Duncan Wardle gave the Opening Address at ISE 2020.
Wardle spent over 25 years in leadership roles at Disney. As Head of Innovation and Creativity, he led the team that helped to drive innovation across various Disney divisions, including Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks. Building on this experience, he now delivers keynotes, workshops and ideation forums around the world – helping businesses to unlock their innate creativity and develop a culture that nurtures innovation.
Bart Kresa has over 20 years of industry experience and the BARTKRESA studio has won numerous event and themed entertainment awards, including those from, AV magazine, Biz Bash, IAAPA, and the Themed Entertainment Association. BKS clients include: Universal Studios, Disney, ABC, HBO, Fox, General Motors, Warner Bros, The Grammy Awards, Playboy, Bulgari and T-Mobile.
His primary mission is to craft unparalleled projection experiences around the world through light, story, and design. His company, with design teams in Japan, Poland, and the US, caters to an array of visual styles for a wide variety of architectural spaces, amusement parks, sporting events, or musical festivals. The primary objective in each case is to create impactful imagery that takes an event to the next level.
Described by Vogue as “the visual artist and creative director behind some of the most important events in the world”, Tupac Martir is the founder of Satore Studio, a 25-strong multidisciplinary art, design and creative production group based in London. He also co-founded the studio’s sister venture Satore Tech together with creative technologist Sergio Ochoa, offering clients new types of technology-led experiences, supported by research and new product.
Satore has its own team of developers in house, and Martir is always looking for new technologies to incorporate into projects. Among the studio’s extensive roster are brands such as Adidas, BMW, Dior and Ralph Lauren; venues including the Saatchi Gallery, the Barbican and the British Museum; and performers such as Elton John, Sting, Beyonce and Imogen Heap.
Carlo Ratti – who gave the Opening Address at ISE 2018 – is a leading architect, engineer, inventor, educator and director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, Ratti directs the Senseable City Lab, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and ultimately live in cities. He is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA). Drawing on Ratti’s research at MIT, the studio develops innovative design projects, merging high-profile architecture and urban planning with cutting-edge digital technologies, so as to contribute to the creation of intelligent cities and buildings.
Daniel Lamarre delivered a compelling Closing Keynote at ISE 2017 and spent time before and afterwards engaging with people from the industry and with the media. His keynote explored how technology drives content and creativity at Cirque du Soleil, where he is President and CEO. For over 30 years, Cirque du Soleil has been at the cutting edge of live entertainment creation and production, with shows such as Quidam, Saltimbanco and Amaluna combining stunning acrobatics, theatrics, visuals and music. Cirque du Soleil has consistently shown how creative expression can benefit from the adoption of the latest audiovisual technologies when used to enhance and complement a show’s key storylines. Lamarre discussed the creative process and how technology is used to turn adventurous concepts into mind-blowing performances.
In his Opening Address at ISE 2017, award-winning architect Ole Scheeren shared his vision of contemporary architectural and urban development, and explored how technology and architectural design combine to influence the creativity of one another.
In 2016, futurist, scientist and television personality Michio Kaku used the ISE Closing Keynote to outline the path towards ‘perfect capitalism’ in a future that he predicts will be more competitive, more convenient and cheaper, as technology changes the way we live. Kaku is a recognised expert in Einstein’s unified field theory and has unparalleled skill in predicting trends affecting business, commerce and finance. He has three New York Times best-sellers – Physics of the Future, Physics of the Impossible and The Future of the Mind – and has been the focus of television specials like the BBC’s Visions of the Future and the Discovery Channel’s 2057.
As a curtain-raiser to ISE 2016, Wired Magazine’s Editor, David Rowan, moderated a panel discussion about AV and IT convergence, which featured experts from across the industry.
ISE 2015 welcomed futurist Lars Thomsen, who revealed the trends and tipping points that will impact the electronic systems industry in the lead up to 2025.