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Episode 108: Live Events Edition – Best of Both Worlds

Join the Crew host Brittney Lanni and co-host Rachel Schwerin

As they welcome their guests:

Jesse Damiani – Co-Founder and CEO/Galatea | Editor-at-Large/VRScout,
Curator/sp[a]ce gallery Ayzenburg

Emory Craig – Cofounder, Digital Bodies (Speaker/Futurist/VR, AR, XR)

With a brief recap of their events whirlwind this fall, Rachel and Brittney welcome their two guests:

Jesse is an entrepreneur, advisor, journalist, and public figure in emerging technology – Editor-at-Large of VR Scout, Series Editor of Best American Experimental Writing, and CEO of Galatea, a writing and project management tool for VR and AR stories. He covers XR, blockchain, AI, and media, with work in Adweek, Billboard, Entrepreneur, IndieWire, HuffPost, and Quartz; and syndication in CBS News, The New Digital Storytelling textbook, and REDEF.

Emory is the Cofounder and Partner at Digital Bodies, a popular website for news and analysis of immersive technologies. As a futurist and writer, he focuses on VR, AR, Mixed Reality and their creative and disruptive impact on media, organizations and educational institutions. In 2017-2018, he co-authored a series of articles for EDUCAUSE: “VR and AR: Stepping into the New Frontier of Learning.”

Brittany and Rachel learn about both Jesse’s and Emory’s work, and how they originally became invested in VR/AR/MR. The concept of narrative potential compels discussion about storytelling and how emerging technologies are changing the nature of experience. Jesse and Emory share anecdotes about ground-breaking and memorable story-based VR, including Carne y Arena, a virtual reality installation simulating the human condition of immigrants and refugees.

They address broader ethical implications and the responsibility creators have when crafting immersive experiences, and learn what Jesse and Emory see in the future of VR/AR/MR. The conversation wraps on passionate note, opening the door to our next dive into these powerful topics.

Sit back, plug in, enjoy this exploration of reality as the next medium – and live…

The AV Life.

Live Events Special: Mixed Reality, Metaverse, and More

Join the Crew host Brittney Lanni and co-host Rachel Schwerin as they welcome:

Part 1: 

Ashley Crowder is the co-founder and CEO of VNTANA, an industry leading augmented reality platform for creating and distributing premium mixed reality experiences. She has fascinating insights into how MR is changing branding, and how VNTANA is using cutting-edge technology to transform consumer interactions in retail and live sports.

Nicholas Cambata ​is the founder of 8112 Studios, an award-winning production company specializing in film production, immersive virtual and augmented reality content. Nick shares a bit about early inspirations and how immersive technology is a rapidly-burgeoning field, wide-open for creative innovation.

Both Nick and Ashley agree that purpose drives effective applications of mixed reality tech. What do people want, how is it changing, and how can we create that in completely new ways?

Part 2:
In the second segment, Brittney and Rachel discuss AR, human evolution, and the double-edged sword of mixed reality with futurist, author, and AR/VR consultant, Charlie Fink. Charlie’s book, Charlie Fink’s Metaverse brings to life concepts and questions near and dear to Brittney’s and Rachel’s hearts!

Sit back, plug in and enjoy this special live events episode while we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 91: Blending Realities – Where the Digital and Physical Intersect

Join the Crew host Brittney Lanni, and co-host Rachel Schwerin as they welcome their guests:

Alex Hertel – Founder & CEO at Xperiel
Garrett Fuselier – Creative Director at HYPNO

Brittney and Rachel talk with their guests about VR, the future of immersive technology, and the human condition. Garrett begins by describing the VR game he developed in just over a year and a half – an adventure into a world of his own nightmares. This leads the conversation to a philosophical investigation into the power and responsibility immersive tech developers shoulder as they craft new realities.

Inspired by the recent World Cup, Brittney asks Alex about Xperial’s collaboration with sports organizations. How fans interact with the game in a stadium leads to questions about attendee experience and its impact on the event itself – what should the role of the audience be in our contemporary culture of short attention spans?

What it means to be human plays a significant role in both Xperial’s and HYPNO’s conceptual bases, as both companies consider first and foremost – how do we want our product to make people feel?

The conversation concludes with mutual admiration of each others’ tech endeavors, and enthusiasm to continue the compelling conversation.

