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“For me this expo, I feel this is more personal. The VR Industry is growing, and it needs to have more connections between the developers, the creators and the audience like it is here at MVR expo”

Miami VR Expo will be the second coming of Miami’s Immersive Tech event of the year. Kicking off the summer with a focus on XR and How brands are leveraging Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality in the marketplace. Come take in Sun, Sand and Sea and the tech community in Miami.

[ Speaker Line Up ]

Travis Cloyd
Entrepreneur, Immersive Storytelling

Gasper Ferreiro
Project Ghost Studios

    Dean Lyon
    Founder at Splinter Studios

    Holly Delgado
    Global Marketing Consultant - Dell

    Eric Elder
    Executive Director, XR Wizards Lab

    Maria C de Pena, MS
    President and CEO, Code Explorers - NGO

      Alan Smithson
      XR For Business & Education, MetaVRse

      Lorenzo Vallone
      Co-founder of Xennial Digital

      Kimberlee Archer
      Head of Developer Marketing AR/VR at Facebook

        Joanne Butcher, MA, CFRE
        Global Marketing Consultant

          Dr. J Chris Ford
          Inclusive Innovation Leader| VR Patent Monetization

            Dr. Charles daCosta
            Prof. of Animation, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia

              DeAnne Connolly Graham
              President ROI Media

              Adrian Allen
              Co-Founder Miami VR Expo

              Michelle Mckoy
              Co Founder MVR Expo

              Richard Fendelman
              360˚ Virtual Reality Producer

              Joel Mena
              UX Evangelist, Entrepreneur, Developer of Human Potential

                Ricardo “Dimarco” Barea
                Founder MMM LIVE

                  Rodolfo Peraza
                  Multimedia Artist

                    Chance Glasco
                    CCO of Doghead Simulations

                      Alissa Christine
                      Luvr Worldwide

                        David Mullings
                        CEO - Blue Mahoe Partners

                          Wissam Otaky, CFA
                          Partner at Hatcher+

                            John Rich
                            VP Moxie FutureX Labs

                            Alexandra Ivanovitch, PhD
                            Founder of Equality Labs

                            Andres Rangel
                            Startup Safari Miami

                              Tricia Katz
                              Developer Evangelism Lead, Magic Leap

                                Denise Mendez
                                Lead Systems Engineer, Magic Leap

                                  Kimberly Calhoun
                                  Sr. Executive Producer MoneyMasters.TV - GM IBM.TV networks and AppleTech.TV -

                                  Christopher Lafayette
                                  Architect | VR / AR / AI / XR | Emergent Technologist | Holodecks

                                  Moises Sanabria
                                  Creative Technologist

                                  Nicole Ruggiero
                                  3D visual artist

                                    Deigratia A. Daniels
                                    Systems Engineer and Director of Operations

                                    Carlos Fueyo
                                    VFX Supervisor - Creative Director

                                    Kim Grinfeder
                                    Director, Interactive Media Program , University of Miami

                                      Horace Buddoo
                                      Director of Speaker Relations and Engagement

                                        [ MIAMI VR EXPO SCHEDULE ]

                                        AGENDA: June 7th & 8th

                                        10
                                        :00am
                                        360 Film Workshop with Richard Fendelman

                                        360 Film Workshop with Richard Fendelman

                                        Join Richard Fendelman in a hands-on 360 film workshop. Richard has been involved in television and film production wearing many hats depending on the project: Field Producer on the A&E series '1st 48'​; Producer/Director, Discovery Latin America; Producer/Director, Telemundo Latin Digital. For more information visit www.fendelman.com   This programming is a part of "ArtXRperience" and sponsored by Miami Dade Cultural Affairs. Limited seats are available. READ MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP HERE INCLUDING PREREQUISITES. REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP HERE  

                                        5
                                        :00pm
                                        Thurs. June 6

                                        MVR Welcome Launch Event

                                        Join the Miami VR Expo as we launch our weekend of innovation with partners Startup Safari Miami and Venture Cafe.
                                         
                                        Venture Café Miami’s mission is to connect innovators to make things happen.
                                         
                                        WE HOST THE LARGEST WEEKLY EVENT FOR INNOVATORS IN MIAMI EVERY THURSDAY!
                                         
                                        Bringing together 300+ people from all over the region.
                                         
                                        Admission is FREE.
                                        Arrive early for great parking!
                                           

                                         

                                        10
                                        :00
                                        am
                                        Adrian Allen / Miami VR Expo
                                        Miami VR Expo

                                        Opening Remarks

                                        Join Co-Founders, Adrian Allen & Michelle McKoy for the opening remarks and recognition of special guests, sponsors and exhibitors.

