Speaker Profile: Tanya Laird, Digital Jam

Speaker Profile: Tanya Laird, Digital Jam

Tanya Laird, CEO at Digital Jam, is one of 60 world-class speakers appearing at VR Connects London 2017 on the 16-17th January 2017. To hear Laird speak in person, book your ticket now!


Q: What do you do?

A: Create opportunities for inclusivity and diversity of conversation around the technology and entertainment verticals.


Q: What makes you most excited for VR as whole?

A: The scope of opportunity beyond pure entertainment verticals.


Q: What are your thoughts on the way the VR industry has grown in the last 12 months?

A: There’s a lot of expertise that still hasn’t been invited into the conversation; we are committed to bringing these other verticals to the table.


Q: What major trends do you predict for VR in 2017?

A: The content wars are where the majority will focus but for us, the talent wars are where the real battle will be fought in 2017. This includes identifying native talent and understanding the best ways to pivot existing talent.


Q: Which part of VR Connects/PGC London are you most looking forward to and why?

A: Seeing regular collaborators across the games and VR industry who are all doing exciting things and continuing to push the industry forward.


Don’t miss your chance to hear Laird as she chairs a panel discussion across multiple industries focusing on the future of narrative design and creative storytelling for the Immersive Entertainment Industry including VR/AR. This session is at 15:10 on the 16th January 2017. Book your ticket now!


About The Speaker

Tanya has been at the forefront of emerging creative technology spanning games, film, TV, comics, music, immersive theatre, Transmedia VR, AR and AI. She is the creator of the VR Writers Room and the co-organiser for the world’s largest VR & AR focused meetup group, Augmenting Reality, a Trustee for both the World Youth Organisation and UN Influx, the winner of a Women in Games Award and the vice chair of BAME in Games.


About VR Connects London 2017

More than 500 delegates from the VR/AR industry will gather at London venue The Brewery on the 16-17th January 2017 for the first ever VR Connects London. Over the two days of the event, 60 expert speakers across four conference tracks will cover the key issues for the VR, AR and MR industry, from global trends and new tech to monetisation. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out – get yours now!

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