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From the personal to the universal: How the next ten years of tech and innovation will shape our culture, companies, and communities.

GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER
APRIL 30, 2019

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FUTUREX LIVE: SHAPING YOUR FUTURE


We sit at a crossroads. The ever-accelerating evolution of technology is changing the way we live, work and play — both as individuals and communities. Industries that once took decades to form are being invented and upended in a matter of months or even weeks. And though the innovations driving this disruption have the potential to solve some of humanity’s most pressing challenges, they could just as easily generate a whole new host of questions and concerns.

FutureX Live: The Next 10 will explore how human innovation is transforming our world today and what it may bring in the coming decade. From the perspective of a diverse group of inventors, creators, leaders and makers, we’ll examine the role that our individual choices can play in creating the best possible future for everyone.

  • WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE

    An insider’s, hands-on look via demonstrations, discussions, panels and presentations on how today and tomorrow’s innovations are shaping our individual and shared futures.

  • WHO YOU'LL MEET

    Everyone from award-winning industry pioneers to up-and-coming thought leaders — each representing various industries, disciplines, backgrounds and philosophies — who share your passion for tech and innovation.

  • WHAT YOU'LL GAIN

    The chance to engage and connect with innovators like you who are seeking new ways to improve our quality of life through technology, partnerships, business, education and more.

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Here’s a glimpse into the type of industry-upending, mind-bending tech you’ll experience at FutureX Live: The Next 10.

2019 Schedule

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SPEAKERS

At FutureX Live: The Next 10, some of the brightest and most inventive minds from a diverse array of industries will
share their insights and predictions on how tech and the choices we make will change our lives in the next 10 years.

2019 LINE-UP OF SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS

  • RISHAD TOBACCOWALA

    Chief Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe
    Helen Papagiannis
    Helen Papagiannis
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    RISHAD TOBACCOWALA

    Chief Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe

    Rishad Tobaccowala is the Chief Growth Officer of the Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest marketing communications firm with 78,000 employees.

    Over his 37-year career in marketing, Rishad has served as the Chief Strategist of Publicis Groupe, The Chairman of Digitas and Razorfish and several roles at Starcom and Leo Burnett including setting up the first digital units for both firms called Starcom IP and Giant Step over 20 years ago.

    Rishad is finishing a book titled “Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in The Age of Data” which will be published by Harper Collins in January 2020. In addition, Rishad is a prolific speaker keynoting many conferences around the world.

    Rishad is also the Chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation which helps 10,000 people in India gain better healthcare and education.

    Rishad has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Bombay and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

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  • CATHY HACKL

    Futurist, You Are Here
    Kelly Andresen
    Kelly Andresen
    Kelly Andresen

    CATHY HACKL

    Futurist, You Are Here

    Cathy Hackl is an Emmy-nominated communicator turned virtual reality & augmented reality global speaker, producer, and futurist. Linkedin recently named her the #4 Top Voice in Technology globally on the platform in 2018. She's a Lead Futurist at You Are Here Immersive Labs, one of the Southeast's most prominent XR labs. Prior to that, Hackl worked as an HTC VIVE VR Evangelist during the launch of their latest headset, the VIVE Pro, and during the company’s partnership with Warner Brothers’ blockbuster, Ready Player One. She's the author of Marketing New Realities: An Introduction to VR & AR Marketing, Branding & Communications. Hackl was named by IZEA and Onalytica as a leading augmented reality and virtual reality influencer and also by NBC News as one of the top women working in virtual reality. Hackl served as chief communications & content officer for Future Lighthouse, one of the world's top VR studios focused on branded VR narrative, where she collaborated on projects with brands like Sony Pictures Entertainment, Oculus, Beefeater, and William Morris Endeavor. Hackl was also selected as a 2017 Oculus Launch Pad Fellow, a program designed to support promising diverse VR content creators and help them bring their unique ideas to market. She's the founder of Latinos in VR/AR and has spoken about VR and social media in more than 10 countries. Hackl has been featured in media outlets like Mic, CNN, Silicon Beat, Entrepreneur, CMO.com, Forbes, VentureBeat and Mashable. She is a global advisor for VR AR Association and a leading voice in the VR AR marketing space. Before working in AR, VR and social media, Hackl worked as a journalist for CNN, Discovery Communications, and ABC News. She's also the creator of the holographic press release. She loves all things spatial computing, tech, AI and blockchain.

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  • MARCUS WASDIN

    Chief Information Officer, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena
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    MARCUS WASDIN

    Chief Information Officer, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena

    Marcus Wasdin is the Chief Information Officer of the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena. At the Hawks, Marcus has responsibility for the technology, analytics and business strategy functions. As a key contributor in formulating and implementing strategic short and long term goals for the Hawks, Marcus understands the importance of a sound strategy, improving operations and the growing the business. In addition, he understands the growing importance of technology and provides the Hawks with executive leadership, strategic planning, implementation and support to help define and meet company priorities.

    Prior to joining the Hawks, Marcus served in multiple executive roles for hospitality, software and technology companies where he proved to be a successful and driven business leader. Most recently, Marcus served as Chief Information Officer at Church’s Chicken. Marcus' experience also includes time as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management as well as the Vice President of Sales Support for SumTotal Systems, a strategic Human Capital and Business Planning software provider. Marcus also serves as an advisory board member for Hospitality Technology Magazine which is the only media brand dedicated exclusively to covering technology trends and solutions in the lodging and food service industries.

    Marcus Wasdin graduated with honors from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems.

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  • Tom Goodwin

    EVP, Head of Innovation, Publicis Media
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    Tom Goodwin
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    Tom Goodwin

    EVP, Head of Innovation, Publicis Media

    Tom Goodwin is the EVP, Head of Innovation for Zenith Media, his role is to understand new technology, behaviors and platforms and ideate and implement solutions for clients that take advantage of the new opportunities these make possible.

    Tom is also voted the #1 voice in Marketing by LinkedIn with over 700,000 followers on the platform, he is also one of 30 people to follow on Twitter by Business Insider & the top two people in Advertising to follow by FastCompany. Tom recently wrote Digital Darwinism, a book aimed to help companies understand change in the world and to be more optimistic about what technology means for business.

    An industry provocateur and commentator on the future of marketing and business, he's a columnist for the Guardian, TechCrunch and Forbes and frequent contributor to GQ, Ad Age, Wired, AdWeek, Inc, The World Economic Forum and Digiday. He features on Global TV as a regular guest on i24News’s “Cutting Edge” section and runs a global inspiration series and podcast called “Interesing people in interesting times”.

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  • Maxine Cain

    Founder and President, STEM Atlanta Women
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    Maxine Cain

    Founder and President, STEM Atlanta Women

    Maxine Cain is a Senior Human Resources leader and entrepreneurial personality known for Changing the way employees live, work and play and doing work that matters by making breakthroughs in STEM, interactive entertainment, digital media, the Internet of Things and broadband services for customers in the telecommunications and technology industry.

    Maxine is the Founder and CEO of STEM Atlanta Women, Inc. founded in 2016. Maxine is also the visionary leader of the (Girl Centric STEM Innovation Academy) planned to open in the Fall of 2019.

    STEM Atlanta Women is a non-profit 501c(3) organization created to Enlighten, Educate, and Empower women and girls about the advantages and global opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and the future skills needed to compete and succeed in the 21st Century.

    The STEM Innovation Academy is an organization that was created and designed by women for women. The STEM Innovation Academy is a digital creative space that offers a collaborative environment for learning, innovation, and creativity. We support and promote the "Educate to Innovate" campaign to motivate and inspire students and young adults to excel in STEM subjects.

    Maxine is also the Co-Founder & COO of Incluzion. The First Ever Marketplace for Underrepresented Freelance Talent. The online platform makes it easy for entrepreneurs and businesses to find and hire Black, Latinx, and Women freelancers in the United States.

    Launched last October by Atlanta-based startup Spendwith Corp, the platform strives for more diversity and inclusion in the gig economy. Much like its competitors, clients post projects and invite freelancers to bid. Freelancers are notified by email when new jobs are posted matching their skills. Still, with its growing database, Incluzion.co is uniquely positioned for clients looking for diverse, U.S.-based freelancers.

    Maxine Cain is a college educated professional who pursued a Bachelor of Science in Management degree designed to develop the professional knowledge and skills of cross-functional managers in any organization.

    Maxine Cain is a native of Georgia. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Maxine was married for 21 years and is currently divorced with 2 beautiful children. Brandon Cain – 25 years old and Lauren Cain 20 years old. Maxine loves to entertain at home, travel, cook, and make everyone around her feel very special.

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  • Andrew Shannon

    Director of Emerging Technology, Atlanta Falcons, United FC and Mercedes-Benz Stadium
    Andrew Shannon
    Andrew Shannon
    Andrew Shannon

    Andrew Shannon

    Director of Emerging Technology, Atlanta Falcons, United FC and Mercedes-Benz Stadium

    Andrew Shannon is a technologist with a background in IoT and big data product development. His career has centered around technology, first in consulting, then building a start-up, and now as an innovator-in-residence for AMBSE. Andrew is an Atlanta native, attending Georgia State University for his undergrad and Georgia Tech for his MBA and MS-CS. Andrew got his start in tech entrepreneurship during his MBA, when he co-founded Aspirum Technologies. Later, he envisioned and commercialized many new products and features at Microsoft, including Windows Ink, Windows Focus Assistant, and Windows Timeline while on the Windows team, and Azure Sphere and Azure Time Series Insights while on the Azure IoT engineering team. Andrew is currently the director of emerging technology for the Atlanta Falcons, United FC, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Outside of that, Andrew spends time advising and supporting tech start-ups and children and healthcare-focused non-profits.

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  • Jeff Perkins

    Chief Marketing Officer,ParkMobile
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    Jeff Perkins

    Jeff Perkins

    Chief Marketing Officer, ParkMobile

    Jeff Perkins is Chief Marketing Officer of ParkMobile, the leading provider smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S. Prior to ParkMobile, Jeff was the CMO of QASymphony where he helped establish the brand and grow revenue 500% over a three-year period, leading to a $40 million Series C with Insight Venture Partners. He also has held senior marketing leadership positions at PGi and AutoTrader.com. Jeff started his career grinding it out in the NYC ad industry at Saatchi & Saatchi working on clients like Procter & Gamble, General Mills and Volvo. His experiences range from traditional to digital, B2C to B2B, and agency-side to client-side. Jeff received his BA from American University and MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He is a frequent contributor to several marketing publications and a speaker at many industry events. When he’s not working, you might find him riding his Peloton bike or attending a Bruce Springsteen concert (he’s been to 32 so far). He lives in Atlanta with his awesome wife, two adorable daughters (ages 8 and 11) and two hyper dogs.

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  • Georgina Nelson

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TruRating
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    Georgina Nelson
    Georgina Nelson

    Georgina Nelson

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TruRating

    Georgina began her career as a leveraged finance lawyer at Clifford Chance. Georgina then joined Europe's largest consumers' association, Which? where she was responsible for advising the EU and the UK government on their technology strategy, as well as advising internal teams on their online propositions. It was in this role where she identified a market need for mass, representative, reliable consumer ratings. She saw how this need could not only serve to improve the world of business but also be valuable to consumers alike. With this vision, she set about realizing the huge potential of TruRating by bringing together a wonderful team, exciting customers and partners in the payments industry with the ultimate objective to bring the truth back to ratings.

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  • DR. JEFF SCHNEIDER

    Founding Member, Uber’s Advanced Technology Group
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    DR. JEFF SCHNEIDER

    Founding Member, Uber’s Advanced Technology Group

    Dr. Jeff Schneider is a research professor in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science where his recent research is on machine learning for autonomous systems. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Rochester. He has over 20 years experience developing, publishing, and applying machine learning algorithms in government, science, and industry. He has over one hundred publications and has given numerous invited talks and tutorials on the subject.

    Jeff is also an entrepreneur. He was a founding member of Uber's Advanced Technologies Group and spent three years helping to build their self driving car program. Before that, he developed a machine learning based CNS drug discovery system and commercialized it during two years as Psychogenics' Chief Informatics Officer. Earlier in his career he was the co-founder and CEO of Schenley Park Research, a company dedicated to bringing machine learning to industry. Through his research, commercial, and consulting efforts, he has worked with dozens of companies and government agencies around the world.

