has been creating art installations based on her experiences in Virtual Reality and exploring the intersection between the physical and virtual. She is currently the art cur... Read More →
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Brent Bushnell

CEO, Two Bit Circus
Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company. The interdisciplinary team strives to create immersive, social fun and is currently building a micro-amusement park for Los Angeles. Previously they launched STEAM Carnival, a s... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Gagne

Jonathan Gagne

CEO, MasterpieceVR
Jonathan Gagne is the CEO of MasterpieceVR, which let's artists easily sculpt organic 3D models in virtual reality. | He was a university medalist during his undergrad and held the top national research award during his Masters. Since then he's directed several large softwar... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Mack

Kevin Mack

Creator, Shape Space VR
Kevin Mack is a virtual reality artist, creator of Shape Space VR, and an Academy Award winning visual effects pioneer. | Mack's art is inspired by transcendent visions, nature, and technology, and is informed by research in a wide range of fields from neuroscience to artifici... Read More →
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Zenka

Owner, www.zenka.org
Zenka is an artist and futurist. She is known for her raku sculptures charting the history of VR headsets and her augmented reality interactive prints and installations. Her art, social projects and speaking engagements show us how can we leverage our unique place in history and... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 9:20am - 10:15am
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

10:15am

The New Fine Arts Part II: Realistic Human Avatars, Presented by Unity
Panel Part II

Moderators
avatar for Tony Parisi

Tony Parisi

Head of VR/AR Strategy, Unity Technologies
Tony Parisi is a virtual reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Tony is the co-creator of 3D graphics standards, including VRML, X3D and glTF, the new file format standard for 3D web and mobile applications.Tony is also the author of O’Reilly Media’s books o... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alexx Henry

Alexx Henry

CEO, BlueVishnu
I'm focused on realistic human avatars in VR/AR and other 3D platforms. In particular I'm interested in human expression, and how your avatar can help unlock your potential.
avatar for John MacInnes

John MacInnes

Founding Partner, MacInnes Scott
John co-founded MacInnes Scott to create technology and content for virtual and augmented reality. | | John is best known for writing CALL OF DUTY ADVANCED WARFARE starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey. The game was the biggest selling video game of 2014.
avatar for Remington Scott

Remington Scott

Founding Partner, MacInnes Scott
Across a 25-year career, CG veteran Remington Scott has worked on many projects that undoubtedly redefined what was possible within the realm of performance capture. He supervised the team that brought Gollum to life in the Academy Award-winning visual effects from the film The L... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 10:15am - 10:40am
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

10:45am

VR Cinema – General Public World Premiere – VR Embraces Families: “Raising a Rukus” A VRC Animation Series, Presented by VRC
Moderators
avatar for Jim Chabin

Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Lima

James Lima

Creative Director, The Virtual Reality Company
James Lima is the Creative Director at VRC. He is a Director with 20 years experience in VFX. He has worked for James Cameron and Steven Spielberg on feature films and television. James has been nominated for an Emmy 3 times and won once. He also worked on AVATAR. As a director... Read More →
avatar for Guy Primus

Guy Primus

Co-founder and CEO, The Virtual Reality Company
Guy Primus is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Virtual Reality Company (VRC), a company whose mission is to become the world leader in the production and distribution of premium, story-driven Virtual Reality content. | | Before co-founding VRC, Guy served as Chi... Read More →
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Carey Villegas

Creative / Technical Consultant, The Virtual Reality Company
Carey Villegas is an award-winning and Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects Supervisor who has worked with directors including Michael Bay, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, David Fincher, and Tim Burton. As a Visual Effects Supervisor on Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland", Carey oversaw... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 10:45am - 11:05am
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

11:10am

VR Hollywood Perspective, Presented by Sony
Moderators
avatar for Loren Austin Hammonds

Loren Austin Hammonds

Programmer, Film & Immersive, Tribeca Film Festival
Loren Hammonds is a NYC native who has worked in the film & entertainment industry for over 15 years. He is the Programmer of Feature Films and Immersive at Tribeca Film Festival. Since attending the Film Conservatory at Purchase College, Mr. Hammonds has worked extensively in F... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Csilla Kozma

Csilla Kozma

Head of VR Content, Nokia
Csilla Kozma Andersen is the Head of VR Content at Nokia Technologies. She is collaborating with creatives to push the limit with the Nokia VR Technologies like the OZO camera & post-production tools and OZO Reality platform for delivery and playback. Csilla previously worked at... Read More →
avatar for Guy Primus

