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CONFERENCE

JUNE 7-9, 2018 - CONGRESS CENTER

The theme of WRF18 is Being Together. In the 21st century, when social inequality has reached a pinnacle, we rely more on technology than on each other. This June, we will be together in Crans-Montana reimagining our future without the social anarchy at the most anticipated edition so far! The WVRF18 programme is made up of the artistic direction of the World VR Forum, in collaboration with our WVRF18 Conference Chairman – Bruce Wooden, Founder of AltSpaceVR – a Social VR application in California, acquired in 2017 by Microsoft. Social VR at its core is the idea of “social presence”. The WVRF Annual Summit’s Conferences are the culmination of a year-round work, bringing together all the expertise of the team and its advisors to provide participants with an editorial of the highest quality. Broadcasted live on our YouTube channel, all the debates take place in the conference room of the Le Régent Congress Center available on WVRF Replay a few weeks after the event.

Our Conference Chairmen from previous editions included: in 2017 – Neal Hartman, a researcher at CERN in Geneva and in 2016 – Michel Reilhac, an independent interactive story architect from France, both distinctive and well-accomplished masters in their fields of work.

CONFERENCES

SPEAKERS

Adam Rogers

Gentle Manhands

A career that started as Producer and PM for Technicolor’s DVD studio in London, he went on to produce some of the era's most innovative music DVDs, for bands such as Depeche Mode, Nick…

    Alexandre Calil Sicchieri Silva

    VRXP Consultancy

    Alexandre Calil S. Silva is an internationally leading Administrator and contributor of major groups/pages of VR creators and enthusiasts on Facebook, including the largest one with over 42,000 members, and a principal voice in…

    Amir Bozorgzadeh

    Virtuleap

    Amir Bozorgzadeh is cofounder and CEO at Virtuleap, the host of the Global WebXR Hackathon and the startup powering up the Gaze-At-Ratio (GAR) XR metric. Amir is a regular contributor to tech blogs like…

      Andrew Perkis

      NTNU

      Andrew Perkis received his Siv.Ing and Dr. Techn. Degrees in 1985 and 1994, respectively. In 2008 he received an executive Master of Technology Management in cooperation from NTNU, NHH and NUS (Singapore). He has…

        Antti Jäderholm

        Vizor

        Antti Jädertpolm is a digital artist and entrepreneur that hails from the 90’s demoscene, producing a plethora of productions across evolving platforms. He is the founder of Vizor.io, where he has created various WebVR…

        Bernardo Bergeret

        INCAA

        The current International Affairs Manager of INCAA (National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts), Bernardo Bergeret, has had a long career in the music business not only as an artistic producer but also as…

        Bigna Lenggenhager

        University of Zurich

        Bigna Lenggenhager is a professor at the University of Zurich and the head of the Cognitive Neuropsychology research group with a focus on Body, Self and Plasticity. After studying Psychology at University of Zurich,…

        Bruce Wooden

        6D

        Known by enthusiasts as Cymatic Bruce, Bruce Wooden has been an active VR & AR industry evangelist since 2013. Bruce co-founded Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR), an international organization for VR professionals and pioneers.…

          Bruno Herbelin

          EPFL

          Bruno Herbelin is deputy director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics since 2012 (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland). He is researcher in virtual reality and cognitive neuroscience in the laboratory of Prof. O. Blanke…

            Caecilia Charbonnier

            Dreamscape Immersive

            Caecilia Charbonnier was a professional tennis player (4th in Switzerland, WTA 256 in 1999). Following an injury to her shoulder, she became interested in computer graphics and sports medicine. She first obtained a Master…

            Caitlin Krause

            MindWise®

            Caitlin E. Krause thrives in interdisciplinary arenas of leadership, design, story, presence and immersion. How do we develop and communicate our visions, leading with relational trust and emotional intelligence, generating impact through our creativity,…

            Carlos Franklin

            Independant

            Colombian born, Carlos Franklin is a visual artist. He completed Fine Arts at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and the master in audio-visual Arts at Le Fresnoy – National studio of contemporary…

            Cristina Manasse

            Global Capital

            CRISTINA MANASSE is an Italian lawyer, with more than 25 years of experience in the law of cultural goods and intellectual property related matters, specializing in art law and copyright, including digital matters. Cristina…

              David Whelan

              VR Education

              David Whelan is CEO of Immersive VR Education Ltd. Alongside his wife, Sandra Whelan, David co-founded the company in 2014 with the aim of bringing Immersive technology to distance learning and transform how students…

              Emilie Joly

              apelab

              Founder and CEO of apelab, Emilie Joly has explore how the combination of Spatially Aware technologies and interaction design principles work together to build the User Experiences of the future. She leads SpatialStories, a…

