Head of Investments
Since joining the group at Samsung NEXT, I’ve worked in its New York, Silicon Valley, and Seoul offices, engaging with startups through early stage investments and acquisitions. I received an MBA from MIT with a focus on entrepreneurship & innovation, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nottingham. I began my career as a finance/corporate lawyer at Dewey & LeBoeuf in London and Moscow.
Franki leads a double life as a Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi London and as Exec Producer at Western Edge Pictures and the Gennaker Group – a group of independent Feature Film Production and Finance Companies. In her first company, Franki&Jonny, she pioneered early integrated content and social media campaigns and won many awards, including a BAFTA interactive and a bunch of D&ADs. Franki was recently was named by the prestigious awards outfit the FWA as a ‘Digital Pioneer’ for her work in this period for Warner Bros, Disney, Skype and Film4.
In 2013 she joined Saatchi & Saatchi London, bringing unique digital expertise and storytelling skills to an integrated advertising role working across clients such as Marie Curie, Asda, and Deutsche Telekom. In 2016 Franki won 9 Cannes Lions for "Sea Hero Quest" – the world’s first game to plug into Dementia research, which was named as one of the top 10 campaigns of 2016 by Creative Review and Campaign. In 2017 she was a Judge at the Cannes Lions, and also won 4 Lions, including one gold, for her latest work for DT “Magenta Unleashed”– a partnership with the band Gorillaz.
Founder & CEO
Director of HTC Vive Arts & Culture
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Head of Digital Content
Watch Manager, Road Safety/Virtual Reality
Paul Speight joined Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service in 1988. After serving 16 years at different fire and rescue stations as a firefighter and Crew Manager, he transferred into the Community Safety Support Team as Watch Manager.
Paul has worked closely with Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership, where his successful bid for funding enabled him to develop and create the VF4 -360 film.
Paul started to look at newly emerging Virtual Reality (VR) technology which immerses wearers in totally lifelike scenarios. Spotting an opportunity to work with market leaders in this technology, he approached Samsung and First Car Magazine who jumped on board with his latest project, the VF4 360.
After the success of his first venture into the virtual world Paul was contacted by Alex Harvey from RiVR in 2016 after several meeting they have created a proof of concept VR interactive photorealistic training environment.
Paul will take you on a journey into VR over the last 18 months, specifically within the Fire Service, showing you what we have achieved and how we did it. As well as looking ahead to the not too distant future of VR and AR and the methods and practices being used to capture, create and design the training environments of the future.
Gary Steven Smith
Head of IMS
Head of Integrated Management Systems and Asset Information at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Gary heads a function comprising seven work streams at Dwr Cymru, delivering operational services with a strong focus on asset data management and data exploitation and the application of new and emerging technologies in an industrial context including augmented and virtual reality.
Gary has worked in a wide range of industrial, offshore and service delivery environments and his expertise in Occupational Health and Safety and Risk Management has resulted in him being employed as an expert evidence in the prosecution and defence of businesses and individuals.
Gary presently leads the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water team delivering big data outputs to field based operators using ruggedised and wearable technology utilising both AR, VR and the IoT– “the right information, presented in the right way, in the timely manner at the operator’s point of use with a view to reducing risk and driving efficiency”
Professor Jennifer Stein
Professor of Design Futures
Human Factors Lead Technologist & Head of Human Factors Discipline
Jean has been a practicing Human Factors (HF) engineer in BAE Systems’s Air Sector since 1990 when she joined the BAE Systems research and technology department researching new Human Machine Interface (HMI) technologies in the context of future aircraft concepts. She is a chartered Ergonomist & Human Factors Engineer and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors
Jean was the HF lead on two aircraft programmes: The Nimrod MRA4 programme (1994-1999) and the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft (1999-2006) being responsible for the HF Integration programme elements including conducting HF analyses and ensuring that the HMI was designed according to human engineering principles and within agreed costs. This also involved providing design input and performing assessments of the developing design so as to ensure safe, reliable and efficient usage, and to increase system effectiveness. On the F-35 programme she was also ultimately responsible for the maintainer, trainer and builder human interfaces.
From 2006-2012 Jean was Head of the HF Shared Service at Warton, a team of Human Factors individuals who undertake a wide range of HF work on behalf of the MAI business. Since 2006, she has also been the Head of the HF Discipline within MAI, responsible for human factors capability and governance management and for performing specific human factors work including aircrew duty of care and future concept research. In 2015 she was appointed as the Human Factors Lead Technologist in MAI. She is also a BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow.
Has built his career in the US and France. Previously held key positions at Invensys, HP, and Thomson/Technicolor where he successfully set up and ran an optical component business from scratch. He also ran an RF component business two R&D centers (Singapore and Germany), manufacturing in Indonesia (20mpcs/yr), and a worldwide sales force and agent network. He holds a BSEE degree from University of Illinois and has studied Operations Management at the ESCP the oldest business school in Europe.
Optinvent is the leading maker of smart wearable display products with patented technologies and extensive know-how in the field. The ORA-2 is a smart glass platform for enterprise customers based on a see-through virtual display capable of supporting a multitude of hands free mobile computing applications with record setting performance and form factor. The ORA-X is a revolutionary new product category, Smart AR Headphones destined for consumers that will change the fundamental experience of mobile music. ORA-2® and ORA-X® are registered trademarks of Optinvent SA, for more information
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Sean has been working in the wearable solutions industry since 2010 and has helped to produce wearable systems for heavy industry such as aerospace, automotive and energy as well as consumer devices such as the Solos smart-glasses for cyclists. He led the development of a voice-driven operating system for the Golden-i industrial head-worn computer that was developed into multiple technologies including the Motorola HC1, the Fujitsu Head Mounted Display IOT001 and the Realwear HMT-1.
