All Speakers



FOST SUMMIT 2014

Matt Adams
Cofounder, Blast Theory
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Felix Barrett
Punchdrunk, Artistic Director
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Yoni Bloch
Founder & CEO, Interlude
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Susan Bonds
Cofounder & CEO, 42 Entertainment
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Chris Charla
Director, ID@Xbox
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Beth Comstock
Chief Marketing Officer, General Electric
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Nonny de la Peña
Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts
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Bruce Flohr
Chief Strategy Officer & EVP, Red Light Management
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Bjarke Ingels
Architect & Founder, BIG
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John Maeda
Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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Dr. Rosalind Picard
Founder & Director, Affective Computing Group, MIT Media Lab
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Chris Plutte
Executive Director, Global Nomads Group
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Maria Popova
Founder & Editor , Brain Pickings
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Michael Shamberg
Producer and Advisor, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
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Tiffany Shlain
Filmmaker & Founder, Webby Awards
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Benedetto Vigna
EVP, Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics
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Sarah Wood
Cofounder & Co-CEO, Unruly
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Todd Yellin
VP of Product Innovation, Netflix
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FOST SUMMIT 2015

Margaret Atwood
Author, The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat's Eye, and Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays.
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Susan Bonds
Cofounder & CEO, 42 Entertainment
Susan Bonds is Cofounder and CEO of 42 Entertainment. She evolved the company from its roots in alternate reality gaming to deeply immersive entertainment experiences that engage millions of people worldwide.
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Phil Chen
Chief Content Officer, HTC & Cofounder, Vive
Phil Chen is an explorer and technology pilgrim.
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Beth Comstock
Vice Chair, General Electric
Beth Comstock leads GE’s growth efforts via marketing, sales, licensing, and communications and oversees GE Ventures.
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Scott Dadich
Editor in Chief, Wired
Scott Dadich was named Editor in Chief of WIRED in November 2012. He previously served as creative director from 2006 to 2010, during which he led the magazine to an unprecedented three consecutive National Magazine Awards in Design and oversaw the development of WIRED’s groundbreaking iPad app.
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Gaia Dempsey
Managing Director, DAQRI International
Gaia Dempsey is a creative strategist and pioneer in the field of augmented reality, driving the adoption of DAQRI’s enterprise 4D technology worldwide.
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Tatjana Dzambazova
Senior Project Manager and Technology Whisperer , Autodesk
Tatjana Dzambazova is a trained architect with twelve years of experience in architecture and design in Vienna and London.
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Amy Fredeen
CFO, E-Line, and EVP and CFO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Amy Fredeen is of Inupiaq heritage and served as the Lead Cultural Ambassador for the game Never Alone.
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Alan Gershenfeld
President & Cofounder, E-Line Media & Creator, Never Alone & World Games
Alan Gershenfeld has spent the last twenty years at the intersection of entertainment, technology, and social entrepreneurship.
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Al Gore
Former Vice President of the United States; Author, An Inconvenient Truth
Former Vice President Al Gore is Cofounder and Chairman of Generation Investment Management.
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Jamie Gutfreund
"Global Chief Marketing Officer Wunderman", Wunderman
As the Global CMO, Jamie Gutfreund leads Wunderman’s global marketing and communications initiatives. Partnering with Wunderman’s leadership team, Jamie builds awareness of the company’s unique blend of data and creativity around the world.
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Glen Keane
Animator, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and Duet
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Aaron Koblin
Cofounder & CEO, Vrse
Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies.
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Franklin Leonard
Founder, Blacklist
Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and the company birthed to continue its mission.
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Beau Lotto
Neuroscientist & Founder, Lottolab
Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist fascinated with human perception.
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Joe Marchese
President, Advanced Advertising, Fox Networks Group
Joe Marchese is the President of Advanced Advertising at Fox Networks Group and the Founder and former CEO of true[X], which 21st Century Fox acquired in 2015.
