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Neil Patrick Harris
Stage and Screen Performer
Neil Patrick Harris is a Tony and Emmy award–winning stage and screen performer, famous for his many memorable roles. As a multi-hyphenate actor/producer/magician/etc., he is an expert in the "slash" generation and how the way we define what we do is changing.
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Darren Aronofsky
President, Protozoa
Darren Aronofsky is the Academy Award–nominated director of mother!, Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream and π. He is also executive producer of the virtual reality experience SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime.
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Sarah Steele
Program Manager & Producer, Google VR Team
Sarah Steele is a lead program manager and producer on Google's VR/AR team, where she has founded numerous programs, including the Jump Start camera loan program, the VR Creator Lab, and Daydream Impact, a social impact program designed to enable activists to leverage VR.
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David Droga
Founder & Creative Chairman, Droga5
David Droga is creative chairman of Droga5. He is the most-awarded creative at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and the youngest person ever inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.
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Jim Henson Creature Shop & Man Made Music
The Jim Henson Creature Shop and Man Made Music are collaborating on an interactive workshop in puppetry which will teach participants all about how character and sound combine to tell a story.
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Rachel Tipograph
Founder & CEO, MikMak
Rachel Tipograph has unlocked the secret of marketing to millennials and Gen Z. With her company MikMak, she single-handedly revolutionized the eCommerice landscape by creating a shoppable mobile video platform designed for the social media generation. She has appeared on Forbes's “30 under 30” and was named one of Fast Company's “Most Creative People in Business.”
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Anjali Sud
CEO, Vimeo
Anjali Sud is CEO of Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free online video platform dedicated to empowering creators.
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Ryan Leslie
CEO & Cofounder, SuperPhone
Ryan Leslie is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, multiplatinum music producer, and avid technologist who has logged studio time with Madonna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyoncé. After realizing the value of authentic and immediate correspondence with his audience, he taught himself to code and raised $5.5 million dollars to found SuperPhone, which lets users scale text communication while providing insights on how to optimize correspondence.
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Hasan Minhaj
Comedian, Actor & Writer
Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer who appears regularly as a correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning program The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
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Vince Kadlubek
CEO & Cofounder, Meow Wolf
Vince Kadlubek believes we are living in a crisis of imagination, but he has plans to change that—starting with his creation, Meow Wolf, an immersive art experience that has become New Mexico’s #1 tourist attraction. Meow Wolf will soon open locations in Las Vegas and Denver, and has become a model for immersive exhibitions across the world.
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Karina Wilsher
Global COO & Partner, Anomaly
Karina Wilsher is steering Anomaly to become one of the hottest agencies in the world. Recognized as one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies, Anomaly has won multiple awards, from Cannes Lions to Emmys, and was named Ad Age’s 2017 Agency of the Year. Their client list includes Google, SONOS, Budweiser, Diageo, and the Coca-Cola Company, among others.
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Linda Boff
Chief Marketing Officer, GE
Linda Boff drives the positioning of GE as the preeminent digital industrial company. She is passionate about all things digital and is recognized as one of today’s most influential CMOs.
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David Carey
President, Hearst Magazines
David Carey is president of Hearst Magazines, one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines, where he has helped expand the company’s leadership position in digital media.
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Grace Boyle
Founder & Director, The Feelies
Grace Boyle is a multi-sensory storyteller. She debunks the notion that we have 5 senses, and instead believes we have closer to 33. When we tell stories that engage all of our senses, we’re able to tell more powerful and emotional stories.
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Curtis Hickman
Cofounder & Chief Creative Officer, The Void
Curtis Hickman has dedicated his life to making the impossible possible. Having started out as a magician, he now works with fully immersive, location-based, hyper-reality experiences that merge virtual and physical environments. The result is a powerful experience where audiences have to remind themselves of what’s real and what isn’t. As Time.com put it, “these guys basically created a holodeck.”
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Steve Stoute
Founder & CEO, Translation
Steve Stoute has made a career out of identifying and activating a new generation of consumers on behalf of iconic brands. His book The Tanning of America teaches corporate America how to engage with today’s young adult market.
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Dr. Vivienne Ming
Cofounder & Executive Chair, Socos Labs
Named one of “10 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc. Magazine, Dr. Vivienne Ming wants to create better people—through technology. Whether she’s creating expression recognition AI or using cutting edge neuro-prosthetics, Vivienne’s goal is the same: to augment human potential.
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Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn
Associate Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn explores how embodied experiences like VR influences our attitudes and behavior. Her research investigates how interactive digital media such as virtual and augmented reality transform traditional rules of communication and social interactions, looking at how virtual experiences shape the way the way that people think, feel, and behave in the physical world.
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Jose Antonio Vargas
Founder & CEO, Define American
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and media entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Define American, which uses storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity in America.
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Anil Seth
Professor of Neuroscience, University of Sussex
Neuroscientist Anil Seth is interested in understanding the biological basis of conscious experience, a topic he considers one of the greatest challenges for 21st century science. His groundbreaking research provides fascinating insight into what this means for storytelling. His 2017 TED talk has been viewed over 5 million times.
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Gigi Pritzker
CEO, Madison Wells Media
Gigi Pritzker is an Emmy Award winning producer, and businesswoman. She is the CEO of diversified content company MWM (formerly Madison Wells Media), which she co-founded with former Legendary executive, Clint Kisker.
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Dr. Mark Sagar
CEO, Soul Machines
Dr. Mark Sagar is humanizing the interface between people and machines so that we might better cooperate with them in the future. His team is developing autonomously animated virtual humans with virtual brains and nervous systems, capable of highly expressive face to face interaction and real-time learning.
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Jade Raymond
Group General Manager, Electronic Arts
Jade Raymond is Electronic Arts’ Group General Manager and is responsible for the Star Wars franchise across EA for HD games. She is a video game pioneer best known for helping create the Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs franchises.
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Andrew Peters
Executive Creative Director, The Brand Experience
In this workshop, you’ll learn the essentials of telling a story in a physical space using your own life story as your guide.
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The Pigeoning
Robin Frohardt
A full-length puppetry play for grown-ups, The Pigeoning follows Frank, an office safety enthusiast, as he investigates a possible pigeon conspiracy.
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Alex Lieu & Michael Borys
49 Boxes
The 49 Boxes is an episodic, story-driven experience where audience members play a role in solving mysteries that have been kept secret for more than half a century.
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Eli Pariser
Omidyar Fellow, New America Foundation
As CEO of Upworthy, Eli Pariser is dedicated to figuring out how technology can elevate important topics in the world. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You.
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Matthew Reinhart
Children's Book Author, Illustrator & Paper Engineer, MC Reinhart Inc Pop-up Book Design Studio
Learn the basics of paper engineering and create your own story in dimensional, moving paper pop-ups.
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Jamie Reilly & Catherine Turp
Moment Factory
Drawing from a bottomless multimedia toolbox, you’ll apply Moment Factory’s specific multimedia storytelling approach and process to design a high-impact experience based on the history-rich Snug Harbor campus.
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Reeps One
Artist and Producer
Early Grime instrumentation, the rich darkness of London's electronic leftism, and delicate vocals bleed through Reeps One's entirely organic live show, in which he builds compositions using nothing but vocals.
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Karen Palmer
Multidisciplinary Immersive Filmmaker, Interactive Films
Karen Palmer is an award-winning filmmaker and the creator of RIOT, an emotionally responsive, live-action film that uses AI and machine learning through facial recognition to allow viewers to navigate through a dangerous riot.
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Joe Lewis
Head of Comedy, Drama & Virtual Reality, Amazon Studios
Joe Lewis is the Head of Comedy, Drama, and Virtual Reality for Amazon Studios, where he oversees the development and production of acclaimed Amazon Originals such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, and more.
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Marie-Therese Png
Founder, Implikit
Marie-Therese Png is the founder of Implikit, a neurotechnology project at the MIT Media Lab, developing design ethics around using VR/neurofeedback to decrease implicit racial bias.
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Marco Ragozzino & Nicole St.Jean
8i
Characters with Depth: Storytelling in Three Dimensions
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Laura R. Walker
President & CEO, New York Public Radio
Laura R. Walker is President and CEO of New York Public Radio, the largest public radio station group in the nation and a major producer of audio content for radio and on-demand audiences.
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Charles Melcher
Founder & Director, Future of StoryTelling
Charles Melcher is the founder and director of the Future of StoryTelling (FoST).
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Michael Markman & Cortney Harding
Moment XR & Friends With Holograms
Enhance the real world with a layer of digital imagination. Join Cortney Harding and Michael Markman for a workshop on the basics of AR prototyping.
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Dan Milton Klein
Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
This hands-on workshop explores the techniques theatrical improvisers use to engage each other and the audience while generating captivating tales.
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Keiichi Matsuda
VP Design, Leap Motion
Following an open discussion about emerging technology and cultural trends, you will learn how to harness the power of tech in service of the forces of evil.
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Colum McCann
President and Cofounder, Narrative 4
Colum McCann is the best-selling author of Let the Great World Spin, and the president and cofounder the nonprofit global story exchange organization Narrative 4.
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Colum McCann & Lisa Consiglio
Narrative 4
Learn to be vulnerable and respectful through Narrative 4’s trademark story exchange.
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Alexis McGill Johnson
Cofounder & Executive Director, Perception Institute
Alexis is the cofounder and Executive Director of the Perception Institute, a consortium of social science researchers and culture-makers who turn cutting-edge mind science research about identity differences into solutions that can be applied to everyday individual and institutional interactions.
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Alex McDowell
Narrative Designer, Professor of Practice, World Builder, USC School of Cinema and Experimental Design Studios
Alex McDowell is the Professor of Practice at USC School of Cinema, where he directs the World Building Media Lab and World Building Institute, as well as the founding partner and Creative Director at Experimental Design Studios.
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Ronald Newman
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Political Advocacy Department at the American Civil Liberties Union
Ronald Newman is director of strategic initiatives in the National Political Advocacy Department at the American Civil Liberties Union, where his work focuses on issues related to immigration and national security, as well as the development of innovative initiatives and campaigns that cut across the full spectrum of ACLU issues.
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Emi Mahmoud
Poet, UNHCR High Profile Supporter
Emi Mahmoud is the reigning 2015 World Poetry Slam Champion. She dedicates her time to spreading understanding through poetry and advocacy, particularly for the cause of refugees and disadvantaged communities.
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Zach Morris, Tom Pearson & Jennine Willett
Third Rail Projects
This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the concepts, methods, and perspectives that Third Rail Projects employs in creating its immersive/experiential theater works, which include Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise.
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Justin Sanchez
Director of Biological Technologies Office, DARPA
A biomedical engineer by training, Dr. Justin Sanchez has devoted his career to developing new technologies to treat injuries and illnesses of the brain and expanding the limits of what even healthy people can do with their minds.
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Klasien van de Zandschulp, Arjan Scherpenisse & Anton Lamberg
Lava Lab
In this workshop, we’ll explore the possibilities of modern chatbot technologies and the role they might play in the way we tell stories.
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Jodie Van Horn
Director, Sierra Club
Jodie Van Horn is the director of Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign, leading work to accelerate a transition to 100% clean, renewable energy across the United States.
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Michael Ventura
Founder & CEO, Sub Rosa
Join Michael Ventura for an immersive workshop designed to help you exercise your empathy muscle—and in doing so, to better connect with others and yourself.
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Shannon Watts
Founder, Moms Demand Action
Shannon Watts is a mother of five and the founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence.
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Marije Vogelzang
Eating Designer, Studio Marije Vogelzang
Marije Vogelzang is a pioneer in the field of eating design. She works on restaurant concepts and medical projects for hospitals and does extensive work for the food industry.
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Douglas Trumbull
President, Trumbull Ventures LLC
Writer, producer, director, and media visionary Douglas Trumbull has directed Silent Running and Brainstorm, and provided visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, and Star Trek the Motion Picture.
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Keya Tama
Street Artist
Keya Tama is a 19-year-old South African street artist living in Los Angeles who has been producing murals and participating in exhibitions around the world since the age of thirteen.
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Molly Swenson
Cofounder and Head of Brand, RYOT
Molly Swenson is cofounder and head of brand of LA-based media company RYOT. She has worked on dozens of award-winning VR films and documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated film Body Team 12.
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Todd Yellin
VP of Product, Netflix
As VP of Product at Netflix, Todd Yellin is responsible for leveraging vast amounts of data, sophisticated algorithms, and best-in-class user interfaces to create easy, compelling ways for Netflix members to find something great to watch.
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Chris Wylie
Social Researcher and Data Scientist
Christopher Wylie is the former Director of Research for Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group. In 2018, he worked with The Guardian and the New York Times as a whistleblower to expose how social media data was being exploited and turned against ordinary citizens.
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Paul Zak
CEO, Immersion Neuroscience
Dr. Paul Zak is the country’s leading pioneer in the field of neuroeconomics, which studies the neurochemical roots of human decision-making in the context of economic behavior.
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Jake Zim
SVP, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment
As SVP, Virtual Reality at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Jake Zim has been instrumental in the development of virtual reality experiences such as Spider-Man: Homecoming VR, Ghostbusters: Dimensions, The Emoji Movie VR Experience, and many others.
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The Westerlies
New York–based Brass Quartet
The Westerlies present a unique and panoramic view of chamber music steeped in folk-oriented roots.
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Dr. David Weinberger
Writer & Senior Researcher, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
David Weinberger, PhD, is a best-selling author and a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His latest book, Too Big to Know, looks at the networking of knowledge.
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Alexandra Shapiro
Executive Vice President, Marketing & Digital, USA Network & SYFY
As Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital for USA Network and SYFY, Alexandra Shapiro created USA’s award-winning brand identity “Characters Welcome,” led the 2017 campaign to reboot the SYFY brand, and has overseen high-profile, award-winning show launches including USA’s Mr. Robot.
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Sarah Ruger
Director, Free Expression, Charles Koch Institute
Sarah Ruger directs free expression initiatives for the Charles Koch Institute and Foundation, where she is a passionate advocate for open inquiry, Enlightenment principles, and free speech rights.
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Sasha Samochina
Immersive Visualization Producer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Spacing out just got way cooler. Join Sasha Samochina, immersive experience producer at NASA, and learn how to make your very own 360 video using original content from space!
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Robert Sorcher
Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network
As global chief content officer, Rob Sorcher is responsible for content strategy and creative affairs for Cartoon Network, where he produces narrative formats, connected games, and a wide array of interactive content and products for multiple CN-branded platforms.
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Robin Steinberg
CEO, The Bail Project
Robin Steinberg is CEO of The Bail Project, which combats mass incarceration at the front end by paying bail for tens of thousands of low-income Americans at risk of pretrial detention.
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Lizzie Stark & Allen Brooks
Larp Expert & Interactive Content Producer, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Explore what might have been in this edu-larp inspired by Romeo & Juliet and produced by ArtsEdge, the educational media arm of the Kennedy Center.
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Justin Sight
Magician
Look for Justin Sight around the FoST campus as he performs amazing feats of magic.
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Carmen Simon
Cognitive Neuroscientist, Memzy
Join this workshop to find out the latest brain science research on storytelling and how to best apply it to influence others in business settings.
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Thomas Small & Sarah Steele
Google
This is the VR crash course you’ve been hoping for. In one hour, you’ll walk away with a grasp of what makes VR such a powerful content creation platform, an intro to industry tools and best practices, and the required skills to produce VR180 videos.
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Sarah Slobin
Things Editor, Quartz
In this workshop, you’ll learn to tell stories with data using some of the frameworks that journalists use to find stories in statistic.
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Abraham Burickson & Ayden LeRoux
Cofounder & Artistic Director, Odyssey Works
Explore how understanding your audience can help amplify the impact of your work. In this workshop, you’ll actively learn how to use empathetic inquiry to meaningfully engage the narratives of your audiences.
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Broken Bone Bathtub
Siobhan O’Loughlin
Broken Bone Bathtub is an immersive theater project that takes place entirely in a bathtub, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity, vulnerability, and connection.
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Brent Bushnell
CEO & Roustabout, Two Bit Circus
Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles–based experiential entertainment company building a network of permanent micro-amusement parks.
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Antonio Canobbio & Chris Prynoski
President & Founder, Titmouse
While tactics of storytelling may change all the time, one thing that remains constant is the importance of creating compelling and memorable characters. In this workshop, participants join Titmouse Animation’s Chris Prynoski and Antonio Canobbio as they introduce a fun and new approach to character-building in animation.
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Wendy Calhoun
Writer & Executive Producer, Edgewood Place Entertainment
Wendy Calhoun, whose work spans such TV hits as Empire, Revenge, Nashville, and others, refuses to tell color-blind stories. By choosing to assign cultural specificity, Calhoun adds an extra dimension to her characters and opens up the door for unexpected and empathetic reactions from the audience. Through her writing, she hopes to move the needle on what is considered “good” entertainment and introduce a more diverse set of characters and plot lines to the television screen.
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Break Free: A Musical Collaboration with Artificial Intelligence
Taryn Southern and Amper AI
Singer/songwriter/YouTube star Taryn Southern sings the debut song "Break Free" from her album I AM AI, composed entirely with artificial intelligence.
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Susan Betts
Senior Director, Brand Strategy, Microsoft
Susan Betts leads brand strategy for Microsoft, stewarding the Microsoft brand across a number of initiatives that bring the company’s mission to life—from storytelling to identity to culture—and developing strategies to connect and realize the full potential of the company’s brand portfolio.
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Yoni Bloch
CEO & Cofounder, Eko
Yoni Bloch is a successful Israeli musician and the CEO and cofounder of Eko, a pioneering interactive entertainment company that lets viewers shape stories as they unfold.
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Loc Dao
Chief Digital Officer, National Film Board of Canada
Loc Dao is the Chief Digital Officer for the National Film Board of Canada and a digital content creator who helped invent the art form of the interactive documentary.
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Andrea Daquino & Aksel Køie
Andrea D'Aquino Art + Design & Step In Books
Learn how the medium of GIF-making is a unique storytelling practice by creating your own, original GIFs using handmade, analog art and digital tools.
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Derek DelGaudio
Writer, Performance Artist & Magician, A.BANDIT
Derek DelGaudio is widely recognized as one of the greatest living sleight of hand artists. He has garnered critical acclaim for his innovative theatrical productions and conceptual performances.
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Yago de Quay
Video Mapping Dance
This multimedia spectacle features a tai chi dancer, a Broadway singer, and stunning immersive visuals.
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Casey de Pont & Jennifer Fink
GLOW
This workshop will focus on different ways to craft a narrative with your brand’s audience—giving them a sense of ownership and connection, and taking them from fans to evangelists.
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Jill Cress
Chief Marketing Officer, National Geographic Partners
Jill Cress oversees the overall global brand vision for National Geographic Partners, driving all marketing activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the overall marketing strategy for the brand and entities around the world.
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Karen X. Cheng
Butterbar, CEO
In this workshop, you’ll learn best practices for making videos that people want to watch though a hands-on creative exercise on mobile devices.
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Barnaby Churchill Steel
Cofounder & Daydreamer, Marshmallow Laser Feast
Barnaby Churchill Steel is a visual artist and cofounder of the creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, whose glittering hoard of sensory nuggets includes music videos for U2 and the award-winning project Treehugger: Wawona.
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Garrett Coleman & Jason Oremus
Founders & Managing Directors, Hammerstep
Hammerstep’s interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the language of rhythm and movement and how the group’s performances incorporate this ancient storytelling technique.
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Joe Belfiore
VP, Windows 10, Microsoft
A 27-year veteran at Microsoft, Joe Belfiore leads the team that builds and defines the Windows 10 experience.
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Bob Bejan
GM, Global Communications Strategy, Microsoft
Bob Bejan is currently General Manager for Global Communications Strategy: SMSG at Microsoft working directly for COO Kevin Turner. Prior to his current role, Bob was Global Executive Creative Director of AOL Advertising’s Partner Studio, focused on delivering the next generation of content and creative solutions for marketers. Partner Studio offers brands the opportunity to deliver emotive content experiences that connect with their audiences and are fueled by AOL’s flywheel of data, insights, and programmatic optimization.
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Backtrack
A Cappella Group
A cappella group Backtrack will be helping to teach and lead the FoST University School song, as well as providing pop-up performances throughout the day for Summit attendees.
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Gil Baron
CEO & Cofounder, Mindshow
As a group, you will collaborate to create unique versions of scenes, and every participant will get hands-on to help craft a truly collaborative and still personal narrative built from the same clay.
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Jake Barton
Founder & Principal, Local Projects
Jake Barton is Founder and Principal of Local Projects, a media and physical design firm that creates groundbreaking experiences, including landmark projects for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, and the Legacy Musuem.
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Ani Acopian
Video Creator
Ani Acopian is a 23-year-old filmmaker and content creator whose work aims to challenge the boundaries where film and social media intersect.
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Kwame Alexander & Anya Grundmann
Poet & Educator
Join author Kwame Alexander and NPR’s VP of Programming, Anya Grundmann, to beta-test a potential new series that will infuse NPR programs with poems submitted by listeners from around the country.
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Seth Andrew
Global Director of Policy & Partnerships, Bridge International Academies
Seth Andrew is a serial social entrepreneur, having founded Democracy Prep, Democracy Builders, REV, and Washington Leadership Academy. He now leads policy and partnerships for the world’s largest network of schools for families earning less than $2 per day.
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Jolie Môme
French Jazz Band
Jolie Môme brings you the music of Edith Piaf and other renowned singers of the “chanson réaliste” era, with hits from the 1920s through the 1950s.
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Bobby Jones
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer , Peace First
Bobby Jones is one of the nation’s most respected experts in engaging teen and millennial audiences for social change.
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Jonathan Josephson
Founder & CTO, Quantum Interface
As the visionary inventor of Quantum Interface's motion-based UIX systems, Jonathan Josephson is changing how we interact with the world.
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Yasmeen Hassan
Global Executive Director, Equality Now
Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director of Equality Now, an international human rights organization focused on the rights of women and girls around the world.
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D. Fox Harrell
Professor of Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence, MIT
D. Fox Harrell founded and directs the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab) to develop new forms of computational narrative, gaming, social media, and related digital media.
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Ryan Heffington
Director, Dance Mafia
Ryan Heffington is a performance artist, choreographer, and designer. He collaborated with Sia on her “Chandelier” music video, which is ranked as one of the most watched videos in history.
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Dawn Laguens
Executive Vice President and Chief Brand and Experience Officer , Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief brand and experience Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, works every day to uphold Planned Parenthood's commitment to care, no matter what, for their patients, advocates, and supporters nationwide.
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Bulletin
Google
Bulletin is a new creator tool from Google that enables direct publishing to the public web- without the need to host or maintain a blog or website.
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Jeffrey Lancaster & Greg Edwards
Decoded
In this highly interactive breakout session, attendees will get hands-on with machine learning to create their own narrative based on the works of one or more famous authors.
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Alex Laughlin
Podcast producer, BuzzFeed
Alex is a News Audio Fellow at BuzzFeed, where she produces podcasts and tells stories on the Amazon Echo.
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Zach Lee & Pierce Freelon
Executive Producer & Cofounder, Beat Making Lab
In this workshop, Beat Making Lab founders will take participants through the building blocks of producing unique and original content in the form of a song.
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Andy Lanning & Matthew Brown
Magic Leap & Imaginarium Studios
Matt Brown, CEO of The Imaginarium Studios and Andy Lanning, Executive Creative Director from Magic Leap discuss the exciting potential performance capture and MR will unlock for storytellers.
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Michele Landa Riggio
Director of Communications, PEN America
Michele Landa Riggio is the Director of Communications at PEN America. She is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors.
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Navid & Vassiliki Khonsari
iNK Stories
In this thought-provoking and participatory workshop, you'll gain a theoretical snapshot and hands-on understanding of how to design interactive stories.
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Melissa Kelly & Andrew Peters
Executive Producer & Creative Director, The Brand Experience
In this workshop, you’ll explore how people interpret and experience stories told in built environments—and then use what you’ve learned to build your own exhibition space called “The Story of You.”
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John Hanke
CEO, Niantic, Inc.
John Hanke is the CEO of Niantic Inc., the company responsible for the creation of massively popular works like Pokemon GO and Ingress. He was also a founding creator of the revolutionary "Google Earth" technology.
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Chet Faliszek
Creative Director, Bossa Studios
Chet Faliszek is creating the future of video games. He and his team are applying AI to game worlds and non-player characters, which will usher in unprecedented possibilities for gameplay. Previous to Bossa Studios he was at Valve, where he was co-project lead on the Left 4 Dead series and writer on franchises including Half-Life and Portal.
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Emily Flake
Cartoonist, Writer, Performer, Illustrator, and Educator
Join this introduction to the subtle wizardry that is gag cartooning, where you’ll engage in exercises meant to generate ideas, spark jokes, and inspire cartoons in the single-panel format.
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FlexN
The DREAM Ring
Led by founder Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray and his dance company, The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, FLEXN uses breathtaking movement to confront the disparities of social justice and explore the personal narratives of company members.
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Sarah Ellis & Jamie Sherman
Royal Shakespeare Company
Explore the groundbreaking technologies developed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in its recent production of The Tempest, in collaboration with Intel and in association with The Imaginarium Studios.
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Nina Mariah Donovan
Spoken-Word Artist
Nina Mariah Donovan is a 19-year-old spoken-word artist and student whose poem, "Nasty Woman," was recited by Ashley Judd at the 2017 Women's March on Washington.
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Justin Denton
Technical Creative Director, Here Be Dragons
In this workshop, we’ll dive into the history of AR, look at current and upcoming breakthroughs, and learn how to create a storytelling AR experience greater than the sum of its parts.
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Douglas Eck
Research Scientist, Google Brain Team
Doug Eck leads Magenta, a Google Brain project working to generate music, video, images, and text using deep learning and reinforcement learning.
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Jonathan Greenblatt
CEO, ADL (Anti-Defamation League)
Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO and National Director of ADL (Anti-Defamation League), leading all aspects of one of the most respected anti-hate organizations in the country.
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Don Hahn
CEO, Stone Circle
Using examples from classic stories and his own films, Don Hahn will take an immersive look at the foundations of storytelling, focusing on how to create compelling characters in conflict and peril who grapple with their fears to reach their goals.
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Jim Halloran
Chief Digital Officer, GLAAD
Jim Halloran is the Chief Digital Officer at GLAAD, the world’s largest media advocacy organization for the LGBT community. His work focuses on human rights on digital platforms.
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Sam Gustman
Chief Technology Officer, USC Shoah Foundation
Sam Gustman is responsible for the operations, preservation, and cataloging of the the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's digital library, one of the largest public video databases in the world.
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Robin Frohardt
Artist, Puppet Designer & Director
In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the Bunraku (tabletop) style of puppetry and learn to use the core concepts of breath, tension, and focus to bring to life the inanimate and explore the power of gesture.
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Dawn Fraser
Founder and CEO, Fraser's Edge, LLC
Combining her experience as a storytelling coach and the lessons from her TED talk, Dawn Fraser will discuss the ways to connect the significant moments from your life into memorable and thought-provoking stories.
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Bella Gaia
Origin Stories
Origin Stories is a live theater performance that brings to life Rumi's poetry in 3D augmented reality, with holographic animated objects and characters interacting with live dancers.
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Anna Galland
Executive Director, MoveOn.org Civic Action
Anna Galland is Executive Director of MoveOn.org Civic Action, the grassroots progressive organization whose millions of members organize together to make this country a place where everyone can thrive.
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Linc Gasking
Cofounder, 8i
Linc Gasking cofounded 8i, a holographic technology company that provides the easiest way to record, create, and experience photorealistic human holograms for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality.
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Sera Gamble
Writer & Producer
Sera Gamble is a writer and producer best known for her work on the television adaptation of Lev Grossman’s New York Times best-selling novel The Magicians, and for the SyFy Network, and for the CW series Supernatural.
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FOST FESTIVAL

