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Friday, March 13


Challenges of Free-to-Play: No Money, No Problem

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Cory Butler

Monetization Producer, EA - BioWare
Cory has a rich and diverse background in entertainment. He started in traditional entertainment, working as a Associate Creative Executive for Fox on the hit films Dude Where’s My Car? and Minority Report. He started in the gaming industry as a QA Tester and eventually became a... Read More →
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Gary Gattis

CEO, Spacetime Studios
Gary has over 20 years of experience in the tech and gaming industry. Originally starting as a Software Director for the tech company, Sapient, he transitioned to Production, working for Digital Anvil. Soon after, Gary became a Senior Producer at Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), working... Read More →
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Matthew Hemby

Producer, Boss Fight Entertainment
Matthew has spent his career in the games industry. He began as QA for Age of Empires developer Ensemble Studios before transitioning into Production at Pi Studios, Harmonix and BioWare. Matthew lead development on titles such as Wolfenstein, The Beatles: Rock Band and Star Wars... Read More →
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Jeff Petry

GM, Spacetime Studios
Jeff Petry is General Manager at Spacetime Studios, where he oversees all Live games. Jeff has been running F2P games for 7 years in mobile, on Facebook and the web. Prior to Spacetime, he was with Zynga and Challenge Games, also overseeing the operation of Live F2P games and marketing... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


Life in the OASIS: Emulating the 1980s in-Browser

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Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline is the bestselling author of the novel Ready Player One and the screenwriter of the 2009 film Fanboys. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he devotes a large portion of his time to geeking out. For more information please visit his website: www.ernestcline.com
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Jason Scott

Software Curator, Internet Archive
JASON SCOTT is a Free-Range Archivist at the Internet Archive (archive.org), home of the Wayback Machine and 20 petabytes of saved media and content, provided for free for all. As the software curator, he is responsible for JSMESS project and integration into the Internet Archive's... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


Problem Solvers: Compensating College Athletes for Their Likeness

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Emmanuel Acho

NFL Athlete, Philadelphia Eagles
Emmanuel Acho is currently a member of the Philadelphia Eagles after being drafted and traded from the Cleveland Browns the preceding year. Graduating from the University of Texas in December of 2011 with a degree in sports management, he is currently working on his graduate degree... Read More →
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Gary Gertzog

EVP of Business Affairs, Fanatics
Gary is responsible for business affairs, government affairs, legal and corporate development across all facets of the company, while also playing a significant role with Fanatics strategic planning.   Prior to coming to Fanatics, Gary oversaw all legal and business affairs for... Read More →
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Brad Wolverton

Sr Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Brad has covered college athletics since 2005, focusing on the confluence of money and sports on campus. Before joining The Chronicle, he wrote about sports business for BusinessWeek. He has published articles in Men's Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and on SI.com. He is... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The Business of Preparing Potential NFL Draftees


Bruce Feldman

College Football Insider, Fox Sports
Bruce Feldman is a New York Times bestselling author. His new book is The QB: The making of Modern Quarterbacks. He also co-wrote Swing Your Sword and is the author of Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting and Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes... Read More →

CJ Laboy

NFL Agent, Relativity Sports
NFLPA Certified Contract since 2005 working at Relativity Sports. Have worked with several of the NFL and NFL Draft's top athletes including Jason Verrett (#25 overall in 2014), Dion Jordan (#3 overall in 2013), Margus Hunt (2nd round in 2013), Courtney Upshaw (2nd round in 2012... Read More →

Andy Staples

Sr Writer, Sports Illustrated
Andy Staples is biding his time at Sports Illustrated until someone hires him to edit and write for a publication dedicated only to barbecue. Until then, his first dream job will have to suffice. Staples can rattle off the best hole-in-the-wall dives in America's preeminent college... Read More →

Jason Verrett

NFL Player, San Diego Chargers
A native of Fairfield CA, Jason followed a stellar career at TCU and a standout performance at the NFL combine (4.38 40, 2nd fastest amongst cornerbacks) by being selected with the 25th overall pick by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Jason was the... Read More →

Mark Verstegen

Founder & Pres, EXOS
Mark Verstegen is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative human performance experts. Verstegen pioneered the concept of integrated performance training and has brought that system to the world’s top athletes and sports organizations; the U.S. military; and leading companies... Read More →
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Aaron Williams

Buffalo Bills

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The In-Stadium Fan Experience in MLS

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Max Bretos

SportsCenter Anchor, ESPN
Max Bretos joined ESPN in January 2010 as an anchor, predominately appearing on SportsCenter as well as on College Football Live, MMA Live, Outside the Lines and college basketball wraps.   Bretos is also a premier voice for soccer on the ESPN networks. He has contributed to ESPN... Read More →
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Adrian Hanauer

Owner, Seattle Sounders FC
Adrian Hanauer first kept the flame of professional soccer alive in Seattle before helping to reignite the community’s passion for the game with the arrival of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in 2009. Hanauer has not only guided Seattle to success on the field, but he... Read More →
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Robb Heineman

Owner & CEO, Sporting Kansas City
Recognized as one of the most progressive, forward-thinking leaders in sports today, Heineman is the CEO of Sporting Club, the parent organization of Sporting Kansas City, and one of the club’s five principal owners. Heineman also serves as Managing Partner of Sporting Innovations... Read More →
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Merritt Paulson

Owner, Portland Timbers
Merritt Paulson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Timbers. On March 20, 2009, Major League Soccer announced that the Timbers would become the league’s 18th franchise, starting play in 2011.

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Coaching Fast and Fearlessly

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Art Briles

Head Football Coach, Baylor University
Art Briles' restoration of Baylor's football program to an elite national level received an exclamation point in 2013 with a Big 12 Conference title and first-ever BCS bowl berth. Powered by a record-breaking offense (106 school records set or tied) and a veteran Top-30 nationally... Read More →
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Kevin Kelley

Sr Football Head Coach / Athletic Director / Motivational Speaker, Pulaski Academy
138-25-1 record as head coach with 4 state championships in 12 years @ 5A Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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George Schroeder

Natl College Football Writer, USA TODAY
George is a 20-year sports-journalism veteran, with experience as both a reporter and columnist. At USA TODAY Sports, he is a national college football writer, covering the scope of the sport across the country. Previously, he was the lead sports columnist at The Register-Guard in... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Designing New IP for New Technologies

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Lorne Lanning

COO, Oddworld Inhabitants Inc
For nearly three decades Lorne has been focused on the integration of high technology, global awareness, eco-literacy, and interactive myth making in effort to brew a unique blend of odd entertainment he refers to as “semi-conscious Trojan Horse pop”.

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


Gaming Pioneers: Meet Intellivision Programmers

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William Fisher

Pres, Quicksilver Software Inc
Founder and President, Quicksilver Software, Inc.
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Julie Hoshizaki

Professor/Program Coord, Northwest Vista College
Julie Hoshizaki began her programming career at Mattel Electronics developing video games for the Intellivision. Her interest in new technology spurred her involvement with Playstation and Pico games, original Macintosh graphics editor, corporate ecommerce solutions, community web... Read More →
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Keith Robinson

Pres, Intellivision Productions Inc
Keith Robinson, President of Intellivision Productions, Inc., has spent much of the last 30 years dedicated to keeping alive the history of the early days of video games.
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David Warhol

Pres, Realtime Associates
David Warhol is founder and president of Realtime Associates, Inc., one of the longest-established independent game production studios in operation today. Founded in 1987, Realtime Associates has released over 100 consumer products on game platforms ranging from the original Nintendo... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


Lovejams, Art Games, and Game Innovation at USC

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Tracy Fullerton

Dir, USC Games
Tracy Fullerton is an experimental game designer, associate professor and director of the USC Games program. Her research center, the Game Innovation Lab, has produced several influential independent games, including Cloud, flOw, Darfur is Dying, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


Sport for Development: Affecting Societal Change

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Joey Cheek

Olympic Athlete, GlideSlope
Originally an inline skater from North Carolina, Joey Cheek quickly mastered the ice and became a world record-setting speed skater. In 2002, at the Salt Lake City Olympics, Cheek won his first ever international medal, a bronze.  Over the next four years he would go on to win more... Read More →
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Matt Geschke

Dir, Laureus Sport For Good Foundation
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA is led by Matthew Geschke, Director. He manages strategic partnerships and develops Laureus USA's activities. Throughout his career Matt has become a leading voice in the Sport for Development sector. Prior to this role, Matt served as Director... Read More →
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Dave Mingey

Pres, Founding Partner, GlideSlope
Dave Mingey is a Founding Partner of GlideSlope, a collective of management advisors focused on the global sports industry. As the company’s President, he leads its mission to guide several of the world's biggest brands looking to increase bottom line results by better leveraging... Read More →
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Paul Teeple

Dir, Sport for Dev, Partners of the Americas
Paul Teeple serves as Partners’ Director of Sport for Development and has led the A Ganar program since its founding in 2005. Described as “a youth workforce development program wrapped inside a soccer ball,” A Ganar uses lesson from the field of play to help at-risk youth learn... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The Changing Face of Action Sports Media

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Angel Collinson

Professional Athlete, Teton Gravity Research
Like many freeskiers, Angel’s career was cast from a racing background. When Angel narrowly missed the US Ski Team at 18, big mountain skiing became her focus. She won the Freeskiing World Tour her freshman year competing, and repeated the following year, solidifying her place in... Read More →
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Tana Hoffman

Social & Content Mktg Mgr, Teton Gravity Research
Tana is a social media and digital strategist at Teton Gravity Research who focuses on content and influence marketing with the goal of building TGR's fanbase and spurring fan engagement. More than a professional, she's someone who loves good stories.
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Todd Jones

Founder & CEO, Teton Gravity Research
Todd Jones is a founder and CEO of action sports company Teton Gravity Research, which was founded in 1996. Todd has directed over 30 action sports films, countless hours of television programs and national commercials for brands such as Ford and the North Face.
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Keith Sharman

Producer, 60 Minutes / CBS News
Keith Sharman is an award winning producer for 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes Sports who recently produced a profile of snowboard pioneer Jeremy Jones and Teton Gravity Research called 'No Fall Zone.' He also produced a story for 60 Minutes Sports in 2013 on big wave surfer and world record... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Helping Hands in the Global Village


Troy Farnsworth CP, FAAOP

VP, UEPP, Hanger Clinic

Troy Farnsworth

Vice President, Upper Extremity Prosthetics Program, Hanger Clinic

Jonathan Schull

Founder & Research Scientist, Enable Community Foundation And RIT

Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


NASA New Initiatives in Imagery for Public Use


Carlos Fontanot

Imagery Working Group Manager, Space Station Program, NASA/Johnson Space Center

Daniel Jacobs

Mgr Int'l Partners Space Station Program, NASA
Manager of the International Partners team for the International Space Station Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center, and Manager of the CineSpace Project at NASA. Almost 30 years experience at NASA in Houston and Washington, mostly in international and interagency relations.

Don Pettit

Astronaut, NASA/Johnson Space Center
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Trish Rigdon

Executive Director, Houston Cinema Arts Society
Trish Rigdon is the Executive Director of Houston Cinema Arts Society where she has prodcuded the Houston Cinema Arts Festival since 2010. She has over 14 years of experience as a director, producer, and designer in the commercial and nonprofit professional theatre nationally and... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
ACC Vimeo Theater Austin Convention Center


Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles Session

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Elizabeth Buckley

Producer/Media Consultant, Ain't It Cool News
With a passion for storytelling, Peabody and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth (Betty) Buckley brings her diverse background in film, television, new media, and sales to her current role of producer and media consultant. A background rooted in television commercials informed... Read More →

Jaime Gallagher

Producer, Ain't It Cool Productions
Jaime Gallagher is a producer, actress and casting director. In 2014, she produced the avant-garde horror short film, "Not Well," starring Erin Cummings and, "King Ripple," starring Keith Stanfield. Jaime was also a co-producer on the psychological horror short, "Kadence," and enjoyed... Read More →

Brett Hart

Dir/Producer, Ain't It Cool Productions
Emmy Award-winning writer/director Brett A. Hart started his journey making films as early as 11 years old. By high school, he had already found his mentor in director Richard Franklin, Psycho II/Cloak & Dagger, and was quickly taken under his wing and taught the mechanics of feature... Read More →

Harry Knowles

Actor/Producer, Ain't It Cool Productions
In February of 1996, Knowles launched the website, www.aintitcool.com, which would eventually become the one and only, "Ain't It Cool News." Due to the enormous popularity of the website, Harry has been sought after by countless mainstream media, including magazines, newspapers and... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


Gameday 2025: What's In Your Living Room?

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Spencer Hall

Editorial Dir, Vox Media/SB Nation

Mark Kramer

Head of Digital Technology, Pac-12 Networks
Mark Kramer is Head of Digital Technology for Pac-12 Networks, leading all development and technology efforts across Pac-12 Networks' digital platforms as well as digital integration with Pac-12 Networks' linear television technology team. Prior to Pac-12 Networks, Mark was Vice President... Read More →
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William Mao

Head of College Sports Partnerships, YouTube
Named one of Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30 in Sports" in 2015 and a SportsPro Media "10 Next" in 2014, William Mao is a Sports Content Partnership Manager for YouTube in New York. Within YouTube's Sports vertical he manages high-impact digital content relationships and develops strategy... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Millennials and Sports: Reaching Next Gen Fans

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Peter Kafka

Sr Editor, Re/Code
Peter Kafka has been covering media and technology since 1997, when he joined the staff of Forbes magazine. He made the digital leap to Forbes.com in 2005. He may have been the first national business reporter to interview Steve “Stone Cold Steve Austin” Williams.

Patrick McAfee

NFL All-Pro Kicker & Punter, Indianapolis Colts

Pat McAfee

NFL All-Pro Punter, Indianapolis Colts
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Perkins Miller

Chief Digital Officer/NFL Media, National Football League
Perkins Miller is the Chief Digital Officer for the National Football League. In this role, Perkins oversees all digital media activities for the NFL’s media operations, including NFL.com, NFL Mobile, NFL Now, and NFL Fantasy as well as League-wide club digital platforms. Additionally... Read More →
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Eric Weinberger

Exec Producer, NFL Network
Media executive Eric Weinberger was named NFL Network’s first ever Executive Producer by NFL Network EVP and CEO Steve Bornstein, a position he currently holds to this day. He is a TV executive with vast experience in live studio shows, awards and event shows, games and all aspects... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The Basketball Tournament: A New Model for Sports?

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Luke Bonner

Brand & Mktg Exec, gykantler.com
Luke Bonner played “professional” basketball in Lithuania, Hungary and the NBA Developmental league. He’s currently pretending to be a real-life adult at GYK Antler, a leading marketing agency. He’s the founder/executive director of the Rock On Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit... Read More →
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Gabe Feldman

Assoc Professor of Law & Dir, Sports Law Program, Tulane University Law School
Gabe Feldman is a professor at Tulane Law School, the Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, the Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance and a certified mediator.
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Daniel Friel

Content, Compliance, Counsel, TBT Enterprises LLC
Dan is one of the founders of The Basketball Tournament and a graduate of Tulane Law School. A college baseball player at the University of Richmond, Dan has used a lifetime of sports fandom and friendship to work with TBT's Founder, Jonathan Mugar, to design, develop, and launch... Read More →

Kirk Goldsberry

Staff Writer, Grantland/ESPN

Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Design Perspectives on Meaningful Choice

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George Royer

Lead Designer & Co-Founder, White Whale Games
George Royer is the lead designer and creative director at White Whales Games. Their debut videogame "God of Blades." received broad critical acclaim. "God of Blades" featured unique design interventions encouraging players to go to real-world libraries. He’s also worked on Monstrocards... Read More →
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Shawn Sprockett

Strategic Design Lead, Yieldmo
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Rachel Weil

Adjunct Lecturer, Dept of Art & Art History, The University of Texas at Austin
Rachel Simone Weil is an experimental video game developer and historian whose work explores the intersections of video games, nostalgia, and mainstream girlhood and femininity. Weil’s visual art and video games have been exhibited internationally at festivals, galleries, and museums... Read More →
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Davey Wreden

Founder, Galactic Cafe
Davey Wreden is a video game writer and designer. He was the lead narrative designer on The Stanley Parable, an exploration of the tension between game player and game designer. He began working on the game while studying for his degree in Film Critical Studies at USC, and completed... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


Egg Hunt: The History of Easter Eggs in Games

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Juuso Myllyrinne

Global Director of Strategy, TBWA
Juuso Myllyrinne has made a career in making things not only worth talking about, but which are also genuine business drivers. He's a manager with significant experience from conventional brand planning, digital strategy, product management, broadcast media and leading successful... Read More →

Matias Myllyrinne

CEO, Remedy Games
A games industry professional, with a passion for main stream entertainment and building intellectual property.

