September (Rlab Theme Ethics)

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We are excited to announce our next NYVR meetup will be focused on Ethics in Immerging Technology. We have arranged an in depth panel conversation featuring, Adaora Udoji, Reid Blackman and Rori Dubuff.

Adaora will be moderating the panel and is the Director of Corporate Innovation at the Rlab. Adaora’s expertise is emerging technology. She helps corporations build products, teams, and services, she helps startups grow their businesses, investors identify new opportunities, and audiences around the world understand how new tech can work.

Reid Blackman, Ph.D., is Founder and CEO of Virtue, an ethics consultancy that focuses on corporate governance and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, biotech, and virtual/augmented reality.

Rori Dubuff is a Strategic and Innovations leader with over 20 years experience working in digital marketing, integrated media, creative brand advertising, and emerging technology. As a Virtual & Mixed/Augmented Reality evangelist, Rori advises companies on strategy and marketing opportunities for brand and business transformation.

Additional demo's/presenters:

Eric Roffman will start the conversation with an Intro to the Interaction of Ethics and Emerging Technogies, and will demo previews of two of his recent projects that are related to ethical issues: "Pitch #7 from Pitch for Pi Day" is a short, fictional, dramatic 360 3D VR video with spatial audio which “encounters” ethical issues in super-hi-tech medicine and workplace social behavior; and, "We Came To America” is an immersive non-fiction project on immigration.

Saul Pena will be demo’ing 2 experiences called Mosquitoes vs Humans and The Llama Express. Mosquitos vs. Humans is a multiplayer VR game created Neurostorm that aims to start a conversation. The game design highlights that mosquitoes are the most fatal animal in the world (killing almost a million people per year) and educates players on prevention methods that can save lives.
The Llama Express created by Saul Pena Gamero and Pilar Aranda is a lighthearted game in which players ride a train through the fictional hispanic country of Esperú, feeding hungry llamas encountered along the way with traditional Spanish and Peruvian food.

Jan Roessner will be demo’ing and presenting a social impact game called Paraiso Island. Jan is with One Earth Rising, the first Public Benefit Corporation that focuses on developing Social Impact Games ( Their games, developed mainly for console, include charitable messaging and education and provide a playful path to social impact. They share 30% of the profits of their games with topic related nonprofits to provide a sustainable source of funding for nonprofits through gaming. Their first game Paraiso Island, is an island simulation game that supports the rebuilding process in the Caribbean. Profits are shared with the disaster relief organization All Hands and Hearts and they are currently exploring future game titles that will incorporate VR content.

Upcoming events:

On Thursday, September 26, NYCML’19, NYC Media's Lab's Annual Summit, will activate the Downtown Brooklyn community with emerging technologies. The event will include panels and keynotes on the future of media; 100 interactive technology demonstrations; cutting-edge research and startup presentations; and 18+ hands-on workshops. Attendees include 1,000+ senior executives and investors in media, entertainment, advertising, and tech. Register today for 30% off admission with code NYVR.

On Oct 5th and 6th Animation Nights New York, in partnership with Anderson Contemporary, presents the 4th Annual ANNY Best of Fest! 2019 ANNY Best of Fest, Saturday & Sunday, October 5-6, 2019, 12pm-10pm, 180 Maiden Lane, Seaport District, NYC ,