Director and President
Neal Hartman is the Director and President of the CineGlobe Film Festival at CERN as well as part of the committee of Festival Tous Ecrans and a member of the programming committee for the new art space le D.I.X.
She has more than 20 years of experience in public relations and press relations. She helped draw international media attention to some of Montreal’s biggest cultural events like the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Francofolies and Montréal en Lumière.
Marius is an Interaction Designer at EPFL+ECAL Lab in Lausanne, imagining innovative experiences for emerging technologies. Before this, he taught visual communication at ECAL, created digital tools for international business development and worked as a freelance storyteller for clients including Montreux Jazz Festival and Moncler.
Senior Media Development Manager It is in her current portfolio of activities to analyse and promote the potential of virtual reality to create engaging experiences with the audience at different levels, as well as to facilitate innovation and the exchange of knowledge about VR experiences between EBU Members.
Creative Director Balthazar started working in VR in 2011, when it was still a film-school project. Since then, Balthazar became one of the very first VR-native artist in the world. He founded Innerspace in 2014. Working in Korea, the US and in France, Balthazar is one of the world’s finest artist in the field of VR. His piece Firebird : La Péri has received numerous awards for both innovation and artistic direction.
Lily Baldwin is a filmmaker and dancer. Noteworthy film work includes “Swallowed" from "Collective Unconscious," Sleepover LA,” "A Juice Box Afternoon,” and "Sea Meadow," as well as music videos for artists such as Blood Orange, The Forms, Joan Osborne, Fassine and Cat Martino (Sufjan Stevens), to name a few. She directed "Misty Copeland", a documentary for Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards and premiered "Through You," a VR project co-directed with Saschka Unseld at Sundance.
VR Producer MediaMonks is the biggest creative digital production company on the planet. They specialize in working for and with advertising agencies to craft amazing digital work for global brands.
Innovation Expert Now working as an innovation expert at the online department of SRF, he is creating new products and prototypes - and motivating others to do so as well.
Co-founder Antoine Cayrol created his production company FATCAT FILMS in 2005. In November 2013, FATCAT FILMS incorporates the audiovisual group PREMIERE HEURE and became its digital label. In 2014 he creates a second production company specializing in the production of content for virtual reality, OKIO STUDIO, by partnering with Pierre Zandrowicz and Lorenzo Benedetti.
Founder and CTO
Sylvain is the Founder and Technology Director of Artanim, a multidisciplinary motion capture lab in Switzerland and Founder and CTO of Dreamscape Immersive Inc, a VR entertainment company developping location-based VR experiences.
Research Director at Artanim & CTO at Dreamscape Immersive Her work focus on the interdisciplinary use of motion capture from 3D animation, live performances to movement science, orthopedics and sports medicine. Her research interests include joint biomechanics – in particular the 3D modeling, motion analysis and simulation of native or prosthetic joints – VR/AR, real time motion interaction and 3D body scanning. The results of her research have been published in more than sixty international journals and conferences.
CTO and Co-Founder Yannick holds a Master of Sciences in Engineering and has always been active in socially impacting projects.
Senior Vice President
Mr. Chen joined the Fund in 2012. He has been in charge of the Strategy & Research team of the fund, and now he is the head of an Investment team
Author, lecturer, psychology student and high level athlete, Louis Derungs is a hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is a technique Louis himself used during his journey to recover from an electrocution of 15,000 volts in October 2013, but he is also a writer / blogger for the daily assessment.
Professor With a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Prof. Ebrahimi is the author or the co-author of more than 200 research publications, and holds 14 patents. Currently Professor at EPFL heading its Multimedia Signal Processing Group, he is also a member of IEEE, SPIE, ACM and IS&T. Prof. Ebrahimi has initiated more than two-dozen National, European and International cooperation projects with leading companies and research institutes around the world and he had key contributions to MPEG-4 and JPEG 2000. He is also a member of Scientific Advisory Board of various start-up and established companies in the general field of Information Technology.
He runs a small studio in Los Angeles focused on creating VR and AR projects. He has directed TV commercials for Microsoft and others, and worked with Disney Imagineering designing games for Disneyworld rides.