                                        10
                                        :06
                                        am
                                        Tony Cho / Magic City Innovation District

                                        Believing in Magic

                                        Meet the visionaries of the Magic City Innovation District with art, entertainment, technology and sustainability at its core,

                                        10
                                        :17
                                        am
                                        City of Miami

                                        Innovation In Miami

                                        Let us hear the plans for Miami Dade: where it is now, plan to be in the future and the efforts in the pipeline to assist VR & AR startups in the tech community.

                                        10
                                        :23
                                        AM
                                        Tricia Katz / Magic Leap

                                        Miami, the new Mecca for Spatial computing. One on one with Tricia Katz

                                        Meet Tricia Katz, Developer Evangelism Lead, Developer Relations at Magic Leap as she discusses the opportunities for Miami to become the new Mecca for Spatial computing. Magic Leap One is a personal spatial computer that allows digital content to move beyond the confines of the 2D screens and computers of today.  

                                        10
                                        :50
                                        am
                                        Christopher Lafayette / Flotilla

                                        The Future of XR

                                        Christopher is an expert of XR Technology for Healthcare and Education from Silicon Valley. His core focus has been understanding how to use Virtual and Augmented Reality hardware, software, Holodecks, Holochambers and Holopods to train Practitioners, Surgeons, Therapists, and Students.

                                        11
                                        :10am
                                        Eric Elder / XR Wizards Lab

                                        Research and Training in XR

                                        AR/VR Industry Liaison & Adjunct Professor / Executive Director Loyola Marymount University, XR Wizards Lab
                                        Eric started his career as a 2D animator at MTV on Beavis & Butt Head and then moved to LA to work on King of the Hill & The Simpsons. When not working as a professional animator he spent 15 years working with the Art Institutes as an Instructor and then founded the most successful Video Game production training programs in the system. He founded OW! (Online Worlds) Entertainment in 1997 to create virtual worlds for movie & TV properties.
                                        11
                                        :36
                                        pm
                                        Alexandra Ivanovitch, PhD / Equality Lab.

                                        Fulfilling Seniors' Last Wishes through Virtual Reality

                                        Alexandra Ivanovitch, PhD is an innovator dedicated to leveraging 21st century technology to address some of the most pressing challenges our society faces, such as caring for our senior population in an ever-aging society, building trust between law enforcement and the communities it protects, etc.    

                                        12
                                        :00
                                        pm
                                        EXHIBIT DOORS OPEN

                                        Miami VR Expo

                                        Over 50 exhibitors to educate, innovate, create and inspire.

                                        12
                                        :30
                                        PM
                                        Wissam Otaky, CFA, / Partner at Hatcher+

                                        VC Investments in the Immersive Space: On The Rise

                                        Serial entrepreneur, investor and operator. Co-founding Partner of Hatcher+ & heads Early Stage Co-investment Network of leading accelerators worldwide. Loves the Startup Ecosystem and is fascinated by the impact of exponential technological progress on humanity. Panelists: David Mullings, Blue Mahoe Group

                                        01
                                        :30
                                        PM
                                        Holly Delgado, Dell

                                        Powerful Women in World XR: Tech with HER

                                        Powerful Women in World XR: Tech with HER Join leading women in the immersive technology space and discuss the present engagement, the pros, cons, and opportunities. Panelists:

                                        Holly Delgado, Dell
                                        Denise Mendez, Magic Leap
                                        Michelle McKoy,Miami VR Expo
                                        Maria de Pena, MS, Code Explorers

                                        2
                                        :30
                                        PM
                                        Dr. Charles daCosta / Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

                                        The Next Level of Educational Technology

                                        Dr. Charles daCosta teaches Animation at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to Australia he was a professor of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA. He was a board member of the Animation Hall of Fame. His scholarly work focuses on the nexus between theory and practice in animation. He has also taught at the universities of Westminster, Kingston and the Creative Arts in the United Kingdom. He has also been a guest professor of Cultural Studies at the Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.