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  • Pavani Yalla

    Creative Director, Second Story 
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    Pavani Yalla

    Creative Director, Second Story 

    As Creative Director for Second Story's Atlanta studio, Pavani leads award-winning projects that live between digital and physical realms. Her passion for culture and collaboration inspires her human-centric approach to designing experiences that influence emotion. Pavani has a diverse background in engineering, design, and music and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work has been recognized for design excellence by HOW Design, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and The American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

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  • Chris Melissinos

    Senior Director of Interactive Entertainment, Verizon Media 
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    Chris Melissinos

    Senior Director of Interactive Entertainment, Verizon Media 

    Chris Melissinos is the former Chief Gaming Officer and Chief Evangelist for Sun Microsystems, Inc., and served as the Guest Curator and creator of "The Art of Video Games" exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Interactive Entertainment at Verizon Media.

    A highly regarded speaker, Melissinos is an authority on the intersection of technology and popular culture, future trends in interactive entertainment, and the impact of technology and new media on an increasingly connected world.

    During his career, Melissinos has contributed to and led the development of several technologies, including Java technology focused on media and entertainment industries, mobile technologies, and server technologies for massively connected, global experiences. His expertise in technology adoption, social platforms, developer communities, and impact of technology as a change agent has made him a sought-after speaker around the world.

    The record setting "The Art of Video Games" exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was created and led by Melissinos. The first video game art exhibition of its kind, "The Art of Video Games" explored the 40 year evolution of video games as an art form and examined the impact of video games on American culture. Since its opening in 2012, the exhibition has traveled to 10 additional museums across the country and ended its historic run at the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in April, 2016.

    For his work and his role as a strong and passionate advocate for video games as an important part of global culture, he was awarded the "Ambassador Award" at the 2013 Game Developers Choice Awards, held during the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA.

    A sought after speaker, engagements have included CES, Game Developers Conference, iHollywood Forum, PAX, Mobile World Congress, JavaOne, TEDx, and universities, investment, and educational conferences around the world. He has been Interviewed by more than 30 different news outlets including CBS, ABC, FOX, BBC, NPR, Wired, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Nintendo Power, Game Informer, and major newspapers.

    Chris also co-authored the book, “The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect"

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  • NICOLA SMITH

    Chief Executive Officer, Rebel and Reason
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    NICOLA SMITH

    Chief Executive Officer, Rebel and Reason

    Nicola Smith is the founder and CEO of REBEL & REASON, a branding, marketing and cultural transformation consultancy and training firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. A rebel since birth, Nicola instinctively approaches most professional and personal situations by asking two simple, yet powerful questions that often inspire change and ignite rebellion: "Why?" and "Why not?"

    As a young child growing up in South Africa, Nicola recognized her rebellious spirit for what it was – a vital problem-solving talent that enabled her to see possibility where others only saw closed doors. Now, as a public speaker, business owner, and corporate consultant, Nicola embraces constructive rebellion as the ultimate entrepreneurial and corporate superpower. Her avid curiosity, innate resistance to conformity, and ability to discern opportunity in the midst of disruption have all helped her perfect the art of intentional business rebellion.

    Nicola launched REBEL & REASON to help others develop constructively rebellious habits that do more than just command attention; she partners with business leaders in a multitude of industries to wield corporate rebellion deliberately and command results. Nicola develops customized solutions to help brands resist the curse of comfort, defy the fear of stagnation, and remain fresh within the marketplace. Her strategies and techniques empower entrepreneurs and leaders to leverage creative problem solving and enterprise innovation to redefine "business as usual" and elevate the entire customer experience. From startups to Fortune 500 companies (and every size business in between), Nicola teaches corporate leaders how to unleash their inner rebel and successfully convert passive audiences into actively engaged brand participants.

    Before launching REBEL & REASON, Nicola spent 15 years leading strategy around first-to-market opportunities in NFC and RFID technologies, social media, mobile marketing and content development, gestural, voice and touch-based interfaces, mobile experiences and payment technologies, augmented, virtual and mixed reality, and a variety of other emerging technologies for a wide variety of clients including: Verizon Wireless, Maybelline, Coca-Cola, PUMA, Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, Nestle, GE, Carter’s, Chick-fil-A, Cisco, Toyota, AT&T, Nike, Pepsi, L’Oreal, IHG, Cox Media Group, P&G, HP, and more.

    Nicola lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two young daughters, and their cat Billy Bones. When not spending time at home with her family, Nicola loves giving back to the Atlanta community. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Alliance Theatre, the largest producing theatre in the South East and the ChooseATL Council, a recognized part of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Nicola is also a founding member and advocate of Digital Divas, a community organization that promotes and mentors women in digital and technology-based fields.

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  • Tia Buckham-White

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Notre Internationale, Inc.
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    Tia Buckham-White

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Notre Internationale, Inc.

    White is the founder of Notre Internationale and has facilitated group conversations, circle dialogs and workshops on race, women in business, and personal relationships since 2010. Notre has developed executive level group programs for corporations, universities, and private events both independently, and in partnership with non-profits and individuals, to help build accountable and transparent communities.

    Tia founded the Company to offer S.A.F.E™ (Self-Awareness for Everyone) environments for women and people of color to discuss the challenges associated with developing inclusive, accountable and transparent community and group interactions. She demonstrates her commitment by helping participants think about self-awareness and how it informs diversity, culture, leadership and change. As a result, Notre Internationale was awarded the Excellence in Diversity Leadership Award from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

    Notre holds private, corporate and community events for groups interested in developing self-awareness within the culture as a teachable skill that transforms human relationships.

    Tia has more than 18 years of group and individual coaching experience with people from all walks of life and maintains a thriving practice exclusively focused on self-awareness coaching for executive, entrepreneurial, and high-potential leaders across diversified sectors.

    She has worked with organizations, companies, and schools including The University of Ghana Business School in Accra, Ghana; the University of Houston Student Services; and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, an African American organization for executives in technology. Tia has facilitated workshops and leadership engagements across many functional areas and throughout multiple levels of organizations.

    Tia is committed to community service and has consulted with the YWCA’s It’s Time to Talk Facilitator Community and coached participants to tackle difficult conversations and improve their self-awareness. She also serves on the advisory board of the Sub-Saharan Education Project, a US-based non-governmental organization with a mission to enrich the lives of women and children in West Africa by increasing access to community-based educational opportunities.

