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THE VR ACADEMY PANELS & WORKSHOPS

WEEK AT A GLANCE

TUES, JANUARY 9th - The VR Arcade Expo @ Las Vegas Production Studio

11am  to 7pm: The VR Arcade Expo at LVPS - Don't miss the largest collection  of VR Arcade attractions including Hologate, WePlayVR, Modal VR,  PhaseSpace, Springboard and more!





WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10th - @ Fresh Wata 

11am to 6pm: The VR Academy Panels and Workshops 
at Fresh Wata

11am to 7pm: The VR Arcade Expo

4pm to 7pm: Electric BBQ by Jesse Ray’s Award Winning BBQ


7:30pm to 9pm: XTC VIP Dinner by Invitation Only


9pm to 12am: VR FEST Opening Night Gala Co-Hosted by Phase Two





THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 @ RedFlint/Venetian/MGM/LVPS

11am  to 7pm: The VR Arcade Expo at LVPS - Don't miss the largest collection  of VR Arcade attractions including Hologate, WePlayVR, Modal VR,  PhaseSpace, Springboard and more!



11am to 5pm: VR FEST Workshops at RedFlint  (Downtown LV) 


1pm to 3pm: XTC Semi Finals at Venetian (CES Badge Required)


5pm to 8pm: GAN.co/Women in Tech Int’l/VR FEST Mixer at Red Flint


10:30pm to 4am: The VR Arcade at Hakkasan Nightclub with Tiesto





FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 @ LVPS

10am  to 2pm: The VR Arcade Expo at LVPS - Don't miss the largest collection  of VR Arcade attractions including Hologate, WePlayVR, Modal VR,  PhaseSpace, Springboard and more!




“CES®  is a registered trademark of the Consumer Technology Association. VR  Fest is not affiliated with or endorsed by CES or the Consumer  Technology Association.”


THE VR ACADEMY PANELS - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10



VR FEST ’s VR/AR Academy Panels feature top industry speakers from the global immersive entertainment community.  


Date: January 10th

Time: 11am to 7pm

Location: Fresh Wata Studio

Address: 3905 West Diablo Drive Las Vegas, NV 89118

Description: VR FEST and Fresh Wata are teaming up to host a series of VR/AR speaker panels that will debut at Fresh Wata’s beautiful facility located one mile from the Las Vegas Strip.


PANEL #1:  Empathy to Action: How Virtual Reality Can Encourage Pro-Social Behaviors that Progress Society
Time: 11:00am - 12:15pm presented by Vantage Point
Introduction: Christopher Crescitelli, Founder - VR FEST
Moderator: Louisa Spring (Co-Founder/ Chief Strategy Officer, Vantage Point)
Speakers: Morgan Mercer (Founder/CEO, Vantage Point), Jesse Damiani (CEO, Galatea), 
Sarah Hill (CEO,Story Up XR), Annie Lukowski (Co-Founder, Vanishing Point Media)




PANEL #2:  Fireside Chat 
Time: 12:20pm to 12:55pm 
Moderator: John Canning (VP New Media, PGA)
Speakers: Seth Shapiro (Television Academy)
Lewis Smithingham (President/Partner, 30 Ninjas)




PANEL #3:  Storytelling for VR 
Time: 1pm to 1:45pm presented by Here Be Dragons
Moderator: Nitin Gupta (Software Lead, Google Daydream)
Speakers: Kate Wurzbacher (Head of Camera, Here Be Dragons), Alina Mikhaleva (Co-Founder. Spherica), 
Tristan Cezair (Producer/Creative Director/TD, Cream Productions), Suzanne Lagerweij (Founder, Field of Views), John Canning (VP New Media, PGA)




PANEL #4:  The VR Arcade & Theme Park Panel
Time: 1:55pm to 2:40p presented by VR Arcade
Moderator: Bob Cooney (Zero Latency)
Speakers: Nick Risher (Hologate), Shauna Heller (AI Solve/WePlayVR), Louisa Spring (Co-Founder/ Chief Strategy Officer, Vantage Point), Christopher Crescitelli (VR Arcade), Leif Peterson (Hologate)




