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Tribeca Film Festival® and The Hatchery® together host some of the most influential, provocative, and groundbreaking creative minds for an all-day summit on what happens when our wildest dreams become reality and what that reality will be in the not-so-distant future. Experience the wonder and inspiration of new technologies, as tech’s thought leaders reveal what is just beyond the horizon.


Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots, oversees Google[x] moonshot factory for building magical, audaciously impactful ideas that can be brought to reality through science and technology. Before joining Google, Teller was CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc., an AI-based investment management firm; CEO of BodyMedia, a leading wearable body monitoring company; and CEO of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator.

Tim Armstrong is Chairman and CEO of AOL which serves nearly 250M global consumers and is a leader in the digital content, video, and advertising industries. Armstrong served as an executive of multiple internet and media companies, including President of Google’s Americas Operations, Snowball, Disney’s ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures, and Paul Allen’s Starwave Corporation.

Ashwin Vasavada, Project Scientist for NASA, is a planetary scientist leading work on Mars. He has participated in several NASA spacecraft missions including the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn.

Ping Fu, Chief Entrepeneur Officer 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) works on the cutting edge of 3D printing at scale. Honored as Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Fu co-founded Geomagic, a 3D imaging software company, which was acquired by 3D Systems. The 3D technologies they developed were created to fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. She serves on the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at the Department of Commerce.

Jeremy Bailenson, is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab. Bailenson’s main area of interest is the phenomenon of digital human representation, especially in the context of immersive virtual reality. He explores the manner in which people are able to represent themselves when the physical constraints of body and virtually-rendered behaviors are removed. He designs and studies virtual reality systems that allow physically remote individuals to meet in virtual space, and explores the manner in which these systems change the nature of verbal and nonverbal interaction.

Carl Dietrich, CEO of Terrefugia, is an expert in liquid bi-propellant rocket propulsion, aircraft design & fabrication, as well as plasma physics & fusion energy. As an aerospace industry entrepreneur, Dietrich raised over $12 million of private capital, grew Terrafugia through the successful development of airworthy prototype vehicles, and built a $30 million order backlog for Terrafugia’s launch product, the Transition®.

Efi Cohen-Arazi is CEO of Rainbow Medical which is at the forefront of implant technologies to restore and heal. Cohen-Arazi has over 25 years of experience in the medical and biotech industry. Cohen-Arazi served as CEO of IntecPharma Israel, General Manager & VP at biotech giant Amgen, Senior VP at Immunex and General Manager, and VP at the Merck-Serono.

Anthony Lewis is Senior Director, Technology at Qualcomm leading biologically-inspired computing and robotics. Dr. Lewis is an expert in robotics and neuromorphic engineering with more than 80 publications and patents in these fields. Dr. Lewis directed a multi-faculty robotics lab focused on cooperative robotics at UCLA, and developed high-performance control systems for robotic hands and force feedback exoskeletons as a member of the technical staff for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also founded Iguana Robotics, a private research company, where he spearheaded the development of biologically inspired robots.

Alex Tepper is Managing Director in GE’s Ventures group, where he focuses on growth strategy and venture investments in Robotics and other disruptive technologies. Prior to that role, Alex was GE’s Global Director of Innovation where he worked across all the GE businesses and the Global Research Center to design and bring to market breakthrough products and new business models. He is also the co-founder of the GE Open Innovation (crowd-sourcing) Center of Excellence.

Lauri Saft is currently the Director of the IBM Watson Ecosystem program. In her current role she is responsible for developing  a network of partnerships consisting of entrepreneurs & established companies who will build their applications on a foundation of cognitive computing.  These companies will take advantage of the natural language processing and deep QA capabilities of Watson in order to serve their customers in new ways.



Natasha Tsakos and Point Cloud Media bring you a magic for your eyes. Described as “A Talent of the Next Generation”, Natasha Tsakos is known for pioneering ways of integrating technology with live performance. She is an interactive designer, conceptual director, idea generator and performer from Geneva, Switzerland. Natasha is the President of NTiD: a creative powerhouse dedicated to inspiring and activating imagination through theatrical experiences with work for Cirque du Soleil, Super Bowl, Pharrell Williams, Miami Heat, Coachella Festival, Nickelodeon, MTV, BBC, and 900 TV shows and feature films with 2 books. TED speaker and Finalist for the World Technology Awards presented by CNN, Time, Forune, and Kurzweil Ai.