Chris Gethard
Actor & Comedian
COMEDY NIGHT
Sat. 10/7, 6:30–8:00pm
Chris Gethard is the host and star of Funny or Die's The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV and the host of the popular Earwolf podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People.
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Aparna Nancherla
Actress & Comedian
COMEDY NIGHT
Sat. 10/7, 6:30–8:00pm
Aparna Nancherla is a nationally and internationally touring comedian who can be seen on the current seasons of Netflix's Master of None and Love, as well as on HBO's Crashing.
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Adam Wade
Actor & Comedian
COMEDY NIGHT
Sat. 10/7, 6:30–8:00pm
Adam Wade is an inimitable fixture in both the New York City storytelling and comedy scenes and the winner of 20 StorySLAMs at The Moth.
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Marina Franklin
Comedian
COMEDY NIGHT
Sat. 10/7, 6:30–8:00pm
New York–based Marina Franklin has emerged as one of the hottest comedians on the scene today, with notable appearances on Crashing, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and Chappell's Show, among others.
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Jiayong Li
Comedian
COMEDY NIGHT
Sat. 10/7, 6:30–8:00pm
Jiayong Li bid farewell to his family in Beijing to study mathematics at MIT. Along the way, he came upon stand-up comedy and started delivering his cerebral material in a calm and comfortable voice.
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Improv Cage Match
Rumpleteaser and What I Did for Love
Sun. 10/8, 6:30pm–7:45pm
Rumpleteaser and What I Did for Love perform their set timed by an onstage clock, and you vote via secret ballot for the more dominant competitor.
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Justin Sight
Magician
Look for Justin Sight around the FoST Festival campus as he performs amazing feats of magic.
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Hideaway Circus
Josh Aviner and Lyndsay Magid
Sun. 10/8, 4:00pm–5:00pm
See five of the best juggling, contortion, acrobatic, and dance acts and learn about future of the world’s oldest art form.
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Tiny Flying Interactive Robots
Marco Tempest
Cyber illusionist Marco Tempest and his 20 little drones take you on a journey into a world where anything is possible.
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Broken Bone Bathtub
Siobhan O’Loughlin
Broken Bone Bathtub is an immersive theater project that takes place entirely in a bathtub, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity, vulnerability, and connection.
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The Pigeoning
Robin Frohardt
A full-length puppetry play for grown-ups, The Pigeoning follows Frank, an office safety enthusiast, as he investigates a possible pigeon conspiracy.
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Notes and Keys
Columbia University's A Capella Group
Notes and Keys is Columbia University's oldest and finest co-ed a capella group, performing a diverse repertoire that spans decades.
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The Westerlies
New York–based Brass Quartet
The Westerlies present a unique and panoramic view of chamber music steeped in folk-oriented roots.
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Sam Sax
Award-Winning Poet
Sam Sax is an award-winning poet who performs poems of hope, grief, desire, outrage, loss, and witness.
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Man Made Music
Counter Culture Closet-inspired by the beatniks, attendees sneak away to a secret world of unique musical performances and the texts of Ginsburg and Kerouac.
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FOST SUMMIT 2012

