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Wednesday, November 14
 

10:00am

KEYNOTE
Limited Capacity filling up

How do media, technologies and big data interact these days? What benefits can media derive from data? Who could be in a better position to provide information about this at the beginning of the MediaTech Con than the CIO of Axel Springer SE, one of the largest publishing houses in Europe. Samir Fadlallah is responsible in this function for the concern's IT operations and has also been overseeing the software development for digital products of the Bild and Welt group (incl. www.bild.de, www.welt.de) as well as other verticals since february 2018 in his role as the CTO of Spring Axel Springer Digital News Media GmbH & Co. KG. He will open MediaTech Con with his keynote.
                                                       
    

Speakers
avatar for Samir Fadlallah

Samir Fadlallah

CTO, SPRING Axel Springer Digital News Media GmbH & Co. KG
Samir Fadlallah has been the CTO of SPRING Axel Springer's Digital News Media GmbH & Co. KG since February 2018, managing software development for the digital products of the BILD and WELT Group (including www.bild.de, www.welt.de) and other verticals. In addition, he has been CIO... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Stage 2

10:45am

ALEXA, how will you change our industry?
Panel on IoT & smart home tech for the entertainment business. Smart voice recognition, search algorithms, recommendation engines and personalized content are just a few of the technologies and trends which will drastically change the media industry as we know it. Will we talk to a TV set rather than operating a remote control? Will our mood and emotions be measured and inform the content we will be recommended and shown? Will content be produced just in time for individual audiences? Who will benefit and loose from such drastic changes? We’re excited to hear from pioneers at the forefront of technology applications in film & TV how Alexa (and other voice assistants), home technologies and the Internet of Things will change the film & business.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Managing Director (CTPiX Speaker), Digital Production Partnership (DPP)
Mark Harrison was an historian before becoming a freelance film director. He won many awards, including an International Emmy. He became BBC Head of Arts in 2001, and then Head of Multiplatform, Controller of Production, and Director of Transformation. Mark is now Managing Director... Read More →
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Phil McLauchlan

Chief Science Officer (CTPiX Speaker), Mirriad
Through the 1990s Phil was a computer vision researcher at the industry’s foremost research groups. In 2000 he co-founded Imagineer Systems, winning a Sci-Tech Academy Award in 2013 as lead developer of the Mocha visual effects software. His work has focused on products and applications... Read More →
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Pete Thompson

VP Alexa Voice Services (CTPiX Speaker), Amazon
Pete Thompson is Vice President of the Alexa Voice Services (AVS), which enables device makers to integrate Alexa directly into their products. Prior to Amazon, Pete built new businesses and products for a number of well-known brands, including HP, Microsoft, Sonos, T-Mobile and TiVo... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Stage 2

10:45am

Trio Infernale? The inexorable convergence of Media, Tech and Data
Digital technology has turned business upside down, leaving markets more complex, chaotic and competitive than ever before. On the other hand, these disruptive technologies produce vast amounts of valuable information about performance of countless activities, across production, marketing, distribution and logistics. All the while, new innovations in IoT, AI and blockchain are creating new ways to gather information and turn it into insights. In a bid to survive, countless companies are embracing the promise of data by becoming early adopters of new data-focused sciences, strategies and tools to thrive in the chaos created by rapid technological advancement.
But can the insights of big data really give companies a competitive edge in our technologized world? Or will they come with financial, social and cultural risks that we simply aren’t prepared for? In this session, experts at the cutting-edge of digital media and big data will take a critical look at the intersections of their disciplines today in order to parse what these developments mean for the future of our industries.

Speakers
avatar for Prof. Annabelle Gawer

Prof. Annabelle Gawer

Director of CoDE, the Centre for Digital Economy (MTCon + CTPiX Speaker), University of Surrey
An award-winning researcher, author, and educator, Professor Annabelle Gawer is an expert on digital platforms such as Google and Facebook, and on platform-based innovative business ecosystems.Highly-cited author of two books (Platform Leadership, and Platform, Markets and Innova... Read More →
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Dr. Ralf Krestel

Head of Web Science Research Group (MTCon Speaker), Hasso-Plattner-Institute
Dr. Ralf Krestel is Senior Researcher and head of the Web Science Group at Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering at University of Potsdam. His research centers around text mining, information retrieval, recommender systems, natural language processing, and machine learning... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Stage 1

10:45am

VR Now Con Master Class 1 | Innovation and sustainable Projects for XR / VR
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This workshop is aimed at visionary people! Economic, social and ecological aspects are becoming more and more important. XR offers new ways to involve people. We will develop new ideas and potentials with immersive media. The goal? A roadmap for a better life.

This is about? This workshop is about innovation development for XR and VR in speed format. Here you will find tools and teams to develop new project ideas for XR and VR. Choose your industry, whether advertising, urban infrastructure, education or creative industry. We have one goal. The ideas should improve our life and have a social, economic or ecological impact. From here on, we develop business model approaches, perhaps even disruptive ones. You will be surprised what we are able to develop in just 2 hours.
What method do we use? The method is called Open Innovation. In changing teams you build up on the ideas of others. For that you put the consumer needs in the center. Based on this we develop a business model approach. Method kit:  Open Innovation, Design Thinking, Value Proposition Design and Lean Canvas (Osterwalder).
Am I suitable? Previous knowledge about tech, immersive storytelling or product development is not required. But beware: you are only successful if you are open to new thinking. Out of the box thinking is urgently needed.
How many persons? 16 or 20 people – you work in groups of four people.
What do I have to bring? Yourself, with all your creativity, knowledge and ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Elle Langer

Elle Langer

AR/VR Executive Creative Producer (VR NOW Con Speaker), pimento formate
Elle Langer set up the agency in 2015 to help companies stand out from the mass of digital information. She implement media and communication projects using the latest insights of digital communication to bring added value to my clients. She acquired the knowledge about digital brand... Read More →


10:45am

VR Now Con Master Class 2 | Get your IP ready for VR
Limited Capacity full
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Justice League, Stephen King's IT, Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them, Das Boot, Ready Player One, A Discovery Of Witches – more and more movie and TV show releases are accompanied by virtual reality experiences. They can be a promotional tool, but also a new medium for creating and expanding a story universe. Together with John Canning and Eric Shamlin you can examine your own IPs and check out how a meaningful implementation of immersive media. This workshop is aimed at film and television professionals. 