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


Filmmaking Cues from Top Sports Cinematographers


Skip Clark

Dir, Photography, Fox Sports
I've been in the broadcast television business since I was in high school. I started at a small local station in Mansfield, OH, in 1994 and made my way to network news, NBC News and ABC News. While working for NBC News, ABC News, and then moving on to Fox Sports and ESPN, I spent... Read More →
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Al Francesco

Dir, Cinematography, NFL Films
17 years in the field, but I grew up in the business, my mother and sister are both Make-up/Hair Artists. I used to sweep hair off floors and deliver the mail to the set. I literally learned from the bottom (floor) up. Capturing images for sports documentaries, where the action only... Read More →
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Brian Schulz

Cinematographer & Producer, Major League Baseball
Brian is a national Emmy Award recipient and three-time New York Emmy Award winning cinematographer and producer. A veteran of dynamic branded content campaigns, of special note is his sixteen-year career with Major League Baseball Productions.
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John Tipton

Dir, Photography, Major League Baseball
John had been shooting documentaries and commercials for 20 years. His broadcast clients include HBO, CBS, ESPN, and NBC, to name a few. For the last seven years, John has had a critical role in shaping HBO Sports’ series, 24/7, which documents days in the lives of athletes in boxing... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Making to Manufacturing

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Marc Boudria

Lead Solutions Eng, Chaotic Moon Studios
From software to hardware to mobile and beyond, Marc Boudria is the man with all the answers. Marc is a lifelong technologist who's spent the last 20 years building, supporting, and deploying tech in all its forms to the enterprise.
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Rob Faludi

Chief Innovator, Digi International
Robert Faludi is the Chief Innovator at Digi International. His job is forging strong connections with the maker community, uncovering new innovation methodologies, supporting outstanding new work, and creating prototypes to spur new product development. Faludi also works as a professor... Read More →
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Peter Li

CEO, Atlas
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Nathan Siedle

CEO, SparkFun
Checkout my talk on why patents are killing innovation! http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP40665
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Peter Vancorenland

VP of loT Solutions, Silicon Labs
Peter Vancorenland, Vice President of the IoT Solutions team, joined Silicon Labs in 2002 as a Circuit Design Engineer where he worked on a variety of wireless products from cell phone transceivers to FM and TV tuners. After two years as Vice President of Engineering working on Timing... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


Storytelling Superheroes

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Alison Bechdel

Cartoonist, Graphic Memoirist
Cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel is the creator of the long-running countercultural comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, which realistically captured the lives of women in a lesbian community and garnered a devoted and diverse following. From this pioneering work emerged... Read More →

Maria Hinojosa

Anchor & Exec Producer, Latino USA, NPR, Futuro Media Group
As the anchor and executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and as anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/ La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Previously... Read More →
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Joshua Oppenheimer

Born in 1974, USA, Oscar®-nominated film director Joshua Oppenheimer is recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” (2015-2019). His debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2012, 159 min and 117 min), was named Film of the Year in the 2013 by the Guardian and the Sight and Sound... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


The Athlete Slash Entrepreneur

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Israel Idonije

CEO & Founder, Athlitacomics
Israel Idonije, an 11-year NFL veteran, is the founder and CEO of Athlitacomics (www.athlitacomics.com), the first company to offer a high-level blend of comic content, merchandise, and properties that showcase professional athletics and super-heroic mythology. Idonije's entertainment... Read More →
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Mike Kafka

Founder & CEO, Roo Outdoor
Mike Kafka is a professional quarterback in the NFL and Founder/CEO of Roo Outdoor, an active lifestyle brand specializing in outdoor gear and performance apparel. Mike graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in communications. During his final year at Northwestern, Mike... Read More →
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Linda Lacina

Special Reports Editor, Entrepreneur

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The Evolution of Audio in the 21st Century

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Bonnie Bernstein

VP Content & Brand Dev/On-Air Host, Campus Insiders
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Colin Cowherd

commentator, ESPN
Colin Cowherd is host of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, broadcast nationally from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET Monday – Friday and simulcast on ESPNU. In September 2013, Colin’s New Football Show, which looks at college and professional football through Cowherd’s singular... Read More →
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Traug Keller

SVP, Production, Business Divisions, ESPN
For ESPN Audio, Keller oversees all aspects of the business including talent, staffing, national programming content, scheduling, and event production. ESPN Audio is comprised of ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN... Read More →
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Stephen A Smith

Commentator, ESPN
Stephen A. Smith, along with Skip Bayless, is a featured commentator on ESPN2’s First Take weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, discussing and debating the sports topics of the day.

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


USA/Europe Co-Production and Funding Opportunities


Truls Kontny

Head of Film Commission, Norway Film Commission
Head of Commission Film Commission Norway - January 2009 – Present (5 years 7 months)
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Ingrid Rudefors

Film Commissioner, Film Region Stockholm Mälardalen
Ingrid Rudefors works as film-commissioner for Film Region Stockholm Mälardalen. With her colleagues from the other film-commissions, she also operates the national film commission Sweden Film Commission.

Mikael Svensson

Certified Film Commissioner, Oresund Film Commission

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


Women in Gaming: Navigating Successful Careers

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Susan Bollinger

Director of Talent & Culture, Certain Affinity
Director of Talent & Culture for Certain Affinity, one of the largest independent game development studios in Austin, Texas - She brings over 20 years experience working in diverse environments. Her specialized focus and contributions in team building, positive change leadership and... Read More →
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Alison Carrier

UI/UX Designer, Electronic Arts
Alison Carrier is the current UI/UX Designer for Red Crow Austin, a mobile game studio created by Electronic Arts. Known for her passion to deliver world-class user experiences, she has worked in EA’s mobile sphere for several projects, including her most recent work, The Simpsons... Read More →
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Maitland Lederer

Gameplay Engineer, Arkane Studios
Maitland Lederer is currently a software engineer at Arkane studios with over a decade of software engineering experience. After graduating from MIT she spent her first few years outside gaming, but since has worked at top studios including, Harmonix, Edge of Reality and Bioware... Read More →
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Lorraine Zawada

Sr Environment Artist, Certain Affinity
Lorraine Zawada is currently a Senior Environment artist at Certain Affinity. She's been in the video game industry since 2001 and has worked on games such as Halo, COD, Saints Row, Red Faction, plus many others.

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


Better Living Through Minecraft

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Michael Langlois

Psychotherapist, Mike Langlois LICSW

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


Can Sports Help End a Culture of Violence?

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Ben Casselman

Chief Economics Writer, FiveThirtyEight
Ben Casselman is the Chief Economics Writer for ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, where he has written on such subjects as income inequality, immigration, education and the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Prior to joining FiveThirtyEight, he was a national economics correspondent for... Read More →
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Katie Hnida

Athlete, NO MORE
Katie Hnida graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Psychology. She is a pioneer in the world of sports, being the first woman to play, and score points, in a NCAA Division One football game. Her cleats and jersey are in the College Football Hall... Read More →
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Donald McPherson

Pres, Don McPherson Enterprises LLC
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Jane Randel

Co-founder, NO MORE
Jane Randel is a co-founder of NO MORE, a national initiative intended to raise the profile of and normalize the conversation about domestic violence and sexual assault while generating greater resources for the national, state and local organizations addressing these issues (nom... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Does Playing Sports Equal Brain Damage?

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Joanne Gerstner

Professor/Author, Michigan State University
Joanne C. Gerstner is an award-winning multi-platform sports journalist, with her work appearing in the New York Times, USA Today, Detroit News, ESPN.com, espnW, NPR, PGA Magazine and other outlets. She has covered the world's biggest events, such as the Olympics, soccer World Cups... Read More →
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Jeffrey Kutcher

Dir, University of Michigan NeuroSport
Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher is a sports neurologist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan and the Director of Michigan NeuroSport, the university’s academic sports neurology program where he oversees clinical care, education and research activities. In 2012, his NeuroSport... Read More →
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Ben Utecht

Advocate/Athlete/Singer, Surrender The Game
Ben Utecht spends every minute of every day making his dreams become a reality. Utecht achieved football’s highest honor when his team the 2006 Indianapolis Colts won Super Bowl XLI. Utecht is now 4 seasons removed from his NFL career as a tight end due to Traumatic Brain Injuries... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Live Podcast: The Solid Verbal

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Ty Hildenbrandt

Host, Solid Verbal Media LLC
Ty Hildenbrandt is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. To the confusion of most, he’s also a rabid Notre Dame fan. After winning the “Next Great Sportswriter” contest on FOXSports.com in 2006, he eventually jumped over to SI.com where he met his co-host. He lives... Read More →

Dan Rubenstein

Co-Host, The Solid Verbal
Dan Rubenstein is a video host and producer for SBNation. He’s formerly of Los Angeles, CA and currently of New York, NY, though somehow is also a graduate of the University of Oregon. Prior to SBNation, Dan hosted and produced a video series called “The SI Tour Guy” interviewing... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Our Shipping Container Home: DIY Off Grid Urbanism

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Luke Iseman

Co-Founder, Boxouse
Luke is cofounder of Boxouse. He is passionate about using open source hardware and the physical computing revolution to build a more sustainable world. He has invented an automated gardening computer, built and managed a fleet of 25 pedicabs, and written a book about travelling the... Read More →

Heather Stewart

Founder, Boxouse
I have lived in many countries in a variety of housing situations which gave me good perspective on the possibilities of shelter and community. I graduated with a degree in art and went to work on a horse farm, living in a horse stall which had been converted into a tiny apartment... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


Streams, Shuffles and Statutes: Congress and Music

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Greg Barnes

General Counsel, Digital Media Association
Gregory Alan Barnes currently serves as General Counsel for the Digital Media Association (“DiMA”). DiMA is a nationally recognized trade association that represents the interests of several digital music and video service providers on a wide range of issues, including matters... Read More →

Jason Chaffetz

Congressman, US House of Representatives
Mr. Chaffetz serves on the House Judiciary Committee, responsible for all copyright law. Mr. Chaffetz comes to Congress with a 16-year history in the local business community, executive branch experience in Utah State government, a reputation for running strong political campaigns... Read More →
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Elizabeth Frazee

Founder, TwinLogic Strategies
Elizabeth is co-founder and CEO of the all-women, technology and telecommunications lobbying shop TwinLogic Strategies. Named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper, Elizabeth's career in Washington includes high-level jobs on Capitol Hill, executive experience at leading tech... Read More →
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Katie Peters

Dir of Government Rels, Pandora Media Inc
Katie Peters is the head of Government Relations for Pandora Media in Washington, DC. She received her BA from Pepperdine University, MA from the Naval War College, and JD from The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. Katie started her career on Capitol Hill with a California... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Suspension of Disbelief in Virtual Reality


Paul Bettner

CEO & Founder, Playful Corp
Paul Bettner has been creating interactive entertainment for 20 years. In 2008, Paul and his brother David founded Newtoy, Inc to create the smash hit Words with Friends and changed mobile social gaming forever. Before that Paul was at Microsoft Game Studios where he helped create... Read More →

Jan Goetgeluk

CEO, Virtuix Inc
Jan Goetgeluk is the founder and CEO of Virtuix and the developer of the Virtuix Omni, the first virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in video games and virtual worlds.
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Dan Hurd

Studio Design Lead, Playful Corp

Jason Jerald

Principal Consultant, NextGen Interactions
Jason is Co-Founder and Principal Consultant at NextGen Interactions, a company that provides consulting services and product development for emerging technologies. He has over 20 years of experience working with organizations such as General Motors, Lockheed Martin, NASA Ames, Valve... Read More →

Amir Rubin

Pres & CEO, Sixense Entertainment Inc
Experienced, strategic, and insightful entrepreneur with over 20 years of developing products in the fields of simulation, video games, virtual reality and motion tracking. Built a team at Sixense with a shared passion for creating products that revolutionize the way we create and... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


Using Games to Redefine the Learning Experience

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Devin Young

Co-founder, Classcraft
Devin Young is a co-founder and chief creative office of Classcraft. Based in NYC and with an extensive background in creative strategy, branding, graphic, UX and UI design, he has worked with a diverse array of global brands and startups including Chanel, Intel, Microsoft, The Future... Read More →
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Shawn Young

Founder & CEO, Classcraft
Shawn Young is the founder of Classcraft. With a unique background in physics, education, gamification and web development, he’s interested in how we can create community in the classroom and how games can make learning fun and interactive. Shawn teaches 11th grade physics in Sherbooke... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr
Saturday, March 14


Based On A True Story: Games, Film and Cancer

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Ryan Green

Co-Owner, Numinous Games
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Josh Larson

Co-Owner, Numinous Games

David Osit

Dir/Producer, Kinematic Films LLC
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Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Director/Producer, Kinematic Films LLC
Malika Zouhali-Worrall is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. In collaboration with David Osit, she is currently directing and producing a new film, THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, about video game developer Ryan Green who is building "That Dragon, Cancer," a video game about his terminally... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


Beyond the Bar Graph: Insights Over Info

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Christopher Glode

GM, Under Armour Connected Fitness
As General Manager, Chris is responsible for the Consumer line of business within MapMyFitness including the MVP subscription, mobile purchases, and all digital and physical goods, as well as the Under Armour Digital roadmap and products. Chris has a deep background in mobile product... Read More →

Gavin Teo

GM, Comcast Ventures
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Marybeth Thompson

Head of Partnerships, MyFitnessPal
Marybeth Thomson is Head of Partnerships for MyFitnessPal, the world’s most popular health & fitness app with over 80 million users. She is focused on expanding MyFitnessPal’s ecosystem of partners and services that support MyFitnessPal members living healthier lives.

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Hyper-Reality TV and Online Video Are a Perfect Fit

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Dermot McCormack

Pres AOL Video & Studios, AOL Inc
Dermot McCormack President of Video

Morgan Spurlock

Award-winning filmmaker & Pres of Warrior Poets, Warrior-Poets
Morgan Spurlock is a NY-based writer, director and producer. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at Sundance in 2004 and won Best Directing honors. It won the inaugural Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Media Criticism and the Study of Games

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Warren Spector

Director, Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at The University of Texas at Austin
Warren Spector has been making games for 31 years and is best known for his work on Deus Ex and Disney Epic Mickey series. The recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the Game Developers Conference and Cartoons on the Bay, his work has been featured in several museum exhibits... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


Old Game, New Tricks: What's the Future of Golf?

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Shane Bacon

Host "The Turn", BACK9NETWORK
Shane Bacon is the host of Back9Network's "The Turn," a daily news, golf and lifestyle show exclusively on DIRECTV Channel 262.
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Charlie Kautz

Mktg Consultant, Golf Digest
A card-carrying "milennial" with background in global marketing and communications at TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company. I'm as passionate about growing golf as I am getting better at it, and spent the last year serving as project manager for Hack Golf - a new, open innovation initiative... Read More →
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Andrew Kipper

Agent Dir Golf, Excel Sports Management
As an agent with Excel Sports Management, Andrew Kipper is directly involved with the businesses and careers of some of the biggest names in professional golf. A New Yorker by way of Los Angeles, Andrew received his JD and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a proud... Read More →
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Ashley Mayo

Sr Editor Audience Engagement, Golf Digest

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Analog and Digital: Synching an Engagement Campaign


Keven McAlester

Producer, Standard Pictures
Keven McAlester is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He has directed two award-winning documentary features (You’re Gonna Miss Me, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and The Dungeon Masters, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival) and over 30 music videos, short films... Read More →
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Lauren Prestileo

Series Producer, American Experience, American Experience — PBS
Lauren Prestileo currently serves at Series Manager for the PBS series American Experience. In that role, she oversees the marketing and digital teams for the series, and works collaboratively with WGBH’s education, outreach, and fundraising teams. She joined the American Experience... Read More →
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Mark Samels

Exec Producer, American Experience/WGBH
Mark Samels was named executive producer of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, PBS’ flagship history series, in 2003. Under Samels' leadership, the series has been honored with nearly every industry award, including the Peabody, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Battling Tradition to Reinvent Youth Sports

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Christine Brennan

Columnist, USA TODAY
Christine Brennan joined the Novartis Venture Fund in November 2013. Prior to joining Novartis Venture Fund, she spent 3 years at Vitae Pharmaceuticals as Chief Business Officer responsible for strategy & business development. Prior to Vitae, she spent 5 years at Novartis Institutes... Read More →
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Matt Farrell

Chief Mktg Officer, USA Swimming
Matt Farrell is the Chief Marketing Officer at USA Swimming overseeing sponsorships, marketing, public relations, social media and publications. USA Swimming is experiencing all-time high in revenue, with partners such as Marriott, BMW, Phillips 66, AT&T.
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Kurt Kamperman

Chief Exec Community Tennis, US Tennis Association
Kamperman leads the USTA’s efforts to increase tennis participation in the U.S., and in recent years has played a major role in overseeing the USTA’s historic 10 and Under Tennis initiative. Kamperman was a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors from January to April... Read More →
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Jeff Price

Chief Commercial Officer, PGA of America
Jeff Price leads the primary commercial areas, including media, sponsorship, merchandise, marketing communication and international. A growth oriented business leader with a 25-year record in the sports industry, Price most recently drove the digital transformation of the iconic Sporting... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Blending Concept and Production Art in Halo: MCC

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Michael Pavlovich

Sr Character Artist, Certain Affinity
Michael Pavlovich has been in the game industry since graduating from the Ringling School of Art and Design in 2005. Michael has worked on several titles for multiple platforms, including NCAA, Madden, DC Universe Online and Halo 4. He also provided ZBrush training for both Eat3D... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


From Alien to Alien: Isolation

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Mark Bristol

Filmmaker, Static Line Productions
Mark Bristol has moved back and forth between video games and feature films for nearly twenty years. He began his career as a Storyboard Artist and has worked on over fifty feature films including Mission: Impossible 5, Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Saving Mr. Banks, The Tree of Life... Read More →
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Alistair Hope

Creative Dir, http://www.creative-assembly.com
Alistair Hope is Creative Director of Alien: Isolation. He has worked at Creative Assembly, one of the UK’s most established studios since their indie days, joining the now 300+ man studio as employee No. 8 in 1996. A painting and sculpture fine art graduate he followed his first... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center



How the Data Era Will Build High Performing Humans

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Victor Cruz

Professional Athlete, IMG
NFL Super Bowl champion, Victor Cruz is a wide receiver for the New York Giants. Growing up in Paterson, NJ - just a few miles from the Giants’ home field at MetLife Stadium - football was always Victor’s first love. He was an all-state receiver for Paterson Catholic High School... Read More →

Michael Gervais

High Performance Psychology, Pinnacle Performance Center
Michael Gervais has spent his career pushing on the limits of human potential. A high-performance psychologist, Gervais has flown onto aircraft carriers during wartime to work with fighter pilots, developed high-performance strategies for action sport athletes who attempt the impossible... Read More →
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Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Pres, Equinox
Sarah Robb O’Hagan joined Equinox in September 2012 as President of the world’s premier fitness lifestyle company, comprising the Equinox, Soul Cycle, Blink Fitness and Pure Yoga brands. Under her leadership Equinox is undertaking an aggressive expansion strategy to grow its family... Read More →
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Haile Owusu

Chief Data Scientist, Mashable
Haile Owusu is Chief Data Scientist at Mashable where his main responsibility is the development and refinement of the company's proprietary Velocity technology, which predicts and tracks the viral life-cycle of digital media content.

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Surviving Cancer with Games and Community

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Steven Gonzalez

Founder CEO, The Survivor Games
Steven Gonzalez, founder of The Survivor Games, was diagnosed with AML Leukemia at 12 years old and given a 2% chance of survival. Though he had the best medical care (and most supportive family) in the world, video games were the only thing that helped him bridge the social isolation... Read More →
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Justin Reynard

CTO, Karma Labs Inc
Justin Reynard is currently the CTO for Los Angeles startup Karma Labs, Inc. Prior to Karma, Justin was a senior engineer at Fourth Wall Studios implementing front-end UI for the Emmy award-winning rides.tv interactive video experience and a gameplay programmer at Obsidian Entertainment... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


Tech That's Changing Sports and Building Empathy

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Derek Belch

Asst Football Coach, Stanford University

Chris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe grew up in Southern California among a colony of wild chinchillas and didn't learn how to communicate outside of barking and howling until he was fourteen years old. He has played football in the NFL, once wrestled a bear for a pot of gold, and lies occasionally. He is... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


When Your Devices Decide to Touch You Back

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Rohit Thawani

Dir of Digital Strategy, TBWAChiatDay
Rohit Thawani is the Director of Digital Strategy and Social media for TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, and a member of TBWA's global Creative Technology Board.

