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SXSW 2019 Events ft. Women in Spatial Computing and AI

Women in XR Meet-up
Hosted by Martina Welkhoff of WXR Fund and Laura Mingail, senior director, marketing & business development of Entertainment One

Date: March 13th at 11 am PT

Join our very own Martina Welkhoff of WXR Venture Fund and Laura Mingail of Entertainment One at this meet up for the innovators, creators, storytellers, and rule-breakers of VR, AR and MR. Develop new connections for possible collaborations. Discuss relevant hurdles and how they can be solved. Share ideas about how to accelerate the industry, and each other. And, celebrate the ongoing impact of women in VR, AR and MR.

SXSW Pitch: Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology
Jenna Seiden of Lumos Labs Inc, Martina Welkhoff of WXR Fund, Carman Chan of Click Ventures, Marco DeMiroz of The Venture Reality Fund/The VR Fund, and Barry Downes of Sure Ventures

Date: March 9th at 3:30 Pm PT

SXSW Pitch is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors. Five companies will dazzle a live audience, panel of judges with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Saturday, March 9th in Salon DE on the 4th floor of the Hilton Hotel.

A New Wave: AR/VR's Impact on Music
Amy LaMeyer of WXR Fund and Sophia Dominguez, CEO of SVRF

Date: March 13th at 2 pm PT

Featuring WXR Partner Amy LaMeyer and Sophia Dominguez, CEO of SVRF and member of the first WXR Cohort. A panel of media, music and XR experts discuss immersive & spatial music. From the creators of AeronautVR, Cannes Lions winner, to TribeXR, an immersive DJ learning experience, panelists dig into a new wave of tech that is changing artist/fan relationships. Showing the reach of VR/AR, SVRF powered 35M+ camera/web/VR experiences with musicians like Nicki Minaj and Zedd. VR concerts can now reach fans of all ages/locations. Panelists will speculate on future content & tech from artists & creators.  

 
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Women in Spatial Computing
& AI at SXSW2019

Jessica Brillhart – Film Keynote

Date: March 12th at 11 am PT

Jessica Brillhart is an American film director who is widely known for her pioneering work in virtual reality. She is the founder of the independent immersive studio, Vrai Pictures.

Scaling AI for the Future Workforce
Monica Shortino of Capital One and Jonathan Gottfried of Major League Hacking

Date: March 8th at 12:30 Pm PT

AI will undoubtedly impact tomorrow’s workforce; the biggest changes will likely come not in the replacement of humans, but how they work.

Battle of the Extremes: An AI Moderated Debate
Hannah Matthews of Karmarama, Sonoo Singh of The Drum and Jon Wilkins of Karmarama

Date: March 9th at 11:00 Am PT

This AI moderated debate explores how technology could help us steer clear from extremism, with the ultimate ambition of driving progress for divided society.

How AI is Changing Advertising in China
Bessie Lee of Withinlink

Date: March 9th at 11:00 Am PT

AI will undoubtedly impact tomorrow’s workforce; the biggest changes will likely come not in the replacement of humans, but how they work.

AI For Storytellers: The Good The Bad and The Ugly
Jess Fuselier of Sundance Institute and Yves Bergquist of Corto

Date: March 9th at 2 Pm PT

AI is permeating the entertainment industry and changing technology’s role across every stage of content creation, distribution and marketing.

Ethics and AI: How to Plan for the Unpredictable
Cara Biasucci of UT Austin Ethic Unwrapped, Josh Marcuse of Defence Innovation Board, Joshua Sullivan of Booz Allen Hamilton, and Ryan Welsh of Kyndi

Date: March 9th at 2 Pm PT

AI is influencing our lives in powerful ways, but are we prepared to handle the unpredictability of tomorrow? This panel will discuss how the intersection of AI and ethics can help plan for the unknown.

Creative Ways to Solve the Bias Problem in AI
Sarah Holland of Google, Tiffany Li of Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, Sasha Moss of R Street Institute and Heather West of Mozilla

Date: March 9th at 3:30 Pm PT

During the Facebook hearings in Congress, when asked how to solve the hate speech problem, CEO Mark Zuckerberg replied "artificial intelligence (AI)." But before we allow AI to solve our problems, we need to solve its' biggest problem first: bias.