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Janet Murray
Professor, eTV Researcher, & Author, Hamlet on the Holodeck
Professor Janet H. Murray is Associate Dean for Research at Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, where she teaches in the graduate program in Digital Media and directs the Experimental Television Lab, which creates prototypes of the convergence of long-form storytelling and computation.
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Jake Shapiro
CEO, Public Radio Exchange & Radiotopia
Jake Shapiro is founding CEO of PRX, an award-winning nonprofit whose mission is to deliver significant stories to millions of people.
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Rachel Shechtman
Founder, STORY
Rachel Shechtman is a fourth-generation retail entrepreneur and the founder of STORY, a New York–based concept store known for its editorial, ever-changing approach to retail.
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Tiffany Shlain
Filmmaker and Founder, Webby Awards
Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain is one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st century” and is on NPR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches, Ever.
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Clint Smith
Teacher, Poet, and Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University
Clint Smith is a teacher, poet, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society.
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Scott Trowbridge
Portfolio Creative Executive & Studio Leader, Walt Disney Imagineering
Scott Trowbridge leads a portfolio of teams and initiatives at The Walt Disney Company.
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Dr. Michael Wesch
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University
Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Dr. Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture.
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Ben Wizner
Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Ben Wizner the director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.
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Sarah Wood
Cofounder & Co-CEO, Unruly
Sarah Wood is Cofounder and Co-CEO of the video ad tech company Unruly—named as the UK’s #2 Fastest Growing Tech Company (Deloitte, 2012)—where she ensures the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet.
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FOST SUMMIT

Lorraine Bardeen
General Manager, Windows and HoloLens Experiences, Microsoft
Mixed reality brings digital content into your real world, opening an unprecedented opportunities to enhance emotional connection through storytelling.
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Felix Barrett
Founder & Director, Punchdrunk
Felix Barrett's productions transform existing architectural spaces into interactive theater pieces in order to disrupt the traditional, formulaic, and passive theater model. They demand the attention of all five senses.
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Melissa Bell
Publisher of Vox Media and Cofounder of Vox.com
Melissa Bell sheds light on how to find digital advertising strategies that work for advertisers, news organizations, and readers, with trust and transparency at the core.
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Yoni Bloch
Cofounder & CEO, Interlude
Videos are no longer something to passively watch. Yoni Bloch has ideas about adding the element of choice to videos to make the stories more dynamic and interactive.
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Rahul Chopra
CEO, Storyful
User-generated online videos are “the world’s largest natural resource.” News organizations and brands must learn how to take advantage of it.
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Rana el Kaliouby
Cofounder & Chief Science Officer, Affectiva
Technology is becoming more emotionally intelligent. Soon, our digital stories will adapt and change based on the audience’s reactions.
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Seth Farbman
CMO, Spotify
Successful marketing is a combination of art and hard data science that results in personally resonant narratives.
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Hugh Howey
New York Times best-selling author, Wool, Sand & Beacon 23
The ability to receive real-time feedback from fans gave self-published author Hugh Howey a space to create that resulted in a New York Times best-selling novel.
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Bjarke Ingels
Founder & Architect, BIG
World-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels refers to his projects as “promiscuous hybrids”—they combine seemingly disparate elements and turn fiction into fact.
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Jameel Jaffer
Founding Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
Jameel Jaffer is the founding director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which works to protect and expand the freedoms of speech and the press through strategic litigation, research, and public education.
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Damian Kulash
OK Go, Lead Singer and Guitarist
OK Go’s stratospheric success represents an epoch-defining shift in the way music and music videos—which together constitute one of the most visceral kinds of storytelling—are made.
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Joe Lewis
Head of Comedy, Amazon Studios
New platforms allow new types of stories to be told. Amazon has taken advantage of online streaming to create elaborate story worlds with award-winning shows like Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle.