Guy Primus

Co-founder and CEO, The Virtual Reality Company
Guy Primus is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Virtual Reality Company (VRC), a company whose mission is to become the world leader in the production and distribution of premium, story-driven Virtual Reality content. | | Before co-founding VRC, Guy served as Chi... Read More →
avatar for Jake Zim

Jake Zim

SVP, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment
As Senior VP, Virtual Reality at Sony Pictures, Jake Zim is tasked with building a slate of narrative virtual reality (VR)content for the studio’s motion picture group, working closely with a team of professionals from across Sony Pictures who are dedicated to the production an... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 11:10am - 11:45am
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

11:50am

VR Cinema – A Sneak Peek At The Premiere Prelude to "Le Musk" A VR Film by Two-Time Oscar Winner and World Wide Top Selling Musical Artist, A.R. Rahman, Presented by Intel
Moderators
avatar for Jim Chabin

Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ravi Velhal

Ravi Velhal

Global Content Strategist, Intel Corporation
Ravi Velhal is with Intel from Portland, Oregon USA, leading variety of technical digital media standards, global technology and policy initiatives to drive horizontal content ecosystem globally. He is currently VR Technology Co-producer and technical collaborator on upcoming Ho... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 11:50am - 12:15pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

12:20pm

Indie VR, Presented by 30 Ninjas
Moderators
avatar for Loren Austin Hammonds

Loren Austin Hammonds

Programmer, Film & Immersive, Tribeca Film Festival
Loren Hammonds is a NYC native who has worked in the film & entertainment industry for over 15 years. He is the Programmer of Feature Films and Immersive at Tribeca Film Festival. Since attending the Film Conservatory at Purchase College, Mr. Hammonds has worked extensively in F... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Pulliam

Ryan Pulliam

Co-Founder, CMO, Specular Theory, Inc.
Co-founder and CMO of Specular Theory, an award-winning immersive media and entertainment company based in Venice Beach, CA that creates premium VR/AR/MR experiences using innovative storytelling and proprietary technology. |
avatar for Lewis Smithingham

Lewis Smithingham

President of VR, 30 Ninjas
avatar for Julina Tatlock

Julina Tatlock

Founder & CEO, 30 Ninjas
avatar for Celine Tricart

Celine Tricart

Director, Lucid Dreams Productions
Celine Tricart is a VR filmmaker and founder of Lucid Dreams Productions, a production company specializing in new technologies and the future of storytelling. Her work was showcased in numerous Academy Awards festivals including the Austin Film Festival, the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival and the Chicago Film Festival. Celine was the recipient of a Creative Award by the Advanced Imaging Society amongst many other accolades. | | Celine Tricart develops projects in stereoscopic 3D as well as in virtual reality. Her first narrative VR film as a director... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 12:20pm - 12:45pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

12:50pm

U23D From 3D to VR - An Artist's Vision
Moderators
avatar for Jim Chabin

Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Owens

Catherine Owens

Catherine Owens is an Irish artist living and working in New York | City. Her work is largely installation based, originating from ideas that | evolve through drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, sound, | film and video. | Using the technical and production knowledge gained while | collaborating on large scale global projects over the last 20 years, | Owens has incorporated this information into her current work, | creating a series of LED based Light Works that seamlessly bring | technology and mark making together. | A large-scale set of these pieces (5ft X5ft ea) were commissioned by | and installed in the renovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester New | York. | As well as her own solo art practice Owens is known for her | collaborative work with the band U2. As creative director of screen | imagery for animation, film and video, she has made their key visual | content for five world tours from 1992... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 12:50pm - 1:10pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

1:15pm

VR: Tales From New York City in Association with the NYC Mayor's Office Of Media & Entertainment
Moderators
avatar for Michelle R. Carney

Michelle R. Carney

VP - Branded Entertainment, Ketchum Sports & Entertainment
Michelle R. Carney is an Emmy-winning producer who recently joined the Ketchum Sports & Entertainment team, where she leads Ketchum’s original branded film, video and VR/AR offering ‘Ketchum Films’. Previously, Michelle oversaw all aspects of creative production for Tribeca Enterprises across... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kai Falkenberg

Kai Falkenberg

First Deputy Commissioner, Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment, City of New York
Kai Falkenberg is the First Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Prior to her appointment to this position, she spent 15 years as a media and entertainment lawyer advising companies ranging from NBC, Warner Bros. and VH1 to Us Weekly, Rolli... Read More →
avatar for Yasser Ghanchi

