Technology

Digital Hollywood Conference May 3 – 6, 2016

Sign up to attend the Digital Hollywood Experience Conference on May 3 – 6, 2017 with panels that cover tech, virtual reality and entertainment. The conference will be at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles and if you are not local you can stream it live on Digital Hollywood.
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Agenda Highlights! – Click Here for Complete Agenda 
57th Annual Genii Awards by the Alliance for Women in Media,  Southern California Foundation.
Co-Hosted by Erica Olsen, Emmy Nominated On-Air Host for CBS2/KCAL9 and Matt Iseman, Host of American Ninja Warrior
Presenters Include: Senator Barbara Boxer; Fran Drescher, Actor & Activist; Anne Sweeney, Netflix board member; Josh Welsh, President, Film Independent

Future of Film – Studio & Indie, Global Content Business, The Changing face of the Film Industry 
from Imax and Alternative Content to VR and other Immersive Experiences

Robert J. Lenihan, President, Programming, AMC Entertainment Inc.
Phil Groves, Senior Vice President, IMAX Corp & Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, IMAX Entertainment
Chris Edwards, CEO, THE THIRD FLOOR & CPO, VRC: The Virtual Reality Company
Duncan Stewart, Director of Research, Deloitte Canada
Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories
Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator
 
The Making of a Hollywood VR Narrative Experience
“Defrost” – A Roundtable with the Creators
Randal Kleiser, Director, “Grease,” “Honey I Blew Up the Kid”
Tanna Frederick, Producer/actor
Carl Weathers, Actor
Bruce Davison, Actor
Mario Kenyon, Head of Production, Furious M (VR Services)
Moderator – David Bloom, Digital content production and partnerships, Deadline.com
VR/AR as Change Agent: Social, News, Documentary and Political Media
Molly Swenson, COO, RYOT
Nonny de la Peña, CEO Emblematic Group and Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Lyman Missimer, Strategic Business Development and Partnerships, Education, Google
Phil McNally, Stereoscopic VFX Supervisor, Condition One
Kaj Larsen, Producer/Journalist/Correspondent, VICE
Brandon Zamel, Founder, CEO, Springbok Entertainment, Moderator
CG Humans: Integration of the Virtual Character in Film – TV – VR – Games
Brett Leonard, Producer/Directer/Writer/Futurist. Tough Trick Transmedia
Richard Taylor, Cinematics Director at Electronic Arts on Command & Conquer 3 and Red Alert 3
Sean Stanek, CGI-Motion Capture, LORD OF THE RINGS
Joseph A. Zaki, Founder and CEO VRTUALITY
Marshall Millett, CEO, AeMass (Volumetric Motion/Reality Capture
Gregory Peter Panos, Founder: Persona Foundation, Futurist, VR /AR Pioneer
David Traub, Co-Founder, Epiphany Film Fund, Moderator
 
The Future of Enhanced Advertising: Addressing Brands, Message, Technology, Media and Entertainment
Carol Chung, SVP, Media Tech, DigitasLBi
Penny Baldwin, Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, General Manager, Brand and Reputation Marketing, Intel Corporation
Lori Tabb, Marketing Executive, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Jason Jercinovic, President, Havas Worldwide Digital
Liz Wilson, Director of Media and Strategic Partnerships, Under Armour
Steven Haft, SVP Innovation, Time Inc.
Tom Flanagan, Partner, Nut + Bolt, Moderator
Future of TV – Wall St. Analysts Meet Industry Executives 
Stephen Beres, Vice President, Media & Production Operations West Coast, HBO
James Marsh, Senior Vice President & Head of Investor Relations, Lionsgate
Cathy Hetzel, Executive Vice President, Operator Sales & Business Development, comScore
Laura Martin, CFA, Entertainment & Internet Analyst, Needham & Company, LLC
Larry Namer, President/CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group, Founder E! Entertainment
Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator
Hollywood and the Digital Consumer: How Technology, Content and Services Establish the Next Level of Consumer Entertainment Experience
John Rubey, CEO, Fathom Events
Jonathan Perelman, Department Head of Digital Ventures, ICM Partners
Evan Greene, CMO, The Recording Academy
David Viviano, Chief Economist, SAG-AFTRA
Rona Mercado, Vice President, Client Services, Cashmere Agency
Don Levy, President, Smith Brook Farm, Moderator
 