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


Acing the Sports Game with the Oculus Rift

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Jordi Bruin

Technical VR Lead Beyond Sports, Triple IT
For the past 1,5 years I've been the Technical Lead at Beyond Sports. By converting real match data into virtual reality simulations we can provide new ways of analysing situations and creating new training methods.

Ruben Jongkind

Head of Talent Dev, Ajax
Started as a individual trainer / coach. 6 years experience in elite athletics. 7th place World Championships Berlin, 4th place World Finals 2009, 4 golden & 2 silver medals national championships. As an entrepreneur, started: Aprendo (I learn). Consultancy in individual development... Read More →

Robert Overweg

photographer and virtual reality, Triple IT
My name is Robert Overweg. I explore and melt virtual and physical worlds together.

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Can MLB Data Solve Arm Injuries in Youth Pitchers?


Rick Riccobono

Sr Dir Dev, USA Baseball
Rick Riccobono was promoted to senior director of development for USA Baseball in March 2013 after serving the organization as the director of development from 2010 to early 2013. Riccobono has directed a multitude of programs since his hiring in 2004. In his current role, Riccobono... Read More →
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Logan Stout

CEO, Dallas Patriots
Logan Stout has been featured in numerous publications such as Philadelphia Life Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times and numerous print and live media outlets. He has been on CBS Radio, The Fan, The Ticket, FOX and was named “Man of the Year” by Philadelphia... Read More →
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Ted Sullivan

CEO, GameChanger Media Inc
Ted co-founded GameChanger to enhance the amateur sports experience for coaches and team communities. He also co-founded Headfirst Camps, pitched at Duke and in the minors for the Cleveland Indians, led marketing for Rave Wireless and coached Little League in NYC. Ted has a BA from... Read More →
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Morgan Sword

VP League Economics & Strategy, Major League Baseball
Morgan is the Vice President, League Economics and Strategy at Major League Baseball. He joined Major League Baseball in 2008 and is a member of the team responsible for economic initiatives across the industry including the revenue sharing system, player contract valuations and salary... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Maker Trailblazers: Making for Social Good

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Hahna Alexander

Co-Founder, CTO, SolePower

Patrick Littlefield

Director, VA Center for Innovation
As Acting Director of VACI, Patrick is responsible for designing and leading the program's implementation across VA.Patrick is a seasoned Healthcare IT entrepreneur with over 20 years experience driving growth, building strong customer relationships, bringing products to market, and... Read More →
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Carrie Motamedi

VP Mktg, TechShop
Carrie is responsible for sharing the TechShop mission with internal and external audiences. She creates and executes national marketing programs with partners that include Autodesk, General Electric, Ford, Lowe’s, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. She also oversees public... Read More →

Rahul Panicker

Co-Founder & Pres of Prod, Embrace Innovations
Rahul Panicker is Co-founder and President, Products at Embrace Innovations, where he leads strategy and innovation. At Embrace, his mission is to understand users and their aspirations, and translate their needs to products by applying his training in design thinking and entrepreneurial... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


Movies in My Head: Audiodrama & Film

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Matthew Boudreau

Producer/Sound Designer, Aural Stage Studios
Matthew is a writer, web developer and sound designer for Aural Stage Studios in Buffalo, NY. He possesses a bachelors degree in English Writing Arts and Technical Theatre with a focus in storytelling and sound design. Matt is a director of the Buffalo Academy of Visual And Performing... Read More →
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Fred Greenhalgh

Producer, Finalrune Productions
Frederick Greenhalgh has been writing stories since childhood and working in radio drama since 2006. Trained as an indie filmmaker, he has brought a filmic approach to his radio stories that includes location production and cinematic sound design
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Sonia James

Special Projects, Sound Stages Radio Network
Sonia James is an experienced writer and producer. Her broadcast tenure included on-air hosting and announcing, sound design, continuity direction, master control operations, and program management. She's worked in both the field and studio, from local talk shows to sporting events... Read More →
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Sibby Wieland

Pres, Sound Stages Radio Network
Patience “Sibby” Wieland is a writer, director, and producer, and president of the Sound Stages Radio Network. Its carriage of modern audiodrama ranges from Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, to zombie podcast "We're Alive". She recently produced 3 feature-length audiodramas, recorded live... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


Social Media Playbook: Activating Fans on Gameday

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Brian Cheek

Director of Business Development, Postano, Sports, Postano
Currently heading up the Sports Vertical for Postano. Helping sports organizations capture fan content and drive it to websites and stadium screens. Planned and oversaw product launch activities for TigerLogic’s search and social media aggregation and syndication solutions. Helped... Read More →
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Pat Donahue

Dir, Digital Media, LA Kings Hockey Club
Pat Donahue is a Director of Digital Media for the LA Kings with expertise in social media, digital content, and sarcasm. He is known as the voice behind the worlds greatest twitter account, @LAKings, and has been named part of Sports Business Journals Most Innovative NHL Franchise... Read More →
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Grace Hoy

Social Media Coord, Sun Devil Athletics
Grace Hoy is a speaker on the SXsports panel, "Social Media Playbook: Activating Fans on Gameday" She is the social media coordinator for Sun Devil Athletics at Arizona State University.
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Meghan Ryan

Social Media Mgr, Boston Red Sox
Meghan is the social media specialist for the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. She drives innovative content across platforms to generate revenue and enhance the fan experience for Red Sox Nation. Meghan is responsible for all aspects of social strategy including, design... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Studio Star Power - How Casting Really Works

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Randi Hiller

VP Feature Casting, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Randi Hiller is an award-winning casting director with over 18 years of experience, casting over 75 feature films in both independent and major motion picture studio productions. Some of her credits include Academy Award Winner CRASH, Academy Award Nominated IN THE BEDROOM, WARRIOR... Read More →
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Christian Kaplan

SVP of Feature Casting, Twentieth Century Fox
Christian Kaplan is Senior Vice President of Feature Casting for 20th Century Fox Film. The department he’s in oversees casting for all feature films. Under the 20th Century Fox Film banner are: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International... Read More →
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Joseph Middleton

Head of Casting, Paramount Pictures
Joseph Middleton has cast some of Hollywood's most successful films, including "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", "Twilight: New Moon," "The Bourne Supremacy," "Legally Blonde" and "American Pie," for which he won the 2000 Artios award for best comedy casting. He was also nominated for Tom Ford’s... Read More →
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Rochelle Rose

Natl Dir of Actors Programs, Screen Actors Guild Foundation
Rochelle Rose started her acting career at the age of six, she has worked in print, commercials, voice-overs, television and over twenty films. Most notably in James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ as The Countess of Rothes, in a BBC version of 'The Tempest' as Ceres, The Goddess of the... Read More →
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Paul Weber

Casting Dir, Weber Casting
As Former Executive Head of Television Casting and Feature Film Consultant for MGM Studios, Paul Weber cast the STARGATE franchise. Other TV credits include SPARTACUS:GODS OF THE ARENA, DEAD LIKE ME, SHE SPIES, POLTERGEIST, and THE OUTER LIMITS. These series and others earned him... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


The Third Age of Gaming: Exploring New Horizons

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Steve Carlin

Global Head of Strategy/Gaming, Facebook
Steve is Global Head of Gaming Strategy at Facebook where he leads the development and implementation of a holistic strategy for how Facebook works with the Gaming industry. In this role, he works closely with the Gaming community and with Facebook business and product teams to set... Read More →
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Barry Dorf

VP of Partnerships & Alliances, DeNA
Barry Dorf has worked in the games industry for more than 18 years. He’s currently the head of strategic partnerships and business development at DeNA where he's responsible for initiating and fostering the relationships between a range of licensing partners such as Hasbro and the... Read More →
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Chris Early

VP Digital Publishing, Ubisoft
Chris Early joined Ubisoft’s San Francisco office in February 2010 as vice president of digital publishing. Early spearheads Ubisoft’s digital publishing initiatives, where he oversees digital game commerce, operations and player engagement in North, South and Central America... Read More →
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Chris Morris

Contributing Writer, CNBC/Yahoo!
Chris Morris is an acclaimed writer and editor specializing in the consumer electronics and video game industries. He regularly writes for national outlets including CNBC.com, Yahoo!, Variety and Common Sense Media and contributes to dozens of other major publications. In addition... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


Trailblazers in VR Domain

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Wolfgang Bergmann

CEO, ARTE Deutschland
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Amit Breuer

Pres, Amythos Media Inc
Amit Breuer is an innovative award-winning media producer based in Toronto, Canada. Her works have been presented successfully over the past 20 years on prestigious traditional and emerging media platforms. She has received prizes for her documentaries and digital projects: Purity... Read More →

Jason Rubin

Head of Worldwide Studios, Oculus VR
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Thomas Wallner

Founder Pres, DEEP Inc

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Well Played: On Video Games, Value and Meaning

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Drew Davidson

Dir, Carnegie Mellon University
Drew Davidson is a professor, producer and player of interactive media. His background spans academic, industry and professional worlds and he is interested in stories and transformational experiences across texts, comics, games and other media. He explores the art, design and science... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


Writing for Video Games Q&A: No Answer Left Behind

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Chris Avellone

Creative Dir, Obsidian Entertainment
Creative Director and co-owner of Obsidian Entertainment, Chris started his escape from reality by freelancing for a number of pen and paper role-playing game companies in high school before Interplay foolishly hired him as a game designer in 1996. He worked on most if not all of... Read More →
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Alexander Horn

Narrative Designer
Alexander Horn is a writer and narrative designer with over five years of experience in the entertainment and games industry. His titles include Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and The Elder Scrolls Online as well as several independent projects in experimental games. Before leaping... Read More →
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Jared Mason

Narrative Designer, Schell Games
Jared began working at Schell Games in 2007 creating story driven games for the Nintendo DS. Soon, he was working on virtual worlds for Disney including Disney Fairies Online and Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Jared also lead the design on The Mummy Online before moving to Mechatars... Read More →
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David Varela

Writer, Obsidian Entertainment
David specialises in writing and sometimes producing interactive projects, bringing together games, theatre and video. David’s recent work includes writing the iOS game Sherlock: The Network, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; a series of site-specific plays called... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


An Internet Odyssey: The Next Gen Of Webseries

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Hannah Cheesman

Co-Pres, Aberrant Pictures
Hannah Cheesman is an award-winning and CSA-nominated actor, writer and filmmaker in Toronto. In 2014, Hannah was named an Irving Avrich recipient of TIFF’s Emerging Canadian Filmmakers, and was the 2015 headliner for the WIFT-Atlantic Women Making Waves conference in Halifax. She... Read More →

Mackenzie Donaldson

Co-Pres, Aberrant Pictures
Mackenzie Donaldson is a Canadian producer, writer and digital media maker based in Toronto Canada. She is currently an Associate Producer on the BBC America smash hit series ORPHAN BLACK. She is also a new addition to Temple Street Productions’ development team while helping to... Read More →
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Matt Eastman

Resident Director, Touchpoint Films
With an aesthetic shaped by both Lars Von Trier and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Matt Eastman is the resident director at Touchpoint Films in Toronto. Matt has directed campaigns for Burger King, Tiger Beer, and Skittles, and his work has been featured in Creativity, FastCoCreate, FWA Site... Read More →
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Julian De Zotti

Co-Creator/Writer/Showrunner, Whatever, Linda Productions
Julian is the co-creator, writer and showrunner of the IPF/OMDC funded WHATEVER, LINDA - a ten part digital series dramedy that has premiered at festivals across the world, picking up several awards along the way at Raindance WebFest, Miami WebFest, iTVFest, and First Glance Philadelphia... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


Now Athletes Are Funny: Power of Comedy and Sports

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Baron Davis

Pro Basketball Player, Funny or Die
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Tim Nudd

Creative Editor, Adweek
Tim Nudd is creative editor at Adweek. He has written for Adweek since 1997 and run its popular AdFreak blog since 2004. Tim is also a contributing writer for People magazine. Born in England and raised in Illinois, Tim now lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
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Alex Richanbach

Exec Producer of Funny or Die Sports, Funny or Die
Alex Richanbach has been with Funny Or Die since 2011. In addition to working at Funny Or Die as a writer, director and the Executive Producer of Funny Or Die Sports. In 2013 he wrote, directed and starred in the feature film "We Are Young" and was the show runner for the FOD/TNT... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Out on the Field: LGBT Pro Athletes in 2015


Jason Collins

Speaker, NBA
One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, NBA player Jason Collins made news in 2013 when he wrote the cover story for the May issue of Sports Illustrated. It was in that story where Collins announced that he was gay, becoming the first active male athlete from... Read More →
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Mike Foss

Managing Editor, USA TODAY Sports

Brittney Griner

Speaker, WNBA

Megan Rapinoe

Managing Editor, Seattle Reign FC
Megan Rapinoe vaulted herself into fame when she set up Abby Wambach's goal in the dying seconds of the United States' quarterfinal match against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal.

Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Science Over Tradition: The New Edge in Sports

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Gary McCoy

Sr Sport Analyst, Catapult Sports
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Scott Goldman PhD

Sport Psychologist/Proprietor, Athletic Intelligence Measures LLC
As the Director of Athletic Counseling for the University of Michigan’s athletic department, Scott Goldman, Ph.D. provides direct patient care to the student-athletes as well as consulting services for the coaches and staff. Dr. Goldman has provided mental health care in a variety... Read More →

Lindsay Thornton

Sport Psychologist, United States Olympic Committee

Leonard Zaichowsky

Sport Psychologst, BIOCAM LLC
Dr. Leonard Zaichkowsky is a licensed psychologist (Ma) who specializes in sport, exercise, and performance psychology. He has a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry, and Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. He is a past- president... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Secret is Out! Distributors Reveal Their Numbers

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Laura Giampino

Exec Dir of Sales, Screen Media Films
From majors such as MGM, HBO and Orion Pictures to Indies such as Screen Media Films and Vivendi, Laura Giampino has worked with physical distribution since 1986. Her extensive relationship with the distributors of physical dvd is broad ranging from coast to coast. Laura's lengthy... Read More →
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Mat Levy

Sr Dir of Sales & Acquisitions, Passion River Films
Mat Levy has worked with Passion River Films since 2004. Having a background in Film and TV publicity, Mat has worked with film campaigns for New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures Classics, Magnolia Pictures, Warner Independent, and Picturehouse. He has also worked with producers from VH1... Read More →
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Meredith Miller

Dir of Non-Theatrical Sales, Tugg Inc
Over 6 years in a management position at Icarus Films, Meredith has in-depth knowledge of traditional, digital, and video media and its competitive landscape. Meredith has a strong presence in the NYC independent film industry, nationwide presence in the educational film sales industry... Read More →
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Richard Ross

Co-Pres, Breaking Glass Pictures
Richard A. Ross has been working in Independent Film for over 25 years. He has worked in Sales, Marketing and Acquisition for companies such as Triboro Entertainment, Unapix/A-Pix, Spartan Entertainment, Republic Pictures, and TLA Releasing. In 2009, he co-founded Breaking Glass Pictures... Read More →

Tom Sladek

Sr Sales & Mgmt Exec, Oscilliscope Laboratories
Tom Sladek is head of Home Entertainment and Digital Sales at Oscilloscope Pictures in New York. Tom joined Oscilloscope in January 2010 after a long career in the independent music business, including sales, marketing, and management positions at ATO Records / Red Light Management... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


Drones and the Texas 500: A Broadcast Challenge

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Jaime Carlin

Director of Marketing, Texas Motor Speedway
Jaime Carlin has been at Texas Motor Speedway for six years and began the Marketing Department there three and a half years ago. After a lengthy tenure marketing technology-based products, a turn toward sports was a welcome change. Utilizing the knowledge gained in technology, she... Read More →

Benjamin Martin

VP of Engineering, Arch Aerial LLC
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Michael Rocha

Dir of Content Services, Panasonic
For over 2 decades Michael Rocha’s career has focused on interactive media and digital storytelling. Primarily working with large displays featured at sporting venues, he helped pioneer much of the ways fans enjoy events. This experience includes two Olympic Games, several Super... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


How 'High Maintenance' is Redefining Storytelling

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Katja Blichfeld

Creator, High Maintenance
Katja is the Executive Producer, Writer and Director of High Maintenance. She was previously a casting director and has won an Emmy for her work on the critically-acclaimed series 30 Rock. In addition, she has cast on major motion pictures, as well as numerous network television series... Read More →
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Eric Kohn

Chief Film Critic/Deputy Editor, Indiewire
Eric Kohn is the deputy editor and chief film critic for Indiewire.com, where he has worked since 2007. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Filmmaker, Variety and various other publications. At Indiewire, Kohn also manages the site's Criticwire Network. He is the editor... Read More →

Emily Nussbaum

Television Critic, The New Yorker
Nussbaum is a Television Critic for The New Yorker and can be reached via e-mail.
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Ben Sinclair

Creators, High Maintenance
Ben (Executive Producer, Writer, Director) is an actor and editor, both of which he does for High Maintenance. In addition, he has made several short videos and commercials. Originally training extensively in theatre at Oberlin College, Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Moscow... Read More →
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Kerry Trainor

CEO, Vimeo
Kerry Trainor is the Chief Executive Officer of Vimeo. In this capacity he is responsible for the strategy, oversight, and development of Vimeo’s business.

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


Is This Normal? A Look at Success in Indie Film


Karyn Kusama

Dir, The Invitation
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Travis Stevens

CEO/Producer, Snowfort Pictures Inc
After working for years in both film development and film sales Travis Stevens founded Snowfort Pictures; a boutique production company specializing in the development, financing and production of commercial genre films. Working with both established filmmakers and first-time talent... Read More →
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Tammi Sutton

Dir, Isle Of Dogs Film
Award-winning, feature film director and producer Tammi Sutton has been working in the independent film and television industry for 20 years. Splitting filmmaking between the US and the UK, her latest feature film ISLE OF DOGS was released last year, starring Barbara Nedeljakova (HOSTEL... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


Linear Versus Nonlinear Narrative in Video Games

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Richard Garriott

Creative Dir, Portalarium Inc
Richard Garriott is a key figure in two industries, computer games and commercial spaceflight. In games he has founded 3 noteworthy companies (Origin, Destination and Portalarium), he created the Ultima series and Ultima Online among many other products. He is a hall of fame inductee... Read More →
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Tracy Hickman

Writer, Portalarium Inc
International and NYT Best-selling fantasy author Tracy Hickman is best known for the ‘Dragonlance’ series of fantasy novels and has over fifty books in print. He is a pioneer of New Media Publishing and is the author of 'Wayne of Gotham', a Batman novel for DC Comics.