    Tia is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and the American Business Women’s Association. She holds a Qualified Administrator designation with the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)™ assessment and is a Certified Administrator of The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ and Everything DiSC™ with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • ASHISH PATEL

    Chief Insights Officer, Group Nine Media
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    ASHISH PATEL

    Chief Insights Officer, Group Nine Media

    Ashish Patel is the Chief Insights Officer at Group Nine Media and concurrently holds the title of Executive-in-Residence at Lerer Hippeau. Prior to Group Nine’s formation, Ashish was Senior Vice President Social Media at NowThis Media as well as Advisor at The Dodo and Thrillist. Previously, Ashish was Head of Global Social Media at VICE. Ashish is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Bronwyn Morgan

    Founder, Airversity Drone Pilot Training Academy
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    Bronwyn Morgan

    Founder, Airversity Drone Pilot Training Academy

    Morgan is a sUAS Part 107 certified pilot and teaches FAA Part 107 classes. She is the Founder of tech startup Xeo Air,a drone services platform for mission management that connects B2B clients in telecom, insurance, catastrophic response, oil and gas, civil infrastructure with a crew of vetted Part 107 pilots. In addition, she is Founder of Airversity Drone Pilot Training Academy, a training school for both Part 107 prep and drone flight. Morgan’s past includes being Head of Subkulture Innovation Lab, an innovation and advanced tech solutions firm focused on future proofing organizations by developing strategic business models and disruptive strategies, where she has developed upstream innovation strategies for Fortune 500 organizations and startups. Morgan is also the Founder of Black Women In STEAM, an organization dedicated to galvanizing the efforts of black women in STEAM fields.

    Morgan has over 20 years of senior level management experience in sales management, strategic planning, national product and customer marketing, innovation, large team management, emerging tech ventures, corporate innovation, IP commercialization, and business development with global companies on projects in Asia, Europe, and South America. She has worked for companies such as P&G, Coca-Cola, and with major labels and studios in the entertainment industry, as well as, Silicon Valley based tech companies. Morgan is also a former Associate Director of Georgia State University’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute.

    Community:
    • Board Directorships with Start Up Atlanta, TEDx, World Water Relief
    • Guest speaker on innovation, drones, technology and AI for tech organizations and Apple iTunes and LinkedIn podcasts.
    • AUVSI Atlanta
    • Center for Excellence for Aviation & Aerospace Unit, UAV Working Group, State of Georgia
    • STEM speaker Girls In Tech, St. Louis Science Center, STEM Atlanta Women

    Media Features:
    • “The Future of Tech in Atlanta” Leader by Thinkful Magazine
    • 2017 Woman of The Year in Technology Finalist by Women In Technology (WIT)
    • “Top 10 Influential People in Technology”, Hypepotamus Media
    • “Finding Entrepreneurial Mindfulness”, Hypepotatmus Media
    • “Women Who Light Up & Lead the Atlanta Tech Ecosystem”, Hypepotamus Media

    Social:
    • Twitter: @bmm@bronsworld, @airxeo, @wingsdrones, @airversity107, @subkultureinnovation
    • IG: @xeoair, @wingsdrones @airversity107 @subkultureme
    • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/bronwynmorgan
    • Sites: www.xeoair.com, www.airversity.com , www.wingsdrones.com
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  • Elizabeth Strickler

    Director, Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Director, Blockchain Labs, Georgia State University
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    Elizabeth Strickler
    Elizabeth Strickler

    Elizabeth Strickler

    Director, Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Director, Blockchain Labs, Georgia State University

    A passionate believer in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Elizabeth uses her talents to support students and clients to start businesses, tell immersive stories, and build a stronger cultural economy. She is excited to combine her knowledge of media technologies and the decentralized movement with local, digital and international communities. As the Director of Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) and The Blockchain Lab at Robinson College of Business, she works to make her visions become reality and virtual reality.

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  • Brian Cooley

    Editor at large, CNET
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    Brian Cooley

    Editor at large, CNET

    Brian Cooley is CNET’s Editor at large, focused on predicting and explaining the trends of the consumer tech industry. He is known for his high energy style and ability to make tech make sense without jargon or varnish. He's one of CNET's original editors, joining the site in 1995, and was born & raised in Silicon Valley.

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  • John Adcox

    Chief Executive Officer, Gramarye Media, Inc.
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    John Adcox

    Chief Executive Officer, Gramarye Media, Inc.

    Over the course of a 20-year career in advertising, marketing, and new media, John Adcox has held a number of titles including Executive Producer, Vice President of Digital Media, Creative Director, Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services, and CEO. A few of his clients have included AT&T, Mercedes-Benz, Holiday Inn, Coca-Cola, UPS, SCANA, AutoTrader.com, Time Warner, Disney, Delta Airlines, 3M, Ford, and many more.

    In addition, he has hosted a radio show, acted professionally (although not since age 15), designed and written scripts for games, written a play for a professional theatre company, taught university astronomy, and written articles on topics including mythology, psychology, technology, religion, and marketing strategy.

    John served for more than four years as the Lay Leader and Council Chair at Inman Park United Methodist Church. His many, many interests include books and literature, religion and philosophy, mythology, the Arthurian legends, travel, baseball, science fiction and fantasy, marketing communications, Celtic music and lore, new media, theatre, and politics, not to mention astronomy and cosmological physics.

    John Adcox is the founder and CEO of Gramarye Media, the story incubator — a disruptive book publisher, a film studio, a game developer, and more. Gramarye is the first “mini-major” studio, complete with distribution, on the east coast, and the first funded by an SEC-compliant Security Token Offering.

    Gramarye Media is a company incubated through Georgia Tech’s prestigious Flashpoint program, which advocates rigorous process for reliable innovation. Gramarye applies that same “Silicon Valley” incubation approach to content innovation, building and vetting engaged audiences before a single frame of film is shot. That process, along with proprietary technology and the Georgia business environment, allows Gramarye to reduce both the risk and costs of developing original event tentpole franchises.

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  • Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams

    Neurologist and MS Specialist, Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta.
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    Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams
    Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams

    Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams

    Neurologist and MS Specialist, Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta.