              Fabio Hofnik

              Hyper VR

              Fabio Hofnik is an audiovisual director and producer of immersive narrative content events since 2014. Director of the first Brazilian virtual reality festival in 2017 after more than two years of research and promotion…

              Gitanjali Sah

              International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

              Gitanjali Sah is a Coordinator, World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and an expert on ICT for Sustainable Development matters. She has more than 15 years of…

              Giuseppe Riva

              Catholic University of Milan

              Giuseppe Riva, Ph.D., is Professor of General Psychology and Communication Psychology at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy and Director of the the Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Laboratory - ATN-P Lab., Istituto Auxologico Italiano,…

                James C. Roberts III

                Global Capital

                James advises all parts of the global venture capital/startup ecosystem and its clients–from venture capital funds to startups to private investors to corporations using startup services or acquiring those companies.  He also frequently mentors…

                  James Watson

                  Imagination

                  With over 20 years experience in digital marketing and innovation, James has spent the past 4 years championing the development of immersive technology solutions at Imagination. By focusing on solutions that have a meaningful…

                  Jean Yves Chainon

                  JYC

                  Head Producer and Director of AR, VR and 360 Videos at the Global Editors Network, photographer and filmmaker, Chainon’s work has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post, AJ+ and The New…

                  Jean-Louis Decoster

                  Poolpio

                  After an artistic training in Saint-Luc Brussels and the Beaux Arts of Brussels, Jean-Louis Decoster launches into experimental videos in 2000. In 2004 he co-founded a group of VJ (video jockey) with Laurent d'havé,…

                    Joanna Gill

                    Euronews

                    A graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a Master's degree in History, Joanna started her audiovisual career in London working for small production companies before changing up and becoming a reporter in Brussels.…

                      Joshua Walton

                      Sensory.cc

                      Joshua Walton has spent his career blurring the lines between the physical and digital. Prior to his role as Design Architect for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality he co-founded the LAB at the…

                      Leyda Hernandez

                      C'est Du Luxe

                      Leyda Hernández is the CEO of C’est Du Luxe, a premier advisory and consumer trend forecasting firm for luxury brands. C'est Du Luxe helps luxury brands understand new generations of customers, anticipate changes in…

                      Liz Rosenthal

                      Power to the Pixel

                      A pioneer of immersive and interactive storytelling, Liz specialises in audiovisual innovation and in boosting the digital potential of creators, institutions and media business. She is Founder & CEO of Power the Pixel and…

                      Louis Cacciuttolo

                      VRrOOm

                      Louis Cacciuttolo is the founder and CEO of VRrOOm, a media network curating news about XR targeting the mass market, as well as distributing and co-producing XR content. Published in English, French and Chinese,…

                      Luc Courchesne

                      Society for Art and Technology

                      Luc Courchesne is a pioneer in media art and design. From interactive portraiture to immersive experience systems, he has developed innovative approaches which have earned him prestigious awards such as the Grand Prix of…

                      Luis Diego González-Zúñiga

                      Samsung Research

                      A Senior Engineer at Samsung Research UK. He works as a Developer Advocate in the Samsung Internet team. Combining his interests in 3D in apps, UX, GUIs, XR, creative uses of technology, and video…

                      Madiana Asseraf

                      European Broadcasting Union

                      Madiana Asseraf studied Law, but she quickly realized that her passion was to understand the evolving needs of society and to contribute to solving these needs. She then pursued studies in Digital Media, Digital…

                      Mar Gonzalez-Franco

                      Microsoft Research

                      Dr. Mar Gonzalez-Franco is a computer scientist working at the forefront of Mixed Reality research at Microsoft. Her expertise and research spans from devices to perception and neuroscience. Her work has been openly shared…

                        Maria Fernanda Lauret

                        Contrast VR - Al Jazeera

                        Maria Fernanda Lauret is a VR editor at Contarst VR, Al Jazeera’s immersive media studio. She is a storyteller and everything it entails - an editor, camera woman, and a creative thinker behind immersive…

                          Marine Haverland

                          screen.brussels

                          Marine Haverland has been working in the film industry since 2008. After having been in charge of project development at Versus Production, she founded in 2012 Aura Films, a new-media production company. Marine has…

                          Mario Di Poi

                          Maffia.io

                          Mário Di Poi is one of the founders of INPUT | artesonora, a Brazilian post-production house for music and sound design. He worked in more than 200 audiovisual projects among feature films, shorts and…

                          Nathan Grifiths

                          Independant

                          Nathan Griffiths is a visual journalist, with a focus on immersive storytelling and data visualization. He was a graphics editor at The Associated Press, where he led a team of developers, designers and visual…

                          Nicolas S. Roy

                          Dpt.

