2019 Speakers List

Praveen Vishakantaiah

Praveen Vishakantaiah
Vice-President Client Computing Group and General Manager of Client Architecture and Innovation
Intel Corporation
Computing Technologists Group Chair, TIFCA

Since 2012, Praveen has carried responsibilities and titles which include VP of PC Client Group, VP of Client Research & Development, and currently VP of Client Architecture and Innovation at Intel.

Praveen leads Intel’s development of next generation client architecture and innovations focused on Artificial Intelligence at the edge, next generation mobile and stationary devices, client gaming, virtual / augmented reality, enterprise as well as small and medium business technologies.

With a company career spanning over 25 years, Praveen first joined Intel in 1993 as a senior component design engineer in the Design Technology Group, and later worked as the design automation manager for the Intel® Pentium® 4 microprocessor Development Team. Over years, Praveen’s responsibilities blossomed to eventually becoming President of Intel India in 2007 which resulted in building their business-enabling operations, organizational development, engineering, and innovation for market development. This also involved new relationships with government, industry, and academia.

Wanda Meloni, CEO & Principal Analyst
M2 Insights
Alliance of Content Creators Chair, TIFCA

Wanda Meloni is CEO of M2 Insights and Editor-in-Chief of Gaming Business Review. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Open Gaming Alliance, a non-profit trade association focused on supporting business, growth and innovation for the games industry.

Wanda is an international technology and entertainment strategist and has been working with top companies in digital media and entertainment for over 15 years. Focused on emerging technologies, she has a deep understanding of interactive media for content development, platforms/tech/games, community empowerment, customer engagement, and development trends. An avid supporter of diversity in the tech and games industry, Wanda works to support leadership opportunities in technology with a particular focus on women and minorities.

Daryl Sartain, Director and Worldwide Head of XR, Displays, Wireless ecosystems
Radeon Technology Group
Advanced Micro Devices
Chair, The Immersive Technology Alliance, The International Future Computing Association

Daryl Sartain has over thirty years of experience in research and development, product development and management for integrated circuits, software development, system design, system engineering, information technology, marketing, and program management. Mr Sartain’s previous roles at AMD included Director of Strategic Business Development for AMD’s Innovative Systems Group and Director of the Desktop Division where he led desktop product business planning and product management in AMD’s Microprocessor Business Unit.

He was responsible for the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX, Athlon™ 64, Athlon™ XP and Sempron™ processors. Mr. Sartain’s career also features top brands like Texas Instruments, ESS Technology Inc., Locale Systems Corporation, Vennworks and Cirrus Logic.

Neil Trevett, President, Khronos Group
Vice President Developer Ecosystem, Nvidia

Neil is the elected President of the Khronos Group industry standards consortium where he initiated the OpenGL ES standard now used by billions worldwide every day, helped catalyze the WebGL project to bring interactive 3D graphics to the Web, chairs the OpenCL working group defining the open standard for heterogeneous parallel computation and has helped establish and launch the new generation Vulkan API. The Khronos Group’s most recent work is OpenXR, an open standard platform for immersive technologies like virtual and augmented reality.

Neil also works at Nvidia where he helps to drive and develop their developer ecosystem that enables applications to take advantage of advanced GPU and silicon acceleration.

Oliver Gunasekara, NGCodec

Oliver Gunasekara, CEO & Co-Founder
NGCodec Inc.

Oliver Gunasekara has over 20 years experience in marketing and business development in the technology sector. Prior to founding NGCodec in 2012, he worked for ARM to lead its mobile activities initially working in Europe and then later in Japan and Silicon Valley. Over 12 years at ARM he licensed hardware and software to both semiconductor companies and mobile OEM’s and delivered a de facto standard for mobile CPU’s. His most recent role at ARM was Vice President of Corporate Business Development and M&A.

NGCodec is a market leader in video compression, and their compressor-decompressor technology is optimized for ultra-low latency, high-quality applications. One of their innovations is the ability to stream interactive XR content through a network.

Andrew Schmied, President
Maychirch
Strategy Advisor, TIFCA

As President of Maychirch, Andrew commercializes market disruptive technologies for Bay Area, Tel Aviv and Toronto companies. He has scaled AMD businesses and early stage ventures to market leadership and exit, and works with the leaders of consumer, industrial, military, aerospace and venture capital companies.  To benefit his clients, Mr. Schmied has built deals with the likes of Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, NASA, Garmin, Airbus, Dell, Lockheed Martin, Apple and Barco.Mr. Schmied has pivoted numerous start-ups to viability, raised crucial international venture capital for reputable companies such as Lucidlogix and Adshir, and is focused on accelerating revenue and building valuation by helping teams identify strategic core value and execute alignment with future markets.

Dr. Jon Peddie, CEO
Jon Peddie Research

Dr. Jon Peddie is one of the pioneers of the graphics industry, and formed Jon Peddie Research (JPR) to provide customer intimate consulting and market forecasting services. Peddie lectures at numerous conferences on topics pertaining to graphics technology and the emerging trends in digital media technology. Regularly credited as one of the world’s most influential analysts, he regularly advises investors in the GLG network, he is frequently quoted in trade and business publications, was the former president of Siggraph Pioneers, and he is also the author or co-author of twelve books. His most recent works include “Augmented Reality: Where we Will All Live” and “The History of Visual Magic in Computers”. Dr. Peddie has also been honored by the CAD Society with a lifetime achievement award.

Kevin Williams, Director
KWP Ltd.

Kevin Williams has an extensive background in the development and sales of the latest amusement and attraction applications and immersive technologies. Leading specialist in the pay-to-play scene; is well-known through his consultancy KWP; and as a prolific writer and presenter (along with his own news service The Stinger Report), covering the emergence of the new entertainment market. Kevin has co-authored a book covering the sector called ‘The Out-of-Home Interactive Entertainment Frontier’ (published by Routledge), feverishly working on the sequel coming out this year. Kevin is also the founding chairman of the DNA Association & Conference, focusing on the digital Out-of Home interactive entertainment sector.