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ENGINEERED CONSCIOUSNESS

OCTOBER 5, 2017

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The Future Awaits

FUTUREX LIVE: ENGINEERED CONSCIOUSNESS

Come explore the possibilities of our newfound powers to architect realities. Join us for a full day of discussions, demonstrations and panels led by some of the brightest leaders in Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality as well as Neuro-Stimulation, Brain-Machine Interfaces and other revolutionary technologies.

PURCHASE TICKETS

October 5, 2017

Conference: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tech Expo, Cocktails and Networking:

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

RETHINK YOUR REALITY

We are no longer limited to a single reality. Emerging technologies in the fields of Virtual Reality, Neuro-Stimulation, Brain-Machine interfaces and other revolutionary technologies are allowing us to create entirely new worlds that we could have only dreamed of before.

Our inaugural FutureX Live conference brought together thought leaders from entertainment, tech, media and marketing to explore the reach, mechanisms and implications of these emerging technologies.

Now, we invite you to join us for our second installment of FutureX Live: Engineered Consciousness.

We’ll explore the possibilities of our newfound powers to architect realities and examine the content and application of the technologies that are helping us create multiple realities. Take in a full day of discussions, demonstrations and panels led by some of the brightest leaders in Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality as well as Neuro-Stimulation, Brain-Machine Interfaces and other transformative technologies.

Lead

Get exposure to the latest innovations at a one-of-a-kind tech and innovation conference in the Southeast.

Learn

Listen in on panels, discussions and demonstrations led by leaders at the forefront of evolutionary technologies.

Explore

Gain hands-on experience with the latest tech at the FutureX Live tech expo.

Network

Engage with a diverse community of future-thinking academic and business professionals.

Take Away

See how these transformative technologies can be applied to enrich our brands, businesses and lives.

Speakers

FutureX Live 2017 Headliner

  • Dr. Michio Kaku

    Theoretical Physicist, Author and Professor
    Michio kaku
    Michio kaku
    Michio kaku

    Dr. Michio Kaku

    Theoretical Physicist, Author and Professor

    Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today. Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author and popularizer of science. As the co- founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), he continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory that will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. Additionally, he predicts trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on the latest research in science.

    The author of numerous international bestsellers, Dr. Kaku’s newest book, The Future of the Mind – which hit #1 on the NY Times, Amazon and Barnes and Noble Best Sellers List, making it the #1 hardcover, non-fiction book in the country – illustrates the stunning breakthroughs being made in neuroscience, which are finally beginning to unravel the mysteries of the most complex object in the known universe: the human brain. His other book, Physics of the Future, is based on interviews with over 300 of the world's top scientists, presenting revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself.

    A regular commentator on Tech-TV, he was featured in the full-length 90-minute feature film Me and Isaac Newton, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2001. Starting in 2008, he became a regular host on the Science Channel/Discovery Channel, hosting their Sunday lineup of shows. He also hosts his own national weekly radio program which airs in 130 cities in the US called Science Fantastic. It is the largest nationally syndicated science radio show on commercial radio in the United States, and perhaps the world. In 2009, the Science Channel announced that Dr. Kaku would host a 12-part series on TV based on his New York Times bestseller Physics of the Impossible.

    He has written for Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, New Scientist Magazine, Astronomy Magazine and Wired; and been quoted in Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Daily Telegraph, The London Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wired and Fast Company. He has written cover articles for New Scientist Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, and the Sunday London Times. He has also written several op- ed pieces for The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe.

    Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City Univ. of New York, graduated from Harvard University, received his Ph.D. in physics from the Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley and has been a professor at CUNY for almost 30 years. Dr. Kaku speaks at major business conferences about the next 20 years in computers, finance, banking and commerce. In particular, he has keynoted major conferences for major corporations, many of them controlling hundreds of billions of dollars in investments. He is a spellbinding speaker who mesmerizes and electrifies audiences with his visionary look into the future using his unmatched knowledge and research.

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FutureX Live 2017 Speakers

  • Dr. Helen Papagiannis

    Author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping the New Reality”
    Helen Papagiannis
    Helen Papagiannis
    Helen Papagiannis

    Dr. Helen Papagiannis

    Author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping the New Reality”

    Dr. Helen Papagiannis is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). She has been working with AR for 12 years as a researcher, designer, and technology evangelist with a focus on storytelling and creating compelling experiences in AR. She is the author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping the New Reality” published by O’Reilly Media.