Yasser Ghanchi

President and Chief Executive Officer, VR Worldwide
Yasser Ghanchi is the President and Chief Executive Officer of VR Worldwide, Inc. The mission of VR Worldwide is to develop a chain of virtual reality-based entertainment centers under the "VR WORLD" brand. Yasser has over a decade of experience in corporate finance, including in... Read More →
avatar for Loren Austin Hammonds

Loren Austin Hammonds

Programmer, Film & Immersive, Tribeca Film Festival
Loren Hammonds is a NYC native who has worked in the film & entertainment industry for over 15 years. He is the Programmer of Feature Films and Immersive at Tribeca Film Festival. Since attending the Film Conservatory at Purchase College, Mr. Hammonds has worked extensively in F... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 1:15pm - 1:50pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

1:55pm

The Future of Publishing & Media, Presented by Time Inc./LIFE VR
Moderators
avatar for Joelle Zerillo

Joelle Zerillo

Account Director, Video, VR/AR, Social, Time Inc.
In September 2016, Joelle co-led the launch of LIFE VR, Time Inc.'s multi-platform virtual reality brand. Driving marketing strategy and sales development across Time Inc. for 360 and VR solutions. Following the success of LIFE VR, Joelle co-led the launch of LIFE AR with the fir... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Farkas

Jason Farkas

VP, Premium Content Video, CNN
Jason Farkas is Vice President of Premium Content Video for CNN. Farkas works across CNN Digital's premium vertical channels, including CNNMoney, CNN Media + Entertainment and CNN Style. | | He also runs Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, CNN's Sunday program that examines... Read More →
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Larry Jones

CEO, Blackthorn Media
Blackthorn Media is an independent VR studio dedicated to creating at the highest level that the art and technology of VR can attain. Storytelling with fully immersive 6 degrees of freedom and agency is the future of VR and Blackthorn is on the bleeding edge of this new platform... Read More →
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Robert Padavick

Director, VR/360 News, USA Today Network
Robert Padavick leads Virtual Reality, 360-degree video and other emerging storytelling productions for the USA TODAY NETWORK. His team produces weekly features in VR and helps develop, organize, and scale emerging storytelling tools for the entire USA TODAY NETWORK. | | Ro... Read More →
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Matt Romano

Senior Director, Emerging Platforms, SYFY/USA Network
Matt Romano is the Senior Director of Emerging Platforms for Syfy & USA Network. In his role, Romano is responsible for overseeing the ideation and implementation of innovative content experiences across new digital platforms. | | Since joining Syfy in 2006, Romano has lead... Read More →
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Maureen Towey

Senior Producer, 360 News, The New York Times
Maureen Towey is a director, producer, and visual journalist working across mediums. She is currently the Senior Producer for The Daily 360 at The New York Times. Towey has worked as a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine where she produced their 2015 Great... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 1:55pm - 2:40pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

2:45pm

VR Filmmakers of Tomorrow: Elijah Allan-Blitz
Moderators
avatar for Jim Chabin

Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
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Elijah Allan-Blitz

VR Director
Elijah Allan-Blitz is one of the first Virtual Reality directors for TIME magazine. His award winning VR experience about the holocaust was created as a companion piece for the Ken Burns PBS documentary, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. Elijah has also directed VR experience... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 2:45pm - 3:05pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

3:10pm

VR Music Fireside Chat with Sony Music and Nokia
Speakers
avatar for Csilla Kozma

Csilla Kozma

Head of VR Content, Nokia
Csilla Kozma Andersen is the Head of VR Content at Nokia Technologies. She is collaborating with creatives to push the limit with the Nokia VR Technologies like the OZO camera & post-production tools and OZO Reality platform for delivery and playback. Csilla previously worked at... Read More →
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Brad Spahr

Head of Emerging Technology, Sony Music Entertainment
Brad Spahr leads the emerging technology group at Sony Music Entertainment where he focuses on new technologies and initiatives. His career spans 17 years in digital media with a focus on product development, business development and new venture incubation across music, film/tele... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 3:10pm - 3:30pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

3:35pm

“Sun Ladies” with Maria Bello, Presented by MGM
Moderators
avatar for Jim Chabin

Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Maria Bello

Maria Bello

Actor, Activist, Author and Producer
Maria Bello is an internationally renowned actor, activist, author, and producer. She has been an activist working in women’s rights for 30 years and was voted one of Variety magazine’s most powerful women in Hollywood for her activism with women in Darfur. Maria also travelled to Kosovo during the war to interview women about the genocide and sexual violence against them and lobbied congress to organize the first ever hearing on rape as a weapon of war. She started a... Read More →
avatar for Celine Tricart