Speakers
avatar for John Canning

John Canning

Executive Producer (VR NOW Con Speaker), Digital Domain
John Canning’s career has spanned media production, delivery and platforms, for over 30 years. Canning runs MediaSherpa Consulting and Productions, which focuses on digital media, game strategy, and technology; from major to small startups; and evolving into the fields of AR, VR... Read More →
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Eric W. Shamlin

Founder (VR NOW Con Speaker), Firebringer
Eric W. Shamlin is SVP Head of Growth for North America at MediaMonks; the world’s largest and most awarded digital production company. From visual effects to mixed reality, manhunts to the Olympics, and ABC News to Apple, Eric has spent the last two decades delivering creative... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:45am - 12:45pm
Film University Babelsberg Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11, 14482 Potsdam, Deutschland

11:45am

Break
Wednesday November 14, 2018 11:45am - 12:00pm
Conference Center

12:00pm

AI for storytelling and film: scriptwriting and workflows
Fireside Chat on the future role of Artificial Intelligence for Storytelling. More and more tools aiming to streamline the creative and production processes in the film & TV industries are beeing infused with algorithms and machine learning - and we will soon loose the ability to distinguish between the works of humans and machines. Will AI help or interfere with the creative process? Will scriptwriting algorithms create just variations of existing scripts (and stories) over and over, or can they open a groundbreaking new chapter in the history of storytelling? How will AI impact the way we write, produce, distribute and see films? Should we look forward to or fear the arrival of machines in something that is at the core of humanity: storytelling? In this fire side chat, two frontrunners at the intersection of film and technology will discuss the future role of artificial intelligence for storytelling, scriptwriting and workflows.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Ray

Deb Ray

Founder and CEO (CTPiX Speaker), RivetAI Inc.
Deb has founded and runs RivetAI, an AI platform for content creators to augment storytelling and make production more efficient. Their products help producers to automate much of the pre-production process and scriptwriters by generating a visual representation of their story which... Read More →
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Oscar Sharp

Director / Filmmaker (CTPiX Speaker)
Oscar is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker. Together with technologist and AI researcher Ross Goodwin he co-created the world’s first AI screenwriter, which named itself Benjamin. Benjamin is a self-improving machine intelligence trained on human screenplays. In 2016, Sharp and Goodwin... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Stage 2

12:00pm

MediaTech Revolution now: Welcome to the Walk-In Future
Only three spots worldwide offer the opportunity for volumetric video capture and creation – since this June Potsdam is, next to London and San Francisco, one of them: with Volucap! State of the art immersive experiences that do not need any more complex rebuilding of objects and characters. They are simply filmed in the Volucap studio. Walk-in film worlds are not only a future of the entertainment industry, 360-degree formats will be used in and hence transform medicine, science, health, fashion, automotive manufacture all the way to the construction industry. This inspirational session introduces the magical world of Volucap, followed by a discussion of the founders on how the idea become a marketable reality and which new business scenarios open up beyond entertainment. Volucap studio can be explored with guided tours on MediaTech Con days.


Speakers
avatar for Thomas Bedenk

Thomas Bedenk

Director Immersive Media (VR NOW Con + MTCon Speaker), Exozet
As Director Immersive Media at Exozet, Thomas Bedenk directs and grows the VR/AR department and represents the company on this topic.Also working as freelance Consultant, Virtual Reality Expert & Creative Mind. Consulting for immersive media (VR/AR/MR) and speaking at conferences... Read More →
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Thomas Ebner

CTO (MTCon Speaker), Volucap GmbH
Thomas is CTO of Volucap, a volumetric capture studio in Babelsberg. Before, he has been researching at Fraunhofer HHI for ten years. As project manager for Volumetric Video for VR/AR he took a leading role in integrating dynamic 3D reconstructions of real persons into immersive experiences... Read More →
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Frank Govaere

VFX Supervisor (MTCon Speaker), UFA SERIAL DRAMA GmbH
Born and raised in Belgium, Frank Govaere studied film and animation at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium and was a master student of Raoul Servais, one of the founding fathers of European animation. He graduated as Master of Fine Arts. Frank has worked with leading... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Stage 1

1:00pm

Lunch Break
Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Conference Center

2:00pm

First Accelerator in Potsdam launches in 2019 - What does the new talent pool offer for startups, industry and investors?
With the new accelerator the University of Potsdam, the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and  the Hasso-Plattner-Institute are jointly establishing a space in Potsdam to promote technology-oriented startups. The aim is to condition the startups with several months of coaching and mentoring services to ensure that they can persist in the market in the long term. Next to that the access to investments and asset should be relieved. The new Accelerator is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of Brandenburg, ILB - the business promotion bank in the federal state of Brandenburg, Axel Springer Digital Ventures, the business network media:net berlinbrandenburg and the MediaTech Hub Potsdam.


Stephan Worch – Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
Prof. Dr. Susanne Stürmer – President at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel – Institue Director and CEO at Hasso-Plattner-Institute
Prof. Dr. Uta Herbst – Managing Director at UP Transfer GmbH and Chair of  Marketing at the University of Potsdam
Olav Wilms – Head of Venture Capital at ILB - the business promotion bank in the federal state of Brandenburg
Jörg Rheinboldt – Managing Director at Axel Springer Porsche GmbH & Co. KG
Andrea Peters – Chairwoman of the Executive Board at media:net berlinbrandenburg e.V.

Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Stage 1

2:00pm

SPEED TECHING
Eight Ignite Talks on the latest Tech for the Film and TV Business. 
Short and concise - that's how companies and entrepreneurs will be presenting the latest technologies for film and TV. They include Clappy (Tallinn, Estonia), Makropol (Copenhagen, Denmark), Anomalia (Prague, Czech Republic), Merfilm (Bergen, Norway), the Digital Production Partnership (DPP, London) and Dropbox. Enjoy the stage powered by creative Tech!

Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Stage 2

2:15pm

VR Now Con Master Class 3 | When VR comes into play – stage direction for immersive media
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

VR storytelling techniques aren't currently relying on expressive camera movement or fast editing. In contrast, good old theater celebrates a comeback. Stage directors know how to use a room, how to position actors, how to attract the audience's attention. Chong Wang has become the leading force of Chinese experimental theatre for his explorations in multimedia performance and documentary theatre. In this workshop he will teach you the basics: How to stage and to make use of the room for telling stories in VR.