    In 2016, Dr. Papagiannis was named among the Top 100 Influencers of Augmented Reality (#8) by Onalytica, and a finalist for the prestigious World Technology Award. She was also named among the NEXT 100 Top Influencers (#16) of the Digital Media Industry in 2013, and is highlighted as an innovator in the book, “Augmented Reality: An Emerging Technologies Guide to AR”, published in 2013. Her TEDx 2011 talk was featured among the Top 10 Talks on Augmented Reality and Gamified Life.

    Dr. Papagiannis’s past roles include Chief Innovation Officer at Infinity Augmented Reality Inc. (New York City and Tel Aviv), and Senior Research Associate at York University’s Augmented Reality Lab in the Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Art (Toronto). She has presented her interactive work and Ph.D. research at global conferences and invited events including TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design), ISMAR (International Society for Mixed and Augmented Reality), AWE (Augmented World Expo), and ISEA (International Symposium for Electronic Art). Prior to her augmented life, Dr. Papagiannis was a member of Bruce Mau Design studio where she was project lead on “Massive Change: The Future of Global Design”, an internationally touring exhibition and best-selling book (Phaidon, 2004) examining the new inventions and technologies changing the world.

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  • Tom Goodwin

    Executive Vice President of Innovation at Zenith Media
    Tom Goodwin
    Tom Goodwin
    Tom Goodwin

    Tom Goodwin

    Executive Vice President of Innovation at Zenith Media

    Tom Goodwin is the Executive Vice President of Innovation at Zenith USA, where he is responsible for understanding new technology, behaviors and platforms, and ideating and implementing solutions for clients that take advantage of the new opportunities these make possible. He is also a broadly recognized author, columnist, and professional speaker.

    At Zenith, Tom’s focus is leading innovation and thought leadership and unleashing the power of emerging platforms, content and influencer programs, new media and devices, and new technology to produce robust business results.

    Tom is voted the #1 voice in Marketing by LinkedIn and has over 365,000 followers on the platform. He is also ranked as one of the top 30 people to follow on Twitter by Business Insider, and in the top two people in Advertising to follow by Fast Company.

    An industry provocateur and commentator on the future of marketing and business, Tom is a columnist for the Guardian, TechCrunch and Forbes, and frequent contributor to The World Economic Forum Agenda, GQ, Ad Age, Wired, Ad Week, Inc, and Digiday. He features on Global TV as a regular guest on i24News’s “Cutting Edge” section about the future.

    Tom frequently speaks around the world at conferences and to clients about business transformation, technological disruption, innovation in advertising, and the future of entertainment, retail, mobility and finance. Tom is currently working on a commissioned book by Kogan Page, titled “Digital Darwinism,” and is a member of The Wharton Future of Advertising Program.

    Born in England, Tom earned a degree in architecture and structural engineering from the University of Sheffield, combining his love of the arts and design with an interest in measurable results and building things. He lives in New York.

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  • Cathy Hackl

    Augmented Reality Producer and Evangelist
    Tom Goodwin
    Tom Goodwin
    Tom Goodwin

    Cathy Hackl

    Augmented Reality Producer and Evangelist

    Cathy Hackl is an Emmy-nominated communicator turned virtual reality & augmented reality producer, speaker and futuristic content creator. Hackl is the host of the Augmented and Virtual Reality Marketing Podcast and #VRARChat. She 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 VR content creators and help them bring their unique ideas to market. She currently helps innovative tech brands with highly-specialized communications services, while teaching communicators about the latest tools and tech. She's also the founder of Latinos in VR/AR and one of the women leading the virtual revolution. Cathy was named by Onalytica as a leading augmented reality influencer and also by NBC News as one of the top Latina women working in virtual reality. She has spoken about VR and social media in more than 10 countries and has been featured in media outlets like Mic, CNN, Entrepreneur, VentureBeat and Mashable. Hackl is also the co-chair of the VR AR Association's Marketing Committee and a leading voice in the VR AR marketing space. Before working in AR, VR and social media, she worked as a journalist for CNN, Discovery Communications, and ABC News. She loves all things mixed reality, tech, AI, blockchain and drones.

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  • David Putrino

    Director of Rehabilitation Innovation at Mt Sinai Health System
    Tom Goodwin
    Tom Goodwin
    Tom Goodwin

    David Putrino

    Director of Rehabilitation Innovation at Mt Sinai Health System

    David is a physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He is currently the Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Mt Sinai Health System, and an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. He works to develop innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility. He consults with the Red Bull’s High Performance division, using evidence-based technologies to study and improve athletic performance. In his spare time, he volunteers for Not Impossible Labs, a group that creates disruptive technological solutions for high-impact humanitarian problems. In addition to a number of academic publications, many of David’s projects have been featured on ABC, Sport’s Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Time Magazine, Wired Magazine and the LA Times to name just a few.