Sean is the Managing Director of Kopin Software, a subsidiary of Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ $KOPN) and is responsible for producing software systems for Kopin’s product portfolio and for Kopin’s clients. Kopin’s technologies can be found across a wide range of wearable systems including the Realwear HMT-1, Recon Jet, the Garmin Varia Vision, and many more. Sean’s day-to-day focus is working with new clients to help design requirements-driven wearable solutions using Kopin’s patented technology stack.
An AR Expert and Augmented Reality Evangelist, Steve is a regular writer and contributor to media blogs, and is a thought-leader in the digital media and augmented reality sectors. He is a regular speaker on the subject of AR and New Technology at conferences and events.Based in London, Steve is currently the CEO of Amplified Robot, and Chairman of Berwick Post Ltd and is responsible for the strategy and commercial activity of both companies. Most recently, he has been responsible for spear-heading Amplified Robot's drive into Augmented Reality and Digital Media.
Steve trained as a film editor initially, before founding one of the UK's largest creative post production Groups, VTR Plc. He has over 30 years experience in the Broadcast Post Production Market; selling creative and technical services to International Broadcasters, Production Companies and Advertising Agencies. He is also the founder and organiser of the Augmenting Reality Meetup Group, which regularly meets to discuss, view and demonstrate the latest innovations in AR and related Technologies.
Amplified Robot is an award wining London based digital media Production Company.We specialise in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mobile Apps for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices.
Augmented Reality Development. AR is our passion, we have been developing with all the major SDK providers for many years. Consequently we know the technology inside out and can help our clients make the right choices for their project.
Heikki Haldre has successfully created and built five companies, including one in apparel retail and another in eCommerce.
In early 2010 he co-founded Fits.me, using his experience to co-ordinate expertise from a diverse range of fields including apparel design, graphic and user-interface design, anthropometrics, IT, robotics and engineering. He sides with analysts that declare up to 25% of physical stores will close by 2018 – but also believes apparel retailers can grow their markets by replicating and improving the in-store experience. He is a recipient of the British Council Award, studied business in Estonia and the USA, and holds an MBA from Tartu University, Estonia.
Director, Corporate Partnerships
Co-Founder & Director
Simon has been at the forefront of immersive technologies since 2011, inspiring and leading the development of commercial and entertainment properties across VR and AR for many of the world’s leading organisations. Part of the management team Simon helped launch String, the widely acclaimed AR platform, and produced many early AR applications for companies including Disney, Nike, Audi, Ford, Paramount, Cartoon Network, and Magic Leap.
In 2014, Simon co-founded Hammerhead, a Virtual Reality & Immersive Entertainment Studio focused on next generation, high quality experiences. Over the last 4 years Hammerhead has quickly established itself as one of the leading real-time VR/AR studios working on original entertainment titles and with customers including HSBC, Lexus, Jaguar, Boursin, Louis Vuitton, Whirlpool, IBM, Google, Sprint, VW and the Royal Navy.
In October 2017, Hammerhead launched Dimension, a world leading volumetric video and 3D capture studio, and first Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture studio artner.
Simon is a VR advisory group associate for BAFTA.
Kyle Heller is the founder of Cinematique, the global standard for shoppable video.
At Cinematique, Kyle has been responsible for leading the product team to develop its best-in-class video technology, which has become recognized as a Most Innovative Company in Video by Fast Company and since adopted by thousands of the world's best brands and content companies.
Prior to Cinematique, Kyle co-founded and managed Varient, an award-winning film and television production company. Over almost a decade, he and his team produced dozens of films, sold hundreds of hours of digital and television content to studios and networks such as E!, Warner Bros and Netflix, and premiered films at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world such as Venice, SXSW and Cannes.
Kyle is also an active investor and advisor to several young entrepreneurs, startups, and content creators in both Los Angeles and New York City. He is a regular speaker on topics of innovation at IPG's Leadership Conferences, Digital Hollywood, CES, and The Wharton School of Business.
Partner and AR SmartGlasses developer
hil Case is a disability advocate and NHS improvement technologist. Experienced in NHS/Medical Devices, Phil is disabled, partial amputee with complicated medical history of his own. His specialization and interests are in AR/VR/MR Smart Glasses, home automation, connected care, wearables, 3D printing, prosthetics, robotics, mind/gesture/voice controlled technology. Working on e-Wheelchair projects and solutions, Phil is involved with the various aspects of AR Smart Glasses. He joined Round Concept as Partner AR SmartGlass Developer for the ‘ ThirdEye ‘ a part of the ‘ Signal ‘ devices family. Introducing this technology is his specialty and for the many use cases from Healthcare to Anti-Terrorism .
Director & Producer
Vice President of Design and Global Creative Director.
Keiichi Matsuda (BSc. MArch) Leap Motion Vice President of Design and Global Creative Director.
He leads the Leap Motion Design Research Studio, where a team of world-class creatives and engineers are working to design robust, believable, and honest visions of a world elevated by technology, with human input at the center.
Keiichi is a celebrated designer and film-maker whose research explores how emerging technology will impact our future lives. His multi-disciplinary approach fuses video, interaction design, and architecture to create vibrant “hyper-real” environments where the distinctions between physical and virtual start to dissolve. Matsuda’s award-winning work includes the provocative short films “HYPER-REALITY”, “Augmented (hyper) Reality: Domestic Robocop,” and the upcoming short film “Merger.” He has exhibited internationally, from London’s V&A Museum to the Art Institute of Chicago and the New York MoMA.
Founder and chairman of an oil-exploration logistics company (1989-2008)
Turnover of 40 M EUR; 350 employees.Country General Manager of a logistics multinational (AMI/CMB) in Africa then in Germany (1979-1989)
Master degree in economics from Antwerp University