AI and the Threat to Democracy
Elizabeth Lukas of Decoded, Patrick Walsh of Decoded, Greg Edward of Decoded

Date: March 9th at 3:30 Pm PT

During the Facebook hearings in Congress, when asked how to solve the hate speech problem, CEO Mark Zuckerberg replied "artificial intelligence (AI)." But before we allow AI to solve our problems, we need to solve its' biggest problem first: bias.

AI: The Silver Bullet Against Disinformation?
Annie Klomhaus of New Knowledge, Gianni Riotta of Princeton University, and Giuseppe Abbamonte of European Comission

Date: March 9th at 3:30 Pm PT

During the Facebook hearings in Congress, when asked how to solve the hate speech problem, CEO Mark Zuckerberg replied "artificial intelligence (AI)." But before we allow AI to solve our problems, we need to solve its' biggest problem first: bias.

AI and the Democratization of Work
Myra North of Arena, Suzy Ryoo of Cross Culture Ventures, Jacob Hsu of Catalyte and Dean Garfield of Information Technology Industry Council

Date: March 9th at 5 Pm PT

During the Facebook hearings in Congress, when asked how to solve the hate speech problem, CEO Mark Zuckerberg replied "artificial intelligence (AI)." But before we allow AI to solve our problems, we need to solve its' biggest problem first: bias.

Getting Better All the Time at Ignite® SXSW
Samantha Wolfe of We Are Phase2, Elisa Miller-Out of Chloe Capital, Eli Novershtern of Square Peg Capital, and more.

DATE: March 10th at 5 pm PT

10 speakers will share their stories & thoughts. Each speakers gets 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for 5 minutes on stage. It's going to be awesome.

AI and the Future of Storytelling
Heather Smith of StoryFile, Charles Melcher of Future of Storytelling, Douglas Eck of Google and Lance Weiler of Columbia University

Date: March 10th at 9:30 Am PT

How do you feel about machines creating stories or art? Do you think you can tell the difference between art, words, or music made by a human versus artificial intelligence? Does it matter?

AI and the Future of Journalism
Rubina Fillion of The Intercept, Meredith Broussard of New York University, Emily Withrow of Quartz and Elite Truong of The Washington Post

Date: March 10th at 11 Am PT

Artificial intelligence is already revolutionizing the news industry, as organizations use machine learning to automate thousands of stories, sift through massive data sets to find trends and outliers, and build bots that scale individual conversations with their audiences.

Beating the Hype of AI in Healthcare
Elizabeth Asai of 3Derm and Michael Abramoff of IDx

Date: March 10th at 11 Am PT

If headlines are to be believed, the coming of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is either non-existent hype or will be so disruptive that it will destroy healthcare as we know it.

Who Will Lead in the Race for AI in Defense?
Elsa Kania of Center for a New American Security, Wendy R Anderson of SparkCognition, Chris Shank of OSD Strategic Capabilities Office, and Jim Townsend of Center for a New American Security

Date: March 10th at 12:30 Pm PT

If headlines are to be believed, the coming of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is either non-existent hype or will be so disruptive that it will destroy healthcare as we know it.

Introducing Ann: The Warm Hands of AI
Tiril Sommerfeldt Syversen of Accenture

Date: March 10th at 5:15 Pm PT

My father’s fight with dementia, depriving him his ability to communicate, is what inspired me to look to modern technologies for ways to support dementia sufferer in communicating their needs.

Augmented Reality: Amplifying Human Intelligence
Dr. Helen Papagiannis of Augmented Stories Inc

Date: March 11th at 9:30 am PT

The power of Augmented Reality resides in its capacity to amplify human possibility: creative expression, knowledge, and connection. With AR rapidly advancing as a new medium, we must ask: How can we design experiences to enhance and enrich a user’s life and extend our humanity in unprecedented ways?

Laura Mingail (Entertainment One): Mentor

Date: March 11th at 9:30 am PT

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interactions with industry leaders and professionals from all aspects across the film, interactive, and music areas.