Celine Tricart

Director, Lucid Dreams Productions
Celine Tricart is a VR filmmaker and founder of Lucid Dreams Productions, a production company specializing in new technologies and the future of storytelling. Her work was showcased in numerous Academy Awards festivals including the Austin Film Festival, the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival and the Chicago Film Festival. Celine was the recipient of a Creative Award by the Advanced Imaging Society amongst many other accolades. | | Celine Tricart develops projects in stereoscopic 3D as well as in virtual reality. Her first narrative VR film as a director... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 3:35pm - 4:00pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

4:05pm

Architecting New Worlds In VR, Presented by HP
Speakers
avatar for Rick Champagne

Rick Champagne

Worldwide Media & Entertainment Segment Manager, HP
Rick Champagne is the Worldwide Media & Entertainment Segment Manager for HP Z Workstations and Professional Displays. Working closely with customers and industry partners, Rick helps guide HP’s marketing and strategy for the Film, Games, Broadcast, and Advertising industries. With a long history of managing products such as the Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya Entertainment Creation Suites, Softimage, Mudbox, and Painter, Rick has been in the service of Artists and other Creative Professionals for nearly two decades. Rick spends much of his personal time in his technological and creative pursuits. He studied Graphics in college and holds a... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 4:05pm - 4:30pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021
 
Friday, June 23
 

9:20am

VR on Broadway: “Hamilton” and “School Of Rock,” Presented by Koncept VR
Moderators
avatar for Joergen Geerds

Joergen Geerds

CEO, Koncept VR
Joergen Geerds is CEO and Co-founder of Koncept VR, a full-service 360 video agency that provides award-winning immersive content using a narrative-driven process and proprietary production methods.  He has experience in art direction with New York ad agencies such as Ogilvy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Asnes

Andrew Asnes

Founder/Creative Director, Round Hill VR
Andrew Asnes is an entrepreneur, producer and content creator. His company has produced Broadway, Off-Brodway and touring productions of musicals and plays as well as 360° video content including Wait For It featuring the cast of Hamilton and SYZYGY in 360 for The Paul Taylor Da... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 9:20am - 9:45am
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

9:50am

VR Filmmakers of Tomorrow: Doug Liman, Presented by MGM
Moderators
avatar for Jim Chabin

Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Doug Liman

Doug Liman

Doug Liman is a director-producer. In 2000 he produced and directed the Bourne Identity which spawned a five movie franchise including Jason Bourne currently in theaters (he stayed on as a producer for the sequels). Liman secured the rights to the franchise from novelist Robert Ludlum after flying his small airplane into a remote airport in the teton mountains to court the writer... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:15am
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

10:20am

The Future of VR, Presented by AMD
Moderators
avatar for James Knight

James Knight

Virtual Production Director, AMD
James Knight is Visual effects Director for AMD, based in Los Angeles, CA.  In addition to being Performance Capture Supervisor on Columbia Pictures' The Amazing Spiderman, he spent four years managing the motion capture for James Cameron's Avatar. Additionally he has done Perfor... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rick Champagne

Rick Champagne

Worldwide Media & Entertainment Segment Manager, HP
Rick Champagne is the Worldwide Media & Entertainment Segment Manager for HP Z Workstations and Professional Displays. Working closely with customers and industry partners, Rick helps guide HP’s marketing and strategy for the Film, Games, Broadcast, and Advertising industries. With a long history of managing products such as the Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya Entertainment Creation Suites, Softimage, Mudbox, and Painter, Rick has been in the service of Artists and other Creative Professionals for nearly two decades. Rick spends much of his personal time in his technological and creative pursuits. He studied Graphics in college and holds a... Read More →
avatar for Serge Kassardjian

Serge Kassardjian

Global Head of Media Apps, Google
avatar for Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

GM, HTC VIVE
Accustomed to delivering disruptive, innovative technologies, adept at articulating a product’s value to customers, businesses, and its potential industry impact. Has introduced inaugural VR Products with the HTC VIVE and innovative Smart Phones features like the first touch S... Read More →
avatar for Yelena Rachitsky

Yelena Rachitsky

Executive Producer, Oculus
Yelena Rachitsky is an Executive Producer of Experiences at Oculus, sourcing and producing content around entertainment, news, documentaries and experiential work on the Oculus platform. Prior to Oculus, she was the Creative Producer of the annual Future of StoryTelling (FoST) su... Read More →
avatar for Gary Radburn

Gary Radburn

Director of Workstation Virtualization, Commercial VR and AR, Dell Inc.
Gary Radburn is the Director of Workstation Virtualization and Commercial VR/AR globally at Dell Inc. As part of his role, he manages the team charged with developing and delivering VR/AR technology, works closely with Dell customers on VR/AR deployments and founded Dell’s VR Cen... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 10:20am - 11:10am
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

11:15am

LOOT Interactive Presents: Virtual Reality & Space: Creating Storytelling Experiences That Resonate

Want to feel what is like to step on the surface for Mars, Moon and to explore our vast Universe? Join us for a discussion regarding how leading VR companies like LOOT, Time & Discovery create amazing space experiences using VR as a way to immerse users into space exploration. 