Senior Programmer Shari joined the programming team in 1998 and currently focuses on U.S. and World Cinema dramatic features, as well as films that experiment and push the boundaries of conventional storytelling. She is also the Chief Curator and driving creative force behind New Frontier at Sundance, a programme highlighting work that expands cinema culture through the convergence of film, art and new media technology.
CEO Jaunt is pioneering the future of creative storytelling through cinematic virtual reality. Founded in 2013, Jaunt is the leading developer of the hardware, software, tools, and applications to enable cinematic VR and put the power of virtual reality in the hands of today’s best content creators.
Virtual Reality Producer & Co-Founder Fifer Garbesi is a virtual reality documentarian from Northern California focussing on underground culture. She has produced award-winning content in Ghana, Tanzania, Cuba, Spain, and The United States.
A philosophising futurist, computer scientist and creative technologist. What is virtual reality's role in the future evolution of human consciousness? A predictive timeline of the next 50 years: The Good, The Weird and The WTF?
Film and Drama Unit Cooperation Senior Manager Alibaba Media & Entertainment Business Group
Nicolas Henchoz is the Director of EPFL+ECAL Lab, the design research centre of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne located within ECAL (the University of Art and Design, Lausanne). He is the author of Design for Innovative Technologies : from Disruption to Acceptance.
Deputy Director Former senior researcher in VR and cognitive neuroscience with a PhD for his research on virtual reality exposure therapy, Bruno Herbelin is currently the deputy director of the EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics.
Engineering Lead Dominik Kaeser is an Engineering Lead at Google, where he runs the team behind Google Earth VR.
Mario Kenyon is an innovative new talent in the industry, beginning his career in theater and transitioning to producing feature films and VR. He is currently Head of Production at Furious M and focused on VR after coming across the technology a few years ago. He is currently working with The Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland to construct experimental paradigms that test how presence and character embodiment in VR narratives affect the physiological and cognitive mental states.
Randal Kleiser wrote and directed the 360 degree Virtual Reality series Defrost, featuring Carl Weathers, Bruce Davison, Tanna Frederick and Harry Hamlin which debuted at Sundance, and will be presented at Cannes after Crans-Montana.
Innovation Lead and the Head of Partnerships Digital Media Disruptor. An innovation lead and a partnership strategist with a solid (15+ years) experience from tv/radio/online production, creative leadership and management. In addition to extensive public broadcasting expertise, proven know-how in international media development from UNESCO especially in South-East Asian context.
Director and Founder
Dr. Patrik Künzler, a medical doctor from the University of Zürich and brain researcher from MIT, develops user interfaces for VR based on medicine and neuroscience at Limbic Life with a focus on natural 3D navigation, body-intelligence, and emotional states.
Associate Director Sophie Lamparter is an Associate Director at Swissnex San Francisco, Switzerland’s innovation outpost. By building networks in science, technology, art, and innovation, she has spearheaded interdisciplinary programs at the edges of art-technology and art-science. She has organized and curated exhibitions and programs in media, digital and data arts, interaction and game design, robotics, VR, AR, architecture, and urbanism. Sophie's most recent initiative is DART 17, a creative incubator for interactive projects. www.dart17.com
CEO Hadrien is the CEO of Innerspace VR, which has been at the forefront of VR entertainment since 2014, with some of the first games and narrative pieces available on the Gear VR/Oculus platform
Matt is an investor at CRCM Ventures, a venture fund focused on early stage frontier tech such as AR/VR and AI. Matt’s experience with enterprise B2B and consumer mobile technology spans Europe, Asia and North America.
CEO Described as a “storyteller and world shaper,” Nadya Lev is a multimedia artist, technologist, and CEO of Aconite: a mixed reality storytelling platform that sits at the intersection of narrative and gaming
Founder & Creative Director Dr Barbara Lippe is a video-game-art-director-turned-actor perfectly bridging interactive and dramatic principles. She has always been a visionary, developing video games and virtual worlds in Tokyo and Vienna before finding pleasure in performing Shakespeare on London’s West End stages.
Project Manager Eva Lopez is a project manager at the Deutsche Welle Innovation Projects team and has a background in (data-) journalism.
