"Like many of us, I've been to numerous conferences, conventions, trade shows, etc. Most of what happened at them has faded away. Not so with Brink. Brink is, quite simply, far and away the most important such event I've ever been to."

  -  Paul Hynek, Co-Founder Giant Studios, Avatron Smart Park


BRINK Institute was founded in 2014 to provide a platform for creative cross-collaboration between disparate technology verticals, venture capital resources, business development and research resources, driving conversation, creation, development and innovation as we work towards a future guided by conscious choice and deliberate action rather than accepting a default without input or influence.

Today a growing community of global leaders, researchers and innovators with branches in the US and Europe, BRINK Institute provides networking, consulting and community support through an online community platform, corporate consulting, news and media development and a series of Salons, Summits and an annual Global Congress.

Meet Celia Black, Co-Founder  |  BRINK Institute

Celia Black, Co-Founder of BRINK

A veteran of more than 20 years of branding, marketing and public relations expertise for luminaries in technology, biotech, medicine, space, education, and entertainment, Celia Black’s work is dedicated to the creation of profound and notable transformation for social good.


Experienced at national print and major network broadcast media placements, strategic event based public relations and development, some of her notable clients have included inventors and futurists Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity is Near, How to Create a Mind) and Peter Diamandis (Abundance); entrepreneurs Rick Smith (Taser International) and Rick Tumlinson (Deep Space Industries); New York Times bestselling authors Michael Hingson (Thunder Dog) and Vicki Robin (Your Money or Your Life, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us), documentary filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake (Business of Being Born, More Business of Being Born, Weed the People); and musician Dave Grohl (Sound City).


A native of Washington, D.C., Celia now lives in the Puget Sound Northwest of Seattle, Washington and holds degrees in communications and marketing management from the University of Maryland and Harvard University. Celia is cofounder of KurzweilAI.net, a founding member of Singularity University, a contributor to Huffington Post, an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

Meet Our Advisory Board

BRINK Institute is honoured to count the following exceptional leaders in their fields as Advisors:

