Speakers



FOST SUMMIT

David Droga
Founder & Creative Chairman, Droga5
David Droga is creative chairman of Droga5. He is the most-awarded creative at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and the youngest person ever inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.
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Anjali Sud
CEO, Vimeo
Anjali Sud is CEO of Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free online video platform dedicated to empowering creators.
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Hasan Minhaj
Comedian, Actor & Writer
Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer who appears regularly as a correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning program The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
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Wendy Calhoun
Writer & Executive Producer, Edgewood Place Entertainment
Wendy Calhoun is an award-winning writer and executive producer credited with writing the historic first season of Fox’s hit series Empire, as well as writing and producing shows including Nashville, Justified, Revenge, and Life.
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Linda Boff
Chief Marketing Officer, GE
Linda Boff drives the positioning of GE as the preeminent digital industrial company. She is passionate about all things digital and is recognized as one of today’s most influential CMOs.
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David Carey
President, Hearst Magazines
David Carey is president of Hearst Magazines, one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines, where he has helped expand the company’s leadership position in digital media.
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Steve Stoute
Founder & CEO, Translation
Steve Stoute has made a career out of identifying and activating a new generation of consumers on behalf of iconic brands. His book The Tanning of America teaches corporate America how to engage with today’s young adult market.
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Jose Antonio Vargas
Founder & CEO, Define American
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and media entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Define American, which uses storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity in America.
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Jade Raymond
Group General Manager, Electronic Arts
Jade Raymond is Electronic Arts’ Group General Manager and is responsible for the Star Wars franchise across EA for HD games. She is a video game pioneer best known for helping create the Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs franchises.
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Justin Sanchez
Director of Biological Technologies Office, DARPA
A biomedical engineer by training, Dr. Justin Sanchez has devoted his career to developing new technologies to treat injuries and illnesses of the brain and expanding the limits of what even healthy people can do with their minds.
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Karen Palmer
Multidisciplinary Immersive Filmmaker, Interactive Films
Karen Palmer is an award-winning filmmaker and the creator of RIOT, an emotionally responsive, live-action film that uses AI and machine learning through facial recognition to allow viewers to navigate through a dangerous riot.
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Eli Pariser
CEO, Upworthy
As CEO of Upworthy, Eli Pariser is dedicated to figuring out how technology can elevate important topics in the world. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You.
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Marije Vogelzang
Eating Designer, Studio Marije Vogelzang
Marije Vogelzang is a pioneer in the field of eating design. She works on restaurant concepts and medical projects for hospitals and does extensive work for the food industry.
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Dr. David Weinberger
Writer & Senior Researcher, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
David Weinberger, PhD, is a best-selling author and a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His latest book, Too Big to Know, looks at the networking of knowledge.
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Todd Yellin
VP of Product, Netflix
As VP of Product at Netflix, Todd Yellin is responsible for leveraging vast amounts of data, sophisticated algorithms, and best-in-class user interfaces to create easy, compelling ways for Netflix members to find something great to watch.
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Molly Swenson
Cofounder and Head of Brand, RYOT
Molly Swenson is cofounder and head of brand of LA-based media company RYOT. She has worked on dozens of award-winning VR films and documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated film Body Team 12.
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Colum McCann
President and Cofounder, Narrative 4
Colum McCann is the best-selling author of Let the Great World Spin, and the president and cofounder the nonprofit global story exchange organization Narrative 4.
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Robert Sorcher
Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network
As global chief content officer, Rob Sorcher is responsible for content strategy and creative affairs for Cartoon Network, where he produces narrative formats, connected games, and a wide array of interactive content and products for multiple CN-branded platforms.
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Loc Dao
Chief Digital Officer, National Film Board of Canada
Loc Dao is the Chief Digital Officer for the National Film Board of Canada and a digital content creator who helped invent the art form of the interactive documentary.
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Barnaby Churchill Steel
Cofounder & Daydreamer, Marshmallow Laser Feast
Barnaby Churchill Steel is a visual artist and cofounder of the creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, whose glittering hoard of sensory nuggets includes music videos for U2 and the award-winning project Treehugger: Wawona.
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Derek DelGaudio
Writer, Performance Artist & Magician, A.BANDIT
Derek DelGaudio is widely recognized as one of the greatest living sleight of hand artists. He has garnered critical acclaim for his innovative theatrical productions and conceptual performances.
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Douglas Eck
Research Scientist, Google Brain Team
Doug Eck leads Magenta, a Google Brain project working to generate music, video, images, and text using deep learning and reinforcement learning.
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Brent Bushnell
CEO & Roustabout, Two Bit Circus
Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles–based experiential entertainment company building a network of permanent micro-amusement parks.
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Joe Belfiore
VP, Windows 10, Microsoft
A 27-year veteran at Microsoft, Joe Belfiore leads the team that builds and defines the Windows 10 experience.
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Joe Lewis
Head of Comedy, Drama & Virtual Reality, Amazon Studios
Joe Lewis is the Head of Comedy, Drama, and Virtual Reality for Amazon Studios, where he oversees the development and production of acclaimed Amazon Originals such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, and more.
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Sam Gustman
Chief Technology Officer, USC Shoah Foundation
Sam Gustman is responsible for the operations, preservation, and cataloging of the the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's digital library, one of the largest public video databases in the world.
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Linc Gasking
Cofounder, 8i
Linc Gasking cofounded 8i, a holographic technology company that provides the easiest way to record, create, and experience photorealistic human holograms for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality.
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D. Fox Harrell
Professor of Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence, MIT
D. Fox Harrell founded and directs the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab) to develop new forms of computational narrative, gaming, social media, and related digital media.
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Jonathan Josephson
Founder & CTO, Quantum Interface
As the visionary inventor of Quantum Interface's motion-based UIX systems, Jonathan Josephson is changing how we interact with the world.
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FOST SUMMIT 2014

