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.
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Confirmed speakers include:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Melchior - Founder, 3rd Space Agency
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.
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)
Created by Aoífe Doyle, Niamh Herrity & Denis James Ryan and produced at Pink Kong Studios, the story is one of peaceful reflection.
Blade Runner: Memory Lab
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.