How AI will Impact Organizational Structures
Nancy Giordano at Play Big Inc, Ron Green at Kung Fu, Carl Horton of IBM Watson, and Mike Salvino of Infinia ML

Date: March 11th at 9:30 AM PT

Just like the internet did post-Netscape, AI is forcing change in organizational structures and the creation of new roles. As AI creates new revenue opportunities, it drives operational change.

How AI Will Design the Human Future
Dr Heather Berlin of Icahn School of Medecine at Mount Sinai, Jennifer Strong of The Wall Street Journal, Amir Husain of SparkCognition and Prof Peter Stone of The University of Texas at Austin

Date: March 11th at 9:30 AM PT

Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are enabling us to replace limbs, translate dreams into pictures, interpret neural signals, and gain insights into our genetic makeup.

An Honest Hologram? The Ethics of MR Design
Lauren Cascio of Microsoft and Ryan Hastings of Microsoft

Date: March 11th at 11 AM PT

From cars programmed to kill you to Pokémon hiding in the Holocaust museum, the ethical implications of technology have never been more apparent. And that's just today.

Immersion at Scale: AR/MR Will Change Everything
Julia Sourikoff of Tool of North America, Kevin O’Malley of TechTalkStudio, Steve Koenig of Consumer Technology Association, and Tony Parisi of Unity Technologies

Date: March 11th at 11 AM PT

Augmented Reality is making its mark on the world, with commercial deployments across gaming, entertainment, media, and retail. The computer interface is going immersive, with phone-based AR and stand-alone headsets leading the charge.

Veena Somareddy (Neuro Rehab VR): Mentor

Date: March 11th at 12:30 Pm PT

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interactions with industry leaders and professionals from all aspects across the film, interactive, and music areas.

Cathy Hackl (You Are Here Labs): Mentor

Date: March 11th at 12:30 Pm PT

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interactions with industry leaders and professionals from all aspects across the film, interactive, and music areas.

Democracy & AI: Delivering Better Services
Mahoney Turnbull of Token Foundry/Consensys, Raimo Reiman of Estonian Information System Authority, Matthew Kennedy-Good of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Date: March 11th at 11 AM PT

Augmented Reality is making its mark on the world, with commercial deployments across gaming, entertainment, media, and retail. The computer interface is going immersive, with phone-based AR and stand-alone headsets leading the charge.

The Future of Augmented Reality in Sports
Noa Davidson of The Coca-Cola Company, Charlie Fink of Forbes, Ryan Montoya of Sacramento Kings, and Alex Hertel of Xperiel

Date: March 11th at 12:30 Pm PT

Augmented reality is, literally, changing the game for live sports. Digitally immersive technologies are turning legacy sports stadiums into giant, interactive gaming consoles allowing fans to make the physical world around them, digitally interactive.

Optimizing Marketing Workflow with AI and Automation
Disha Harjani of Shutterstock, Laurie Summers of IBM and Kit Hughes of Look Listen Productions

Date: March 11th at 12:30 Pm PT

At the core of many successful campaigns is a powerful and visual experience that captures attention and is highly engaging. Campaigns like these require a lot of work, skill, and coordination by digital marketers, brand managers, content owners, and often agencies.

The Future of Augmented Reality in Sports
Carrie Witt of Owlchemy Labs and Andrew Eiche Owlchemy Labs

Date: March 11th at 12:30 Pm PT

As virtual reality hardware becomes more widespread, interactive room-scale VR experiences are expanding far beyond the realm of gaming.

The Future of AI: Accelerating Innovation
Jody Merrit of SAIC, Kevin Kwast of US Air Force, Sanjay Sardar of SAIC and Gary Washington of USDA

Date: March 11th at 12:30 Pm PT

The Innovation Ecosystem within the government has gotten a makeover due to new partnerships within the startup and academic community.

Immersive Marketing: Beyond the Instagram Palace
Dasha Kittredge of Metaforyou, Taylor Katai of Giant Spoon, Niyia Mack of NM Mgmt, Justin Fix of Just Fix It Productions

Date: March 11th at 2 Pm PT

The rise of experiential marketing has been a game changer over the past couple of years, engaging fans with properties on a whole new level. But what if you could go even deeper?

