Opeyemi Olukemi

Senior Director, Interactive Programs, Tribeca Film Institute

Opeyemi has helped to organize the New Media Fund in its inaugural year. Previously, she has worked with and oversaw teams of designers, programmers and third party vendors in the production of new media applications for clients wishing to extend their products into the digital world. Trained in both the arts and sciences, Opeyemi constantly seeks to expand upon and integrate technology along various art mediums.

Welcome Remarks

Conference 11:15am


Joanna Peña Bickley

Global Chief Creative Officer at IBM Interactive Experience

Joanna heads creative and design for IBM Interactive Experience across the globe with multi-disciplinary experience in advertising, design, and technology. She is a combination of big Texas ambition and New York City sophistication. Her passion and award winning creativity has impacted some of the world’s most recognized brands.



In-Conference Activity

Maker Space Level Two 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Mariana Santos

Director Interactive at Fusion

Knight International Journalism Fellow Mariana Santos is creating teams of artists, developers and journalists to improve visual and interactive storytelling in Latin American media. She is a visual storyteller, who did groundbreaking work as a member of the interactive team at The Guardian in London.

A trained animator, she pioneered the newsroom’s use of motion graphics to make data stories more compelling. She taught a course in interactive journalism at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and has held workshops in Argentina, Denmark and the United Kingdom. She began her career as a motion animator and post-production editor at Universal Music Berlin. Santos has a bachelor’s degree in communication design and industrial design from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon. She completed a master’s degree in digital media at Hyper Island, an educational company in Stockholm.




Matt Johnson

Founder of Bare Conductive

Matt Johnson is CEO and co-founder of Bare Conductive Ltd, an award-winning startup based in East London, UK. Bare Conductive designs and manufactures a unique set of electrically conductive materials and hardware that provide low cost, modular sensing for multiple applications. Matt earned an MA/MSc in Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art/Imperial College London in 2009. Before studying at the RCA, Matt studied economics and worked as a professional mechanic for sports racing cars in Colorado, USA.




Harlo Holmes

Digital Security Trainer

Harlo Holmes is a Digital Security Trainer. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large. She is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist; and contributes regularly to the open source mobile security collective The Guardian Project.




Melissa Malzkuhn

Director at Motion Light Lab

Melissa Malzkuhn is a storyteller, digital strategist, creative director fascinated by languages, word play, and immersive experiences. Her work has ranged from films to apps; a reoccurring theme in her work is the practicality of the absurd. Through ridiculous notions, she discovers the profound. A lesson. A thought. A wish. Best described as a creative artist, combining styles she becomes a manipulator of mediums; Melissa Malzkuhn enjoys merging the old and the new to create tangible experiences.




Kipp Bradford

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab, Founder of kippkitts

The Maker Movement—that vibrant extension of the DIY culture, driven by technology-based invention, creativity and entrepreneurship—is rapidly putting the power of innovation into the hands of the tech-savvy. One of the movement’s most passionate proponents is an entrepreneur, technology consultant, and educator who serves on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine named Kipp Bradford. Over the past decade, Kipp has distinguished himself as a prolific high-tech innovator.  With a penchant for creating new products and finding new applications for existing technologies, he holds numerous patents for his inventions and has founded start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices—including Revolution By Design, Inc, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology, as well as the Bionica Corporation, where he led the research, development, and intellectual property work for a novel hearing-aid system as CTO. Some of his more interesting projects have turned into kippkitts, LLC, an open source hardware manufacturer that makes an array of tools for engineers and designers. 



In-Conference Activity

4:00pm - 5:00pm

TFI + IDFA Doc Lab's Musical Crowd Experience


Andrew Essex

CEO, Tribeca Enterprises

Andrew Essex served as the Chief Executive Officer of Droga5 LLC until April 29, 2013 and has been its Vice Chairman since April 29, 2013. Before co-founding Droga5, Mr. Essex was the founding editor-in-chief of Absolute magazine, Executive editor of Details magazine, and held editorial posts at, among other publications, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Salon.com, and Interview. He serves as the Vice Chairman of Venture for America, Inc. Mr. Essex serves as a Member of Advisory Board of The Camden Technology Conference. He is the author of two books: A Very Public Offering: The Story of the Globe.com and Chasing Cool. He is an Advisor to the NYU Reynolds Program of Social Entrepreneurship. He holds a BA and an MA in American Literature from New York University.




Samuel Sinyangwe

Policy Analyst; Data Scientist; Cofounder of Campaign Zero

Samuel Sinyangwe is a policy analyst and data scientist who works with communities of color to fight systemic racism through cutting-edge policies and strategies. Sam has supported movement activists across the country to collect and use data as a tool for fighting police violence through Mapping Police Violence and to launch Campaign Zero, a comprehensive platform to end police violence. Previously, Sam worked at PolicyLink to support a national network of 61 Promise Neighborhoods communities to build cradle-to-career systems of support for low-income families. He also worked with city leaders, youth activists and community organizations develop comprehensive agendas to achieve quality education, health, and justice for young black men. Sam grew up in Orlando, FL, and has been involved in organizing and advocacy since he was in high school. He graduated from Stanford University in 2012, where he studied how race and racism impact the U.S. political system.