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  • Dave Beck

    Founder and Managing Partner at Foundry 45
    Dave Beck
    Dave Beck
    Dave Beck

    Dave Beck

    Founder and Managing Partner at Foundry 45

    Dave Beck is a founder and Managing Partner at Foundry 45, an Atlanta-based company that helps brands tell their stories through Virtual Reality. His company has built almost 100 VR experiences for notable clients such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, Turner, and U.S. Bank.

    Before starting Foundry 45, Dave served as the Chief Operating Officer at EquipCodes, a mobile SaaS and Augmented Reality company. Dave serves on the board of the MAK Historic District and is very active in the Georgia Tech community as a mentor and frequent guest speaker. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Wake Forest University and his MBA from Georgia Tech.

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  • Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

    Assoc. Prof. of Advertising, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Comm., Univ. of Ga.
    Grace Ahn
    Grace Ahn
    Grace Ahn

    Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

    Associate Professor of Advertising at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia

    Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn (Ph.D., Stanford University) is associate professor of advertising at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, and the director of the Games and Virtual Environments. Her main program of research investigates how interactive digital media 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 in four different contexts: health, consumer psychology, conservation, and education. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation and is published in a number of top-tier outlets. She is the recipient of the Mary Alice Shaver Promising Professor Award from the American Academy of Advertising and the Charles B. Knapp Early Career Award Scholar Award from University of Georgia.

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  • Chad Eikhoff

    Founder & Creative Director, TRICK 3D
    Chad Eikhoff
    Chad Eikhoff
    Chad Eikhoff

    Chad Eikhoff

    Founder & Creative Director, TRICK 3D

    Chad Eikhoff is the founder and CEO of TRICK 3D, a leading AR/VR and immersive media studio based in Atlanta. Chad Eikhoff and his teams at TRICK 3D use new technologies and mediums to push the boundaries in virtual space creation, computer-generated (CG) worlds and characters, VR, AR and more. Drawing upon his vast experience as a filmmaker and director, Eikhoff ensures that his virtual worlds connect emotionally with those who experience them.

    Eikhoff works with pioneering brands such as Delta Air Lines, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), CNN, Georgia Power and more, as well as entertainment leaders such as Turner Broadcasting System and CBS. Eikhoff has produced and directed several feature, television and interactive projects, including the hit animated holiday special, “The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story.” Eikhoff's most recent project, "Zayden's Wish," marks the first-ever virtual reality wish granted, taking a 7-year-old astronaut on a journey to Saturn and back for Make-A-Wish Georgia.

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  • Annie Eaton

    CEO at Futurus
    Tom Goodwin
    Tom Goodwin
    Tom Goodwin

    Annie Eaton

    CEO at 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 360 capture. Before she founded Futurus in 2014, Annie worked in the power and financial technology fields where she developed marketing and communications strategy. Annie earned her degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. In 2014, she created the Atlanta Virtual Reality Meetup, which now boasts more than 900 active members. She is involved with GeorgiaVR and serves on the board of the Technology Association of Georgia’s Digital Media and Entertainment society.

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  • John Buzzell

    President at You Are Here and Atlanta chapter President of the VR/AR Association
    John Buzzell
    John Buzzell
    John Buzzell

    John Buzzell

    President at You Are Here and Atlanta chapter President of the VR/AR Association

    John Buzzell is an award winning 27-year veteran of the digital industry, creating interactive experiences in Augmented and Virtual Reality, Videogames, Mobile apps, and numerous high-volume Websites. At YOU ARE HERE, Buzzell leads teams that create meaningful and measurable experiences across all platforms. Clients include AT&T, Porsche, Cartoon Network, Lexus, the NBA, Carnival Cruises, Coca-Cola, Aflac, Southern Company and the National Safety Council. Career highlights include roles at Adult Swim, NASCAR.com, PGA.com, Discovery, Sony, AOL, Sprint, Comcast, and the U.S. Dept. of Defense.

    Buzzell is the Chairman of the global VR/AR Association’s Marketing Industry Committee as well as President of the VR/AR Association’s Atlanta chapter.