Ethics in the Age of Virtual Humans
Amanda Solosky of Rival Theory, David Hanson of Hanson Robotics Inc, Brian Frager of Shatterproof Films, Drew Diamond of Entertainment Technology Center @ USC.

Date: March 11th at 3:30 Pm PT

Leaders in virtual human capture and AI/machine learning community discuss the state of this blossoming industry and the underlying ethical questions at the heart of this new innovation in technology and storytelling.

The New Playbook: Mixed Reality in Sports
Joelle Mefford of The Foundry @ Meredith, Christopher Golier of National Hockey League, Jason Yim of Trigger, and Scott Stanchak of National Basketball Association (NBA)

Date: March 11th at 5 Pm PT

Fanatics obsess over every detail and sports fans are some of the biggest diehards out there. Bringing print media and apps into the new digital age is essential to building strong relationships with new and returning fans, but it is no easy feat. 

Behind the Intelligence: Active and Passive AI
Sarah Fay of Glasswing Ventures, Annette Tonti of The Innovation Scout, Omar Tawakol of Voicea

Date: March 11th at 5 Pm PT

While the industry is abuzz talking about the rise of artificial intelligence, the technology itself is not new – A.I. has been all around us for a number of years now, but it wasn’t labelled as such.

Total Recall: The Future of Learning with VR
Rori DuBoff of Accenture Interactive, Molly Tierney of Accenture, Cortney Harding of Friends With Holograms, and Kevin Cornish of Moth + Flame

Date: March 11th at 9:30 Am PT

From helping treat those with PTSD to enhancing retail experiences, virtual reality’s use cases are far-reaching and transformational. VR’s potential to improve the impact of human services is untapped.

3, 2, 1: Blast Off! Building Spacecraft with AR
Shelley Peterson of Lockheed Martin, Eric Kamont of Microsoft and Scott Montgomerie of Scope AR

Date: March 12th at 11 am PT

In a $10 billion space program where it takes years to build a spacecraft, but only seconds to launch it, teams work in a high stakes environment daily to ensure spacecraft are built with the highest precision and accuracy.

Immersive Learning: No Frames, No Walls, No Limit
Bethany James of National Geographic, Tim Dillon of MPC, David Korins of David Korins Designs, Stephen Smith of USC Shoah Foundation

Date: March 12th at 11 am PT

What is the future of learning and cultural engagement in a world where the physical and visual arts, and the full range of formal and informal learning, no longer need to be seen or framed in traditional spaces, places and media formats.

VR/AR Healthcare Meet Up
Veena Somareddy of Neuro Rehab VR and Skip Rizzo of USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Date: March 12th at 12 Pm PT

VR/AR applications for healthcare is gaining traction quickly from VR therapies for pain and anxiety to virtual surgical training. Join Veena Somareddy and Dr.Skip Rizzo to explore and discuss about the various use cases and the future of technology in healthcare.

VR Content Distribution In East and West
Qinya (Jenny) Guo of LumiereVR, Pearly Chen of HTC Corp, Stephane Rituit of Félix & Paul Studios, and Travis Wu of LumiereVR

Date: March 12th at 12:30 Pm PT

China has been the leading force in Location Based Entertainment(LBE) for Virtual Reality since the early days of the industry. In 2016 alone they spawned over 5000 VR arcades across the nation.

Tumours, Transplants and Technology: AI For Life
Cathy Coomber of axial3d, Dr Tim

Date: March 12th at 12:30 Pm PT

A young mother in need of an urgent kidney transplant to save her life, a father willing to donate. The story could end there. Except that the kidney due to be transplanted had a tumour. 

VCs Reality Check for AI Hype
Kristina Serafim of Verizon Ventures, Alastair Goldfisher of Venture Capital Journal, David Blumberg of Blumberg Capital, Aaron Jacobson of New Entreprise Associates Inc

Date: March 12th at 12:30 Pm PT

AI has become hyped in the media with futuristic stories, but in reality, AI adoption is relatively low. 