    Dr. Mitzi Williams is a neurologist and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Specialist in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and has been in practice for several years. Dr. Williams completed her internship and residency in neurology with a Fellowship in MS at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. After several years serving as an Assistant Professor in Neurology, as well as the Medical Director of the Augusta MS Center, she returned to Atlanta, where she joined her colleagues as an MS Specialist at the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta. She served in this capacity for 7 years. Because of her passion for teaching, Dr. Williams will be accepting a faculty appointment at her alma mater, Morehouse School of Medicine. She has a strong interest in understanding and furthering research in MS in ethnic minority populations, especially the African American population, and has been involved in the Special Populations Group Initiative that is supported by Biogen since its inception. Dr. Williams is the author of MS Made Simple: The Essential Guide to Understanding Your Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis.

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  • Matt Lewis

    Studio Technology Manager, Second Story
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    Matt Lewis

    Studio Technology Manager, Second Story

    Matt leads technology for Second Story’s Atlanta studio. Leveraging his experience with traditional and emerging technology, he enables his teams to quickly make their visions and concepts real. Simplicity, flexibility and scalability drive his approach. Matt has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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  • Annie Eaton

    Chief Executive Officer, Futurus
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    Annie Eaton

    Chief Executive Officer, Futurus

    Annie Eaton is the CEO of Atlanta-based future technologies company Futurus, where she creates immersive, engaging and interactive experiences in virtual reality, augmented reality and micro-location enabled experiences. Annie earned her degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. In 2014, she created XR Atlanta, which now boasts over 1,100 active members. Annie is involved with Women in XR Atlanta, and is a re:imagine/ATL Alliance member. She currently serves as an advisor to the TAG Digital Media and Entertainment society and is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council. In 2018, Annie received the Women in IT Rising Star award, as well as the Women in Technology Woman of the Year (Small/Emerging Business). In 2017, she was named the Technology Association of Georgia Young Professionals’ Technologist of the Year. Annie has vast public speaking experience, having been invited as a speaker to engagements including General Assembly, Georgia State University, Hospitality Executive Exchange, Talk NYC, Federal Reserve, OrlandoiX, FutureX Live and Atlanta Tech Edge.

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  • Yan Song

    Chief Technology Officer, Lab 1886
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    Yan Song

    Yan Song

    Chief Technology Officer, Lab 1886

    Yan Song is the CTO of Lab1886 USA Atlanta, a corporate incubator for the future of mobility.

    Her past experience includes 18 years as an IT professional, and over 10 years leadership experience at Daimler in the fields of IT infrastructure, applications and digital innovation in China and Germany.

    In 2014, as an innovation pioneer, Yan established a new department called IT innovation lab at Daimler China. It focused on new trends of digital technologies and built bridges between Daimler and China digital giants, start-ups, accelerators and universities. In early 2017, Yan was appointed co-chief of a new established company, Lab1886 China. She implemented the Startup Autobahn program which accelerated the business units success by testing new business models and modern technologies.

    Yan previously worked for Getronics China and Volkswagen Group before joining Daimler in 2008.

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  • Joey Womack

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amplify 4 Good and Goodi Nation
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    Joey Womack

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amplify 4 Good and Goodi Nation

    Joey Womack is the Founder/CEO of Amplify 4 Good, a mission-driven agency that uses rapid problem-solving to help organizations create social impact as well as the Founder/CEO of Goodie Nation, a nonprofit that empowers everyone to play a role in using innovation to reduce disparities in education, financial access, health, and safety.

    His life’s purpose is to equalize socio-economic disparities in communities around the world with the goal of helping 1 billion people by the year 2039. Since starting this journey in 2014, he’s achieved a social impact reach of 500+ million people by working with the likes of CARE USA, Google, NetHope, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, United Negro College Fund, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and the White House HBCU Initiative.

    Evident as a Hive Global Leader, Inaugural White House Demo Day Invitee, and Outstanding Atlanta Alumnus, he has received the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) Diversity in Tech Game Changer Award for Community Engagement and Equity Champion Award by Startup Atlanta, been named one of the Top 10 social entrepreneurs in Atlanta by Hypepotamus, featured in McDonald’s Black Your Story campaign, recognized by PepsiCo as a Champion For Change, and listed by Huffington Post as one of the Top 20 Innovators in Atlanta Tech Startup Scene.

    A “Rebel with a Cause” at the leading edge of change, Joey was bitten by entrepreneurial bug in 2002 when he launched digitalguestlist.com as a graduate student at Florida A&M University. He grew the site to 80,000 users, and advertised thousands of events for Fortune 500 companies, agencies, and high-profile promoters during special events like NBA All-Star Weekend, Super Bowl Weekend, and Essence Music Festival. He also used forward-thinking digital marketing strategies to execute events in the Southeast for brands well known brands such as Crown Royal & Warner Bros.

    Joey received his MBA from Florida A&M University in the Spring of 2003, where he was also initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. He has been named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Alumni and received an Outstanding Alumni during FAMU's Quasquicentennial (125th) Anniversary Celebration.

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  • Zach Pousman

    Chief Executive Officer, Helpfully
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    Zach Pausman

    Chief Executive Officer, Helpfully

    Zach Pousman has built a career pursuing tomorrow’s best ideas. Zach founded Helpfully, an R&D consultancy that focuses on understanding emerging social trends and technology leaps to power new business ideas.

    Zach has keen eye on the way that AI techniques, big data, and new ways of working will affect health and wellness in the coming decades. Zach’s past projects include work at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, UCB Biopharma, First Data, Allstate, Kroger, and Google. Zach holds a Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago, and did advanced graduate work at Georgia Tech, blending anthropological techniques, design, and technology studies. He’s presented worldwide at academic and industry conferences including IEEE Information Visualization, Ubicomp, ACM CHI, and O’Reilly SOLID (IoT).

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  • Robert Joseph

    Director of Industrial Strategy in Industry 4.0, Stanley Black and Decker
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    Robert Joseph

    Director of Industrial Strategy in Industry 4.0, Stanley Black and Decker

    Robert received an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in Computer Science, as well as a B.S. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering. He has developed state-of-the-art technology (e.g. online learning systems, phone apps, internet applications, and desktop applications) for companies including AT&T Bell Laboratories, US West, Sony, Freshwater Software, and school districts across the country. Also as a University professor for 10+ years, he has taught over 3,000 students in all levels of Computer Science and Mathematics. Currently he is the Director of Industrial Strategy in Industry 4.0 at Stanley Black & Decker where he works with Plants in as a Data Scientist use IoT and Data Science to improve efficiency. In the past he worked in Supply Chain utilizing Data Science to create business results. But through all that, his greatest accomplishment is being the father of two awesome teenage boys.