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Beau Lotto
Neuroscientist, Founder & CEO, Ripple & Lab of Misfits
Our senses tell us stories about the world. Our perceptions evolved to interpret those stories—and understanding how will help us create meaning in our lives.
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Dr. Marvin M. Chun
Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology, Yale University
For the first time in human history, science and technology have caught up with the imagination, introducing tools to decode the mind.
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Joe Marchese
President, Advanced Advertising Fox Networks Group
As one of the world’s top experts on how advertising is evolving in today’s digital world, Joe Marchese explores how new digital tools can target consumers with strong content that truly engages them.
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Jim Marggraff
Chairman, CEO & Founder, Eyefluence
Jim Marggraff is paving the way for a future in which we navigate the digital world primarily through sight, the same way we do the natural world.
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Marc Mathieu
CMO, Samsung Electronics America
Virtual reality is a 360-degree revolution in storytelling. In order to flourish, it needs an ecosystem in which content is easily created, accessed, and shared.
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Alex McDowell
Creative Director, Experimental Design
Master Production Designer Alex McDowell explores how lessons learned from fictional world-building can be applied to the real world.
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Lindsay Nelson
Global Head of Brand Strategy & Marketing, Vox Media
Melissa Bell and Lindsay Nelson shed light on how to find digital-advertising strategies that work for advertisers, news organizations, and readers, with trust and transparency at the core.
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Nancy Pearson
Vice President of Marketing for Cognitive Business, IBM
The cognitive system IBM Watson and its powerful machine learning have been put to use for everything from business applications to creating recipes. Nancy Pearson explores how Watson can be used as a creative tool and put to use by human storytellers.
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Bjarke Pedersen
LARPing Expert & Creative Director, Odyssé
LARP (Live Action Role Playing) allows you to step into a character’s shoes and engage all of your senses alongside other people to create intense and emotionally engaging stories.
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Dan Pinchbeck
Creative Director, The Chinese Room
Game narratives must be willing to leave room for the player as co-creator in order to create more fully immersive, emotionally-resonant story experiences.
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Laura R. Walker
President & CEO, New York Public Radio
We all have our own personal narratives and a desire to find meaning in our lives. Sharing these stories has the potential to inspire conversations and unlock deeper insights.
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Florian Radke
Senior Director of Marketing, Meta
The promise of augmented reality is not to replace our reality, but to enhance our natural environments and facilitate greater learning and communication than ever.
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Philip Rosedale
CEO & Cofounder / Creator, High Fidelity / Second Life
Philip Rosedale anticipates a future where we spend most of our waking time in virtual worlds. His company, High Fidelity, is creating the building blocks of a virtual universe.
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Jeffrey Seller
Producer, Hamilton, Rent, Avenue Q & In The Heights
Jeffrey Seller has devoted his life to creating powerful stories on the stage. He believed that in our present digital age, the unique excitement of live entertainment is more valuable than ever.
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Stephen Smith
Producer, New Dimensions in Technology
Smith explores story through testimony, examining how Holocaust survivor narrative—and, in particular, visual history—has developed over time and in different media.
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Rob Sorcher
Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network is leading a radical shift away from classic episodic TV storytelling toward a more collaborative, participatory process that threads stories over many digital platforms.
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Dr. Charles Spence
Professor of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University
Experience designers are taking cues from neuroscientists and purposefully activating certain senses in order to enhance experiences.
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Mary Spio
Founder & CEO, CEEK VR
Virtual reality has the opportunity to change people’s lives and allow them to see what is possible.
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Andrew Stern
Cofounder, playabl.ai
Using artificial intelligence to enhance digital stories will be a challenge, but Andrew Stern lays out the ground rules for making the most of AI in storytelling.
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Jules Urbach
Founder & CEO, OTOY & LightStage
Jules Urbach is engineering a world in which anyone can be a creator and anything you imagine can be effortlessly brought to life in fantastic visual detail.
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