LOOT Interactive, in partnership with 8i and Time Inc. created the Buzz Aldrin: Cycling Pathways to Mars and, in collaboration with Linden Lab, created NASA’s Apollo Museum which will debut at The Art Of VR.  

Visitors to the Apollo Museum can explore, in high-detail, one of mankind’s defining moments, the Apollo 11 mission, in which NASA landed the first human beings on Earth’s Moon. Explore true-to-scale models of the Saturn V rocket, Command Module and the Lunar Module, track the entire mission from launch to re-entry via a Museum-size mission map, and teleport to a recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing site!  The Apollo 11 Museum Experience will launch, alongside with Sansar for PC, Oculus Rift, and HTC VIVE users later this year.

Jeff Kluger is editor at large for Time Magazine & writer of seven books, including “Apollo 13” and the recently released “Apollo 8 - The Trilling Story Of The First Mission to the Moon”. Jeff also collaborated with LOOT and 8i during the production of Buzz Aldrin: Cycling Pathways to Mars. 

Cory Key is Vice President of Interactive for the Discovery Agency, Discovery Communications’ in-house creative agency. In this capacity, he oversees a talented team of designers and developers who work on immersive digital experiences to support Discovery’s wide-ranging programming and drives creative innovation across platforms. On The DayThe Asteroid Struck users can experience the extraordinary journey of the 1908 Tunguska event in VR. Ride with the meteor as it barrels towards Earth and witness the devastating impact as it breaches the Earth’s atmosphere and explodes over Siberia. This ground-breaking VR experience combines breathtaking visuals, immersive educational information and the power of the universe to prove why we love to celebrate Asteroid Day, the global awareness movement that could save the planet from asteroid impacts. The Day The Asteroid Struck hits the Discovery VR app on June 23rd. 


Moderators
avatar for Caitlin Burns

Caitlin Burns

Vice Chair, New Media Council, Producers Guild of America
Currently Vice Chair of the Producers’ Guild of America New Media Council, and Head VR instructor for the New York Film Academy, Caitlin Burns has developed storyworlds with creative visionaries and technological pioneers ranging from global blockbuster feature films, award-win... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bjorn Laurin

Bjorn Laurin

VP, Product, Sansar
Bjorn Laurin serves as the VP of Product for Linden Lab, spearheading the development the development for Sansar, the new platform for user created social VR experiences. | | Prior to joining Linden Lab, Bjorn held several high-level management positions at MySpace and Yahoo... Read More →
avatar for Christian Laursen

Christian Laursen

Creative Director, LOOT Interactive
Christian Laursen, Creative Director at LOOT Interactive, is an industry veteran. | | He created together with the LOOT team the Apollo Museum for Sansar, Linden Lab’s new social VR platform. Worked closely with Buzz Aldrin Space Institute to design the realistic-looking... Read More →
avatar for Danilo Moura

Danilo Moura

Co-founder | Head of Creative Services & Operations, LOOT Interactive, LLC.
Danilo Moura is a distinguished entertainment industry visionary with over 17 years of experience. He is Co-founder and Head of Creative Services at LOOT Interactive, a game studio located in Culver City, CA. During his 10 year's tenure at LOOT, Danilo has been the executive pr... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Ranson-Walsh

Kyle Ranson-Walsh

Director, Branded Experiences, Discovery Communications
Kyle Ranson-Walsh is the Director, Branded Experiences for Discovery Communications connecting brands with Discovery VR’s cutting-edge & award-winning storytelling.Prior to joining Discovery Communications, Ranson-Walsh served as Senior Creative Producer for Compass, an innovat... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 11:15am - 11:55am
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

12:00pm

LOOT Interactive Presents: Next Generation Museums, Storytelling and the Future of Education

In collaboration with NASA and Linden Lab, LOOT Interactive will debut their next VR project during The Art Of VR event at Sotheby’s. Visitors to the NASA Apollo Museum can explore, in high-detail, one of mankind’s defining moments, the Apollo 11 mission, in which NASA landed the first human beings on Earth’s Moon. Explore true-to-scale models of the Saturn V rocket, Command Module and the Lunar Module, track the entire mission from launch to re-entry via a Museum-size mission map, and teleport to a recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing site!  Built with Sansar, Linden Lab’s new social VR platform, The Apollo Museum Experience is a richly immersive and engaging  virtual experience to be explore and enjoy with other people. The museum showcases the full creative potential of social VR for the next generation of museums, storytelling, and educational experiences. The Apollo 11 Museum Experience will launch, alongside with Sansar for PC, Oculus Rift, and HTC VIVE users later this year.

