Agenda

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Conference

2Pm - 6pm


 

2:00 - 2:35 PM

Keynote: This is Your Brain on VR

  • How does virtual reality affect the end user’s brain?

  • Why do some virtual experiences “feel” vivid and immersive, while others fall flat?

  • And what’s VR’s potential to help (or harm) the way our brains function?

Learn five key takeaways from Reinvent, the 2017 research study fielded with the goal of understanding whether VR might help stroke patients recover their motor skills.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sook-Lei Liew, Assistant Professor and Director of USC’s Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Lab


2:35 - 3:05 PM

Interactive Storytelling: The Future of Entertainment

Join the Emmy Awards Interactive Peer Group for a deep dive into how mixed reality mediums are forcing the entertainment industry to reconsider what an "interactive" story actually is.  

Moderator:

Lori H. Schwartz, Founder & Technology Catalyst, StoryTech

Panelists:

  • Latoya Peterson, Deputy Editor, Digital Innovation, ESPN’s The Undefeated


3:05 - 3:35 PM

Tools & Techniques for Altering a User's Reality

Creative professionals sound off on how and why they chose their preferred development platforms, from Unreal Engine and Unity, to Facebook AR Studio, Google AR Core, Apple AR Kit and more. 

Moderator:

Wagner James Au, SVP, AnyContext & Author, New World Notes

Panelists:

  • Mariana Acuna Acosta, Co-founder, Opaque Studios

  • Jonathan Nafarrete, Co-founder & EIC, VRScout


3:35 - 3:55 PM

Break


4:00 - 4:20 pm

AR:t Gallery Spotlight

One-on-one spotlight with the AR:t Gallery Fellows.

Interviewer:

Lori Kozlowski, Founder, More Light Media

Artist:

Nancy Baker Cahill


 4:20 - 4:40 PM

Case Study: Transforming the Retail Experience with AR


4:40 - 5:00 pm 

Virtual Love, Sex & Companionship

Virtual companions are no longer relegated to the realm of science fiction. So how are these alternate reality romances changing our everyday relationships? 

A Fireside Chat with:

  • Tom Boellstorff, Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine

  • Ela Darling, Co-founder, GonzoVR


5:00 - 5:30 pm

New World Ethics: Mixed Reality Commerce & Culture

Do mixed reality platforms and producers have an obligation to be "ethical" when it comes to making money? 

Moderator:

Tameka Kee, Founder & Creative Director, The In.flux Lab

Panelists:

  • Ela Darling, Co-founder, GonzoVR

  • Tom Boellstorff, Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine


5:30 - 7:00 PM

Mix & Mingle


 

AudioLab

7pm - 10pm


 

7:00 - 7:30pm

The AR:t of Storytelling (with The LA Times NEWSTORY) 

Join the LA Times NEWSTORY team for a deep dive into how mixed reality mediums are transforming how we tell stories. 


7:30 - 8:00 PM

AR & The Creative Process

Artists explore how mixed reality mediums shape the creative process itself.


8:00 - 8:30 PM

Break


8:30 - 9:00 PM

The Economics of Mixed Reality: How Can Creators Make Money?

What's the earning potential of various mixed reality day jobs -- from in-house at a brand or agency, to developing at a AAA game studio, to crafting virtual goods from the comfort of your home?

Moderator:

Khayyam Wakil, Advisor, Live Planet


9:00 - 10:00 PM

Mix & Mingle