Andrea Phillips
Game Designer, Author, A Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytelling
Andrea is an award-winning transmedia writer, game designer, and author.
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Richelle Parham
VP and SMO, Ebay North America
Richelle brings deep expertise and nearly 20 years of passion for improving the ways customers interact with leading brands to eBay.
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Andrea Phillips
The acting of Story Pirates coupled with the storytelling of Andrea Philips and the mobile app Movable take you on an immersive tour of this history-laden campus.
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Margaret Robertson
Development Director, Hide&Seek
Margaret is development director for Hide&Seek, a game design studio which uses public spaces and digital platforms to make interesting games for interesting people.
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Margaret Robertson
Take a break from reality and play a part in this modern-day whodunit.
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Todd Oldham
With a little ingenuity and a lot of duct tape from his Kid Made Modern line of craft supplies, Todd will lead you through this fun and easy arts-and-crafts project to create your own phone, tablet, or laptop case.
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Daria Musk
Singer and Songwriter
Through the use of Google+ as a platform to perform her music, Daria has gained an international fan base of over 1.5 million people in less than a year. By performing live concerts via the video chat feature, “Hangouts,” Daria is pushing the boundaries in music, tech, and social media.
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Daria Musk
Singer and Songwriter
Through the use of Google+ as a platform to perform her music, Daria has gained an international fan base of over 1.5 million people in less than a year.
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Lance Weiler
Wish for the future - An Open Design Challenge
Storytelling pioneer Lance Weiler places you within an open design process, and together the workshop participants will go from an idea to prototype to a collaborative story in less than an hour, demonstrating ways to break with tradition, leverage new tools, and engage an increasingly selective viewership—those formerly known as the audience.
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Paul Zak 2012
Director, Center for Neuroeconomic Studies
Dr. Paul Zak is the country’s leading pioneer in the field of neuroeconomics, which studies the neurochemical roots of human decision-making in the context of economic behavior.
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Brian Seth Hurst
CEO, The Opportunity Management Company
Brian Seth Hurst’s strategic consultancy is driving the next generation of entertainment.
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Clay Shirky
Writer, Teacher, Consultant
Clay teaches theory and practice of social media at NYU, in the Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Arthur L. Carter Jounralism Institue.
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Jonah Sachs
Author and Cofounder, Free Range Studios
Jonah has helped hundreds of social brands and causes break through the media din with campaigns built on sound storytelling strategies.
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Ian Schafer
CEO, Deep Focus
Ian is one of advertising’s most influential voices in interactive marketing and social media.
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Andre Charoo
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Pilobolus
Pilobolus is a modern performance company that wears its revolutionary stripes on its sleeves. Pilobolus curates and convenes groups of diverse artists -including the MIT Distributed Robotics Lab, Art Spiegelman, OK Go, Radiolab, and many others- to make inventive, athletic, witty, collaborative performance works on stage and screen while using the human body as a medium for expression.
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StoryPirates
This nationally respected education and media organization was founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. By pairing world-class teachers with first-rate actors and comedians, the StoryPirates offer a variety of tools to make learning more engaging and effective.
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Inocente
Artist
Inocente is a young Latina artist whose art and story have captured the attention of the nation. A teen with immense talent, Inocente’s bold, bright art communicates nothing about her dark past. She survived domestic abuse, homelessness, and the constant threat of deportation. Her powerful journey is captured in Shine Global’s documentary Inocente.
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The Moth
The Moth is an acclaimed, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it.
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Pilobolus
Under the direction of Pilobolus dancers, workshop participants will create and perform short movement narratives and learn that the use of choreography is an effective way to tell stories and create collective memory.
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DreamYard
Join DreamYard, with special guest Inocente, as they help uncover the stories that have found their place in objects that play important (and sometimes very practical) roles in our lives.
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Jonathan Harris
Participants will learn the most effective ways to communicate their own life stories, and to discover the hidden connections between their own lives and the lives of others.
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Damian Kulash
Lead Singer and Guitarist, OK Go
Chicago-based rock band OK Go brought back the art form of the music video.
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Aaron Koblin
Digital Media Artist
Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies.
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Sriram Kosuri
Harvard Wyss Institute
Dr. Sriram is a member of the Advanced Technology Team in the Synthetic Biology Platform at the Wyss Institute.
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Tim Kring
Screenwriter & Television Producer
Tim Kring is a screenwriter and television producer best known for his creation of the drama series Strange World, Crossing Jordan, Heroes, and Touch.
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Dr. Kris Hammond
CTO, Narrative Science
In addition to being Narrative Science’s Chief Technology Officer, Kris is also a professor of Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University.
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Christopher Graves
In this participative workshop, we’ll practice crafting stories that lead to “neural coupling,” the “Vulcan Mind Meld” of human narrative, the root of human empathy.
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FOST SUMMIT 2013