 

Suzanne Lloyd and LOOT will unveil a preview of the “Harold Lloyd Stereoscopic Museum Experience” in VR featuring a collection of the Hollywood Legend’s 3D photography set in an explorable multi-floor modern museum.  At the Art Of VR event, users can try the upcoming stereoscopic museum experience and also see in real life some Harold’s favorite assets, such as his original Stereo Realistic 3D camera, Oscar and a collection of 3D slides. Until his death in 1971, Harold Lloyd produced over 200,000 3D slides some featuring celebrities of the day such as Marilyn Monroe and breathtaking scenic views from around the world. Until now, the magnificent library of Harold’s 3D photography remains mostly unexposed to the public. This panel will discuss the process and technology used for building this VR-ONLY museum experience.


In addition to Cognition's Apollo moment Brian Pope will be presenting the 3 Palmyra environments (Perpetuity Palmyra), various VR works Cognition did for nonprofit The Arck Project, as well as the Kuksi temple, a collaboration of Kris Kuksi and Cognition, art directed by Brian Pope.


Rodrigo Cerqueira is a passionate VR Film Director & Producer since 2010. Rodrigo is at the frontier where Art meets Technology, and explore it. From Virtual Reality tours for Art Museums to Georeferenced Videos for Street View-Like applications, Rodrigo directed and produced more than 200 VR film pieces, a VR Feature Length film and dozens of LIVE 360 experiences.


Moderators
avatar for Caitlin Burns

Caitlin Burns

Vice Chair, New Media Council, Producers Guild of America
Currently Vice Chair of the Producers’ Guild of America New Media Council, and Head VR instructor for the New York Film Academy, Caitlin Burns has developed storyworlds with creative visionaries and technological pioneers ranging from global blockbuster feature films, award-win... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rodrigo Juvencio Cerqueira

Rodrigo Juvencio Cerqueira

CEO, Panograma Inc.
I'm a passionate VR Film Director & Producer since 2010. I chose to be in the frontier where Art meets Technology, and explore it. From Virtual Reality tours for Art Museums to Georeferenced Videos for Street View-Like applications, I directed and produced more than 200 VR film p... Read More →
avatar for Christian Laursen

Christian Laursen

Creative Director, LOOT Interactive
Christian Laursen, Creative Director at LOOT Interactive, is an industry veteran. | | He created together with the LOOT team the Apollo Museum for Sansar, Linden Lab’s new social VR platform. Worked closely with Buzz Aldrin Space Institute to design the realistic-looking... Read More →
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Suzanne Lloyd

President, Harold Lloyd Entertainment, Inc.
Suzanne Lloyd, the granddaughter of Harold and Mildred Lloyd, was raised at their Beverly Hills estate, Greenacres. Harold Lloyd, the master comedian who produced and starred in over 200 films, came to personify silent films as "the man in glasses hanging from the clock... Read More →
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Danilo Moura

Co-founder | Head of Creative Services & Operations, LOOT Interactive, LLC.
Danilo Moura is a distinguished entertainment industry visionary with over 17 years of experience. He is Co-founder and Head of Creative Services at LOOT Interactive, a game studio located in Culver City, CA. During his 10 year's tenure at LOOT, Danilo has been the executive pr... Read More →
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Brian Pope

Founder & CEO, Cognition
Brian Pope, a writer, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist, founded Cognition in early 2015. Pope combines a deliberately unorthodox and progressive business philosophy with a passion for art, film and technology with a lifelong commitment to philanthropy in an effort to mak... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 12:00pm - 12:40pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

12:45pm

Rose Colored Fireside chat with Elizabeth Koshy
Moderators
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Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
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Elizabeth Koshy

Elizabeth Koshy has an extensive history of executive leadership for both Startups and established corporations. Her experience includes setting up very successful animation and entertainment companies both in India and in the U.S.   She was the founder/CEO of Animation Dimensions... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

1:05pm

Xeno: See the World through My Eyes
Speakers
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Elias Gabriel