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


Makers Change the World and Tools Change the Maker

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Ray Almgren

VP/Corporate Mktg, National Instruments
Ray Almgren, Vice President of Marketing, leads teams responsible for marketing the corporate brand, NI LabVIEW, and educational products.
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Jim Newton

Chairman & Founder, TechShop
Jim is an uber-DIYer and lifelong maker. A serial entrepreneur, Jim holds several design patents and created TechShop because he needed a place to build his own inventions. Before founding TechShop, Jim was a BattleBots competitor and former full-time Science Advisor on the Discovery... Read More →
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Paul Teich

CTO & Sr Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy
I am CTO and Senior Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy (MI&S), one of the most cited technology analyst firms in the world. I lead MI&S's technology research and publish/consult on a wide range of topics, including hybrid cloud-client usage models, scale-out datacenter architecture... Read More →
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Stephan Turnipseed

Pres Emeritus & Exec Dir Strategic Partnerships, LEGO Education
Stephan Turnipseed is the President Emeritus of LEGO Education, North America and Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for LEGO Education. LEGO Education has a thirty year history in developing playful learning solutions that enable every student to succeed. Turnipseed led... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


MLBAM and NASCAR: Sports and Technology Converge


Bob Bowman

Pres & CEO, MLB Advanced Media
Bob Bowman joined Major League Baseball Advanced Media LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, as its first President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000 following two years of work in the Internet space, and also gained oversight of MLB Network... Read More →
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Brent Dewar

Chief Operating Officer, NASCAR
Brent Dewar was named NASCAR’s Chief Operating Officer in December 2013 after a nearly three-decade career as an automotive executive with hands-on experience in a variety of motorsport disciplines, including NASCAR, IndyCar and sports car racing. In his current role, Dewar oversees... Read More →
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Rachel Nichols

Reporter, TNT/CNN

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Taking the Big Apple in Tom Clancy’s The Division

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John Gaudiosi

Co-Founder & Editorial Dir, Gamerhub Content Network
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David Polfeldt

Managing Dir, Ubisoft
David Polfeldt has been working with games since the late 90’s, starting at Icon Medialab and eventually joining Massive Entertainment in 2005. With a background in the Swedish comic underground scene, he later graduated from Konstfack with an MFA in Graphic Design & Illustration... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


The Future of Doping and PEDs


Matthew Futterman

Sr Special Writer, The Wall Street Journal
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Jason Gay

Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
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Tim Johnson

Founder, Johnswah Enterprises

Edwin Moses

Chairman, US Anti-Doping Agency

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Traditional Storytelling Through World Games

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Alan Gershenfeld

Co-Founder & Pres, E-Line Media
Alan is President and Co-Founder of E-Line Media, a publisher of digital entertainment that engages, educates and empowers – with a core focus on computer/video games. E-Line has worked on impact game projects with the Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, NSF, USAID, DARPA, White... Read More →
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Gloria O'Neill

CEO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Gloria helped found Upper One Games--the first indigenous-owned video game developer and publisher in US history--in 2012. She served as both President and CEO until its merger with E-Line Media in 2014 and now serves E-Line as Executive Chair. Since 1998, Gloria has also served as... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


UCB on TV: How Improv Is Changing Everything

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Matt Besser

Performer, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
improv4humans with Matt Besser
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Katie Dippold

Comedian, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Nick Kroll

Actor/Writer/Producer, ADULT BEGINNERS
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Shannon O'Neill

Artistic Dir, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Cultural Placemaking Through Interactive Storytelling

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Lisa Byrd

Exec Dir, African American Cultural Heritage District
Lisa Byrd describes herself as a cultural worker. Cultural workers are those who provide opportunities for the creation and exhibition of culturally based art works and that they see those works as tools for community development and social change.
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Matthew Gossage

Project Mgr, African American Cultural Heritage District
Filmmaker, journalist, teaching artist and Project Manager for African American Cultural Heritage District. Matt works with students at Kealing Middle School to make films, music, animations and other media to create the new Discover Heritage Map. This interactive community tool connects... Read More →


Cinema VFX & Immersive VR: Virtual Worlds Converge

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Ikrima Elhassan

Virtual Reality Innovator, Ikrima Elhassan
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James Madigan

Visual Effects Supervisor and Director, Ikrima Elhassan
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Cory Strassberger

Virtual Reality Innovator, Cory Strassberger

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Competitive Advantage: Mental Health in Athletics

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Patrick Baillie

Sport & Forensic Psychologist, Patrick Baillie
Dr. Patrick Baillie is a forensic psychologist and lawyer based in Calgary, Alberta. Since 1995, he has been the Consulting Psychologist with Calgary Police Services, providing crisis intervention services for police officers and their families, and assisting in negotiations and stand-offs... Read More →
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Doug Hankes

Director, Student Counseling Services; Sport Psychologist, Auburn University
Doug completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas in 1996. He is a licensed psychologist in Alabama and Tennessee. Doug returned to his alma mater in 1998 after working at the University of Tennessee. He holds graduate faculty status in the Department... Read More →
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Nicki Moore

Sr Assoc Athletics Dir, University of Oklahoma
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Mary Wilfert

Assoc Dir, NCAA
Mary Wilfert is an associate director in NCAA Sport Science Institute. Since 1999, she has administered the NCAA drug-education and drug-testing programs and worked to promote policies and develop resources for student-athlete healthy life choices. She serves as primary liaison to... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


GTFO: A Documentary About Women in Gaming

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Courtney Stanton

Founder, No Show Conference
Courtney Stanton is a technical project manager, independent game producer, interactive fiction maker, and the founder of the annual No Show Conference for game developers. She reads the entire internet every day and her second brain resides at Superopinionated.com.
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Shannon Sun-Higginson

Producer & Dir, GTFO: Get The F% Out
Shannon Sun-Higginson has been working as a documentary producer and director since graduating from Wesleyan University in 2010. She has worked on such documentary television programs as "No Reservations" on Travel Channel and "Parts Unknown" on CNN.

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


Live Podcast: His and Hers

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Jemele Hill

ESPN.com Columnist, ESPN
JEMELE HILL is knowledgeable and versatile sports enthusiast. She is the co-host of His & Hers TV Show and a regular contributor to ESPN’s SportsCenter, Around The Horn, Sports Reporters, Outside the Lines and other programs. In the fall of 2012, Hill served as the sideline reporter... Read More →
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Michael Smith

Talent/Host/Reporter, ESPN
Michael Smith is a 21st century leader setting new standards in technology, innovation, and health care. As the CIO of Mylan, his work is focused on driving paradigm-shifts resulting in access to high quality medicine for the world's 7 billion people. Michael excels at building, leading... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Making a Maker City

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Dale Dougherty

CEO, Maker Media
Dale Dougherty is the founder and Executive Chairman of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make: magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held it’s first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands... Read More →
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Travis Good

Contributing Author, Maker Media
Currently I'm focusing on the transformative potential of the maker movement in libraries, science museums, schools, and civic government. In his quest to understand trends, he has visited 28 incubators, 65 makerspaces, and three fab labs while also chairing a start-up incubator and... Read More →
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Peter Hirshberg

CEO, The Re:imagine Group
Peter Hirshberg is chairman of Re:Imagine Group, where he shapes strategies at the confluence of people, places, brands, and cities, including initiatives in San Francisco, Singapore, New York and London. And expert on enterprise innovation, change management and digital strategy... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


Making Mobile Gaming Really Mobile

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Ryan Chapman

President, Rocket Chicken
Ryan Chapman is President and co-founder of RocketChicken Interactive. In 2011, RocketChicken released CodeRunner, a real-world adventure game that has been lauded as one of the most innovative games on iPhone to date. CodeRunner uses RocketChicken's Motive gaming platform to turn... Read More →

Tom Ketola

Co-Founder, Lyteshot Inc
Tom Ketola is the CTO and a co-founder at LyteShot, working to bring mobile gaming out into the real world. He has an extensive history not just in mobile and console games, but content and data delivery back ends. At LyteShot, he brings his experience to bear, overseeing the architecture... Read More →
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Mark Morrison


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


The Near-Future of Sports TV

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Marie Donoghue

EVP Global Strategy & Original Content, ESPN
Marie Donoghue is the executive vice president, global strategy and original content, reporting to ESPN President John Skipper. Having managed ESPN’s global strategy, business affairs and business development since 2012, Donoghue’s portfolio has expanded to include the management... Read More →

John Ourand

Media Reporter, Sports Business Journal

Dan Shanoff

Dir of Digital Dev, USA TODAY Sports
Dan Shanoff focuses on content development for USA TODAY Sports. He was the founder of Quickish, a news-recommendation start-up acquired by Gannett in 2012. Previously, he has worked for ESPN, SI, the NFL and Real Fans, a pioneering sports-news start-up acquired by AOL.
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Ron Wechsler

VP Original Programming & Dev, NBC Sports
Ron Wechsler, Vice President, Original Programming and Development for the NBC Sports Group is responsible for growing the NBC Sports Network through acquisition and original content (Studio Programming, Documentary Films, Docu-Series, and Branded Content). The goal is to create a... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The Rise of Mobile eSports


Casey Chafkin

Co-founder/CEO, Skillz
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Bo Daly

Co-founder/CEO, Super Evil Megacorp

Andrew Paradise

CEO & Founder, Skillz

Mike Vorhaus

Pres, Magid Advisors

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd
Sunday, March 15


Monetizing Kids Games: Should There Be Limits?

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Ramin Shokrizade

Developer, Wargaming
Ramin got his start in the virtual economics sphere as a competitive cyberathlete and professional virtual goods seller. He coauthored the first mainstream article on the subject of virtual goods and currency sales in early 2000 in the Los Angeles Times. Prior to that he was an Olympic... Read More →
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Denise Tayloe

CEO, Privo
Denise G. Tayloe co-founded PRIVO in early 2001, inspired by the opportunities and challenges of implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). PRIVO bridges the gap between the competing privacy and commerce interests of consumers and businesses, with a special... Read More →
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Lee Wilson

CEO, Filament Games
Lee is CEO of Filament Games. With stints in hardware, software, and textbooks he speaks from over two decades of experience in the K12 market.

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


Start The Presses: The Rise of Indie Sports Mags

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Megan Greenwell

senior editor, ESPN the Magazine
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Christopher Isenberg

Editor/Founder, Victory Journal
Since graduating from Stanford and Oxford, Christopher Isenberg has explored the intersection of sport and culture as a writer, filmmaker, entrepreneur and marketer. He’s written for The NYTimes, Village Voice, Fader and spent two years on staff at Details. In 2004 he founded the... Read More →

Max Linsky

Co-Founder, longform.org
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George Quraishi

Founder/Editor, Howler Magazine

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The New Cathedral: Sports Stadiums

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Brian Mirakian

Principal, Director of Populous Activate, Populous
Brian Mirakian serves as director of Populous Activate in the Americas and is a Principal at Populous. Populous Activate uses the power of design to link fans, brands, teams and properties by enhancing and extending the in-stadium experience. Mirakian is a master of bringing brands... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


World War Cyber: Global Conflict Beyond SonyHack

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Kate Edwards

Exec Dir, International Game Developers Association
Kate Edwards is the Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), appointed in December 2012. She is also the founder and principal consultant of Geogrify, a Seattle-based consultancy for content culturalization, and a unique hybrid of an applied geographer... Read More →
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Peter Singer

Strategist, New America Foundation
Peter W. Singer is Strategist for the New America Foundation and author of the upcoming June 2015 book Ghost Fleet: a Novel of the Next World War (www.ghostfleetbook.com). For more info: www.pwsinger.com
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James Stavridis

Dean, The Fletcher School, The Fletcher School at Tufts University
A Florida native, Jim Stavridis attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


Worlds Without Boundaries: Books, Games, Films

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James Frey

Author & Founder, Full Fathom Five LLC
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John Hanke

VP, Niantic Labs
John founded Niantic Labs as an independent group within Google to explore new kinds of mobile game applications at the intersection of mobile, location, social, and with an eye toward an emerging class of wearable devices. The group has launched two very well received products to... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


1st Game Ever: Pro Devs Show Off Their First Games

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David Bisceglia

CEO/Co-Founder, The Tap Lab
Dave is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Tap Lab, a Cambridge-based startup that develops social games with a real-world twist. His focus is in game design and business development. The Tap Lab is a graduate of TechStars Boston and winner of MassChallenge. Dave has a passion for entertainment... Read More →
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Michael Molinari

Independent Dev, Studio Bean Games
Michael is an award-winning game developer from Studio Bean. He makes experimental games from choreographed dances in Soundodger to crowd-sourced DMing in Choice Chamber. His focus is on building a memorable player experience, whether through short experiential vignettes, by influencing... Read More →

Trent Polack

Creative Dir, Team Chaos LLC
Hi, I’m Trent Polack (@mittense on twitter). I make video games as a Creative Director at Team Chaos, where we most recently released Loot Raiders, SPACE COLORS, Dragon Raiders, Cat vs. Aliens, Dragon Academy, and Elements: Broken Lands.

Alex Schwartz

Chief Scientist, Owlchemy Labs
Alex is part biz-dev professional, part marketer, part designer, and part coder with a passion for creating. He's an ex-AAA Technical Artist turned entrepreneur, and now runs Owlchemy Labs, an independent game development studio whose titles include Snuggle Truck, Jack Lumber and... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


Athletes and Musicians Direct-To-Consumer Media

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Jack Gilinsky

Talent, theAudience Inc
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Jack Johnson

Talent, theAudience Inc

Oliver Luckett

CEO, TheAudience
Oliver Luckett founded theAudience in 2011 to capitalize on the exponential growth and influence of social-media networks and deliver a more compelling, authentic experience for both consumers and for major brands and celebrities. At theAudience,

Brodie Smith

Professional American Ultimate Disc Player, Brodie Smith
Brodie Smith is a professional American Ultimate Disc player and viral frisbee disc trick shot performer. Brodie has won 2 National Championships in Ultimate Disc playing for the University of Florida, and currently plays for the Chicago Wildfire in the American Ultimate Disc League... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Cinematic Virtual Reality: Immersive Storytelling

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Shannon Gans

Producer, New Deal Studios
Shannon is CEO of New Deal Studios, a 21st Century Creative Studio. Though best known for her career in visual effects on over 150 of the biggest films and commercials in the past 20 years including "Interstellar." She has produced feature films, web content, virtual reality for theme... Read More →

Matthew Gratzner

Dir, New Deal Studios
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Ian Hunter

Dir, New Deal Studios
Ian Hunter is multi-disciplined artist who has established himself as a visionary storyteller in motion picture visual effects and production. Bringing his unique style and creative vision to each of his projects, Hunter has won VES Awards for his work on "The Dark Knight” and... Read More →

Gregory Plotkin

Dir, Jalupy Productions Inc
Gregory Plotkin is a Los Angeles native who grew up enamored with the film industry, specifically editing and directing. He graduated from UCLA and started working in the studio editorial system eventually helping shape the fledgling genre of "found footage” with "Paranormal Activity... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


Crowd Sharing: Crowd Funding and Sourcing in Games

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Starr Long

Exec Producer, Portalarium Inc
Starr Long has been making videogames for twenty years. Starr started his career with Richard Garriott at the legendary studio Origin Systems, where he was the Director of Ultima Online, the longest running MMO in history. In 2010, UO was inducted into the Online Game Developers Conference... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


Developing Character in High Performers


Kim Berard-Ulrich

Dir of Communications, IMG Academy
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Gary Denham

Dir of Instructor Dev, Naval Special Warfare
Gary is an acknowledged professional Public Speaking Coach and owner of Effective Presentation Solutions. He has taught several professional baseball and football organizations and has worked with several forums of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in addition to being the guest... Read More →
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Ashley Merryman

Author & Journalist, IMG Academy
Ashley Merryman's insights change the national dialogue. With Po Bronson, she's written two New York Times bestselling books – Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing and NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children. Together, they've won nine national awards for reporting including... Read More →
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Angus Mugford

Director/ IMG Institute, IMG Academy
Angus joined IMG Academy in 2004 and helped lead much of the growth and development of the mental conditioning team, managing a staff of 8 consultants developing programs for junior and professional athletes and coaches. During his tenure at IMG, Angus has spent his time working with... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Drones Take Flight: Are They Ready for Prime Time?

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Randy Jay Braun

Director of Product Experience, Dji
Randy Jay Braun has been a professional photographer for nearly thirty years on the island of Maui. For most of those years Braun also owned and operated Hawaii’s most successful photography art gallery.
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Niels Joubert

PhD Candidate, Stanford
Niels is a Ph.D Candidate in Computer Science at Stanford, where he solves computer graphics problems with autonomous drones. His latest research enables users to capture advanced video footage using completely autonomous quadrotors, removing the need for a pilot. He has previously... Read More →

Mike Senese

Exec Editor, Make: Magazine
Mike Senese loves music, authentic Neapolitan pizza and building stuff. As a long-haired, metal-headed sixteen-year old, he spent his first summer abroad in the Ecuadorean Andes promoting public health by constructing latrines. Since then he's survived a year of late nights in Madrid... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


Sports Mega-Events: Do They Have a Future?

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Jules Boykoff

Assoc Professor, Pacific University
Jules Boykoff, Professor of Political Science at Pacific University in Oregon, is one of the world’s leading experts on political activism and the Olympic Games, and has published numerous essays on these issues in "The New York Times" and the "The Guardian." Jules’s two most... Read More →
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Ben Carrington

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Ben Carrington is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, and widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the sociology and politics of sports. He has published four books on sports, culture, race and identity; his most recent book is an anthology... Read More →

Piara Powar

Anti-racist sports campaigner, FARE
Piara Powar is the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE Network), the leading organization that tackles discrimination and uses football as a means of overcoming social exclusion. Piara is a vocal figure in sport and a long standing anti-racist campaigner... Read More →
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Dave Zirin

Journalist, The Nation
Dave Zirin is one of the most prolific sports journalists writing today. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World”, Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation, hosts Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, “Edge of Sports Radio... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The Cast of Community on Moving to Digital


Dan Harmon

Writer, Yahoo

Joel McHale

Actor, Yahoo
Born in Rome, Italy and raised in Seattle, Washington, Joel was a history major at the University of Washington, where he also was a member of their championship football team. In addition, Joel received his Master's of Fine Arts from UW's Actor's Training Program.

Chris Mckenna

Exec Producer, Yahoo

Jim Rash

Actor, Yahoo

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


What Does An Art and Design Incubator Look Like?

