Immersed mediumImmersed 2018 Speakers List

Dereck Orr,
Division Chief, Public Safety Communications Research Division Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Mr. Orr leads the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program that serves as an objective technical advisor and laboratory to FirstNet, the Department of Homeland Security, and public safety to accelerate the adoption and implementation of the most critical public safety communication standards and technologies. From October 2003 until October 2004, Mr. Orr was detailed to the Department of Homeland Security to serve as the Chief of Staff of the SAFECOM Office within the Science and Technology Directorate, to help establish the new program. Prior to working at NIST, Mr. Orr served as a professional staff member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, and Related Agencies under Senator Fritz Hollings. In that position, Mr. Orr was responsible for the appropriations accounts relating to state and local law enforcement issues. Prior to that, Mr. Orr served four years at the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the Department of Justice.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Frank Soqui, Vice President & General Manager, Gaming Division
Intel Corporation
Chair, Computing Technologists Group,
The International Future Computing Association

Frank Soqui currently leads PC gaming and end-to-end cloud gaming, shaping Intel’s business in these growth segments. As a 36-year Intel veteran, he has represented Intel in over 50 high-profile interviews worldwide focusing on Intel’s VR, gaming and eSports efforts. Previous leadership roles include: Technical Compute Cloud and Client General Manager, Workstation Group General Manager, and General Manager in what is known today as IOT with a highly visible presence in live TV interviews, keynotes, and commercials. Frank has held leadership roles Digital Office, Desktop PC and Telecom groups. Transformation, creativity, and growth are his passion.

Daryl Sartain, Director and Worldwide Head of VR, AI/ML, Displays, TV & Music 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.

Wanda Meloni, CEO
M2 Insights
Chair, Alliance of Content Creators, The International Future Computing Association

As CEO of M2 Insights Network, Wanda Meloni has become a sought-after 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.

Wanda Meloni was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Open Gaming Alliance which the Alliance of Content Creators originated from.

Dr. Jason Jerald, CEO
NextGen Interactions

Dr. Jason Jerald is CEO at NextGen Interactions and Adjunct Visiting Professor at Duke Univeristy. Dr. Jerald serves on multiple advisory boards and has been creating VR systems and applications for over 20 years with over 70 VR-related projects across more than 40 organizations including Valve, Oculus, Virtuix, Sixense, MergeVR, AT&T, NASA, General Motors, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, three U.S. national laboratories, and seven universities.

Dr. Jerald’s work has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, on the Discovery Channel, in the New York Times, and on the cover of the MIT Press journal “Presence”. He has held various technical and leadership positions and has served on the ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE Virtual Reality, and IEEE 3D User Interface Committees. He is also the author of numerous publications including the best-selling title “The VR Book: Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality”.

Kevin Williams, Founding Chairman
DNA Association

Kevin Williams has an extensive background in the development and sales of the latest amusement and attraction applications and immersive technologies. The UK born specialist in the pay-to-play scene; is well-known through his consultancy KWP; and as a prolific writer and presenter 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, and also runs his own news service called The Stinger Report. The DNA Association focuses on the digital Out-of Home interactive entertainment sector.

David Gull, CEO
Outer Realm

Mr. Gull has a unique combination of design & technical expertise as a licensed architect and technology executive and his company Outer Realm has the experience of delivering over 500 new development virtual tours to date. A large part of the Outer Realm business is the use of virtual reality to exemplify real estate, and its their practice to focus on creating experiences that are emotionally engaging and realistic to gain the customer trust during their clients’ sales process.

Prior to Outer Realm, David was a Vice-President at Floored, a Virtual Technology startup acquired by CBRE. He also has 6 years at the renowned architecture firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. David graduated first in his class from Cornell University’s #1 Ranked Architecture Program.

David Parker, Founder

Wishplay is a non-profit that uses virtual reality to grant last wishes and unattainable experiences for the terminally ill and disabled. Previously David consulted as a system architect bringing bleeding edge technology to large national and global companies. He integrated existing legacy systems with bio-metrics, empathy analysis, AI, or IoT systems focusing on the retail, financial and telecommunications space. When not granting wishes he can be found out with his family filming unique 360 VR environments and experiences for patients

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.

Bob Raikes, Publisher & Managing Editor
Large Display Monitor, Mobile Display Monitor, Display Daily
Founder, Meko Ltd.

Bob Raikes is an experienced sales and marketing specialist in distribution and in the displays business in particular. In addition to being Publisher and Managing Editor for Large Display Monitor, Mobile Display Monitor and Display Daily, Bob has also served as the displays editor for The Peddie Report and a regular contributor to Computer Shopper and other titles including the SID Information Display magazine.

From 1982 he was involved in the sales, marketing and distribution of computer displays, including seven years with Japanese monitor and graphic board maker Eizo, initially as sales director and later for five years as managing director of the company’s UK subsidiary. He established Meko Ltd, a specialist market research consultancy in 1994. Bob Raikes has appeared on TV and radio for his expertise; including BBC World and BBC Radio 4.