Founder Vangelis Lympouridis is a distinct producer, researcher, technologist and innovator in the areas of Virtual Reality and Whole Body Interaction. He is the founder of Enosis VR and he worked with Google Play and the iconic rock band Queen to direct and produce the Bohemian Rhapsody Experience, a highly innovative mobile VR app available for Android and iOS. Enosis is developing content, B2B projects and joint R&D ventures in strategic partnership with leading technology corporations interested in VR such as Google, Microsoft, Dolby Laboratories, General Motors and HP Labs.
Yuki Machida is an innovation designer. He has just graduated from EPFL with a MAS in Design Research for Digital Innovation and worked on the Chronogram project.
Co-Head of Entertainment and Media
Paul I. Menes is the AV-rated (Preeminent) Co-Head of Entertainment and Media at ADLI Law Group. He provides “Creative Solutions for Creative People”, to his clients in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Chairman of Z-Park Creative Culture & Game Industry Development Alliance, Vice-chairman of China Association of Small & Medium Commercial Enterprises, Chairman of China - ASEAN Cooperation and Exchange Promotion Association.
Joel Newton is the CEO of The Congregation, a $100m Virtual Reality Content fund. He previously co-founded The Virtual Reality Company (VRC), a venture-backed startup where he executive produced Virtual Reality projects with filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and fellow co-founder Robert Stromberg.
EP / VP Business Development As a founding member of Reel FX, Peil has participated in the studios significant growth over the past 22 years which now employs 315 team members in their 75,000 square foot Dallas and 17,000 square foot Santa Monica studios. Most recently Peil was attached as Executive Producer on The Book of Life, from Reel FX and 20th Century Fox, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo Del Toro and Brad Booker.
Susanna Pollack is the President of Games for Change, the leading global advocate for the power of games and virtual realities as drivers of social impact. In her role there, she produces the annual Games for Change Festival, the largest gaming event in New York, dubbed by national media as “the Sundance of video games.”
VR Village Programme Chair Denise Quesnel is a researcher of the immersive realities, specifically creation and design of virtual/augmented reality content and interfaces. Graduate student at the iSpace Lab, at SFU's School of Interactive Arts and Technology in Vancouver Canada, her work also involves R&D as Director of Research for The Sawmill motion capture studio, and previously Research Associate at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and a R&D consultant for a variety of VFX/post-production studios around the world. She created SIGGRAPH Conferences' VR Village programme.
Founder and CTO
In 2015 he founded the first ZHDK Spin-Off 'SOMNIACS SA', which transformed the research project 'Birdly' into a commercial product.
Managing Partner James advises all parts of the global venture capital/startup ecosystem and its clients--from venture capital funds to startups to private investors to corporations using startup services or acquiring those companies. He also frequently mentors startups and judges pitch contests in startup bootcamps.
Executive Director Credited by Fast Company with “making neuroscience into a playground for the hot tech du jour”, Amy Sterling is the Executive Director of EyeWire, a game to map the brain. She has advised The White House OSTP and the US Senate on crowdsourcing and open innovation and she helped create the world’s first neuroscience virtual reality experience. Sterling has written for Vice, the BBC, Nature, and Scientific American. She was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2015 and the World Economic Forum Global Shapers in 2017.
Founder & CEO
Liz founded Power to the Pixel in 2007 to help film and media businesses adapt to stay relevant in an ever-evolving connected world. She is the Creator & Director of Power to the Pixel’s two renowned annual programmes - Power to the Pixel: The Cross-Media Forum and The Pixel Lab.
Psychologist and Neuroscientist Professor David Rudrauf is a psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of Geneva, FAPSE, and a member of the Swiss _Center for Affective Sciences. He directs the Laboratory of Multimodal Modeling of Emotion and Feeling on the Campus Biotech in Geneva. His current research focuses on integrating his computational model of embodied consciousness with virtual reality and robotics in order to study the normal and pathological mechanisms of the mind.
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Digital Officer He focuses on strategic repositioning of SEM as a technical agency and further development to be the leading provider of a digital event/media infrastructure and plays a key role in the financial turnaround of the business, as well.