Jose Cordeiro, PhD of Singularity University

Jose Cordeiro MBA, Phd

Energy Advisor, Singularity University Engineer, Author, Futurist, Visionary

José Luis Cordeiro
is a world citizen in our small planet in a big unknown universe. He was born in Latin America, from European parents, was educated in Europe and North America, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has studied, visited and worked in over 130 countries in 5 continents. Mr. Cordeiro studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Economics and Languages. His thesis consisted of a dynamic modeling for NASA’s “Freedom” Space Station (the“International” Space Station of today).
He later studied International Economics and Comparative Politics atGeorgetown University in Washington, USA, and then obtained his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at theInstitut Européen d’Administration des Affaires(INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, where he majored in Finance and Globalization. During his studies, Mr. Cordeiro worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria, and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, USA. He started his doctoral degree at MIT, which he continued later in Tokyo, Japan, and finally received his PhD atUniversidad Simón Bolívar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a lifetime member of the Sigma Xi (ΣΞ, Scientific Research) and Tau Beta Pi (ТΒΠ, Engineering) Honor Societies in North America, is also a honorary member of theVenezuelan Engineers College (CIV), and his name has been included in the Marquis Edition of Who’s Who in the World.
Following his graduation, Mr. Cordeiro worked as an engineer in petroleum exploration for the French companySchlumberger. For several years, he served as an advisor for many of the major oil companies in the world, including Agip, BP, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, PDVSA, Pemex, Petrobras, Repsol, Shell and Total. Later, in Paris, he initiated his relation with the international consulting company Booz-Allen & Hamilton, where he specialized in the areas of strategy, finance and restructuring. In Latin America, he has served as an advisor for some of the most important regional corporations and has taken part in the transformation and privatization of a number of oil companies in the continent. His experience and studies in monetary policy, currency boards, dollarization and monetary unions have taken him to participate in several monetary changes in Latin America and Eastern Europe. At present, he is chair of the Venezuelan Node of the Millennium Project, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE – JETRO) in Tokyo, Japan, and Founding Faculty and Energy Advisor at Singularity University (SU) in NASA Ames Research Park, Silicon Valley, California, USA. He is also an independent consultant, writer, researcher, professor and “tireless traveler”. He has lectured as an Invited Professor at several major institutions, from MIT in the USA and Sophia University (上智大学) in Japan to the Institute for Higher Studies in Administration (IESA) and the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), where he created the first formal courses of Futures Studies (“Prospectiva”) and the Austrian School of Economics in Venezuela.
Mr. Cordeiro is founder and president emeritus of the World Future Society Venezuela Chapter (Sociedad Mundial del Futuro Venezuela); director of theSingle Global Currency Association (SGCA) and the Lifeboat Foundation; cofounder of the Venezuelan TranshumanistAssociation and of the Internet Society (ISOC, Venezuela Chapter); board advisor to the Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) and Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN); member of the Academic Committee of the Center for the Dissemination of Economic Knowledge(CEDICE), the Foresight Education and Research Network (FERN), the World Future Society (WFS) and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF); expert member of the TechCast Project andShapingTomorrow; former director of the World Transhumanist Association (WTA, now Humanity+), the Extropy Institute (ExI), the Club of Rome(Venezuela Chapter, where he was active promoting classical liberal ideas and the idea of “World Opportunitique” beyond “World Problematique” and “World Resolutique”) and of the Association of Venezuelan Exporters (AVEX), where he participated in the original negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). He has also been advisor to the Venezuelan Business Association (AVE) and other companies and international organizations.
Thanks to his extensive work in technological foresight, futures studies, globalization, economic integration, long-term development, energy, education and monetary policy, Mr. Cordeiro has authored and coauthored several books. El Desafío Latinoamericano, his first book, is a continental bestseller originally published by McGraw-Hill and is used in more than 100 universities in the hemisphere (see introductory pages). The second Spanish edition is now available completely free in electronic form by the author, who is also donating his book royalties. Arturo Uslar Pietri, the most universal and respected Venezuelan of the 20th century, described the other two books of Mr. Cordeiro with the following words: “as important to Venezuela as the independence battle of Carabobo” (The Great Taboo) and “an impressive work that describes the grave economic malady… of Venezuela” (La Segunda Muerte de Bolívar). He has authored other books about Ecuador (La Segunda Muerte de Sucre) and Mexico (¿Pesos o Dólares?), and about special topics like education (Benesuela vs. Venezuela), energy (Energía para el Desarrollo de América del Sur andCenários Energéticos 2020, in Portuguese) and transhumanism (2020: Transhuman & Economy of the Future, in Korean). His most recent books are Latinoamérica 2030 with the Millennium Project and Crisis 危機: (Financial) Danger and (Monetary) Opportunity with Spanish economist Ramón Tamames. He has written more than 10 books and co-written over 20 more in five languages, including sections of the State of the Future with the Millennium Project.
Mr. Cordeiro has a fortnightly opinion column in the largest and most prestigious Venezuelan general newspaper (El Universal) and has also written and has been interviewed in major media (press, radio and TV) including ABC,BBC,CNN, Chosun Ilbo (Korean Daily), El Comercio(Ecuador), El Comercio (Peru), El Tiempo (Colombia), El Universal (Mexico), El Universal (Venezuela), Los Andes (Argentina),O Estado de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Mainichi Shimbun (Japan Daily News),La Tribune (France), The New York Times, Univision and The Washington Times(USA). He has also filmed documentaries with Discovery Channel and theHistory Channel.
Terry Grossman MD of Grossman Wellness

Terry Grossman, MD

CEO / Medical Director, Grossman Wellness Center Longevity Expert, Physician, Author, Innovator

