Speakers



FOST SUMMIT

Darren Aronofsky
President, Protozoa
Darren Aronofsky is the Academy Award–nominated director of mother!, Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream and π. He is also executive producer of the virtual reality experience Songs of Spacetime.
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Neil Patrick Harris
Stage and Screen Performer
Neil Patrick Harris is a Tony and Emmy award–winning stage and screen performer, famous for his many memorable roles. As a multi-hyphenate actor/producer/magician/etc., he is an expert in the "slash" generation and how the way we define what we do is changing.
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Rachel Tipograph
Founder & CEO, MikMak
Rachel Tipograph has unlocked the secret of marketing to millennials and Gen Z. With her company MikMak, she single-handedly revolutionized the eCommerice landscape by creating a shoppable mobile video platform designed for the social media generation. She has appeared on Forbes's “30 under 30” and was named one of Fast Company's “Most Creative People in Business.”
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Ryan Leslie
CEO & Cofounder, SuperPhone
Ryan Leslie is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, multiplatinum music producer, and avid technologist who has logged studio time with Madonna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyoncé. After realizing the value of authentic and immediate correspondence with his audience, he taught himself to code and raised $5.5 million dollars to found SuperPhone, which lets users scale text communication while providing insights on how to optimize correspondence.
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Vince Kadlubek
CEO & Cofounder, Meow Wolf
Vince Kadlubek believes we are living in a crisis of imagination, but he has plans to change that—starting with his creation, Meow Wolf, an immersive art experience that has become New Mexico’s #1 tourist attraction. Meow Wolf will soon open locations in Las Vegas and Denver, and has become a model for immersive exhibitions across the world.
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Karina Wilsher
Global COO & Partner, Anomaly
Karina Wilsher is steering Anomaly to become one of the hottest agencies in the world. Recognized as one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies, Anomaly has won multiple awards, from Cannes Lions to Emmys, and was named Ad Age’s 2017 Agency of the Year. Their client list includes Google, SONOS, Budweiser, Diageo, and the Coca-Cola Company, among others.
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Grace Boyle
Founder & Director, The Feelies
Grace Boyle is a multi-sensory storyteller. She debunks the notion that we have 5 senses, and instead believes we have closer to 33. When we tell stories that engage all of our senses, we’re able to tell more powerful and emotional stories.
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Curtis Hickman
Cofounder & Chief Creative Officer, The Void
Curtis Hickman has dedicated his life to making the impossible possible. Having started out as a magician, he now works with fully immersive, location-based, hyper-reality experiences that merge virtual and physical environments. The result is a powerful experience where audiences have to remind themselves of what’s real and what isn’t. As Time.com put it, “these guys basically created a holodeck.”
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Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn
Associate Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn explores how embodied experiences like VR influences our attitudes and behavior. Her research investigates how interactive digital media such as virtual and augmented reality 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.
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Dr. Vivienne Ming
Cofounder & Executive Chair, Socos Labs
Named one of “10 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc. Magazine, Dr. Vivienne Ming wants to create better people—through technology. Whether she’s creating expression recognition AI or using cutting edge neuro-prosthetics, Vivienne’s goal is the same: to augment human potential.
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Anil Seth
Professor of Neuroscience, University of Sussex
Neuroscientist Anil Seth is interested in understanding the biological basis of conscious experience, a topic he considers one of the greatest challenges for 21st century science. His groundbreaking research provides fascinating insight into what this means for storytelling. His 2017 TED talk has been viewed over 5 million times.
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Dr. Mark Sagar
CEO, Soul Machines
Dr. Mark Sagar is humanizing the interface between people and machines so that we might better cooperate with them in the future. His team is developing autonomously animated virtual humans with virtual brains and nervous systems, capable of highly expressive face to face interaction and real-time learning.
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Gigi Pritzker
CEO, Madison Wells Media
Gigi Pritzker is an Emmy Award winning producer, and businesswoman. She is the CEO of diversified content company MWM (formerly Madison Wells Media), which she co-founded with former Legendary executive, Clint Kisker.
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Jake Barton
Founder & Principal, Local Projects
Jake Barton is Founder and Principal of Local Projects, a media and physical design firm that creates groundbreaking experiences, including landmark projects for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, and the Legacy Musuem.
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Wendy Calhoun
Writer & Executive Producer, Edgewood Place Entertainment
Wendy Calhoun, whose work spans such TV hits as Empire, Revenge, Nashville, and others, refuses to tell color-blind stories. By choosing to assign cultural specificity, Calhoun adds an extra dimension to her characters and opens up the door for unexpected and empathetic reactions from the audience. Through her writing, she hopes to move the needle on what is considered “good” entertainment and introduce a more diverse set of characters and plot lines to the television screen.
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Chet Faliszek
Creative Director, Bossa Studios
Chet Faliszek is creating the future of video games. He and his team are applying AI to game worlds and non-player characters, which will usher in unprecedented possibilities for gameplay. Previous to Bossa Studios he was at Valve, where he was co-project lead on the Left 4 Dead series and writer on franchises including Half-Life and Portal.
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