Virtual Reality Conference 24th-25th February 2018

Audi Ireland and ADIFF are providing festival-goers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the future of entertainment with an exciting new Conference and Exhibition on virtual and augmented reality.

Immersive Stories: Conference brings world-class experts in virtual and augmented reality felds to Dublin for an inaugural two-day conference in the Round Room at the Mansion House. The concept for the event and bursary was inspired by Audi Ireland’s commitment to technological innovation and their interest in the evolution of flm and entertainment.

Focusing on the future of immersive entertainment, the Immersive Stories conference will explore how innovative and purposeful cross-platform storytelling allows us to shift from being passive observers to active participants in a story and how it is shaped. It’s not just about the exciting possibilities in telling new stories, but the chance to offer unique and thrilling new perspectives on existing ones.    

Curated by Eoghan Cunneen, a senior software engineer at Lucasflm in San Francisco, speakers will include; Diana Williams, Content Strategist, Lucasflm & Creative Development Executive, ILMxLAB; and Curtis Hickman, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Offcer at acclaimed immersive entertainment company, The VOID.

Other Speakers include Colum Slevin, Head of Experience at Oculus VR; Solomon Rogers, Founder and CEO of Rewind; and Pink Kong Sudios Co-Founders Aoife Doyle and Niamh Herrity.

Pink King Studios, alongside writer Denis James Ryan, were recently awarded a bursary of €30,000 by Audi Ireland, ADIFF and Screen Training Ireland to produce their virtual reality concept Aurora which will premiere as part of Immersive Stories.

Tickets

Immersive Stories: Conference Early Bird €80/€40 conc
Immersive Stories: Conference Full Price €95/€55 conc
Immersive Stories: Exhibition €10
Season Ticket Holder €80

Confirmed speakers include:

Curtis Hickman – Co-Founder, The VOID

Curtis Hickman – Co-Founder, The VOID

Curtis Hickman is a co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at The VOID, the critically acclaimed immersive entertainment company. He has worked has worked for a number of studios and production groups as Head of Motion Graphics and Visual Effects, including Kaleidoscope Studios where he created and directed commercials for Franklin Covey in addition to leading VFX work on music videos for such artists as BB King and Five for Fighting. 

With more than 10 years of experience producing award-winning visual effects and motion graphics for film and television, combined with an obsession with the art of illusion, Curtis's background in digital and practical illusion design has lead to the development of the fundamental technologies behind The VOID.
 
At The VOID, Curtis and the rest of the team layer virtual worlds over physical spaces to create immersive entertainment experiences that engage the senses, bringing consumers closer to stories, characters and places than ever before. 

Diana Williams – Content Strategist, ILMxLAB

Diana Williams – Content Strategist, ILMxLAB

Diana Williams is an executive in the Lucasfilm Story Group, the team tasked with developing narrative cohesion and connectivity within the Star Wars universe, and Content Strategist for ILMxLAB 

ILMxLAB combines the talent of Lucasfilm, ILM and Skywalker Sound, and focuses on compelling storytelling, technological innovation and world-class production. From holding a lightsaber in Trials on Tatooine – A Star Wars Virtual Reality Experiment, to migrating across a moonlit desert landscape in Alejandro Iñarritu’s Academy Award Winning experience Carne y Arena, and stepping into a hyper-reality experience in Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, ILMxLAB is reinventing the way stories are told and experienced. 

Prior to Lucasfilm, Diana was a founder of Roller Coaster Entertainment. She has produced a long list of critically acclaimed films including the award–winning narrative feature Our Song, the documentary Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible and Another First Step, and consulted on the documentaries Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis for Starz Entertainment and Room 237. Diana also developed The Gatecrashers – a multi-media storyworld and comic book series created by Zach Mortensen, 5 Girls – a southern gothic horror feature film, and Chinafornia – an animated comedy webseries created by Ellie Lee. 

Colum Slevin – Head of Experiences, Oculus VR

Colum Slevin – Head of Experiences, Oculus VR

Colum Slevin oversees the experiences group for the Oculus VR content team, helping a portfolio of third party developers making 360 video, narrative, and real-time experiences for Mobile VR and Rift.

His early background in production for animated TV and features led him to Industrial Light + Magic, where he was Director of Computer Graphics, and later Vice President/Head of Studio Operations at Lucasfilm, where he was responsible for the animation division in California and Singapore. Colum joined Oculus in 2015 from Telltale Games, where he was Studio General Manager. He is obsessed with movies and, while he can never choose his favorite film, his current favorite quote is from Pulp Fiction: Mia asks “When in conversation, do you listen, or do you just wait to talk?” Vincent thinks about it and then responds, “I wait to talk, but I'm trying to listen.”

Sol Rogers – CEO & Founder, REWIND

Sol Rogers – CEO & Founder, REWIND

Sol Rogers is CEO and Founder of REWIND, a production agency that fuses bleeding-edge technology with award-winning creative storytelling. Known for pushing the boundaries in innovation content creation, REWIND’s acclaimed immersive projects include BBC Home: A VR Spacewalk, the launch of Jaguar I-PACE and Ghost In The Shell VR.

Sol is a BAFTA VR Advisory Group Executive, Chair of Immerse UK and an advisor to globally recognised conferences. Sol’s passion for VR has led him to set up VRLO; the UK’s most popular VR meetup, and VR Together; a platform to help create VR for good. Prior to founding REWIND, Sol was a university lecturer for 15 years in Digital Animation, VFX & Emerging Technology. Sol is a VR evangelist and prominent international keynote speaker, often quoted in the press and appearing on TV.

