DDD60: Open Eyes VR

Wednesday–Thursday 8–9 March
10.00–18.00 on both days
Bravo Plaza
(Itäinenkatu 5–7)
Free entry!

Please see full introduction of DDD60: Open Eyes VR Seminar here.

Download the schedules as a pdf here.

Topic of Speech: VR Possibilities in the Future
Wednesday 8 March at 12.00

Jaakko Kemppainen is the lead game designer at Mindfield Games. He has been working in various roles in games industry since 2002. He has a master’s degree on game design from Aalto University and has worked extensively as a freelance designer in various companies and projects – including teaching game design in a couple of schools in Finland. He has worked on various different platforms and game genres, from board games to casual TV-mobile games and massively multiplayer browser-based hardcore strategy game.

See Jaakko’s lecture on virtual reality and puzzle games, recorded on 26 October 2016 at Design Factory:


Topic of Speech: Introducing Slushpolis Story Demo
Wednesday 8 March at 13.00

Tero Pänkäläinen is a CEO of Deeptale and a VR consultant. Deeptale helps brands to use Virtual Reality effectively in marketing. Tero is also a founder of VR website www.virtuaalimaailma.fi and a member of the board at Finnish Virtual Reality Association FIVR ry.
He will share what Deeptale has learned from the development of narrative character driven Slushpolis Story HoloLens experience.


Topic of Speech: Case Study: Live Action VR (Ego Cure)
Wednesday 8 March at 14.00

Synes Elischka is a filmmaker and video-artist, who specialises on trans-media development, cinematic VR and brain-computer interfaces. He is currently working on his PhD at the Film Department of Aalto University in Helsinki as part of the NeuroCine Research Group.

Tanja Bastamow is a digital artist who has been working as a freelancer in digital set design, animation, graphic design and post production for film, television and experimental games since 2000. Bastamow’s key areas of interest are immersive virtual environments, how new technology affects visual storytelling, and integrating digital tools with analogue working methods.
She is currently working as the lecturer in digital design methods at Aalto ARTS University’s Department of Film, Television and Scenography.


Topic of Speech: From Film to VR
Wednesday 8 March at 15.00

Ng’endo Mukii is an award-winning film director, most well known for ‘Yellow Fever,’ her documentary-animation exploring Western influences on African women’s ideals of beauty. Her work focuses on relationships, the separation between perception and reality, and the use of moving image to represent unspoken truths.

Ng’endo is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (‘06), and holds a Master of Arts in Animation from the Royal College of Art (‘12). She is a Berlinale Talents Alumni (’14, ’15) and works in Nairobi as an independent filmmaker.

Tatu Blomqvist has been working as a documentary photographer and video producer for NGOs and news media since 2008. Currently he splits his time as a photographer for the Finn Church Aid and as a PhD student in Aalto University’s Media Lab, where his research focuses on documentaries in virtual reality. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences (visual journalism) from the University of Tampere. Tatu has also teached photojournalism in Finnish, Namibian and Tanzanian universities. In 2016 he shot a short VR film in Somaliland for the Red Cross movement. He was also a member of the team that created “The One”, a VR short film currently being screened at Tampere Film Festival.


Topic of Speech: Introducing Pohjankonna Oy demo
Wednesday 8 March at 16.00

Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen are the directors of award-winning documentary films such as Emergency Calls (2013) and Death of an Insect (2010). Their latest film is a fulldome show called The Secret World of Moths (2015), currently on show at the Finnish Science Centre Heureka. Janne Pulkkinen works in the game industry and has taken part in creating the games Alan Wake (2012) and Quantum Break (2016), among others. Veikkolainen, Vartiainen, and Pulkkinen have explored the use of computed tomography in film and in virtual reality. They are developing a unique microtomography visualization software designed for these purposes.

Topic of Speech: Distribution of VR
Thursday 9 March at 11.00

Dr. Mauricio Alvarez-Mesa is the CEO of Spin Digital. He has more than 10 years of research experience in the field of video codecs. He has worked as a researcher for several international institutions such as the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, IBM Haifa, Fraunhofer Institute HHI in Berlin, and the Technical University of Berlin. He has been part of several international research projects combining the media industry and the ICT sector.

Tilman Scheel is a regular panelist on industry events about Video on Demand and Virtual Reality. He is the founder of www.reelport.com, an online submission platform for short films. Since its launch in 2004, 92,000 filmmakers have uploaded more than 170,000 short films to 300+ festivals around the world via reelport. In 2008 Tilman founded www.picturepipe.com, which has since become the leading VoD-Service for the film & TV industry. Picturepipe handles the online streaming of www.cinando.com, the website of the Marché du Film of the Cannes festival. Picturepipe is also offering on-site video libraries. In 2017 Picturepipe added Virtual Reality to the features of the video library.


Topic of Speech: Ethics and compassion in virtual worlds
Thursday 9 March at 12.00

Co-founders and creative producer-director team of Lyfta, Paulina Tervo and Serdar Ferit share over a decade of international experience in film and digital media.  Paulina is a pioneer in interactive storytelling and is driven by creating engaging and innovative content that moves people and makes positive impact. Serdar creates innovative media concepts and powerful stories. He has inspired hundreds of students through engaging storytelling methods.


Topic of Speech: Case Study: Animated VR (Rain or Shine)
Thursday 9 March at 14.00

Luke Youngman has worked in animation production for over eighteen years. Five of those were at Aardman Animations in Bristol and the last twelve have been at Nexus in London, where he is currently Executive Producer / Deputy Head of Production.
From stop-frame to stereoscopic 3D CG, via hand-drawn animation and interactive websites, Luke has worked on short films, commercials, music videos and title sequences, with lots of other bits, pieces and techniques in between.

Felix Massie is a director, animator and children’s book author who lives in London. He makes short films, commercials and works at Nexus Productions. He is the director of interactive Google Spotlight piece, ‘Rain or Shine’.


Topic of Speech: Production workflow
Thursday 9 March at 15.00

Kim Grönholm from Nokia is a VR enthusiast who has been working as a software professional for the last 10 years in various roles. Kim was part of the small team bringing Nokia’s OZO – the world’s first professional VR camera – to the market in 2016. Currently, he is heading the R&D for Nokia OZO Software Suite and OZO Player SDK in the Digital Media unit at Nokia Technologies.


Grab the schedules as a pdf here.



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agreement No 732717.




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