Silicon Beach Strategies: Accelerate, Incubate, Crowdfunding, Start-ups & Angels
Rob Freelen, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank, LA
Vincent Bradley, CEO & Co-Founder, FlashFunders
Tolga Onuk, CEO, Thunderbolt Creative Digital Technologies
Andres Diana, Managing Director, SeedInvest Los Angeles
Rick Smith, Co-Founder and Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures
Ash Kumra, Co-Founder, Youngry.com & White House Award Winner
Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D., Chair of Global LAVA, Los Angeles Venture Association, Moderator
The DealMaking Process: From Feature Film, Reality TV & Specials to Web Series and Indie Film Making
Adam Reed, President, Thinkfactory Media
Keith Kjarval, co-founder and producer, Unified Pictures, “Rudderless,” “A Single Shot,” “The Driftless Area,” “VINCENT N ROXXY”
Jane E. Durkee, COO, Tremendous! Entertainment
Sandy Climan, CEO, All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW)
Robert (Leo) Rodgers, MBA, Sr. VP & Label Liaison, Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group
Allison Wallach, President, Jupiter Entertainment
Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content, (Producer, “Frank & Lola,” “Little Birds,” “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” )
Melisse Lewis, Entertainment Attorney, Moderator
Unlocking Intelligence: Education within Technology and Virtual Worlds – VR-AR-Immersive
Shauna Heller, founder, Clay Park VR
Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D., Director, Medical Virtual Reality – Institute for Creative Technologies, USC
Julian Sarmiento, founder, Peekaboo VR
Mason Williams, Senior Manager, Mattel Digital Play Production, Mattel, Inc.
Brent Bushnell, co-founder, Two Bit Circus
Caroline Strzalka, EVP, Partnerships, Sandbox & Co, Moderator
 
Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Technology that will Change Everything: Narrative Entertainment, Games, Advertising, TV and Social Media
Dr. David Levitt, co-founder and CEO, Pantomime Corporation
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist and VR explorer at 20th Century FOX
Roy Taylor, Corporate Vice President and Head of Alliances, AMD
David Shing, Digital Prophet, AOL
Steve Schklair, founding principal and CEO, 3ality & 3mersiv
Shawn Gold, Corporate Marketing Officer, JustFab Inc., Moderator
 
Virtual Reality Transforms Entertainment and Media – TV, Sports & Music
Matt Collado, co-founder and Chief Content Officer, Littlstar (VR for Showtime, Esquire, Discovery)
DJ Roller, co-founder, NextVR
Steven Haft, SVP Innovation, Time Inc.
Chris Thomes, Vice President, Digital Media Studios, Disney/ABC Television Group
Ted Kenney, Director, Field and Technical Operations, Fox Sports
Dr. Sankar Jayaram, President and CEO, VOKE
Kurt Knutsson, CyberGuy, Author, Investor, Broadcaster, Moderator
Women in the Industry: Developing Film, Television & OTT About Women – A Golden Age in Hollywood and Indie Production
Mimi Steinbauer, President and CEO, Radiant Films International
Kara Holden, Actress and Screenwriter
Shannon Keenan Demers, SVP of Production and Creative, Tremendous! Entertainment
Marlene Sharp, Producer, TV Series, Sonic, Sega of America
Marsha Oglesby, Producer, Indigenous Media, TV Producer, “Blue,” “Paloma,” “Kendra,” “Susanna”
Melissa Schneider, SVP Development and Production, New Form Digital
Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, Headwaters MB, Moderator
The VR-AR ThinkTank: Top Executives From Leading Technology and Entertainment Companies Access the Current Expansion and Likely Evolution of the Industry
Andy Cochrane, Interactive and New Media Director, Special Projects Lead, Mirada
Jesse Sisgold, Chief Operating Officer, Skydance Media
Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia
Joel Susal, Director, VR/AR, Dolby Labs
Joel Breton, Vice President VR Content, HTC Vive – HTC America
Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
Moderator – Robert Nashak, COO, Survios
Storytelling in Hollywood: Art + Design + Technology = The New Narrative of Film – VR – Games – Experiental Environments
Tim Dillon, Executive Producer- VR, MPC
Jeffrey Daniels, FAIA, principal of Jeffrey Daniels Architects and Program Director, UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design
Spencer Hunt, VP of Games and Interactive Entertainment, Skydance Productions
Andy Goldstein, Executive Producer, Otherworld Interactive
Julia Sourikoff, Head of VR, Tools of North America, Moderator
VR-AR – Financing the Imagination: Funding and Business Development in Immersive Entertainment & Technology – From VCs and Kickstarter to Corporate Investments
Richard Yen, Managing Director, Private Equity, Saban Capital Group
Sivan Iram, General Manager, River Studios
Eunice Shin, Managing Director, Manatt Digital Media. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Fryd Ovcaric, General Manager and Head of Business Devleopment, 8i Studios
Scott Lenet, President, Touchdown Ventures
Jon Goldman, Venture Partner, Greycroft Partners
Joe Michaels, Former Senior Director, Business Development, Microsoft, Moderator
Women Leading the Digital Charge from Content Creation to Distribution
Kristin Cruz, iHeart Radio Personality, Media Host and Producer
Laura Nickerson, Media Host/Producer and On-Camera Consultant,   MomAngeles Media LLC & The Randy Lane Co.
Cupid Hayes, Vice President of Business Development for MCMG (Missing Channel Media Group)
Sienna Bab, Head of Digital, MarVista
Michelle Van Jura, Founder and Owner, Intersect Communications, Moderator
The VR Narrative: Immersive Theater and Language of VR: Story Architects and Experience Designers
Michael Conelly, founder, Blackthorn Media
Andy Cochrane, Interactive and New Media Director, Special Projects Lead, Mirada
Peter Oberdorfer, President, Tactic
Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre
Jonathan Pearson, Director, UNIT9
Nick DeMartino, Chair, IDEABOOST Accelerator, Moderator
The Power of VR-AR: A New Language of Artistry – A Unique Moment of Commercial Possibility and Marketplace
Miles Perkins, Vice President, Marketing Communications, JauntVR
Guy Primus, co-founder + CEO, The VR Company
Aruna Inversin, VR Supervisor, Digital Domain
Dario Raciti. Director Zero Code OMD
Sandy Smolan, Film & Television Director
Ryan Pamplin, VP, Partnerships & Sales, Meta
Bruce Greenberg, Founder, iCinema Ventures, Moderator
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Hack Climate Change Fall 2014