Chris Plutte
Executive Director, Global Nomads Group
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Maria Popova
Founder & Editor , Brain Pickings
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Richelle Parham
VP & CMO, eBay North America
Richelle Parham brings deep expertise and nearly twenty years of passion for improving the ways customers interact with leading brands to eBay.
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Jonah Peretti
Founder & CEO, BuzzFeed
Jonah Peretti is Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, the social news and entertainment company that provides a pioneering mix of breaking news, entertainment, and shareable content.
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Dr. Rosalind Picard
Founder & Director, Affective Computing Group, MIT Media Lab
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Benedetto Vigna
EVP, Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics
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Dr. Paul Zak
Director, Center for Neuroeconomic Studies
Dr. Paul Zak is the country’s leading pioneer in the field of neuroeconomics, which studies the neurochemical roots of human decision-making in the context of economic behavior.
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Sarah Wood
Cofounder & Co-CEO, Unruly
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Robert Wong
Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab
At the Google Creative Lab, Robert Wong leads a small team of amazingly talented people to help communicate to the world the magic of Google products and the spirit of the people who make them.
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Tiffany Shlain
Filmmaker & Founder, Webby Awards
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Kevin Slavin
Founder, Area/Code, and Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab
Kevin Slavin is a pioneer of new methods for game design and development. In 2005, he cofounded Area/Code, rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS) and new platforms (like Facebook).
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Michael Shamberg
Producer and Advisor, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
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Kenyatta Cheese
Cocreator, Cofounder, Know Your Meme, Everybody at Once
Kenyatta Cheese is a professional Internet enthusiast who creates technology-based media studies on the impact of media and technology on culture.
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Nonny de la Peña
Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts
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Chris Charla
Director, ID@Xbox
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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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Bruce Flohr
Chief Strategy Officer & EVP, Red Light Management
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Ze Frank
President, Buzzfeed Motion Pictures
Ze Frank joined BuzzFeed in 2012 as Executive Vice President of Video, where he focuses on finding new formats in social video.
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Sriram Kosuri
Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA, UCLA
Dr. Sri Kosuri is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA (http://www.kosurilab.org). His laboratory develops technologies for reading and writing DNA and applying them to various applications to better understand and engineer biology.
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John Maeda
Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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Bjarke Ingels
Architect & Founder, BIG
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FOST SUMMIT 2016

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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FOST SUMMIT 2013