Speakers
avatar for Chong Wang

Chong Wang

Artistic Director (VR NOW Con Speaker), Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental
Wang Chong is the artistic director of Beijing-based performance group Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental. He has become the most internationally commissioned Chinese theater director. His works have been invited to festivals in 16 countries.In 2012 he started the Chinese New Wave Theater... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Film University Babelsberg Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11, 14482 Potsdam, Deutschland

2:15pm

Design thinking workshop: Visualisation of logistics
Limited Capacity seats available

The Potsdam-based school of design thinking at the hasso-Plattner-institute will hold the ¨Visualisation of logistics¨ workshop on the first day of MediaTech Con. The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and Lufthansa Industry Solutions (LHIND) will present current challenges in logistics during the workshop and then have the participants work on them under the instruction of coaches from the dschool following the design thinking approach. the results of the workshop will be discussed with other projects on 15.11. at the
panel on smart logistics and mediatech. Please note: participation is possible only after prior registration.


2:30pm

Collaborative Mixed Reality
Virtual- and Mixed Reality let us meet with other people, for private reasons or business meetings, no matter where they are in a physical space. It allows us to connect and collaborate in real-time, also using affordable devices for the consumer market like the Oculus Go. Places of use are engineering, architecture, training or design. 

Speakers
avatar for Christian Glessner

Christian Glessner

CEO (VR NOW Con Speaker), Hololux
Christian Glessner is co-founder and CEO of hololux, a leading agency for virtual and mixed reality. He accompanies and leads customers on their journey into new and emerging virtual realities. Christian’s parents were entrepreneurs, and he grew up between computer technology and... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Stage 1

3:00pm

Break
Wednesday November 14, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Conference Center

3:00pm

Cinematic VR Movie Theater 1
Limited Capacity seats available

At the Cinematic VR Movie Theater showcases, we feature a fine selection of VR experiences. Converted in 270° for pure immersive pleasure. For an audience that wants to enjoy high quality content in a comfy seat of a real cinema. With some popcorn. And a 1,5 l cup of sugarwater.

Wednesday November 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Stage 3

3:15pm

Non-Fiction Futures: Documentary production, distribution and marketing at the cutting-edge
Discussion about the future of Non-Fiction. International documentary film experts come together to discuss the future of producing and distributing non-fiction films, as shaped by competitive online platforms, innovative technologies, new modes of participation and collaboration with audiences, as well as emerging markets around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Christian Beetz

Christian Beetz

CEO (CTPiX Speaker), gebrueder beetz filmproduktion
Christian Beetz and his production company gebrueder beetz filmproduktion range among the most important independent documentary producers in Germany. The productions, which focus on topics relating to politics, society and culture, won numerous awards (e.g. Grimme-Award, Cinema for... Read More →
avatar for Esther van Messel

Esther van Messel

CEO (CTPiX Speaker), First Hand Films
Esther van Messel, born 1965 in Vienna, lives in Switzerland and holds a Bachelor's degree in film & television production and in history from the University of Tel Aviv. In 1990, she joined Warner Bros. Israel and became Head of Distribution. From 1992 she produced international... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Vetter

Marcus Vetter

Director, Producer, Commission Editor (CTPiX Speaker)
Marcus Vetter (born 1967) graduated in Economics and Media Theory and Practice. Since 1994 he has been working as a commissioning editor, producer and director. His films have received attention at national and international filmfestivals and won numerous awards, among which are 3... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Stage 2

3:15pm

An App a day keeps the doctor away – a better life with digital health?
Digital Health – what exactly does it mean? Nanobots in our blood vessels, transmitting micro doses of medicine whenever needed so we can live forever? Not really. It’s more about digitally generated visual aids that help physicians during the operation in real time. Virtual reality that can be used for pain treatment, trauma therapy and against anxiety disorder. Playful, interactive and comforting health games which inform young patients about a normal life with a rare disease. Already existing consumer devices that track pulse, sleep and performance and how they can be connected to medical professionals. It’s about data sets and data security at the same time. Digital Health is still in its early stages, but several players on the market already make use of it. Now we have to find humane ways and ethical guidelines to make them work for us.    


Speakers
avatar for Jonas Jung

Jonas Jung

Entrepreneurship Healthcare IT (MTCon Speaker), Medical Valley EMN e. V.
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Prof. Dr. Igor M. Sauer

Head of Experimental Surgery (MTCon Speaker), Charité Berlin
Prof. Dr. Igor M. Sauer is Senior Surgeon at the Department of Surgery and head of Experimental Surgery, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. He is owner of multiple patents and author of more than 120 publications in international peer reviewed journals and book chapters in... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Angelika Thöne-Otto

Dr. Angelika Thöne-Otto

Head of Clinical Neuropsychology (MTCon Speaker), University Clinic of Leipzig
Dr. Angelika Thoene-Otto is head of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Clinic for Cognitive Neurology, University Clinic of Leipzig. As a clinician, researcher, author and educator she is an expert in e-health applications for neuropsychological rehabilitation. She is a pioneer researcher... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Stage 1

4:15pm

Coffee Break
Wednesday November 14, 2018 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Conference Center

4:45pm

Make Europe Prime again?
Debating the European answer to Netflix and Amazon Prime. BBC and ITV joining forces to create new subscription streaming service BRITBOX. ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Channel launching Germany’s biggest streaming platform. The three leading French broadcasters are unveiling a joint online video platform as well. Will these platforms have the power to adress the dominance of Netflix and Amazon Prime? Or do we need concerted European initiatives to play a role in the „big game“ of VoD? Some of the most relevant VoD platforms will debate this very topical question.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Amlung

Robert Amlung

Head of Digital Strategy (CTPiX Speaker), ZDF
Robert Amlung is a journalist and Head of Digital Strategy at ZDF German Television. His main topic is the convergence of media and its consequences for content, distribution, workflows and business models. This involves questions regarding the future of journalism, systemic change... Read More →
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Prof. Annabelle Gawer

Director of CoDE, the Centre for Digital Economy (MTCon + CTPiX Speaker), University of Surrey
An award-winning researcher, author, and educator, Professor Annabelle Gawer is an expert on digital platforms such as Google and Facebook, and on platform-based innovative business ecosystems.Highly-cited author of two books (Platform Leadership, and Platform, Markets and Innova... Read More →
avatar for Audrius Perkauskas

Audrius Perkauskas

Deputy Head of DG Connect (CTPiX Speaker), European Commission
Audrius Perkauskas is deputy head of unit “Audiovisual and Media Services Policy” at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT). During his 13 years at the Commission and DG Connect, Audrius Perkauskas has acquired... Read More →
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Soumya Sriraman

President (CTPiX Speaker), BritBox LLC.
In February, 2017, Soumya Sriraman was appointed North America President, BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Studios, the commercial arm of BBC, and ITV, the UK's biggest commercial broadcaster. Sriraman is responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, with a focus... Read More →
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Alexandar Vassilev

CEO (CTPiX Speaker), 7TV
Alex Vassilev is the CEO of 7TV, a joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and Discovery, Inc focused on building the next generation OTT streaming service in Germany. The new platform aims to bring all favourite live, premium and sport video content under one roof and deliver... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Stage 2

4:45pm

The Horrifically Crowded Virtual Reality Ask Me Anything Gameshow
Our stage is located in a TV studio. That's why we try something different: New media explained with old media. Learn everything you want to know about XR (and stuff you did not dare to ask about) in a good old fashioned TV game show format. A row of mini games, two teams,  and one hard competition. 

