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Wednesday, August 2 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Live Pitch Session: VR Brain Jam Showdown

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This live pitch to a panel of ferocious, brilliant judges will feature selected teams from the VR and Neuroscience Game Jam, or “BrainJam”, that took place prior to the Festival. Judges will make or break dreams, weighing in on the creative new prototypes teams have developed.

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Gemma Busoni

COO, Discovr LBS
Gemma Busoni is a cofounder and COO at Discovr Labs, a VR startup that focuses on immersive educational experiences for K12, vocational, and professional verticals. Formerly, she founded a non-profit that brought CS education to inner-city schools, eventually merging with another... Read More →
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Moran Cerf

Professor, Kellogg School of Management
Moran is a professor of neuroscience and business (Kellogg and the department of Neurosurgery). Additionally, he is a visiting faculty the Media Lab, and the Sloan screenwriting Professor at AFI. Prior, he worked as a hacker for a decade. He holds multiple patents and his work has... Read More →
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Dave Culyba

Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Dave is an assistant teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. He primarily spends his time teaching students the ins and outs of working in creative industries like game development, theme parks, and virtual reality. He also focuses part of his time... Read More →
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Fernanda Herrera

PhD Candidate, Stanford University
Fernanda Herrera holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Fernanda's research interests focus on the psychosocial effects of new media and technology as well as the cognitions... Read More →
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Aaron Norstad

Head of Product Development, Unity Technologies
Aaron Norstad is an experience specialist who has focused on bending technology innovations to allow the development of immersive and interactive media. Over the course of 20 years Aaron has launched tens of award winning products and games that have moved from physical to digital... Read More →
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Aldis Sipolins

Head of Virtual Reality and Game Design, IBM Research
Aldis is a virtual reality evangelist and lifelong videogame nerd who combines cognitive neuroscience and game design to explore the limits of VR. Aldis received a Ph.D. in Psychology -Visual Cognition and Human Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015... Read More →

Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
Tishman Auditorium