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Julia Kaganskiy

Dir/NEW INC, New Museum (NEW INC)
Julia Kaganskiy is a recognized cultural producer across the art and technology fields. She is currently Director of NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator for art, design and technology conceived by the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
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Lisa Park

Artist, New Museum (NEW INC)
American-born and Korean-raised, Lisa Park is a multidisciplinary artist who is currently based in New York. Her recent works explored the possibilities of self-monitoring her physical and psychological states through the use of biometric sensors (heart-rate and brainwave sensors... Read More →
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Drew Seskunas

Co-Founder, The Principals
Drew Seskunas is co-director of the experimental design studio The Principals. Raised in Baltimore, he studied architecture at The University of Maryland and Pratt Institute. Focused on the demystification of complex natural phenomena, he formed The Principals in 2011 alongside Charles... Read More →
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Sabine Seymour

Founder, CEO, Moonlab Inc
Dr. Sabine Seymour is an entrepreneur and researcher focusing on the next generation of wearables and the intertwining of aesthetics and function in our garments. She is described as being an innovator and has been involved in wearables for almost two decades. Sabine is the founder... Read More →
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Allison Wood

Allison Wood is co-creator and CEO of REIFY. She studied sociology and art history at Mount Holyoke College, and interior design and digital interactive art Pratt Institute.

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Next Stage Austin Convention Center


You Make the Game: UGC and the Next Wave of Play

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David Baszucki

David is the founder, co-creator and CEO of ROBLOX. Prior to founding ROBLOX, David was a private investor. Previously, David was VP and General Manager of MSC.Software, where he ran the desktop simulation division. Prior to MSC.Software, David founded Knowledge Revolution and grew... Read More →
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Owen Hill

Chief Word Officer, Mojang
Chief Word Officer at Mojang AB, Owen Hill is in charge of all Mojang words, from website text, to merch, to in-game copy. He also looks after things that aren't to do with language. He's currently in the process of redesigning Minecraft.net.

Chris Hunter


Saxs Persson

Studio Mgr, Team Dakota

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


19 Reinos - A Game of Thrones Immersive Experience

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Robert Pratten

CEO, Conducttr
Robert Pratten is CEO and Founder of Transmedia Storyteller Ltd, creators of Conducttr – the audience engagement software.

Miguel Salvat

Dir, Canal+ Spain
Miguel Salvat is director of Canal+. He joined the corporation in the fall of 2005 as Premium Channesl director at Canal+. At Canal+, he has run production, promotion and programming departments. Later on, he participated in the launch of Canal Satelite Digital as direcot of programmes... Read More →
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Belén Santa-Olalla

Sr Creative Consultant, Transmedia Storyteller LTD/Conducttr
Belén Santa- Olalla is Senior Creative Consultant at Transmedia Storyteller LTD , London . Along with Robert Pratten, she has done consulting work for various transmedia corporations in Los Angeles, Mexico , Sao Paulo , Perth, Lima , Madrid , apart from working as Conducttr Product... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


3D Print the Smithsonian


Corey Kilbane

Science Teacher & Innovation Coach, William Penn Charter School
Corey teaches atoms and reactions, bits and bots, and service through design at William Penn Charter School, a Quaker school in Philadelphia. He got his start teaching by creating science magic shows for local schools while studying biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis... Read More →
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Brian Mathews

VP & Platform Group CTO, Autodesk Inc
As Autodesk VP and Platform group CTO, Brian Mathews helps shape the technology strategy for Autodesk’s platforms and products serving the design, engineering, and construction industries. He also heads the Reality Computing and Sustainability Solutions business units. Reality Computing... Read More →

Adam Metallo

3D Imaging Secialist, Smithsonian Institution
Adam Metallo received his BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2004 and MFA in painting from the University of Delaware in 2006. Working at the Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Central he developed workflows that integrate 3D technologies with traditional museum model... Read More →
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Vincent Rossi

3D imaging specialist, Smithsonian Institution
Vincent Rossi hails from the great state of New Jersey. He has a BFA in sculpture from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Graduate level fine art study at Goldsmiths College/ University of London, England. From 2004 to 2011, he worked as a sculptor, model maker and project... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


A Conversation with YouTube Celebrities iJustine and Lizzie Velasquez

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Justine Ezarik

YouTube Personality, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
Justine Ezarik a.k.a. iJustine is a one-woman new media phenomenon: techie, gamer, vlogger, and digital influencer. She is one of the top female personalities on YouTube amassing over 3.3 million subscribers across her 3 channels, more than 1.7 million Twitter followers and has garnered... Read More →
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Lizzie Velasquez

Motivational Speaker, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
Lizzie Velasquez, 25, is a global motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist and author of three books: Lizzie Beautiful, Be Beautiful, Be You, and Choosing Happiness. In December 2013, she took the stage at TEDxAustin Women and gave a talk titled 'How Do You Define Yourself?' that... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center



Build First, Fund Later

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JJ Richards

QEO, Spontaneous QuirK
JJ began his love affair with the game industry in the ‘80s working the floor of one of the first Babbage’s in Dallas, Texas. In the ‘90s, he worked at McKinsey & Co. helping Fortune 50 companies get online, and doing pro bono work for fledgling game companies. In the ‘00s... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


Building Better Beat 'Em Ups

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Shawn Allen

Game Designer, nuchallenger
Shawn Alexander Allen is an artist, writer and game designer from New York City. Shawn spent 5 years in AAA games, the first game he shipped having sold over 25 million copies. He is currently working on Treachery in Beatdown City, a tactical beat ‘em up that uses dark humor to... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


El Nuevo Latino: Fusing Cultures and Values

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Galina Espinoza

GM, Major League Soccer Digital Properties
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Aldo Kafie

Group Dir, Octagon Access
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Jenina Nunez

Mgr of External Communications, McDonald's Corporation
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Gonzalo Perez

Owner, Principal, Motivo Insights

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Fantasy Sports: Changing the Fan Experience Daily

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Matthew Berry

Sr. Fantasy Analyst, ESPN
Widely regarded as the face of Fantasy Football in the U.S., Matthew Berry is ESPN's senior fantasy sports analyst. Known as the "Talented Mr. Roto," he's an Emmy winner for his work on ESPN2's Fantasy Football Now. As one of the most popular columnists on ESPN.com, he appears regularly... Read More →
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Nigel Eccles

CEO, FanDuel
Nigel Eccles is the co-founder and CEO of FanDuel, the industry leading one-day fantasy sports company, redefining the way fans watch live games and experience sports entertainment.
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Clifton Ma

Head of Fantasy Sports, Yahoo
Clifton Ma is the Senior Director of Fantasy Sports at Yahoo, where he oversees strategy, operations, monetization, and partnerships. He has been at Yahoo since 2007 and has worked across various Yahoo properties including Sports, Games, Entertainment, and News. He also serves on... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Sports on Facebook: Engaging the Global Stadium


Christopher Golier

VP, National Hockey League

Jeff Mirman

VP of Mktg for Turner Sports, Turner Sports
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Dan Reed

Head of Global Sports Partnerships, Facebook

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Tale of Two Outsiders: How We Made it in Media


Colleen DeCourcy

Partner, Wieden+Kennedy
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Troy Young

Pres, Hearst Magazines Digital Media

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Next Stage Austin Convention Center


To Window Or Not To Window: Film Release Strategies

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Neil Berkeley

Dir, Brkly
Neil Berkeley is an Emmy nominated director living in the Los Angeles area. His first feature film, Beauty Is Embarrassing, chronicles the incredible life and times for fine artist, Wayne White. The film debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in March of 2012 and during its festival run... Read More →
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Danielle DiGiacomo

Dir of Acquisitions, The Orchard
Danielle DiGiacomo is Senior Manager of Film distribution at The Orchard, overseeing the acquisition and release of documentaries and independent films across digital platforms worldwide. She is also an independent film producer, having produced several Nonfiction films, Documentaries... Read More →
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Adam Klaff

Head of Business Dev, VHX
Adam Klaff is Head of Business Development for VHX, a self-publishing platform for premium video used by thousands of artists and distributors worldwide. His responsibilities include overseeing content strategy, partnerships, and platform growth. He has previously presented at SXSW... Read More →
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Simon Ore

Assoc Producer/ Mgmt Consultant, Starburns Industries/The Cinefamily
Simon Oré is an associate producer and creative and management consultant at Starburns Industries, where he helps oversee, develop and produce new content for the studio. He's a producer on their upcoming feature film, Anomalisa.

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


Bike Attraction: Urban Bicycling Gets a Makeover

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Rebecca Gates

Founder, Sound and Associates
Rebecca Gates is an Oregon based musician, artist, curator, and activist. She has toured and released albums internationally (both under her own name and The Spinanes moniker) and appeared on recordings by a range of artists including Willie Nelson, and The Decemberists. Her programs... Read More →
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Susan Peithman-Criss

Research & Ed Program Administrator, OTREC

Tom Smuts

Writer & Producer, Mad Men, AMC
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Kansas Waugh

GM, Bay Area Bike Share
Kansas Waugh is the General Manager of the Bay Area Bike Share system, the first wide-range, regional system in America and a partnership with various municipal and government agencies. Before arriving in the Bay Area last summer, Kansas spent 2 years in Chicago creating the Divvy... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Ex Machina: Alex Garland & the Seductive Enigma OF A.I.


Geoff Barrow

Composer, Ex Machina

Jordan Crook

Reporter, TechCrunch
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Alex Garland

Dir, Ex Machina

Rob Hardy

Dir of Photography, A24 Films
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Oscar Isaac

Actor, Ex Machina

Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 16AB Austin Convention Center


Play Good, Look Better: Athletes and Fashion

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Rembert Browne

Senior Writer, Grantland
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Rachel Johnson

Pres, Thomas Faison Agency
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Justin Leonard

CEO, Game Seven Marketing

Jon Wexler

Global Dir Ent & Influencer Mktg, adidas

Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


So You Want to Make a Midnight Movie

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Roxanne Benjamin

Producer, Snoot Entertainment
Roxanne Benjamin is the Director of Acquisitions and Development for Snoot Entertainment, a motion picture production company founded by Keith Calder and Jessica Calder in 2004 to develop, finance and produce independent films across all genres. Since joining Snoot she has co-produced... Read More →

Jason Eisener

Director/Producer, Yer Dead Productions
Jason is known for directing films such as Hobo with a Shotgun, The ABCs of Death's Y is for Youngbuck segment and V/H/S/2's Alien Abduction Slumber Party, as well as shorts like christmas slasher Treevenge. Jason also recently Executive Produced Turbo Kid which premiered in the Midnight... Read More →

Mette-Marie Katz

Mgr of Sales, XYZ Films
After graduating from the University of Copenhagen with a major in English and minor in Film and TV, Katz worked on her husband EL Katz's films before landing an internship at XYZ Films in LA. She was quickly hired on as a Sales Co-Ordinator and promoted to Manager of Sales, where... Read More →

Peter Van Steemburg

VP of Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures
Peter Van Steemburg is the VP of Acquisitions at Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing. Prior to Magnolia, Peter assisted in International Distribution and Operations for Miramax Films and worked for the Film Finance department at Cinetic Media. While at Magnolia he participated... Read More →
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Jen Yamato

Entertainment Reporter, The Daily Beast
Jen Yamato covers entertainment for The Daily Beast. She's served as an editor and reporter at Deadline Hollywood, Movieline, and Rotten Tomatoes, among other publications, and as a chief film critic at Movies.com. She lives in LA and will throw down any day of the week at karaok... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


The 12-Month Sports Season

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Melissa Rosenthal Brenner

Sr Vice Pres, Digital Media, NBA
As Senior Vice President of Digital Media for the National Basketball Association, Melissa Rosenthal Brenner has led the development, oversight, and implementation of the NBA's global social media strategy and digital portfolio across multiple media platforms. In that role, she has... Read More →

Sam Laird

Sports Reporter, Mashable
Sam Laird reports and writes about a little bit of everything (but mostly sports) from Mashable's San Francisco bureau. Before joining Mashable fulltime in January 2012, his freelance work appeared in publications including the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Slam, and East... Read More →
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Greg Luckman

Global Head of Consulting, CAA Sports
As Global Head of Consulting at CAA Sports, Greg Luckman leads a team that advises corporate clients such as Bose, Emirates Airline, JPMorgan Chase, StubHub and Time Warner Cable on their sports marketing strategies. In less than three years, CAA Sports Consulting has grown to 30... Read More →
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Rudolf Vidal

Managing Dir, FC Bayern Munich US
Rudolf Vidal was named CEO of FC Bayern Munich’s US operations in March 2014. In his role, Mr. Vidal is in charge of advancing the FC Bayern brand in North America by supporting existing partnerships that extend into the US market, developing new business opportunities and engaging... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


We Are Family: Reaching Your Audience


Damian Benders

COO, KollideTV
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Michael Lawson

Head of Content, Candy Factory Films
As someone who has been on the frontline of digital consumption for the past five years, I have a thorough understanding of today’s digital marketplace and I identity with today’s digital consumer. I draw inspiration from the world around me, constantly analyzing things from a... Read More →
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Zachary Soreff

EVP, Sawyer Studios

Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Next Stage Austin Convention Center


10 Lessons From a Decade Behind the Scenes at Pixar

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Deborah Coleman

Photo Editor, Pixar Animation Studios
Deborah Coleman became the first Staff Photographer at Pixar Animation Studios in 2004 and was promoted to Photo Editor in 2008. She develops the image strategy for film publicity campaigns and works with Directors, Producers and Creative Leads to create the visual story about making... Read More →
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Tony Kaplan

Documentary Director / DP, Pixar Animation Studios
Tony Kaplan, Documentary Director and Director of Photography
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Erica Milsom

Documentary Dir, Pixar Animation Studios
Erica Milsom joined the small documentary crew at Pixar Animation Studios in 2002 as an Assistant Editor and became a Documentary Director with the group in 2006. While at Pixar she's helped create documentary content covering all twelve of Pixar's films as well as material for the... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


10 Most Impactful Sports Gambling Moments Of The Year

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Sal Iacono

Writer/Cousin Sal, Jimmy Kimmel Live
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Jonah Keri

Writer, Grantland

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


All Your Gov Are Belong To Us: Gaming 4 Gov Impact

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Christian Doolin

Mgr, Deloitte Consulting
Christian Doolin is a Design Lead for Deloitte’s Center for Immersive Learning, leading the design and development of gaming, simulation, and sandbox solutions to drive engaging learning interventions. His professional experience includes risk modeling in the US transportation system... Read More →
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Lindsay Grace

Director, American University Game Lab and Studio, American University
Lindsay Grace is a professor, game designer and researcher. He directs the AU Game Lab and Studio. His game designs have received awards and recognition from the Games for Change Festival, Meaningful Play Conference , ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community and others. He has published... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


BedPost Confessions: True Tales of Sex and Tech

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Julie Gillis

Producer, BedPost Confessions
Julie Gillis is a writer, producer, and speaker focused on social justice, civil rights, and human sexuality. She is a professional with over 15 years experience in theater production, event coordination, and organizational facilitation.
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Mia Martina

Producer, Bedpost Productions LLC
Mia Martina is a writer, performer, podcaster, ex-New Yorker, and co-producer of BedPost Confessions, a live storytelling show about sex and sexuality. Mia has been a panelist at various sex and tech conferences including moderating the conversation Sex on the Web - The Sabotage of... Read More →
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Sadie Smythe

Writer, BedPost Confessions
Sadie Smythe is a storyteller. As a writer, author of the memoir Open All the Way and producer of the storytelling series BedPost Confessions, she has learned that stories hold a particular type of personal power. Her own story informs many facets of her work - from consulting with... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Next Stage Austin Convention Center


DocLab Showcase: How to Play with VR, Physical Spaces and Ink

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Amy Rose

co-director, Anagram
Amy Rose is one half of Anagram.

Caspar Sonnen

Founder/Curator IDFA DocLab, IDFA DocLab
Sonnen is Head of New Media at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and curator of the festival’s IDFA DocLab, a conference and competition program for new forms of documentary and interactive storytelling. In 2008, Sonnen founded IDFA DocLab to create a... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


Future of Games: Trends and Growth Opportunities

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Drew Johnston

Sr Dir Technical Sales Games, Digital River
Drew is an experienced technology leader with long history managing teams running the gamut of independent games studio manager/developer, Chief Operations Officer (COO) for a visual simulation company, Microsoft Product Unit Manager for Gaming, and VP Technology Online Gaming Publisher... Read More →
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Matt Ployhar

Pres PC Gaming Alliance, Intel
• Matt Ployhar got his start in the tech industry in ‘96 at Microsoft. In ’97 he made his mark as a Tech Evangelist in the SideWinder Gaming Devices group. In late ’99 he transitioned to being a Lead Program Manager in Microsoft’s Game Studios group helping to ship its portfolio... Read More →
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Christian Svensson

CEO, Svensson Consulting
Christian Svensson provides assistance to developers and publishers in all areas of the mobile, console, PC and VR gaming businesses.

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


Gaming's Next Frontier: Between AAA and Indie

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Alexis Garavaryan

Sr Mgr of Worldwide Business Dev, Microsoft
Alexis is graduate student of ESSEC Business School in Paris. He started his career at Apple covering the Entertainment and Media industry. He was in charge of handling relationships with companies ranging from TV Broadcast to Print and Music. In 2008, Alexis joined Ubisoft where... Read More →
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Jack Mathews

Co-owner & Tech Dir, Armature Studio
Jack is a co-owner and Technical Director of Armature Studio in Austin, TX. He started his career working on GameSpy 3D and maintaining QuakeWorld in college. He left school to work at 3Dfx Interactive. After that, he had a brief stint at Ritual Entertainment before working at Retro... Read More →
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Kynan Pearson

Creative Dir, Bluepoint Games
Kynan Pearson is currently the Creative Director of Bluepoint Games in Austin TX. He has over 15 years of professional experience in the video games industry. He has worked on major franchises such as Halo 5: Guardians, Halo 4, Donkey Kong Country Returns and the Metroid Prime se... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


Hit A Home Run with Content Creation and Streaming


George Barrios

Chief Strategy & Financial Officer, WWE

Hulk Hogan

Hall of Famer, WWE
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Jeffrey Volk

SVP/Business Dev, MLB Advanced Media

Renee Young


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner in Conversation w/ Dazed's Tim Noakes


Shia Labeouf

Artist, Dazed Group
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Tim Noakes

Editor-in-Chief, www.dazeddigital.com
Editor-in-Chief of iconic British youth culture title Dazed magazine and its website, DazedDigital.com. I direct the digital and print editorial content of the brand, heading up a staff of over 30 professionals and an international network of contributors.