                          Nicolas S. Roy is the founder and creative director at Dpt., specializing in immersive experiences and interactive storytelling. He has been designing, writing and directing award winning, multi-platform projects in the cultural, commercial and…

                          Nikolaus Roche-Kresse

                          Shamans Films

                          Nikolaus Roche-Kresse is graduated with a master's degree with distinction in philosophy from Paris XII University, award-winning alumnus of the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Créteil and trained at the Ecole des Gobelins. He…

                          Paul Menes

                          ADLI Law Group

                          Paul I. Menes is AV-rated (Preeminent) and the Co-Head of the Entertainment and Media Practice at ADLI Law Group. He provides “Creative Solutions for Creative People”, to his U.S. and international clients. What are…

                          Phil Norris

                          VirtaMed

                          Phil is passionate about improving patient outcomes, and he wants to use the latest virtual reality technology to achieve that. As a former theater manager, Phil knows the influence that immersive experiences can have…

                          Pierre Magistretti

                          King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

                          Pierre J. Magistretti, received his MD from the University of Geneva and his PhD in Biology from UCSD. He is currently the Dean of the Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering at…

                            Ray Kallmeyer

                            CreateAR

                            Ray Kallmeyer is a game director and technical entrepreneur with the mission of inspiring people to develop healthy relationships with technology. In 2016 Ray co-founded CreateAR in San Francisco and currently serves at its…

                            Rina Tsubaki

                            European Forest Institute

                            Rina Tsubaki connects communities through innovation projects, networks and events. She recently joined the European Forest Institute, an international science organisation, with a mission to build media-science capacities and link two different worlds. Her…

                            Sarah Kenderdine

                            EPFL

                            Professor Sarah Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. In widely exhibited installation works, she has amalgamated cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially…

                              Sébastien Kulling

                              digitalswitzerland

                              Sébastien has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and sales in large corporations such as Nestlé, Nespresso and Orange communications as well as in two start-ups. Sebastien holds a MSc in Management…

                                Shari Frilot

                                Sundance Institute

                                SHARI FRILOT Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival, Chief Curator of New Frontier Shari’s focus is American and World Cinema dramatic features, as well as films that experiment and push the boundaries of conventional storytelling.…

                                  Simon Ho

                                  VRVCA

                                  Simon Ho is a well-known VR/AR evangelist. A frequent speaker at industry events, his views were frequently quoted by media in the field. He’s currently Director at VRVCA (Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance), a…

                                    Stéphane Cardin

                                    Canada Media Fund

                                    Stéphane Cardin has over fifteen years of experience in the film, television and digital media industries. Since joining the organization in 2006, Mr. Cardin maintains an ongoing dialogue with industry and government stakeholders, leads…

                                    Touradj Ebrahimi

                                    EPFL

                                    Prof. Touradj EBRAHIMI received his M.Sc. and Ph.D., both in Electrical Engineering, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1989 and 1992 respectively. In 1993, he was a research engineer at…

                                    Tyler Hurd

                                    Gentle Manhands

                                    A long time 3D Animator and Tech Artist from San Francisco, Tyler Hurd is currently creating fun animated VR things. After working 9 years at the award winning video game studio Double Fine Productions…

                                    Vangelis Lympouridis

                                    Enosis VR

                                    Vangelis Lympouridis, PhD is an adjunct professor at Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) where he teaches VR, AR and Mixed Reality with a strong focus in developing story,…

                                    Victoire Thevenin

                                    mk2

                                    After working at Visit Films in New York Victoire joined mk2 in 2011 as International Sales Executive. She handled sales to Northern America, Asia, Germany, Eastern Europe and the Middle East before taking the…

                                      Virve Rissanen

                                      Helsingin Sanomat

                                      Virve Rissanen works as a tech reporter in Helsingin Sanomat, the largest daily newspaper in Finland. Her stories are published in HS.fi, and they often include a video or an interactive element. Her work…

                                      Wendy Bernfeld

                                      Rights Stuff BV

                                      Wendy Bernfeld, former Montrealer and founder/Managing Director of Rights Stuff BV (Amsterdam) www.rights-stuff.com , is a passionate film buff with 25+ years in film/tv/paytv/VOD channel startup, biz dev and content/programming, in North America and EMEA/international. This…

                                        William Shen

                                        Lenovoreal Co.Ltd

                                        William Shen CEO of Lenovoreal VR technical expert, have more then 7 years VR product development experience Worked in Intel & Lenovo as product manager for 13 years Graduated from East China Normal University,…

                                          Yuxing (Erica) Han

                                          South China Agricultural University

                                          Yuxing received her B.S from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Ph.D from UCLA, both in Electrical Engineering. Yuxing is currently a professor in school of engineering at South China Agriculture University,…