                                        3
                                        :30
                                        PM
                                        Travis Cloyd / FIU iSTAR

                                        Immersive Storytelling in Cinema

                                        Discuss Immersive Storytelling in Cinema with some of the pioneers, practitioners and thought leaders in the space. This ever-developing immersive platform reflects the power of new technology as a dynamic vehicle for storytelling. What are the opportunities in South Florida? Panelists:

                                        Travis Cloyd, Immersive Studio for Altered Reality (iSTAR), Florida International University
                                        Joanne Butcher, Filmmaker Success
                                        Carlos Fueyo, Playard Studios
                                        Kim Grinfeder, Director, Interactive Media Program , University of Miami
                                        4
                                        :30
                                        PM
                                        Kimberlee Archer, Occulus

                                        What is immersive media and how to get started with the Facebook ecosystem

                                        Kimberlee is a vibrant young professional that is passionate about emerging technology. She has 15+ years of experience in entertainment and media, ranging from small start-ups to global corporations. Over the years she has honed her skills in immersive media marketing by leading go-to-market strategies for Samsung’s VR ecosystem with the launch of Gear VR, Gear 360, and Samsung VR video platform. Kimberlee currently leads the AR/VR developer marketing team at Facebook, which primary objectives are to drive adoption for the company’s AR, VR, and Web VR platforms and increase proficiency amongst XR creators globally.VR devices.

                                        5
                                        :30pm
                                        Nicole Ruggiero & Moises Sanabria

                                        "Digital Bodies" - IRL Institute (Artist Talk)

                                        IRL Institute presents "Digital Bodies" a 2-day event bridging in conversation contemporary-art and day-to-day social and technological trends. In Digital Bodies we'll comment on emerging cultural and social issues, through the context of post-internet art. Prompts will be answered by 2 artists working in the field. At the end of the talk, questions from the live audience. Visitors will be able to 3d scan themselves through our online store and receive a 3d portrait of themselves. There will be music and a VJ set after the talk showcasing curated-artist.     Hosted by: Moises Sanabria is the co-founder of the art media collective ART404, working in the field of poetic computation, machine-learning, and contemporary art. Art404 creates work exploring the social relations between technology and people. The collective has been included in technology exhibitions in New York City, such as Eyebeam and in international exhibitions such as Transmediale Berlin 2012. In 2015, in collaboration with the creative agency Party, our web app Sad Tweets won the Juror’s Choice Award for Social Weird at the Webby Awards.

                                        10
                                        :00
                                        am
                                        Adrian Allen / Miami VR Expo

                                        OPENING REMARKS

                                        Join Co-Founders, Adrian Allen & Michelle McKoy for the opening remarks and recognition of special guests, sponsors and exhibitors.

                                        10
                                        :05
                                        am
                                        Andres Hurtado Rangel /Startup Safari Miami

                                        The Survival of Startups in the Juggle

                                        Startup SAFARI Miami is an adventure into one of the fastest-growing startup hotspots in the Americas. Flourishing amid a culturally-rich, tropical atmosphere, Miami’s startup ecosystem attracts talent, resources, and ideas from around the globe. Attendees set their own agenda and visit founders, VCs, coworking spaces, and accelerators in their own offices to create meaningful connections.

                                        10
                                        :17
                                        AM
                                        Dean Lyon / Splinter Studios

                                        Future of Realtime Interaction in MR, VR & XR.

                                        Dean has over 25 years experience in collaborating with cutting edge directors, studios, production companies, post-production facilities and technology developers throughout the world. He is passionate about the potential of technology to transform the art of visual story-telling. Lyon was elected to the Visual Effects Society (VES) in Hollywood in 2004 for recognition of his work on the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy (VFX Supervisor, Oktobor), and VFX Supervisor roles on ‘Without a Paddle’, ‘Spooked’ and ‘Bogeyman’.

