The magic of Dreamscape was born in Geneva in 2016, when a team of computer scientists premiered a groundbreaking new approach to virtual reality. Powered by an advanced proprietary software, the revolutionary platform merged the techniques of motion capture and full body mapping to render audiences, in real time, as life-like avatars inside computer-generated worlds. Suddenly many of the limitations of VR were gone. Immersive storytelling and shared experiences became a real possibility. VR was more than a device; it was a destination. The platform soon caught the eyes of a group of global entertainment creators. Led by producer, screenwriter, and former head of DreamWorks Motion Pictures, Walter Parkes, Dreamscape Immersive was born. By combining the emotional power of Hollywood storytelling, the visceral excitement of great theme-park rides, and extraordinary new technology, Dreamscape created experiences that pushed the boundaries of storytelling and imagination. Wowing both audiences and the media, Dreamscape was praised for breaking new ground in immersive entertainment. Four years and six successful titles later, Michael Crow – President of Arizona State University (voted the nation’s most innovative university 8 years running) – experienced Dreamscape and declared, “this is the future of education; there’s a new way to teach here.” With a shared vision to transform education in the 21st Century, Dreamscape Immersive and ASU partnered to begin building and testing VR-based education products. The student and faculty response to Dreamscape Learn’s initial education applications has been overwhelmingly positive, and the impact on student motivation and learning outcomes was immediately, and dramatically, evident. Out of this early success, Dreamscape Learn has emerged as a new company 100% dedicated to transforming education through the integration of cinematic storytelling, cutting edge immersive technologies and advanced pedagogy. It’s flagship products include: Biology in the Alien Zoo – an immersive set of biology missions that take place in a vast and beautifully rendered world (a futuristic, space-based sanctuary to protect the endangered species of the galaxy). Students are positioned as actual biologists encountering novel life science problems in the sanctuary that they must analyze and solve using the quantitative techniques and scientific understanding of practicing biologists. Composed of six modules, each covering a key pillar of introductory biology, Biology in the Alien Zoo replaces traditional wet labs and can connect to any introductory biology course. The Immersive Classroom – a platform that enables live, instructor-led class time to be conducted from within a virtual recreation of any imaginable location. As just a few illustrative examples, teachers might lead class from the lunar surface, inside King Tut’s tomb, from the sea floor, inside a tumor cell. These Immersive Classroom sessions can be synchronous experiences or recorded “lectures” with up to 32 fully immersed students and either 1 or 2 teachers.
President, Arizona State University
Michael M. Crow is an educator, knowledge enterprise architect, science and technology policy scholar, and higher education leader. He became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University in July 2002 and has spearheaded ASU’s rapid and groundbreaking transformative evolution into one of America’s best public metropolitan research universities. As a model “New American University,” ASU simultaneously demonstrates comprehensive excellence, inclusivity representative of the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the United States, and consequential societal impact. Under his leadership, ASU has established twenty-five new transdisciplinary schools, including the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and launched trailblazing multidisciplinary initiatives including the Biodesign Institute, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, and important initiatives in the humanities and social sciences. The inaugural recipient of the American Council on Education Award for Institutional Transformation, and one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents,” he previously served as executive vice provost and professor of science and technology policy at Columbia University. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Academy of Public Administration, and University Vice Chairman of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, he is the author of books and articles analyzing knowledge enterprises, science and technology policy, and the design of higher education institutions and systems.
