Every breakthrough is born in the imagination

The 2016 Tribeca Festival® Hub hosts some of the most influential, provocative, and groundbreaking creative minds for an all-day summit on what happens when our wildest dreams become reality and what that reality will be in the not-so-distant future. Experience the wonder and inspiration of new technologies, as tech's thought leaders reveal what is just beyond the horizon.

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2016 Agenda

10am Doors open
10:30am Opening Remarks: Jason Kelly, New York Bureau Chief of Bloomberg
10:45am Bryan Johnson, OS Fund: Tools of Creation: Reorienting Humanity's Identity and Aspirations
11:20am Jon Iwata, IBM: From Metropolis to Her — Artificial Intelligence in Film and the Real World
11:55am Dr. James Canton, Institute for Global Futures: The Extreme Future of Medicine: From Prediction to Longevity

Medicine is being transformed by radical technologies that will offer a new era of prevention, prediction and longevity. Discover the future of how digital health, mobile, big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, genetics, nanotech, neuroscience, synthetic biology and smart drugs will offer health and human performance enhancement.
12:30pm Meredith Perry, uBeam: World Without Wires

Meredith Perry, founder and CEO of uBeam will talk about the potential for truly wireless power and the impact this technology will have on the world. In this session, Meredith will share how she founded uBeam in her college dorm room and discuss the impact it will have on our daily lives by wirelessly powering everything from smartphones to lightbulbs to hearing aids. Find out how close we are to living in a world without wires, and what that world might look like
1:05pm - 1:50pm Lunch Break
1:50pm VR Headsets (need to be in your seats to get one)
2:20pm Felix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphael, Felix & Paul Studios: Inside Story: A Journey Into Virtual Reality

An immersive virtual reality experience as a talk by the masters of virtual reality. See the most evocative worlds and feel the story as VR channels empathy. See it, feel it, how they do it, and the future of the technology and creativity
3:15pm Philip Rosedale, High Fidelity: The Final Medium: Humans in the Machine

Is it possible that Virtual Reality in its maturity may allow us to communicate and be creative in ways that are more sublime than even our greatest real-life experiences? As computers become ever more powerful, might our virtual worlds grow to become larger and more unknowable that our own planet? An examination of how the growth of VR technology may give us something more disruptive and unpredictable than the Internet.
3:50pm Derek Belch, STRIVR Labs: Virtual Reality in Sports: Immersive Performance Training and Immersive Entertainment

Just as sports have become one of the last television events that people actually watch, many folks in the VR industry are betting that sports content will be a driving in helping drive mass adoption of headsets sales and content consumption. STRIVR founder and CEO Derek Belch will share the company's experience working with more than a dozen NFL and collegiate football teams over the past year, while also creating and staffing several major VR fan engagement experiences. Belch will share the positives and negatives of sports-focused VR.

4:15pm Sir Richard Branson & Jason Hirschhorn: Daring to Dream

From starting his own airline to ballooning around the world and shooting for the stars, Sir Richard Branson has never shied away from a challenge either in business or personally. He discusses his penchant for dreaming what could be possible and the gut instinct that drives his endeavors
4:55pm Katherine Oliver: Advisor to Bloomberg Philanthropies and Principal of Media and Technology at Bloomberg Associates
5:05 - 5:25pm Break
5:30pm Screening: Don't Look Down
7:00pm Q&A Sir Richard Branson

2016 Speakers

Plus more to follow

Jason Kelly is the New York Bureau Chief of Bloomberg, overseeing more than 1,200 journalists at the company's world headquarters. He's the author of Sweat Equity: Inside the New Economy of Mind and Body, published this month by John Wiley & Sons. Since joining Bloomberg in 2002, he's written about topics ranging from semiconductors to economic development during the war in Afghanistan. A frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV and host of conferences around the world, Jason's also the author of The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry that Owns Everything (2012). He's a graduate of Georgetown University.

Bryan Johnson is the founder of Braintree, which Paypal acquired in 2013 for $800 million. One year later, he started OS Fund with $100 million of his personal capital to invest in scientists and inventors working on some of the world's most audacious endeavors. He is focused on the future of intelligence, genomics, synthetic biology, the space economy, and how ideologies invisibly shape our behavior. He works hard at being a father of three, loves flying airplanes and climbing mountains, and wrote a children's book. His defining belief is that we're at a uniquely exciting moment in the arc of humanity because we can now literally create any kind of world we can imagine.

Jon Iwata leads IBM's marketing, communications and citizenship organization. His team is responsible for the marketing of IBM's product and services and stewardship of the IBM brand, recognized as one of the most valuable in the world. He is the architect of IBM's strategic brand platforms, including e-business, Smarter Planet, and Watson. In 2015, Jon was inducted into the CMO Club Hall of Fame and received the Distinguished Service Award from The Seminar, an organization of Chief Communications Officers. He is co-inventor of a U.S. patent for advanced semiconductor lithography technology.

Dr. James Canton is a leading global futurist, social scientist, author, and visionary business advisor. For the past 25 years, he has been forecasting the impact of future trends and innovations on business, markets and society.
As a former Apple Computer executive, policy advisor, investment banker and serial entrepreneur, he has forecasted many of the the key trends that have shaped our world.The Economist recognizes him as one of the leading global futurists. CNN dubbed him the Digital Guru. He has advised three White House Administrations and over 100 companies.He is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading San Francisco based think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government.

He has been affiliated with the Kellogg School of Management, MIT Media Lab EU, Visionary Advisory Board, Motorola, The President's National Science and Technology Council and Singularity University at NASA where he was the Founding Co-Chairman Futures and Forecasting Track. Dr. Canton is the author of The Extreme Future, Technofutures and Future Smart the top trends that will shape the next 20 years.