Tim Pool
Journalist, Founder, Producer, Timcast TV, Vice
Tim Pool’s unique style of interactive broadcast journalism exists at the intersection of social and mainstream media. His live coverage has been featured by outlets such as NBC, Reuters, the New York Times, and Al Jazeera English.
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Fabien Riggall
Founder and Director, Secret Cinema
Fabien Riggall created Future Shorts in 2003 as a platform for innovative new filmmakers to preview their work.
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John S. Johnson
Founder and Executive Director, Harmony Institute
In addition to establishing Harmony Institute, a nonprofit interdisciplinary research center dedicated to revealing the influence of entertainment, John S. Johnson is the Cofounder and Chairman of Johnson Research Labs, a research center that develops creative and cutting-edge technologies.
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Jaime Robinson
Executive Creative Director, Pereira & O'Dell
Jaime Robinson is Executive Creative Director at Pereira & O’Dell, where she combines digital, traditional, design, and branded content ideas for clients such as Intel, Toshiba, Mattel, and Skype.
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Chris Milk
Director/Artist
Chris Milk’s art straddles experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums, turning new technologies, web browsers, ephemeral events, and even physical gestures into canvases.
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Eddy Moretti
Chief Creative Officer, Vice
As the Chief Creative Officer of VICE Media Worldwide, Eddy Moretti is responsible for content across all of VICE’s media channels—VICE, The Creators Project, Motherboard, and Noisey—as well as for all of VICE’s branded content initiatives.
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David Murphy
President, Team Detroit
David Murphy is passionate about inspiring teams to embrace new marketing, media, and digital innovations. He has put this passion to work for some of world’s best-known companies, including Ford, Toyota, Land Rover, Coca-Cola Company, Sony, Dell, P&G, Hilton, and United Airlines.
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Tom Perlmutter
Chairperson, National Film Board of Canada, and Government Film Commissioner
Tom Perlmutter is the Chairperson of the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada. He is a leading advocate of groundbreaking, socially engaging cinema.
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Robert Wong
Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab
While practicing accounting in Toronto, Robert Wong woke up one day, flew to New York, and became a graphic designer instead. Since then, he has had the privilege of working on some of the world’s most loved brands—Google, Starbucks, Apple, and MTV, among others.
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Debika Shome
Deputy Director, Harmony Institute
Debika Shome joined Harmony Institute from Columbia University’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), where she served as Assistant Director from 2005 to 2009.
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Sherwin Siy
VP Legal Affairs, Public Knowledge
Sherwin Siy is Vice President of Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge (PK), where he coordinates the organization’s work on copyright issues and analyzes their impact on domestic and international effects on IP and technology policy.
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Kevin Slavin
Founder, Assistant Professor, Area/Code, MIT Media Lab
Kevin Slavin is a pioneer of new methods for game design and development. In 2005, he cofounded Area/Code, rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS) and new platforms (like Facebook).
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Scott Snibbe
Entrepreneur, Artist, and Researcher in Interactivity, Founder, Snibbe Interactive
Scott Snibbe is a media artist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. Whether on mobile devices or in public spaces, his work spurs people to participate socially, emotionally, and physically.
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Kenyatta Cheese
Cocreator, Cofounder, Know Your Meme, Everybody at Once
Kenyatta Cheese is a professional Internet enthusiast who creates technology-based media studies on the impact of media and technology on culture.
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Candice Faktor
General Manager, Wattpad
Candice Faktor is a disruptive innovator with a passion for growing consumer Internet businesses. She is currently the GM of Toronto-based Wattpad, a new form of entertainment that combines social, mobile, and reading.
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Lisa Donovan
Cofounder , Maker Studios
Lisa Donovan is a Cofounder of Maker Studios, a pioneer in the world of online video that takes a 360-degree approach to producing, creating, and distributing original content on the Web.
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Felix Barrett
Artistic Director, Punchdrunk
Felix Barrett is the Founder and Artistic Director of the theater company Punchdrunk. With shows like Sleep No More and The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game-changing form of immersive theater in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds.
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Angela Ahrendts
Chief Executive Officer, Burberry
Following three decades in fashion working with great companies from New York to Los Angeles, Angela Ahrendts moved to London to join Burberry as CEO in 2006.
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Jennifer Aaker
General Atlantic Professor of Marketing, Stanford University of Graduate School of Business
A social psychologist, Jennifer Aaker studies time, money, and happiness, focusing on questions such as: What actually makes people happy, as opposed to what they think makes them happy?
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Alexis Lloyd
Creative Director, New York Times Research and Development Lab
Alexis Lloyd is the Creative Director of the Research and Development Lab at the New York Times, where she investigates technology trends and prototypes future concepts for content delivery.
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Shannon Loftis
General Manager, Xbox Entertainment Studios
Throughout her career, Shannon Loftis has been fascinated by technology’s ability to connect and to divide human beings.
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Dr. Andreas Heinrich
Research Scientist, IBM Almaden Research Center
Andreas Heinrich leads a research team at IBM’s Almaden Research Center focused on exploring atomic-scale structures for possible applications in computation and data storage.
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Corey May
Director of Scriptwriters, Alice/Ubisoft
In 2013, Corey May joined Alice, Ubisoft’s narrative studio, which seeks to redefine storytelling in games.
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FOST SUMMIT 2012