    Buzzell is an energetic, informative, and polished speaker with experience engaging groups ranging from 50-500 people about AR and VR, Experiential Technologies, the business of Interactive Entertainment, empathy in Design, creating online community around Digital Content, helping companies making the Digital transition, and more. Featured talks have occurred at M.I.T., The Virtual Reality Developer’s Conference, Event Marketer's "EventTech" trade show, various innovation summits, The National Sports Forum, Cynopsis' Business of Sports Summit, as well as various other corporate client events.

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  • Jason Drakeford

    VR Director and Filmmaker
    Jason Drakeford
    Jason Drakeford
    Jason Drakeford

    Jason Drakeford

    VR Director and Filmmaker

    Jason Drakeford is a passionate filmmaker creating documentaries, video series and VR, with a focus towards impactful and visually engaging work. Highlights include the space series "Out There" with The New York Times and the "Shelf Life" science series for The American Museum of Natural History. Independent films include "Interrupture", a VR experience premiering at the Atlanta Film Festival and the documentary "Ken Jacobs: A Pioneer of Avant-Garde Film" premiering at the Independent New York Film Festival.

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  • Kelly Andresen

    Senior Vice President and Head of GET Creative at USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kelly Andresen
    Kelly Andresen
    Kelly Andresen

    Kelly Andresen

    Senior Vice President and Head of GET Creative at USA TODAY NETWORK

    Kelly Andresen is Senior Vice President and Head of Branded Content at USA TODAY NETWORK, and has over 14 years of experience in advertising marketing. Prior to joining USA TODAY NETWORK, Andresen was Director, WP BrandStudio & Planning for The Washington Post, leading two teams dedicated to creating new advertising revenue across print, desktop, video, mobile and social. In this role, Andresen oversaw the launch of WP BrandConnect, The Post’s native advertising solution, which she grew to include WP BrandStudio, an in-house custom content creation and strategy team. In her role, Andresen also helped introduce a programmatic ad solution called WP+ in 2012.

    Additionally, Andresen developed innovative advertising sponsorship opportunities at SiriusXM on key premium channels including the launch of Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Living Radio, NASCAR, MLB, and Howard Stern.

    Kelly received her MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland and is a graduate of Goucher College in Maryland.

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  • Rishad Tobaccowala

    Chief Growth Officer at Publicis Groupe
    Rishad Tobaccowala
    Rishad Tobaccowala
    Rishad Tobaccowala

    Rishad Tobaccowala

    Chief Growth Officer at Publicis Groupe

    Rishad Tobaccowala is the Chief Growth Officer of the Publicis Groupe, an 80,000-employee firm comprising companies like Sapient Razorfish, DigitasLBi, Leo Burnett, Saatchi and Saatchi, Starcom, Zenith and many other companies dedicated to delivering marketing and business transformation. Rishad also serves on the Publicis Management Committee.

    In his current role Rishad is responsible for supporting the leaders of the largest global Clients of Publicis Groupe to help their Clients grow in a transformative time and drives the global business development efforts of the firm.

    Between July 2016 and June 2017 Rishad played a dual role of Strategy and Growth Officer of the Groupe adding the Growth role to his Strategy functions.

    Between 2014 and 2016 Rishad was the Chief Strategist of the Publicis Groupe during which in tandem with the global CEO he helped drive the new strategy of the Groupe to move from a marketing communication to a marketing and business transformation firm and informed the re-organization of the Groupe from an Agency brand centric to a Client centric organization called the Power of One.

    Prior to his Chief Strategist role, Rishad was the Chairman of DigitasLBi and Razorfish, two of the largest marketing transformation agencies in the world with over 11000 employees.

    Over his 35-year career Tobaccowala has worked across almost every area of marketing including brand advertising, media, database, direct and interactive marketing. As a pioneer in digital marketing, Tobaccowala helped create one of the first interactive groups and digital agencies 20 years ago and has helped launch a series of initiatives over the years from groups focused on gaming, social, mobile and search engine marketing. Starcom IP, Play, Giant Step, SMG Search and Denuo are some of the brands Tobaccowala helped incubate.

    Tobaccowala was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top business leaders for his pioneering innovation and TIME magazine dubbed him one of five “Marketing Innovators. He is the Ad Age Interactive Hall of Fame and has received a life time achievement silver medal award from the Chicago Ad Federation

    He serves on the board of Matomy an Israeli based outcome based digital performance company and an advisor to a host of companies in the venture capital and start up space include Greycroft Ventures, Abundant Ventures and Jana Mobile. Previous board roles include Audience Science and Snap (an Idealab company)

    Rishad is also is chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation, which helps over 10,000 people gain better access to health and education in India.

