Our growing board of industry leaders in Virtual Reality help to define and shape the way that VR is being used for social good. The board demonstrates a broad range of ambassadors who promote progressive and positive work in the virtual space.
Nonny de la Peña
CEO of Emblematic Group and fondly nicknamed ‘the Godmother of virtual reality
Nonny de la Peña has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget and The Guardian, while Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative” for her pioneering work in immersive journalism. As CEO of Emblematic Group, she uses cutting edge technologies to tell important stories—both fictional and news-based—that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers. A graduate of Harvard University and a former correspondent for Newsweek, de la Peña has more than 20 years of award-winning experience in print, film and TV. Her virtual reality work has been featured by the BBC, Mashable, Vice, Wired and many others. Showcases around the globe include the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, The World Economic Forum in Davos, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Games For Change.
Director of VR and New Media at Raindance Film Festival
Mária has been on a mission to bring immersive experiences to millions of people worldwide. Between 2014-2016 she led VR programmes at Samsung where she successfully launched the most widely available family of VR products, including the Gear VR-powered by Oculus and Gear 360 camera. Currently, she leads VR and New Media at Raindance where she curates experiences for Raindance VRX Awards and the 25th Raindance Film Festival. One of the most humbling and inspiring aspects of this mission is scouting and working with incredibly talented artists and creators from around the world, and helping them to be discovered.
Head of AR/VR at at m ss ng p eces
Catherine is an activist, journalist, producer and technology enthusiast working to leverage the power of story and silicon to celebrate, sustain and create positive change in the worlds within and around us.
Entrepreneurial spirit with an appetite for doing things that A) have never been done before or B) make the word a better place. Over a decade of experience working at the nexus of media, technology and public health.
Inspired by the way interactive AR & VR will improve our world.
CEO/Founder at REWIND
Sol Rogers is CEO and Founder of REWIND a production agency that fuses bleeding-edge technology with award-winning creative storytelling.
Known for pushing the boundaries in innovation content creation, REWIND’s acclaimed immersive projects include BBC Home – a VR Spacewalk, Project Falcon for FOVE and Ghost in the Shell VR. The team is one of three approved Microsoft HoloLens developers in the UK.
Sol is a BAFTA VR Advisory Group Executive, an advisor to globally recognised conferences, and a VR/AR evangelist. Prior to founding REWIND, Sol was a university lecturer for 15 years in Digital Animation, VFX & Emerging Technology.