The HPA’s annual Tech Retreat has expanded this year’s program to include a number of interesting topics, including artificial intelligence, HDR, VR and much more.
2018 HPA Tech Retreat® Announces Expanded Program
IMF, AI Highlighted in Connective Week
LOS ANGELES 29 January 2018 –– Today, the HPA unveiled additions to the Tech Retreat program and events that were outlined last month in its preliminary program announcements, continuing its reputation as an incomparable opportunity to meet and engage with a world-class roster of well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business. The HPA Tech Retreat will take place at a new venue at the JW Marriott Resort, in Palm Desert, California, from the 19th to 23rd of February, 2018.
As it has for 23 years, the HPA Tech Retreat will feature an array of high-powered conference sessions (TR-X, Supersession, and the main program) as well as a curated Innovation Zone, more than 50 breakfast roundtables, and extensive networking opportunities.
Monday’s TR-X (Tech Retreat eXtra) takes an uncommon, in-depth dive into AI.Tuesday through Friday, Tech Retreat programming covers the most important topics facing the media industry. Kicking off the days on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridayare a diverse array of breakfast roundtable discussions, led by key industry experts.
The Innovation Zone, featuring emerging and innovating technologies from nearly 60 companies at the vanguard of the industry, will unveil the new IMF Central, a special area of Interoperable Master Format (IMF) expert companies. Open Tuesday throughThursday, it will also feature specialty suites for presentations of cameras, monitors and other technologies that require a darkened environment.
Monday, February 19 – HPA TR-X
2018 HPA TR-X: Everything You Thought You Knew About Artificial Intelligence in M&E and What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know
The engaging half day session will tackle one of the most important topics of the day: what’s AI all about and what does it really have to do with Media & Entertainment now and in the future. Featuring a keynote by Yves Bergquist (Project Director Data Analytics, Entertainment Technology Center at USC), as well as presentations from industry leaders Paul Roberts (Amazon Web Services), Logan Ketchum (Veritone), Greg Taieb (Deluxe Entertainment Services Group), Linda Smith (Facecake), editor and professor Norman Hollyn (USC), Greg Estes (NVidia), John Vickery (Zeroth), Raja Sahi (Pixelogic Media), Phil Lelyveld (ETC), Craig German (Amazon Web Services), John Motz (GrayMeta), Steve Cronan (5th Kind), Richard Welsh (Sundog Media Toolkit), Philip Hodgetts (Lumberjack Systems), Rachel Payne (Prizma), and Mark Chiolis (Mobile TV Group), TR-X is jam packed with opportunities to learn, explore and connect. TR-X is a standalone and separately ticketed session from the rest of the Tech Retreat.
Tuesday, February 20 – The Supersession
HPA Supersession: It’s Still Snowing and We’re Just Making Bigger and Better Snowmen
The Tech Retreat Supersession is designed to dig deep into crucial questions, including making sense of the many choices across many different workflows. Attendees will learn from industry experts about how we are producing content across the widest spectrum of content creation – from spots to blockbusters. Speakers announced include keynote speaker Usman Shakeel (Amazon), as well as Jerry Pierce (HPA), Joshua Rubenstein (LAPD), Jesse Korosi (SIM Digital), Annie Chang (Universal Pictures), Erik Hansen (HBO), Richard Welsh (Sundog Media Toolkit), Chuck Parker (Sohonet), Aaron Lovell (Amazon Studios), Chris Clarke (Cerberus Technology), Roy Trosh (The Mill), and David Benson (BeBop Technology).
Wednesday, February 21 – Friday, February 23
The main conference program consists of carefully curated talks, panels, and presentations that deal with the engrossing and provocative issues facing the industry in 2018. There are a number of new and relevant sessions on tap for the main program.
Wednesday to Friday, expert led roundtables – over 50 of them – cover topics as diverse as blockchain, high speed motion control, cybercrime, AI applied to video recognition, OLED updates, and many other compelling areas. The most important meal of the day has never been so informative.
Between cocktail receptions, breakfast roundtables, lunches, and catered breaks, the HPA Tech Retreat puts attendees, speakers and other experts together to share, discuss and debate.
The HPA Tech Retreat, a limited attendance event strictly capped at 600 guests, has sold out every year since its founding. Registration is open for TR-X and the entire Tech Retreat, and both day passes and full conference passes are available. Because both events will sell out, there is no onsite registration. Registration includes conference sessions, breakfast roundtables, Innovation Zone, some meals, and social events.
A complete 2018 HPA Tech Retreat program, with schedule and speakers’ bios, is available here. Additional sessions and speakers will be announced. (Please note the final schedule is subject to change.)
For information on event and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.hpaonline.com/. For press registration, visit the HPA Tech Retreat registration, or contact ignite strategic communications for further information.
Sponsors of the HPA Tech Retreat include Foundation Members Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, and Encore; Platinum Sponsors Aspera, an IBM Company, Avid, and Microsoft; Gold Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Silver Sponsor Western Digital; and Star and Event Sponsors Alt Systems, Atto Technology, Dell EMC, MicroStrategy, and Scale Logic.