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Bedenk

Thomas Bedenk

Director Immersive Media (VR NOW Con + MTCon Speaker), Exozet
As Director Immersive Media at Exozet, Thomas Bedenk directs and grows the VR/AR department and represents the company on this topic.Also working as freelance Consultant, Virtual Reality Expert & Creative Mind. Consulting for immersive media (VR/AR/MR) and speaking at conferences... Read More →
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John Canning

Executive Producer (VR NOW Con Speaker), Digital Domain
John Canning’s career has spanned media production, delivery and platforms, for over 30 years. Canning runs MediaSherpa Consulting and Productions, which focuses on digital media, game strategy, and technology; from major to small startups; and evolving into the fields of AR, VR... Read More →
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Laura Jeffords Greenberg

Senior Legal Counsel (VR NOW Con Speaker), Unity Technologies
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Ioulia Isserlis

Co-Founder & CEO (VR NOW Con Speaker), AnotherWorld VR
Ioulia Isserlis is the Co-Founder and CEO of AnotherWorld VR, a content and VR production studio that focuses on creating cinematic and narrative-driven VR experiences. Before founding AnotherWorld, Ioulia worked in the fields of content creation, film production/post-production.Since... Read More →
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Gayatri Parameswaran

Co-Founder (VR NOW Con Speaker), NowHere Media
Gayatri is co-creator of critically acclaimed VR pieces such as “Home After War,” “Is this love?” and “Saving the Fishing Cat.” Her work has been presented at the Venice International Film Festival, Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medien (ZKM), Bergen International Film Festival... Read More →
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Daniel Sproll

Co-Founder & CXO (VR NOW Con Speaker), realities.io
As co-founder & Chief Experience Officer of realities.io, Daniel brings the real world into virtual reality - as non-linear, interactive experiences based on photogrammetry. He explores the spatial and embodied nature of VR, spanning up worlds that let users embark on their own journeys... Read More →
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Sean Stewart

Creative Director & Design Director (VR NOW Con Speaker), Magic Leap
An award-winning author of twelve novels, Sean Stewart is one of the world’s most influential digital storytellers.  As a writer, designer and producer he co-created the Alternate Reality Game (ARG) genre of digital entertainment, and served as the lead writer on I Love Bees for... Read More →
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Philipp Wenning

Co-Founder (VR NOW Con Speaker), INVR.SPACE
Having a background in traditional filmmaking and work experience of 15+ years in the field of cinema and TV directing and editing, Philipp wrote, directed and edited his first immersive narrative 180° film “The Imagonaut” (running time: 45 min) which had its world premiere during... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Stage 1

5:00pm

Cinematic VR Movie Theater 2
Limited Capacity seats available

At the Cinematic VR Movie Theater showcases, we feature a fine selection of VR experiences. Converted in 270° for pure immersive pleasure. For an audience that wants to enjoy high quality content in a comfy seat of a real cinema. With some popcorn. And a 1,5 l cup of sugarwater.

Wednesday November 14, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Stage 3

5:45pm

Break
Wednesday November 14, 2018 5:45pm - 6:00pm
Conference Center

6:00pm

From Science Docs to Cryptocurrency: Welt der Wunder TV's Bold Blockchain Venture
The creators of Germany’s most-loved science and documentary series Welt der Wunder made headlines this year with their plunge into blockchain. Lead by CEO and Founder Hendrik Hey, Welt der Wunder TV are developing a blockchain-managed license, trading and sales platform and MILC, their own cryptocurrency. Their aim is to connect international broadcasters, VOD and online video producers with a $500 billion global market of purchasers and advertisers, all while funding a series of innovative film projects. Is this new venture an outlier in the world of German entertainment, or will they be the first of a wave of blockchain disruptors seeking to fix a broken industry? Which challenges have they tackled so far, which risks do they expect to face in the years to come? Find out why Welt der Wunder TV are betting everything on blockchain in this final case study.

Speakers
avatar for Hendrik Hey

Hendrik Hey

CEO (CTPiX Speaker), Welt der Wunder TV
Hendrik Hey is a journalist, presenter and moderator, and the founder and CEO of MILC (Welt der Wunder), of which he is also a majority shareholder. Hendrik began his career broadcast journalism since 1987, specialising in national news and politics reporting and serving as producer... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Stage 2

6:30pm

VR NOW Awards
Limited Capacity seats available

The VR NOW Award is the first European award dedicated to Virtual Reality experiences. An independent expert jury honors great achievements in 4 categories: VR Technology Award, Industry VR Award, Cinematic VR Award, Interactive VR Experience Award. The Grand Prize celebrates the best project of the year, selected from all the nominees in the other categories. Entries can now be submitted with immediate effect until 30 September.

Check out the list of twelve nominees in four categories at www.vrnowcon.io/awards



 

Wednesday November 14, 2018 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Stage 1

7:30pm

GET TOGETHER
Wednesday November 14, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Conference Center
 
Thursday, November 15
 

9:00am

COFFEE AND NETWORKING
Thursday November 15, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Conference Center

10:00am

The Ultimate Potential of VR
Voices of VR is a podcast published three to five days a week featuring interviews with the pioneering game developers, enthusiasts and technologists driving the resurgence of virtual reality. It’s hosted by Kent Bye, who has traveled to the top VR gatherings around the world since May 2014 to bring you a diverse range of VR perspectives and insights from over 500 makers and seasoned academics. The last question in each podcast episode is: What's the ultimate potential of VR? This is also the name of his upcoming book release. At VR NOW Con, Kent Bye presents some of the most interesting answers to this ultimate question.  