Terry Grossman, M.D., is the founder and medical director of the Grossman Wellness Center in Denver, Colorado. His longevity medical practice attracts patients, including many VIPs (such as coauthor Ray Kurzweil) from around the country and the world. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1968 and the University of Florida School of Medicine in 1979. He spent 15 years (from 1980-1995) working as a community family doctor in the Colorado mountains.
Dr. Grossman undertook the study of nutritional and anti-aging medicine in 1994 and in 1995 opened the Grossman Wellness Center in Denver, which quickly grew into one of the largest complementary medical centers in the country. He is a member and board certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine as well as the American Holistic Medical Association. His special field of interest is nutritional medicine (the treatment of illness with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and natural hormones) and anti-aging medicine.
Dr. Grossman is a widely sought lecturer on longevity medicine throughout the United States and has presented keynote addresses at anti-aging seminars in Japan, South Korea, South Africa and elsewhere. He is the author of the Baby Boomers’ Guide to Living Forever (2000), and coauthor with Ray Kurzweil of Fantastic Voyage (2004). and TRANSCEND: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever (2009). Arline Brecher, coauthor of Forty Something Forever, says, “I’ve met good writers and good doctors, but seldom are they one and the same. Dr. Terry Grossman breaks the mold and sets a new standard for physicians.”
Dr. Herbert L. Jacobs, Chairman, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Task Force of the Colorado Medical Society describes Dr. Grossman as “one of a handful of modern-day physicians who are laying the foundation for a new paradigm in medicine, combining cutting-edge medical knowledge with the best evidence-based complementary therapies.”
Paul Hynek of Avatron Smart Park

Paul Hynek, MBA

Adjunct Professor of Finance, Pepperdine University Partner, Avatron Smart Park Entrepreneur, Financier, Technologist, Innovator

Paul Hynek is a Wharton MBA, an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Accounting at Pepperdine University, a seasoned international executive, veteran Board Chair, and a Small Business Grant Reviewer for the National Science Foundation. Paul is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur in high-tech and entertainment, and has worked in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has extensive experience in startups, intellectual property, finance, business development, and strategy.

Paul is the creator and President of EZ Numbers, leading financial projections software for startups that allows entrepreneurs to make their own business models in hours, raise money from investors and bankers, and learn the real financial drivers of their business. EZ Numbers works in over 70 countries around the world, and based on user reported figures, has helped raise over $1 billion. Because Paul is constantly advising entrepreneurs, he’s known as the “Startup CFO,” and is currently working in that capacity with several startups. Previously, Paul was Director of Business Affairs of Giant Studios, the world’s leading motion capture company. Paul led the successful acquisition of the company’s ownership of Giant’s renowned software, and was behind the software license deals that powered Avatar 2, 3, and 4, The Hobbit, Dawn/Rise of the Planet of the Apes, etc. Paul successfully managed two of the company’s most important and profitable relationships as well as HR and marketing.

Previously Paul was the Chairman and CEO of Spitfire Ventures. He conceived and developed Fingertip Books, a line of credit card size magnet books that have been published internationally in 40 different styles. Paul traveled extensively in China, establishing a network of trusted factory relationships and obtaining unprecedented payment terms. Paul conceived and produced Surf Monkey, the world’s first children’s online service, and introduced it with Bill Gates at the launch event for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4. Paul was instrumental in raising over $30,000,000, and positioning it for an IPO. As Director of Business Development at Bandai Digital Entertainment, he produced the first online service for a set-top box, managing this multi-million dollar project with custom browser, chat, and e-mail, including relationships with over 100 developers.

Paul has also served as CFO of Departure Studios, CFO of Wild Sage Food, Principal in the venture catalyst consulting firm Venture Spark, Partner of Foglight Entertainment, Senior VP of Business Development for Fax4free, and Executive Vice President of The Princeton Review of Japan. Paul holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management from The Wharton School of Business, a Master of Arts in International Studies from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in French from the University of Illinois. Paul is a popular speaker on entrepreneurship and startup financing. He is fluent in French, capable in Japanese, and speaks some Mandarin, Thai, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Paul has fourteen years of Board experience, eight as Chair. Paul serves on the Technology Committee of the Board of Trustees of Manhattanville College. He recently authored a paper entitled “The Hyper-Commons: How Open Science Prizes Can Expand and Level the Medical Research Playing Field” that was published in Rejuvenation Research.