PANEL #5: Experiential VR/AR Marketing Panel 
Time: 2:45pm to 3:15pm
Moderator:  Brandon Kaplan (Founder/CEO, Skilled Creative) 
Speakers: Tyler Gates (Director of Business Development, Brightline), Khayyam Wakil (Chief Strategy Officer, Live Planet), 
Ryan Pulliam (CMO, Specular Theory), Derek Koenig (SVP of Discovery Agency)




PANEL #6:  Power of Diversity and Inclusion in VR/AR

Time: 3:20pm to 3:50pm

Moderator: Stephanie Chan (Venture Beat)

Speakers: Zhen Cao (Outpost Capital), Charles Babb (Fairchild Consortium), Gaspar Ferreiro (Project Ghost Studios), 
Cathy Hackl (HTC Vive), Dulce Baerga (CEO River Studios)




PANEL #7:  Music for VR 

Time: 3:55pm to 4:40pm presented by New York University (NYU)

Moderator: Sam Howard-Spink, PHD (Clinical Associate Professor Music Business Program NYU Steinhardt)

Speakers: Randy Eckhardt (Founder, Real Time Immersion), Travis Fodor (PM Sound Director, Microsoft Mixed Reality)



PANEL #8:  Children and Family VR

Time: 4:45pm to 5:15pm

Moderator: Amy Peck (Endeavor VR)

Speakers: Cory Kew (Discovery Agency), Nitin Gupta (Google Daydream), Cheryl Baer Brady (Living Pop Ups), Kiernan Kit (Truth for Gold)




PANEL #9:  Business of VR

Time: 5:20pm to 6:05pm

Speakers: Lou Pizante (CFO/Head of Corporate Development for Two Bit Circus), Sven Kardelke (VP, Magix), Chris Hewish (EVP, Skydance Interactive), Michael Gold (Co-Founder/CEO Holojam), Kiernan Kit (Co-Founder/CEO, Truth for Gold, Jennifer Rundell (Co-Founder/COO, Positron Voyager), Chuck Taylor (Caesars Entertainment).





VR FEST WORKSHOPS - THURSDAY, JANUARY 11


VR FEST WORKSHOPS  at REDFLINT 
sparked by University of Phoenix

Date: January 11th


Time: 11am to 8pm


Location: RedFlint sparked by University of Phoenix 


Address: 300 South 4th Street, Suite 180   LV, NV 89101


Phone: 702-408-3200


Description:  VR FEST and RedFlint sparked by University of Phoenix are teaming up to  host a series of VR/AR workshops that will debut at RedFlint’s  beautiful facility located in Downtown LV.


 

WORKSHOP #1:  Adobe - Mettle Suite of Products


Time: 11am - 12pm


Introduction: Chris Crescitelli


Speakers: Chris Bobotis, (Adobe)



WORKSHOP #2:  Adobe - Post Production Workflow


Time: 12pm to 1pm


Speakers: Dave Helmly (Adobe)



WORKSHOP #3:  Your Brain as a Virtual Reality Input presented by Story-UP
Time: 1:15pm to 1:45pm


Speakers: Sarah Hill, (Story-Up)



WORKSHOP #4: New Tools and Processes to Create Successful User Experiences in Mixed Reality


Time: 2pm to 2:45pm


Speakers: Phillippe Lewicki, (Afternow)





WORKSHOP  #5:  Why Camera Movement is a Game Changer for your 360  Story:
Introducing the Next Generation of Hardware Solutions presented  by Spherica


Time: 3pm to 4pm


Speakers: Nick Malukhin (Founder, Spherica)    

Alina Mikhaleva, (Co-Founder, Spherica)



WORKSHOP #6:  Transitioning into VR/AR 


Time: 4:15pm to 5pm


Moderator: Gregg Katano, (VP of U.S. Operations, Hologate; Partner, VR Arcade)


Speakers: Marcie Jastrow (SVP, Immersive Media, Head of Technicolor Experience Center, Technicolor)


Jacki Morie, (Founder / Chief Scientist, All These Worlds, LLC)


Amanda Joan, (Software Developer, SC Advisory)


Shannon Blake Gans, (CEO & Co-Founder, New Deal Studios)

GAN.co & Women in Tech International - Cocktail Happy Hour 5pm to 8pm  


“CES®  is a registered trademark of the Consumer Technology Association. VR  Fest is not affiliated with or endorsed by CES or the Consumer  Technology Association.”

