Keynotes

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Opening Keynote

Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik (his real name) is the founder of Kwik Learning and a widely recognized expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. His mission: no brain left behind. For two decades, Kwik has served as a mental coach to students and seniors, entrepreneurs and educators, and an advisor to many of the world’s leading CEOs and celebrities.

Students in more than 195 countries take his online courses, and his online content has reached 350 million views. Kwik is the host and creator of Kwik Brain with Jim Kwik, a global top 50 podcast, which consistently ranks as one of the top educational training shows on iTunes with tens of millions of downloads. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life.

After a childhood brain injury left him learning challenged, Kwik created strategies to dramatically enhance his mental performance. He has since dedicated his life to helping others unleash their true genius and brainpower to learn anything faster and live a life of greater power, productivity, and purpose.

Limitless: Supercharge Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

Join brain-performance expert and New York Times best-selling author Jim Kwik for a mental upgrade. Kwik will share research, practical advice, and proven tools from his recent book, Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life. During this session, you will learn how to fuel your productivity, sharpen your focus, and retain key information from this very conference. This is a session you will never forget.

Closing Keynote

Helen Papagiannis

Helen Papagiannis, PhD, is recognized as a world-renowned expert in the field of augmented reality (AR) and is the author of Augmented Human: How Technology Is Shaping the New Reality. She has been working with AR for more than a decade as a researcher, designer, and technology evangelist with a focus on storytelling and creating compelling experiences. Dr. Papagiannis was named among the NEXT 100 Top Influencers of the Digital Media Industry (#16) in 2013 and was featured as an innovator in the book, Augmented Reality: An Emerging Technologies Guide to AR.

Her work and research in the field includes her past roles as chief innovation officer (CIO) at Infinity Augmented Reality and senior research associate at York University’s Augmented Reality Lab in the department of film, faculty of fine art. Dr. Papagiannis has presented her interactive work and doctoral research at numerous global conferences and events, including TEDx, ISMAR (the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality), and ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art).

Her 2011 TEDx talk was featured among the top 10 talks on AR and gamified life. Prior to her augmented life, Dr. Papagiannis was a member of the internationally renowned Bruce Mau Design studio in Toronto, Canada, where she was project lead on Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, an internationally touring exhibition and best-selling book examining the new inventions, technologies, and events changing the world.

XRGoesPop: Understanding the Future Across Multiple Realities

We live in a world of multiple realities—augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and virtual beings. From this evolution emerges the growing discipline of XR, defined by Helen Papagiannis, PhD, as analysis “across realities.” As on her brilliantly interactive website XRGoesPop, this talk offers a fascinating and cutting-edge look at the way these cross-realities are permeating contemporary culture, from high, to low, to pop (and everything in between). In her trademark nimble speaking style, Papagiannis documents how these extensions of reality are informing and advancing culture through art, fashion, music, games, and celebrity. Don’t think that this is simply about art and entertainment. Rather, as Papagiannis articulates, popular culture is a mirror through which we can track trends related to commerce and politics. What does XR mean to you and your business? Papagiannis will ask you all the right questions, helping you discern the realities you and your organization should be preparing to explore.

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