Executive Vice President and COO, Arizona State University
Dr. Chris Howard is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of ASU, A Public Enterprise. Howard works closely with President Crow and the other executive vice presidents to coordinate enterprise-wide initiatives and advancement, oversee ASU Enterprise affiliates, advance new enterprise relationships and opportunities, and integrate ASU Enterprise planning and strategy. He is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy and earned a doctorate in politics as a Rhodes Scholar from the University of Oxford. He also has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and in 2018 received the school's Alumni Achievement Award. Howard's service to his country began as a helicopter pilot, then as an intelligence officer, where he was assigned to the elite Joint Special Operations Command. He served in Afghanistan in the Air Force Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star. Howard concluded his career as a Reserve Military Attaché to Liberia, Africa. Previously, Howard served as the eighth president of Robert Morris University, a nationally ranked doctoral granting university in suburban Pittsburgh, beginning on February 1, 2016. Before serving at RMU, Howard was President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. Howard also served as vice president for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma. Previously he worked in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Corporate Associates Program. Howard served on the National Security Education Board, appointed by President Barack Obama. He is a trustee on the Harvard University Board of Overseers and also serves on the Board of Directors of AvalonBay Communities. Howard is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Young Presidents Organization, the Aspen Strategy Group and Trilateral Commission, and Sigma Pi Phi, the oldest African-American fraternity in the United States. Howard won the Campbell Trophy, the nation’s highest academic award for a senior college football player. He also is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and a former member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Howard is the founder and a trustee emeritus of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports South African youth. His wife, Barbara Noble Howard, serves as an Arizona State University Fellow for nonprofit leadership. She also serves on several philanthropic boards and hails from South Africa. They have two adult sons, Cohen and Joshua.
We believe the best educational designs integrate various pedagogical modalities. Students study; they apply knowledge and concepts; they learn by doing and they do in order to learn; they learn from text, from lecture, from visual and audio media, from hands-on experience and from each other. We design programs and products that tie all these modes of engagement together.
EQUITY AND ACCESS
ALL students should have the opportunity to be moved, challenged and inspired by humanity’s most beautiful and diverse art and architecture; by the extraordinary natural wonders of our Earth; and by the complex laws and systems of our universe. We are driven to bring students into direct contact with these objects, places, ideas and phenomena – and to bring students together to learn and collaborate with each other – regardless of geography and demography.
EMOTIONAL STORY TELLING
EMOTIONAL STORY TELLING
CEO & Co-Founder, Dreamscape Immersive
Walter Parkes is a motion picture producer, writer, former studio executive and currently the Co-Founder and CEO of the location-based virtual reality company Dreamscape Immersive. Films produced or executive produced by Parkes have garnered numerous awards and have grossed over $6B worldwide, and include Gladiator, Minority Report, the Men In Black series, Free Solo, Flight, Catch Me If You Can, Awakenings, The Kite Runner, Amistad and many others. As a screenwriter, Parkes is largely acknowledged as a pioneer, along with writing partner Lawrence Lasker, in the development of the "tech-thriller" genre with WarGames, a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nominee, and Sneakers, starring Robert Redford. As the founding co-head of Dreamworks Studios, Parkes, along with partner and wife Laurie MacDonald, was responsible for the development and production of the studio’s diverse slate of films which included, for only the second time in Academy history, three consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners American Beauty, Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind. Parkes’ current focus is on “Dreamscape Learn,” a partnership with Arizona State University aimed at redefining remote and in-person learning through the implementation of emotional narrative and mixed reality technologies. Previous experience in education incudes serving on the Yale University Council for ten years, and as its President for four. He is presently a Director of Para Los Ninos, a service organization that operates three charter schools in Downtown LA.
CEO, Dreamscape Learn
Josh Reibel has been a recognized leader in the education technology field for over 30 years. Josh was most recently CEO of Sokanu Interactive, the Internet's leading career discovery platform, now a division of Penn Foster after an acquisition in March 2021. Sokanu serves over 10M users per year via both direct-to-consumer and institutional higher education business lines. Prior to orchestrating a recapitalization of Sokanu and joining the company as CEO, Josh served as CEO of Amplify Learning after over a decade as President and COO of its predecessor company, Wireless Generation, where he oversaw the company’s acquisition by News Corp in 2010. Amplify is a leader in digital core K-12 curriculum, formative reading and math assessment, student performance analytics and targeted, personalized intervention tools. Prior to his time at Wireless Generation and Amplify, Josh helped launch and managed an online educational service at Kaplan for parents of children birth to age 6 -- eSCORE.com. Earlier in his career, he was the Ben D. Wood Fellow in Communications, Computing and Technology in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where he also served as Associate Director of the Institute for Learning Technologies. He started his career as a high school English and philosophy teacher. In addition to his executive roles, Josh is Chairman of Kinems, which provides a movement-based, interactive gaming platform that integrates occupational therapy protocols and academic learning content for K-8 students with disabilities; he serves on the board of XAP Corporation, a provider of college and career readiness solutions to school districts and state education agencies as well as online application and transcript transmission solutions to state college and university systems; and he is Senior Advisor to New Markets Venture Partners, a leading growth stage double bottom line investment firm focused on the education and workforce industries. Josh has been a mentor to numerous education technology founders, and his guidance is frequently sought by venture and private equity funds assessing investment and acquisition opportunities in the education and workforce industries. Josh holds MA and Ed.M. degrees from Columbia and an AB from Harvard.