VR FEST WORKSHOPS - THURSDAY, JAN 11th

VR FEST WORKSHOPS  at REDFLINT 
sparked by University of Phoenix
Date: January 11th

Time: 11am to 8pm

Location: RedFlint sparked by University of Phoenix

Address: 300 South 4th Street, Suite 180   LV, NV 89101

Phone: 702-408-3200

Description: VR FEST and RedFlint sparked by University of Phoenix are teaming up to host a series of VR/AR workshops that will debut at RedFlint’s beautiful facility located in Downtown LV during CES.


WORKSHOP #1:  Adobe - Mettle Suite of Products

Time: 11am - 12pm

Introduction: Chris Crescitelli

Speakers: Chris Bobotis, (Adobe)


WORKSHOP #2:  Adobe - Post Production Workflow

Time: 12pm to 1pm

Speakers: Dave Helmly (Adobe)


WORKSHOP #3:  Your Brain as a Virtual Reality Input presented by Story-UP
Time: 1:15pm to 1:45pm

Speakers: Sarah Hill, (Story-Up)


WORKSHOP #4: New Tools and Processes to Create Successful User Experiences in Mixed Reality

Time: 2pm to 2:45pm

Speakers: Phillippe Lewicki, (Afternow)




WORKSHOP #5:  Why Camera Movement is a Game Changer for your 360 Story:
Introducing the Next Generation of Hardware Solutions presented by Spherica

Time: 3pm to 4pm

Speakers: Nick Malukhin (Founder, Spherica)    
Alina Mikhaleva, (Co-Founder, Spherica)


WORKSHOP #6:  Transitioning into VR/AR 

Time: 4:15pm to 5pm

Moderator: Gregg Katano, (VP of U.S. Operations, Hologate; Partner, VR Arcade)

Speakers: Marcie Jastrow (SVP, Immersive Media, Head of Technicolor Experience Center, Technicolor)

Jacki Morie, (Founder / Chief Scientist, All These Worlds, LLC)

Amanda Joan, (Software Developer, SC Advisory)

Shannon Blake Gans, (CEO & Co-Founder, New Deal Studios)


GAN.co & Women in Tech International - Cocktail Happy Hour with Panel
Time: 5pm to 8pm   Speakers: TBA


FOUR DAY SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

TUES, JANUARY 9th - @ Caesars Palace

10pm to 4am: Join us at OMNIA Nightclub for the CES® Opening Night Party.  CES® badge required.* 




WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10th - @ Fresh Wata Studios

11am to 6pm: The VR Academy Panels and Workshops 

12pm to 6pm: The VR Arcade & Lounge Expo

4pm to 7pm: Electric BBQ by Jesse Ray’s Award Winning BBQ

7:30pm to 9pm: XTC VIP Dinner by Invitation Only

9pm to 12am: VR FEST Opening Night Gala Co-Hosted by Phase Two




THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 @ Red Flint/Venetian/MGM Grand

11am to 5pm: VR FEST Workshops at Red Flint  (Downtown LV) 

1pm to 3pm: XTC Semi Finals at Venetian (CES Badge Required)

5pm to 8pm: GAN.co/Women in Tech Int’l/VR FEST Mixer at Red Flint

10:30pm to 4am: The VR Arcade at Hakkasan Nightclub with Tiesto




FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 @ Downtown Las Vegas

7pm XR Magazine Closing Night Party (VIP Only)

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3905 W Diablo Dr, Las Vegas, Nevada 89118, United States

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