Shannon Loftis
General Manager, Xbox Entertainment Studios
Throughout her career, Shannon Loftis has been fascinated by technology’s ability to connect and to divide human beings.
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Alexis Lloyd
Creative Director, New York Times Research and Development Lab
Alexis Lloyd is the Creative Director of the Research and Development Lab at the New York Times, where she investigates technology trends and prototypes future concepts for content delivery.
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Tom Perlmutter
Chairperson, National Film Board of Canada, and Government Film Commissioner
Tom Perlmutter is the Chairperson of the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada. He is a leading advocate of groundbreaking, socially engaging cinema.
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Mike Perry
Designer & Artist
Moleskine and artist and designer Mike Perry team up in this zine workshop, where you’ll be invited to create your own self-published visual narrative inspired by color and your own stream of consciousness.
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Tim Pool
Journalist, Founder, Producer, Timcast TV, Vice
Tim Pool’s unique style of interactive broadcast journalism exists at the intersection of social and mainstream media. His live coverage has been featured by outlets such as NBC, Reuters, the New York Times, and Al Jazeera English.
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Fabien Riggall
Founder and Director, Secret Cinema
Fabien Riggall created Future Shorts in 2003 as a platform for innovative new filmmakers to preview their work.
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Jaime Robinson
Executive Creative Director, Pereira & O'Dell
Jaime Robinson is Executive Creative Director at Pereira & O’Dell, where she combines digital, traditional, design, and branded content ideas for clients such as Intel, Toshiba, Mattel, and Skype.
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Chris Milk
Director/Artist
Chris Milk’s art straddles experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums, turning new technologies, web browsers, ephemeral events, and even physical gestures into canvases.
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Corey May
Director of Scriptwriters, Alice/Ubisoft
In 2013, Corey May joined Alice, Ubisoft’s narrative studio, which seeks to redefine storytelling in games.
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Eddy Moretti
Chief Creative Officer, Vice
As the Chief Creative Officer of VICE Media Worldwide, Eddy Moretti is responsible for content across all of VICE’s media channels—VICE, The Creators Project, Motherboard, and Noisey—as well as for all of VICE’s branded content initiatives.
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David Murphy
President, Team Detroit
David Murphy is passionate about inspiring teams to embrace new marketing, media, and digital innovations. He has put this passion to work for some of world’s best-known companies, including Ford, Toyota, Land Rover, Coca-Cola Company, Sony, Dell, P&G, Hilton, and United Airlines.
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Greg Trefry
Festival Director, Come Out and Play
This workshop, led by Greg Trefry, Director of New York’s Come Out & Play Festival, will explore the interaction between game mechanics, narrative, theme, and embodiment.
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Baratunde Thurston
Comedian & Author
Baratunde Thurston is a technology-loving comedian who “cares enough about the world to engage with it politically.” A former Onion Digital Director and adviser to the Obama White House, he currently works as a Fast Company columnist and MIT Media Lab fellow.
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Robert Wong
Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab
While practicing accounting in Toronto, Robert Wong woke up one day, flew to New York, and became a graphic designer instead. Since then, he has had the privilege of working on some of the world’s most loved brands—Google, Starbucks, Apple, and MTV, among others.
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Summer Shapiro & Peter Musante
Performers
Led by physical theater artists Summer Shapiro and Peter Musante, this workshop is designed to liberate creativity through a unique set of kinesthetic exercises that focus on respecting your senses, and utilizing play as a tool to generate new ideas.
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John S. Johnson
Founder and Executive Director, Harmony Institute
In addition to establishing Harmony Institute, a nonprofit interdisciplinary research center dedicated to revealing the influence of entertainment, John S. Johnson is the Cofounder and Chairman of Johnson Research Labs, a research center that develops creative and cutting-edge technologies.
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Debika Shome
Deputy Director, Harmony Institute
Debika Shome joined Harmony Institute from Columbia University’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), where she served as Assistant Director from 2005 to 2009.
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Scott Snibbe
Entrepreneur, Artist, and Researcher in Interactivity, Founder, Snibbe Interactive
Scott Snibbe is a media artist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. Whether on mobile devices or in public spaces, his work spurs people to participate socially, emotionally, and physically.
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Sherwin Siy
VP Legal Affairs, Public Knowledge
Sherwin Siy is Vice President of Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge (PK), where he coordinates the organization’s work on copyright issues and analyzes their impact on domestic and international effects on IP and technology policy.
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Kevin Slavin
Founder, Assistant Professor, Area/Code, MIT Media Lab
Kevin Slavin is a pioneer of new methods for game design and development. In 2005, he cofounded Area/Code, rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS) and new platforms (like Facebook).
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Catherine Burns
Artistic Director, The Moth
Learn and apply the principles of Moth Storytelling, developed through work with thousands of Moth story-tellers.
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Ida Benedetto & N.D. Austin
Cofounders, Wanderlust
Wanderlust Projects is the experience design group of Ida Benedetto and N.D. Austin, who engage in transgressive placemaking through adventure, intimacy, and exploration.
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Kenyatta Cheese
Cocreator, Cofounder, Know Your Meme, Everybody at Once
Kenyatta Cheese is a professional Internet enthusiast who creates technology-based media studies on the impact of media and technology on culture.
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Loc Dao
Chief Digital Officer & Digital Content Creator, National Film Board of Canada
Loc Dao is the Chief Digital Officer for the National Film Board of Canada and a digital content creator who helped invent the art form of the interactive documentary.
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Béatrice Coron
Artist
Artist Béatrice Coron constructs elaborate story worlds through the craft of paper-cutting, which she also adapts into metal, stone, and glass designs.
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Meagan Cignoli
Fashion, Advertising, & Portrait Photographer
Meagan Cignoli’s stop-motion work is created using objects we all have around our home, as well as products and people.
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Yung Jake
Artist and Rapper
Yung Jake’s debut YouTube video, “Max Moyer”, combined a slideshow of photos poached from one young Max Moyer’s Facebook with Yung Jake’s custom cocky rap track, mythicizing the character and his seemingly opulent lifestyle.
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Purring Tiger
Dancers
Purring Tiger is a multicultural, multimedia, experimental performance group dedicated to bringing people together in the context of art in a subtext of wonder.
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The Holladay Brothers
Musicians
Brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay will be creating a custom musical score for the ferry ride to and from Snug Harbor. They have worked together all their lives, most recently as the music and tech duo Bluebrain.
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Manual Cinema
Shadow Puppeteers
Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic motifs, and live sound manipulation to create immersive theatrical stories
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Freestyle Love Supreme
Improv Artists
From two of the creators of the Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other. The group’s five performers—Lin Manuel Miranda, Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson, Chris Sullivan, and Arthur Lewis—take crowds on a nonstop hip-hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers.
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Manual Cinema
Shadow Puppeteers
In this workshop, led by shadow puppeteers from theater group Manual Cinema, you’ll experiment with shadow puppetry technique, live cinematic editing, and overhead projector tricks; play with silhouette performance; and discover how to merge human shadows with 2-D puppets and projected environments.
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Dr. Sketchy
Anti-Art School
Whether you’re an art star or a scribbling newbie, Dr. Sketchy’s is the perfect place to get your fill of life drawing.
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Felix Barrett
Artistic Director, Punchdrunk
Felix Barrett is the Founder and Artistic Director of the theater company Punchdrunk. With shows like Sleep No More and The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game-changing form of immersive theater in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds.
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Karen Balliett
Lead Education Strategy & Outreach, littleBits
This is a workshop for makers of all abilities. Climb into the proverbial sandbox and collaborate, play, and tinker with the future of storytelling.
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Natasha Bedingfield
Singer
Ever since her Grammy-nominated multiplatinum solo debut in 2004, British-born Natasha Bedingfield has been one of the world’s most inspiring and innovative female singer-songwriters.
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Jennifer Aaker
General Atlantic Professor of Marketing, Stanford University of Graduate School of Business
A social psychologist, Jennifer Aaker studies time, money, and happiness, focusing on questions such as: What actually makes people happy, as opposed to what they think makes them happy?
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Angela Ahrendts
Chief Executive Officer, Burberry
Following three decades in fashion working with great companies from New York to Los Angeles, Angela Ahrendts moved to London to join Burberry as CEO in 2006.
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Timothy Jordan
Senior Developer Advocate, Google
Timothy Jordan, a Senior Developer Advocate at Google, will offer participants a firsthand look at the world through Google Glass.
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Dr. Andreas Heinrich
Research Scientist, IBM Almaden Research Center
Andreas Heinrich leads a research team at IBM’s Almaden Research Center focused on exploring atomic-scale structures for possible applications in computation and data storage.
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Candice Faktor
General Manager, Wattpad
Candice Faktor is a disruptive innovator with a passion for growing consumer Internet businesses. She is currently the GM of Toronto-based Wattpad, a new form of entertainment that combines social, mobile, and reading.
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Gillian Ferrabee
Director, Creative Lab, Cirque du Soleil Media
This workshop, led by Gillian Ferrabee, Director of the Cirque du Soleil Media Creative lab, will start with a fun exercise used in clowning to teach you how to tell a story without words.
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Lisa Donovan
Cofounder , Maker Studios
Lisa Donovan is a Cofounder of Maker Studios, a pioneer in the world of online video that takes a 360-degree approach to producing, creating, and distributing original content on the Web.
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Brian DiFeo
Cofounder, Mobile Media Lab
In this workshop, led by Instagram photographer Brian DiFeo, you’ll look at the trends that are prominent on photo-friendly social channels, as well as go through a quick tutorial on how to harness your smartphone to take great photos.
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FOST SUMMIT 2014

Dr. Rosalind Picard
Founder & Director, Affective Computing Group, MIT Media Lab
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Jonah Peretti
Founder & CEO, BuzzFeed
Jonah Peretti is Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, the social news and entertainment company that provides a pioneering mix of breaking news, entertainment, and shareable content.
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Richelle Parham
VP & CMO, eBay North America
Richelle Parham brings deep expertise and nearly twenty years of passion for improving the ways customers interact with leading brands to eBay.
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Kelly Leonard & Tom Yorton
Presiden & CEO, Second City
Join The Second City for this completely interactive training session where fun and laughter is the rule, not the exception, and real world situations are brought to life to get the group thinking of new ways to behave.
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Maria Popova
Founder & Editor , Brain Pickings
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Chris Plutte
Executive Director, Global Nomads Group
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Aaron Mace & Sean Weiner
Faculty Members, The Jacob Burns Film Center
In this hands-on workshop, participants will use tablets to engage with the surrealist storytelling game “The Exquisite Corpse.”
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John Maeda
Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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Benedetto Vigna
EVP, Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics
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Nicholas Sung
UX Storyteller
In this workshop, you’ll look to your intuition to lead you toward creating compelling visual narratives.
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Dr. Paul Zak
Director, Center for Neuroeconomic Studies
Dr. Paul Zak is the country’s leading pioneer in the field of neuroeconomics, which studies the neurochemical roots of human decision-making in the context of economic behavior.
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Jared Matthew Weiss
Founder & CEO, Overture
In this workshop, Jared Matthew Weiss will share the principles of presenting yourself as a “Super Human.”
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Robert Wong
Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab
At the Google Creative Lab, Robert Wong leads a small team of amazingly talented people to help communicate to the world the magic of Google products and the spirit of the people who make them.
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Sarah Wood
Cofounder & Co-CEO, Unruly
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Michael Shamberg
Producer and Advisor, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
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Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Documentary Filmmaker & Visual Journalist
This workshop will explore the principles of effective digital storytelling in conjunction with brand new story authoring software debuting at FoST.
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Tiffany Shlain
Filmmaker & Founder, Webby Awards
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Amadeus Stevenson
CTO, Decoded
Come code an app in an hour and walk away enlightened, savvy and ready to engage in this new world order.
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Kevin Slavin
Founder, Area/Code, and Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab
Kevin Slavin is a pioneer of new methods for game design and development. In 2005, he cofounded Area/Code, rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS) and new platforms (like Facebook).
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Félix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël
Cofounders & Creative Directors, Félix & Paul Studios
Félix & Paul invite you to explore the relation between storytelling and virtual reality, and to reflect on how this new medium will integrate contemporary culture and impact our relation to reality.
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Chris Charla
Director, ID@Xbox
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Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass
Monica Bill Barnes & Company Productions
In this workshop, contemporary dance virtuosos Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass will lead you through the steps of their fun and funny signature duet, “I Feel Like,” performed to James Brown’s “Get On Up.”
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Susan Bonds
Cofounder & CEO, 42 Entertainment
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Yoni Bloch 2014
Founder & CEO, Interlude
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Jason Das
Urban Sketchers
In this workshop, Urban Sketchers and Moleskine invite you to explore Snug Harbor through illustration.
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Bryan Delaney
Playwright, Screenwriter, Dramaturg, and Script Doctor
In this master class, you’ll be invited to reflect on the fundamental building blocks of all good stories and create a checklist of key elements that will elevate your stories to the next level.
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Nonny de la Peña
Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts
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Kenyatta Cheese
Cocreator, Cofounder, Know Your Meme, Everybody at Once
Kenyatta Cheese is a professional Internet enthusiast who creates technology-based media studies on the impact of media and technology on culture.
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Freestyle Love Supreme
Improv Artists
From two of the creators of the Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other. The group’s five performers—Lin Manuel Miranda, Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson, Chris Sullivan, and Arthur Lewis—take crowds on a nonstop hip-hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers.
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The Windmill Factory
Creative Collective
The Windmill Factory is a creative collective based in Brooklyn that manufactures experiences where the audience is king. The goal of their work is to spark a “sublime art pause” for the public—the indescribable pause created by a moment of “wow” caused by excellence, grandeur, or beauty that evokes an immediate unexplained connectivity between the viewer and the work. They want their audiences to laugh, to be moved, and to interact with their work. The Windmill Factory’s projects have been featured in the Louvre, the New Museum, the MIT Media Lab, and on stages and festivals around the world. Projects include choreographing Nine Inch Nails’s 2013 and 2014 festival tours, a shadow play on a castle wall in Cartagena, a voice-activated pixel forest of LED balloons at SXSW, a light ceiling for Lady Gaga, and a massive slide/aerial performance center for Burning Man.
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a dandypunk
Multimedia Performance Artist & Director
A digital light poet and an imagineer in exile, a dandypunk combines a whimsical analog animation style with projection mapping and live performance to blur the boundary between fantasy and reality.
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Fake Love
Design Driven Experiential Agency
Fake Love is an innovative experiential design agency, crafting award-winning work that creates real emotional connections.
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StoryBoard P
Brooklyn Street Dance King
At 23 years old, Storyboard P is a new state-of-the-art model of performance art. Dubbed “the Basquiat of street dance” by The New Yorker, he’s elevating the genre and conversation while creating a new lexicon along the way.
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The Second City
Improv Comedy Troup
Beginning as a small cabaret theater on Chicago’s north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire—building a robust $40+ million business based on its core improvisational methodologies.
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Punchdrunk
Theatrical Experience Producer
Since 2000, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game-changing form of theater in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation, and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences.
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Playing with Reality
Interactive Performance Artists
With the ultimate goal of empowering through interactive experiences, Playing with Reality looks to work within multiple mediums and with various artists to redefine the audience’s role from one of spectator to one of active collaborator. They provide opportunities that remind adults of the joy of play within fictional stories.
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A Dandypunk
Multimedia Performance Artist & Director
In this hands-on and somewhat physical workshop, you’ll have the chance to explore performer interaction with animated projections.
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Felix Barrett
Punchdrunk, Artistic Director
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Jon Batiste
Musician, Entertainer, Educator & Bandleader
At 25, Jon Batiste is considered by many to be one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. A Movado Future Legend award recipient, and a Steinway Performing Artist, Jon has performed in innumerable prestigious events and venues across the world.
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Matt Adams
Cofounder, Blast Theory
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Helder Guimarães
Sleight of Hand Artist & Magician
In this workshop, Helder Guimarães will share some key principles of magic as an art form.
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N.D. Austin & Ida Benedetto
Cofounders, Wunderlust
In this workshop, you’ll take a journey into Wanderlust’s process of creating adventures inspired by neglected places.
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Oliver Jeffers
Visual Artist & Storyteller
Oliver Jeffers’s practice takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
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Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye
Performance Poets
You’ll learn how spoken-word poetry can provide you with new and helpful storytelling tools.
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Denise Jacobs
Speaker, Author & Creativity Evangelist
In this workshop, Helder Guimarães will share some key principles of magic as an art form.
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Bjarke Ingels
Architect & Founder, BIG
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Neil Harbisson
Artist, Composer & Cyborg Activist
Neil Harbisson is a Catalan contemporary artist, composer, and cyborg activist. He was born with achromatopsia, a condition that only allowed him to see in gray scale. In 2003, he took part in the development of the eyeborg, a cybernetic eye permanently attached to his head that allows him to hear the frequencies of colors through bone conduction. Neil started to feel like a cyborg, a union between his organism and cybernetics, when he started to hear colors in his dreams. Since then, he has created sonochromatic art works and performances that explore the relationship between color and sound, and the relationship between bodies and cybernetics. In 2010, he cofounded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organization that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights, and promote cyborgism as an artistic and social movement.
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Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye
Performance Poets
Sarah Kay is a poet who has been invited to share her work on such diverse stages as the 2011 TED Conference, the Malthouse Theater in Melbourne, Australia; and Joe’s Pub in New York City, among hundreds of other venues. Phil Kaye is a performance poet who has shared his work around the world. His poetry has been featured in media outlets ranging from NPR, to Al Jazeera America, to Upworthy.com.
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Christophe Laudamiel
Master Perfumer
In this hands-on and nose-on workshop, you’ll gain an understanding of why olfactory design is so important and learn about the numerous elements required to create a scent.
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Robert Krulwich
Correspondent, Co-Host, NPR, Radiolab
Robert Krulwich works in radio, podcasts, video, and the blogosphere. He has been called “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide.
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Sriram Kosuri
Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA, UCLA
Dr. Sri Kosuri is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA (http://www.kosurilab.org). His laboratory develops technologies for reading and writing DNA and applying them to various applications to better understand and engineer biology.
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Tim Fain
Violinist & Orchestral Soloist
With his adventuresome spirit and vast musical gifts, Avery Fisher Career Grant–winning violinist Tim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing new presence on the music scene. He was seen on screen and heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the hit film Black Swan, and gives “voice” to the violin of the lead character in the hit film 12 Years a Slave, as he did with Richard Gere’s violin in the film Bee Season.
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Shea Elmore & Jeff Wirth
Executive Director & Artistic Director, Playing with Reality
Come discover cutting-edge tools and techniques for writing and performing cocreated stories, tapping the deep capacities of your mind, body, and intuition.
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Lisa Fischer
Singer
Lisa Fischer is a singer who really gets around. On tour with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti, or Nine Inch Nails, her name may not be on the marquee, but she doesn’t care. She’s busy loving every minute of it. It’s easy to see why she works all the time: her astonishing range, her spot-on intonation, her mastery of the stage, the way her tone wraps itself around your heart and won’t let go, the infectious quality of her time feel: these things keep her on top of the list. But it’s the sweetness of her smile, her visible pleasure in watching her bandmates do their stuff, her glamorous girl-next-door quality that make fans all over the world think she’s their own secret discovery (despite the fact that the YouTube version of her duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter” has millions of hits).
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Nancy Duarte
Chief Executive Officer, Duarte, Inc.
By understanding how your audience thinks and feels and then choosing stories, ceremonies, and symbols that are meaningful to them, you can move people en masse.
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Bruce Flohr
Chief Strategy Officer & EVP, Red Light Management
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Ze Frank
President, Buzzfeed Motion Pictures
Ze Frank joined BuzzFeed in 2012 as Executive Vice President of Video, where he focuses on finding new formats in social video.
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Helder Guimarães
Sleight of Hand Artist & Magician
In 2006, at the age of 23, Helder Guimarães became the youngest ever World Champion of Card Magic. He was awarded the title after his performance in a triennial competition, which left both the judging panel and more than a thousand other performers utterly baffled. Since then, using his background in acting and theater, he has created and performed his one-man shows all over the world.
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FOST SUMMIT 2015