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  • Ramses Alcaide

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Neurable
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    Ramses Alcaide

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Neurable

    Ramses Alcaide the founder and CEO of Neurable, a brain-computer interface (BCI) company leading the race in understanding the brain and how it connects to human-computer interaction. An entrepreneur, electrical engineer, and neuroscientist Dr. Alcaide has worked on high impact health projects ranging from a malaria prediction system to rehabilitation technology for stroke patients. His BCI work has touched people with amputations, children with cerebral palsy and people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Some of his honors include the Neuroscience Innovator Award, National Science Foundation Fellowship, and the Ford Foundation Fellowship.

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  • Jacque Rushin

    Board Chair, TAG Diversity & Inclusion Society
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    Jacque Rushin

    Board Chair, TAG Diversity & Inclusion Society

    Jacque Rushin is an award-winning veteran leader in the technology industry with over 25 years of experience across multiple industries, disciplines and corporations. She has an extensive background in sales and all facets of operations, with a key focus on strategy, execution, service and people-centric solutions. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Rich Rush Business Consulting, she was Vice President of North America Operations for Qmatic where she led their transformation initiatives to develop a platform for their 2X growth strategy.

    Prior to this, she worked at IHG Corporate for 15 years as their Director of Global Customer Care and Technical Support, Director of Global Deployment and Enterprise Solutions, and Enterprise Corporate Services and EUC. Jacque led her teams to achieve multi-year industry Stevie awards for International Contact Center of the Year and Best Customer Service Department in Leisure and Tourism.

    She also worked at AT&T for many years in various roles where she managed and grew a $40MM portfolio covering the 9-state southern region and led some of the most complex implementations across many diverse industries including healthcare, state governments, airlines, military, retail and hospitality. She received numerous sales and delivery awards, as well as AT&T’s highest, the Spirit of Communications Award.

    Jacque served on the board of Women in Technology for several years and is a past president, as well as a past board member of the Technology Association of Georgia where she chairs their highly impactful Diversity and Inclusion Society.

    Her community ministry is uplifting people no matter where they are in life. She provides transitional housing to homeless veterans through collaborations with programs that provide peer services and supports many sex trafficking victims. She was recognized by the Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency with their Innovative Leadership Award for her committed support of their clients in transition and other initiatives. She is also a past recipient of the TIAW World of Difference Award for her efforts to advance the economic empowerment of women.

    Ms. Rushin is a writer, speaker and mentor who enjoys the art of storytelling. She has her MBA in Management from Mercer University and BS from Alabama A&M University. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, whose purpose is grounded in service.

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  • Jason Vazzano

    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vectorform
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    Jason Vazzano

    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vectorform

    Jason Vazzano is CEO and Co-founder of Vectorform, a global digital invention company. Under Vazzano’s leadership the company has grown to provide solutions that accelerate innovation and digital transformation for some of the world’s best-known brands and was named Automation Alley Technology company of the year for 2016.A serial entrepreneur, Vazzano has founded over a half-dozen successful companies. In 2013, he was recognized by DBusiness Magazine as one of Detroit’s Top 30 in Their 30s and is a TechWeek Detroit award recipient — a recognition of his contributions to Detroit’s burgeoning technology ecosystem. In 2016, Endeavor Global, a nonprofit aimed at driving social change through entrepreneurship, selected Vazzano as an Endeavor entrepreneur at its 64th International Selection Panel in Madrid. A recognized thought leader, Vazzano is a sought-after speaker whose recent presentations include Harvard School of Business Executive Education sessions, DMEXCO in Munich, TedX Detroit, and Futureland in Milan. Vazzano serves as a board member of Crossroads for Youth, a non-profit organization that focuses on giving children the tools and skills required to lead productive and happy lives. He additionally serves on the Advisory Board of the Oakland University Information & Decision Sciences Department

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  • Alex Valdes

    Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director, Business Development, Trust Stamp
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    Alex Valdes

    Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director, Business Development, Trust Stamp

    Before graduating college, Alex founded and operated four separate companies, using the incomes from these businesses to pay his way through college. Before graduating, Alex spent 15 months studying abroad in Mexico where he launched an innovative microfinance lending system in partnership with the Yucatan State Department of Economic Development.

    Alex successfully exited each of the businesses, all of which are in operation today and returned to the US to complete his degree in accounting from The University of Georgia.

    Alex worked in public accounting as a strategy consultant before serving as an advisor for Trust Stamp as the company launched operations. After 6 months advising, Alex joined the company full-time as the Chief Financial Officer & Senior Director, Business Development for the Small to Midsized Enterprises.

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  • Amy Barbieri

    Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Vital4
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    Amy Barbieri

    Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Vital4

    Amy oversees Vital4’s marketing and business development efforts. Amy brings a wealth of knowledge in international background screening and has worked closely with some of the largest consumer reporting agencies in the world to provide them with the most compliant background screening and due diligence solutions available on the market.

    Amy has held several Executive Sales Director and VP positions and has over 17 years’ experience in enterprise sales with 10 years’ experience in technology; specializing in converged communications, integration services, data storage, co-location services and SaaS technology. Amy has over six years’ experience as VP of Business development of a full-service marketing agency that specialized in branding, creative and interactive design, public relations, TV, radio & digital advertising.

    Amy brings over five years’ experience in international background screening and corporate risk and compliance solutions. She was the former Director of Strategic Accounts at an international background screening company where she worked closely with her partner Kristin Stafford. Amy was instrumental as the only business development resource in growing the company over 42% in 2015. Kristin Stafford hand selected Amy in 2014 due to her extensive background in technology/business development to help launch a due diligence SaaS platform that Stafford created and designed. The Chief Security Officer of ADP quickly endorsed the software. Amy was successful in enabling the quick adoption of the technology by several of the largest global background screening companies in the world.

    Amy’s intimate understanding of international background screening and global due diligence combined with her expertise in cloud software applications makes her a valuable asset to Vital4 and the future growth of the business. She has been a member of NAPBS (National Association of Professional Background Screeners) since 2014. Amy is also a member of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

    When Amy isn’t busy selling and marketing, she enjoys spending time with her two teenage daughters and traveling with friends. Amy loves yoga, tennis and working out. Amy also has a passion for food and wine and enjoys the dynamic food scene in Atlanta.