Nastja Säde Rönkkö

Artist, Dazed Group

Luke Turner

Artist, Dazed Group

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


The Democratization of Sports Commentary

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Andre Pacheco

Co-Founder, SecondMic
Andre Pacheco is one of the co-founders at SecondMic, a platform that offers alternative commentary on sports broadcasts. With more than 14 years of experience in media and advertising, he is responsible for driving marketing and business development at the company. Prior to SecondMic... Read More →
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Mary Pilon

Sports Reporter, The New York Times
Mary Pilon is an award-winning sports reporter at The New York Times and author of "The Monopolists," a book that chronicles the secret history of the world famous board game (Bloomsbury Feb 2015). She previously worked as a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where she wrote... Read More →
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Geoff Reiss

Pres, Hardscrabble Ventures
Geoff Reiss’s career in sports has spanned digital, print, television and live events and he’s helped shape some of the most groundbreaking initiatives in the industry. While at Paul Allen’s Starwave, Reiss oversaw the launch of ESPN.com, NFL.com, NBA.Com and Nascar.com and... Read More →
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Ryan Spoon

SVP of Prod Dev, ESPN
Ryan Spoon is Senior Vice President of Digital Product & Design at ESPN. In this role, he is responsible for digital product management across all screens, including ESPN.com, ESPN's mobile applications, WatchESPN, ESPN3, Fantasy, and Social Media.

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The Life and Times of a Young Innovator

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Errett Kroeter

Sr Dir of Brand & Dev Mktg, Bluetooth Special Interest Group
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Shiva Nathan

Student, Westford Academy
Shiva is a 10th-grade student at Westford Academy in Westford, Massachusetts. He is an award-winning student with prestigious honors such as the 2013 National Micro-Medic Contest First Place Winner and the 2014 Bluetooth Breakthrough Award Winner for the Student Category and many... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


3D Printing: Myth vs Truth

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Michael Balzer

Founder and Producer, All Things 3d
Michael Balzer is the founder of 'slo 3D creators', a 3D print, scan, design and education studio located in San Luis Obispo, California. In providing services for those who need their ideas produced in tangible form, or existing tangible objects converted to a digital form, he works... Read More →
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Andreas Bastian

3D Printing Research Scientist, Autodesk Inc
Andreas Bastian researches, designs, and builds new types of 3D printers. He has worked with FDM, SLS, DMLS, and SLA technologies and researches the rapidly blurring region between inherent material properties and those derived from structure. Currently a 3D printing research scientist... Read More →
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Nikki Kaufman

Founder/CEO, Normal
Nikki Kaufman is the Founder and CEO of Normal, an innovative brand selling tailor-made, premium 3D-printed earphones manufactured and assembled in New York City. Prior to Normal, Nikki was a founding team member at consumer product company Quirky, where she led several departments... Read More →
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Charlie Maddock

Dir of Business Dev, Shapeways Inc
Charlie Maddock is the Director of Business Development at Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D printing community and marketplace. He has been responsible for creating partnerships across verticals ranging from Software (Autodesk, Adobe) to Retail (Neiman Marcus.com, Target.com) to... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr


Gaming for Good: Using Games to Create Change

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Kellian Adams

Founder & CEO, Green Door Labs Inc
Kellian Adams loves doors. She especially loves doors that go into museums, libraries and historical sites because they usually lead to something interesting. As founder and mastermind of Green Door Labs, she works to build games that help people enter the worlds of art, culture... Read More →
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Fred Dillon

Director of Product Development, HopeLab
Fred Dillon is the Director of Product Development at HopeLab. We create products to improve young people's health and well-being. Our products include Re-Mission, a videogame for kids and teens with cancer, and Zamzee, an activity tracker and website experience designed to make moving... Read More →
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Anastasia Goodstein

Sr VP of Digital Services, The Ad Council
Anastasia serves as Senior Vice President of the Advertising Council’s Digital group where she manages the team in charge of digital and mobile strategy for all Ad Council campaigns as well as AdCouncil.org. Prior to joining the Ad Council, she lead the product development and marketing... Read More →
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Sam Potasznik

Games Team Lead, The University of Texas Center for Identity
Sam grew up playing great learning games, and now he's thrilled to make them. After working on games for BrainPOP and the Education Arcade at MIT, Sam now designs and develops games focused on identity theft and privacy management as the Games Team Lead at The University of Texas... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center AT&T Education Room 701 W Riverside Dr


Gaming in Education, Education in Gaming

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Robert Bell

Dir of Games & Simulations, Enspire
Robert Bell is Director of Games and Simulations at Enspire, a TrainingIndustry.com Top 20 Gamification Company. Enspire creates custom, game-based learning experiences that leverage authentic experimentation and gameplay, building real-world performance and helping its clients achieve... Read More →
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Idit Harel

CEO and Founder, Globaloria
Dr. Idit Harel is a pioneer in using new-media technology for cultivating creative learning, innovation, and globalization through constructionist learning theory. An Israeli-American entrepreneur, she founded theWorld Wide Workshop in 2004 to leverage her award-winning research... Read More →

Gary Hoover

CEO, Bigwig Games
Gary Hoover, Bigwig Games Director, Founder, Chairman, CEO, and President began his entrepreneurial journey at a young age. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and resides in Austin, Texas. He spent 9 years as a retail analyst and executive at Citibank (NY... Read More →
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Lonny Stern

Sr Dir Business Dev, Skillpoint Alliance
Lonny specializes in Project and Staff Management; Public and Government Relations; Informal STEM Education; Urban Economic Development; Grant Writing/Development; and Public speaking. At Skillpoint Alliance, he/she is responsible for leading the STEM Council, which connects industry... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd



How Gaming Is Changing the Way We Give Back

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Emma Cerrone

MD, Freeformers
Emma Cerrone is the award-winning co-founder of Freeformers. Emma launched Freeformers with tech entrepreneur Gi Fernando with a simple mission: to help everyone, regardless of background, to grasp the opportunities presented by the digital revolution.
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Nisha Kadaba

Development and Communications, Europe, Room to Read
Nisha has always been passionate about building partnerships that enable and promote positive social change, and her career has allowed her to work with a variety of NGO’s, corporations, community groups, artists, and other individuals who share similar visions of partnering for... Read More →
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Jude Ower

Founder/CEO, PlayMob
Jude Ower is the founder and CEO of playmob.com. She is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology, gaming and social good.
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Dr Steven Roberts

Strategic Transformation Dir, Barclays
Born 1962 in Wales, 1981-1988 University of Cambridge degree and Post Grad (Geophysics). 1989-1990 set up G-Sqaured Cambridge ( now dormant). Married 1989 to Caroline, (and still in bliss). Four boys born over the last 22 years. Joined Barclays 1990, worked all over “operations... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center Kodosky 701 W Riverside Dr


No Underdogs Here: Changing the Female Narrative

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Kassidy Brown

Co-Founder, We are the XX
As a skilled documentary filmmaker, Kassidy has developed a keen understanding of the stories, issues, organizations and individuals who capture the attention of generation Y. She honed her skill set documenting change- makers throughout the world through her film company Journey... Read More →
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Allison Rapson

Co-Founder, We are the XX
Allison is a communications expert, fashion aficionado, and women’s advocacy activist. Allison’s work experience across several media platforms including NBC News, Bravo, iVillage and The Week Magazine instilled in her the need for effective communication while teaching her to... Read More →

Lauren Zalaznick

Former EVP, NBCUniversal, LZ Sunday Paper

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Next Stage Austin Convention Center


Punch Drunk: Hockey Fighting at a Crossroads


Brad May

Brad May

Sean Shapiro

Texas Stars Beat Writer, Yahoo! Sports
Sean Shapiro is a freelance journalist in Austin who has covered the American Hockey League's Texas Stars since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
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David M Singer

Pres, SingerNet
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Greg Wyshynski

Editor, Yahoo! Sports
Greg Wyshynski is an award-winning sportswriter and editor who specializes in blending humor with unique insight. One of the revolutionary voices in the hockey media, he was named one of The Hockey News’s 100 People of Power and Influence for the last five years.

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


The Ticket as Currency: Access to Entertainment in Sport

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Michael Cramer

Program MGR, The Texas Program in Sports and Media
Michael Cramer is the executive director of TPSM. A former president of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars and, more recently, a professor in sports management at New York University, Cramer is the founding director of the Moody College of Communication initiative.

Todd Fleming

Vice President, Sales, Legends Sales & Marketing

Barry Kahn

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Mark Pannes

CEO, Stadio Della Roma
For over two decades Mark has built and revitalized sports and entertainment businesses in the US, UK and Europe. His track record includes each club he worked with across 17 seasons making the playoffs, and in 12 of those years, leading their respective leagues in total revenues... Read More →

Bryan Perez

CEO - AXS, Anchutz Entertainment Group
Bryan Perez joined AEG in August, 2011 as President of Digital, Ticketing & Media. In this role, Perez guides the development and roll-out of the company's digital strategy which is closely linked to the introduction and roll out of AXS Ticketing, the organization's new ticketing... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom CD 98 San Jacinto Blvd
Monday, March 16


How Serialized Fiction Is Rewriting the Book

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Jerry Fan

Founder, JukePop Inc
Founder of JukePop, Jerry Fan is an engineer turned entrepreneur. His broad industry experience includes time at successful Silicon Valley start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and most recently at Motorola Mobility. He has a BS, EE from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from the University of... Read More →

Jennifer Lee

Creator, Plympton
Jennifer Lee AKA "TOKiMONSTA" is known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her music has been recognized and praised by the very best in tastemaker and mainstream media. LA Weekly ranked her as 2010’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles, mNET recruited her to be part... Read More →
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Michelle Miller

Managing Dir, Joan Ganz Cooney Center
As Managing Director, Ms. Miller oversees strategic planning, communications, and operations for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and leads industry-focused work. She brings more than fifteen years of experience as a leading strategist for mission-driven organizations. Michelle began her... Read More →

Jon Nathanson

Creative Dev Dir, JukePop Inc

Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Tech My Mind: The Age of Instant Gratification

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Julie Barrios

Dir of Spiritual Formation, Reality SF
Julie has been on an ongoing journey of personal embodiment and mission to help others live life to the fullest of their human capacity. Her experience and interests are broad, from aesthetics to asceticism (twenty pieces.org), the intersection of technology and spirituality, art... Read More →
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Shanice Johnson

CEO & Dir, Malakai Creative
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Ayori Selassie

Sr Software & Solution Engineer, Salesforce.com
Ayori is an Oakland, CA native, a mother, entrepreneur and tech professional. She is a self taught software developer since age 11 and first founder at age 16 and has worked in tech sector for the last 16 years. Currently she is a Senior Solution Engineer at salesforce.com where she's... Read More →
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Andrew Yee

Online Program Administrator, Biola University
Andrew Yee went from developing systems as an engineer at Intel (working directly on the first 4 generations of Itanium processor) to developing people using online platforms & methodology for spiritual growth at the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University. He is passionate... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd



Unlock Revenue Streams with Digital Asset Rights

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Tarek Fadel

Founder & CEO, FADEL
As CEO, Tarek Fadel is responsible for the overall management and performance of FADEL, driving its long term strategic plan as well as overseeing the day-to-day management of the corporation. Prior to founding FADEL in 2003, Tarek was a Director of Consulting at Oracle Corporation... Read More →
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Edward Klaris

Principal, Klaris IP
Ed Klaris is a recognized expert in intellectual property management, licensing, and enterprise assets. He knows the field from a legal, business and strategic point of view. He spent more than 20 years in the media and entertainment industry, leading large teams focused on monetizing... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Breaking the Fourth Wall: Audience Participation in the Digital Age


Peter Girardi

SVP, Warner Bros

Marc Goodchild

CEO, Sync Screen

Julian McCrea

CEO, Portal Entertainment
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Jon Schnitzer

Co-Owner, The Brain Factory
Jon Schnitzer is the Director / Producer of HAUNTERS The Movie, a documentary about the visionaries who create the most interactive and controversial haunted houses for Halloween. HAUNTERS explores the psychology of scaring people and the rise of "full contact" extreme haunts where... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Exploring Storytelling in the Digital Age

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Andrew Cochrane

Digital Director, Mirada
Andrew Cochrane is a filmmaker and creative lead at Mirada, Guillermo del Toro's independent studio. He is a Digital Director in the digital/interactive group, which focuses on combining the company’s passion for storytelling with new forms of personal user interaction. His credits... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Forget Screens: Immersive Content Lives Everywhere


Bill Galusha

Sr Technical Producer, Autofuss
Bill has a unique understanding of how to combine and create technologies. He's not a coder, but enables his teams to work easier, think differently, and continues to present first-of-its-kind installations and video pieces. Bill is currently working with Autofuss, previously he worked... Read More →
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Chad Hutson

Exec Producer, Leviathan
Chad Hutson is the co-founder and Executive Producer of Leviathan, a creative studio that crafts animated content and immersive installations for brands, agencies and entertainers worldwide. Before launching the company in 2010, Chad co-founded animation and interactive studio eatdrink... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


How Potato Salad Killed/Saved Crowdfunding

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Zack Brown

The Potato Salad Kickstarter Guy, The Case Foundation
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Allyson Burns

SVP Communications, Revolution
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Ryan Grepper

Founder & CEO, Coolest Cooler
Ryan is part visionary, part mad scientist, and a passionate supporter of the DIY revolution. He’s the driving force behind The Coolest Cooler, and has been a full-time inventor and product developer since 2006, with multiple products successfully developed and licensed in several... Read More →
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Gary Wohlfeill

Dir of Mktg, Crowdrise
I'm the Director of Marketing at CrowdRise and work with partners to develop highly engaging and successful fundraising campaigns as well as developing the CrowdRise brand. Before CrowdRise, I was the Creative Director at Moosejaw, a multi-channel outdoor retailer that has been recognized... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Next Stage Austin Convention Center


Neymar: From Brazil Soccer Star to Youtube Creator

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Rodrigo Abdalla

YouTube Content Mktg Mgr, Google
Abdalla is a storyteller by right: he has lived in exotic countries such as Marrocos, South Korea and China and has already been an entrepreneur, M&A banker (boring!), marketing consultant, planner and account executive at ad agencies.
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Alice Braga

Actress/Dir, Losbragas
Brazilian born actress Alice Braga received international recognition for her performance in 2002’s "City of God", nominated to a Golden Globe and Oscar®. Starred in "Cidade Baixa" (Lower City), opposite Will Smith in "I Am Legend", and in other films as "Blindness", David Mamet's... Read More →
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Felipe Braga

Dir/Screenwriter, Losbragas
Brazilian screenwriter and director, Felipe Braga has written HBO Latin America series like "Mandrake" and "Destino SP", and the feature films "Cabeca a Premio" and "Trash" (directed by Stephen Daldry). His first work as a director was "B1", a feature documentary about a blind professional... Read More →
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Rita Moraes

Chief Producer, Losbragas
Rita Moraes born in Brazil, graduated from Film School in Australia in 2004, and in the last 10 years has been working in Brazil specialised in international production servicing - with major commercial campaigns and feature films. In 2012 founded Losbragas, the production company... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


Protecting Your Game IP Without Alienating Users

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Amanda Conley

Assoc, Cobalt
Amanda Conley is an associate attorney with Cobalt LLP. Amanda has a diversified practice focused on intellectual property and legal issues in emerging technologies, including trademark and copyright counseling and enforcement; advising on privacy and data security practices; recovering... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


A Drama Nirvana: How to Create a Multiplatform Hit

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Beth Hoppe

Chief Programming Exec/GM, PBS
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David Levine

SVP/Programming, HBO
David Levine is senior vice president, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of original drama series. He was named to this position in August 2014. He currently oversees the Emmy®-winning True Detective and Emmy® and Golden... Read More →
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Pam Veasey

Exec Producer & Showrunner, Csi: Cyber
Pam Veasey has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years as a writer, producer and director and is one of the few women to have held the title of Executive Producer/Showrunner in sketch comedy, half-hour comedy and episodic drama.
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Sue Vertue

Producer & Board Dir, Hartswood Films Ltd
Sue began her producing career at Tiger Aspect in 1991 with MR. BEAN. She went on to Produce Emmy Award winner THE VICAR OF DIBLEY, HOSPITAL (which was the opening night comedy for Channel 5 and a winner at Banff), and THE LAST ENGLISHMAN which was a Bafta nominated single drama starring... Read More →
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David Zucker

Pres of Television, Scott Free Productions
David W. Zucker is President of Television for Scott Free, and Executive Producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated, Peabody-acclaimed drama, The Good Wife, now in its 6th season on CBS, as well as NUMB3RS, which ran for six successful seasons on the same network. 2014 productions... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Finding A TV Partner in A Digital World

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Jill Burkhart

Director of Documentary Programming, EpixHD

Cynthia Kane

Sr Producer, Al Jazeera America
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Vinnie Malhotra

SVP Dev & Acquisitions, CNN Films
Vinnie Malhotra is svp for development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. Malhotra joined CNN in 2012, and is responsible for leading co-development opportunities for CNN’s platforms. Prior to joining CNN, Malhotra served as vice president and executive producer for content development... Read More →

Jennie Morris

SVP Acquisitions, Participant Media
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Elizabeth Sheldon

SVP, Kino Lorber Inc
As Senior Vice President of Kino Lorber, Elizabeth is responsible for acquisitions and business development at one of the leading US independent film distribution companies in North America. Elizabeth oversees film acquisitions across numerous labels, including Kino Lorber and Alive... Read More →
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Lois Vossen

Deputy Exec Producer, ITVS
Lois Vossen, founding and deputy executive producer of Independent Lens, is responsible for commissioning new work, curating the series and works closely with filmmakers during editorial through broadcast. She works with the communications team on series marketing and scripts top... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


How New Technology is Changing War Zone Filmmaking


Nick Bicanic

CEO, Purpose Films
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David Darg

Co-Founder, RYOT
One of Esquire Magazine’s "2012 Americans of the Year,” David spent the last 15 years as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world’s largest natural disasters and wars. As Vice President of International Operations for... Read More →

Kaj Larsen

Correspondent, VICE News
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Daniel McCabe

photographer / filmmaker, Redux Pictures
Daniel McCabe graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a BFA in Photography and has worked in the news, commercial and film industries. Daniel's primary focus is conflict / humanitarian crisis and has worked in Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. Currently... Read More →

Bryn Mooser

Co-Founder, RYOT
Bryn Mooser is the Co-founder of RYOT and was named one of Esquire Magazine’s “Americans of the Year” as well as a "Hollywood Maverick" by Details Magazine. Mooser was Country Director for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) and helped build Haiti's largest Cholera center as... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 15 Austin Convention Center