Blanca Li
Choreographer, Film Director, Dancer & Actress
Blanca Li was born in Granada, Spain, where she was en route to becoming a world-class gymnast before abandoning the sport to travel to New York City, where she spent five years studying at the Martha Graham Dance Center. Li moved back to Europe to found her own contemporary dance company in Paris, which, in its twenty-two years, performed in more than a thousand venues worldwide with fourteen creations.
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Geena Rocero
Model and Founder, Gender Proud
Geena Rocero’s story begins in Manila, where she grew up poor but among a loving and supportive family. She began competing in beauty pageants at fifteen and immigrated to the United States at seventeen. When she was twenty-one, she was discovered by a fashion photographer at a New York restaurant on the Lower East Side. For the next twelve years, she built a successful career as a fashion model. She decided to “come out” during a 2014 TED talk to bring more visibility to the transgender community.
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Laura Poitras & Nick Fortugno
Filmmaker, Journalist, Artist & Director, Academy Award-winning Citizenfour, Cofounder, Playmatics
This workshop will explore different strategies to combat surveillance, using tools ranging from technical solutions and storytelling to game play and countersurveillance.
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Alexa Meade
Artist
Alexa Meade is a Los Angeles–based artist who is known for her portraits painted on the human body, making people into seemingly 2D works of art. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and received critical acclaim from CNN, Wired, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal.
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Daniel Milnor & Eileen Gittins
Photographer at Large & CEO, Blurb inc.
In this workshop, you’ll take part in a creative exercise that explores what happens when the same content is considered by multiple groups.
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Pages Matam
Artist & Poet
Pages Matam is a touring artist from Cameroon, currently residing in Washington, DC. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion and is passionate about the fields of education, violence and abuse trauma, and youth advocacy.
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Miwa Matreyek
Animator, Designer, Director, & Multimedia Artist
Miwa Matreyek is an animator, designer, director, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. She creates live performances that integrate animation, performance, and video installation. Building on her background in collage, Matreyek creates dream-like, often surreal, yet emotionally powerful moments on stage, by combining animation and body. Her work juxtaposes the cinematic and theatrical, the fantastical and the visceral.
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Pages Matam
Artist and Poet
This interactive workshop will explore the steps necessary toward creating spoken word, from writing to editing to reciting, delving deeper into the ingredients that are essential to “baking” the perfect piece.
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Joe Marchese
President, Advanced Advertising, Fox Networks Group
Joe Marchese is the President of Advanced Advertising at Fox Networks Group and the Founder and former CEO of true[X], which 21st Century Fox acquired in 2015.
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David Nadelberg
Writer, Producer, & Creator, Mortified
Approach storytelling from a fresh perspective as Mortified founder David Nadelberg reveals the secret system behind his fourteen-year-old, international storytelling project’s success—and how that unique process can benefit anyone who crafts narratives.
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Beau Lotto
Neuroscientist & Founder, Lottolab
Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist fascinated with human perception.
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Janet Murray
Professor, eTV Researcher, & Author, Hamlet on the Holodeck
Professor Janet H. Murray is Associate Dean for Research at Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, where she teaches in the graduate program in Digital Media and directs the Experimental Television Lab, which creates prototypes of the convergence of long-form storytelling and computation.
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Todd Oldham
Designer, President, Todd Oldham Studio
Come let your inner artist out and turn cheap into chic.
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Saschka Unseld
Creative Director, Cofounder, Passion Pictures, Oculus Story Studio
Saschka Unseld is a German-born director and writer who cofounded the Academy Award–nominated animation studio Soi, where he directed and produced numerous award-winning shorts and commercials before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2008.
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Glynn Washington
Host and Executive Producer , Snap Judgment
Before launching the NPR/PRX Snap Judgment radio show nationwide, Glynn Washington worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, political strategist, fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer, and foot-stomper.
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Scott Trowbridge
Portfolio Creative Executive & Studio Leader, Walt Disney Imagineering
Scott Trowbridge leads a portfolio of teams and initiatives at The Walt Disney Company.
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Marco Tempest
Cyber Illusionist
Marco Tempest is a cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions. He began his performing career as a stage magician and manipulator, winning many awards and establishing an international reputation as one of the world’s most unique performers.
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Marco Tempest
Cyber Illusionist
Marco Tempest is a cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions.
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Ross Tipograph
Creator, 8players
In this one-of-a-kind immersive experience, you’ll take part in a theatrical performance tailored just for you and the Snug Harbor surroundings.
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Dustin Yellin
Artist & Founder, Pioneer Works
Dustin Yellin is an artist and founder of Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, a social sculpture and nonprofit institute for art and innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
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Samantha Wright
VP, Global Programs, Girl Rising
As Vice President of Global Programs, Samantha Wright sets the vision for how to best use Girl Rising storytelling to enable community-led change around the world. She is currently leading the setup of Girl Rising India. Wright was previously based in China as Managing Director of TEDxBeijing. Prior to that, she worked with the UN World Food Programme in Laos targeting emergency food assistance.
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Mike Woods
Founder and CCO, White Rabbit VR
In this workshop, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t in this immersive new storytelling format.
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Ben Wizner
Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Ben Wizner the director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.
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Dr. Michael Wesch
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University
Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Dr. Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture.
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Corinne Woods
Senior Adviros, United Nations and United Nations Foundation
Corinne Woods currently serves as Senior Adviser to the United Nations and United Nations Foundation focusing on the post-2015 Development Agenda. She has been a key player in the transition and strategic implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She has helped to foster and create global partnerships with various organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and corporate sectors, fueling support for the SDG’s Campaign—more widely known as Global Goals Campaign—by strengthening corporate social responsibility and increasing outreach and advocacy through social and conventional media.
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Sarah Wood
Cofounder & Co-CEO, Unruly
Sarah Wood is Cofounder and Co-CEO of the video ad tech company Unruly—named as the UK’s #2 Fastest Growing Tech Company (Deloitte, 2012)—where she ensures the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet.
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Amadeus Stevenson & Jeffrey Lancaster
CTO, Decoded
Working in teams, you’ll get hands-on building an Internet of Things device where a physical action will trigger a digital output.
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Jake Shapiro
CEO, Public Radio Exchange & Radiotopia
Jake Shapiro is founding CEO of PRX, an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to deliver significant stories to millions of people.
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Shaka Senghor
Director of Strategy and Innovation, #Cut50
Shaka Senghor is a writer, mentor, and motivational speaker whose story has inspired youth and young adults at high schools, universities, and conferences across the nation. He is a recipient of the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award and now serves as National Outreach Representative for BMe. He is a 2013 MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, a Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network, and teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2014, Shaka shared his story on the world-renowned TED stage, and in just four months his talk reached more than one million views. Shaka currently serves as Director of Strategy and Innovation for #Cut50, which aims to reduce the incarcerated population in the United States by 50 percent over the next ten years.
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Tiffany Shlain
Filmmaker and Founder, Webby Awards
Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain is one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st century” and is on NPR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches, Ever.
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Rachel Shechtman
Founder, STORY
Rachel Shechtman is a fourth-generation retail entrepreneur and the founder of STORY, a New York–based concept store known for its editorial, ever-changing approach to retail.
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Frank Rose & Paul Woolmington
Author, Cofounder, The Art of Immersion, Naked Communications Americas
In this exercise, Frank Rose and Paul Woolmington will show how storytelling can work for brands and challenge you to put your skills to work on a real-world example.
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Franklin Leonard
Founder, Blacklist
Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and the company birthed to continue its mission.
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Edward Snowden
Former Intelligence Officer & Board Member, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Edward Snowden is a former intelligence officer who served the CIA, NSA, and DIA for nearly a decade as a subject matter expert on technology and cybersecurity.
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Clint Smith
Teacher, Poet, and Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University
Clint Smith is a teacher, poet, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society.
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Clint Smith
Teacher & Poet
Clint Smith is a teacher, poet, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He serves as a resident teaching artist in Boston Public Schools and as a writing instructor at Bay State Correctional Center in Norfolk, MA. His research interests include critical pedagogy, mass incarceration, the intersection of art and activism, how literacy shapes the formation of adolescent identity, and youth civic education.
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Randy Scott Slavin
Director, Photographer, and Aerial Cinematographer
In this workshop, you’ll not only fly drones, but also shoot video with them and learn the fundamentals of aerial cinematography and aerial camera movement.
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Jessica Brillhart & Saschka Unseld
Principal VR Filmmaker, Cofounder, Google Jump, Oculus Story Studio
Jessica Brillhart is the principal VR filmmaker for Google Jump. Saschka Unseld is a German-born director and writer who cofounded the Academy Award–nominated animation studio Soi, where he directed and produced numerous award-winning shorts and commercials before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2008.
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Bobette Buster
Story Consultant, Screenwriter & Lecturer
How do great storytellers connect with their listeners? What do you think your audience wants to hear?
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James Braly
Writer, Performer, Author, & Teacher
This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how to transform his or her life experiences into engaging true stories—because tragedy plus time can be very funny, and the ability to hold an audience’s attention can be very useful in any field.
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David Blaine
Magician
For more than a decade, David Blaine has been attracting the world’s attention with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini, seeking out that which seems physically impossible, and actually doing it.
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Jordan Bower
Digital Storyteller
In this interactive workshop, you’ll start down the digital storyteller’s journey. Through experiential exercises, you’ll explore the intimate connection between you, your audience, and the stories that you tell.
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Susan Bonds
Cofounder & CEO, 42 Entertainment
Susan Bonds is Cofounder and CEO of 42 Entertainment. She evolved the company from its roots in alternate reality gaming to deeply immersive entertainment experiences that engage millions of people worldwide.
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Scott Dadich
Editor in Chief, Wired
Scott Dadich was named Editor in Chief of WIRED in November 2012. He previously served as creative director from 2006 to 2010, during which he led the magazine to an unprecedented three consecutive National Magazine Awards in Design and oversaw the development of WIRED’s groundbreaking iPad app.
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Stephen Chupaska & Lauren Lumsden
Mortified
Stephen Chupaska is a story producer for Mortified NYC as well as a humorist, essayist, journalist, and performer known for his amusing takes on the vagaries of early-twenty-first-century life and for his skillful execution of hilarious and embarrassing coming-of-age storytelling. Steve’s work has appeared in the New London Day, the San Diego Union-Tribune, KQED MindShift, Connecticut College Magazine, Treble magazine, and American Songwriter. A music nut, he has lugged his record collection across America— twice. He is also an Anglophile with a cricket bat, a sports fan without athletic ability, and a movie buff with your cable login. Lauren Lumsden is Video Programming Director for Cosmopolitan.com, Hearst’s most popular website, where she frequently makes short films starring shirtless male models. Before that, she worked at DailyCandy for seven years. But, perhaps most notably of all, she started her career at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and is still certified to manage a store. Should she quit Cosmo and go back to the land of glazed dough? The thought has never crossed her mind, she swears.
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Phil Chen
Chief Content Officer, HTC & Cofounder, Vive
Phil Chen is an explorer and technology pilgrim.
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Beth Comstock
Vice Chair, General Electric
Beth Comstock leads GE’s growth efforts via marketing, sales, licensing, and communications and oversees GE Ventures.
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William Close
Founder and Artistic Director, Earth Harp Collective
William Close is an installation artist, musician, and visionary who has developed more than one hundred new musical instruments, including the famed Earth Harp, which has the ability to turn every space into a giant instrument, with strings that extend up to one thousand feet in length.
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ELEW
Rockjazz Artist
A decade into his jazz piano career, Eric Lewis had an epiphany. The songs he was playing weren’t speaking to him the way he wanted them to. Lewis considered the landscape, and reemerged as ELEW, an artist who combines virtuosic skill on the grand piano with an unprecedented openness to modern pop and rock music. ELEW has fused the two together and, in the process, created a new genre, rockjazz.
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Joel Beckerman
Founder & Lead Composer, Man Made Music
In this interactive three-part workshop, you’ll unlock the secrets of one of the most powerful storytelling tools we have: sound and music.
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Jennifer Aaker
General Atlantic Professor of Marketing, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
A social psychologist, Jennifer Aaker studies time, money, and happiness, focusing on questions such as: What actually makes people happy, as opposed to what they think makes them happy? How can small acts create infectious action, and how can such effects be fueled by social media?
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Margaret Atwood
Author, The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat's Eye, and Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays.
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Blue Delliquanti
Comics Artist & Illustrator
This participatory workshop will explore how comics can be as visually rich as film, while allowing readers to control pacing and bring their own imagination into the action.
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Gaia Dempsey
Managing Director, DAQRI International
Gaia Dempsey is a creative strategist and pioneer in the field of augmented reality, driving the adoption of DAQRI’s enterprise 4D technology worldwide.
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Maira Kalman
Author and Illustrator
Much of the time I am walking. Small journeys. The goal is to have an empty brain, to look at things and absorb them. From this comes great peace of mind, followed by a flood of ideas and memories.
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Yasmeen Hassan 2015
Global Executive Director, Equality Now
Yasmeen Hassan became the Global Executive Director of Equality Now in 2011 after having served as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs for three years. Before joining the organization, Yasmeen was with the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, where she worked on the implementation of CEDAW and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women. She has been involved in women’s rights since very early in her career, authoring the first study of domestic violence in Pakistan, which ultimately became Pakistan’s submission to the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995. She has written several papers and opinion editorials on the situation of women, which have been published in the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune.
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Jonathan Heit
President, Partner, North America Allison+Partners
While you may know the story you want to tell and how you want to tell it, the WSIGAS Workshop will help you understand why people should care about your story.
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Glen Keane
Animator, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and Duet
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David Landa & Dianna Kane
CEO, Senior Designer, FreeAssociation, Medic Mobile
In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to leverage stories as a tool to design solutions to real-life critical situations.
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Aaron Koblin
Cofounder & CEO, Vrse
Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies.
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Justin Dillon
CEO, Made in a Free World
Justin Dillon is an artist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and abolitionist. He is the founder and CEO of Made In A Free World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending forced labor, human trafficking, and modern-day slavery through increased public awareness, action, and advocacy.