Speakers
avatar for Kent Bye

Kent Bye

Podcast Producer (VR NOW Con Speaker), Voices of VR
Since May 2014, Kent Bye has traveled to the top VR gatherings around the world and conducted over 1000 Voices of VR podcast interviews featuring the pioneering game developers, enthusiasts and technologists driving the resurgence of virtual reality. He combines his background in... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Stage 2

10:00am

On Demand Challenges: Smart Logistics and MediaTech
Digital Transformation rocks Logistics in many fields. This Panel introduces integrated solutions  such as The Hermes Fulfilment Project and will discuss future main trends. See how partners from Logistics, Artifcial Intelligence, FinTech, IoT together with Hermes Logistic group joined forces to develop innovative, sustainable and intelligent solutions for the automation of packaging, shipping and delivery. This project is just one experience, how MediaTech and Logistics can work together - others are in the pipeline and challenges are as big as chances are as we will learn from different partners of the Industry. 


Speakers
avatar for Marius Eschen

Marius Eschen

Assistent Manager of the CDO / Member of the Management-Board (MTCon Speaker), Hamburg Port Authority
Marius is Assitent Manager to the Chief Digital Officer of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). As an enthusiastic sparring partner on innovative topics, Marius is working on the digital transformation and various strategic issues of the HPA in the course of technological change. Marius... Read More →
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Prof. Dr. Jan Ninnemann

Head of B.Sc. Logistics Management (MTCon Speaker), HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration
After his studies in Hamburg, Bordeaux and Singapore Jan Ninnemann completed his doctorate on the topic of seaport competition. After gaining initial professional experience, in 2008 he founded Hanseatic Transport Consultancy, a strategy and management consultancy firm for transport... Read More →
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Maj-Britt Pohlmann

Associate Partner, Director Industry (MTCon Speaker), Ingenics AG
Part of the logistics world for 12 years, Ms. Pohlmann draws from a broad logistics experience in multiple industries. After 3 years in the maritime industry she moved to the E-Commerce sector planning logistics centers, including the largest shuttle warehouse built at that time... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Stage 1

10:00am

Artificial Intelligence in Filmproduction
Limited Capacity full
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Workshop on Artificial Intelligence with useful and practical examples
Artificial Intelligence can be useful in unburdening the process-heavy work in pre-production and making film budgets and schedules more efficient. In this workshop, we will offer a hands-on demonstration of AI software from RivetAI that makes pre-production planning more efficient, and also augments storytelling through script visualization and dialogue generation.
Pre-production:
The pre-production stage starts with a script breakdown. Natural Language Processing (NLP), trained on specific datasets, extracts all of the details pertinent to film producers, such as props and shooting locations. A grueling process that typically takes several weeks is cut down to a few minutes with 90% human-level accuracy. Once the elements in each scene are extracted, algorithms and rule-sets can be employed to estimate fairly detailed budget estimates for production. The scheduling process alone—figuring out cast and location availability, cost constraints, and even weather—can lead to millions or billions of combinations to find the optimal timing. This is where AI, compared to manual, heuristics-based ways, can achieve at least 10-15% fewer inefficiencies, translating to significant cost and time savings for productions.
Storytelling:
From a script, a graphical visualization depicting the characters, their interactions and sentiments can be generated. Algorithms are used to analyze character development in a given script and identify plot holes and find continuity gaps at a glance. This is especially valuable for TV series that run multiple seasons, or interactive story lines.
We will also demo how AI is generating its own character dialog by utilizing context and producing more meaningful interactions, including humorous exchanges. We will show how this was used in two recently produced short films where the scripts and dialogues were AI written. AI-generated dialogues brings certain randomness into the process and can help writers and producers explore new creative avenues.    

Speakers
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Deb Ray

Founder and CEO (CTPiX Speaker), RivetAI Inc.
Deb has founded and runs RivetAI, an AI platform for content creators to augment storytelling and make production more efficient. Their products help producers to automate much of the pre-production process and scriptwriters by generating a visual representation of their story which... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 10:00am - 12:30pm
Film University Babelsberg Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11, 14482 Potsdam, Deutschland

10:00am

The business benefits of IMF
Limited Capacity seats available

As content producers increasingly deliver more content to more markets in more languages and more formats, the spiralling complexity of workflows and scale of storage required is becoming a limitation to productivity. The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) promises to deliver significant efficiencies to content mastering, versioning and storage. The DPP and SMPTE recently published TPS 2121:2018 IMF Application ProRes (DPP), delivering an IMF specification tailored to the needs of broadcasters and online content providers, and the DPP is now working with producers, distributors and technology vendors to deliver successful implementations. Join Mark and Rowan to learn about the business benefits that IMF brings, the tools it provides to enable those benefits, and to reflect on where we are in the industry's journey to realising them.

Speakers
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Mark Harrison

Managing Director (CTPiX Speaker), Digital Production Partnership (DPP)
Mark Harrison was an historian before becoming a freelance film director. He won many awards, including an International Emmy. He became BBC Head of Arts in 2001, and then Head of Multiplatform, Controller of Production, and Director of Transformation. Mark is now Managing Director... Read More →
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Rowan de Pomerai

Head of Delivery & Growth (CTPiX Speaker), Digital Production Partnership (DPP)
Rowan de Pomerai began his career at the BBC, working on projects such as file delivery, automated QC, and the BBC’s first HD channel. He was technology lead for ITV’s Production Modernisation programme, delivering workflow efficiencies to the UK’s largest commercial production... Read More →


10:30am

VRBB Sessions 1: The best XR from Berlin and Brandenburg
Immerse yourself into the best VR, AR and MR projects of Germany's capital region – brought to you by Virtual Reality e.V. Berlin-Brandenburg. This session features three projects in inspiring impulse talks.

AnotherWorld VR has nearly completed the work on one of the most ambitious German VR projects. It combines linear film with an interactive VR experience in a horror setting. Co-founder Iulia Isserlis talks about the latest development of the spooky experience.

Thomas Bedenk is Director Immersive Media at Exozet. Their groundbreaking VR tour de force for Audi included more than 100 locations all over the world and gave them invaluable insights on setting up, scaling and creating meaningful experiences and brand engagement.

