//Speakers

Hrish Lotlikar

Co-Founder, SuperWorld

“Your Future Life in the XR World”
In the near future, the physical and digital world will be indistinguishable. Humanity and digitality will be one. To understand this future, let’s first understand what has already happened.

Bio: Hrish is Co-founder of SuperWorld, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Med from Rice University, a Master of Public Health and MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Mayank Kejriwal

Professor, USC

Understanding and Tackling Social Problems through Networks and AI”
An overview of AI and network science work currently ongoing in our group for tackling problems like human trafficking and global corruption.

Bio: Mayank received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in computer science and AI. He has also served as a red judge for the 5 million IBM Watson AI XPrize, contributing to systems in use by DARPA and law enforcement.

Andrew Pearson

CMO, Kaleido

“Blockchain based Media & VR solutions”
Live production blockchain in media and entertainment, featuring Kaleido client Greenfence, a blockchain-based loyalty, rewards & rebates platform; a digital collectibles solution used by Sony & Fox to monetize digital assets & “Hands around the World” a digital selfie chain using hologram tech, AR, and social media to raise funds for climate crisis mitigation efforts.

Bio: Andrew is CMO for enterprise blockchain start-up Kaleido, the industry award-winning enterprise SaaS platform. Andrew has spent a decade building B2B SaaS companies, w/ $400M combined exits to-date..

João Beira

Founder, Datagrama

AI generated Visuals for Live Events
A look into his portfolio of creating live events using AI generated Visuals across a number of international concerts & more.

Bio: João Beira is a visual artist, art director and researcher working on immersive and augmented visualizations. João has a P.hD. from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Master of Multimedia Arts from the University of Porto, Portugal.

Panos Moutafis

President, Zenus-Biometrics

“The Power of Facial Analysis”
What if we had the same personalized experience in real life that we do online? Here we explore the near future where we will utilize facial recognition to drive more personalized experiences and a more enjoyable life, if you opt in.

Bio: Panos is the CEO of Zenus Biometrics, a platform integrated with existing registration companies to offer a seamless experience and live updates. More importantly, it incorporates privacy to protect end user information. 

Zack Zukowski

Head of Machine Learning, PEX

Scaling AI based Video & Music Search
The explosion of UGC across social media has creators struggling to gain proper attribution when others reuse their work. AI is powering new search engines capable of unlocking insights about the spread of content online.

Bio: Zack heads machine learning at PEX, creating novel solutions to industry problems and building creative tools for audio, image, and language. As a talented musician, he has toured throughout the US and Canada.

Alex Porter

CEO, Mod Tech Labs

“The Impact of Realism in Media”
Featuring VR training experiences, “Fear of Heights” is used to overcome Acrophobia & “iDrive VR” is used in a clinical setting to teach users to control a motorized wheelchair. Users are in control of the pace while progressing through levelized gamified play as each step becomes more realistic, creating new memories.

Bio: Alex is the CEO of Mod Tech Labs, A serial entrepreneur in pursuit of ways to use technology for the betterment of the world. Cultivating strongrelationships and pushing the boundaries of visual technologies to create digital realities. 

Timothy Porter

CTO, Mod Tech Labs

“The Impact of Realism in Media”
Featuring VR training experiences, “Fear of Heights”  & “iDrive VR” users are in control of the pace while progressing through levelized gamified play. Using Volumetric video, the most realistic 3D content, these experiences bridge the gap between the real and virtual worlds

Bio: Timothy is the Chief Technology Officer at Mod Tech Labs, using his strong foundation in art and sharp mind for technical details to grow from gaming to movies to emerging technology over the course of decade long career.

Yash Gad

Founder, Ringer Sciences

“Understanding Audiences using AI”
AI is being applied to audience analysis for sentiment and other factors impacting recommendation engines. A look inside the black box of audience AI analysis.

Bio: As the founder of Ringer Sciences, Yash provides data science and data strategy consulting services for a variety of industries, with a focus on rapid prototyping of internal and external analytics products.

Shah

Early Bitcoin adopter & Rapper

“A Blockchain back story – selling music IP via Bitcoin”
Shah was introduced to selling his music via Blockchain in 2011.

Bio: Complex called Shah Trap’s Newest Star and was featured by Buzzfeed as one of the Hottest Atlanta Rappers. Shah embarked on his first European tour in 2019 and is listed as one of the Top 10 South Asian rappers in the world.

Luca Carducci

CEO, Skaffolder

“Subject Matter”
AI is being applied to audience analysis for sentiment and other factors impacting recommendation engines. A look inside the black box of audience AI analysis.

Bio: Skaffolder, a code generation tool following the DevOps principles, is a startup providing automation tool for web and mobile application developers. After a successful launch in Europe and Asia, the relocated to Austin, Texas.