In 2008, Justin made his directorial debut in the film Call + Response, which revealed the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. The “rockumentary” was one of the top documentaries of the year and combined commentary by social luminaries such as Cornell West and Nicholas Kristoff with musical performances by artists such as Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, and Matisyahu.

In 2011, Justin founded the nonprofit organization Slavery Footprint. Partnering with the U.S. State Department, they launched a multiple-award-winning website that asks the question, “How Many Slaves Work For You?” The website and associated mobile app allow consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery and provides them with an opportunity to have a conversation with the companies that manufacture the goods they purchase.
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Tatjana Dzambazova
Senior Project Manager and Technology Whisperer , Autodesk
Tatjana Dzambazova is a trained architect with twelve years of experience in architecture and design in Vienna and London.
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Al Gore
Former Vice-President of the United States & Author, An Inconvenient Truth
Former Vice President Al Gore is Cofounder and Chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis.

Gore is the author of the best sellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and, most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth and was selected as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”
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Al Gore
Former Vice President of the United States; Author, An Inconvenient Truth
Former Vice President Al Gore is Cofounder and Chairman of Generation Investment Management.
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Daniel Goleman & Timothy Shriver
Author, Emotional Intelligence & Chairman, Special Olympics
Daniel Goleman is an internationally known author, psychologist, and journalist. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence, was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year. Goleman has also written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, and the ecological crisis. His most recent book, A Force For Good, outlines the Dalai Lama’s vision for transforming the world in positive ways.

Timothy Shriver is Chairman of Special Olympics, and in that capacity he happily serves together with over four million Special Olympics athletes in more than 170 countries. Previously, Shriver was a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors of learning. In 1994, he cofounded CASEL, the world’s leading school reform organization in the field of social, emotional, and academic learning.
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Meg Galloway Goldthwaite
CMO, Conservation International
Meg Galloway Goldthwaite serves as Conservation International’s Chief Marketing Officer. She is CI’s storyteller, spreading awareness of its core belief that nature doesn’t need people, people need nature.

Goldthwaite joined Conservation International from Women for Women International, where she served as Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation. Prior to that, she was Vice President for Marketing and Communications for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, where she helped Haiti tell its hopeful stories of smart, sustainable economic development. At the World Wildlife Fund, she brought Earth Hour—WWF’s signature initiative—to the United States in 2008, growing US participation to more than 80 million by 2010.
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Jamie Gutfreund
"Global Chief Marketing Officer Wunderman", Wunderman
As the Global CMO, Jamie Gutfreund leads Wunderman’s global marketing and communications initiatives. Partnering with Wunderman’s leadership team, Jamie builds awareness of the company’s unique blend of data and creativity around the world.
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Amy Fredeen
CFO, E-Line, and EVP and CFO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Amy Fredeen is of Inupiaq heritage and served as the Lead Cultural Ambassador for the game Never Alone.
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Alan Gershenfeld
President & Cofounder, E-Line Media & Creator, Never Alone & World Games
Alan Gershenfeld has spent the last twenty years at the intersection of entertainment, technology, and social entrepreneurship.
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FOST SUMMIT 2016

Nancy Pearson
Vice President of Marketing for Cognitive Business, IBM
The cognitive system IBM Watson and its powerful machine learning have been put to use for everything from business applications to creating recipes. Nancy Pearson explores how Watson can be used as a creative tool and put to use by human storytellers.
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Bjarke Pedersen & Johanna Koljonen
Creative Director / Founding Partner, Odyssé
LARP is an emerging art form in which you can explore any world, embody any character, and tell complex stories in any genre.
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Bjarke Pedersen
LARPing Expert & Creative Director, Odyssé
LARP (Live Action Role Playing) allows you to step into a character’s shoes and engage all of your senses alongside other people to create intense and emotionally engaging stories.
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Dan Pinchbeck
Creative Director, The Chinese Room
Game narratives must be willing to leave room for the player as co-creator in order to create more fully immersive, emotionally-resonant story experiences.
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Shimon Robot
Shimon is an improvising robotic marimba player that uses artificial intelligence to improvise with human musicians, leading to novel musical experiences and outcomes. Real-time collaboration between human and computer-based players can capitalize on the combination of their unique strengths to produce new and compelling music.

Gil Weinberg is a professor and the founding director of Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he leads the Robotic Musicianship group. His research focuses on developing artificial creativity and musical expression for robots and augmented humans. Examples of the projects Weinberg has overseen include Shimon pand a prosthetic robotic arm for amputees that restores and enhances human drumming abilities.

Mason Bretan is a PhD candidate of Music Technology and a member of Gil Weinberg's Robotic Musicianship Group. He is the primary developer and researcher for the Shimon, Shimi, and drumming prosthesis platforms. Bretan's research focuses on how to create robotic systems that are capable of meaningful musical interactions by designing sophisticated machine intelligence and robotic motion-planning algorithms.
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Sarina Prabasi
CEO, WaterAid America
WaterAid is an international organization whose mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to clean water, safe toilets, and hygiene programs.
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Florian Radke
Senior Director of Marketing, Meta
The promise of augmented reality is not to replace our reality, but to enhance our natural environments and facilitate greater learning and communication than ever.
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Leland Melvin & Nicole Stott
NASA Astronaut, Engineer / NASA Astronaut, Engineer, Artist, Constellation
Leland Melvin is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space. A decade after taking a job at NASA’s Langley Research Center, he was chosen by the astronaut program and went on to serve as a mission specialist on two successful shuttle missions. Melvin continues to devote his time and energy to educating the next generation of scientists through various STEM programs.

