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Tuesday, July 13 • 12:30pm - 1:20pm
XR & Play: Mapping the New Play Space

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The rapidly evolving XR landscape is reshaping the possibilities for play.

But how do we capitalise on these emerging and converging, technologies to engage, inspire and educate kids and family audiences? How do we create experiences that enhance our world without distracting from it?

Hear from the world-class brands, thinkers and platforms that are leading the evolution of this New Play Space, and where they see it heading.

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Phil Stuart

Founder / Creative Director, Preloaded
Phil is the founder and award-winning Creative Director at PRELOADED. Since 2000, he has helped organizations such as LEGO, BBC and McDonald’s reach global audiences with digital products, and partnered with technology platforms such as Magic Leap, HTC and Google to imagine the... Read More →

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Kelly White

VP, Digital Product Strategy & Partnerships, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products
Kelly is a 15-year veteran in the gaming and interactive space. Her work has spanned mobile, social, console, emerging technologies, and most recently immersive experiences and storytelling in Disney theme parks. In addition to creating compelling experiences for Disney fans and guests... Read More →
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Valerie Vacante

Director of Strategy - Experience and Innovation, LiveArea
Valerie Vacante is the Director of Strategy for global customer experience agency, LiveArea, where she uncovers cultural trends, designs strategies and next generation innovations impacting the way people connect and experience the world. Valerie is also the Founder of Collabsco... Read More →
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Brian Schwab

Interaction Design Director, LEGO Creative Play Lab
With 20+ years in the game industry, Brian Schwab has devoted his career to exploring gameplay and AI systems from top to bottom. He has shipped everything from location-based rides to an educational titles, from from the Sega Genesis to the Wearable Spatial Computer. Brian's last... Read More →
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Ebby Wahman

Senior Software Engineer, Niantic Labs
Ebby is a Senior Software Engineer at Niantic Labs working on Pokemon Go where she's worked on features such as PvP, Buddy Multiplayer AR, and Friend Invitations to Raids. Her first introduction to game development was working on and launching Zoo Rush, a mobile endless runner game... Read More →
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Alexandria Heston

UX Designer, Niantic Inc.
Alexandria Heston currently works as a UI/UX Designer at Niantic Labs, Inc. She has spent the past couple years researching, developing, and publishing multiple projects on the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI) as it relates to VR/AR experiences. Prior to this, she... Read More →

Tuesday July 13, 2021 12:30pm - 1:20pm EDT