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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…

        Antoine Cardon

        DVgroup

        DV is an innovative studio created in 2011 that designs and develops unprecedented narrative formats, taking the viewer into immersive experiences. Serial entrepreneur and innovation Guru, Antoine has served in many industries: advertising &…

        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…

        Barbara Lippe

        HolodeckVR

        Dubbed “Björk of Virtual Worlds” Dr Barbara Lippe is a video-game-art-director-turned-actor perfectly bridging interactive and dramatic principles. As Head of Content at HolodeckVR, a deep tech company offering the the most precise XR tracking…

        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,…

            Carl Guyenette

            SOMNAI

            Carl is a philosophising futurist, computer scientist and conceptual creative technologist currently directing technological immersive theatre. He harnesses imagination, engineering and method to manifest ideas into reality.

            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…

              Danny Stefanic

              LearnBrite

              Danny Stefanic is the brains behind the world's first WebXR learning experience platform, LearnBrite. Also founder of 3D internet company ExitReality Inc, founder of the International Virtual Reality Association and chairman of the virtual…

                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…

                Demi Meng

                iVReal

                -MBA2015 at Georgetown (Top Merit Scholarship) & M. Eng at BUPT (Top Telecom Program in China); -Georgetown’s First Chinese Forté Fellow & Vice President of Graduate Investment Fund; -Co-Founder at iVReal & Venture Partner…

                  Dirk van Ginkel

                  Jam3

                  Dirk is currently Creative Director at Jam3 and has worked at a variety of agencies, including Delete, Poke New York (now Makeable) and most recently UNIT9 London where he took the role of Creative Technologist…

                    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…

                    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,…

                      Guy Daleiden

                      Film Fund Luxembourg

                      Guy Daleiden, born in 1963, graduated in History and German linguistics and literature at the University of Freiburg i.Br. (Germany). He started his professional career as a civil servant in 1990, when he joined…

                        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,…

                            Jeff Burton

                            Woodside Creek, LLC

                            Jeff was the third employee of Atari’s International Home Computer Division, responsible for its business development throughout Europe and the Middle East. He joined former Stanford classmates as a founding team member of Electronic…

                              Jeff Ross

                              MasterpieceVR

                              Currently the VP of Engineering for MasterpieceVR, Jeff has more than 30 years experience in the high-tech industry. He has held senior leadership positions in telecommunications, software, and defense sectors. Jeff’s responsibilities included architecting…

                              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…

                                Judith Guez

                                Laval Virtual

                                Dr. Judith Guez is an artist – researcher – engineer in VR/MR. Her research focuses on understanding and creating illusions between the real and the virtual to explore new artistic forms, mobilizing the concept…

                                  Kane Lee

                                  Baobab Studios

                                  Multi-Emmy Award-winning producer Kane Lee heads content for Baobab Studios and has served as executive producer for the immersive studio’s groundbreaking works directed by animation luminary Eric Darnell, including 2017 Emmy Award winner Invasion!…

                                  Laura Mingail

                                  Secret Location

                                  Laura Mingail is an award-winning marketer, product innovator and VR/AR advocate. She has helped to build multiple VR and AR initiatives to drive consumer engagement and sales, such as the development of the VR/AR…

                                    Leen Segers

                                    LucidWeb

                                    Driven by the vision to bring XR to the audience and the audience to the headsets, Leen Segers co-founded LucidWeb. LucidWeb is all about WebXR. LucidWeb builds custom, device agnostic XR apps targeting large…

                                    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…

                                        Marisa Mazria Katz

                                        Eyebeam

                                        Marisa is a New York-based writer who has covered culture and politics in cities that include Casablanca, Kabul, Port-au-Prince and Istanbul. Her work has been featured in several publications, such as the Wall Street…

                                        Matteo Lonardi

                                        ReframeVR

                                        Matteo Lonardi is an Italian photographer, film maker and VR director based in between London New York and Milan. He graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2014. He is founder of the multimedia project…

                                        Nathan Griffiths

                                        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…

                                        Pablo Leon

                                        El Pais

                                          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…

                                            Ryan Wang

                                            Outpost Capital

                                            Ryan Wang is Co-founder and General Partner of Outpost Capital, a leading cross-border early stage venture fund focusing on VR/AR, Blockchain, and new frontier technologies based in San Francisco and Beijing. Meanwhile, Ryan is…

                                            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…

                                                    Sven Wälti

                                                    SRG SSR

                                                      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,…