Sit back, plug in and find out what it means to be human in these guests’ worlds as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 79: Live Events and Immersive Environments with Green Hippo Innovations and AV’s Techno Shaman

Join the Crew host Brittney Lanni, and co-host Rachel Schwerin as they welcome their guests:

Jon 9 – Techno-Shaman at VIRTULARIUM, CEO at Holonyne Corporation
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager, West Coast at Green Hippo

The AV Life’ Live Events shows are back with Brittney at the helm, and Rachel is her co-host (along with being her co-worker) for the shows. Brittney (Creative Producer – Live Events at O’Keefe Communications) begins by introducing the guests – Jon 9 explains his Techno-Shaman title, and how aims to create new forms of experience. Jon also talks about video walls and what they were in the past compared to today, including his sophisticated creative technology. 

Brittney asks the guests to talk about evolution of the technology, and Cynthia begins talking about Green Hippo in terms of the tools and creative elements. Cynthia also talks about Green Hippo’s close working relationship with Jon 9.  Brittney talks about the environments and human senses, and she also asks Rachel (Associate Producer/Storyteller at O’Keefe Communications) to talk about the “storytelling” element. 

Jon 9 talks about his entry into the tech world from theater, along with storytelling through creative videowall technologies. He also talks about engaging and getting through to the audience in terms of the conscious and the subconscious along with how he accomplishes this, including creating video walls in the trade show world. He adds in his usage of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer real-time media server technology. 

Brittney then asks Jon 9 about creating the content and environment, and experiencing stories in a whole new way – he talks about visual harmonics and video walls, in terms of what happens between the screens. After Rachel poses a question, Cynthia talks about collaborative art and Green Hippo’s tech tools, also incorporated with live events.

Jon 9 talks about Hippotizer for live events, event production and trade shows – he mentions VIRTULARIUM, how one was created for NEC Display Solutions at InfoComm 2017, and usage of Hippotizer technology for it. Rachel mentions InfoComm, along with live events and storytelling, and Cynthia talks about Green Hippo’s Notch technology. 

Jon 9 discusses how it’s more about concept and platform, and not necessarily the hardware – and mentions data, deep learning and more as relates to video wall technology and creative development. Jon also talks about creative content and technology being a means of expansion and connection for the audience. Cynthia talks about creating the best tools for artists’ expression, she also discusses VR as relates to events (and Rachel poses a “reality” question here too). Jon 9 talks about how his creative videowalls, and especially VIRTULARIUM, present a certain reality along with engagement for the viewer. 

Cynthia discusses a customer’s VR live stream with Coachella, where people could feel like they were a part of the experience. She also points to escapism in terms of such technologies as well. 

Sit back, plug in, we hope you enjoy this engaging live events show and live…

The AV Life. 

Episode 77: We bring to you Live Events, Emerging Tech, and InfoComm ’18 Center Stage

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, Brittney Lanni and guest Crew member Bella Whiting as they welcome their guests:

Will Curran – Founder, Chief Einstein at Endless Events LLC (and host of #EventIcons podcast)
Amar Bakshi – Founder, Creator at Shared_Studios
Wallace Johnson – Managing Director at WLJ Consulting, LLC (and host of The LIVE Life podcast)

A show that brings together live events and AV, emerging tech, a high school graduate interested in a career in AV leading to a great conversation about young people joining the industry, and Center Stage – a 3-day event taking place at InfoComm 2018, June 6th – 8th in Las Vegas.

That’s The AV Life.

After introduction of the guests (along with Bella), Corey discusses live events with Will, Wallace and Brittney (who is the new live events host of The AV Life) all who are live events professionals. Will talks about his company Endless Events, and how companies can do what Endless does with video content (his presentation at Center Stage). Will refers to his podcast which will also be talked about a little later in the show. Wallace then talks about live events as it’s been a part of his life for quite some time, and he talks about the industry in terms of emerging technologies (AR and VR) translating to live events and content creation.

Brittney discusses emerging technologies in the space, along with creating and augmenting the live events experience. She focuses on events and mobile devices, along with leveraging these devices as a first screen. Amar talks about Shared_Studios and discusses their portals at sites around the world along with events, with AV and other technologies for their distributed spaces around the world. Bella gets in on the discussion as she was involved in live events at her high school, and she also talks about attending a recent AVIXA Women’s Council event in DC Metro.

During the usual mid-show conversation, Michelle talks about AV industry reach, leading to a discussion about bringing young people like Bella into the industry. Wallace details AVIXA programs for schools, and gives some advice here too. Brittney, Michelle, Will and Amar talk about creating internships. 

Next, all talk about InfoComm 2018 Center Stage – Amar begins by highlighting his discussion (on June 6th) Using Videoconferencing to Connect Learning Communities, along with more about their portals and AV. Will then talks about his discussion (on June 8th) Innovators in Online Video Content Creation Reveal the Secrets to Compulsively Watchable Content, creating better video content, along with value creation.

Finally, Will and Wallace talk about their industry podcasts (along with the Crew) – make sure you give them a listen.

Sit back, plug in, and join us for an enlightening discussion about live events, emerging tech, young people in tech, and one of the big events to see at InfoComm as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 74: Time, Technology and Data – Factoring the Future of AV (Part 2)

Make sure you listen to Part One!

This episode is sponsored by Holonyne

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, (new member) Brittney Lanni, and guest host Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation and Executive Director of VIRTULARIUM as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Randy Pagnan  – President at rp Visual Solutions (on call-in)
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager at Green Hippo Media Technologies, Inc.

Jon picks up the conversation with Randy and Brandy and talks about something that rp Visual Solutions displayed at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) which Jon created the content for, and Brandy details and highlights it. Randy talks about platform and growing up in an age of information, this to go with processing data, the control room space, video walls and current enhanced data visualization capabilities. Rich also talks about the statement of content being king, referring here to data being the new currency – driving sales, delivering ROI and more, along with looking “beyond the screen.” Randy talks further about data and visualization, and Jon also puts a new spin on the content statement. Rich further expands on the data discussion here, to go along with privacy.

Jon then refers to “the attention economy” and how technology is evolving faster than society and culture has evolved to deal with it. Brittney expands on this, also talking about data, tools, visualization, time – and customer experience. Rich talks about Kroeger grocery stores (who were nominated for an APEX award at the DSE) compared to other grocery chains in terms of how they use sensors, data, content and more to drive the experience.

Finally, Jon gives a list of six emerging technologies, and asks each person to comment if these technologies are playing a role in their work and personal life. Listen to these excellent responses, which also follow along with the show’s theme.

Sit back, plug in and we hope you enjoy this look at time, technology, data – factoring the future of AV as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 74: Time, Technology and Data – Factoring the Future of AV (Part 1)

This episode is sponsored by Holonyne

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, (new member) Brittney Lanni, and guest host Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation and Executive Director of VIRTULARIUM as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Randy Pagnan  – President at rp Visual Solutions (on call-in)
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager at Green Hippo Media Technologies, Inc.

It’s the return of Jon 9 (who first appeared in VIRTULARIUM – ‘The AV Life’ Episode 39), and in a big way as he guest hosts this show which he also co-produced. After the usual show opener Jon takes the host seat, introduces the guests and begins by posing three statements to the guests (and the Crew) concerning time.

Rich talks about looking at what we’re trying to accomplish while delivering value, going “beyond the screen” and focusing on change over time. Brandy talks about marketing perspective and how time is crucial in terms of grabbing attention with the message and marketing strategy. Cynthia gives her thoughts on the subject talking about how the creative process is shifting in terms of time and expectations. Jon asks Randy about manufacturing physical things (as opposed to digital), and Randy talks about the cost actually being time, where the client many times “wants it now” and how that adds certain pressures.

Katye talks about demands on time and expectations, and how focus and communications can be affected, also relating to social media. Brittney talks about production/content creation time, to go along with human processing time concerning communications – and Jon also asks Brittney about her work being affected by social media technologies. Corey talks about being in two worlds of AV – the sales world (in the past) as well as the media world, time and some of the challenges that have gone with them. Then Michelle gives her take on time in relation to expectation and “perfection.”

Jon then brings up the topic of technology platform and the approach, along with the rate of technological change, how it relates to time. Rich talks about big data analytics, retail, DOOH, as well top technologies that retailers will be utilizing. He discusses time and optimization – and also talks about what to look forward to in terms of technology, personalization and engagement by 2020 (no matter the market). Jon asks Cynthia to talk about Green Hippo’s new generation of Hippotizer media server technology and how it relates to being more of a platform in a box. Cynthia also talks about interpreting data. Jon then asks Cynthia to talk about working with 3D models and virtual mapping on to them, she also talks about real-time content manipulation.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy Part One.