Women in VR Presents: The Importance of Diverse Voices in Emerging Storytelling Technologies
As the mediums in which we tell stories change, as well as the ways in which we find and share those stories, how can we be sure that diverse voices are heard? Join this conversation on the importance of both diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of VR/AR/MR storytelling.

10/9, 10:00-11:00
Debra Anderson (Moderator)- Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Datavized
Debra Anderson (Moderator)- Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Datavized Debra Anderson is a founder and chief strategy officer at Datavized, a NYC-based immersive design studio focused on virtual reality production and consultancy. A pioneer in WebVR with expertise in data visualization, she builds data-driven and researched-based approaches to immersive experiences.

Jess Brillhart - Principal Filmmaker, VR, Google
Jessica Brillhart is the principal filmmaker for VR at Google. In 2009, she joined Google's Creative Lab, where she spearheaded numerous award-winning shorts and documentaries before joining the VR team in 2015. Since directing World Tour—the first VR film made with the Jump ecosystem—Brillhart has continued traveling the world, filming, and experimenting, all in an effort to better understand and help inform others about this emergent medium.

Karen Palmer - Artist/Director, IF
In 2016, Karen Palmer completed the prototype for Riot, an interactive experience in which the narrative is determined by the user’s emotional response. It premiered at Festival of the Mind. Palmer has been a speaker at TEDx Australia at the Sydney Opera House, the Games for Change Festival New York, and the Mutek Festival in Canada. Her recent neurogaming parkour installation, SYNCSELF 2, was a key exhibit at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum and the 2015 Sheffield International Doc Festival.

Yelena Rachitsky - Creative Producer and Head of Education, Oculus Story Studio
Yelena Rachitsky is a creative producer at Oculus, pushing forward the efforts on creative outreach initiatives and finding and funding experiences for the Oculus platform. Prior to Oculus, she was the creative producer at the annual Future of StoryTelling (FoST) Summit, an invitation-only event that gathers top executives, marketers, creatives, and technologists with the vision and influence to change how people communicate and tell stories in the digital age. Rachitsky is also a consultant for the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier program and spent four years in the documentary division at Participant Media, working on Food Inc. and Waiting for Superman.