Schedule

Want the keynotes, case studies, the AR:t Gallery and the cocktails? Go All Access.

Just want to roam the gallery, mix and mingle? Get the AR:t Gallery + AudioLab pass.


All Access Conference


2:00 - 2:40 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 5 key takeaways about the impact of VR on our brains from the latest research at the collision of immersive technology and neuroscience.

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

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


2:45 - 3:15 PM

collision: xr Eats Entertainment

VR and AR are changing the nature of how we tell stories across screens. So what does the future of entertainment look like when the lines between movies, TV and video games vanish?

Moderator:

Kim Owens, VP, Strategy & Operations, FestiFi and Founding Researcher, KaffeineBuzz

Panelists:

  • Gil Baron, CEO & Founder, Mindshow

  • Isabella Schloss, Associate CG Producer & Narrative Designer, Ayzenberg

  • Eric T. Elder, Executive Director, Game Wizards XR Lab, LMU


3:15 - 3:40 PM

VR Tools: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

With new hardware and software, how are creative professionals choosing their preferred VR development platforms? A roundup of Hollywood VFX experts and developers sound off on the capabilities and limitations of the various XR platforms, like Unreal Engine, Unity 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

  • Glenn Snyder, Co-founder, Master of Shapes


3:40 - 4:00 PM

Break


4:00 - 4:15 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


 4:15 - 4:40 PM

Augmenting the Consumer Experience

Explore the creative ways that brands, agencies and media companies are using augmented reality to connect with customers and drive sales.

Moderator:

Michelle Excell, Founder & Immersive Technology Strategist, the ANTIPODEAN

Panelist:

  • Michael Rucker, Co-founder & COO, OmniVirt

  • Mark Giles, CTO, Empact Labs

  • Jordan Newman, Head of Business Development, Jaunt XR


4:40 - 4:55 pm 

AR:t Gallery Spotlight

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

Interviewer:

Anne McKinnon, VR & AR Consultant, Digital Reality

Artist:

Kevin Mack


4:55 - 5:10 PM

Break


5:10 - 5:35 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 Featured Conversation with:

  • Philip Rosedale, Founder, High Fidelity & Second Life

  • Tom Boellstorff, Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine

  • Ela Darling, CMO, PVR


5:35 - 6:00 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:

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

Panelists:

  • Nancy Bennett, Chief Creative Officer & Studio Head, Two Bit Circus

  • Rebecca Eriksson, Founder & General Partner, Eriksson Law

  • Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz, Visiting Professor and Director of The Occidental College Playwork Lab


6:00 - 7:00 PM

Mix & Mingle


The AudioLab


7:00 - 7:30pm

Collision: Music Meets Immersive Tech

VR, AR and AI are revolutionizing the way we experience music. So how can artists, labels and live venues coexist in this immersive new world of holograms, virtual venues and computer-generated albums?

Moderator:

  • Steve Baltin, Contributing Writer, Forbes

Panelists:

  • Adam Arrigo, CEO & Co-founder, TheWaveVR

  • Helena McGill, Co-founder & CEO, Noctvrnal

  • Jonathan Rowden, Co-founder & CEO, Zero System


7:30 - 8:00 PM

CAN YOU AUGMENT CREATIVITY?

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

Moderator:

  • Anne McKinnon, VR & AR Consultant, Digital Reality

Panelists:

  • Micah Zayner, Co-founder, NeuroExplorer VR

  • Nicole McDonald, Creator & Director, Marry the Moon

  • Miles Regis, Mixed Media & Fine Artist

  • YoSun Chang, Artist & Hacker


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

Panelist:

Deborah Worrell, Business Development, EscapeVR


9:00 - 10:00 PM

Mix & Mingle