Part-networking event, part-conversation, part-demo: come learn from experts at Frontier Collective, HeadOffice.Space, Lenovo, Merkle, Niantic, NBCUniversal, Patch XR, PSFK + TRIPP.
PSFK and Merkle invite our creative communities to a special event on Friday March 11. Part-networking event, part-conversation, part-demo: this intimate session will be held in a private bar at the Hotel Van Zandt where drinks and appetizers will be served.
A section of the event space will be set aside for an expert conversation around Metaverse & Mixed Worlds and their impact on the spaces we create that help people Live, Work, Play and Shop. Moderated by Piers Fawkes, founder of business intelligence platform PSFK, panel experts include Dan Morris of Niantic, Gerald Youngblood of Lenovo, Michel Attar of NBCUniversal, Nanea Reeves of TRIPP and Valerie Vacante of Merkle.
We hope the 2-hour event will help attendees understand the potential of virtual platforms, and optimistically examine their impact on the trajectory of personal and professional relationships, content, media, and gaming experiences, marketplace engagements, and more.
This event is not associated with the official SXSW agenda
Liz is the Global Executive Director of Innovation for Estée Lauder Companies, powering NFT, Metaverse and emerging tech opportunities for our 30+ brands in the US, China, Europe and LatAm. Prior to her career in beauty, Liz was credited with powering the evolution of “fashion and tech”, connecting technologists and executives through her consultancy and global industry events.
Dan Morris is director of developer relations at Niantic. He was previously the head of developer relations at Oculus. Past roles include senior director of partnerships at Ngmoco and director of strategy & development at Electronic Arts. He began his career as an editor at PC Gamer magazine, ultimately serving as the magazine’s fourth editor-in-chief.
As CEO of TRIPP, Nanea brings over 15 years of experience in digital distribution, video game technologies, and mobile application development. Prior to co-founding TRIPP, Nanea was President & COO of textPlus, one of the top mobile communications applications on the iOS and Android platforms. Nanea is very committed to supporting the evolution of the technology sector in Los Angeles and has worked as an Advisor and Angel Investor in many exciting So-Cal start-ups including Oculus, Haku and Saucey.
Gerald is an award-winning, seasoned technology and gaming executive. As the Chief Marketing Officer for Lenovo North America, he drives the regional marketing direction for Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group. He is also the founder of Tankee, a parent-approved destination for kids to watch and discover games they love. Youngblood set out to develop an engaging, on-demand mobile entertainment platform for gaming content that keeps the fun and eliminates questionable content for kids. Youngblood is currently a Mentor-in-Residence at the University of Texas Longhorn Startup Lab.
Val Vacante is an award-winning global innovator. At Merkle, she uncovers cultural trends, designs strategies, and next-generation product innovations, impacting the way people connect in the physical and digital world. Val is the visionary and co-creator behind ShopNXT™ and NXT Intelligence™Merkle’s proprietary products and platforms. Named Top 25 Women in Tech, 40/Forty, and Top 10 Pioneering CEOs to Follow; she serves on the Fast Company Executive Board and SXSW Advisory Board.
Dan is a pioneer in the technology space and a leader within the VR/AR/Metaverse industry. He knows Vancouver and BC have the opportunity to become global leaders in innovation. He believes it takes collaboration, inclusivity, and diversity to create a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future. He’s committed to driving adoption and innovation in the Metaverse to enhance human experiences. Dan is CEO at Frontier Collective – a coalition of leaders in tech, culture, and community driving forward the development and support of these technologies. The non-traditional organization promotes the region’s tech industry on the world stage, grows investment and infrastructure for early-stage companies, and attracts diverse talent to Vancouver.
Michel Attar is an 18 year veteran in the entertainment consumer products industry. As the Vice President, Finance, Strategy & Business Development at NBCUniversal Consumer Products he currently leads a global finance & business development team that advances strategic initiatives. He is responsible for negotiating with partners across the globe, including Mattel, Hasbro, SpinMaster, TOMY, Colgate, Vigor, amongst others. Previously he served as an executive at The Walt Disney Company, within Consumer Products and Mobile Games Finance, evaluating acquisitions, new business models, and new product launches for the division.
An award-winning artist who self-managed her career from her late teens, Mélodie Mousset is a known innovator in mixed media art. Her critically acclaimed, Golden Halo-winning Hanahana _ Multiplayer VR sandbox has seen some four million hand-created sculptures made by users worldwide. Now as co-founder of PatchXR, she is combining that artistic background and global network to build a new platform for fantastical immersive virtual worlds, opening the metaverse to unprecedented imaginative creation.
Marco Carvalho is a visionary entrepreneur who creates transformational technologies, products, and immersive experiences by remixing gaming, film, education, work, and play in the physical and digital world. Marco is the CEO of HeadOffice.Space where he’s co-creating the world’s first metaverse on the moon, designed for the ever-changing way remote teams work, play, learn and engage — building a sense of belonging, fostering a culture of connection, community, creativity, and productivity.
Piers Fawkes is the founder of retail think tank PSFK. PSFK provides advisory services and syndicated research to the world’s most progressive companies and helps them identify future opportunity when it comes to retail and the customer experience journey.