Speakers



FOST SUMMIT 2015

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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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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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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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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Beau Lotto
Neuroscientist & Founder, Lottolab
Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist fascinated with human perception.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aaron Koblin
Cofounder & CEO, Vrse
Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies.
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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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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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Phil Chen
Chief Content Officer, HTC & Cofounder, Vive
Phil Chen is an explorer and technology pilgrim.
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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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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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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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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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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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Glen Keane
Animator, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and Duet
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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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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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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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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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