Speakers
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Thomas Bedenk

Director Immersive Media (VR NOW Con + MTCon Speaker), Exozet
As Director Immersive Media at Exozet, Thomas Bedenk directs and grows the VR/AR department and represents the company on this topic.Also working as freelance Consultant, Virtual Reality Expert & Creative Mind. Consulting for immersive media (VR/AR/MR) and speaking at conferences... Read More →
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Susanne Dickel

Co-Founder (VR NOW Con Speaker), IntoVR
Susanne is Germany‘s first and probably most experienced VR journalist. She started producing immersive stories in early 2015 with Axel Springers WELT and later founded the award winning VR storytelling startup IntoVR. Susanne produced more than 75 immersive stories – mostly in... Read More →
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Ioulia Isserlis

Co-Founder & CEO (VR NOW Con Speaker), AnotherWorld VR
Ioulia Isserlis is the Co-Founder and CEO of AnotherWorld VR, a content and VR production studio that focuses on creating cinematic and narrative-driven VR experiences. Before founding AnotherWorld, Ioulia worked in the fields of content creation, film production/post-production.Since... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
Stage 2

10:30am

Cinematic VR Workshop: Introduction and Ask me Anything
Limited Capacity filling up

Too many movie theater seats remain empty these days, despite all the plus sides like fluffy carpets, comfy chairs, and good memories of first kisses. As business is not as good as it used to be, movie theater owners are open for experiments. Like making some space for VR. While consumer devices still struggle to get a foot in the door, VR Arcades do quite well. One great challenge remains: VR installations for multiple users need space – which is well equipped at best. Hello movie theaters.

At VR NOW Con, cinema owners will get a deeper knowledge of technologies that will enable them to show immersive content to their audiences without too much reconstruction effort. A first step will be Cinematic VR as a shared experience. To demo the new possibilities, our partner INVR.SPACE will set up 50 frame synced Oculus Gos in a real movie theater at our conference venue and turn it into an Immersive Cinema.

At the Cinematic VR Movie Theater, we will present immersive content that's suitable to be shown in this context. VR installations and room scale experiences with 6DoF, live acting or haptic feedback are a logical next step. A workshop for cinema owners and VR producers interested in a new clientele will be informed about the tech, the biz and the content. Let's bring VR into the movies and save them from extinction.

A 90 minute long and highly intensive workshop about how to implement immersive media in movie theaters. The first 45 minutes: immerse yourself into new business opportunities, find out about the current state of technology and set ups, about major and indie content, about marketing and distribution. The second 45 minutes: As me Anything. Experts will find answers to all of your questions.      

Speakers
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Ansgar Esch

Managing Director (VR NOW Con Speaker), Cineplex Münster
Managing director of the cinemas Cineplex and Schloßtheater in Münster and Pollux by Cineplex in Paderborn, member of the committees for marketing and film purchasing at Cineplex Germany. As a cinema operator, I attach particular importance to the cinema experience in all its facets... Read More →
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Frank Govaere

VFX Supervisor (MTCon Speaker), UFA SERIAL DRAMA GmbH
Born and raised in Belgium, Frank Govaere studied film and animation at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium and was a master student of Raoul Servais, one of the founding fathers of European animation. He graduated as Master of Fine Arts. Frank has worked with leading... Read More →
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Joe Pawlas

Executive Director of Marketing (VR NOW Con Speaker), Warner Bros.
Joe Pawlas is responsible for all marketing activities for Warner Bros. Germany across the Theatrical, Home Entertainment and Games businesses.He started his career in 2008 with Warner Music in the Business Development Group which was responsible for innovating and developing new... Read More →
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Cyril Tuschi

Co-Founder (VR NOW Con Speaker), VONDERLAND
Cyril Tuschi is a prize-winning filmmaker-turned-VR-enthusiast and entrepreneur.Cyril started his career by directing music-videos and commercials and then turning to fiction-film. For his Kafka-adaption „Nightland“ he won the New York-Filmacadmey-prize in the Panorama program... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Stage 3

11:00am

Break
Thursday November 15, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Conference Center

11:30am

Breaking the Rules in VR: Lessons (Un)Learned in Creating VR Interactive Narratives
Baobab is one of the world's most successful studios for producing virtual reality content. Their animated 360 movie Invasion was one of the early highlights for the then newly released Samsung Gear VR. This year they presented Crow: The Legend, featuring the voices of John Legend and Oprah Winfrey. Their lively characters and rich story worlds are appealing to a broad audience and will be used for 2D animate movies, among others. Backed up by the huge amount of success and experienced personell with years of Hollywood experience, Boabab aim to distribute their content within new and established channels.  

Speakers
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Jonathan Flesher

Head of Business Development & Partnerships (VR NOW Con Speaker), Baobab Studio
Jonathan Flesher leads Baobab Studios' business development and partnerships. Jonathan previously spent over 10 years in the gaming business at Skillz (CRO), Betable (EVP), Zynga (VP) and Electronic Arts (Sr Dir). Prior to playing games for a living, he worked in private equity and... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Stage 2

11:30am

Partner Event: dwerft2 - introduction of the R&D project
Limited Capacity seats available

dwerft2 is one of the major R&D projects for Future Media Technologies in Germany. The vision of dwerft is to link the whole production and distribution value chain for content in the media business by semantical cross-linking of metadata - the Linked media data cloud (lmdc). These solutions are based on algorithms and AI for picture and speech recognition, blockchain for accounting services, file-based media cloud workflows, automated subtitling services for cross media distribution, media productions tools as well as smart interfaces for archives and editorial databases. At Mediatech Con 2018 Angelika Hörth (DRA) and Mark Guelbahar (IRT) will be introducing the project, answering questions and looking for potential cooperative ventures.
                                                       
    

Thursday November 15, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
DRA Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 20, 14482 Potsdam

11:30am

Experiential Design & Emerging Forms of Immersive Storytelling
Voices of VR podcast host Kent Bye will be presenting his Archetypal Experiential Design Framework, which breaks down an immersive experience into four major components of  quality, context, character, and story. He'll talk about the four qualities of presence, the twelve major domains of human experience, new ways to think about character & temperament, and the two major types of immersive storytelling. The Yang Archetypal Journey is about making choices and taking action that invites the audience to become an active participant in a story of individuation. While the Yin Archetypal Journey is about connecting to the audience to their own sensory experience of embodiment, emotions, and presence to dissolve the ego and recognize systemic relationships and interconnectedness of all things.  We'll interpret different experiences as seen through this lens and explore the tradeoffs of qualities of presence, mashing up contexts, creating nuanced characters, and balancing player agency with authorial control.