    Rishad is a prolific writer and speaker. His Re-inventing blog is read by Clients and the Industry to better understand the changes roiling marketing and business. Speaking engagements include key notes at major Client and Industry conferences as well as at Google and Facebook.

    Tobaccowala holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Bombay and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago with which he remains closely involved.

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  • Daniel Sabio

    The Glad Scientist
    FutureArt Technologist
    Daniel Sabio
    Daniel Sabio
    Daniel Sabio

    Daniel Sabio

    The Glad Scientist
    FutureArt Technologist

    The Glad Scientist is the pseudonym of Puerto-Rican artist Daniel Eric Carlos Hector Alberto Sabio. His works range from virtual reality concerts to fully immersive code-driven installations.

    They have garnered diverse international attention, from ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art) to Bass Coast Festival and beyond. He wields a BSc in Computational Media (Computer Science+Art) from Georgia Tech, and currently works closely with tech startups at the Atlanta incubator & seed fund TechSquare Labs. His unique perspectives on technology’s role in art stem from a bizarre mixture of subcultures fused with insights gained from studies in some of music’s richest cultures, including Ghana, Turkey and Brazil. Obsessed with cutting edge technology’s role in the artistic experience, his experimental approach to the creative process has evolved into the role of a FutureArt Technologist.

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  • John Rich

    Vice President of Future Experiences at Moxie
    John Rich
    John Rich
    John Rich

    John Rich

    Vice President of Future Experiences at Moxie

    Never before has the combination of new 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 thrive in this landscape of exponential change, companies must know how to take advantage of new opportunities and mitigate the threats that emerge. To achieve this, the Future Experiences (FutureX) group and lab identify the most powerful technology, trends and ideas to deliver innovation strategies and prototypes to future-enable Moxie's clients.

    John has worked in the advertising and digital marketing industry for more than 30 years. With experience in creative leadership, digital development, analytics, brand strategy and technology prototyping, he's touched virtually every brand category from CPG to auto. His clients range from Delta Air Lines to Verizon (and he’s hoping for a Z client soon).

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  • Jerry Hudson

    Vice President of Future Experiences at Moxie
    Jerry Hudson
    Jerry Hudson
    Jerry Hudson

    Jerry Hudson

    Vice President of Future Experiences at Moxie

    As a futurist and innovation strategist, Jerry Hudson specializes in the exploration and incubation of disruptive ideas and emerging technologies that advances the human experience. At Moxie, he future-enables brands by setting up innovation processes and practices, teaching clients how to take advantage of the opportunities in our rapidly changing future.

    Jerry has worked as the Head of UX at a mobile start-up, and before his switch to the Future Experiences group, he was VP of User Experience & Content Strategy at Moxie.

    The list of brands that he has helped include Verizon, Coca-Cola, 20th Century Fox, Samsung, Home Depot, Delta, AT&T, State Farm and Bloomberg. Jerry has an unhealthy fascination with alternate realities, artificial intelligence, robots, sustainability, and soccer.

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  • Paul Jenkins

    Writer, Composer, Creator and Designer
    Paul Jenkins
    Paul Jenkins
    Paul Jenkins

    Paul Jenkins

    Writer, Composer, Creator and Designer

    Paul Jenkins has been creating, writing and building franchises for over 25 years in the graphic novel, film and video game industries. Over the last two decades Paul has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of literally hundreds of world-renowned, recognizable entertainment icons.

    From his employment with the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the age of 22 to his preeminent status as an IP creator, Paul has provided entertainment to the world through hundreds of print publications, films, video games, film and new media. With 6 Platinum selling video games, a Number One MTV Music Video, an Eisner Award, Five Wizard Fan Awards, and multiple Best Selling Graphic Novels, Paul Jenkins is synonymous with success. He has enjoyed recognition on the New York Times bestseller list, has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards, and has been the recipient of a government-sponsored Prism Award for his contributions in storytelling and characterization.