Nicole Stott is a veteran astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). Always an artist, Stott brought a small watercolor kit with her on her mission to the ISS, becoming the first NASA astronaut to paint in space. Stott currently works as a full-time artist and SciArt education advocate.
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James Michaud
Director of Corporate Partnerships, AIDS Vaccine Fund
The AIDS Vaccine Fund brings awareness to the general public about the urgent need for an HIV vaccine and mobilizes funding for its research.
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Margaret McLaughlin & Cameron Ewing
The Factory at Facebook
Join us as we discuss the production of our narrative VR film, Here and Now; set in New York’s Grand Central Station, it utilizes a single take to follow a variety of characters as they go about their day.
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Madison Maxey
Creative Technologist
Madison Maxey is a creative technologist who works at the intersection of design and technology.
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Alex McDowell 2016
Creative Director, Experimental Design
Master Production Designer Alex McDowell explores how lessons learned from fictional world-building can be applied to the real world.
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Jim Marggraff
Chairman, CEO & Founder, Eyefluence
Jim Marggraff is paving the way for a future in which we navigate the digital world primarily through sight, the same way we do the natural world.
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Dr. Marvin M. Chun
Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology, Yale University
For the first time in human history, science and technology have caught up with the imagination, introducing tools to decode the mind.
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Lindsay Nelson
Global Head of Brand Strategy & Marketing, Vox Media
Melissa Bell and Lindsay Nelson shed light on how to find digital-advertising strategies that work for advertisers, news organizations, and readers, with trust and transparency at the core.
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Marc Mathieu
CMO, Samsung Electronics America
Virtual reality is a 360-degree revolution in storytelling. In order to flourish, it needs an ecosystem in which content is easily created, accessed, and shared.
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Beau Lotto
Neuroscientist, Founder & CEO, Ripple & Lab of Misfits
Our senses tell us stories about the world. Our perceptions evolved to interpret those stories—and understanding how will help us create meaning in our lives.
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Joe Marchese
President, Advanced Advertising Fox Networks Group
As one of the world’s top experts on how advertising is evolving in today’s digital world, Joe Marchese explores how new digital tools can target consumers with strong content that truly engages them.
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Rachel Moreno
Global Marketing Director, Global Citizen
Global Citizen is a social action platform that encourages users to learn about issues and take action on what matters most, and join a community committed to social change.
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Kathleen Rogers
President, Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.
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Chris Murphy & Mark Barden
US Senator for Connecticut
Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Senator Murphy became one of the leading proponents of commonsense reforms to reduce gun violence. He has championed a number of bipartisan bills aimed at expanding background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Mark Barden's son, Dylan, was one of the 20 first-graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, Barden leads and manages the organization, along with Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan, who was also killed at Sandy Hook.
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Jules Urbach
Founder & CEO, OTOY & LightStage
Jules Urbach is engineering a world in which anyone can be a creator and anything you imagine can be effortlessly brought to life in fantastic visual detail.
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John Underkoffler
CEO, Oblong Industries
John Underkoffler is Founder and CEO of Oblong Industries, developer of the gspeak Spatial Operating Environment and the Mezzanine system for immersive visual collaboration across the enterprise.
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Evan Walker-Wells
Cofounder and Publisher, Scalawag
Evan Walker-Wells is a cofounder and the publisher of Scalawag, a new media nonprofit reckoning with Southern politics and culture.
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Bill T. Jones
Artistic Director, Dancer & Choreographer
Bill T. Jones, a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director, and writer, has received major honors ranging from the Human Rights Campaign's 2016 Visibility Award, 2013 National Medal of Arts to a 1994 MacArthur "Genius" Award and Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.
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Bradley Theodore
Artist
You’ll be led through a creative, collaborative art exercise using Tilt Brush, and Bradley will discuss how the fundamentals of his approach to fine art translate to this new medium.
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Charlie Todd
Founder, Improv Everywhere
This workshop will introduce you to the basics of long-form improv comedy with an emphasis on acting on ideas quickly.
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Lance Weiler
Storyteller, Entrepreneur, & Thought Leader
This workshop will introduce you to creative ways to harness the Internet of Things to let stories spill from screens, into the real world, and back.
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Louise Story
Executive Producer, LIve-Stream Programming, The New York Times
The session will include a workshop challenge in which you’ll work in small groups to create and share your own livestreams.
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Jeffrey Seller
Producer, Hamilton, Rent, Avenue Q & In The Heights
Jeffrey Seller has devoted his life to creating powerful stories on the stage. He believed that in our present digital age, the unique excitement of live entertainment is more valuable than ever.
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Kyle Ruddick
Filmmaker & Experience Designer
Get a crash course on the latest affordable sensors and input devices.
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Philip Rosedale
CEO & Cofounder / Creator, High Fidelity / Second Life
Philip Rosedale anticipates a future where we spend most of our waking time in virtual worlds. His company, High Fidelity, is creating the building blocks of a virtual universe.
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Randy Scott Slavin
Founder, NYC Drone Film Festival
In this workshop, you'll not only fly drones but also shoot video with them and learn the fundamentals of aerial cinematography and aerial camera movement.
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Lorna Solis
Founder & CEO, Lynke Project
Lynke is a US-registered B-Corporation which links refugees in Jordan and disadvantaged people from host communities with tech jobs in two ways: employing the, directly to perform outsourcing work for international clients; or a six-month training program, facilitated by Microsoft, in app-building, combined with academic, professional and soft skills, resulting in an internationally-recognized qualification from a world-leading technology company.
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Dr. Charles Spence
Professor of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University
Experience designers are taking cues from neuroscientists and purposefully activating certain senses in order to enhance experiences.
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Mary Spio
Founder & CEO, CEEK VR
Virtual reality has the opportunity to change people’s lives and allow them to see what is possible.
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Andrew Stern
Cofounder, playabl.ai
Using artificial intelligence to enhance digital stories will be a challenge, but Andrew Stern lays out the ground rules for making the most of AI in storytelling.
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Stephen Smith
Producer, New Dimensions in Technology
Smith explores story through testimony, examining how Holocaust survivor narrative—and, in particular, visual history—has developed over time and in different media.
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Resh Sidhu
Creative Director, Framestore
Resh Sidhu is one of the most well-regarded names in virtual reality, driving the medium forward with her fearless creativity and innovative approach.
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Malachi Byrd
Poet
Crowned the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the nation's capital, Byrd is the self-proclaimed first Senator of Washington, DC (Vote Byrd 2032).
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Monica Bill Barnes
Contemporary Dancer
Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company known for bringing dance where it typically doesn't belong.
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Melissa Bell
Publisher of Vox Media and Cofounder of Vox.com
Melissa Bell sheds light on how to find digital advertising strategies that work for advertisers, news organizations, and readers, with trust and transparency at the core.
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Yoni Bloch 2016
Cofounder & CEO, Interlude
Videos are no longer something to passively watch. Yoni Bloch has ideas about adding the element of choice to videos to make the stories more dynamic and interactive.
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Brock Davis
Artist & CCO, space150
This participatory workshop will explore how to break through creative ruts and create opportunities for new frontiers in the familiar.
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Rahul Chopra
CEO, Storyful
User-generated online videos are “the world’s largest natural resource.” News organizations and brands must learn how to take advantage of it.
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Andrew Nemr & The Google Tilt Brush Team
Legendary tap dancer Andrew Nemr will tap up a visual storm using Tilt Brush and their new audio reactive brushes.

Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator, and speaker, Nemr’s work explores tap dance as a vehicle for storytelling and community building. He has played with Grammy Award–winning musicians across multiple genres, founded and directed the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, and cofounded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc. (along with Hines).
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MAE & Tim Fain
MAE—(m)ultisensory (a)esthetic (e)xperience—is an ever-evolving music and art project formed in 2001 in Norfolk, Virginia. With a critically acclaimed career spanning over 1,600 concerts on four continents and seven studio albums selling in excess of 500,000, MAE consistently delivers emotionally-driven cinematic soundscapes. Born out of funded academic research on the relationship between color and sound, MAE uses artfully crafted music as a means of expanding the concept of harmony to include other sensory languages, and of placing listeners inside an art experience for the whole body.

Tim Fain is a world-renowned violinist whose innovative approach has captivated both the music and film scene. Fain has pushed the envelope of his field, emerging as a collaborative artist that weaves cutting edge technological trends into musical presentation.
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Lorraine Bardeen & Carrine Fisher
General Manager / Executive Producer, HoloLens / Actiongram
In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to be introduced to mixed-reality storytelling via HoloLens’s Actiongram experience, which offers a gallery of characters, props, and more!
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Lorraine Bardeen
General Manager, Windows and HoloLens Experiences, Microsoft
Mixed reality brings digital content into your real world, opening an unprecedented opportunities to enhance emotional connection through storytelling.
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Felix Barrett
Founder & Director, Punchdrunk
Felix Barrett's productions transform existing architectural spaces into interactive theater pieces in order to disrupt the traditional, formulaic, and passive theater model. They demand the attention of all five senses.
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B.E.A.T. featuring Kaila Mullady and Y?
Bridging Education & Art Together (BEAT) works to educate and empower both students and artists through programs of creative self-expression that include music, dance, and performance art.

Kaila Mullady is an NYC–based performer. She is the head director of BEAT Global's Beat Rocker program, where she created and pioneered a speech therapy and beatboxing curriculum while working with blind and mentally handicapped populations.

NYC–based musician and actor Mark Martin (aka Mandibul) has been beatboxing since age 13 and is the 2016 Beatrhyme Battle Champion. He is a teaching artist at the Beat Rockers program, which teaches beatboxing as music and speech therapy to the blind at the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx.

Y? (Yogi Guyadin) is an NYC–based artist, audio engineer/producer, and educator. He currently works with BEAT Global, where he instructs the Beat Makers course and has created two programs: Beat Rhymers (a creative/songwriting program for aspiring poets, emcees, and singers) and Beat Band (a live music course in which students compose and produce original music and songs alongside professional musicians).
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B.E.A.T. Featuring Kaila Mullady and Y?
Let loose, get creative, and have some fun while learning the basics of beatboxing, writing, rhyming, and performing.
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Brown Johnson
EVP & Creative Director, Sesame Workshop
In this workshop, you'll work in small teams to create your own mini Sesame Street episode, learning what really goes into creating the iconic series.
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Jameel Jaffer
Founding Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
Jameel Jaffer is the founding director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which works to protect and expand the freedoms of speech and the press through strategic litigation, research, and public education.
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Ian Jones-Quartey
Creator, Cartoon Network's OK K.O.!
Experience the collaborative process used by the Cartoon Network for creating new characters and stories, and walk out with a new perspective on co-authorship and the creation of new worlds.
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Sophie Hebdidge
Product Developer, Decoded
Using open-source bot technologies, you'll build your own chat bot that represents a persona of your choosing, then interact with it and those of the rest of the group.
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Bjarke Ingels
Founder & Architect, BIG
World-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels refers to his projects as “promiscuous hybrids”—they combine seemingly disparate elements and turn fiction into fact.
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Hugh Howey
New York Times best-selling author, Wool, Sand & Beacon 23
The ability to receive real-time feedback from fans gave self-published author Hugh Howey a space to create that resulted in a New York Times best-selling novel.
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Christian Lachel, Matthew Solari & Brad Shelton
BRC Imagination Arts
Learn how to create an engaging, immersive experience that is crafted and assembled through a powerful story and theme.
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Damian Kulash
OK Go, Lead Singer and Guitarist
OK Go’s stratospheric success represents an epoch-defining shift in the way music and music videos—which together constitute one of the most visceral kinds of storytelling—are made.
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Kaki King
Composer & Guitarist
Hailed by Rolling Stone as "a genre unto herself," composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast.
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Erik Estrada & Dr. Howard Stevenson
Forward Promise
Forward Promise seeks to create spaces, resources and professional support to practitioners, to help boys and young men of color heal from the historical and present-day trauma; to help them grow and advocate for themselves in ways that reduce the effects of inferiority narratives; to facilitate their opportunities to thrive and more fully contribute and lead in their communities and the world.
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enra
Projection Performance
Japanese supergroup enra defies conventions of space, time, gravity, and physics through the seamless synchronization of digital projection and physical movement.
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Seth Farbman
CMO, Spotify
Successful marketing is a combination of art and hard data science that results in personally resonant narratives.
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Rana el Kaliouby
Cofounder & Chief Science Officer, Affectiva
Technology is becoming more emotionally intelligent. Soon, our digital stories will adapt and change based on the audience’s reactions.
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Frederik Duerinck
Filmmaker, Artist & Designer, Famous Deaths
In this workshop, Frederik Duerinck and Marcel van Brakel will teach you how to incorporate smell and touch to create embodied narratives.
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Kristopher Edelen
Chef, HOTPANnyc
Kristopher Edelen (also known as Chef KPE) is interested in reinventing the modern American dining experience, and in February 2014, he launched HOTPANnyc, a culinary concept dedicated to postmodern cuisine.
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Jenn Duong
Director of VR / Cofounder, 1215 Creative / SH//FT
Jenn Duong is the director of virtual reality at 1215creative, a creative agency and production company based in Los Angeles.
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Brooke Gladstone
Reporter, WNYC
Brooke Gladstone is best known for the …pause…that Bob Garfield inserts before mentioning her name in the credits for On the Media.
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Tracy Fullerton
Game Designer, Professor & Director, USC Games Program
Dive into the design of game mechanics that create meaningful narrative play.
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Benjamin Lehmann
Supervising Producer, Sesame Street
In this workshop, Real Sesame Street puppeteers will walk you through all aspects of creating a TV puppetry performance, from the acting itself to the sometimes-surprising technical requirements involved.
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COMMUNITY