Geeklist is organizing the Hack4good 0.6 this coming fall and are looking for people all over to come up with how to get our climate back on track. So let’s get a team together and do some good for the environment!

You’re invited to Hack Climate Change at #hack4good 0.6 – mobilizing now!

Geeklist

Dear socially conscience hacker, you are invited to help us Hack a Better Climate!

Time for Geeklist Hack4good 0.6 – mobilizing the largest hack against climate change ever staged.

Your cities (and the world) needs you!

The Geeklist Corps of Developers is mobilizing to stage our largest ever multi-city hackathon to date – and the largest hack against climate change in history.

This 12-14 September, over 4,000 developers will unite at once in 43+ cities (with many more taking part online!) to address some of the biggest issues and challenges facing humanity today.

Climate change is a global issue, and it demands global action to address it!

Cities involved so far:

[To see and select a city go to Hack4good 0.6 ]

We’ll be hacking to:

  • stimulate climate change awareness
  • change consumer behaviour on a global scale
  • understand impacts on coastal ecosystems and settlements
  • build strong and resilient communities
  • radically change how we produce, distribute and use energy
  • enhance our ability to respond to extreme weather events as well as long-term climate trends
  • and much more!

This is an amazing opportunity to work with those at the forefront of science, technology and action on all these areas and more – including Fauna & Flora International, 350.org,WeForest, Friends of the Earth, Save the Children, the Campaign against Climate ChangeAvaazJustGiving, government departments worldwide, and many others.

The time to fix the climate and what we’re doing to it is now. The time for moving towards a low-carbon future is now. The time to wake up and change the direction humanity is going in is now!

Join the hackathon at http://bit.ly/hack4good06

Teams are working to organise #hack4good in 45 cities so far. Many cities need more help.

If you can lend a hand in your city, please email hack4good@geekli.st or reply to this email!

We need your help! Email us at hack4good@geekli.st if you can assist with:
Sponsorship both local and global:
Liaising with climate change partners
Identifying appropriate data sets
Coordinating global social media and comms activity
Facilitating virtual hackathon participants over the hackathon.

As an experienced member of the #hack4good community, you can make a big impact with these things and we would really appreciate your help!

Please join us in launching the world’s biggest ever hackathon against climate change, and making a permanent, long-term and sustainable impact in what may well be the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.

Once again, the link to sign up is http://bit.ly/hack4good06 and if you want to help out, just reply to this email or email us at hack4good@geekli.st

Thanks, and let’s Hack a Better World this September!

– Dan Cunningham

Head of Geeklist Corps of Developers

Is it still Big Brother if it has Mouse Ears? MyMagic+ at Disney Amusement Parks

Disney tech

Disney (DIS) officially introduced MyMagic+ wristbands with RFID chips at their hearts to enhance their vacation from hotel room to rides this tech advance is the future of amusement parks and more

I can never fear the mouse and I for one am excited about this new tech that Disney recently unveiled. The first Disney resort for the roll the is Disney World Orlando in Florida where Magic+ will make your vacation .. well magical.  The handy bracelets is part of a tech trifecta with a app, website and the bracelet that will enable park goers to schedule ride times, enter their hotel room, make reservations and even allow park staff to truly personalize your vacation with the information inputted to the bracelets.  Staff will know attendees information and will be able to  greet your kids personally (birthday, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, quinceanera) or event (wedding, anniversary) so they’ll know the what to say from a song to congrats.  For some people this is a dream come true but for others it’s Orwell 1984 come to life!

But in this digital, over sharing and living all their lives online generation it makes sense and will feel normal for them!  I’m sure that Disney has taken into account others who feel more comfortable with anonymity will likely be able to request an opt out since they don’t want guests to be unhappy.

Of course I’m sure quite a few parents will feel this adds an additional layer of welcomed security to keep an eye on their kids as they run around the huge four parks.

Depending on the success the Magic+ has I suspect other major amusement park chains will be playing catch up for this tech advancement once guests start to request equal programs.  It seems as if some startup is likely already creating an app that will mimic Magic+ for other uses from replacing key cards to payroll forms.