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  • Kristin Stafford

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vital4
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    Kristin Stafford
    Kristin Stafford

    Kristin Stafford

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vital4

    Kristin is the founder and CEO of Vital4. Kristin oversees day to day operations of Vital4 including compliance, customer support, sales & marketing, vendor relations, technology development, and accounting.

    Kristin is the former co-founder and managing partner of one of the first independent wholesale international background screening firms in the US. Kristin developed the company from the ground up into a multi-million-dollar business while gaining more than seven years’ experience specific to FCRA compliance, technology, and services. Kristin created & directed the development and full launch of a SaaS due diligence & FCRA search platform. Kristin won a public endorsement for the technology she built from ADP’s Global Chief Security Officer, Roland Cloutier.

    She created and implemented FCPA supporting solutions that are utilized today by several companies with a focus on providing vendor due diligence services and meeting their FCPA requirements. She was also entrusted to develop and deliver custom FCPA solutions for a high-profile, global chemical company to enable audit worthy compliance, due to the corporation’s longstanding position in the Top 10 on the FCPAs Target List of US.

    Kristin has more than 20 years of experience in operations management, process architecture and software development. She has organized and managed teams of over 100 employees and consultants and brings to the table a vast array of experience in facilitating the requirements of corporate clients in the development and implementation of operations systems management and software development. Before entering the international background screening space, she managed the financial operations of a large Atlanta-based financial services corporation, served as a senior consultant for Delta Technology and Northern Trust Bank and held a management role within a start-up division of GE Capital.

    When Kristin isn’t busy running Vital4, she is usually found on the soccer field or running around on some wild adventure with her three children, hubby Scott, and her two fur babies Mable and Dipper.

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  • John Rich

    VP, Future Experiences, Moxie
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    John Rich

    VP, Future Experiences, Moxie

    Never before has the combination of exponentially advancing technology and shifting consumer behavior unfolded at today’s current scale and speed. Entire industries worth billions of dollars are now created or upended not in decades, but in a matter of years or even months.

    To help companies navigate this ever-changing future John applies his 30 years of experience identifying and applying emerging technologies to create a culture of continuous innovation. From technology forecasting and prototyping to FutureX Live - our emerging technology conference series - John helps brands and businesses future-enable themselves and thrive in this time of exponential change.

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  • Tracy YoungLincoln

    EVP Data, Technology and Intelligence, Moxie, Zenith, MRY
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    Tracy YoungLincoln

    EVP Data, Technology and Intelligence, Moxie, Zenith, MRY

    Tracy YoungLincoln has never said no to challenge. And while she doesn’t always know what she’s getting herself into, she never doubts that it will be different, exciting and — best of all — potentially game changing. It’s this avidity to up-end the mundane that has fueled her success as a patent-winning leader in the digital analytics space.

    Described by her peers as an architect of change, Tracy has reimagined and constructed new types of teams, practices and solutions wherever she’s worked. Reflected in every solution, methodology and invention she introduces is a passion for using the art and science of data to solve consumer and business problems.

    At Moxie, an Atlanta-based marketing agency, Tracy serves as executive vice president of intelligence, a new practice that reaches beyond the traditional arena of data and analytics to understand the deep connection between human behavior and brand performance. Through intelligence, Tracy and her team help Moxie’s clients translate these insights into self-evolving, profit-elevating marketing solutions.

    Prior to Moxie, Tracy worked at 22squared, UPS and with other Fortune 100 brands.

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  • Paul Ollinger

    Host
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    Paul Ollinger

    Host

    Paul Ollinger borrowed $100,000 to get a Masters of Business Administration from Dartmouth, only to learn he wanted to be a stand-up comedian. After fifteen years selling digital advertising for companies like Yahoo! and Facebook (where he was one of the first 250 employees and VP of West Coast Sales), Ollinger launched the comedy career that has taken him all over North America, opening for top comics like Dave Attell, Norm Macdonald and many more.

    An official selection of the Laughing Skull, Asheville, Cleveland, and North Carolina Comedy Festivals, Paul has appeared on The Apprentice, Red Eye on Fox, and several other shows that are no longer in production. In March, he will headline Carolines on Broadway as part of their Breakout Artist series.

    He is the author of the book, You Should Totally Get an MBA: A Comedian’s Guide to Top U.S. Business Schools, and the creator of the Crazy Money podcast.

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  • MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

FutureXPO

The FutureXPO features hands-on tech demonstrations from newly emerging and long-established players in tech.

previous futurex live Exhibitors

  • Moxie

    Six AR, VR and AI Experiences
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    Six AR, VR and AI Experiences

    A.I. Against Humanity
    A.I. Against Humanity is an interactive Turing test that pits man against machine. Can you spot the robot overlord or are you just another pawn in the matrix?

    Astral Experience
    Astral Experience is Moxie’s hyper-accelerated data visualization solution. Leveraging next generation deep learning methods, Astral Experience builds A.I. platforms to engage consumers, solve problems and scale services — from A.I.-driven content creation to real-time customer service communications — all backed by Moxie’s user experience models.

    Vertigo VR
    This custom-built VR experience changes in pace with the user’s heart rate. The player must complete a series of challenges that increase or decrease in intensity based on how fast his/her heart is beating.

    Astral Content: Computer Vision
    Astral Content is Moxie’s solution for identifying content improvement opportunities within any channel and any audience — quickly. Watch our computer visualization network recognize objects, count traffic and assign sentiment in real time to FutureXPO visitors. Networks like these will help analyze, classify and segment sensory data, quickly enabling next-gen performance analysis.

    Moe’s Rockin’ AR
    Moxie is using Moe’s in-restaurant artwork to create an awesome augmented reality (AR) experience. Integrated into the Moe’s Rockin’ Rewards app, this AR experience surprises fans by providing an engaging and unexpected in-store experience. AR innovations like this one are transforming the way guests interact with brands in restaurant, expanding the focus beyond food to encompass multiple sensory touch points.

    Say Hello to Trino
    Trino (or NAO, as his manufacturer calls him) is a customizable and interactive robot. His humanoid shape and body movements make him a very lifelike and endearing companion. Trino is comprised of a multitude of sensors, motors and software that allow developers to personalize his skills and expand his knowledge base.