Meredith Perry is the inventor of uBeam, a technology that transmits power over the air to charge electronic devices wirelessly. The idea for uBeam was conceived while Meredith was studying at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, where she entered and won "PennVention," the Penn invention competition that recognizes ground-breaking technological innovations. Just four weeks later, Meredith was invited to demo uBeam's technology on stage at the esteemed Wall Street Journal "All Things Digital" Conference. She holds numerous patents related to the uBeam technology.

While at Penn, Meredith served as a student ambassador for NASA, where she worked on technology to detect life on Mars, experimented in zero gravity and researched and published papers in astrobiology and medicine. She graduated in 2011 with a degree in paleobiology and wrote her thesis on astrobiology.

Meredith has been included in Fortune's "40 Under 40" Mobilizers, Forbes' "30 Under 30" and Vanity Fair's "The Next Establishment." She has also been recognized as one of Fast Company's "Most Creative People" and is the recipient of Elle Magazine's Genius Award. She resides in Los Angeles.

Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël are at the forefront of cinematic virtual reality. After 10 years of collaborative work as directors of immersive cinematic experiences, they co-founded Felix & Paul Studios to solely focus on storytelling through cinematic virtual reality. Through the symbiosis of artistic and technological innovation, they create emotive, visceral and intimate experiences that provide audiences with an unprecedented sense of presence and emotional resonance. The Studio's virtual reality creations include Jurassic World: Apatosaurus, the original series Nomads, and the recently premiered Inside Impact: East Africa with President Bill Clinton and LeBron James Striving for Greatness.

Philip Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product ("FreeVue"), which was later acquired by RealNetworks, where in 1996 he went on to become Vice President and CTO. In 1999, Rosedale left RealNetworks, founded Linden Lab and built a virtual civilization called Second Life, creating an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world. Following Second Life, Rosedale worked on several projects related to distributed work and computing. Excited by innovations in these areas and the proliferation of new VR-enabling devices, he re-entered the world of VR in 2013, founding High Fidelity. Philip holds a B.S. in physics from University of California, San Diego.

Derek Belch is the founder and CEO of STRIVR Labs, Inc., a Palo Alto based startup that uses virtual reality to train athletes. Belch laid the foundation for STRIVR during the 2014 season with the Stanford Cardinal football team, when he was an assistant coach for the team while completing a masters degree. His thesis project was exploring virtual reality applied to sports training and he worked with the Cardinal during the season to build and test the technology that is now STRIVR. Belch was a former kicker for the Cardinal from 2003-2007 and is one of only two Stanford kickers in history to hit two 50-yard+ field goals in a single game. He kicked the winning extra point in Stanford's historic upset of USC as 42-point underdogs. Belch holds three degrees from Stanford (BA Communication, MA Journalism, MA Media Studies), as well as an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Sir Richard Branson is Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group which has expanded into many diverse sectors from air and ground travel to telecommunications, health, space travel and renewable energy through more than 200 companies worldwide. In 2004, Richard established Virgin Unite, his non-profit foundation. It mobilizes the talent and resources from across the Virgin Group and beyond, to tackle tough social and environmental problems in an entrepreneurial way. Richard has been working closely with Virgin Unite to bring together the right partners to help create new global leadership models to address conflict, climate change and disease. In 2009, Richard brought together a group of the world's top entrepreneurs to initiate the Carbon War Room. The vision is to mobilize capital, innovation, expertise and international collaboration to increase the effectiveness of climate change efforts already underway and to focus on filling any gaps.

Katherine Oliver is a Principal at Bloomberg Associates, an international philanthropic consulting firm founded by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In her position overseeing the media and technology portfolio, Katherine helps cities harness the power of media and technology to improve government services, and advises them how to attract and promote businesses to support economic growth in these sectors. Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Katherine served as Commissioner of NYC's Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment from 2002-2013, helping to generate direct spending of $7.1 billion annually in the entertainment sector and supporting a growing tech industry employing over a quarter million people.

Yao is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Hatchery, an organization instrumental in developing the New York technology ecosystem with an international advisory consultancy and incubator. She has helped over 350 early stage companies through various phases of maturity with a focus on product, business, revenue, and funding. She leads up the enterprise incubator in New York building products with corporate partners -- from ideation, development, sales, funding to exit. She is advisor and deal maker to the governments of 10 countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia to assist foreign technology companies in their expansion to the U.S. market.

Recently, Yao was named by Forbes as one of eleven women at the center of New York's digital scene, by Beta Beat as one of 25 Women Driving New York's Tech Scene, and TechWeek's 100 most influential people in tech.

Michael Tolkin is an entrepreneur, investor, and producer. He is the Founder and CEO of Ultro Labs, an innovation lab focused on immersive technology and virtual reality products in the areas of entertainment, fitness, real estate, travel, and communications. He is also the Founder and CEO of Rooms.com, a home design website and digital media platform. Prior to Ultro, Michael served as CEO of IMAX Labs, the innovation arm of IMAX Corporation, where he was responsible for developing new ventures in the immersive entertainment space. Michael is also the Founder of NoMad Walk, a proposed new park in the heart of Manhattan, and the Tin Pan Alley Festival.

Jason Hirschhorn is an entrepreneur most comfortable at the intersection between entertainment and technology. He was formerly CEO of his first venture, Mischief New Media, Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks, President of Sling Media and most recently Co-President of MySpace. Jason is also an investor in Howcast, Buzz Media, 5 to 1 and other startups.

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