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Future of Tech Lunch & Learn: VR: Empathy and Ethics in the Metaverse

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Future of Tech Lunch & Learn: VR: Empathy and Ethics in the Metaverse

Thursday, May 23, 2024, 12 – 1 pm

This is a hybrid event and lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. Masks are optional in the Hub.

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The ignITe Hub hosts a monthly Future of Tech Lunch & Learn Series. Each month, we will have a cutting-edge guest speaker to explore an innovative area in the world of technology. Topics will range from BioTech to Entertainment Technology and beyond. We will learn from notable industry experts about a specific type of technology, how this technology is being used to solve a community problem and what are unique career pathways related to this field. Thank you to Verizon for their generous sponsorship of this series.

Our featured guest speaker is Emma Mankey Hidem, Founder and CEO of Sunnyside Productions. She has been producing media for over a decade, specializing in non-fiction media of all kinds, including documentary, news, corporate, and interactive media. She has had the privilege to work with and learn from talented documentarians such as Academy Award-winner Ross Kauffman (Born Into Brothels) and Emmy-nominated Joe Fab (Paper Clips). In 2015 Emma launched SunnysideVR, a full-service VR video production company where she creates virtual reality content for brands, as well as immersive journalism. Since launching her company she has worked with brands such as Mercedes, Estee Lauder, and Twitter; non-profits such as AARP and the ACLU; and is also working on several interactive multimedia journalism projects such as Caste Out, a doc about the lingering effects of the now-outlawed caste system in Nepal.


Guest Speaker

Emma Mankey Hidem
Founder and CEO
Sunnyside Productions





May 23
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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