Sandra Rodriguez, Ph.D., creative director, director, and sociologist of media technologies.
Expert in emerging technology and Futurist at Paramount, where he works on virtual and augmented reality projects.
Senior research scientist on Magenta (Google AI), a research project exploring the role of machine learning in the process of creating art and music.
Dan Tucker (moderator)
Curator and executive producer of Sheffield Doc/Fest, he has made his mark as a director for BBC, The Guardian, Greenpeace, and the National Film Board of Canada. He has worked as a director and producer on television, virtual reality, the Web, mobile applications, games, and digital strategy, winning a number of awards in the process.
Charles Melcher (moderator)
Founder and CEO of the award-winning independent publishing house Melcher Media, and Founder and Director of Future of StoryTelling (FoST), an annual event that brings together creators reinventing narrative in the digital age.
Lance Weiler (moderator)
Storyteller, founding director of Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling and alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab.
Writer, director, co-founder of Fable Studio and immersive storyteller who explores the interaction, innovation, and magic of the genre in works like Wolves in the Walls, featured in the Echo exhibition.
Experiential exhibit designer and CEO of StoryFile, an interactive application that uses artificial intelligence to tell the story of our time through interactive video with scientists, artists, and influencers.
Director of marketing at HaptX, a company working to combine virtual reality with touch. He has produced numerous videos for Microsoft, Hasbro, and AT&T, and his The HaptX VR Experience project was presented at Sundance in 2018.
Author, director and VR creator who brought us the work Alice, The Virtual Reality Play, and The Real Thing VR, presented as part of the Echo exhibition.
A VR experience director who has worked for the British National Space Centre. He directed LoVR and Vestige, a virtual reality piece presented as part of the Echo exhibition.
Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn
Associate Professor at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, and founding director of the Games and Virtual Environments Lab.
Immersive director, writer, and theorist. She’s the founder of the independent studio, Vrai Pictures. Previously, Jessica was the Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google.
Legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer, he was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, he investigates the biological basis of consciousness, the "inner universe". He has edited the bestselling science book 30 Second Brain.
The conference fee includes an exclusive access to the new Echo: The Sound of Space exhibition, which showcases virtual reality projects that are currently touring the globe, including Space Explorers, a collaboration between Felix & Paul Studios and NASA; all three parts of Eliza McNitt’s Spheres, presented in Canada in its entirety for the first time; and several creations by the speakers at The New Storytellers 5.