Product Design Principles in the Age of AI
Tania Philip of Shutterstock

Date: March 12th at 12:30 Pm PT

A new era of product design is emerging, thanks to the evolution of AI, prompting considerable debate about the transformative technology. 

Ichha Arora (Oculus): Mentor

Date: March 12th at 2 Pm PT

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interactions with industry leaders and professionals from all aspects across the film, interactive, and music areas.

Making Virtual and Augmented a Reality For Television
Lori H. Schwartz of StoryTech / Television Academy, Larry Jones of Blackthorn Media, and Elija Allan-Blitz, Filmmaker

Date: March 12th at 2 Pm PT

Ready or not, Virtual and Augmented Reality programming is on its way. Who is producing it, what is available to experience, and how does it translate for television? We’ll talk to the innovators creating compelling VR and AR content and explore how it will enhance television and the audience experience over the next decade.

Art Museums as Spaces of Digital Play
Sarah Brin of Meow Wolf, Chad Coerver of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and Charles Yust of Frog Design Inc

Date: March 12th at 2 Pm PT

Many adjectives are ascribed to art museums, but "fun" isn't usually at the top of the list. Institutions have tended to project authority rather than empathy and emotional connection. However, museums' aspiration to grow attendance beyond traditional art audiences has begun to create opportunities for playful engagement almost unthinkable a decade ago.

Joanna Popper (HP): Mentor

Date: March 12th at 2 Pm PT

Meeting with this Mentor is highly recommended if you’re interested in VR and Marketing.Joanna Popper is a Hollywood and Silicon Valley media executive. She recently became HP’s Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment.

Expeditions Into the Uncanny Valley
Christina Heller of Metastage, Marcie Jastrow of Technicolor, Simon Che De Boer of RealityVirtual, Andrew MacDonald of Cream VR

Date: March 12th at 3:30 Pm PT

Pioneers in photoreal avatar creation, volumetric photogrammetry, and UX / NPC interactivity share their hard won lessons and surprising discoveries. These innovators believe there is much more to VR than gaming, and crossing the uncanny valley is the key to getting there.

HR to Bots: Job Displacement in the Age of AI
Julie Hubert of Workland, Craig Fisher of Allegis Global Solution, Will Thomson of Bulls Eye Recruiting, and Andres Traslavina of Whole Foods Market

Date: March 12th at 3:30 Pm PT

HR is undergoing massive transformation. New apps, sites, solutions and software crop up every day, all promising a more efficient world. That’s the positive side.

The Role of AI in Reducing The Impact of Pandemics
Jennifer Esposito of Magic Leap, Sumi Paranjape of Vulcan, Julie Whipple of Qlik, and Dirk Voelkel of GE Healthcare Life Science

Date: March 12th at 3:30 Pm PT

In 2017, the WHO added “Disease X” to its Blueprint List of priority diseases. Disease X represents the possibility that the next big threat to public health will come from a completely unknown and unforeseen source.

Amy LaMeyer (WXR Fund): Mentor

Date: March 12th at 3:30 Pm PT

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interactions with industry leaders and professionals from all aspects across the film, interactive, and music areas.

Listening to the Future of AR
Chen Zhang of Part Time Evil, Brad Becker of Sentient Play, Ian Fitzpatrick of New Balance, John Gordon of Bose

Date: March 12th at 5 Pm PT

Companies are shifting from the traditional marketing they have used for years passed and moving to an experiential model to engage new customers.

How VR and AR Change the Way We Express Ourselves
Liv Erickson of High Fidelity, Kat Harris of Microsoft, Eva Hoerth of WXR Fund, and Estella Tse

Date: March 13th at 11 Am PT

How will we connect with friends 3,000 miles away in 2025? How will we communicate feelings or ideas? Although early in development, VR and AR are shaping new forms of communication that go beyond text on screens and connect us through more intimate modes of expression.