Independent Directors on Working with Actors


Andrew Bujalski

Dir/Writer/Actor, Results
Andrew Bujalski was born in 1978 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a director, writer and actor known for Funny Ha Ha (2002), Mutual Appreciation (2005), Beeswax (2009) and Computer Chess (2013). He currently lives in Austin, TX and is in post-production for his next feature f... Read More →
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Kat Candler

Dir, Candler Productions
Kat Candler’s latest feature film, Hellion premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Dramatic Competition. Her previous films have screened at Sundance, the Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW, Slamdance and on PBS. Candler is a... Read More →
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Caroline O'Connor

Dir of Communications, Screen Actors Guild Foundation
Hailing from Austin, TX, Caroline O'Connor is the Director of Communications at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, a national non-profit arts organization that provides free professional workshops, panels and seminars to SAG-AFTRA performers and the public at large through its livestream... Read More →

Todd Rohal

Dir/Writer/Actor, Uncle Kent 2
Todd Rohal is an American independent filmmaker. His feature films include 2014's ABCs of Death 2, 2011's The Catechism Cataclysm, and 2006's The Guatemalan Handshake. He is also responsible for the short films Single Spaced (1997), Slug 660 (1998), Knuckleface Jones (1999), Hillbilly... Read More →

David Zellner

Dir/Writer/Actor, Zellner Bros

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


Navigating Patent Troll and Competitor Litigation

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Todd Landis

Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Todd E. Landis practices intellectual property litigation in the areas of electronic arts, chemical arts and oil field services. Mr. Landis has served as trial counsel in several intellectual property litigation cases and has significant trial and Markman hearing experience. He has... Read More →
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Omer Salik

Dir, Litigation & Intellectual Property, Activision
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Fred I. Williams

Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Fred I. Williams’ practice focuses on complex litigation and counseling, with emphasis on intellectual property, antitrust, class action, and white collar disputes. The majority of his practice is devoted to representing industry-leading companies in cases involving patent infringement... Read More →
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David Youssefi

VP/General Counsel, Daybreak Games
David Youssefi is Vice President & General Counsel at Daybreak Games, a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games and emergent gameplay. David oversees the company’s legal affairs, including videogame development and publishing agreements, software and technology licensing... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd



Storming The Gates of the Digital Frontier

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Anthony Deptula

Dir of Programming, Maker Studios
ANTHONY DEPTULA - Deptula produced, co-wrote, and starred in One Too Many Mornings, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the inaugural Next Section. It was the first of two films to be released on YouTube Rentals and had a day-in-date digital download release with... Read More →
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Lauren Francesca

Lauren Francesca, Lauren Francesca
With over 1 billion views online, Lauren Francesca has been described by Streaming Media as "a YouTube superstar." Lauren's videos have been featured on 20/20, Tosh.0, The O'Reilly Factor, FOX News, TruTV's Funniest Moments, Comedy Central, and more. Entertainment Weekly said Lauren's... Read More →
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Todd Luoto

Producer, Fox Digital Studio
Todd Luoto is a Chapman University film school graduate, and as a result, will be in debt until at least his third marriage. After a stint in the development department at Miramax/Dimension Films, he shortly worked as a journalist, while touring the festival circuit with his own... Read More →
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Derek Waters

Writer/Actor/Producer, Maker Studios
Derek Waters is the creator of Drunk History on Comedy Central, which is currently in production on its third season. The show began as a series of online shorts that garnered millions of views on Funny or Die and YouTube. Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln, starring Will Ferrell and... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Tool-Kit for Crafting an Interactive Documentary


Cathy Fischer

Sr Content Producer, ITVS
Cathy R Fischer, cross-platform content producer/marketer/connector and translator, began her career as a publicity intern for director Robert Altman. After working in independent film, the performing arts, politics and HBO, Cathy joined public media funder ITVS, where she launched... Read More →
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Andrew Grace

Filmmaker, Moon Winx Films
Andrew Beck Grace is an award winning documentary filmmaker based in Alabama. His 2012 film, “Eating Alabama,” was funded by ITVS, premiered at SXSW, played over 40 festivals worldwide, and aired nationally on PBS in July of 2013. The film was awarded Best Documentary by the James... Read More →
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Mike Robbins

Partner, Helios Design Labs
Mike is a Partner and Creative Technologist at Helios Design Labs, where he has been for the last 15 years. He oversees the interactive part of Helios' creative output. Recent storytelling projects that he has worked on in include Highrise with Kat Cizek and the NFB, Offshore with... Read More →
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Alex Wittholz

Creative Dir, Helios Design Labs
Alex is Partner and Creative Director at Helios Design Labs. Born in Germany and raised in South East Asia, Alex grew up surrounded by both the minimalism of modern European design as well as the visual chaos of the developing world. He has spent his career unsuccessfully trying to... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


Art of Amazing: 4K Film from Conception to Viewing

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Liana Bender

Dir of Dev, California Film Institute
As Director of Development at the California Film Institute, Liana Bender is responsible for the financial sustainability of the organization’s contributed revenue. The California Film Institute is an internationally recognized nonprofit cultural institution that produces the Mill... Read More →

Matt Chrispen

Director of Business Development, THX Ltd.
As Director of Business Development at THX Ltd., Matthew Chrispen is tasked with seeking great business and technology partnerships for THX. During his 7 year tenure at THX, he has managed THX Marketing, Certification program and Sales, as well as Business Development. Matt has been... Read More →
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Anthony Gilmore

President, Nameless Inc
Anthony Gilmore’s work runs from live action and documentary filmmaking to producing video content for clients like Toyota, Zwilling, and Adidas. As president of Nameless Inc., an international award-winning creative agency with offices in Nagoya and LA, Anthony utilizes RED camera... Read More →

Richard Leider

Engineering Manager, Player Infrastructure, YouTube
Richard Leider is the Engineering Manager of the YouTube Player Infrastructure at Google. The Player Infrastructure team is responsible for the client side of video playback for YouTube applications on TVs, game consoles, desktop and mobile web, Android and iOS.
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Peter Vasay

VP of Technology, THX Ltd
As Vice President of Technology Operations at THX Ltd., Peter Vasay oversees the THX Certification program as well as all product testing operations. He is responsible for managing a team of certification engineers and technicians that works with the world’s leading CE manufacturers... Read More →

Mark Viken

VP, Brand Mktg, Sharp Electronics Marketing Corporation of America
Mark Viken has extensive experience and a highly successful track record within the PC and consumer electronics industries. With more than 20 years experience as a Sony Electronics senior executive, Mr. Viken provided strategic leadership in product and corporate marketing as well... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 15 Austin Convention Center


How Next-Gen Filmmakers are Changing Hollywood


David Bloom

tech and Sunday editor, Deadline Hollywood

Burnie Burns

Creative Director, Rooster Teeth

Michael Goldfine

Chief Content Officer, Fullscreen

Matt Hullum

CEO, Rooster Teeth

Kevin Iwashina

Managing Partner, Preferred Content

George Strompolos

CEO, Fullscreen

Monday March 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Next Stage Austin Convention Center


Meet the Creative Game Changers


Alec Berg

Exec Producer, Silicon Valley
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Dana Harris

Editor in Chief/General Manager, Indiewire
Dana Harris is the Los Angeles-based editor-in-chief and general manager of Indiewire. Prior to joining IW, she spent nearly 11 years at Variety as a film reporter, creator of lifestyle section Variety Weekend, editor of Variety.com and in business development. has covered virtually... Read More →
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Marc Hofstatter

Head of Film, Indiegogo
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Tim League

Founder/CE O, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema/Drafthouse Films/Fantastic Fest
Tim League graduated from Rice University in 1992 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art/Art History. After a two-year stint at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, California, Tim turned his back on the engineering profession and opened up his first movie theater. An unmitigated financial... Read More →
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Ruth Vitale

Exec Dir, CreativeFuture
Ruth Vitale has been at the forefront of independent film production and distribution for more than three decades, including as Founder and Co-President of Paramount Classics and as President of Fine Line Features.

Monday March 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


Stories Asunder: Tales for the Internet of Things

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Shaun Dubuque

Principal Software Engineer, Retailmenot Inc Labs
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Sam Patteson

Lead Mobile Developer, Rosetta Stone Ltd
Sam Patteson was raised in the bucolic and isolated Shenandoah Valley near Staunton, Virginia. He has had many different jobs in his professional life including coppersmith, construction worker, bartender, door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, and most recently, lead mobile software... Read More →
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Heath Pecorino

Artistic Director, The Dead Horse Drum, The Short Box
Michael Heath Pecorino is an artist who lives with his wife, the artist M Hillary, and their family in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was a founding member of Ampersand Arts in Staunton, Virginia, and served as the Visual Arts and Music Artistic Director for three years. Before moving... Read More →
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Lisa Woods

UX/UI Designer, thirteen23
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Klasien van de Zandschulp

Sr Interaction Designer, Lava Lab
Klasien is an interaction designer. She works as designer & curator for Lava Lab and as an independent interaction designer. She created several digital (art) projects such as an interactive storytelling application for Dutch historical art, the augmented audio application ‘HearUsHere... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


Always Talk to Strangers: Telling True Stories


Joshuah Bearman

Founder, Epic Magazine
Joshuah Bearman writes for Rolling Stone, Harper's, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, McSweeney's, and contributes to This American Life. Bearman was a contributing producer on Seth Gordon's documentary, "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters." Bearman wrote the... Read More →
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Joshua Davis

Founder, Epic Magazine
Joshua Davis is a writer, film producer and co-founder of Epic Magazine and Epic Digital.

Chris Smith

Dir/Producer, Blue Mark Productions
Chris Smith has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyer Magazine, and has been featured on television and print media for his commentary on issues impacting the legal profession. He has been the managing attorney at The Smith Firm, PLC, a multi state law practice with... Read More →

Gina Welch

Screenwriter, Blue Mark Productions

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 15 Austin Convention Center


Behind the Blue Screen: Video Stories from Iran

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Jaap van Heusden

Owner, Jaap van Heusden
Jaap van Heusden (1979) studied at the Dutch film academy, graduating as a director in 2005 with his film ‘Een ingewikkeld verhaal, eenvoudig verteld’ which was shortlisted for a student oscar. Since then he has directed and screenwritten several short films, documentaries, and... Read More →
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Ruben Pater

Designer, Untold Stories
Under the name Untold Stories Ruben Pater creates visual narratives about geopolitical issues. He initiates projects in which research is followed by visuals ways of storytelling for a wide audience, creating new relations between journalism and design. His ‘Drone Survival Guide... Read More →
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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Co-founder & Publisher, De Correspondent
Ernst-Jan Pfauth (1986) is co-founder and publisher of De Correspondent, a Dutch-language, online journalism platform that offers background, analysis, investigative reporting, and the kinds of stories that tend to escape the radar of mainstream media because they do not conform to... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


DIY Theatrical Distribution for Independent Films

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Annie Bush

Co-Producer, Untitled Films
Annie Bush is an Austin film producer and Executive Director for OUTsider Film & Arts Festival. Annie has produced award-winning films like PJ Raval's BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (2013) and VULTURES OF TIBET (Russell O. Bush). Skilled in promotion and community engagement cinema, Annie uses... Read More →
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Sara Giustini

Producer Community Outreach & Audience Engagement, Untitled Films
As a filmmaker, Sara Giustini has an affinity for both fact and fiction so she divides her time between documentary and narrative production. Sara is currently the project manager for the Oscar-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam, where she oversees the theatrical release and... Read More →
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Katie Graham

Co-Dir, Untitled Films
Katie Graham served as director of photography and co-editor, for the award winning documentaries BEST WORST MOVIE (SXSW 2009) and THE AMERICAN SCREAM (Fantastic Fest 2012). Her directorial debut ZERO CHARISMA won her the Audience Award at SXSW in 2013 as well as runner up for the... Read More →
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Andrew Matthews

Andrew is an Austin-based writer, director and editor, whose most recent film, ZERO CHARISMA, which he co-directed with his wife Katie Graham, premiered at SXSW Film in 2013 and won the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award. ZERO CHARISMA is currently available on multiple platforms... Read More →
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PJ Raval

Dir, Untitled Films
Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100 2010” and Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film 2006," PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker whose credits include TRINIDAD (Winner Best Documentary Cleveland International Film Festival 2009, Showtime, LOGO), the highly... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 17B Austin Convention Center


Love & Sex - A Provocative New Transmedia Series

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Olivia Bee

Photographer/Filmmaker, MTV World
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Nusrat Durrani

Nusrat Durrani is a Senior Vice President at Viacom Media Network and General Manager of MTV World, an innovation team producing cutting-edge pop culture content. The division also creates bespoke advertising programs for partners including Intel, and General Motors. Nusrat is executive... Read More →
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Matt Lambert

Dir, iconoclast
LA Born and Berlin/London-based, Matt Lambert is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist whose most recent work, through an exploration of identity and sexuality, looks to open a debate around the way youth perceives and presents itself in the digital space. His work is deeply... Read More →
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Molly Soda

Artist, MollySoda.Biz
Molly Soda is an artist working across a variety of digital platforms such as videos, GIFS, zines, and tweets. Her work invokes insight on contemporary feminism, perversion, culture, and identity. She is currently based out of Detroit, but you can always find her on the Internet... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Owning Your Work: The Future of All Things Comedy

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Doug Benson

Comedian, Spredfast
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Bill Burr

Actor, Loner Productions
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Chris Kerns

Dir of Analytics & Research, Spredfast
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Al Madrigal

Comedian, All Things Comedy

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Playing to Learn: Lessons From Game Design Gurus

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Tinsley Galyean

Founder & CTO, Global Literacy Project
Tinsley holds a PhD from the Interactive Cinema Group at the MIT Media Lab and a ScM in computer graphics from Brown University, while also having studied design and visual arts at Cranbrook. He has helped museums like MoMA, Museum of Science & Industry Chicago, Boston Museum of Science... Read More →
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Makeda Mays Green

Co-Founder & Exec Dir, PlayGen/DigitalShoreditch
Makeda Mays Green is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Digi Play, an independent consulting firm dedicated to creating quality content for young children. As an educational consultant for media companies, she evaluates the most effective ways to reach target audiences through... Read More →
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Elliot Hedman

Founder, mPath
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Michelle Miller

Managing Dir, Joan Ganz Cooney Center
As Managing Director, Ms. Miller oversees strategic planning, communications, and operations for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and leads industry-focused work. She brings more than fifteen years of experience as a leading strategist for mission-driven organizations. Michelle began her... Read More →
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Cecilia Weckstrom

Global Head of LEGO.com & Consumer Experiences, LEGO Group
When Cecilia was five years old, she built cities out of LEGO bricks and programmed computers to play symphonies she wanted to hear. Thirty years later she runs LEGO.com and is at the forefront of LEGO’s journey to digitalise its play experience for LEGO lovers world wide. Her experience... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


Should You Develop Your Film Into a TV Series?

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Sarah-Violet Bliss

Writer/Dir, Fort Tilden
SARAH-VIOLET BLISS is a filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY who has written and directed a number of award-winning films including features, shorts and webisodes.
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Hannah Fidell

6 Years
Hannah Fidell's first feature film, A TEACHER, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. That same year, Fidell was awarded the Chicken and Egg Emerging Narrative Female Director award at SXSW. She is currently in preproduction on her next feature film and is developing A TEACHER... Read More →
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Katie Krentz

Development Executive, Cartoon Network
Katie Krentz is director of comedy animation for Cartoon Network. In this role, Krentz is responsible for developing and producing animated comedies for Cartoon Network. Her most recent projects include Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, and the upcoming We Bare Bears and Cartoon... Read More →
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Julia Pott

Animation Dir, 6 Years
Julia Pott is a British animation director living in LA. Her films have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide including Sundance, with awards from festivals such as AFI, San Francisco and Clermont Ferrand.

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Virtual Reality: Video Reinvented

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Matt Apfel

VP Strategy and Creative Content, Samsung Media Solutions Center of America
Matt Apfel Vice President, Strategy and Creative Content, Samsung Media Solutions Center America Matt Apfel serves as vice president of strategy and creative content at Samsung Media Solutions Center America, where he leads efforts to partner with world-class IP owners and talent... Read More →
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Nancy Bennett

CCO, Two Bit Circus
As a video/music director and producer, entrepreneur, executive and ball of energy, Nancy Bennett’s talents have pulsed through the heart of the media world for over 25 years. Not content to just create music projects for the likes of Tori Amos, Led Zeppelin, The Beastie Boyz, Ringo... Read More →

Jeffrey Marsilio

VP Global Media Distribution, NBA
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Mark McClusky

Editor, WIRED

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Next Stage Austin Convention Center


AR and VR: Moving Beyond the Square Screen


Allen DeBevoise

Chairman of the Board, Machinima
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Gaia Dempsey

Co-Founder, Managing Director, DAQRI International, DAQRI
Gaia Dempsey Co-Founder, Managing Director, DAQRI International
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Steven Masur

Partner, CDAS Venture Law Group
Steven Masur is a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams and Sheppard LLP, and a principal at CDAS Venture Law Group. Steve is one of the first digital media lawyers, and has been a highly active dealmaker in the technology venture scene for over 20 years. He brings a uniquely high level... Read More →
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Anthony Mattana

Founder, Hooke Audio
Behind Hooke Audio's ingenuity is professional sound designer, composer, musician, and inventor Anthony Mattana. Cited by Live Design Magazine as a “Young Designer To Watch For,” Mattana has had a life-long love affair with sound. His holy grail being the highest quality re-creation... Read More →

Vivian Rosenthal

Founder & CEO, Snaps

Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Game of Thrones: Creating Immersive Entertainment

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Sabrina Caluori

VP Digital & Social Media, HBO
Sabrina Caluori is vice president, Digital and Social Media, for Home Box Office, responsible for the enterprise social media practice as well as the day-to-day execution and publishing of digital and social experiences in support of HBO and Cinemax’s programming properties. An... Read More →
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Melissa Eccles

Creative Dir Immersive Ent, Elastic
Melissa is Creative Director, Immersive Entertainment at Elastic. A digital geek with an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California she has led the creative and technical crafting of complex projects from the first interactive video experience on YouTube to... Read More →
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Jim Marsh

Dir/Digital & Social Media, HBO
Jim is the Director of Digital & Social Media for HBO, where he has spent the past seven years driving strategy and execution for key programs including Game of Thrones and True Detective, as well as product oversight for HBO Connect. He helped to build HBO's Digital & Social Media... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd



Infinity and Beyond: Pixar and 20 Years Since Toy Story

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Ed Catmull

Pres, Pixar & Walt Disney Animation Studios & Disneytoon Studios, Pixar Animation Studios
Dr. Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios. Previously, Dr. Catmull was vice President of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he managed development in the areas of computer graphics... Read More →
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Pete Docter

