Participants

Davar Ardalan
Director of Storytelling & Engagement, SecondMuse and LAUNCH
Twitter: @idavar

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Davar leads systems storytelling around citizen science, food and nutrition, ocean health, and big data at LAUNCH and SecondMuse. As a veteran journalist and former social media strategist at NPR News, Davar now pioneers experiments with new storytelling tools and techniques including VR, 360 capture, and drones in the service of sustainability and social impact.


Dr. Catherine Ball
CEO, Remote Research Ranges
Twitter: OnePlanetWoman

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Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection. Dr. Ball is the CEO of an Australian startup, Remote Research Ranges, working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), aka drone technology, across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists. 


Joel Beath
Head of Creative and Content, Loud&Clear
Twitter: @joelbeath

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As Head of Creative and Content at 
Loud&Clear, Joel is responsible for the delivery of all onscreen creative and content for the agency's clients. 
Joel’s experience in broadcast, social, film and digital gives him a unique perspective into how content is consumed across a variety of platforms.


Ron Curry
CEO, Interactive Games & Entertainment Association
Twitter: @Ronki

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Ron Curry is the CEO of IGEA, the industry body representing the business and public policy interests of Australian and New Zealand companies that publish, develop, market and distribute interactive games and entertainment content. Since joining IGEA in 2008, Ron has played an instrumental role in tackling the emerging issues surrounding interactive entertainment and demonstrating the positive influence of computer and video games in the broader community particularly within the education and health sector. 


James Dannatt
Programming Lecture and Developer, Academy of Interactive Entertainment
Twitter: @AIEedu

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James Dannatt is a programming lecturer and Virtual Reality content developer for the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Robust control of negative imaginary systems with Scientia Professor Ian Richard Petersen after completing an undergraduate research degree in electrical engineering. 


Martin Egan
Senior Product Manager, News Digital, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Twitter: @maze23
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Martin Egan is the Senior Product Manager for News Digital at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a role whose main goals are using product methodology to improve publishing, extend the national broadcaster into distributed platforms, and explore new technology & storytelling methods. He has been working in digital media and advertising over twenty years, including an Editorial Development role at News Corp launching new verticals, products and leading the Future of News project.


Katie Gall
Co-
founder, Lumi Consulting
Twitter: @steggy_

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Katie wants people to understand how marketing and design are connected. She is the co-founder of Lumi Consulting, a games marketing consultancy that has worked with Hipster Whale, Midboss, Mighty Games, Opaque Media Group, Unity and more. Katie co-founded the Blush Box Games Collective established in 2015 to curate a conversation around love, sex and romance in games and successfully crowdfunded a team of Australian developers to attend and create a game at Lyst Summit in Norway.


Gary Hayes
Multiplatform Producer, CEO MUVEDesign & Founder, StoryLabs
Twitter: @GaryPHayes 

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Gary is an award winning multi-platform producer, author, educator and Director. He was recently Senior Producer and Manager of Product Development at ABC TV Multi Platform, responsible for delivering new editorial formats against ABC TV shows including dual screen, social TV, games, and mobile. He founded the global training group StoryLabs.us in 2010 growing innovative multi-platform, game, virtual world, and transmedia productions. He is currently CEO of Augmented & Virtual Reality company MUVEDesign.com, creating branded & story based multi platform for major brands. 


Ben Kreimer
Open Lab Beta Fellow at BuzzFeed
Twitter: @benkreimer 

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Ben Kreimer is a journalism technologist and the beta fellow for BuzzFeed’s Open Lab Fellowship. He’s also an adviser with the Drone Journalism Lab and Kenya based African SkyCAM. Ben explores the use of drones and open-source hardware sensor platforms as new tools for gathering data and telling stories. His drone work focuses on exposing and telling stories in new ways through the unique perspectives and visual experiences that only drones can provide. Recently he has been using drones and aerial imagery to turn real world landscapes and structures into immersive three-dimensional environments for publishing and sharing online.


Hanna McCreath
Associate, SecondMuse and LAUNCH
Twitter: @hmccreath

Hanna McCreath is a SecondMuse Associate, supporting LAUNCH and SecondMuse programmes. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Hanna worked in People and Culture for a youth-led development organisation, transforming the organisation’s processes and strategy. She has experience in creating environments for individuals to build leadership towards creating social change. Hanna graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2015 with a B.A in politics and international relations, and geography.