Charlie Kam of Acme Avatars

Charlie Kam

Co-Founder and CEO of  Acme Avatars

Founder and CEO of a software company that creates interactive, life-like, digital, avatars of humans, Charlie was the sponsor, organizer, and Master of Ceremonies of the highly successful 3-DAY TRANSVISION 2007 CONFERENCE bringing together over 30 scientists and celebrities from around the world to the Natural History Museum of Chicago to present and discuss technologies that  interact with humans for a better future. The event included celebrity icon William Shatner; Director of Engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil;  Emmy nominated and award winning actor Ed Begley Jr; Founder of Sirius Satellite Radio and United Pharmaceuticals, Martine Rothblatt; Founder of the X PRIZE Foundation, and  Zero-Gravity Corporation, Peter  Diamandis; Robotics designer, David Hanson;  Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation,  Aubrey De Grey; CEO of the Alcor Foundation, Max More; Chairperson of Humanity+, Natasha Vita More;  and many others. It was at this conference where the idea for the Singularity University was first conceived by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis! It was also where Martine Rothblatt met with David Hanson and went on to create the world’s first interactive sentient robot, BINA48.

Charlie was also one of the executive producers of the film, “Transcendent Man”. In addition, he has composed and sung many futuristic songs including: "I Am the Very Model of a Singularitarian” (Very well-known throughout the Transhumanist community, the music video starring Charlie, is based on Ray Kurzweil’s book, “The Singularity Is Near” . The song was also featured in the movie, “The Singularity Is Near”. The music video can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hKG5l_TDU8; “Our Cryonic World” (the music video stars Aubrey De Grey, which can be seen on YouTube at:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjTu8AbioiA); “If I Had To Build A Brain” (Based on Ray Kurzweil’s book “How To Build A Mind” can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdh9Z4zczz0) and many more, including a song forRAADfest, aptly named, “Radical Life Extension!”  for which he also made and starred in a music video of: https://youtu.be/G6NHjYxYcCU

Jim Karkanias of Microsoft

Jim Karkanias

Partner, Microsoft Engineer, Inventor, Technologist, Innovator

Jim Karkanias is a Partner at Microsoft, leading Program Management for Information Management and Machine Learning in the Cloud + Enterprise Division at Microsoft. His background spans science (neuroscience), engineering (bioengineering, code development), technology (neural nets, machine learning, robotics, quantum physics) and business (including a start-up in the 90s, head of clinical operations for the human health division at Merck, etc.) – and now he is combining a bit of all of that at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 2006 to apply more than 20 years of industry expertise to a new venture – the Health Solutions Group – which aimed to revolutionize healthcare through paradigm shifting approaches that integrate next generation business, process, and technology.

Six years and 70 patents later, Karkanias has been instrumental in the creation of an information platform for health and life sciences spanning the physician, the consumer, and the scientist. This latter product is notable in that it advances both storage and machine-based reasoning technologies to a new high and holds the record for two of the largest and quickest customer wins in the history of the group (a 5 year strategic partnership valued at many tens of millions, just a few months after shipping). Jim now leads Program Management for Microsoft Applied Technology in C+E, an entire division at Microsoft dedicated to activating – through data and services – the business value trapped in your organization. See http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkarkanias for more information.

Melissa Mahler of Pro Player Insiders

Melissa Mahler, Esq.

Founder & CEO, Pro Player Insiders  Entrepreneur | Strategist | Philanthropist

Melissa Mahler is a highly sought after strategist, lawyer and social impact entrepreneur. For over fifteen years she has advised C-Suite executives, boards of directors, investors and NGO’s in negotiating complex transactions, advancing policy objectives and managing strategic and diverse relationships. She has collaborated with management teams on emerging technologies, closed financings and commercialized technology with universities, governments and Fortune 100 companies.

Melissa is unmatched in excellence in matters of law, strategy, media and government relations, community partnerships and crisis management. Her significant legal experience, in-depth understanding of how legal issues impact business, expansive network and incredible instincts, allow her to help her clients overcome obstacles and even achieve the impossible. Melissa is the CEO and executive editor of People Purpose Impact a digital magazine born out of a desire to tell stories about people and share ideas that spark conversations and inspire not only thought, but also action. 