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  • Futurus

    Room-Scale VR + AR Experience
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    Futurus

    Room-Scale VR + AR Experience

    Futurus will be showcasing a room-scale, virtual reality (VR) experience designed to educate new users about virtual reality and augmented reality and how they work. The program uses the HTC Vive VR headset with the lightweight MSI VR One backpack PC to create a freeing, robust experience without the traditional tether.

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  • TRICK 3D

    Zayden's Wish
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    Zayden's Wish

    TRICK 3D presents Zayden's Wish
    Inspired by the imaginative wish of Zayden Wright, a seven-year-old Georgia native with lifelong congenital heart disease, TRICK 3D created an immersive VR experience that takes the young astronaut on a fantastical expedition, directed by Chad Eikhoff.

    Entertainment industry veterans and Zayden’s Wish executive producers Candice Alger and Veronica Sheehan, in partnership with Craig Heyl of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, conceived that virtual reality could be harnessed to grant wishes, and the three shared the concept with Make-A-Wish Georgia CEO Tim Earley. From there, Alger tapped TRICK 3D to bring Zayden’s space expedition to life using VR.

    On May 1, 2017, Zayden boarded his VR rocket ship and “blasted off” from Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta to much fanfare from more than 40 U.S. Air Force air men and women. He was guided by former NASA astronaut Commander LeRoy Chiao along his journey. Today, at Future X, attendees have the opportunity to experience Zayden's Wish for themselves in the HTC Vive headset -- 3...2...1...BLAST OFF!

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  • Foundry 45

    Room-Scale VR & Mobile VR
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    Foundry 45

    Room-Scale VR & Mobile VR

    Room-Scale VR
    Foundry 45’s room-scale virtual reality (VR) demo showcases how virtual reality can be used to provide vocational and technical training. Users will be transported to an industrial environment where they can test their skills working on a piece of manufacturing equipment.

    Mobile VR
    Foundry45 will also have a number of mobile VR demos on hand for attendees to experience and explore.

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  • ATOMIZED

    Marketing Visualization & Collaboration Software
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    ATOMIZED

    Marketing Visualization & Collaboration Software

    ATOMIZED is Marketing Visualization & Collaboration software for brands and agencies to see everything in one place. "We make visual marketing calendars for brands and agencies. Whether you’re working on an editorial calendar, marketing communications calendar, brand planning calendar or publishing calendar, we’ve got you covered. Forget the spreadsheets and workarounds for creative reviews and campaign planning. It’s time to give your content a new home!”

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  • Savannah College of Art and Design

    Live VR 3D Painting Demo
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    Savannah College of Art and Design

    Live VR 3D Painting Demo

    Prominent artist, author and SCAD Dean Kent Knowles will demonstrate how to create a painting using the versatile virtual reality (VR) illustration tool, Quill, on the Oculus Rift. Dean Knowles’ colleague, SCAD Professor David Spencer, will also be on hand to provide technical support.

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  • USA TODAY NETWORK

    360-degree VR Experience
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    USA TODAY NETWORK

    360-degree VR Experience

    USA TODAY NETWORK will be demoing an industry-first fusion of 360-degree storytelling with high-end virtual reality (VR) interactivity. Launched in June 2017, this VR experience brings users aboard the USS Eisenhower during the most extensive combat training exercises in recent Navy history. Viewers can freely explore life aboard the active aircraft carrier and witness firsthand the complex coordination it takes to operate the USS Eisenhower.

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  • Kennesaw State University

    The Cube, Bluetooth Beacon App, Virtual Human Interaction and Mobile 3D Visor
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    Kennesaw State University

    The Cube, Bluetooth Beacon App, Virtual Human Interaction and Mobile 3D Visor

    The Cube
    The Cube is an augmented reality (AR), multi-sectional party game collection. Presented on a table with holograms using the Microsoft HoloLens, The Cube leverages spatial sound, user-gestures, user-interaction and user-creation to form an engaged and unique entertainment experience.

    Bluetooth Beacon App
    Kennesaw State University (KSU) students will demo an app they’ve developed that uses Bluetooth beacons to estimate the location of Bluetooth devices, record their positions and provide feedback of behavior data. This app’s ability to identify the proximity of a Bluetooth device to a beacon opens up new opportunities for location-based marketing, engagement and more.

    Virtual Human Interaction
    Attendees can interact with a virtual human via a head-mounted display (HSD) equipped with an eye-tracker. Users will enter a virtual classroom and experience firsthand what it’s like to be a teacher.

    Mobile 3D Visor
    While mobile 3D visors are designed to deliver a dynamic 3D experience, many can produce another much less enjoyable experience: motion sickness. In this demo, users will ride a virtual rollercoaster to see which of various renderings deliver the fun twists and turns of an immersive 3D experience — without twisting and turning their stomachs.

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  • Georgia State University

    iClone7 – Real-Time 3D Animation
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    Georgia State University

    iClone7 – Real-Time 3D Animation

    iClone7 is the best real-time 3D animation software empowered by physical-based rendering and voxel global illumination technology. Integrated with the latest real-time technologies, this cutting-edge software can create realistic films designed for instant visualization and digital storytelling. The iClone7’s user-friendly facial rigging and human IK editing tools make it easy for CG Artists to previs morph-enabled characters, while a 3D-compatible virtual professional camera system enables blocking and staging.

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  • Virtuix

    Project Ghost – Active VR Game
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    Virtuix

    Project Ghost – Active VR Game

    Attendees will get to play Project Ghost, a virtual reality (VR) game designed for the Virtuix Omni™, a first-of-its-kind omnidirectional treadmill that enables natural movement in 360-degrees.

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  • Laura Hall

    Spaces + Journalism
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    Laura Hall

    Spaces + Journalism

    Writer and game designer Laura Hall will demonstrate how spaces, both physical and digital, can be used for journalism.

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  • You Are Here

    VR and AR Innovations
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    You Are Here

    VR and AR Innovations

    YOU ARE HERE will be showcasing innovative immersive technologies, including alternate reality (AR) with Apple ARKit, Google ARCore, Microsoft HoloLens, as well as virtual reality (VR) experiences with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear and Google Cardboard. You’ll see work done for Porsche, the College Football Hall of Fame, Lexus, Carnival Cruise Lines, as well as a variety of innovation experiments.

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