The premiere gathering of immersive creators worldwide.
February 22-23, 2019 • San Francisco

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The Immersive Design Summit returns in 2019!

In 2018, the Immersive Design Summit brought together some of the leading creators in the immersive arts to share thoughts and ideas, creating new friendships and inspiring new projects. (See our 2018 programming here)

Our home for the next Immersive Design Summit will be the lovely Swedish American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. We’ll be taking over the entire venue with two full days of content on February 22-23, 2019. We can’t wait to meet you there!

Applications to attend the Immersive Design Summit are open until Sunday, November 18! People from underrepresented backgrounds will be especially encouraged to apply.

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Tickets will cost $495. We have a number of 50% and full scholarships available: please indicate if you need one on your application form.

We’ve begun posting videos from the first Immersive Design Summit onto YouTube. And be sure to follow @designimmersive on Twitter and Instagram for the latest announcements!

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The Speakers

Fri Forjindam

Senior Creative Director, Chief Development Officer, and Cofounder, Mycotoo

As a Cameroonian-born, New Orleans-schooled, MFA graduate of Columbia University, Fri has worked in film, theatre, publishing, live events and experience design. She now leads business development for the entertainment firm Mycotoo, whose immersive events include the wildly successful Blade Runner 2049 Experience at the 2017 Comic-Con in San Diego and HBO's SXSWestworld. Fri also leads creative direction for Bollywood Parks Dubai and other theme parks around the world.

Sean Stewart

Creative Director and Design Director, Magic Leap

Sean Stewart is one of the world’s most influential digital storytellers and the co-creator of the genre of Alternate Reality Games. Sean served as the lead writer on the seminal ARGs I Love Bees, and Nine Inch Nail's Year Zero. Sean has written twelve novels, along with the world’s first transmedia novel, the international best-seller Cathy’s Book. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for the transmedia comedy Dirty Work, and designed and wrote the interactive story game Sherlock Holmes: The Art of Detection. Sean previously served as the Creative Director of Xbox Studios, and founded four companies devoted to new kinds of storytelling, before his current role at Magic Leap.

Jenni Magee-Cook

Head of Production, Dreamscape Immersive

Jenni Magee-Cook is an Emmy-winning producer in animated and live-action film. As Head of Production at Dreamscape Immersive, Jenni produced their debut free-roaming VR experience Alien Zoo. She is continuing to work several upcoming productions in Dreamscape's 2018 slate.

Darren Lynn Bousman

Director, The Tension Experience

Darren Lynn Bousman began his career directing commercials and music videos and rose to fame as the director of Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV. After the Saw films, Darren went on to direct and produce Repo! The Genetic Opera, touring the film around North America in the vein of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 2016, Darren, alongside long-time collaborator Clint Sears, opened the immersive project The Tension Experience which lasted almost ten months and featured a multi-platform fractured narrative.

Clint Sears

Writer, The Tension Experience

Clint Sears is the co-creator of The Tension Experience and responsible for the thousand plus pages behind the year long alternate reality game and three hour live immersive experience. Clint has a marketing and advertising background, but fell into his current writing career after he sold a concept for six figures in a development deal. Clint has also written for several features including the most recent, St. Agatha, which is currently receiving rave reviews on the festival circuit.

Gordon Bijelonic

Producer, The Tension Experience

Gordon Bijelonic is the producer behind The Tension Experience. He co-produced his first film in 1997, Strays, co-starring, written, and directed by a young Vin Diesel. Bijelonic continued to nurture this relationship, working for Diesel's production company as a senior executive for 10 years, producing works such as Fast and the Furious, XXX, A Man Apart, and The Chronicles of Riddick. Gordon has produced over 40 films, and has been responsible for playing a key role in the collective structured financing of over 100 million production dollars.

Gemma Brockis

Cofounder, Shunt

Gemma is a British artist whose work has been at the forefront of immersive practice since 2000. She is a founder member of Shunt with whom she created shows for the National Theatre (including cult-hit Tropicana) and ran the iconic Shunt Lounge club. Her most recent large-scale production was Kingdom Come for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Smaller scale works made with Silvia Mercuriali, superimposing fictions onto real landscapes, have toured internationally.

Marc Simons

Cofounder, Giant Spoon

Marc is a co-founder of the award-winning, full-service agency Giant Spoon. This year, Giant Spoon became one of the first agencies to take home gold at the Cannes Lions show for the success of HBO’s Westworld experiential activation at SXSW. Marc created the framework for the agency’s approach to large-scale brand experiences that are setting new standards across the industry.

David Wally

Chief Creative Officer, Mycotoo

David has worked for over 30 years as a producer, director, writer and executive, including films as Scent of a Woman and Meet Joe Black; he has also written, produced and directed several plays. David was one of the original Creative Directors of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and was the Lead Creative Director for Bollywood Parks. David has also directed the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, one of the country’s premier live haunt events. David has become a prolific writer/director of major live marketing activations, including Blade Runner 2049 (Comic Con, 2017), Happytime Murders (Hollywood Boulevard) and the award-winning Westworld activation at SXSW in 2018.