Valerie Vacante is the Director of Strategy for global experience and innovation agency,  LiveArea, where she uncovers cultural trends, next generation innovation and designs strategies impacting the way people connect and experience in the physical and digital world.  

 She is also the Founder of strategy and innovation firm Collabsco. In a connected world of entertainment, play, living and learning Valerie has pioneered award winning digital products and connected experiences across IoT, AR, VR, voice, robotics and beyond.  

In 2018, Valerie launched the first-ever connected play landscape; her latest iteration maps over 260 connected experiences, emerging technologies and business growth opportunities featured in VentureBeat, The Drum, VRScout and more. 

Her portfolio includes Hasbro, Mattel, Disney, Bandai Namco Entertainment, AT&T, Honeywell, Sleep Number, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Virsix Games, Pressure Games and Rocket Impact among others. 

In between driving what’s next in technology, culture and design, Valerie has recently been named one of the Top 25 Women in Tech  2019 and 2020 by PCR magazine, 40/Forty and  Mojo Nation 100 – Design Champion

She serves on the SXSW Innovation Advisory Board, as a CES KAPi Awards Judge, a Global Expert to MassChallenge, an international speaker and writer. 

You can find her almost anywhere creators are designing the future.