She is also the founder of Pro Player Insiders, a pioneer in athlete lifestyle media and partner of the NFL Players Association. As a nationally recognized award-winning journalist and accomplished attorney, Melissa is an architect at using her platform to create change and amplify impact. She exhibits a highly coveted proficiency for strategy and well aligned communication that has made her advise and counsel invaluable to the who’s who of CEO’s, business and government leaders and the boards of directors for several leaders of industry. Among her current activities, Melissa is on the advisory board of the Brink Institute, is a delegate to the United Nations Summit on Media and Social Impact, is on the Board of Directors of the Stop Abuse Campaign and is the Senior Legal Advisor to the World Education Foundation.

Melissa has a BS in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a minor in Political Science from Maxwell School of Citizenship and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.  

Kate McCallum of C3

Kate McCallum

Founder & Executive Director, C3: Center for Conscious Creativity Producer, Writer, Transmedia Consultant, Visionary

From Kate: “Over 30 years of professional experience in the the arts and the entertainment industries together with a deep interest and study of human potential, consciousness research and future studies has been my inspiration for the creation ofc3 and the mission we seek to accomplish. I hold an MA in Consciousness Studies and have been a student and practitioner of creativity, trends in the arts and media, the perennial wisdom and meditation for over 30 years. As an artist, I work as a producer and content creator in a variety of mediums, am a writer, musician and photographer.” From c3:


Kate McCallum is a producer, writer, transmedia consultant, novice futurist and artist who has had the good fortune of a diverse career in the creative arts and entertainment industries for over thirty years. After graduating with a degree in Communications and Music from Western Michigan University, she began her career in the business as a page at ABC where she worked on such shows as MORK AND MINDY, TAXI, GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE ACADEMY AWARDS, THE EMMY AWARDS and THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS. She trained as a script supervisor then spent five years gaining experience in hands-on production while freelancing on several music videos, independent films and a variety of TV projects as Script Supervisor, AD, Sound and Production Coordinator. Kate landed a job with the Executive Producers of the primetime comedy GIMME A BREAK then started working at Universal Studios with various Executive Producer/Writers on such hour long dramatic series as THE EQUALIZER, CRIME STORY, MIAMI VICE, THE HUMAN FACTOR, and half hour sitcoms such as CHARLES IN CHARGE and TOGETHER WE STAND gaining extensive experience in the process of comedy and dramatic series production.

In ’92 Kate began a long-term affiliation with WESTERN SANDBLAST at Paramount Television where she worked as a Development Assistant to primaries/writers Dan Pyne (MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE 2004, SUM OF ALL FEARS, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, DOC HOLLYWOOD, PACIFIC HEIGHTS, MIAMI VICE, etc.), John Mankiewicz (THE DIVISION, THIEVES, THE MARSHAL, MIAMI VICE, etc.) and director/producer, Aaron Lipstadt (THE DIVISION, THE MARSHAL, MIAMI VICE, ANDROID, etc.). At Western, Kate was involved with the ABC dramatic series THE MARSHAL and several hour-long network pilots. In ’96 Kate’s first made-for-television movie, WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU? aired on NBC, which she optioned as a life rights story and produced with Alexander/Enright and Associates (credited as Producer, Kate Rubin). Promoted to V.P. Creative Affairs/Producer at Western, Kate created their long-form division and went on to set up movies at UPN (MARS-TV) and Showtime (THE BIG LIE and SECRET SOCIETY in co-production with Diane Keaton which became THE EMMETT TILL story with The Tom Lynch Co., and the late Gregory Hines who was attached as director), in addition to optioning a one hour series to Paramount which she co-created (GODDESSES). Kate then returned to Universal and worked as with Writer/Producer/ Showrunner, Michael Chernuchin in development at NBC Universal Television. Prior to that she worked as his development/research assistant on the NBC television series LAW & ORDER.

She left the studios in 2006 to join the core staff of the HARMONY CHANNEL, where she served as their VP Programming and was instrumental in the launch of this innovative music visual VoD channel on Comcast to over 9 million homes. Her responsibilities included artist relations, acquisitions, licensing and programming of hundreds of hours of content, assisting in channel branding development and producing interstitial and promotional content, as well as business development and research.

