Immersive Stories: Virtual Reality Conference
The final line-up and schedule has been released for the Immersive Stories: Virtual Reality Conference, which takes place at the Round Room in the Mansion House, Dublin 9am-5pm across the 24th & 25th February 2018 as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.
Immersive Stories: Conference
The Immersive Stories Conference brings pioneering international and Irish thought leaders on Virtual and Augmented Reality to Dublin to chart new ways of storytelling on immersive platforms, developments that are already revolutionising the way we produce and consume entertainment.
The finalised line-up includes Resh Sidhu, Creative Director of Two Species VR; Ian Bowie, Experience Designer at the ILMxLAB and Lead Designer on STAR WARS: SECRETS OF THE EMPIRE; Curtis Hickman: Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of critically-acclaimed immersive entertainment company The VOID, Sol Rogers, CEO & Founder, REWIND, Colum Slevin, Head of Experiences at Oculus VR, Andrew Melchior, Founder of 3rd Space Agency and Executive Producer of Björk Digital ; Davor Krvavac, Executive Creative Director at B-Reel London, (creators of the Gorrilaz AR app) and many more. The Immersive Stories Conference and Exhibition is curated by Eoghan Cunneen, a Senior Software Engineer at Lucasfilm Ltd.
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Dear attendees, please note a change in our lineup: Diana Williams is no longer able to attend Immersive Stories at ADIFF. In her place we’re delighted to welcome Ian Bowie, @ILMxLAB lead experience designer and Visual Effects Society Award Nominee. Ian will speak on behalf of ILMxLAB and his incredible work on Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.
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.
Ian Bowie - Lead Experience Designer, ILMxLAB
Ian Bowie is an Experience Designer at the ILMxLAB and Lead Designer on Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.
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.
Resh Sidhu - Creative Director, AKQA
Resh Sidhu is award winning Creative Director at AKQA, based in New York. She is one of the most well-regarded names in Virtual Reality driving the medium forward with her fearless creativity and innovative approach. Her diverse portfolio ranges from mixed reality, digital experiences, global marketing campaigns and product development where she uses unfamiliar mediums to drive forward digital transformation.
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 – Co-Founder, 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.
Angela Dorgan - CEO, First Music Contact
Angela Dorgan is the CEO of www.firstmusiccontact.com (FMC), the Arts Council funded national resource organization for musicians which run the Irish Music Export Office, www.musicfromireland.org the online music portal www.breakingtunes.com and the annual music industry showcase Hard Working Class Heroes festival www.hwch.net. FMC also runs the artist income generating Live Music Trails around Dublin and other Irish cities.
Neil Leyden – Head of RTE.ie, RTÉ
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.
Niamh Byrne - Co-Founder, Eleven Management
Niamh Byrne has decades of music industry experience having started out at CMO Management Ltd in 1995. During her time here Byrne managed international recording artists such as Jesus & Mary Chain, Blur, Gorillaz, Elastica and Turin Brakes.
Davor Krvavac - Executive Creative Director, B-Reel
Davor Krvavac is the Executive Creative Director at B-Reel London. A multi-award winning Creative Director, Davor brings expertise of working with major global brands and icons such as Gorillaz, Nike, Converse, LVMH, LinkedIn, Google and Pernod Ricard. Most recently he led a team that designed, developed and delivered the ground-breaking, mixed reality Gorillaz App.
Andrew Melchior - Founder, 3rd Space Agency
Andrew Melchior was executive producer for Björk Digital at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Björk Digital is a collection of immersive installations and virtual reality experiences that accompanied her 2015 record, Vulnicura.
Catherine Allen - VR Curator and Founder of Limina Immersive
Catherine led the creation of two of the BBC's first VR experiences and now curates VR for the UK's leading arts venues with her company, Limina Immersive. Her work is known for bringing VR to broader audiences who wouldn't describe themselves as early adopters. She is part of the BAFTA VR advisory team and has judged VR for Sheffield Doc Fest, Encounters and Raindance film festivals.
Keith Lawler - Co-Founder of www.firstage.com
As a former professional touring artist and Creative Director in the advertising industry, Keith’s unique experience positions me perfectly for my role at Firstage. He’s toured with acts like Fugazi, Dinosaur Jr, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Deftones and Rocket from the Crypt and released 3 critically acclaimed albums.
As an adman, Keith’s created award winning work for Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA and the Start Group on brands such as Heineken, PlayStation, Jumeriah, Adidas and Etihad and many more.
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.