The Future of XR Content in a 5G World

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The Future of XR Content in a 5G World

The way humans compute, collaborate, communicate is rapidly changing with the advent of spatial computing technologies like XR— and with 5G, creating and consuming content in virtual and augmented reality has never been faster or more accessible. Immersive tech will alter the fundamental ways we do business, and is already innovating industries like healthcare, enterprise, education, and media. Leveraging 5G’s high bandwidth and low-latency to power XR tools, spatial computing startups are showing established companies the way of the future with higher learning retention and engagement, decreased costs, and saved time. A 5G network is essential to enable our next phase of human computing. Join Verizon and the WXR Fund on Tuesday, April 30th, at Verizon's 5G Lab in Chelsea to learn from experts who are building the spatial computing industry, network with thought leaders in the space, and check out XR demos powered by the next generation 5G network.

  Speakers Bios (clockwise from top left) Jessica Brillhart is an immersive director, writer, and theorist who is widely known for her pioneering work in virtual reality. She is the founder of the mixed reality studio, Vrai Pictures. Previously, Brillhart was the Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google where she worked with engineers to develop Google Jump, a virtual reality live-action ecosystem. Since then, Brillhart has made a range of highly acclaimed immersive experiences, working with such groups as NASA, Bose, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Googleʼs Artists and Machine Intelligence program, the Montreal Canadiens, Frank Gehry, and (unofficially) Weather Channel. Her work explores the potential of immersive mediums while also diving into a number of important medium and media-related issues, such as access, disability, and cultural representation.
Brillhart has take the stage at Google IO, Oculus Connect, FMX, and the New Yorker Tech Fest; she has worked as an advisor for Sundance New Frontiers, the Independent Film Project (IFP), and Electric South; and has been a judge for World Press Photo. ADC Young Guns, SXSW, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Her Medium publication, In the Blink of a Mind, has been used by universities, master classes, and creators all over the world. She was recognized as a pioneer in the field of immersive technology and entertainment by MIT and was part of their TR35 list in 2017. Most recently, Brillhart delivered the Convergence Keynote at SXSW 2019 and launched a spatial audio platform, Traverse, which won SXSW’s Special Jury Prize for The Future of Experience. Dawn Thomas is the founder of Koi by Koi Story Studio, a publishing and lifestyle platform where original stories become an immersive, shoppable community. Trained as a lawyer, Dawn was a banker on Wall Street and a senior executive at Will Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment, leading story development for a slate of film and TV projects.
She also founded their interactive group producing virtual games, graphic novels, animated comics, and interactive story worlds with brand partners like Apple, Xbox, DC/Vertigo Comics, SecondLife and more. Recently, she was the Head of Culture Strategy and Content Innovation at an ad agency leading the Samsung and Nike Women brands. Passionate about expanding the narrative for diverse women globally, Dawn's obsessed with leveraging technology and futurism. She’s a 2018 Oculus VR fellow and an immersive director currently producing Koi's first large scale VR project, developed in the Unreal Engine and based on the poem, Ego Tripping. Written by iconic poet, author, and distinguished professor Nikki Giovanni, Ego Tripping explores the magic and mysticism of feminine divinity leveraging lush landscapes and surreal visual effects. Dawn codes (front-end), designs (UI/UX) and also produces story content for 360 and AR.
Koi Story Studio is currently in private beta.  Neha Singh is the Founder & CEO of Obsess, a platform for Immersive Mobile Commerce. She was previously the Head of Product at Vogue, where she was responsible for the product strategy and technology execution of Vogue’s digital business including content products, ad products and distribution platforms. While there, she launched the Vogue website, Vogue Runway and 2 mobile apps. Prior to that, Neha was VP of Product and Engineering at AHAlife, an ecommerce startup for luxury lifestyle products. Neha began her career at Google, where she was a Software Engineer and Tech Lead for 5 years and worked on Google AdWords and Google News. She holds an undergraduate Computer Science degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a graduate Computer Science degree from MIT.
Sophia Dominguez is the CEO & co-founder of SVRF, the first search engine for AR & VR content. She also founded AllThingsVR, a weekly newsletter that highlights the best virtual reality news and content. Previously, she was the Entrepreneur in Residence at Rothenberg Ventures and was also the first person to travel the world with Google Glass and document how people reacted to seeing and experiencing it for the first time. Sophia graduated from NYU Gallatin in 2013 with an individualized B.S. degree in “How Technology Impacts Human Interaction. .

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