President and COO, Dreamscape Immersive
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Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Dreamscape Immersive
Caecilia Charbonnier was a professional tennis player (4th in Switzerland, WTA 256 in 1999). Following an injury to her shoulder, she became interested in computer graphics and sports medicine. She first obtained a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in 2006 in Computer Graphics from EPFL and a PhD degree in Computer Science in 2010 from MIRALab - University of Geneva. She is the Co-Founder and current President & Research Director of Artanim, a center specialized in motion capture technologies, Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Dreamscape Immersive, a leading VR company, and President of the National Thematic Network Virtual Switzerland. She is also Senior Lecturer at the Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, and Professor of Practice at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Herberger Institute, Arizona State University. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on the use of motion capture for 3D animation, VR/AR, live performances, movement science, orthopedics and sports medicine. The results of her research have been published in over 100 international scientific articles and awarded several prizes and distinctions (2009 Eurographics Medical 1st Prize, 2011 ISAKOS Achilles Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Research Award, 2014 CAOS Best Technical Paper Award, 2014 EFORT Best Poster Discussion, 2015 SIGGRAPH Finalist of the Immersive Realities (VR/AR) Contest, 2016 Laval Virtual Award, 2017 Swiss ICT Award Finalist, 2022 Great Economy Special Jury Prize). She is one of the two creators of the award-winning and breakthrough VR technology leveraged by Dreamscape and Hollywood studios and talents to create the ultimate immersive experience for location-based entertainment, education and enterprise solutions. Besides research and technology development, she is also the creator and director of immersive experiences, including Real Virtuality: Immersive Explorers, VR_I, Geneva 1850, Abord the Mayflower and The Clockwork Forest. Her VR work has notably been showcased at renowned film festivals such as Sundance New Frontier (2016, 2018), Cannes Film Festival (2016) and the Biennale di Venezia (2018).
Founder and Chairman, Cintana Education
Doug ardently believes universities play an indispensable role in the development of nations, communities, and individuals, and that more students deserve access to the resources of the world’s top-tier universities. His work has been driven by his vision of using highly innovative design principles to deliver breakthroughs in quality and scale for all levels of education. In 1983, Doug co-founded Sterling Partners — since then the firm has become a leading investor in education and other industries, having made over 80 investments over the years. Doug subsequently founded Laureate Education, the largest higher education company in the world, which grew to more than 1,000,000 students enrolled at 70 campus-based and online institutions owned or managed by Laureate and its affiliates. These universities operated over 150 campuses in 23 countries around the world, offering bachelors and advanced degrees in almost every field of study. Under Doug’s leadership, Laureate became the world’s largest Certified B CorpTM and the first publicly traded company that is organized as a Public Benefit Corporation. Doug served as Chairman and CEO of Laureate from its inception in 1999 through the end of 2017 and as Chairman through 2018. Prior to founding Laureate, Doug was the Chairman and CEO of its predecessor, Sylvan Learning Systems, during which period Sylvan became the largest K-12 tutoring company in North America, with over 1,000 tutoring centers, more than 200,000 students and a brand that became a household name. Along with co-founder Chris Hoehn-Saric, Doug launched many other notable education companies within Sylvan during this period including Sylvan Prometric (Now Prometric Inc.) which became the global leader in computer-based testing and assessment. As part of his commitment to community service, Doug has served on many non-profit boards and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins International. He has served for 16 years as the Chair of the Board of the International Youth Foundation, a global NGO focusing on the needs of youth in over 100 countries, including many of the most impoverished nations. As of September 2022, he will continue to serve as Chair Emeritus.