Speakers
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Kent Bye

Podcast Producer (VR NOW Con Speaker), Voices of VR
Since May 2014, Kent Bye has traveled to the top VR gatherings around the world and conducted over 1000 Voices of VR podcast interviews featuring the pioneering game developers, enthusiasts and technologists driving the resurgence of virtual reality. He combines his background in... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Stage 1

12:00pm

Storytelling through XR
XR is a great way for storytellers to reach new audiences while creating a profound and lasting impact. But XR is not only for distribution. Now, storytellers can cost-effectively leverage XR tools for producing a wide array of content. This presentation will explore how XR actively engages the audience and how XR tools can be used to capture and produce 2D, 3D, and real-time content (with plenty of examples, including the use of motion-capture suits, from Dave Hunt’s experience as a VR educator).

Speakers
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Laura Jeffords Greenberg

Senior Legal Counsel (VR NOW Con Speaker), Unity Technologies
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Dave Hunt

Tech Artist (VR NOW Con Speaker), Unity Technologies
Dave Hunt is Lead Technical Artist at Unity Technologies, Copenhagen specializing in rigging and animation. He is a 12 year veteran of Bungie where he lead the Rigging Tech Art discipline on games from the Destiny and Halo series. He continues to teach at the University of Washington... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Stage 2

12:30pm

Lunch Break
Thursday November 15, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Conference Center

1:30pm

Don’t be scared, adapt
Immersive media like Virtual Reality is here to stay. New equipment, workflows and operations are introduced. This is not only changing the way how we enjoy entertainment today, but how content is created and produced. It’s not Tabula Rasa, but accelerated evolution. John Canning talks about these changes from the perspective of a producer with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of television and interactive media. His mantra: Don’t be scared, adapt.

Speakers
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John Canning

Executive Producer (VR NOW Con Speaker), Digital Domain
John Canning’s career has spanned media production, delivery and platforms, for over 30 years. Canning runs MediaSherpa Consulting and Productions, which focuses on digital media, game strategy, and technology; from major to small startups; and evolving into the fields of AR, VR... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Stage 2

1:30pm

What is the Breeding Ground for successful Innovation?
Hey, I innovated – and now? Budgets, technical infrastructure and space are needed to sustainably establish innovation on the market. But what more is relevant for being the breeding ground for the success of your innovation? Maschinenraum, a Berlin-based community bringing together startups and established industrial companies working on deep tech and the Internet of Things will share their experience as well as Research Fab Microelectronics, a cross-institute working on future-relevant areas of technology. The Business Promotion Bank of Brandenburg (ILB) is introducing interesting subsidies and venture capital programs they are proving for Innovation on Media Tech in Brandenburg. 


Speakers
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Stephan Guttowski

Head of Technology Park “Heterointegration” (MTCon Speaker), Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD)
Stephan Guttowski studied EE at TU Berlin, focusing on measuring and automation technology, and then went on to do a doctorate in EMC. He did a post-doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). Returning to Germany, Guttowski first worked with DaimlerChrysler Research... Read More →
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Kristian Kreyes

Head of Economic Promotion (MTCon Speaker), Brandenburg State Investment Bank (ILB)
Kristian Kreyes holds an advanced degree in economics. Since 2008 he takes care of the Innovation and Media related activities at the Brandenburg State Investment Bank (ILB). His media-related activities include organizing public loans for the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH as... Read More →
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Lucie Montel

Managing Director (MTCon Speaker), Maschinenraum GmbH
Lucie is Managing Director of Maschinenraum, a Viessmann Group initiative building an environment for collective learning and co-creation between deep tech startups and German Mittelstand companies. She has spent over 7 years creating supportive environments for tech entrepreneurs... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Stage 1

2:00pm

Crafting the Future of Storytelling
Involved in numerous linear and interactive projects for brands, networks and Hollywood studios, producer and media monk Eric Shamlin is an experienced thought leader of the VR industry. His talk revolves around the question how North American media companies use VR today and in the future.  

Speakers
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Eric W. Shamlin

Founder (VR NOW Con Speaker), Firebringer
Eric W. Shamlin is SVP Head of Growth for North America at MediaMonks; the world’s largest and most awarded digital production company. From visual effects to mixed reality, manhunts to the Olympics, and ABC News to Apple, Eric has spent the last two decades delivering creative... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Stage 2

2:00pm

Cinematic VR Movie Theater 3
Limited Capacity seats available

At the Cinematic VR Movie Theater showcases, we feature a fine selection of VR experiences. Converted in 270° for pure immersive pleasure. For an audience that wants to enjoy high quality content in a comfy seat of a real cinema. With some popcorn. And a 1,5 l cup of sugarwater.

Thursday November 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Stage 3

2:30pm

Break
Thursday November 15, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference Center

2:45pm

Why China wants more content – content creation and distribution for the Chinese market
Eddie Lou is one of the most influential figures of Virtual Reality in China. He is founder of Sandman studios, a VR production company based in Beijing. His company's work was shown at Venice VR two years in a row. He is also head of Sandbox Festival which premiered this year in the city of Jingdao. Eddie will give an insight on the lastest development of immersive media in China.  

Speakers
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Eddie Lou

CEO (VR NOW Con Speaker), Sandman Studios
Eddie is the founder and CEO of Sandman Studios, a VR creative studio based in Beijing that produce premium and experimental VR experiences. Sandman Studios’ recent work “Free Whale” and “Fresh Out” are officially selected by 74th and 75th Venice Film Festival VR Comp... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Stage 2

2:45pm

All the World’s a Stage
The phrase “home theater” used to actually mean “home cinema” – meaning you had a big TV and good speakers to go with it. But the next generation of immersive storytelling will leverage a suite of new technologies, from integrated smart home devices to Magic Leap’s wearable computer, to turn our living rooms into playgrounds and stages.

Speakers
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Sean Stewart

Creative Director & Design Director (VR NOW Con Speaker), Magic Leap
An award-winning author of twelve novels, Sean Stewart is one of the world’s most influential digital storytellers.  As a writer, designer and producer he co-created the Alternate Reality Game (ARG) genre of digital entertainment, and served as the lead writer on I Love Bees for... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Stage 1

3:15pm

VRBB Sessions 2: The best XR from Berlin and Brandenburg
Immerse yourself into the best VR, AR and MR projects of Germany's capital region – brought to you by Virtual Reality e.V. Berlin-Brandenburg. This session features three projects in inspiring impulse talks.