                                        10
                                        :35
                                        am
                                        Dr. Chris Ford / FIU Start Up

                                        VR Patent and Monetization

                                        Learn more about the M2M initiative that seeks to tap the trillions of dollars of underutilized patented technologies developed by FIU, U.S. Department of Energy and Labs, other Federal Agencies,  other universities, and industry in order to foster economic development in South Florida and beyond. Modeled after insights gained from the Military-Industrial complex during the Cold War era, Silicon Valley, and inclusive economic development strategies, the mission of FIU’s M2M Initiative is to inclusively grow South Florida’s innovation economy and beyond. The M2MInitiative has four goal areas: 1) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Entrepreneurial Workforce Development; 2) Innovation Ecosystem Development; 3) Business Incubator and Accelerator Network; and 4) Technology Transfer & Commercialization.  

                                        11
                                        :09
                                        am
                                        John Rich, Moxie

                                        Xtended Reality and Machine Learning: The Future & Now

                                        John is a Futurist / Transhumanist / Future-enablement Architect / Technology Prototyping / Innovation Strategist. Artificial Intelligence and VR is a conversation about his views on current trends and its impact. Never before has the combination of new technology and shifting consumer behavior unfolded at today’s current scale and speed. Entire industries worth billions of dollars are now created or upended not in decades, but in a matter of years or even months. Today’s businesses must know how to navigate this changing future by taking advantage of new opportunities and mitigating the threats that emerge. Moderated by Ana Ruiz, Analytical Beats.

                                        11
                                        :36
                                        am
                                        Alan Smithson / MetaVRse

                                        The Marriage of Education & Technology - Education for the exponential age of humanity

                                        Alan is the CEO of MetaVRse, a global leader in Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality (XR). MetaVRse is also building the XR Learning Centre and was recently accepted to the Museum of the Future Accelerator in Dubai.

                                        12
                                        :00pm
                                        EXHIBIT DOORS OPEN

                                        Miami VR Expo

                                        Over 50 exhibitors to educate, innovate, create and inspire.

                                        12
                                        :30
                                        pm
                                        Digi Tech Talks with Horace Buddoo

                                        Digi Tech Talks

                                        Four Speakers with 15 mins each to discuss: Speaker #1: DiMarco Barea MMM Live "Bridging the Gap between the Virtual and Reality"   Speaker #2: Deigratia A. Daniels Director of Operations at Futurus "Using VR for Social Justice"   Speaker #3: Carlos Fueyo VFX Supervisor - Creative Director  

                                        01
                                        :45pm
                                        Lorenzo Vallone / Xennial Digital

                                        How XR is transforming education through impactful, highly immersive, interactive learning experiences

                                        Let's discuss how having access to AR, VR, and XR tools can enable institutions to explore technologies and how it could be used to expand and deepen learning experiences for students of all ages. Immersive, multisensory experiences can draw students and faculty into other realms, beyond the limitations of the physical world. This is the future.

                                        2
                                        :45
                                        pm
                                        Alissa Christine / LUVR Worldwide

                                        The ART XR PERIENCE. A new Vertical has erupted

                                        PANEL DISCUSSION: The ART XR PERIENCE. A new Vertical has erupted With recent advances in technology, visual artists are able to create works that once lived only in their imaginations. Some advances allow greater precision. Others enable artists to complete a project in hours rather than days. And some have led to entirely new art forms. Here’s a conversation looking at several media that have embraced new technology. Panelist: Alissa Christine, LUVR Worldwide Rodolfo Peraza, MUD Foundation

                                        3
                                        :45
                                        pm
                                        Chance Glasco, Doghead Simulations

                                        Rehumanizing Social Media with VR

                                        Rehumanizing Social Media with VR

                                        4
                                        :45pm
                                        Gasper Ferreriro / Project Ghost Studios

                                        Location Based Gaming Entertainment

                                        PANEL DISCUSSION: GAMING Panelists include:

                                        1. Gasper Ferreriro
                                        Project Ghost Studios  

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