Better with Friends: The Social Life of VR
Autumn Taylor of Owlchemy Labs, Patrick Curry of FarBridge, Dante Buckley of Downpour Interactive, and Aaron Lemke of The WaveVR

Date: March 13th at 12:30 Pm PT

Virtual reality is touted as the ultimate immersive experience. Its ability to transport the user into situations and locations beyond their dreams showcases its power. But social isolation can come into play with any technology that removes all distractions from the real-world. Networked and multiplayer solutions work for people inside a headset, but what about for everyone else?

The Future Of Monetizing Your VR Project
Anna Brady of StudioBento, Daniel Coplon of Within, Andy Whittaker of Other Set, and Lester Francois of StudioBento

Date: March 13th at 12:30 Pm PT

The panel will look to the near future to see where creators can make money from their VR / 360' projects. So far most VR projects are given away for free online or at festivals but the landscape is changing.

AI: Transforming our Social Lifestyles
Rachel Metz of CNN Business, Andy Fang of Doordash, and Eric Colson of Stitch Fix

Date: March 13th at 12:30 Pm PT

The elusive powers of AI are infiltrating our lives and not just in the tech devices we use. It's no secret that we are all mapped today by a series of data points.

Coming to a Theater Near You: Location-Based VR
Jenni Cook of Dreamscape Immersive, Nathan Brown of Tomorrow Never Knows, and Shane Robinson of Wevr

Date: March 13th at 2 Pm PT

From magical, unfamiliar lands to fan favorite blockbuster franchises to competitive combat games, location-based VR experiences are taking many forms. As retail locations offering these experiences spring up in the US and beyond at an increasing rate, and more venture funding flows in to support further expansion, what content will prove to be king?

Beyond Reality: Immersive Virtual Experiences
Rachel Metz of CNN Business, Curtis Hickman of The VOID, Brent Strong of Walt Disney Imagineering

Date: March 13th at 3:30 Pm PT

Virtual reality is touted as the ultimate immersive experience. Its ability to transport the user into situations and locations beyond their dreams showcases its power. But social isolation can come into play with any technology that removes all distractions from the real-world. Networked and multiplayer solutions work for people inside a headset, but what about for everyone else?

Creativity: Perspectives from Neuroscience and AI
Elizabeth Margulis of University of Arkansas, Douglas Eck of Google, Alain Dagher of Montreal University, and Pablo Samuel Castro of Google

Date: March 13th at 3:30 Pm PT

Where does creativity come from? Insights from Neuroscience and Machine Learning.
We bring together experts in the field of neurology, psychology, cognitive science, music performance, and machine learning to explore the generative process humans undergo to create music.

Harnessing the Power of VR and AR for Enterprise
Rita Arrigo of Microsoft Australia, Helen Situ of Moment, Tony Parisi of Unity Technologies, and Trent Clews-de Castella of PHORIA

Date: March 13th at 3:30 Pm PT

The global augmented reality and virtual reality market is expected to reach $94.4 billion by 2023. AR and VR have historically been seen through primarily an entertainment lens.

Blockchain is Shaping the Future of Content
Tara Tan of IDEO, Ryan Andal of Secret Location

Date: March 13th at 3:30 Pm PT

Blockchain’s ability to improve entertainment content distribution is astonishing. For emerging industries such VR and AR, blockchain’s benefits could provide a much-needed shot of accelerated growth.

Producing Live Performance in VR
Kiira Benzing of Double Eye Studios, Alex Coulumbe of Agile Lens, and David Gochfeld of HamletVR

Date: March 13th at 4 Pm PT

Social VR platforms like High Fidelity enable creators to present live events in a completely virtual environment for an audience distributed around the world. We will introduce creators to producing and performing live Theater in VR.

VR/AR Save the World! Emerging Tech & Civil Rights
Brittan Heller of Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and CSIS, Business and Human Rights Program, Patricia Novick of The Field Museum, Armando Kirwin of Artie, and Sony Green Kineviz

Date: March 13th at 5 Pm PT

How can non-profit organizations harness the power of VR/AR technology to promote social good?

Empowering Accessibility with AI, IoT, & Robotics
Shana Penna of Inmogeia Technologies

Date: March 14th at 11 Am PT

How can non-profit organizations harness the power of VR/AR technology to promote social good?