Jonah Sachs
Author and Cofounder, Free Range Studios
Jonah has helped hundreds of social brands and causes break through the media din with campaigns built on sound storytelling strategies.
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Ian Schafer
CEO, Deep Focus
Ian is one of advertising’s most influential voices in interactive marketing and social media.
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Margaret Robertson
Development Director, Hide&Seek
Margaret is development director for Hide&Seek, a game design studio which uses public spaces and digital platforms to make interesting games for interesting people.
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Richelle Parham
VP and SMO, Ebay North America
Richelle brings deep expertise and nearly 20 years of passion for improving the ways customers interact with leading brands to eBay.
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Daria Musk
Singer and Songwriter
Through the use of Google+ as a platform to perform her music, Daria has gained an international fan base of over 1.5 million people in less than a year.
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Andrea Phillips
Game Designer, Author, A Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytelling
Andrea is an award-winning transmedia writer, game designer, and author.
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Brian Seth Hurst
CEO, The Opportunity Management Company
Brian Seth Hurst’s strategic consultancy is driving the next generation of entertainment.
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Lance Weiler
Wish for the future - An Open Design Challenge
Storytelling pioneer Lance Weiler places you within an open design process, and together the workshop participants will go from an idea to prototype to a collaborative story in less than an hour, demonstrating ways to break with tradition, leverage new tools, and engage an increasingly selective viewership—those formerly known as the audience.
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Paul Zak
Director, Center for Neuroeconomic Studies
Dr. Paul Zak is the country’s leading pioneer in the field of neuroeconomics, which studies the neurochemical roots of human decision-making in the context of economic behavior.
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Clay Shirky
Writer, Teacher, Consultant
Clay teaches theory and practice of social media at NYU, in the Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Arthur L. Carter Jounralism Institue.
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Jake Barton
Founder, Local Projects
Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content.
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Damian Kulash
Lead Singer and Guitarist, OK Go
Chicago-based rock band OK Go brought back the art form of the music video.
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Tim Kring
Screenwriter & Television Producer
Tim Kring is a screenwriter and television producer best known for his creation of the drama series Strange World, Crossing Jordan, Heroes, and Touch.
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Sriram Kosuri
Harvard Wyss Institute
Dr. Sriram is a member of the Advanced Technology Team in the Synthetic Biology Platform at the Wyss Institute.
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Dr. Kris Hammond
CTO, Narrative Science
In addition to being Narrative Science’s Chief Technology Officer, Kris is also a professor of Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University.
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Aaron Koblin
Digital Media Artist
Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies.
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FOST SUMMIT 2015

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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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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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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Saschka Unseld
Creative Director, Cofounder, Passion Pictures, Oculus Story Studio
Saschka Unseld is a German-born director and writer who cofounded the Academy Award–nominated animation studio Soi, where he directed and produced numerous award-winning shorts and commercials before joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2008.
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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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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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Edward Snowden
Former Intelligence Officer & Board Member, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Edward Snowden is a former intelligence officer who served the CIA, NSA, and DIA for nearly a decade as a subject matter expert on technology and cybersecurity.
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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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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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Phil Chen
Chief Content Officer, HTC & Cofounder, Vive
Phil Chen is an explorer and technology pilgrim.
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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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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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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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Jake Barton
Founder, Local Projects
Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content.
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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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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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Jennifer Aaker
General Atlantic Professor of Marketing, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
A social psychologist, Jennifer Aaker studies time, money, and happiness, focusing on questions such as: What actually makes people happy, as opposed to what they think makes them happy? How can small acts create infectious action, and how can such effects be fueled by social media?
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Beau Lotto
Neuroscientist & Founder, Lottolab
Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist fascinated with human perception.
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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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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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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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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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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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Glen Keane
Animator, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and Duet
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