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XR for Change Summit [clear filter]
Saturday, June 30


Panel - XR for Good - The Creators' Perspective (45 min)
This panel brings together creators who are all using immersive XR technologies to tell stories for social impact.

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Lauren Burmaster

PM, VR for Good, Oculus
Lauren leads the VR for Good Program at Oculus, focused on driving efforts on social good content in virtual reality as well as developing external projects bringing together creatives, developers and nonprofits to deliver impactful experiences. She holds an MA in Development Economics... Read More →

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Jesse Ayala

Creative Director, Fovrth Studios
Jesse (Jesus) Ayala is a director and immersive storyteller at Fovrth Studios (GoFovrth.com). Ayala is a 2017 Facebook/Oculus Creators Lab VR for Good filmmaker, and a 2016 Future of Storytelling for Good creative fellow. Ayala’s films have premiered at the American Film Institute, Tribeca Film, Cannes Next, SxSW Film Festival, Sheffield DocFest, and SCAD FutureFest.Aya... Read More →
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Shannon Carroll

Creative Director, Vivid Story
Shannon Carroll is an artist and Creative Director at Vivid Story, a NYC-based studio harnessing the power of visual storytelling for causes. They are a Certified B Corporation championing positive social impact and sustainability. She produces compelling visual narratives for social... Read More →
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Asad J. Malik

Founder, 1RIC
Asad is a native immersive artist working exclusively with Augmented Reality as a medium of non-fiction storytelling. His work revolves around what he calls “cultural augmentation” — a displacement of holograms that allows viewers to access what their environment would regard... Read More →

Saturday June 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Mainstage - Tishman Auditorium


Panel - VR is Complicated: The Potential for VR in Education from Student and Teacher Perspectives (45 min)
We have been studying VR in schools for the past four years working with teachers, technology coaches and students from elementary through high school across North America with over 3000 students. Our goal has been to move beyond the “wow” factor of VR and into the relative value of the technology, understanding its authentic integration into curriculum. Specifically, we will be sharing findings regarding emerging technology in schools, empathy, value, ethics and perspective taking as a result of VR. Come join us as we share student and teacher voices and discuss possibilities for future research directions.

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Lisa Castaneda

Co-Founder and CEO, foundry10
Lisa Castaneda is the co-founder and CEO of foundry10, a philanthropic educational research organization. She has a Masters in Education and was a classroom teacher for 10 years. One of her main areas of focus at foundry10 has been looking at VR in both applied and experimental settings... Read More →
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Marie Graham

Educator, VR Lab Coordinator, Mount Vernon School
Marie Graham is a maverick teacher who leads and learns with an amazing group of students at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, Georgia. Partnering with Alienware, her school has created a VR/AR lab where students are seeking to create content that positively impacts the... Read More →
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Jessica Ochoa Hendrix

CEO & Co-Founder, Killer Snails
Jessica Ochoa Hendrix, CEO of Killer Snails, has worked in K-12 education since 2003.  Prior to co-founding Killer Snails, she worked as an educational consultant whose clients included Relay Graduate School of Education and the Charter Network Accelerator. Previously, she worked... Read More →
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Steve Isaacs

Teacher, Game Design and Development, Bernards Township Public Schools
Steve Isaacs is an educator with over 25 years of experience. He’s an edtech influencer, community builder, and leader in the area of game-based learning and teaching Game Design and Development. Steve has been part of a wide scale research study on VR in the classroom with foundry10... Read More →

Saturday June 30, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 105


Panel - Real Talk: What VC's Look For in XR Startups (45 min)
What does it take to get your XR startup off the ground? Panelists from some of the leading venture capital firms in the XR space reveal what they look for in companies and how startups can make themselves more appealing to outside investors.

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Mia Tramz

Editorial Director of Enterprise, TIME Magazine
Mia Tramz is Editorial Director of Enterprise and Immersive Experiences at TIME, overseeing all enterprise projects across platforms and media.  Tramz, an Emmy-nominated virtual reality producer, is charged with ensuring the brand’s impact both on and off its owned and operated... Read More →

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Tom Emrich

Partner, Super Ventures
Sometimes called the “man from the future” Tom Emrich is a leading voice in augmented reality, virtual reality and wearable tech. He is committed to driving adoption and innovation in technology which is augmenting the human experience.Tom is an active investor and founding partner... Read More →
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John Spinale

Partner, JAZZ Venture Partners
John’s an investor, advisor, and entrepreneur, with a career spanning 25 years in the consumer media and entertainment technology space, where he built and led companies that touched hundreds of millions of consumers around the world.  He is a co-founder of JAZZ Venture Partners... Read More →
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Martina Welkhoff

Founding Partner, WXR Fund
Martina Welkhoff is a serial entrepreneur and investor with growth and acquisition experience. She’s a Founding Partner at the WXR Fund, a venture fund focused on women-led AR/VR companies, and a Venture Partner at Jump Canon, a San Francisco fund focused on underrepresented founders... Read More →

Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Mainstage - Tishman Auditorium


Panel - Future of Work: The role of tech and what you should know(45 min)
This panel will dive into discussions on the changing nature of work, and will prompt panelists to imagine how immersive technologies will create better pathways for adapting to that change.

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Erin Winick

Associate Editor, Future of Work, MIT Technology Review
Erin Winick is the associate editor of the future of work at MIT Technology Review. Coming from a background in mechanical engineering, her coverage focuses on how technology is shaping the workplace of the future. She produces Technology Review's future of work e-mail newsletter... Read More →

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Dan Ayoub

General Manager - Mixed Reality Education, Microsoft
Dan Ayoub is the General Manager for Mixed Reality Education at Microsoft. He oversees the development and execution of products and strategy aimed at using this groundbreaking technology to improve learning outcomes for students of all ages around the world. Dan has over 20 years... Read More →
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Rori Duboff

Managing Director, Head of Content Innovation / XR, Accenture Interactive
Rori DuBoff is a strategic & innovations thought leader in the extended reality (XR) space, spanning VR & AR experiences. In her current role as head of content innovation for Accenture Interactive, Rori focuses on strategically applying immersive technologies for business and brand... Read More →
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Kyle Jackson

CEO, Talespin
Founded and served as an executive in five companies who collectively represent a breadth of work that includes large and complex enterprise software deployments, dozens of technology and media investments, defining and owning product strategy, investment portfolio management, and... Read More →
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Kamal Sinclair

Director, New Frontier Labs, Sundance Institute
Kamal Sinclair serves as the Director of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology; as a Consultant to the Ford Foundation's JustFilms program; and as artist and producer on the Question... Read More →

Saturday June 30, 2018 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Mainstage - Tishman Auditorium