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Thursday, July 20


Code Switch: Diversity Behind the Scenes
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 10:48PM
Jimmy Diggs (writer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager) and Gigi Edgley (Chiana on Farscape) lead a diverse panel of science fiction, fantasy, and gaming industry leaders as they share their perspectives from behind the scenes of your favorite franchises. African American, veteran, LGBTQ, and female creatives discuss diversity of background and thought. Learn how obstacles overcome, stereotypes broken, and glass ceilings shattered have fueled creative magic! Panelists to include Dan Evans (VP of creative affairs, DC Comics), Rebekah Ganiere (author, Dead Awakenings), Alison Haislip (actor, host, gamer), Mark O'Bannon (author, The Dream Crystal), and Morgan Romine (director of initiatives, anykey.org).

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC


Simulated Worlds: Writing for Virtual Reality and Games
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 09:23PM
Writers for games and virtual reality talk about the industry's next big thing. What's different about writing for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)? And how does it change the way gamers interact with your games? Game writers and industry professionals discuss the potential pitfalls and challenges of this next leap in technology as well as the potential for new narratives moving forward. Panelists include Jonathan Callan (senior writer, Survios and "Raw Data"), Collin Kelly (writer, adviser to the USC Games Program), Andrew Robinson (senior writer, Animation and Cinematics at Blizzard Entertainment), Nathan Burba (chief executive officer, Survios), and James Iliff (co-founder/chief creative officer at Survios).

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC


Eko Interactive Narratives: Giving Control to the Viewer
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 09:22PM
In the fall of 2017, Eko will be launching a full slate of interactive shows created by a host of creative minds from across fandom and in association with Sony, MGM, and Warner. Come see exclusive footage of the series and chat with the creators about their respective approaches to interactive narratives and what it means to give viewers control of a character’s psyche. The minds behind the shows participating in this discussion will be Graham Reznick (Until Dawn), Sandeep Parikh (The Guild), Lindsay Pulispher (Fear the Walking Dead, True Blood), Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us), Shane Small (creator, Exploding Kittens), and Ben Conrad (GenPop). Moderated by Alex Albrecht (G4techTV).

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 5AB
Friday, July 21


World Creators: Crossing Platforms (Film, TV, VR, AR, Gaming, and Comics)
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 03:59AM
A discussion of what it takes to make worlds come alive across a multitude of platforms, featuring some of the great creative minds in the business. Panelsits to include Ted Schilowitz (Paramount), Kiki Wolfkill (Halo), Randy Pitchford (Gearbox), Colum Slevin (Oculus), Nathan Burba (Survios), Marlene Sharp (Sega) and a couple of suprise guests. Hosted by VR Con as part of the Futurism and Tech Pavilion at the Omni Hotel. For further information on how to attend this panel, please read more about the Horton Grand Theatre.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Saturday, July 22


Crackdown 3
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 19, 03:19PM
Boom, son! Terry Crews, the voice of Commander Jaxon, will join Xbox host Larry Hryb, writer Jon Goff, and members of the Crackdown development team from art, design and narrative to discuss the behind-the-scenes development of Crackdown 3. In addition, they'll be revealing some exciting new Crackdown 3 news and will partake in a moderated Q&A session.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB


How Entertainment and Tech Leaders Are Uniting in Mobile VR To Deliver New Content Adventures: Power Rangers VR Experience
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 04:03AM
From feature film promotion to interactive toys and gaming, mobile VR is shaking up the entertainment industry as a bold technology platform for blazing new, engaging content experiences. Learn how creative minds in entertainment and technology are coming together from Lionsgate, Qualcomm, and Reel FX to use mobile VR for designing and developing blockbuster content experiences. This adventurous discussion will open your mind to new VR possibilities, plus get you full-featured access to the immersive Power Rangers "Zords Rising" mobile VR demo. You'll also score some cool Power Rangers swag, too. Buckle up for the ride and book your front row seat today. Featuring David Edwards (Lionsgate), Patrick Costello (Qualcomm), Jen Cadic (Reel FX), and moderated by Anshel Sag (Moor Insights). Hosted by Qualcomm Technologies and VR Con (curators of the Futurism and Tech Pavilion). For further information on how to attend this panel, please read more about the Horton Grand Theatre.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre