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Business Symposium

New! The Business Symposium will take place at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE on Saturday, 27 July and Sunday, 28 July. Join fellow industry professionals and production leaders for networking and exploration of trending and future technologies that will change the way we do business.

Program Content

Ground yourself in the CG landscape, the latest challenges, and opportunities for future growth.

The Business Symposium is a VIP event that explores the intersection of technology, creativity, and business and will take place at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE . It features speakers from a range of industries and backgrounds, allowing you to explore the future of innovation, design, and technology.

The Business Symposium covers topics of importance to senior managers who want to know how emerging technologies shape and affect business. It features keynote speakers, panel discussions, and plenty of opportunities to network and build relationships.

Symposium attendees meet, interact and network with fellow executives, content creation experts, computer graphics pioneers, and those from the broader community who are looking for insights into computer graphics-related business opportunities.

Registration includes admission to Opening Ceremony and ACM SIGGRAPH Awards Presentations; ACM SIGGRAPH Award Talks, ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers Talks, ACM Student Research Competition, ACM SIGGRAPH Workshops, Appy Hour, Art Gallery, Art Papers, Birds of a Feather, Emerging Technologies, Exhibitor Sessions, Experience Presentations, International Center, Job Fair (Tuesday and Wednesday), Keynote Session, Posters, Poster Sessions, Studio, and Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality and the Exhibition (Tuesday–Thursday).

Moderators

Elizabeth Baron (Saturday, 27 July)
Elizabeth Baron is Vice President, Immersive Solutions for Silverdraft Supercomputing. She has been the driving force in the development and deployment of global, collaborative immersive paradigms for industrial design and engineering. She focuses on the use of disruptive technology solutions to solve workflow and visualization challenges with enterprise partners to apply creative and elegant immersive solutions that connect knowledge with experience for cross-functional teams.

Paul Salvini (Sunday, 28 July)
Paul Salvini is the Chief Executive Officer of the Accelerator Centre, a leading technology incubator located in the University of Waterloo’s David Johnston Research and Technology Park. He is also Waterloo’s Associate Vice-President, Research Commercialization. Formerly Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. and CTO at Side Effects Software, Paul has led award-winning teams of engineers and software developers in bringing to market advanced visualization, simulation and display technologies.

Business Symposium Chair

Adele Newton

Business Symposium: Opening Remarks and Welcome
Event TypeBusiness Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Registration Levels
B
TimeSaturday, 27 July 20192:30pm - 2:45pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Business Symposium
:
Opening Remarks and Welcome
Speaker
Adele Newton
Event Type
Business Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Registration Levels
B
TimeSaturday, 27 July 20192:30pm - 2:45pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Description
Speaker
Adele Newton
Moderator
Executive Director, CS-Can
Business Symposium: Opening Keynote: Think Like a (f)uturist
Event TypeBusiness Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
Registration Levels
B
TimeSaturday, 27 July 20192:45pm - 3:30pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
DescriptionIn the Business Symposium's opening keynote, hear from Philip Lelyveld, who runs the Immersive Media (VR/AR/MR) Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC@USC).
Business Symposium
:
Opening Keynote: Think Like a (f)uturist
Speaker
Philip Lelyveld
Event Type
Business Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
Registration Levels
B
TimeSaturday, 27 July 20192:45pm - 3:30pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Description
Speaker
Philip Lelyveld
University of Southern California
Philip Lelyveld runs the Immersive Media (VR/AR/MR) Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC@USC). It is funded by the major Hollywood studios, Cisco, Microsoft, and related service, technology, telco/internet, and consumer electronics companies to advise them on emerging technology opportunities, project the future of entertainment, and accelerate adoption of promising technologies.
Event TypeBusiness Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
Registration Levels
B
TimeSaturday, 27 July 20193:35pm - 4:40pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Business Symposium
:
5G and the Impending Consumer Revolution - How Connectivity Will Reshape Content Production, Delivery, and Consumption
Speaker
Joshua Ness
Event Type
Business Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
Registration Levels
B
TimeSaturday, 27 July 20193:35pm - 4:40pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
DescriptionA decade ago, advancements in hardware technology drove innovation in network infrastructure -- and with it, a new way to experience content and media through streaming. But this symbiosis of high-speed wireless connectivity and content delivery is about to be upended by the arrival of 5G, and innovators around the country have already begun creating new mixed reality applications that take advantage of its properties. The fact is: 5G is here, and it will change the way we think about the creation, distribution, and consumption of next-generation content experiences. Learn how you can be ready when this emerging technology presents new opportunities for the consumer entertainment industry. (Spoiler: that time is now.)
Speaker
Joshua Ness
Verizon 5G Labs
Joshua Ness is a 5G Labs Manager with Verizon in New York City. He works with enterprise, startups, and academic teams to drive innovation around 5G. He also works to educate, inspire, and connect the dots for businesses interested in moving forward with emerging technology.
Business Symposium: Fireside Chat: Diversity and Equity as Business Imperatives
Event TypeBusiness Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Registration Levels
B
TimeSaturday, 27 July 20194:45pm - 5:30pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
DescriptionThis session will provide insight on fostering diversity and equity in the workplace and how the success of underrepresented communities in businesses, both large and small, leads to increased creativity and innovation, better customer understanding and a healthier work environment.
Business Symposium
:
Fireside Chat: Diversity and Equity as Business Imperatives
Speakers
Adele Newton
Lauren McCallum
Sarah Juma
Natalie Rountree
Event Type
Business Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Registration Levels
B
TimeSaturday, 27 July 20194:45pm - 5:30pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
DescriptionThis session will provide insight on fostering diversity and equity in the workplace and how the success of underrepresented communities in businesses, both large and small, leads to increased creativity and innovation, better customer understanding and a healthier work environment.
Speakers
Adele Newton
Moderator
Executive Director, CS-Can
Lauren McCallum
Mill Film
Lauren McCallum, specialist in VFX management, is global managing director of Mill Film. McCallum is a driving force within the visual effects industry and looks to realize the full potential of the industry's most diverse talent. Based in Montreal, she is the chairperson of both Women in Animation and Access VFX’s Montreal chapters.
Sarah Juma
Innovate Inclusion
Sarah Juma is a serial entrepreneur and champion for diversity and inclusion. Sarah launched Innovate Inclusion to advocate for the economic success of tech talent and entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities. Sarah was recently awarded as one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence.
Natalie Rountree
Self-Employed
Natalie Rountree graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science with a focus in digital animation. In addition to her role as SIGGRAPH 2019 Adaptive Technology Co-Chair, Natalie is currently working on her blog “Disability Champion,” whose mission is to eliminate disability stigmas one day at a time.
Business Symposium: Reception
Event TypeBusiness Symposium
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Registration Levels
B
TimeSaturday, 27 July 20195:30pm - 7pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Business Symposium: Welcome and Summary of Day 1
Event TypeBusiness Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Registration Levels
B
TimeSunday, 28 July 201910am - 10:15am
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Business Symposium
:
Welcome and Summary of Day 1
Speaker
Adele Newton
Event Type
Business Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Registration Levels
B
TimeSunday, 28 July 201910am - 10:15am
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Description
Speaker
Adele Newton
Moderator
Executive Director, CS-Can
Business Symposium: Virtual Medicine: Interactive Technology and Healthcare Delivery
Event TypeBusiness Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
Registration Levels
B
TimeSunday, 28 July 201910:15am - 11am
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
DescriptionEmerging technologies, including VR and AR, are powerful tools used by health care providers, patients and family members to understand and manage a broad range of conditions. This panel of pioneering researchers and developers will explore the potential for innovative technology to advance health care delivery.
Business Symposium
:
Virtual Medicine: Interactive Technology and Healthcare Delivery
Speakers
Thierry Frey
Frances A. Ayalasomayajula
Diane Gromala
Dirk Reiners
Howard Rose
Event Type
Business Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
Registration Levels
B
TimeSunday, 28 July 201910:15am - 11am
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