Charles Renfro
Partner, Diller, Scofidio, and Renfro
As partner of an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates the performing arts, visual arts, and architecture, Charles has worked on large-scale projects abroad and closer to home. His projects include the redesign of the Juilliard School, New York City’s High Line, and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.
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Keith Reinhard
Chairman Emeritus, DDB Worldwide
Keith Reinhard is Chairman Emeritus of the DDB Worldwide Communications Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most awarded advertising agency networks. A member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, Keith has been referred to as the industry’s “soft-spoken visionary” by Advertising Age, which in 1999 named him one of the 100 most influential figures in the history of advertising.
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Tom Melcher
Internet Executive and Investor
Tom Melcher is an Internet executive who has successfully created and led innovative start-ups in Silicon Valley and Beijing. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale University and worked for many years at IBM and McKinsey. He was then a principal executive at five high-profile and successful Silicon Valley Internet start-ups over twelve years. He moved to Beijing in 2004, where he co-founded and then sold two successful Internet media companies over the next nine years. He recently moved to New York City, where he is pursuing further investment opportunities.
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Jacob Marshall
Producer, Global Citizen Festival, and Senior Connector, More Partnerships
Jacob Marshall is a musical artist, lecturer, writer, artist manager, social entrepreneur, and pioneer of humanitarian art campaigns. He serves as a Senior Connector at More Partnerships, working with some of the world’s largest and most innovative public and private companies to coordinate their cause partnerships with some of the world’s best artists. He worked as a senior advisor and liaison for the Global Citizen Festival, which brought 60,000 music fans to New York’s Central Park on September 29th, 2012.
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Todd Oldham
Designer, President, Todd Oldham Studio
Originally a New York fashion designer, Oldham’s career has evolved to include all areas of design, from interior design, to film and photography, to furniture and graphic design. Oldham recently completed his 19th book, Charley Harper’s Animal Kingdom. Most recently, Oldham’s Kid Made Modern, a collection of art supplies and kits, books, and events, debuted in all Target locations.
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Kevin Wall
Producer, Digital Entrepreneur, & Envirormentalist
Kevin Wall is a producer, digital entrepreneur and environmentalist who creates and produces global events often viewed by a billion or more people. Recent events include CHIME for Change Concert, Opening Kickoff Concert for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, A Decade of Difference Concert celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Clinton Foundation and the first ever U.S. version of the Secret Policeman’s Ball for Amnesty International. Mr. Wall is also the Managing Partner of Craton Equity Partners and an active investor in early stage technology startups. He is married to Dr. Susan Smalley, PhD, and has three grown children. They live in Beverly Hills, CA.
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Tom Wujec
Fellow, Autodesk
Tom has helped bring award-winning innovations and software applications to market including Autodesk SketchBook Pro and PortfolioWall. He is also the author of three books on creative thinking and was part of a team that won an Academy Award for its software contribution to the film industry.
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Jeffrey Zurofsky
Partner & Cofounder, 'Wichcraft & Cohost, Bravo's Best New Restaurant, PARTNER & COFOUNDER, ‘WICHCRAFT & COHOST, BRAVO’S BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Jeffrey is a restaurateur dedicated to supporting urban farming, sustainable cooking practices, and making meals entirely from scratch. As cofounder of Riverpark Farm, Jeffrey is also credited with developing one of the largest and most urban farms in New York City.
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Andrew Zolli
Author, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back
Andrew Zolli is a well-known writer, thinker, and social innovator working at the intersection of global innovation, foresight, social change and resilience. He is the author of bestselling Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, now published in 15 languages worldwide. For twelve years, he was the chief creative and curatorial force behind PopTech (poptech.org), and now works with a wide variety of organizations, from the next-generation Earth-imaging company Planet Labs (where he advises on social, environmental and humanitarian Impact initiatives) to the Garrison Institute, a leading center for contemplative practice and enlightened social change.
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Lauren Zalaznick
Publisher & Founder, LZ Sunday Paper
Lauren has shaped a multifaceted career in media. From her start as an indy film producer, she now oversees Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, iVillage, and NBC Universal’s Green is Universal initiative. Her marketing strategies create unique opportunities for advertisers to connect with a desirable demographic across all the NBC Universal brands.
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Robert Wong
Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab
While practicing accounting in Toronto, Robert Wong woke up one day, flew to New York, and became a graphic designer instead. Since then, he has had the privilege of working on some of the world’s most loved brands—Google, Starbucks, Apple, and MTV, among others. At the Google Creative Lab, he leads a small team of amazingly talented people to help communicate to the world the magic of Google products and the spirit of the people who make them. Prior to Google, Robert was Executive Creative Director of Arnold Worldwide, the agency most famous for a decade of epic Volkswagen advertising in the ’90s. His work has won nearly every industry award and is represented in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. He has no plans of ever going back to accounting.
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Tina Sharkey
CEO, Sherpafoundry
Tina has been named a top leader in technology by Businessweek, Fast Company, USA Today, and AdvertisingAge. When she was at the helm of BabyCenter, it was the #1 pregnancy and parenting online destination that provided expert advice and mom-friendly insights.
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Rachel Shechtman
Founder, Story and Cube Ventures
Rachel is an entrepreneur who offers merchandising and marketing solutions to companies like AOL, Gilt Groupe, and Lord & Taylor. She is guided by the philosophy that creativity and commerce are driven by passion, innovation, demand, expertise, margin, and execution.
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Jeffery Seller
Producer, Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights, Hamilton
Jeffrey is an American theatrical producer who has won three Tony Awards for Best Musical for the productions Rent, Avenue Q, and In the Heights. He is widely considered one of the most innovative of a new breed of producers who seek out small productions and then adapt them for commercial success on Broadway.
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Alan Siegel
Siegelvision, President and CEO
Alan is one of the best-known figures in the branding business and a driving force behind the plain English movement in the United States and abroad. As cofounder of Sigel + Gale, he and his agency popularized the concept of “brand voice” to describe the totality of an organization’s personality.
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Resh Sidhu
Creative Director, Framestore
Resh Sidhu is one of the most well-regarded names in virtual reality, driving the medium forward with her fearless creativity and innovative approach.
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Frank Rose
Author, The Art of Immersion
The Art of Immersion, Frank’s most recent book, has been called “an essential overview” by The International Journal of Advertising and “a new media bible” by La Repubblica of Rome. A well-known author and speaker on media in the digital age, he has been featured on the BBC and published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, Fortune, and Wired, among others.
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Tim Brown
President and CEO, Ideo
Tim is an architect of products, services, environments, and digital experiences. He is inspired by the convergence of technology and art, as well as the ways in which good design can help emerging economies. He is the author of Change By Design and has written for the Harvard Business Review and The Economist.
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Ronda Carnegie
CEO, TNgLE
Ronda Carnegie most recently served as Head of Global Partnerships/Strategic Initiatives for TED over the last seven years and during that time founded the TEDInstitute in 2012 with a mission to utilize a specialized curatorial approach around story to uncover innovative ideas and expertise discovered inside corporations around the world.
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Jon Cropper
Managing Partner and Founder, Futurlogic
Jon is a branding and marketing expert with new ideas to help shape the future of Internet culture. His company, Futurlogic, is a next-generation, online education company. The Internet-based platform specializes in online programs and curriculum ranging from brief webinars to virtual universities.
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Steve Clayton
Chief Storyteller, Microsoft
Steve Clayton is Microsoft’s Chief Storyteller and General Manager of Microsoft’s Image & Culture team.
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Sunny Bates
President and CEO, Sunny Bates Associates
For thirty years, Sunny has used her knowledge and intuition to create inspired marriages between ideas and capital, between creativity and sponsorship, between genius and its audience. She is a pioneer of the invisible network and its protocols, understanding that the connector is the new agent of innovation and business success.
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Paola Antonelli
Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, MOMA
Paola has lectured worldwide in settings ranging from peer conferences to global interdisciplinary gatherings and has served on international architecture and design juries. Her goal is to educate people about the positive influence that design has on the world.
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Jon Kamen
Chairman & CEO, RadicalMedia
Jon Kamen is Founding Chairman and CEO of RadicalMedia, creating some of the world’s most innovative content across all platforms of media. Originally renowned for its commercial and advertising success, it has transformed and grown to develop, produce, and distribute television, feature films, music programming, live events, digital content and design. Aside from his professional duties and prolific production credits, Jon is on the Board of Trustees of the Rhode Island School of Design, and has recently has been appointed to the Board of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. He has continuously fostered RadicalMedia’s work with numerous organizations and public service initiatives, including RED, ONE, and Conservation International. RadicalMedia was a recipient of the Smithsonian’s National Design Award, and in 2012 Jon accepted Mayor Bloomberg’s Made in New York Award.
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Julia Kaganskiy
Director, NEW INC at New Museum
Julia Kaganskiy is a cultural producer across art and technology.
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Ari Kuschnir
CEO and Executive Producer, M ssing P eces
Ari has been designing, advising, and completing creative projects that matter to him and his community since 2005. His tireless passion for blazing trails has led to collaborations with TED, GE, Common, Vimeo, Intel, Amex, the Climate Reality Project, and some of the world’s leading artists, thinkers, and companies. He has been featured in Creativity magazine’s “New Talent,” Sundance Channel’s “New Revolutionaries,” Adweek’s “Portraits,” and TED’s “Ads Worth Spreading.”
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Itamar Kubovy
Executive Director , Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Itamar is one of the visionaries behind Pilobolus, a dance troupe renowned for its shape-shifting human sculptures and daring acrobatics. He founded and co-curates the International Collaborators Project, which opens Pilobolus’s choreographic process to artists and thinkers from diverse fields.
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Tham Khai Meng
Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy & Mather
As one of the world’s most awarded creative directors, Tham Khai Meng made history in 2016 by leading Ogilvy & Mather to win Network of the Year at Cannes for the fifth time in a row.
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Robert Krulwich
Correspondent, NPR
Robert Krulwich works in radio, podcasts, video, and the blogosphere. He has been called “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide.

Robert is a science correspondent for NPR. His NPR blog, “Krulwich Wonders,” features drawings, cartoons, and videos that illustrate hard-to-see concepts in science. He is also the cohost of Radiolab, a nationally distributed radio/podcast series that explores new developments in science for people who are curious but not usually drawn to science shows. Radiolab won a Peabody Award in 2011.

For twenty-two years, Robert was a science, economics, general assignment, and foreign correspondent at ABC and CBS News. He won Emmy awards for a cultural history of the Barbie doll and for a Frontline investigation of computers and privacy; a George Polk Award and an Emmy for a look at the Savings & Loan bailout; and the 2010 Essay Prize from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
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Candice Faktor
Head of Business, Wattpad
Candice Faktor has a passion for growing consumer Internet companies. As Head of Business at Wattpad, Candice leads monetization and partnership efforts in entertainment, technology, media, and advertising. Wattpad is a new form of entertainment that connects over 40 million people through addictive and engaging stories. These stories attract a global millennial audience who spend 30 minutes at a time immersed in free, original content. Candice is no stranger to innovation and entrepreneurship. Previously, she was cofounder of Torstar Digital, one of Canada’s leading digital portfolios, where she launched over 15 mobile, social, and digital businesses. Before Torstar Digital, Candice worked for Monitor Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm. Candice is a frequent speaker on innovation, technology, and storytelling.
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Al Gore
An Inconvenient Truth, Former Vice President of the United States & Author
Former Vice President Gore serves as chairman of the Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit focused on solutions to the climate crisis. He is also cofounder and chairman of Current TV and Generation Investment Management, senior partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a member of the board of directors of Apple, and senior advisor to Google.
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Eileen Gittins
Founder, President, and CEO, Blurb
Eileen is the founder of Blurb, a company that allows individuals to produce their own books in small volumes. She has also served as VP at Wall Data and as CEO at Personify, a pioneering developer of e-business software for profiling, analytics, and segmentation.
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Peter Frankfurt
Cofounder, Imaginary Forces
Peter is a visionary in the fields of communications, entertainment, and design. He is credited for producing the Blade films, creating the integral pre-vision sequences in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, and supervising marketing efforts for Ray, Spider-Man, and Transformers.
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Lisa Garcia Quiroz
Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Time Warner, Inc.
Lisa oversees the company’s community outreach and philanthropic giving, and the arts. She also leads company-wide efforts aimed at better serving and reaching more diverse audiences. Active in civic issues, Lisa was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She is Vice Chairman of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and serves on the board of the Apollo Theater Foundation.
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