Gayatri Parameswaran and Felix Gaedtke are founders of NowHere Media. Their production company specializes on VR documentaries with a social impact. Their last work "Home After War" shows the tragic story of a family father who returned home after the devastating conflict in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Cyril Tuschi is co-founder of VONDERLAND and talks about opportunities for cinema owners who want to use VR.

Sylvius Lack introduces the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf project "Digital Forum Romanum", which presents the political and social center of Ancient Rome and its architectonical evolution in an immersive experience.  

Eleni Kofekidou is presenting Möbius, an interactive synesthetic sound experience and at the same time an architecture simulation of a visionary gallery.
 

Speakers
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Felix Gaedtke

Co-Founder (VR NOW Con Speaker), NowHere Media
Felix Gaedtke is co-founder of NowHere Media – a Berlin-based immersive storytelling studio. He has a background in documentaries and multimedia journalism. He mainly focuses on human rights, social and environmental issues. Felix has covered underreported issues from over 30 countries... Read More →
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Eleni Kofekidou

Master Student (VR NOW Con Speaker), University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg
Eleni Kofekidou has been fascinated by the idea of building her own worlds since she was a child. But she started off in a slightly different direction. In her bachelor studies of media management, she has planned and realized conventional media projects like video, animation and... Read More →
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Sylvius Lack

Research Fellow (VR NOW Con Speaker), Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
Sylvius Lack worked on numerous games and interactive designs in various creative, technical and administrative roles. During the past eighteen years he also played an active role in fostering the next generation of interactive developers. Currently he is a research fellow at Filmuniversity... Read More →
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Gayatri Parameswaran

Co-Founder (VR NOW Con Speaker), NowHere Media
Gayatri is co-creator of critically acclaimed VR pieces such as “Home After War,” “Is this love?” and “Saving the Fishing Cat.” Her work has been presented at the Venice International Film Festival, Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medien (ZKM), Bergen International Film Festival... Read More →
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Cyril Tuschi

Co-Founder (VR NOW Con Speaker), VONDERLAND
Cyril Tuschi is a prize-winning filmmaker-turned-VR-enthusiast and entrepreneur.Cyril started his career by directing music-videos and commercials and then turning to fiction-film. For his Kafka-adaption „Nightland“ he won the New York-Filmacadmey-prize in the Panorama program... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Stage 2

3:30pm

Cinematic VR Mixer
Mix and mingle with likeminded people and experts of cinematic VR, immersive cinema and trends in the movie theater landscape. Drinks and Snacks are on Yondr. Lets meet in the Conference Center!


Thursday November 15, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Conference Center

3:45pm

Coffee Break
Thursday November 15, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Conference Center

4:15pm

Vive la distribution – emerging channels for distributing VR content
France is Europe's Maison du Cinéphiles – the home of film enthusiasts. The country's excitement about movies and movie making leads to excellent educational facilities for directing and animating, and a well oiled funding machine. It's no wonder that French producers also show first-class VR content and lead the business side. Diversion cinema is a distribution company focused on immersive content based in Paris. Paul Bouchard is in charge of content acquisition and distribution and talks about the market perspective, scaling and monetization of Cinematic VR and interactive experiences.  


Speakers
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Paul Bouchard

VR Acquisitions & International Distribution (VR NOW Con Speaker), Diversion cinema
Having worked 8 years in the film industry and international sales business, Paul has a unique expertise regarding VR sales and distribution. In 2018, Paul Bouchard joins Diversion cinema to open the international VR distribution department. This activity aims to  support production... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Stage 2

4:15pm

MediaTech in Science – Science Fiction?
MediaTech will influence and affect all aspects of our  economy, society, how we as human beings interact. But how? Will it transform humankind altogether? Take a journey into the future and hear how Scientists are dealing with the questions of tomorrow. Human-robot intimate relationships, simulation of natural disasters, visualisation of genetic engineering, VR-Learning – all in one Panel.


Speakers
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Dr. Johannes Richers

Chemical Scientist and Designer (MTCon Speaker), Technical University of Berlin
Dr. Jo Richers is a researcher, entrepreneur, and communicator working in the intersection of science, art, and design. He completed his studies and his doctorate in chemistry at the Technical University of Munich and moved to Berlin to study science communication at the Technical... Read More →
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Dr. Gerold Zeilinger

Head of the Geoscience 3D-Lab (MTCon Speaker), University of Potsdam
Since 2005 Researcher at Geosciences in Potsdam. Diploma in Geology in 1997, Tübingen University. Doctor degree 2002 at ETH Zurich, with studies in NW-Himalaya using modern field techniques for plate collision reconstruction. Followed by postdoc positions in Genève, Bern and Zurich... Read More →
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Dr. Raphael Zender

Computer Scientist (MTCon Speaker), University of Potsdam
Dr.-Ing. Raphael Zender studied Information Technology / Computer Engineering and obtained his doctorate for innovative e-learning infrastructures. As a research associate at the Chair of Complex Multimedia Application Architectures at the University of Potsdam, he performs various... Read More →
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Dr. Yuefang Zhou

Visiting Scientist (MTCon Speaker), University of Potsdam
Yuefang Zhou, PhD, studied psychology at the University of Dundee.  Between 2008 and 2017, she was researching healthcare communication in the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews.  Since 2016, she has been a visiting scholar in Cognitive Sciences at the University of Potsdam... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Stage 1

4:30pm

Cinematic VR Movie Theater 4
Limited Capacity seats available

At the Cinematic VR Movie Theater showcases, we feature a fine selection of VR experiences. Converted in 270° for pure immersive pleasure. For an audience that wants to enjoy high quality content in a comfy seat of a real cinema. With some popcorn. And a 1,5 l cup of sugarwater.

Thursday November 15, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Stage 3

4:45pm

VR Industry in China - the content creator's perspective
It seems a long time ago that China was only known for being the workshop of of world. Even though many products are still made in Chinese factories, there's been a major shift to service and content creation. Due to the country's ever growing middle class, the demand for entertainment lets the community of filmmakers and media specialists grow. As founder and CEO of China's biggest association for immersive content creators, Rebecca Liu is giving you specific insights in content production and user demand in China.  

Speakers
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Rebecca Liu

Founder & CEO (VR NOW Con Speaker), VRCORE
Rebecca is the founder and CEO of VRCORE, which is the biggest VR community in China. She started her work in VR since 2014 and has a lot of experience for VR events. Now Rebecca is focusing on promoting China VR industry and bridging the connection between VR industries in China... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Stage 2

5:30pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE
Thursday November 15, 2018 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Stage 2