Carolyn Mee
Founder and Co-Creator and Director, cmee4 Productions
Twitter: @soundscoutsgame 

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Carolyn specialises in serious game and app development with a focus on health. Carolyn set her sights on developing a game to improve children’s hearing screening and in 2011, collaborating with the National Acoustic Laboratories, the research arm of Australian Hearing, Sound Scouts was created. Through Sound Scouts, Carolyn has won Simulation Australia’s 2014 Serious Games Showcase and Challenge and received a NSW Medical Devices Fund Grant for $1.1million.


Wil Monte
Founder and Director, Millipede
Twitter: @_millipede

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Wil Monte is the founder and director of renowned and award-winning creative mobile specialists, Millipede. After gathering extensive experience and building an impressive client list as a freelance developer, Wil started Millipede in 2005 as an agency that specialises in creative programming (including VR & AR), gamification, education and game development. Millipede was acquired by DTDigital in early 2014 - a partnership designed to grow Millipede’s strengths with the support of one of Australia’s biggest digital agencies.


Sarah Moran
Co Founder and CEO, Girl Geek Academy
Twitter: @sarahmoran

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Sarah Moran is a cofounder of Girl Geek Academy – a global organisation teaching 1 million women to get into tech and launch their own startups by 2025. GGA has hosted Australia’s first all-female hackathon (#SheHacks), makerfest (#SheMakes) and game development program (#SheMakes_Games).


Cuauh Moreno
Lead Developer, cmee4 Productions
Twitter: @soundscoutsgame
As Lead Developer of Sound Scouts, Cuauh Moreno is also a Creative Coder and Game Designer who finds joy in exploring and understanding new frameworks, technologies and art. He has participated in several finalist and award winning projects such as 2009 IGF's "Next Great Mobile Game" with "Depict" and 2008's MochiAds "Become a Rock Star" flash game contest with "Amberial Nebulosa.”


Kara Mouyis
Communications Associate, PNG, Timor-Leste & Pacific Islands, The World Bank

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Kara Mouyis works in Communications for the World Bank, covering Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Pacific Islands. In June, Kara was able to work on a VR film in Myanmar, which focused on an education project, shown through the eyes of a young girl and her sister. Prior to joining the World Bank, Kara spent a year in Bangladesh working with a public health NGO and before that worked with international students, coming to Australia for further study.


Christopher Panzetta
Managing Director, S1T2
Twitter: @S1T2 

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As Co-founder and Creative Director of S1T2, Chris is one of Australia’s leading creative visionaries. He collaborates with his team to make communications more meaningful and understood by combining the joys of story with the joys of technology. Since beginning its business operation in 2006, S1T2 - with Chris at the forefront - has consistently produced outstanding, quality work, which has resulted in year-on-year growth, as well as industry recognition and accolades at both a company and individual level.


Tom Perry
Team Leader, Pacific Communications, The World Bank
Twitter: @thomasmperry

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Tom Perry is the World Bank’s Team Leader for Pacific Communications. Prior to joining the World Bank, Tom worked for CARE Australia and CARE International, which included deployments to South Sudan and Vanuatu immediately following Cyclone Pam. 
Between 2009 and 2012, Tom worked in the Solomon Islands as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). In his spare time, Tom enjoys photography, surfing and butchering the ukulele.


Dr Marigo Raftopoulos
CEO, Strategic Innovation Lab
Twitter: @marigo

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Marigo is a strategic business advisor specialising in enterprise innovation using games, gamification and experience design. Marigo is the founder and CEO of Strategic Innovation Lab, and is also an advisor to several technology incubators and technology start-ups. She is also an advisor on the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Innovation Agenda on the Advanced Digital Gaming and Gamification Program.


Anna Reeves
Co-Founder and CEO, That StartUp Show
Twitter: @TSUShow

Anna is a creative entrepreneur, producer and writer with a passion for culture change storytelling. She has worked for leading media production houses including: CordellJigsawZapruder, XYZ Films/Foxtel, and Renegade as a business affairs & brand manager. She was the US Campaign Director for a high profile worldwide anti-poverty campaign, The Global Poverty Project, and was Charity Partnerships Manager for Lux & Eco, an online eco-store working on projects such as Red Carpet Green Dress for the Oscars. She created, wrote and produced That StartUp Show, a web-series focused on start up culture released on Virgin worldwide with a global viewership of over one million. She is currently working on The Stand In My Shoes Project, a VR documentary film and education lab exploring the evolution of empathy.