Kate then returned to her roots in classical music when she was hired by the LOS ANGELES OPERA to serve as Executive Administrator to Placido Domingo and the COO of the opera and also held the title and responsibilities of Board Liaison.

As an independent producer/writer/consultant and manager, Kate founded her own media company in 2005, BRIDGE ARTS MEDIA, LLC. Under the BAM banner, Kate has worked as a media, script and story consultant to clients with a specialty in transmedia development and rights acquisitions and has sold and develops transmedia content including; websites, books, TV series and long-form, documentary, feature projects — including three screenplays, as well as music visual content and audio and music content. Kate launched an innovative arts and music label, THE ART OF SOUND with client and composer, No’a Winter Lazerus, and also a publishing line in partnership with Unlimited Publishing, LLC.

As a journalist with an avid interest in innovation and the creative process, Kate served as a staff writer for scr(i)pt magazine on the bi-monthly column she created called THE GREAT IDEA. This column featured Q&A interviews with feature film and television writers and examines the creative and the business development process of media; specifically feature films or television content from concept to screen.

Kate created and co-founded the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity with Philip Horvath in 2004 an effort to create an LA-based think-tank and creative collective of artists, media-makers, futurists and consciousness experts to examine and explore the power of art and media to transform society and culture.

Kate has been invited to serve as a guest speaker, workshop teacher and panelist at several prominent screenwriting conferences and has presented such workshops as; NAVIGATING TELEVISION: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS ON THE SMALL SCREEN at the Sante Fe Writer’s Conference in 2003 as well at the 2004 Great American Pitch Fest, CREATING CROSS MARKET CONTENT for the Southern California Writers Conference 2004, as a panelist at the conference, Consciousness and Media, sponsored by The Institute of Noetic Sciences in May 2004, and in September 2005 she was one of ten presenters at The Institute For Global Transformation: The Future of Consciousness where she presented on behalf of The Center for Conscious Creativity, c3. She presented THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF ART AND MEDIA, and HOLOGRAPHIC CREATIVITY: TRANSMEDIA DEVELOPMENT for The Reel Inspiration Conference, Tucson, AZ, October 2005. In May of 2013, Kate was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Asian Children’s Content Conference in Singapore where she presented the talk, “TRANSMEDIA, TRANSFORMATION AND THE FUTURE OF CONTENT” and a ‘TRANSMEDIA 101″ day long workshop. In 2013 she was the first woman to deliver a keynote to the School of Communications at her Alma Mater, Western Michigan University through their “Distinguished Speaker Series.” In the summer of 2014 Kate taught Transmedia Master Classes at Media Corp in Singapore and at the Hong Kong Design Institute in Hong Kong.

In an effort to examine the future of media and storytelling, c3 partnered with THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, and produced a conference in Los Angeles; NEW STORY PARADIGM AND THE FUTURE OF CONTENT, October 2005. Kate served as the Associate Director for this conference which investigated and promoted information and ideas about; emergent technology and new media, convergence think, and consciousness, as well as the business and craft of writing and selling media content creation. In November 2009, Kate Executive Produced an event presented by the c3, IMMERSE IN THE FUTURE: Arts, Media and Entertainment in the 21st Century, featuring keynote speaker futurist and author Jerome Glenn. In June 2010, the c3 participated as an official partner in RING FEST LA, a citywide arts festival, by presenting c3: VisionLAB’s inaguaral annual STATE OF THE ARTS 2010, a day long symposium addressing future trends in the arts and media and their potential to create a positive future society. Kate served as the Executive Producer of this event and moderated a panel and has served as Executive Producer with the c3 for several events since June 2010 including; STATE OF THE ARTS 2011: PRODUCING CHANGE with the Producers Guild of America New Media Council, a Millennium Project Think Tank, the STATE OF THE ARTS 2012: AMPLIFY with the EMA: Electronic Music Alliance, the STATE OF THE ARTS 2013: THE FUTURE OF FULLDOME with IMERSA, as well as several other concerts, arts presentations, workshops and talks in The Vortex Dome at LA Center Studios.

