Allee Willis is a one-woman creative think-tank and multi-disciplinary artist. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2018, she’s a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter, performer, artist, multimediaist, director, collector, party thrower. Willis’s songs have sold over 60,000,000 records, including Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September," and “Boogie Wonderland,” The Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance,” and the Oprah Winfrey-produced Tony and Grammy-winning Broadway musical The Color Purple.
Dan Goods is passionate about creating experiences where people are reminded of the gift and privilege of being alive. During the day he runs The Studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team developing creative ways of transforming complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. After hours he works on projects around the world including new art pieces in SD and SF and the “Museum of Awe.”
Donick Cary is a TV writer/producer (Parks and Recreation, Letterman, The Simpsons, Silicon Valley).When a rash of teen suicides occurred at his former high school in Nantucket, Donick thought about what got him through long and isolating winters during high school-music. He founded Musack to give kids and teens a voice and has expanded it worldwide with the help of an annual mini music festival in his Los Angeles backyard.
Ross has been involved in the creative arts for over 40 years starting as a child actor most famously in the classic 80’s comedy Airplane. He went on to work as a photographer and director for revered musical innovators Beck and the late Elliott Smith. He now focuses on film making in the short subject documentary genre as well as continuing to foster emerging talent in the music industry.
Dean Zimmer is no ordinary drummer. He was born with arthrogryposis, a birth defect that severely restricts joint movement. Though he’s confined to a wheelchair, Zimmer refuses to let his condition stop him from doing what he loves to do the most. And that was decided a long time ago, when he first picked up drumsticks.
Perry, a Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, has written multi-platinum hits for Gwen Stefani, Pink, and Adele and now co-founder of We Are Hear an artist empowerment record label, publishing house, and management company founded with fellow multi-platinum producer Kerry Brown. The Los Angeles-based entity focuses on publishing, sync, licensing, management, recording and consultation. The company's mission is to give artists freedom usually restricted by major labels.
We Are Hear is an artist empowerment record label, publishing house, and management company founded by multi-platinum producers Linda Perry and Kerry Brown. The Los Angeles-based entity focuses on publishing, sync, licensing, management, recording and consultation. The company's mission is to give artists freedom usually restricted by major labels.
Beatie Wolfe is an award-winning singer songwriter & innovator who has created a series of world first formats for music that bridge the tangible & digital. Wolfe is the only artist to have her album's art exhibited in London's V&A Museum, address Apple's VPs on innovation, have an audience with Queen Elizabeth II and have the American Alzheimer's Association adopt the findings from her Power of Music & Dementia study.
Prudence Fenton is an award-winning creative visualist and writer. As a producer, filmmaker, executive, animator, multi-media artist, and Internet visionary, she has changed the ways things look, and our experience of them for over twenty-five years. (MTV IDs, Pee-wee's Playhouse, animated Peter Gabriel Videos, Liquid Television, ABC 1 Saturday Morning, Drew Carey's Greenscreen Show, and many others).
David Mason (aka Mr Fish)
David Mason, of Mason & Sons, is London’s most cutting edge and iconic Savile Row tailor. Mason is the man behind the reawakening of the classic James Bond brand, Anthony Sinclair, as well as rockstar label Mr Fish, known for dressing Jagger, Bowie, Hendrix and creating Muhammad Ali’s robe. Mr Fish recently made Beatie Wolfe’s Musical Jacket which was exhibited at London’s V&A Museum and for Queen Elizabeth II.
Domhnaill Hernon is Head of Innovation Incubation & Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.) at Nokia Bell Labs. He graduated with a B.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering, a Ph.D in fundamental fluid mechanics from the University of Limerick and an Executive M.B.A. from Dublin City University, Ireland. He is passionate about turning research into reality and exploring the bounds of creativity to push the limits of technology.
Phil Crowe is Executive Creative Director at The Mill. Know as a hands-on, passionate and astute visionary, Phil leads the creative output of the LA studio. With his 20 years of experience and constant striving for perfection, Phil has led multiple award-winning campaigns including Levi's 'Dangerous Liaisons', Old Spice 'The Man Your Man Could Smell Like' and P&G's 'Thank You, Mom' and works closely with the world’s leading directors.
Nonny de la Peña
Renowned for using cutting-edge technologies to tell immersive stories that create intense, empathic engagement, de la Peña was named Wired Magazine’s #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change and has been called the “Godmother of VR” by Forbes, Engadget and the Guardian. With TED Talk views toppling over 1 Million, she is one of the most influential pioneers in the industry and widely credited with having invented the field of immersive journalism when she premiered the first-ever VR experience at the Sundance Film Festival.
Born in Vienna, Austria, Walter started a career as a sound inventor, the day he was born. His fascination with sound brought him on a journey through classical and contemporary phases. He exiled Vienna, in 1991 to settle in Los Angeles. The circle of life brought him into the world medicine. Moby and UCLA Medical validated and endorsed his nonprofit HealthTunes, which successfully supports the Healing in hospitals and homes worldwide.
David McIntyre is senior vice president of strategy and standards at Xperi Corporation. He is responsible for driving the corporate strategy within the company, as well as leading its global standards team that participates in more than 25 international organizations. Additionally, David helps launch new markets for Xperi, most recently the company’s virtual and augmented reality products. Prior to Xperi, David worked in venture capital and at an internet audio startup.
Hélène Muddiman is a multi-award winning film composer and hit songwriter. Her compositions can be heard on the score for Happy Feet Two, Ice Age 4, Frankenweenie, SKIN. Aged 18 Hélène was signed to EMI Records & Music Publishing and later wrote albums produced by Harry Gregson-Williams. Now signed to Sony/ATV her hits include the title track from the Gold selling album ‘FREE ME’ by the Spice Girls Emma Bunton.
Nusha Askari, PhD
Dr. Askari has extensive clinical research, teaching and administrative experience in neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry, with special focus on dementia. She is well versed in traditional mindfulness, meditation and healing practices and brings an East meets West integrative perspective to helping and healing. Dr. Askari is former professor and chair, department of Clinical Psychology & Gerontology (Notre Dame de Namur University).
Since 2001, as managing director of Karajan Institute, Matthias Röder is responsible for the overall strategy and worldwide development of the KARAJAN® brand. In 2010, Matthias received a PhD in musicology from Harvard University and founded the Digital Musicology Study Group (now at MIT). He worked on several music technology and digital learning projects with partners such as the Packard Humanities Institute. Matthias studied music at Mozarteum University, Salzburg.
David Birnbaum, Dir of UX Design at Immersion Corp, has been creating haptic experiences for over 12 yrs, in which time he’s been named as an inventor on over 70 patents in the fields of user experience, wearables, gaming, medical devices, mobile communication, and rich interactive media. A leading expert in haptic design, he leads a team responsible for developing the tactile aesthetics of emerging technologies. He holds a B.S. in Music Industry from USC and a M.A. in Music Technology from McGill University.
DJ Molly Rich
15 years old prodigy from Los Angeles who DJs with passion and finesse
Dre Koval is a full-time Innovation Sherpa, designer and founder of Maybe Capital, a hilarious board game and fake Venture Capital firm. As CEO, she retains complete creative license to do what must be done: make fun of Silicon Valley and prank the patriarchy. She strongly believes in the power of art, music and humor to inspire joy and positive change.