Jon Shaw
Cinematographer and Lecturer, AFTRS and ginclearfilm
Twitter: @ginclearfilm

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Jon has won multiple awards include an AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema Television and Art) and multiple ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) awards for cinematography. He was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on ‘Life on the Reef’ a 3 x 1 hour series for ABC and PBS in the USA. He focuses mainly on factual television however has worked on various specialised projects including IMAX, Giant Screen 3D and also VR. Jon has also lectured at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School) in underwater cinematography.



Ben Slavin
Founding Partner and CEO, Chalk + Chisel
Twitter: @benslavin

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Ben Slavin is a technologist and strategist with substantial experience undertaking challenging interactive projects. He is a Founding Partner and currently serves as the CEO of Chalk + Chisel, a digital product agency in Baltimore, USA.
Under his leadership Chalk + Chisel has created VR and AR experiences for organizations including Autoblog, Discovery Communications, USA Today, and The Newseum, and has created digital and interactive experiences for many others.
Throughout his career Ben has been involved as founder, advisor and technical lead for many technology driven companies (and startups) including WonBid, LLC, GeniusRocket, Wavecrazy, JESS3 and Heliograph. He holds a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School at the University of Maryland.


Allan Soutaris
Digital Strategist, Plan International
Twitter: @Al_Souty 

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Allan has extensive experience managing digital projects and campaigns of scope in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Experienced in both traditional advertising methods and multimedia delivery processes, Allan played a key role the delivery of successful campaigns including the industry acclaimed Mercedes Let’s Talk advertising campaign. While in Cambodia, Allan led the Children Are Not Tourist Attractions campaigns with global not-for-profit Friends-International. Most recently at Essential Media Communications, Allan was responsible for managing online campaigns for a diverse range of Government, Union and Environmental clients including Fight for the Reef and Australian Education Union.


Roxann Stafford
Twitter: @jroxann 
Director of Design and Learning, SecondMuse & LAUNCH

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Roxann brings together the worlds of social impact and design thinking. Her background in mechanical engineering, business, and psychology combines the analytical rigor and empathy necessary for sustainable systems design. Prior to joining SecondMuse, she was a consultant at FSG with a focus on Shared Value and Collective Impact. As a Senior Associate at Jump Associates, she worked with visionary organizations to identify new markets, reinvent existing categories, and develop new sources of revenue. Roxann’s expertise in linking human needs with technological solutions has helped her clients develop robust strategies and successfully bring numerous products to market.


Tash Tan
Head of Digital and Interactivity, S1T2
Twitter: @S1T2

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One of the founding directors of S1T2, Tash specialises in user experience, creative design and digital strategy. He has driven the successful execution of a number of campaigns, utilising a variety of technologies and platforms - from interactive sculptures, film and animation, social media, web, analytics and search engine marketing to data visualisation, virtual and augmented reality and more. This expertise across a multitude of technologies has seen Tash consult for brands of all shapes and sizes looking to enhance their customer engagement across immersive and interactive worlds.


Sarah-Jane Woulahan
Filmmaker and Artist and Represented Director, AIRBAG
Twitter: @SJWoulahan 

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Sarah-Jane is a cross-media auteur and pioneer. She has created numerous multi-platform projects that integrate film, live performance and online interaction in genres that straddle narrative, documentary and comedy. Her comedy series, Forlorn Gaze was nominated for an AACTA award for Innovation. . Her first VR project, I'm Going Nowhere, was an experiment in inviting the viewer into her own mind and perspective and screened as part of the Melbourne Virtual Reality Fringe Festival in 2016. She will continue her research into VR live action narrative as part of a Masters at RMIT in 2017.


Kendra Yoshinaga
Associate, LAUNCH
Twitter: @KendraYoshinaga

Kendra Yoshinaga is a LAUNCH Associate supporting the LAUNCH Food cycle. She comes to LAUNCH from SecondMuse, where she helped lead the #BlueRevolution storytelling campaign to promote sustainable aquaculture in developing countries. Kendra brings to LAUNCH a strong background in multimedia journalism and a passion for using storytelling tools to illustrate inequality and inspire social change. She has interned at NPR News twice-- first on the show Tell Me More with Michel Martin, and more recently on the Education Desk. Kendra graduated from American University in May 2016 with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and a minor in legal studies.
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