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Lessons Learned from a Thousand Virtual Worlds
Jesse Schell (Schell Games LLC)
Jesse Schell has been teaching the Building Virtual Worlds class at Carnegie Mellon University for over a decade. In that time, his students have created over 1000 experimental VR worlds. In this talk, through copious examples, he will present lessons learned from watching, guiding, and experiencing these experiments. Lessons span from prototyping (importance of gold spike, find the toy first, do what your tech is good at) to neurology (eye tracking feels like mind control, the magic of mirror neurons) to showmanship (escalation blows people's minds, liveness is magical).


Pete Isensee
Oculus Research
Pete has been in the digital entertainment business since 1994. He's made video games, shipped three generations of Xbox consoles, created VR experiences at HBO, published dozens of technical articles, and provided C++ insight to game developers worldwide. Pete currently works at Oculus Research helping unlock the potential of virtual reality.
Aaron Lemke
The Wave VR
Aaron is a musician and VR developer from Austin, TX who has shipped 9 VR titles. Interested in experiential and transcendent applications of VR, he has been creating VR experiences since the Rift DK1 days back in 2012. His first VR endeavor was Unello Design, the studio responsible for many relaxing and meditative VR titles like Eden River, Waking Man, and Zen Zone. Aaron is a three-time Proto Award nominee for Best Original Score. He is currently co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at The Wave VR.
Ikrima Elhassan
Kite & Lightning
Ikrima Elhassan is a technical creative who has spent the last several years focused on intersection of creativity and technology. His research focus is bringing film quality rendering techniques to real time environments. Together with Emmy award winning Creative Director Cory Strassburger, he co-founded Kite & Lightning, a boutique creative development studio focusing on virtual reality. Their latest work has spanned surreal art pieces such as Senza Peso to experiential installations for NBC & GE.
Ethan Stearns
Legendary Entertainment
As the VP of virtual reality at Legendary Entertainment, Ethan Stearns is responsible for spearheading Legendary's content expansion into both virtual and mixed reality. Ethan works closely with filmmakers and industry professionals seeking education and deeper knowledge of emerging platforms, while collaborating with creatives to bring unique interactive titles into the market. Through partnerships with industry leaders such as Google, Oculus, and Microsoft, he has already assisted Legendary in producing several interactive cinematic experiences in both virtual and mixed reality.