Niamh Herrity – Pink Kong Studios

Niamh Herrity – Pink Kong Studios

Niamh Herrity is CEO and award-winning Producer at Pink Kong Studios Dublin. Recipient of Entrepreneur of the year 2015 and IBYE finalist 2016 - Niamh's Business background has enabled her to push the studio to new heights.

Since Niamh co-founded Pink Kong in 2014, she has produced award winning content for the Studio including a Bafta winning Game "Virginia" (2016) and award winning short films "Meanwhile on the Train"(2015) and "Urban Tails" (2016).

Niamh most recently produced "Departure" (2017) funded by the I.F.B & R.T.É. The film is currently on the international festival circuit. Niamh also plays an active role within Ireland's animation community holding seats on both the board of both Animation Ireland and Women in Animation Ireland.

Aoife Doyle – Co-Founder, Pink Kong Studios

Aoife Doyle – Co-Founder, Pink Kong Studios

Aoífe Doyle is the creative director and co-founder of Pink Kong Studios based in Dublin, Ireland. Aoífe's background in classical animation led her to work for over a decade in Ireland's booming animation sector before co-founding Pink Kong Studios.

She is the creative driving force of the studio, guiding artists and ensuring the studio adheres to the creative vision. An award-winning Writer/Director, Aoífe’s films have been screened at numerous festivals worldwide.

Aoífe most recent director credits include: 
"Departure" 2017 (Irish Film Board)(SHORT FILM) 
"Urban Tails" 2017 (RTÉ)(SHORT FILM & TV SERIES) 

Neil Leyden – Head of RTE.ie

Neil Leyden – Head of RTE.ie

Neil is currently Head of RTE.ie, the online arm of the state broadcaster and the number one media website in Ireland.  He has previously worked as a digital media strategist, scriptwriter and entrepreneur. In his role as digital strategist, he has worked with a diverse range of companies including Windmill Lane Pictures, AIB, Intel, Deloitte Media, Worldirish.com and Independent News & Media PLC. 

As a scriptwriter he has worked for the BBC, Jam Media, Fiddler’s Green and Brown Bag Films. He previously sat on the boards of the Irish Internet Association (IIA), Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Contracts Committee and was Chairman of the Digital Media Forum, a network of digital media companies in Ireland as well as sitting on the board of a number of tech start-ups, including an early VR venture. In 2011, he was named winner of Your Country, Your Call - a nationwide competition run by Áras an Uachtaráin

Enda Bates - Deputy Director of the Music & Media Technologies TCD

Enda Bates - Deputy Director of the Music & Media Technologies TCD

Enda Bates is a composer, musician, producer and academic based in Dublin, Ireland, and an Assistant Professor and deputy director of the Music and Media Technologies programme in Trinity College Dublin. In 2010 he completed a PhD entitled The Composition & Performance of Spatial Music, while current research interests include spatial music, spatial audio for VR, the aesthetics of electroacoustic music, and the Augmented Electric Guitar. 

He is an active composer of acoustic and electroacoustic contemporary music and scores and other material are available from his page at the Irish Contemporary Music Centre. He is a founder member of the Spatial Music Collective and is an active performer, both of his own work and with The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Miriam Ingram, Nina Hynes/Dancing Suns, amongst others. He has also worked as a producer/engineer for a variety of artists and groups such as the Crash Ensemble, Mumbling Deaf Ro, Somadrone, and Conor Walsh.

Andrew Melchior - Founder, 3rd Space Agency

Andrew Melchior - Founder, 3rd Space Agency

Bio coming soon.

Denis Ryan – Writer, Pink Kong Studios

Denis Ryan – Writer, Pink Kong Studios

After forging an academic background in screenwriting, (an MA Screenwriting from the Huston School of Film in Galway), Denis's narrative pursuits led him to the field of video game writing and narrative design - working predominantly in mobile gaming and immersive storytelling.

Alongside his experience in Narrative Design, he has worked on many animation projects at various phases as well as writing kid-friendly content for a Minecraft-based YouTube channel.

The Immersive Stories: Exhibition

The Immersive Stories: Exhibition will provide a hands-on opportunity for attendees to participate in the best multi-platform and immersive entertainment. The exhibition is a critical component to Immersive Stories; we intend to provide attendees with the opportunity to not only experience storytelling on these emerging new immersive platforms, but also demonstrate how consuming entertainment through these mediums can fit into their daily lives. We will exhibit immersive experiences on platforms such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Daydream and Samsung Gear.

Confirmed Exhibitors include:

Aurora (Pink Kong)

Aurora (Pink Kong)

Created by Aoífe Doyle, Niamh Herrity & Denis James Ryan and produced at Pink Kong Studios, the story is one of peaceful reflection. 

Fleeting awe inspiring moments of interaction with the characters dot the films timeline. Immersed in powerful visuals and sounds of nature, the time-lapse style narrative of this virtual reality piece is sure to conjure up feelings of nostalgia. With mesmerizing imagery and an emotive storyline “AURORA” offers a captivating experience for the viewer and invites us to reflect on the nature of time itself

Crime Scene

Crime Scene

Blade Runner: Memory Lab

Blade Runner: Memory Lab

Disclaimer

Some people may experience symptoms when experiencing virtual reality, including motion sickness, nausea, disorientation, visual abnormalities, or other discomfort. Do not participate in or go through a demo experience if you have been consuming or are under the influence of alcohol.