Kate currently serves on the Board of Advisors to Vortex Immersive Media, Inc. and the House of the Children, a non-profit agency based in Peru. She also serves as a National Board Member and a Board Delegate to theProducers Guild of America New Media Council, is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Television Executive peer group, is a member of the World Future Studies Foundation, and has served as a judge for the Emmy Awards, the ATAS College Television awards and for the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center ‘s Hollywood, Health and Society Sentinel for Health Awards. She was appointed as a Fellow for the Society of New Communications Research and in 2009 was invited to found and Chair a Global Arts and Media Node for The Millennium Project which was founded in 1996 after a three-year feasibility study with the United Nations University, Smithsonian Institution, Futures Group International, and the American Council for the UNU. It is now an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. The Millennium Project manages a coherent and cumulative process that collects and assesses judgments from over 2,500 people since the beginning of the project selected by its 35 Nodes around the world. The work is distilled in its annual “State of the Future,” “Futures Research Methodology” series, and special studies. Kate co-designed and facilitated a global survey addressing “The Arts and Entertainment 2020” and contributed a chapter summarizing the findings in the “State of the Future” 2011 report.

Kate was invited to become a contributing blogger on the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ website. You will find her contributions here:http://www.noetic.org/blog/the-power-of-media-to-transform.

In 2013, Kate was contracted by Createasphere to design and produce an entertainment businesss conference addressing transmedia, branded content and the future of storytelling and emerging technologies called “The TransVergence Summit.” She also serves as Managing Editor, curated and launched a companion editorial site to the TVS called www.transmediacoalition.com. In addition to the TVS, Kate also served as Programming Producer and Conference Chair for the DAM: Digital Asset Management Conference NYC, and Programming Producer for the Post Production Master Class in both New York and Los Angeles. In October 2014 Kate Co-Designed, Programmed and Produced Storyworld Quest for NAIT: National Alberta Institute of Technology in Alberta Canada.

In October 2013, Kate was invited to be the presenting speaker for Western Michigan University’s Department of Communications “Distinguished Speaker Series” where she also received an Alumni Achievement Award.

Kate also expresses herself creatively as a writer, musician and professional photographer who specializes in hand-painted portraiture and has had her work shown and published in various publications. She makes her home and studio in Los Angeles California and maintains an office at LA Center Studios with partner Ed Lantz.


Eric Shuss of Cogbiotics

Eric Shuss

Founder, Cogbiotics  Entrepreneur, Futurist, Investor, Maverick

Eric has been actively involved in running high-tech companies for over thirty years. He has owned and managed successful companies from start-up to thriving on-going ventures including I.T./ERP sales and consulting firms, high-tech manufacturers, retail operations and distributors. He has over 25 years of business management experience with a keen understanding of how technology impacts today’s business. Eric is also COO and investor in BitSpeed LLC, a new breakthrough technology company that can move data faster and easier than ever before. BitSpeed’s unrelenting mission is to create cutting-edge, software technologies that securely and accurately solve the problem of accelerating the movement of the world’s most critical data,

In a world where data is growing many times faster than networks, our solutions do it concurrently, on average 10 times faster and for about half the cost of their competitors, regardless of file size, network conditions and transfer distance. Cloud enablement, Media and Entertainment, Government, Health care are initial market targets.

Stephamie Wander of XPrize

Stephanie Wander

Prize Specialist, XPrize

Stephanie Wander comes to XPRIZE with over 12 years of diverse experience in film production and digital media. Recently, Ms. Wander earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she focused on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Non-Profit Management. Ms. Wander uses this background to help design prizes that address the world’s grand challenges. Prior to XPRIZE, Ms. Wander worked as a Coordinator for News Corp Digital Media, the organization responsible for overseeing Hulu.com and Myspace.com for Newscorp/Fox. She also worked for A-list producers and actors and on 7 feature films, including Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Man on Fire and Jarhead. Ms. Wander earned her BS, Radio/Television/Film, from Northwestern University and her MBA from University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. Ms. Wander also currently serves as a board member for Clifford Beers Housing, a Community Housing Development Organization that develops affordable housing for individuals and families with limited incomes, including households that are either homeless or at-risk of homelessness and have a member living with a mental illness.