Backend Application Developer, Xeno
My name is Elias Gabriel and I am currently a graduate of Riverdale Country School. After a gap year working and abroad, I will be attending Franklin W. Olin School of Engineering in the fall of 2018 studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science. At Riverdale, I have helped... Read More →
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Jamal Woods

Frontend Application Developer, Xeno
My name is Jamal Woods and I am currently a graduate of Riverdale Country School that will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in the coming Fall as freshman student in the major of Computer Science. During the last 6 years, as a student a Riverdale I have helped expan... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 1:05pm - 1:15pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

1:20pm

AR & VR: “On Stage and on Pointe,” Presented by Fathom Events
Moderators
avatar for Jim Chabin

Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
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Chrissann Gasparro

VP, Business Innovation, Serino Coyne
Chrissann is a connector and a builder. As VP, Business Innovation at the nation's first advertising agency for live entertainment, Chrissann creates first-to-market, story-driven partnerships, collaborations and experiences in the live entertainment industry, including Snapcha... Read More →
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Jordan Harvey

Chief Creative Officer, Novo
| Jordan Harvey is a technical & creative director with over 15 years of experience in design and animation. He has devoted a lifetime to the arts, and as a leading VR specialists Jordan has played an instrumental role in pioneering some of the first virtual reality 2.0 experi... Read More →
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Kate Kelley

Director of Sponsorship, Fathom Events
Kate recently joined Fathom Events where her main focus will be to identify and incorporate brand integration into Fathom Events' Platform. Having a background in experiential marketing, virtual reality and augmented reality will play a major part in the creation and execution of... Read More →
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Dave Kupiec

SVP, National Sales, National CineMedia (NCM)
As National CineMedia (NCM)’s Senior Vice President of National Sales, Dave Kupiec supervises NCM’s National cinema advertising sales team from the company’s New York office. | | Prior to joining National CineMedia in July 2002 (then called Regal CineMedia), Kupiec... Read More →
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Lorenzo Thione

Producer, Sing Out Louise! Productions
Lorenzo Thione is a startup entrepreneur, Broadway producer and community leader fascinated by the intersection of Technology and the Arts. A founder of Powerset (acquired by Microsoft, now Bing.com), he is a co-creator and executive producer of Allegiance on Broadway (starring G... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

1:45pm

VR Health and Medicine, presented by Mount Sinai
Moderators
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Alfred Marc Iloreta MD

Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgeon interested in immersive VR applications within the healthcare space.

Speakers
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Ben Barone

CEO, Coresights
Using biometrics with VR/AR to help individuals and organizations build greater mind-body wellness.
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Andrew McAleavey

Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
Virtual Reality-Enhanced Exposure Therapy, VR in Mental Healthcare
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Christopher Smith

Medical Illustrator, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Medical illustrator and animator interested in exploring new ways to visualize and teach human biology through virtual and augmented reality.


Friday June 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

2:10pm

"Lincoln in the Bardo," Presented by AMD
Moderators
avatar for Jim Chabin

Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
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John Fitzgerald

Co-Founder, Sensorium Works
JOHN FITZGERALD is an award-winning filmmaker and cofounder of Sensorium, a New York-based creative studio where he directs and produces VR experiences. Noted experiences include LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, released by New York Times VR, for which he was a technical director, cinematog... Read More →
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Chris Healer

CEO / CTO / VFX Supervisor, The Molecule
After finishing his film degree at CU Boulder, having built a 16mm projector out of Legos | and written a 3D graphics library for DOS in C++, Chris Healer transitioned from web | design to motion capture and 3D animation in Denver. He moved to New York in 2002, | and in 2005 founded The Molecule (http://www.themolecule.com). | At The Molecule, he is CEO, CTO, Visual Effects Supervisor, VFX Consultant, Creative | Designer, Software Developer, and Producer. He has worked on a variety of film and | television projects, including... Read More →
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Matthew Niederhauser

Co-Founder, Sensorium Works
MATTHEW NIEDERHAUSER is an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker who most recently co-founded Sensorium, where he produces and directs VR experiences. Noted experiences include LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, released by New York Times VR, for which he was a technical director and pr... Read More →
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Graham Sack

Director, Lincoln in the Bardo
GRAHAM SACK is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and academic. Graham wrote and directed a VR experience for New York Times VR based on LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, the acclaimed novel by author George Saunders. He is currently developing two VR episodic series for Felix and Paul... Read More →
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Varun Shetty

Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development // VR Lead, Business and Operations, New York Times
Varun Shetty is an executive director of Strategy and Business Development for The New York Times. He also leads business and operations for the Times’s virtual reality team. | | Mr. Shetty negotiates complex partnerships at a corporate level for The Times including worki... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 2:10pm - 2:35pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

