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Envisioning Holograms: Designing Breakthrough Experiences for Mixed Reality

Designing for mixed reality is a completely new experience for everyone involved, and takes some experimentation to get right. You won’t nail your first mixed reality project by relying solely on your previous mobile or web design expertise as a guide. Mixed reality requires a different kind of design thinking for its unique challenges. That starts with Envisioning.

Led by Mike Pell, Envisioneer for the Microsoft Garage, this fast-paced, interactive, keynote will explore the approach, techniques, and mindshift needed to design truly breakthrough experiences for mixed reality (the seamless blending of digital content into the physical world in realistic and natural ways). Following the talk, NYC Media Lab’s Justin Hendrix will sit down with Pell to discuss the many ways in which mixed reality design is impacting the media and technology industry.

Date & Location

Friday, March 30th. 2PM-4PM.
The New School, University Center
63 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003
The event will take place in the Hoerle Lecture Hall, located in the lower level of University Center. 

Program Information:

2:00PM: Arrival & Networking
2:30PM: Envisioning Holograms: A Keynote by Mike Pell
3:15PM: Fireside chat with Pell and Justin Hendrix
3:30PM: Q+A from Audience
3:45PM: Networking reception
4:00PM: Event closes

Mike Pell. A lifelong Designer/Coder, M. Pell is the author of the new book “Envisioning Holograms” by Apress. Bold, insightful, and uncompromising, Pell is recognized as a thought leader in the area of design innovation and as a world-class rapid prototyper. He leads Design for The Microsoft Garage (the company’s outlet for experimental projects and curiosity-fueled explorations worldwide), where he helped develop the “Fast Design” style of moving ideas forward quickly by doing, not talking. A dynamic presenter who delivers entertaining workshops on a wide variety of design topics, Pell draws on a unique perspective gained from his evolution as an intrepid entrepreneur, to VC-backed startup veteran, to corporate man for Adobe and now Microsoft. He specializes in combining business, experience, and technology viewpoints to create breakthrough experiences. Learn more about M. Pell at

Justin Hendrix. Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. Hendrix connects media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. The Lab’s interests range across disciplines from design to engineering, and its programs include seed projects with member companies as well as The Combine, which encourages digital media startup formation on the City’s campuses. Previously Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist, where he directed prototyping and commercialization of new digital media business concepts. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & innovation. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. Follow him on Twitter @justinhendrix.

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