Dir & VP Creative, Pixar Animation Studios
Pete Docter is the Oscar®-winning director of “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Up,” and Vice President, Creative at Pixar Animation Studios. Docter’s latest film, Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” is scheduled to release June 19, 2015.
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Jim Morris

Pres, Pixar Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios
Jim Morris, President of Pixar Animation Studios, joined Pixar in 2005. Morris oversees the production of the studio’s features, shorts, DVD content and theme park activities. He additionally manages Pixar’s Studio Tools, Systems, Development and Human Resources departments. Morris... Read More →
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Galyn Susman

Producer, Pixar Animation Studios
Galyn Susman joined Pixar Animation Studios in November of 1990 to work on Pixar’s television commercial production as technical director, animator, and producer. She soon came to work on Pixar’s first feature film, “Toy Story,” where she contributed as a character technical... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


It's Listening: Biofeedback in Video Games

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Erin Reynolds

Creative Dir, Flying Mollusk LLC
Erin Reynolds is the Creator and Creative Director of the biofeedback-enhanced game Nevermind. She graduated from USC with a BA in Fine Arts in 2006, then worked in the game industry as a Game Designer for several years until returning to USC to explore the potential of positive games... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd
Tuesday, March 17


3D Printing in the Movies


Chuck Alexander

Dir of Prod Mgmt, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

Jason Lopes

Lead Systems Engineer, Legacy Effects

Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Four Seasons San Jacinto 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Beyond Live, Why the L+3 Social TV Convo Matters

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Natan Edelsburg

SVP Muck Rack & Shorty Awards, Social TV Writer, Shorty Awards & Muck Rack
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Michael Scogin

VP, Late Night, NBC Ent Digital, NBC Universal
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Sima Sistani

Dir of Media, Tumblr
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Don Steele

SVP Multi-Platform Mktg/Fan Engagement, Comedy Central

Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Hollywood to Silicon Valley: Making a Megahit


Fred Graver

Head of TV, Twitter

Paul Holland

General Partner, Foundation Capital

Ann Sarnoff

COO, BBC Worldwide North America

Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


Making Music Physical Again

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Charlotte Brimner

Singer/Songwriter, Musician
Charlotte Brimner is potentially the most innovative artist in Britain. Her songwriting prowess is beyond her 17 years. Her singing voice is flawless. She raps. She beatboxes. She produces her own material and even helps to invent her own instruments. The pitch perfect Dundee songstress... Read More →
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Kate Stone

Founder, Novalia
I add interactivity in the form of touch and bluetooth to printed surfaces. I love developing technology to let this happen but really its all about what we use it for and the immersive interactive experiences we can create. A recent example is the interactive album cover for DJQBert... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
ACC Room 12AB Austin Convention Center


Market or Die: How to Get Your Game Noticed


Martin Gaston

Social Content Producer, TMW
Martin has 6 years under his belt as a games journalist, so has had his fair share of exposure to the world of indie games. He has recently moved agency side to work as a social content producer on behalf of one the the biggest games publishers in the world. This mix of first hand... Read More →
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Mike Phillips

Planner, wootcomms
Mike is an advertising professional with 6 years experience marketing for brands including global games publishing companies. In his spare time his co-writes a blog called Indie Marketing Handbook, a resource for indie developers looking to promote their games to a bigger audienc... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


AJ+ Presents the Future of Engagement


Dr Yaser Bishr

Exec Dir Strategy and Development, Aj+
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David Cohn

Exec Producer, AJ+
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Jigar Mehta

Engagement Lead, AJ+
Jigar Mehta is a digital entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker and journalist. He works at the intersection of media, technology and innovation.

Brooke Minters

Sr Producer, AJ+
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Hugh O'Connor

UX Lead, AJ+
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Dena Takruri

Presenter/Producer, AJ+
Prior to joining AJ+, Dena (@dena) was a host and producer at HuffPost Live in New York, where she joined as part of the original launch team. There, she covered a variety of topics including global affairs, politics, lifestyle, and culture. Before that, Dena was with Al Jazeera Arabic... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Next Stage Austin Convention Center


Astrophysics Goes Hollywood: Cinematic Science

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Donna Cox

Dir, Advanced Visualization Laboratory, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Donna J. Cox, MFA, PhD, is an artist-research scientist who specializes in data visualization. She's Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Director of Illinois eDream Institute, and Professor in Art and Design, University... Read More →
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Robert Hurt

Visualization Scientist, NASA’s Spitzer Science Center/JPL-Caltech
Dr. Robert Hurt is the Visualization Scientist for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission. He was awarded his Ph.D. from UCLA in astrophysics in 1993 for a study of gas dynamics in starburst galaxies, and other areas of interest include star formation and active galaxies. After completing... Read More →
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Frank Summers

Outreach Astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute
Dr. Frank Summers is an outreach astrophysicist who illuminates and elucidates the awesome beauty and intricate wonders of our universe. His expertise spans a diverse range from research cosmology and high performance computing to scientific visualization, education, and public engagement... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Data and Spoon Benders: Hacked Music and Design

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Michael Hendrix

Partner, IDEO
Michael Hendrix, a Partner and Design Director at IDEO, is an accomplished graphic designer with over 50 awards from major U.S. design associations. He is also a musician (R.M.Hendrix) and released his first full-length album, "Urban Turks Country Jerks", for Moon Sounds Records in... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 15 Austin Convention Center


Decoding Percepciones: CS, Latinos and Storytelling

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Susan Cartsonis

Pres, Storefront Pictures
The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for WHAT WOMEN WANT (Paramount)—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release--and WHERE THE HEART IS (20th Century Fox). She produced, THE DUFF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eraXtuAnv64... Read More →
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Julie Ann Crommett

Program Mgr/CS Education in Media, Google
Julie Ann Crommett joined Google in December 2013 and is currently the Program Manager, CS Education in Media, working to shift perceptions of computer science in mainstream media so as to encourage more diversity in the field.
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Joanna Johnson

Exec Producer/Writer, ABC Family
Joanna Johnson is well known for her acting role as twins Caroline and Karen Spencer on the CBS soap opera “The Bold & the Beautiful,” where she still occasionally reprises her role as Karen (the not so evil twin). Joanna wrote the independent feature “The Shrink Is In” starring... Read More →
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Sowmya Subramanian

Engineering Dir, YouTube
Sowmya Subramanian joined Google in 2006 where she was instrumental in the development and growth of several strategic initiatives at YouTube and Google Maps. In her first 4 years, Sowmya led an engineering team with Google Maps using crowdsourced data to map the worlds' streets and... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom E Austin Convention Center


Doc Distribution: Get Up to Speed with PBS Indies: Presented by PBS

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Liz Cheng

GM, WORLD Channel
In May 2013, Liz Cheng was named General Manager of Television for WGBH-TV Channel 2, WGBX Channel 44, CREATE, ’GBH Kids, Boston Kids and Family TV. She will retain her duties as General Manager of WORLD, a position she has held since coming to WGBH in December 2011. WORLD, a national... Read More →
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Marshall Curry

Documentary filmmaker, Marshall Curry Productions
Marshall Curry is a two-time Academy Award nominated documentary director. His films include STREET FIGHT, which followed Cory Booker's first run for mayor of Newark, NJ; RACING DREAMS, which won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival; IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH... Read More →
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Yance Ford

Filmmaker, Yanceville Films LLC
Yance Ford is Sundance Documentary Film Program fellow, recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital grant (Theo Westenberger Award) a MacDowell Colony fellow and was among Filmmaker Magazine’s 2011 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
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Byron Hurt

Filmmaker, God Bless the Child Productions LLC
Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexist activist. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, "REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT." His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast... Read More →
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Donald Thoms

VP Programming/General Audience, PBS
Donald Thoms is Vice President of General Audience Programming at PBS, overseeing editorial development and production for programs in the Arts, Performance, Drama, Lifestyle and Cultural areas. Donald also works with Independent producers and projects surrounding diversity.


Live Music Streaming as Means for Brand Engagement

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Jimmy Chamberlin

Co-Founder & CEO, LiveOne Group
Grammy Award winning musician, writer, producer, and educator, Jimmy was a founding member of the Smashing Pumpkins and the band’s highly acclaimed drummer for over 20 years. In 2011 Chamberlin got involved in the Chicago tech scene as an investor and advisor. In 2013 Chamberlin... Read More →
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Andrew Klein

SVP, AEG Global Partnerships, AEG Live
Andrew Klein is currently the SVP of Global Partnerships at AEG. His current responsibilities include the monetization of the AEG Live festivals, tours, and music clubs. These assets include but are not limited to Coachella, Jazz Fest, Firefly Festival, Stagecoach, Best Buy Theatre... Read More →
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Hank Neuberger

Pres, Springboard Productions
Founder of Springboard Productions, Grammy-winning Producer, and the Supervisor of Broadcast Audio for the annual Grammy Awards telecast. Producer of live multi-channel Music Festival Webcasts since 2005, including in 2013: Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Austin... Read More →
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John Petrocelli

CEO, Bulldog Digital Media
John Petrocelli is a leader in the digital media industry with a vast knowledge of the digital distribution of premium content and the digital media ecosystem. Petrocelli has been instrumental in helping major media companies establish optimal strategies to both distribute and monetize... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 12AB Austin Convention Center


Spiritually, Through Interactive Technology


Opeyemi Olukemi

Mgr/Interactive, Tribeca Film Institute
Opeyemi has managed the TFI New Media Fund since 2011 and expanded the Interactive department to include TFI Interactive—a day-long immersion into the world of digital storytelling, Interactive Playground—an arena showcasing immersive technologies and projects, Tribeca Sandbox—an... Read More →
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Michel Reilhac

Independent Interactive Story Architect, MELANGE
After over 10 years as head of cinema for the french german public broadcaster Arte in Paris, producing over 25 independant films from all over the world yearly, and buying over 160 features yearly, I am now an independant transmedia and story writer/ Director / Consultant. Currently... Read More →

Ilo von Seckendorff

NetLab Director, DOK Leipzig
Ilo von Seckendorff has actively involved with DOK Leipzig since 2001. Since 2012 Ilo is head of DOK Training at DOK Leipzig. She started to bring transmedia to DOK Leipzig, curating cross media screenings and case studies and initiating the DOK Leipzig Net Lab, an international two... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Austin Suite Austin Convention Center


The Future of Concerts on TV

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Kymberli Frueh-Owens

VP-Programming, Fathom Events
Kymberli Frueh-Owens is a seasoned media professional with a 20+ year successful track record in network content distribution, programming acquisition, and new initiative launches for industry leading media companies including VIACOM (MTV Networks, Showtime Networks, Sundance Channel... Read More →

Rob Gill

GM North America/A&R, Eagle Rock Entertainment Inc
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Evan Haiman

VP Music Production & Programming, AXS TV
I oversee and produce music series and specials for the music and entertainment network (Over 100 Concerts broadcasted from 2012-2014). This includes developing and producing live and post-produced shows. I manage all stages of in-house productions from development and shooting, to... Read More →
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Don Maggi

CEO, Front And Center
Don Maggi, a 30-year entertainment industry veteran, is the founder and president of iMaggination, Inc. Maggi has worked in many facets of the music business and has lent his skills to companies such as: Metropolitan Entertainment, Atlantic, Geffen and Interscope Records, McGhee Entertainment... Read More →
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Lucia McCalmont

VP Program Acquisitions, AXS TV
I'm responsible for working directly with producers, labels, artist management companies and distributors to negotiate, draft and issue license agreements for live (over 100 concerts from 2012-2014) and acquired concerts, travelogues, and documentaries to air on AXS TV. I also work... Read More →
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Patrick McDonald

President, Northstar Media Inc
Founder Pat McDonald brings more than 20 years experience in the field of programming and advertising sales to Northstar Media.

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm


The Hitchhiker's Guide to Game Advertising

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David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz is Chief Marketing Officer at agency MRY, where he leads communications and brand strategy while promoting the agency’s work with clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Visa, and Adobe. A fifteen year digital media veteran, he was previously VP of Emerging Media at agency... Read More →
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Susan Borst

Dir Industry Initiatives, IAB - Interactive Advertising Bureau
After 20+ years at leading NYC traditional creative ad agencies such as Grey, Hill Holliday, Kaplan Thaler Group and Gotham working in senior Account Management and Strategic Business Planning roles on top brands from P&G, Pfizer, Verizon Wireless and more, Susan moved to the digital... Read More →
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Ari Brandt

CEO & Co-Founder, MediaBrix
Ari Brandt co-founded MediaBrix, the industry leading advertising and services platform that delivers immersive brand messages during breakthrough moments in gaming, in 2011 and serves as the company’s CEO. He is a seasoned media executive and entrepreneur with over 18 years of... Read More →

Michael Flamberg

VP/GM - Nielsen Games, Nielsen
Michael is one of the leading authorities in the games space, having conducted research for games and digital entertainment for the past 10 years at Nielsen, one of the largest and highly regarded research firms in the world. He is a UCLA undergraduate and received his MBA there as... Read More →
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Kym Nelson

SVP Sales, Twitchtv
Kym Nelson serves as Senior Vice President of Sales at Twitch TV. In this role since May, 2013, she has created Twitch Media Group, launching an inside, direct-sales media group at Twitch. She is responsible for creating and leading a world-class sales organization that delivers completely... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 4 208 Barton Springs Rd


The New TV Star: How to Build an Audience Online

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Michelle Castillo

Digital Media Reporter, Adweek
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Kelly Day

Chief Digital Officer, AwesomenessTV
Kelly Day Chief Digital Officer, AwesomenessTV
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Tyler Oakley

Content Creator, Pluto.TV
Tyler Oakley is YouTube gold. Established as one of the most influential LGBT vloggers, he is an A-Lister in the digital age. Oakley’s videos are hilarious, engaging, and unapologetically personal. With an undying love for all things pop culture, his quick wit, and an innate sassiness... Read More →
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Max Polisar

Sr VP of Sales, Big Frame
Max Polisar is Senior Vice President of Sales at Big Frame, an industry leading full-service talent management company that represents both digital and traditional talent. The company was acquired by AwesomenessTV, a subsidiary of DreamWorks Animation, in 2014. Max leads the influencer... Read More →
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Tom Ryan

CEO and Co-Founder, Pluto.TV
Tom Ryan is CEO and co-founder of Pluto TV, an online television platform that delivers over 100 TV channels for the Internet for free on any device. With channels spanning music, news, sports, comedy and entertainment, Pluto TV combines the best of the web with traditional television... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Four Seasons Ballroom AB 98 San Jacinto Blvd


A Conversation with Henry Rollins

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Dana Harris

Editor in Chief/General Manager, Indiewire
Dana Harris is the Los Angeles-based editor-in-chief and general manager of Indiewire. Prior to joining IW, she spent nearly 11 years at Variety as a film reporter, creator of lifestyle section Variety Weekend, editor of Variety.com and in business development. has covered virtually... Read More →
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Henry Rollins

Multi-Hyphenate, He Never Died

Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 18ABCD Austin Convention Center


Bilingual Media: Latino Entertainment in the XXI Century

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Frankie Alvarez

Actor, HBO
Frankie J. Alvarez recently wrapped his second season as series regular Agustin in the HBO series LOOKING. He previously recurred in the NBC series SMASH. Frankie also has strong presence in theatre, most recently being featured in New York as Flaco Raphael in Those Lost Boys: The... Read More →
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Alberto Ferreras

Filmmaker & Creator, Habla Series
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Lucinda Martinez

SVP Multicultural Mktg, HBO
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Charles Ramirez-Berg

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom E Austin Convention Center


Music UX: Connecting Technology and Experience for Fans

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James Apollo

Co-Founder, VP Prod & Innovation LANDR, POSSIBLE
Internationally renowned artist & producer, James Apollo has rambled through American back pages with trademark landscapes of dark, sultry rocknroll. When not counting telephone poles along the highway, He works as a Creative Director for Possible Worldwide, outputting some of that... Read More →
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Justin Evans

Co-Founder, VP Prod & Innovation LANDR, Mix Genius
Justin Evans has bounced back and forth between being a musician and internet entrepreneur for nearly 20 years. He is the co-founder of Mixgenius. Our company is made of a group of researchers from QMUL's C4DMm, talented sound engineers, musicians and label owners. Mixgenius uses... Read More →
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John Paul

Tech & Mktg Dir, Featuring.Me
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Alaina Thetford

Owner/Artist Mgr, Train Case Management
With nearly a decade in the entertainment industry, Alaina Thetford is no stranger to the independent music world. Growing up in the rich music culture of Memphis, Tennessee, Thetford relocated to Nashville in the early 2000’s in pursuit of a home base that provided a better sense... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 12AB Austin Convention Center


Online Distribution: Set The Trend!


Daniela Elstner

Managing Dir, Doc & Film International

Vanessa Hope

Dir/Producer, Double Hope Films LLC
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Daphne Kapfer

Managing Dir, Europa International
During her studies of European and French law and institutions at Sciences Po Rennes, Daphné spent 1 year in the United States, working for the San Francisco Film Society and the San Francisco International Film Festival, at the programming and publicity department. She specialized... Read More →
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Jonathan Marlow

Chief Content Officer, Fandor
Fandor co-founder Jonathan Marlow is an occasional curator, cinematographer and composer (though not necessarily in that order). In the two decades prior to his role as Chief Content Officer at Fandor, Marlow was affiliated with assorted technology-centric film distribution services... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 15 Austin Convention Center


Science of Social Funding: 247 Campaign Patterns

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Vann Alexandra Daly

Producer, Sundance Institute
Vann Alexandra Daly is the founder of Vann Alexandra–a creative services agency that gets projects financed through crowdfunding with a 100% success rate–and the industry’s “Crowdsourceress,” a name she received in the press for her expertise in crowdfunding. Alex has served... Read More →
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Christine Doelling

Mktg & Digital Media Strategist, Christine Doelling
Christine Doelling helps her clients construct long and short term campaigns that tell well-crafted stories, while enhancing consumer engagement. She has over seven years of experience working with media, art, and entertainment clients, including her work as an e-marketing specialist... Read More →
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Drew Gardner

Photographer, Gardner-Madras|Strategic Creative
Internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Drew Gardner is a pioneer in his field winning numerous awards for his creativity. Known for his ability to deliver technically and logistically complex shoots, his expert use of light and his attention to detail have earned him... Read More →
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Missy Laney

Artist Svcs Coord, Sundance Institute
Missy Laney has guided over 150 artists through successful Kickstarter campaigns totaling $8 million dollars since joining Sundance Institute in 2012, including Sean and Andrea Fine’s Oscar Award Winner "Innocente", Jehane Noujaim’s The Square"" and Pa