DescriptionEmerging technologies, including VR and AR, are powerful tools used by health care providers, patients and family members to understand and manage a broad range of conditions. This panel of pioneering researchers and developers will explore the potential for innovative technology to advance health care delivery.
Speakers
Thierry Frey
Moderator
EON Reality
Thierry Frey has over 20 years of experience in software development in various fields: CADCAM, printing and publishing, 3D animation, augmented and virtual reality. He has been a long-time volunteer in the computer graphics field, an active member of ACM SIGGRAPH and a Board Member of Laval Virtual. Thierry holds a masters degree from Télécom ParisTech and a degree in computer graphics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.
Frances A. Ayalasomayajula
Head of Population Health,
Head of Population Health, Worldwide at HP
Fran Ayalasomayajula, executive healthcare strategist and technologist, is dedicated to serving the interests of populations around the world. As the global healthcare, population health information technology, and innovations lead for HP, Fran directs the development of strategies and innovations designed to advance and deliver improved clinical outcomes and better population health.
Diane Gromala
Simon Frasier University
Dr. Diane Gromala designs and builds innovative, interactive health technologies and tests them in a two-pronged approach: with health experts in clinical domains and in patients’ homes. As the founding director of the Pain Studies Lab, Dr. Gromala and her team collaborate with health experts in pain medicine, neuroscience, psychology, and kinesiology.
Dirk Reiners
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Dirk Reiners is a faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the Chief Scientist of the Emerging Analytics Center (EAC). He has worked in many areas of Virtual Reality in different places over the last 25 years and is now focusing, together with colleagues from UALR and from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), on different ways of using Virtual Reality to put put users in other people's shoes to induce empathy.
Howard Rose
Firsthand Technology
Howard Rose is a pioneer in virtual reality. He uses creative technologies for positive and lasting benefit. His ground-breaking work shows that VR offers limitless possibilities to make us healthier and more productive. Howard co-founded Firsthand to develop and market innovative VR solutions to relieve pain, treat phobias, and help people adopt healthier lifestyles.
Business Symposium: Cybersecurity – Threats to Business from Emerging Technologies
Event TypeBusiness Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
Registration Levels
B
TimeSunday, 28 July 201911:05am - 11:50am
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
DescriptionAdvances in technology are allowing businesses and organizations across all industries to thrive and be fiercely competitive. But cyber threats can pose a deep and destructive challenge. Cyber attacks can threaten critical infrastructure, intellectual property, data privacy, and the overall interconnected global economy. Organizations, thus far, have failed to keep up with current and emerging threats. This panel of professionals will address this widening gap and discuss emerging threats, mitigation of these threats, and how businesses and organizations can strategically align themselves to better prepare for what’s on the horizon.
Business Symposium
:
Cybersecurity – Threats to Business from Emerging Technologies
Speakers
JoAnne Green
Vlad Gheorghiu
Veronica Wendt
Brian Romansky
Event Type
Business Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
Registration Levels
B
TimeSunday, 28 July 201911:05am - 11:50am
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
DescriptionAdvances in technology are allowing businesses and organizations across all industries to thrive and be fiercely competitive. But cyber threats can pose a deep and destructive challenge. Cyber attacks can threaten critical infrastructure, intellectual property, data privacy, and the overall interconnected global economy. Organizations, thus far, have failed to keep up with current and emerging threats. This panel of professionals will address this widening gap and discuss emerging threats, mitigation of these threats, and how businesses and organizations can strategically align themselves to better prepare for what’s on the horizon.
Speakers
JoAnne Green
Moderator
University of Pittsburgh
JoAnne has a long history working in higher education as a senior-level academic technologist. She has held director-level positions at La Salle University and the National Defense University. JoAnne is passionate about integrating technologies into learning environments and digital and cyber literacy. JoAnne is currently a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and teaches courses on cybersecurity and cyber crimes.
Vlad Gheorghiu
softwareQ Inc
Vlad Gheorghiu is the CEO, president and co-founder of softwareQ Inc., and researcher at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Gheorghiu is involved in the CryptoWorks21 Quantum-Safe Cryptographic Infrastructure Program and is a member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Quantum-Safe Cryptography Standardization Group.
Veronica Wendt
National Defense University
Vern is a decorated U.S. Army veteran and professor of higher education. She has over two decades of experience in telecommunications systems and emerging technologies. As professor of practice at the College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University, she leads teams that develop and deliver curriculum in technology, policy, and executive leadership to senior-level government officials.
Brian Romansky
Owl Cyber Defense
Brian Romansky has over 25 years of experience in security technology and innovation in payment systems, healthcare, and logistics. He is director of business development at Owl Cyber Defense. He holds Master of Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a named inventor on 25 patents.
Business Symposium: Closing Keynote: Clash! How to Make Diversity Your Superpower
Event TypeBusiness Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Registration Levels
B
TimeSunday, 28 July 20191:15pm - 2pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
DescriptionFor the SIGGRAPH 2019 Business Symposium's closing keynote, hear from Alana Conner, Ph.D.

Conner is a cultural scientist, author, and speaker who aims to enhance the well-being of diverse populations. Her book Clash! How to Thrive in a Multicultural World describes her approach to bridging cultural divides. As a product researcher at Instagram, she applies this approach to reducing bullying and hate speech among the platform's users.
Business Symposium
:
Closing Keynote: Clash! How to Make Diversity Your Superpower
Speaker
Alana Conner
Event Type
Business Symposium
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Production & Animation
Research & Education
Registration Levels
B
TimeSunday, 28 July 20191:15pm - 2pm
LocationDiamond Ballroom 6-8, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Description
Speaker
Alana Conner
Instagram
Alana Conner, Ph.D., is a cultural scientist, author, and speaker who aims to enhance the well-being of diverse populations. Her book Clash! How to Thrive in a Multicultural World describes her approach to bridging cultural divides. As a product researcher at Instagram, she applies this approach to reducing bullying and hate speech among the platform's users.

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