SXSW Special: A selection of recommended sessions

More talks and panels on one day SXSW than we at Booster Space can bring up in one year. Here’s a small selection of what really stuck. 

Virtual Reality and autonomous mobility. Playful event art. Sharing economy. A revision for code of conducts in Social VR. How quantum computing will change the world. Interactive art installations and VR showcases en masse. Blockchain, blockchain, blockchain.

It’s hard to decide which panels and keynotes to go when the choice of speakers and sessions is sheer endless. But if I have to say what was most impressing so far, I guess it was the Sadiq Khan’s keynote. Sadiq Khan is the first Muslim mayor of London. As a politician and former civil rights lawyer, his speech was deeply political (of course!) and personal, too. Imagine you really have to take lot’s of shit as a liberal Muslim who advocates for fairness. Just read the comments below his SXSW YouTube video, and you can imagine what people like him have to cope with every day. 

His main concern: The crisis of globalization, the disconnect and disillusionment of many communities, the deep sense of unease which lead to Brexit, Trump, you name it. However there was this underlying optimism that we can use technology for good, once we find a common understanding of how to use and regulate it. I know, this has got little to do with games and VR and business to business. But if you find the time check out his keynote and tell me what you think.    

 

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DOMINIK KÄSER

(Google)

TALK The Making of Google Earth VR, 2pm, Main Stage

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In 2014 Dominik started the Google Earth VR project with the goal of letting anyone travel anywhere in virtual reality. Google Earth VR launched in late 2016 to wide acclaim, and went on to win the Lumiere Century award by the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS). It is only the second time in history the AIS handed out a Century Award; the first award went to James Cameron for the movie Avatar.

IAN FORESTER

(VR Playhouse)

TALK Dream Hacking: Subconscious Metrics in the Age of Big Data, 10am, Main Stage

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Ian is the CEO and Co-Founder of VR Playhouse and based in Los Angeles. Working in Chicago theater instilled in him a passion for creating transformational experiences. He developed, directed, and performed in dozens of plays and immersive events. After winning LA Weekly’s Award for Best Direction in 2008, he served as the Artistic Director of Needtheater in LA from 2011 until his first encounter with a VR headset in 2014.

LAURA JEFFORDS GREENBERG

(Littl Star)

TALK: A 360 Degree View of Content Performance, 12pm, Alternative Stage

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Laura is the Senior VP of Business & Legal Affairs at Littlstar, the leading global platform dedicated to immersive virtual reality and 360° content. She manages and oversees the company’s legal department, advising the company on international content acquisitionand distribution, development and licensing of software and applications, and business operations. Before that she was Senior Legal Counsel at Red Bull Media House in Austria.

ALL SPEAKERS SO FAR

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Gabo Arora (Lightshed), Melek Balgün (Moderator), Thomas Bedenk (Exozet), Sven Bliedung (Slice Studios), AC Coppens (The Marketing Catalyst), Kristian Costa-Zahn (Ufa Lab), Maria Courtial (FaberCourtial), Daan Kip (VRBase), Susanne Dickel (IntoVR), Sebastian Endler (Amilux FIlmproduktion), Ian Forester (VR Playhouse), Pawel Gajda (Carbon Studio), Christian Glessner (Hololux), Laura Jeffords Greenberg (LittlStar), Peter Hu (Auctoreal), Ioulia Isserlis (AnotherWorld VR), Dominik Käser (Google), Sönke Kirchhof (INVR), Marcus Kühne (Audi), Gerda Leopold (Amilux Filmproduktion), Pieter van Leugenhagen (Yondr), Rebecca Liu (VRCORE), Pedro Lopes (Hasso-Plattner-Institut), Greg Louden (3rd Eye Studios), Yiming Niu (VRARA China Chapter), Gayatri Parameswaran (NowHere Media), Lina Reinsbakken (Norn Studio), Max Sacker (AnotherWorld VR), Max Salomon (Blackdotfilms), Dr. Oliver Schreer (Fraunhofer Institut), Christopher Sibley (Phenomenon Media),  Daniel Sproll (realities.io), Sara Lisa Vogl (VRBAse), Sven Slazenger (Interlake) Andrew Van Wyk (River Road Entertainment) – and many more.

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