Advisors and Team Members
Percy Ordoñez Bio
Percy is Adobe Certified Educator. Digital & Augmented Reality Designer. NFT creator. Part-time Super Hero
Juan Carlos Gallo Bio
Digital Design is my passion, it allows me to express my different interests while solving problems using many seemingly disparate tools: programming and aesthetic, technology and feeling, left and right brain. I began in the world of programming, soon my visual mind led me into graphic design, motion graphics, web design, 3D, culminating in its logical synthesis, VR and AR.
Experience in content creation for many platforms: web, mobile, television and print. Diverse skills include Virtual Reality (Oculus, HTC Vive), AR (Vuforia), graphic design, motion graphics, film / editing, web design, UI /UX design, After Effects, 3D and social media. Experience collaborating with large marketing teams as well as small production studios.
I am working with Moksha Arts Collective to create next generation VR music and art experiences for all of the XR Labs Community
Rita Das Mital Bio
Social Philanthropist invested in advancement of Arts, Education, Healthcare & Technology for economic empowerment of students and entrepreneurs in USA & India; especially in South Florida.
Speaker, moderator and business consultant. Experienced in multinational corporate management and entrepreneurship.
Startup Grind Miami Chapter Operations Director since 2014.
Sabrina Smith Bio
Sabrina Sadaf Smith is a visionary creativepreneur with an MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Entrepreneurship. Her mission is to exemplify creativity as a healing tool of vital importance to the development of our society as we merge into an era of greater technological advancement. Her purpose is to create a sustainable bridge between art & technology so that we can imagine a better world for ourselves, our children, and future generations to come.
Sabrina encourages collaboration, fair contribution, and mutual benefit. She empowers artists and creatives to use their talents for the good of humanity with a positive impact on the environment, while building a legacy of creative ownership and intellectual property. Her company is called AuRoom (Aii) Innovation Incubator.
She is multidimensionally an artist, photographer & contemporary dancer. Her background is Canadian and Iranian, and she can speak Farsi. She resides in Dallas, Texas, where her company operates remotely alongside the growing global creative collective.
Ana Ruiz Bio
I am a Creative Digital Entrepreneur: Storytelling Content Creator & Social Media Growth Hacker. Creative—because I create through authentic storytelling in video, photo, audio, and copywriting content for brands. Digital—because I am deeply immersed in the growing field of digital marketing and social media management, strategy, planning, observation, innovation, and growth. Entrepreneur— because I posses the initiative to develop and take on innovative ideas, projects, and business ventures.
I am also an Online Radio Host @AnalyticalBeat on Tech, Social Media, Startup, and Entrepreneurship projects at Jolt Radio! (http://www.joltradio.org)... so I guess I fit the Tech Geek profile as well
Gabe Noones Bio
Polymath with professional experience in hardware/software product design around algorithmic acceleration and parallel computation for AI. Deep knowledge of visual pipelines and 3D interoperability. Extensive hybrid knowledge covering finance and tech--fills gaps even large teams have.
Success in system integration and horizontal deployment of automation and IT tooling for managers in cross disciplinary teams to collaborate--previous clients were top name Architectural and Engineering companies. Currently deploying Smart City-Scale sensor network with a lean team. Able to hypothecate practical solutions to multi-disciplinary complexity. Seeking high-level Contract or Advisory position to make impact that improves product and processes directs managers.
Will brief Executives directly on the State of the Art to better position product and resources efficiently and in light of potential disruption to their companies.
Erika Gemma Bio
Mari Naranjo Bio
15+ years co-creating brands and marketing experiences with creative agencies, non-profits, and Fortune 500s.
This, coupled with her education in Communications Arts at St. Thomas University and 8+ years in the entrepreneurial world, provides her with a fresh vision at the challenges of startups and small business owners.
In her journey, Mari discovered the formula to make marketing simple, effective, and more accessible through heart, collaboration, and a dose of magic.
Simon Coulson Bio
20+ years of experience connecting and growing companies and people's assets in the financial and sustainability industries.
As a three-time President Club Winner for Fidelity Investments, Simon led multiple IPOs through the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) as tools for raising capital for Junior companies looking to expand.
Passionate about creating new market opportunities for clients who use business as a force for good, while balancing purpose and profit.
Jeffery Ferguson Bio
A local leading innovator, inventor & technologist heading up our Hackathon department.
Gennaro Schiano Bio
Audio-Visual XR Artist / Generative Graphics / 3D Sound / Custom XR Installations and WebGL 3D.
Kevin Luongo Bio
Dr. Kevin Luongo manages operation of the University of Miami’s BioNIUM nanofabrication facility since 2016 and sits on the board of directors for XRMiami.
He is personally devoted to the concept of equality in the workplace and diversity in STEM fields. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University for his work in STT quantum memory. Previously he has engaged in interdisciplinary collaborative research regarding EIS monitoring of 3D tumors in a microfluidic environment as a Draper Lab Fellow and thermal energy harvesting as well as pathogen detection as a Sandia National Lab Intern.
He has received patents for his masters work in hydrogen sensing which was completed at University of South Florida. Throughout his academic and professional career he has gained first hand expertise in design and retrofit of ultra high vacuum systems for semiconductor research.
Maru Sabando Bio
Maria Sabando is a community leader focused on developing the Blockchain and XR scene. As a Growth Lead, she aims to create opportunities through awareness, supporting those who want to get involved in decentralized technology.
She is passionate about financial education and leveraging her knowledge with other women interested in pursuing careers in tech.
Specialties: strategic positioning, rapid prototyping, market research, user research, agile development, lean UX, data security, IT operations.
Praveen Yalamanchi Bio
Praveen is a serial innovator having founded several high profile startups--accolades include SharkTank San Francisco (Bay Angels sponsored) and the Plug and Play expo being voted most innovative startup in Silicon Valley by 140+ VCs.
He pioneered YouTube interactive, chatbots, shot the world's first VR zombie film, and won the 2015 AT&T mobile hackathon and is designing augmented reality stock trading tools.
He is developing VR/AR apps for Hollywood/Bollywood productions, professional sports teams, and newspapers. At 2015 eMerge Americas he made a virtual Miami Beach convention center tour and won the best demo booth award for StepFlix.com, the world's largest virtual dance studio he co-founded.
For the 2015 Facebook hackathon he made the world's first augmented reality social network/messaging app along with real time green screen augmented reality transparent video production techniques.
For the 2015 Microsoft IOT hackathon, he designed Star Trek Adventures, bringing Star Trek into your living room, winning two Hololenses. https://youtu.be/K3tAMZ3V4NY
For the 2015 Cedars-Sinai Techstars healthcare startup weekend won an award for PT/VR a virtual physical therapy/telemedicine app