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  • Dr. Adriane B. Randolph

    Founder and Executive Director of the BrainLab
    Dr. Adriane B. Randolph
    Dr. Adriane B. Randolph
    Dr. Adriane B. Randolph

    Dr. Adriane B. Randolph

    Founder and Executive Director of the BrainLab

    Dr. Adriane B. Randolph is the founder and executive director of the BrainLab and an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. She is also President/CEO and co-founder of nürltec, a consulting firm engaged in biomarketing research to help organizations gain deeper insights about their customers and employees. Dr. Randolph earned a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Systems Engineering with Distinction from the University of Virginia. Her research of fifteen years focuses on brain-computer interface systems which allow for non-muscularly controlled assistive technologies and reflect varying cognitive states. She has been featured as a speaker for multiple TEDx events, as an Atlanta Business Chronicle “40 Under 40” Young Professional on the Rise, was invited to attend President Obama’s White House Frontiers Conference, and was invited to innovate as an original Google Glass Explorer. She has published over forty-five manuscripts, received federal grant funding, and has a patent pending for a brain-computer interface and associated framework.

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  • Janet H. Murray, Ph.D.

    Assoc. Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech
    Janet H. Murray, Ph.D.
    Janet H. Murray, Ph.D.
    Janet H. Murray, Ph.D.

    Janet H. Murray, Ph.D.

    Assoc. Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech

    Janet H. Murray is the Ivan Allen College Professor of Digital Media and Associate Dean for Research in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech and an internationally recognized interaction designer, specializing in digital narrative and digital humanities. She directs Georgia Tech’s Prototyping eNarrative (PeN Lab) which creates prototypes of new narrative genres on emerging platforms including experimental television, virtual reality, and augmented reality, and she is a member of the Steering Committee and Project Director of the Mellon Foundation grant for Georgia Tech’s Digital Integrated Liberal Arts Center.

    Murray is a first-generation college graduate, who benefitted from excellent public education at the Bronx High School of Science, City College of New York, and SUNY Binghamton where she received her B.A., After graduating early from college she was trained by IBM as a systems programmer, before earning a PhD in English Literature from Harvard, where she specialized in the English novel. In the early 1980s she was teaching Humanities at MIT when her students showed her Eliza and Zork, and she recognized the possibilities for storytelling in the new digital medium. Building on these explorations and on early Media Lab experiments with interactive video, Murray led humanities archival and serious games projects at MIT in the 1980s and 1990s where she established the pioneering Laboratory for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. While at MIT she also created the first university course in interactive narrative, which was also one of the earliest courses to take games seriously as a genre of representation.

    Since 1999 Murray has been at Georgia Tech, where she served as Director of the Graduate Program in Digital Media from 2000 to 2010, providing leadership for curriculum revision, including pioneering game studies courses and a laboratory structure for integrated education and research, and for the establishment of one of the world's first PhD programs in the field (2004).

    Murray is the author of a seminal work for digital media and game studies, Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace (Free Press, 1997; MIT Press 1998; updated edition 2017), which has been translated into 5 languages, and is widely used as a roadmap to emerging art, information, and entertainment environments. Her textbook Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice (MIT Press, 2011) has been hailed by Henry Jenkins as "an epic accomplishment, one which we will all be mining for years to come." Her projects have been funded by IBM, Apple Computer, Intel Corporation, Motorola Research, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco/Scientific Atlanta, the Annenberg-CPB Project, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation.

    Janet H. Murray is a frequent keynoter and presenter including at TED, New Yorker Fest, Future of Storytelling, AR in Action, DiGRA, ICIDS, ahd ACM TVX.. She has served as a trustee of the American Film Institute (2000-2009, now Emerita) and the Board of Directors of the George Foster Peabody Award (2006-2013). Blog: http://inventingthemedium.com Twitter: @janetmurray Lab prototypes: http://etv.gatech.edu

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Meet our FutureX Live Host

  • Paul Ollinger

    Moxie’s FutureX Live 2017 Host, Comedian, Speaker, and Author
    Paul Ollinger
    Paul Ollinger
    Paul Ollinger

    Paul Ollinger

    Moxie’s FutureX Live 2017 Host, Comedian, Speaker, and Author

    Paul Ollinger is an author, speaker, and comedian who performs stand-up all over the United States and has opened for the biggest names in the business. A veteran of digital media, Paul held sales leadership roles at Launch.com, Yahoo! and Facebook where he served as VP of West Coast Sales and was one of the first 250 employees.

    In addition to comedy, Paul writes and speaks widely on work, wealth, and purpose. Specifically, he uses humor to help other with their lives, careers and sales quotas. His first book, You Should Totally Get an MBA: A Comedian’s Guide to Top U.S. Business Schools, was published in 2016.

    Paul earned his BA from Rhodes College and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. When he’s not working, Paul is playing golf, binge-watching Netflix or checking Who’s Viewed Your Profile on LinkedIn. He lives in Atlanta with his beautiful wife, two wonderful children and French bulldog, Colonel Tom Parker.”

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