2:40pm

Fireside Chat with Gary Radburn and Jim Chabin, Presented by Dell
Moderators
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Jim Chabin

President, Advanced Imaging Society & VR Society
At the request of Hollywood studio stakeholders in 2009, Jim was asked to form the Society to advance the arts and sciences of 3D and other advanced imaging technologies. Jim has served as President of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Prime Time Emmys), President of... Read More →

Speakers
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Gary Radburn

Director of Workstation Virtualization, Commercial VR and AR, Dell Inc.
Gary Radburn is the Director of Workstation Virtualization and Commercial VR/AR globally at Dell Inc. As part of his role, he manages the team charged with developing and delivering VR/AR technology, works closely with Dell customers on VR/AR deployments and founded Dell’s VR Cen... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 2:40pm - 3:05pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

3:10pm

The VR Museum Series: The Virtual Gallery, Presented by Sotheby’s

The Virtual Gallery

Allese Thomson Head of Fine Art Experiential division at Here Be Dragons

Michelle Fisher Curatorial at Moma

 


Moderators
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Michelle Fisher

Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Modern Art
Michelle is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, a Curatorial Assistant in the Architecture + Design department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and an educator in art, architecture, and design histories at several institutions (currently Parsons The New School for Design and The Frick Collection; formerly at... Read More →

Speakers
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Allese Thomson

Head of Fine Art Experiential, Here Be Dragons
Allese Thomson Heads the Fine Art Experiential division at Here Be Dragons. She was formerly the creative director of United Talent Agency’s fine art division. Thomson came to UTA in 2015 from Artforum International magazine, where she was an editor for five years, overseeing reviews and writing criticism, profiles, and reportage on fairs and biennials internationally. From 2006 to 2010, she worked with Internet startups in Silicon Valley in business development and social media... Read More →
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Karen Wong

Deputy Director, New Museum
Karen Wong is the Deputy Director of the New Museum in NYC where she cofounded the initiatives IDEAS CITY (2011) which explores the future of cities with the belief that art and culture are essential to our metropolises, and NEW INC (2014), the first museum-led incubator for art, technology and design. She was the managing director of Adjaye Associates from 2000-2006 and supports emerging architects in her role as a + Pool board member. She sits on the boards of Rhizome, a platform for emergent artistic practices that engage technology, and Apex, a mentoring and education program for underserved Asian youth. She is on the advisory board of National Sawdust, a nonprofit venue for new music. She has a dual BA... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 3:10pm - 3:55pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

4:00pm

The VR Museum Series: The Future of Museums, Presented by Sotheby’s

The Future of Museums

Todd Bryant Creative Technologist on The Met Museum's Adam Restored

Helene Alonso American Museum of Natural History

Danilo Moura Apollo 11 Experience

Mary Fe Interactive Galleries Technology Manager at the Cooper Hewitt 


Moderators
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Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is a mixed media artist whose work focuses on collections, memorialization and the act of leaving one's digital imprint for the next generation. His work takes the form of video sculptures, immersive performances, large scale projections and vending machine... Read More →

Speakers
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Helene Alonso

Director of Interactive Experiences, American Museum of Natural History
Hélène Alonso is the Director of Interactive Experiences at the American Museum of Natural History. She directs a multidisciplinary team in the production of interactive experiences that explain science through technology and art installations. | | Her works focuses on the... Read More →
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Todd Bryant

Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University
Educator in both VR and motion capture specializing in the Unreal Engine and experiential installation. I was the Creative Technologists for The Return, one of the first ever live motion capture performance pieces which ran in July of 2015 at The Met Museum.
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Mary Fe

Interactive Galleries Technology Manager, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Mary Fe is the Interactive Galleries Technology Manager at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum since 2014, when Cooper Hewitt launched its interactive Pen. Mary coordinates Tech for new Exhibits, manages the installed technology, and documents the process for future inst... Read More →
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Danilo Moura

Co-founder | Head of Creative Services & Operations, LOOT Interactive, LLC.
Danilo Moura is a distinguished entertainment industry visionary with over 17 years of experience. He is Co-founder and Head of Creative Services at LOOT Interactive, a game studio located in Culver City, CA. During his 10 year's tenure at LOOT, Danilo has been the executive pr... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Sotheby's Auction House 1334 York Avenue, NY, NY 10021

6:30pm

VIP Closing Night Reception Sponsored by VR World - By Invitation Only
Friday June 23, 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm
VR World 4 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016