Community Keynote



Sougwen Chung


Sougwen Chung explores the mark made-by-hand and the mark made-by-machine as an approach to understanding the interaction between humans and computers. Her organic, maximalist work is determined by intuitive and algorithmic processes and spans installation, sculpture, still image, drawing, and performance. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Geneva; MIT Media Lab, Cambridge; The Hospital Club, London; Mutek Festival, Mexico City; Sonar Festival, Barcelona. She was an inaugural member of The New Museum’s NEW INC in New York. She received a BFA from Indiana University and a Masters Diploma in Interactive Art from Hyper Island in Sweden. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, Dazed and Confused, and The Creators Project. She has spoken internationally at conferences including OFFF, Barcelona; FITC, Tokyo; Internet Dargana, Stockholm; SXSW, Austin; The Art Directors Club, New York. 

She is an artist and research affiliate at MIT's Media Lab, in Cambridge.




Mike Kamber

War Photographer, Cofounder of Bronx Documentary Center

Michael Kamber has worked as a photojournalist for 25 years and is currently under contract to The New York Times. BDC was created to spread Michael’s passion for current events, history and social justice.  A former Revson Fellow at Columbia University, Michael is the winner of a World Press Photo award, the Mike Berger Award, the Missouri School of Journalism’s Penny Press Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club Award, American Photo Images of the Year and is part of a team that won an Overseas Press Club award. His 2001 three-part series on Mexican immigration was included in The Best American Non-Required Reading. In addition to spearheading BDC, he is currently at work on a photojournalists’ oral history of the Iraq War to be published in 2012. - See more here.




Jessica Brillhart

Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google

Jessica Brillhart is the principal filmmaker for VR at Google. In 2009, she joined Google's Creative Lab where she spearheaded numerous award winning shorts and documentaries before joining the VR team in 2015. Since directing, WORLD TOUR – the first VR film made with the Jump ecosystem – Brillhart has continued traveling the world, filming and experimenting, all in an effort to better understand and help inform others about this emergent medium.




Kristin Neidlinger

Futurist Designer

SENSOREE founder, future concepts designer — endeavors to craft phenomenal technology to enhance and expand physical embodiment. She has a background in dance, kinetic costumes, and in physical therapies as a Dance Medicine Specialist. With her MFA in Interaction Design from California College of the Arts, 2010, she became curious as to how wearable computers could be therapeutic, emotive, and enhance sensory awareness.

SENSOREE is an organic confluence of artists and engineers. We are honored to have work presented by technology, healthcare, and future visioning conferences, fashion shows, and in museums. @sensoree

Maker Keynote



Jasmine Lobe

Observer Columnist

Writer, Actor, Model, Former Figure Skater, New Yorker, J-Spot columnist NY Observer. Follow her on twitter: @jasminelobe




Dr. Doron Friedman

Senior Lecturer, Sammy Ofer School of Communications, IDC Herzliya

Dr. Doron Friedman is a Senior Lecturer in the Sammy Ofer School of Communications, the head of the Advanced Virtuality Lab and is also an Honorary Lecturer in the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics Lab at University College London. Doron holds a PhD in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and has served as a visiting consultant at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Doron is a co-inventor of several patents and commercial products; he was the co-founder and CTO of Earthnoise.com and has helped set up three other startup companies in the area of new media and intelligent systems. Dr. Friedman and his lab members are currently involved in several international projects in the areas of telepresence, intelligent systems, and advanced human computer interfaces.




Dark Tangent

Founder of the Black Hat and DEF CON computer hacker conferences

Founder of the Black Hat and DEF CON computer hacker conferences. Moss is currently based in Seattle, where he works as a security consultant for a company that is hired to test company's computer systems. He's been interviewed on issues including: the internet situation between the United States and China, spoofing and other e-mail threats and the employment of hackers in a professional capability, including in law enforcement.




Anna Ponder

Executive Director, Tribeca Film Institute

Anna spent her first six years in New York at the Robin Hood Foundation, where she managed Leadership Gifts.  In that position she worked with the foundation’s most generous donors including the Board, connecting them to the programming made possible by their gifts.  After Robin Hood, Anna served as Director of Marketing and Investor Relations for several hedge fund firms, including Tudor Investment Corporation, Raptor Capital Management, and High Rise Capital Management.  Anna has a profound interest in and has done considerable work around issues of social justice and narratives for social responsibility.  She holds:  a Bachelor’s degree in French Language and European History from Spelman College, a Master’s degree in International Economics and African Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, where she focused on African Politics, African-American Politics, and Contemporary Political Theory.  Her dissertation, Empowering Difference, looks critically at the liberal democratic tradition and its capacity and strategies for inclusion.

Closing Remarks



Dr. Barbara Karanian

Lecturer/Founder Design Entrepreneuring Studio, Stanford University

Dr. Karanian uses applied psychology and art in her storytelling methods to help students progress from the idea phases of projects to reality in the School of Engineering. Founder of the Design Entrepreneuring Studio, she is the author of "Working Connection: The Relational Art of Leadership;" "Entrepreneurial Leadership: A Balancing Act in Engineering and Science;" and "Designing for Social Participation in the Virtual Universe." With her students in ME 378, she co-athored, "The Power of First Moments in Entrepreneurial Storytelling." Findings show that the use of vulnerability amplifies engagement. Barbara makes productive partnerships with industry and creates collaborative teams with members from the areas of engineering, design, psychology and communication. Her recent work examines perceived differences in on-line and off-line lives; and ways to generate creative work environments. She also bridges the intersection of Silicon Valley and Hollywood in an initiative for building a predictive model of success. Barbara received her B.A. in the double major of Psychology and Fine Arts from the College of the Holy Cross, her M.A. in Art Therapy from Lesley University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Studies in Organizational Behavior from Lesley University. She was a Teaching Fellow 1990-1991 at Harvard University's GSE; and in 2013 awarded best Teaching Strategies paper by ASEE's Entrepreneurship & Innovation division. 

In-Conference Activity

2:15pm - 3:15pm