VR/AR and Voice-Activated AI Are Front & Center @ 2017 DEW

VR/AR and Voice-Activated AI are hot topics at 2017 DEW!  Here are some of the sessions on the agenda focused on these topics:

FEBRUARY 1

12:00pm – 12:15pm
FEATURED PRESENTATION
When Technology Serves the Story – Pushing the Boundaries of Cinematic Virtual Reality

PRESENTER
Brian Seth Hurst, President, Chief Storyteller, StoryTech Immersive

12:15pm – 12:45pm
PANEL: THE FUTURE OF VR/AR FOR GAMES & ENTERTAINMENT
This panel of VR and AR leaders will discuss the latest developments for games and entertainment. The panel will focus on what is available in the market today. What are the available apps, content, devices, and head gear? What is the current state of consumer adoption?

PANELISTS
Amy Small, Head of VR, Framestore
Christine Lee, VP & GM, Global Business Development, Immersv
Michael Ronen, Co-Founder, Splash VR
Brooks Brown, Global Director VR, Starbreeze Studios
Moderator: Brian Seth Hurst, President, Chief Storyteller, StoryTech Immersive

KEYNOTE STAGE:

2:00pm – 2:30pm
VIEW FROM THE TOP:
THE FUTURE OF VR/AR IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
VR/AR experts discuss the current state of VR/AR, consumer adoption and what it means for the television, movie, and entertainment business.

PANELISTS
Anthony Batt, Co-Founder & EVP, Wevr
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, 20th Century Fox
Yelena Rachitsky, Creative Producer, Experiences, Oculus VR
Moderator: Seth Shapiro, Governor, Television Academy

3:15pm – 3:30pm
FEATURED PRESENTATION
AN AR UPDATE FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNITY
Even as VR rolls out to the consumer market and companies work to incorporate it into sustainable business models, people are looking to AR as the much larger long term play for creative and business opportunities.  Mr. Lelyveld will present an overview and update on the state of art, technology, and business of AR.

PRESENTER
Phil Leylend, VR/AR Initiative Program Lead, USC Entertainment Technology Center

3:30pm – 4:00pm
PANEL: THE FUTURE OF VR/AR AND INNOVATION
This panel will discuss innovation in VR/AR.

PANELISTS
Rich Flier, Managing Director, Business Development, Digital Domain
Julia Sourikoff, Head of VR & 360, Tool of North America
Storme Whitby-Grubb, Immersive Storyteller, Waves VR
Matthew Collado, Co-Founder & Chief Content Officer, Litttlstar
Moderator: Michael Gold, Co-founder & CEO, Holojam

4:00pm – 4:30pm
PANEL: THE FUTURE OF VR/AR FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
This session of VR and AR leaders will discuss the latest developments for music and entertainment. The panel will focus on what opportunities are available for the music business in the market today. What are the available apps, content, devices, and head gear? What is the current state of consumer adoption?

PANELISTS
Maurice Bernstein, CEO & Co-founder, Giant Step
Steve Milton, Founding Partner, Listen
Kevin Cornish, Founder, Moth + Flame VR
Mike Johns, Founder, UrbanWorld Music
Moderator: Cortney Harding, Founder, Cortney Harding Consulting

FEBRUARY 2

11:30AM – 12:15PM
STARTUP PITCHES SESSION 1: WONDA VR, VRTIFY & MAESTRO
DEW Startup Competition Finalists compete on-stage before our judging panels of investors. Sparks will fly.

KEYNOTE STAGE:

2:00pm – 2:30pm
VIEW FROM THE TOP:
THE FUTURE OF VR, AR & VOICE-ACTIVATED AI FOR MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
This panel of tech-media futurists will discuss the future of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) for media and entertainment experiences. What new consumer experiences are possible when media and entertainment companies begin to tap the power of voice-activated devices and augmented reality? How are consumers reacting to the new technologies, including Amazon Echo, Google Home and voice-based smartphones? What does the future hold for this exciting area of innovation?

PANELISTS
Robert Scoble, Entrepreneur in Residence, UpLoad VR; Blogger, Technical Evangelist, and Author
Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Modal VR, Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese
Moderator: Ralph Simon, Chairman, Mobilium Global

3:30pm – 4:00pm
PANEL: HOW AUGMENTED REALITY & GEOLOCATION ARE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF GAMES
With the immense success of Pokémon GO, there is an increased focus among game developers on the prospects of further developing augmented reality and geolocation in games. This panel of experts in games, AR and geolocation will discuss how AR and geolocation are shaping the future of games.

PANELISTS
Fatima Kahn, Vice President, Legal, Airpush, Inc.
John Linden, President, Seismic Games
Dave Swartz, President & Chief Creative Officer, MEDL Mobile
Christina Scelsi, U.S. General Counsel, Wargaming (USA)
Moderator: Nicholas M. DePalma, Partner, Venable LLP

4:00pm – 4:30pm
PANEL: THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL MEDIA INVESTING
This panel of investors, who are actively investing in digital media companies, discusses the latest investment trends and what it takes to get funded in the current environment, including accelerators, crowdfunding, angel and VC deals.

PANELISTS
Howard Marks, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, StartEngine Crowdfunding / StartEngine Capital
Jon Goldman, Managing Partner, Skybound / Venture Partner, Greycroft
Cecily Mak, Chief Revenue Officer & General Counsel, Flipboard
Andrew Farage, New Media Ventures, United Talent Agency
Moderator: Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors

 

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