2019 Speakers List

Christopher Kelly

Christopher Kelly
Senior Director of Client Architecture, Client Computing Group
Intel Corporation
Alliance of Computing Technologists Chair, TIFCA

Christopher Kelly has been with Intel for over 24 years in a variety of engineering management, project management, and senior executive office management roles. The Client Computing Group is responsible for definition and architecture of Client system technologies and products for Intel’s computing business. In his current role as Senior Director of Client Architecture in the Client Computing Group, Chris was instrumental in developing the vision and action plan for Intel to modernize and enhance the PC platform as an extension of cloud computing, providing benefit to a wide assortment of computing platforms.

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.

Linda Sellheim, Epic Games

Linda Sellheim, Education Program Manager
Epic Games

Linda is responsible for forging the path for real-time 3D in the K-12 education space. She is a dynamic content strategist with proven experience as a leader in education and technology. Linda has a passion for teaching people how to create and collaborate at the intersection of physical and digital spaces.

Linda is an educator at heart with a background in illustration and visual storytelling who has been working and teaching in games and new media for nearly 20 years. Prior to coming to Epic she managed the Design & Engineering learning content for LinkedIn Learning and from 2008 to 2012 was the global lead for secondary education at Autodesk creating the award winning Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop.

Oliver Gunasekara, NGCodec

Oliver Gunasekara, Advisor
Xilinx (Formerly CEO of 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, a market leader in video compression, was recently acquired by Xilinx. The NGCodec compressor-decompressor technology is optimized for ultra-low latency, high-quality applications, and one of its innovations is the ability to stream interactive XR content through a network.

Dr. Reuven Bakalash, Adshir

Dr. Reuven Bakalash, CEO

Dr. Bakalash holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University, Israel, and hort Bio M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel. He has taught and researched at Stony Brook NY, Hofstra NY and Ben-Gurion Univ., Israel and is the author of many academic publications as well as the inventor behind over 180 patents.

Founded in 2014, Adshir is strategically important to the Client-to-Cloud Revolution because it has demonstrated through patent-protected technology that it is possible to achieve cross-platform real-time ray tracing on several computing form factors including mobile, PC, cloud, and others.

In addition to Adshir, Reuven founded three successful high-tech Israeli startups including Terra Computers, Hyperroll, and LucidLogics.

Rama Krishna Aravind, Creative Director and Founder
Poco Loco Amusements

Rama’s past experiences spread in various areas from working as a C# Dot Net programmer to assistant direction for India’s biggest blockbuster film “Baahubali -The Beginning” and VFX project management for “Baahubali- The Conclusion “. His ability to understand both creative and technical languages developed, in him, a great passion for creating extremely creative entertainment forms. He is now committed to make story telling more engaging with the use of mixed reality and artificial intelligence to create hologram interactive X.R. Cinema and other innovative entertainment forms through Poco Loco Amusements. Poco Loco is the brain child of Mr.Rama Krishna Aravind, carrying a vision to create a limitless realm where creativity merges with technology to redefine interactive art forms.

Andrew Schmied, President
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.

Paul Lanois, Fieldfisher

Paul Lanois, Director in Privacy and Security

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world’s most dynamic sectors including technology, finance & financial services, energy & natural resources, life sciences and media. Mr. Lanois is a European technology and privacy lawyer at Fieldfisher and is an attorney admitted to the bar in New York, the District of Columbia (DC) and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Some of his other qualifications include being a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional specialized in Asian law (CIPP/A), US law (CIPP/US), European law (CIPP/E) and Canadian law (CIPP/C). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).

Mr. Lanois has lived and worked in Paris, London, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, and the United States. He also publishes articles on technology law and is a reputable speaker at numerous conferences across the United States, Europe and Asia.

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 Krewell

Kevin Krewell, Principal Analyst
TIRIAS Research

Kevin is focused on computing industry challenges, including AR / VR, autonomous machines, connectivity, CPU architecture, gaming, graphics, machine learning, and security.

Previous to joining TIRIAS Research, Kevin Krewell was a senior analyst at The Linley Group and a senior editor of Microprocessor Report. He has spent nine years at MPR in a variety of roles, contributing numerous articles on Mobile SoCs, PC processors, graphics processors, server processors, CPU IP cores, and related technology. Kevin has more than 30 years of industry experience in both engineering and marketing positions. Before joining The Linley Group, Kevin was Director of Strategic Marketing at Nvidia, a leader in PC graphics processors, and also Director of Technical Marketing at Raza Microelectronics (now part of Broadcom), a vendor of embedded multicore processors.

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.