Ms Gitanjali Sah is an experienced International Civil Servant and has worked with several United Nations Organizations like ITU, UNESCO and UNDP in the field of ICT on Development related policy and implementation issues at an international, regional and national level.
ICREA Research Professor A pioneer in using VR from the neuroscience point of view, Mavi Sanchez-Vives is leading the Systems Neuroscience group and is co-director of the Event Lab (Experimental Virtual Environments in Neuroscience and Technology) within the Institute of Biomedical Research in Barcelona. She is also Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience and Associate Editor for Frontiers in Virtual Environments in Frontiers in Robotics and AI.
Executive Producer & Digital Strategist Will is a Creative Leader, Executive Producer & Digital Strategist working for the BBC, DCMS & himself. He has editorially led the BBC's home for new ideas www.bbc.co.uk/taster , a sort of editorial kickstarter for digital born content.
Head of Neuroscience
His main research topic is understanding the neurocognitive basis of body and self experience in space. To this aim he has used multiple experimental techniques, both in healthy volunteers and in brain damaged patients, including psychophysics, non-invasive brain stimulation, fMRI, EEG and neural network modelling.
CEO Salar Shahna, a native of Geneva, Switzerland is the Creative Director and CEO of the World VR Forum. His vision shaped the artistic orientation of WVRF’s annual summit which was acclaimed unanimously by its participants.
ICREA Research Professor Involved in the research in virtual reality since the early 90s and winner of the Virtual Reality Career Award by IEEE Virtual Reality ‘In Recognition of Seminal Achievements in Engineering Virtual Reality` in 2005, Mel Slater is an ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona in the Faculty of Psychology as well as a Professor of Virtual Environments at University College London.
SVP Strategic Partnerships Seth Socolow is SVP Strategic Partnerships for VirtualSKY, the leading Virtual Reality ad Network. Socolow’s passion is creating and marketing products that change how people interact with technology in their daily lives.
Robert Sumner is the Associate Director of Disney Research Zurich (DRZ) and an Adjunct Professor at ETH Zurich. At DRZ, Robert leads the lab’s research in animation and games.
Founder and CEO
Dr. Sun is the founder / Professor / former Dean of School of Software at Beihang University, China's "caltech" that recruits top 0.1% students from the National College Entrance Examination. He is also a successful angel investor, has invested into hundreds of his students' startups. Many of them have passed series A round financing, some of them are valued over 10 billion RMB.
CEO - Founder Attila has 16 years of IT background running his company Virgo Sytems Ltd creating custom-tailored IT solutions. He was a co-founder of iWiW in 2002, which was the biggest social networking site in Hungary with 4.7 million users at its height before Facebook.
CEO Ronny is CEO of Kenzan Studios, an award-winning Geneva based company focused on creative content creation to delight businesses and consumers. Kenzan is in process of developing two VR games for HTC Vive and Oculus and just launched their first VR B2B product “VR Promotion & Entertainment” for Malls, Airports and Lounges.
Director of Consumer Business Development Arijana is an avid AR/VR Evangelist working as the Director of Consumer Business Development at the Swisscom Innovation Outpost in the Silicon Valley. In addition, Arijana co-leads the DART 17 Project co-founded with Sophie Lamparter from Swissnex San Francisco. DART 17 is a test laboratory for interactive experiences, objects, and tools in San Francisco. Arijana studied Social Psychology in San Diego and transitioned to Economics when moving to Switzerland. She now holds a BASc in Business Economics from HSO in Zurich.
Professor in Information Systems With a PhD in software engineering, Antoine Widmer is a professor in information systems at HES-SO Valais-Wallis doing research in VR and AR applied to eHealth, eTourism and eLearning. Since 2016 he’s also the co-founder of Adventures-Lab, a startup aiming to make learning experience more fun by using Augmented Reality in combination with a playing surface.
Principal / Chair Pioneer of the smartphone industry and one of the “most influential people in technology”, David Wood is a fellow of the IEET, Secretary of the Board of Directors of Humanity+, Executive Director of Transpolitica, Chair of the Transhumanist Party (UK), and a fellow of the RSA.
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