Harrison Weber is a journalist and designer based in New York City. He serves as VentureBeat’s News Editor. Harrison’s work can be found in VentureBeat, The Next Web, and The Huffington Post. He has been featured on Business Insider, Fox News, Fox Business and This Week in Tech.

Mike Tinskey leads the Ford Motor Company’s sustainability activities for electric vehicles, energy and infrastructure. His focus is to develop and implement new products, business models, and partnerships to ensure success of Ford’s sustainability plans globally, including success of Ford plug-in and alternative fuel vehicles. Prior to this role, Mike led the Product Planning and Program Management activities globally for hybrid electric vehicles and was responsible for developing and implementing Ford’s electrification strategy that was announced in January 2009. Mr. Tinskey has held a variety of leadership positions during his career with Ford, which began in 1991. This includes director roles in Advanced Product Engineering, Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Business Development, and Innovation. A common thread among these positions is that he was charged with identifying and implementing game-changing technologies and new business models – and developing strategies and partnerships to implement them flawlessly.

David Cummins is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Parking and Justice Solutions for Xerox Company, the largest provider of municipal parking services in the world. He leads the line of business that operates smart parking solutions in over 30 U.S. cities as well as court solutions nationwide, including jury management and court case management solutions to local, state, and federal district courts. Specifically in parking, the services provided include meter installation and operations, airport parking systems, parking ticket processing, and overall systems integration for parking authorities. Cummins is the co-chair of the Smart Parking Alliance for the International Parking Institute. He is committed to innovation in all his businesses and has been awarded three patents. Cummins previously served as the head of sales, marketing, acquisitions, and business development for the transportation solutions group with programs in over 30 countries. Prior to joining Xerox, Cummins was director of operations planning and management for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic organizing committee. In 2003, he was a recipient of the International Project of the Year Award, presented by the Project Management Institute, for his work during the Winter Olympic Games.

Michael Tolkin is an innovator, entrepreneur, investor, and producer. He is currently the CEO of IMAX Labs, the innovation arm of IMAX Corporation. As CEO, Michael leads IMAX’s new venture efforts, developing and commercializing new products in the areas of media, entertainment and technology, with a focus on immersive platforms and virtual reality technologies and content.

Mike Dyer serves as Co-Managing Director, Chief Product and Strategy Officer of The Daily Beast, where he oversees company strategy and all operational units for product and marketing. Prior to his current role, he served as Chief Digital Officer at NewsweekDailyBeast, where he was responsible for Newsweek Digital and The Daily Beast product strategy.

Before joining The Daily Beast, Mike was Senior Vice President at Hill Holliday, where he founded their industry-leading content marketing practice. He has also played leadership roles in developing digital content strategies across a wide range of industries including: advertising, global philanthropy, politics and entertainment. Mike has won virtually every major digital creative and strategy award, and is a recognized leader in content marketing theory and practices. Mike is also an award-winning writer and filmmaker.

Mike Abbink is the Creative Director of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) where he is responsible for managing and leading the internal design team at MoMA as well as creative leadership of the brand experience and visual identity of the Museum across all platforms and departments. This includes exhibitions, advertising, programs, and events, as well as retail, publications, digital, and the MoMA PS1. Before joining MoMA Mike spent the past 18 years developing brands and designing identities, typefaces, packaging and websites. He has experience working in agencies including Wolff Olins, Saffron, Method as well as large corporate companies such as Apple.

Colin O’Donnell, a Founding Partner of Control Group, is responsible for corporate strategy, business development and thought leadership that drives the company’s growth. He has led the company towards groundbreaking initiatives such as On-the-Go, the award-winning information kiosks for the New York City MTA; and LinkNYC, the most advanced public Wi-Fi and advertising network in the world. Recognized as one of AdAge Magazine’s Creativity50 for being a top creative influencer, Colin works with forward-thinking clients to develop business-focused strategies and products that take advantage of the web’s evolution from browser, to mobile, to the physical world. He has been featured in major media outlets such as Fast Company, Wired, and the New York Times for his transformative work with urban environments, retail, and mass transit.

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Tribeca Film Festival + Hatchery

Tribeca Film Festival® and The Hatchery® together host some of the most influential, provocative, and groundbreaking creative minds for an all-day summit on what happens when our wildest dreams become reality and what that reality will be in the not-so-distant future. Experience the wonder and inspiration of new technologies, as tech’s thought leaders reveal what is just beyond the horizon.