Tokyo 2018: Program & Speakers

The International Virtual Reality Photography Association Conference

The Tokyo 2018 conference will be four days of superb talks and workshops.

These will cover a wide range of topics in the 360 VR photographic and video fields and deal with expert techniques and secrets as well as news and hands-on demonstrations of the latest software and hardware. Remember, the IVRPA conferences are NOT typical 'wannabe' VR events, these are where the very best in the world meet to share ideas and help each other. This year's event – which coincides with our 20th anniversary celebrations – is shaping up to be a very exciting and useful one.

This schedule will be updated and details changed as new speakers and workshops are agreed. Join IVRPA as a Professional member (or an Academic member if you qualify) to get discounted conference tickets as well as to support IVRPA itself as it promotes excellence and learning in the VR industries.

Schedule of Events, Talks, Workshops and Excursions for Tokyo 2018 IVRPA Conference


IVRPA Tokyo 2018 Conference Program

The IVRPA Tokyo 2018 conference is THE 360 VR industry event! We are pleased and proud to be able to present this year’s 360 VR industry expert and in-depth talks, debates and workshops.

Remember, the order of sessions is subject to change and we will be adding more speakers and workshops soon. We will also announce signups for the workshops a little closer to the event. If you don’t have your ticket yet there’s still time to order them and IVRPA Members get a discount. But remember, Late Ticket Prices apply in May, so don’t delay!

Special things worth noting include the opening keynote talk given by Facebook, a VR Experience space, our special Opening and Closing Dinners, the annual IVRPA Members Meeting, a mid-conference evening event hosted by Facebook, and our 20th birthday celebrations.

As always, there will be a Marketplace where you can meet software and hardware creators, try out different products and get special conference bargains.

TimeTalks Workshops
10:30Opening Ceremony
10:45Facebook: Keynote talk
11:15Uli Futschik, Koncept VR
11:45Al Bug, GoThru
12:45Mike Ty, 360 Rumors: Report on 360 camera evolution
12:30Lunch and Marketplace
1:30Geoffrey Bruce: VR field trips for teaching Workshop TBC
2:00Ben Claremont, Life in 360: Social media strategies for success Workshop TBC
2:30Blend Media
3:00Coffee and Marketplace
3:30Luc Villeneuve: Gigapixels – why and how Martin Hopkins, Garden Gnome Software: Pano2VR workshop
4:00Khayyam Wakil, Live Planet Martin Hopkins, Garden Gnome Software: Pano2VR workshop
4:30Luca-Nicolo Vascon and Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto: Enhanced panos, stories and experiences Martin Hopkins, Garden Gnome Software: Pano2VR workshop
EVENING Opening Conference Dinner and social
TimeTalks Workshops
9:45Joel Douek: Sonic VR, regaining ground for sound in VR Martin Hopkins, Garden Gnome Software: Pano2VR workshop
10:30TBC Martin Hopkins, Garden Gnome Software: Pano2VR workshop
10:45Izugar Martin Hopkins, Garden Gnome Software: Pano2VR workshop
11:15Rachel Bracker & Thomas Hayden: Documentary filmmaking & multimedia journalism in 360 – lessons learned Martin Hopkins, Garden Gnome Software: Pano2VR workshop
11:45Chris Bobotis, Adobe
12:30Lunch and Marketplace
1:30 Anrick Bregman: Choose your own reality Blend Media workshop
2:00 Juan Jose Perez: Aerial Photogrammetry - 3D Structure Modeling and Mapping using Drones Nancy Eperjesy: Adobe 360 Video workshop
2:30 Hajime Watanabe: Puccho A-n* 4D Goggles robotic headset, developed for this project Nancy Eperjesy: Adobe 360 Video workshop
3:00 Coffee and Marketplace
3:30 Panoskin Nick Ivanov: Capturing 360 video from drone platforms
4:00 TBC Nick Ivanov: Capturing 360 video from drone platforms
4:15 Panel debate hosted by Facebook and Blend Media
EVENING Creator Meet-Up hosted by Facebook
TimeTalks Workshops
10:00Kandao VR Peter Costs: Designing and creating spatial audio for 360 video
10:30Panel debate Peter Costs: Designing and creating spatial audio for 360 video
11:00TBC Peter Costs: Designing and creating spatial audio for 360 video
12:30Lunch and Marketplace
1:30Jim Zellmer: Amuz – explore the world using immersive imagery Facebook 360 workshop
1:45Ergin Sanal: VFX workflows for mono/stereo 360 video Facebook 360 workshop
2:15TBC Facebook 360 workshop
3:00Coffee and Marketplace
3:30TBC Javier Barañano: Rotational panoramics workshop
4:00Nikk Mitchell: the rise and fall and rise and fall of VR in China Javier Barañano: Rotational panoramics workshop
4:30Z cam Javier Barañano: Rotational panoramics workshop
TimeTalks Workshops
10:00Sönke Kirchhof: Storytelling for volumetric VR with special effects
10:30Masaki Okumura, Entaniya: Entaniya fisheye for VR and new fields
11:00Walkinto Takashi Sekitani: Compositing graphics in stereo VR
11:30TBC Takashi Sekitani: Compositing graphics in stereo VR
12:00TBC Takashi Sekitani: Compositing graphics in stereo VR
12:30Lunch and Marketplace
2:00TBC Aleksandr Reznik: Bracketed (HDR) photography strategies and secrets for 360 VR
2:30TBC Aleksandr Reznik: Bracketed (HDR) photography strategies and secrets for 360 VR
3:00Coffee and Marketplace
3:30Richard Broo, Wemersive
4:00Panel debate
4:30Closing event
EVENING Closing Conference Dinner and social

This schedule will be updated and details changed as new speakers and workshops are agreed.


Chris Bobotis

Chris Bobotis Adobe

Chris is Director of Immersive at Adobe, overseeing the company’s Immersive Media efforts. Chris is the software architect for the SkyBox suite of 360˚ video and cinematic VR tools, which Adobe recently acquired from Chris’ previous company Mettle. Chris co-founded Mettle in 1992 and was Partner & Creative Director. Mettle transformed the nascent 360˚ VR…

Javier Barañano

Javier is an optician with a long career dedicated to audio visual imaging, he learned the trade of optics and photo development in a family business when he was a child. After performing his military service as a parachutist, he moved to the Canary Islands to direct the ophthalmic optics section of Carl Zeiss. His…

Rachel Bracker

Rachel Bracker 360 Labs

Rachel specializes in documentary storytelling and holds a master's degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Oregon. She is a video producer with the award-winning Vanport Mosaic and directed the five-part series "The 26%: Women Speak Out on Tech's Diversity Crisis" for Recode. Her videos have been featured by the New York Times Magazine,…

Anrick Bregman

Anrick Bregman

Anrick is an award winning director exploring the unknown in storytelling, through VR, AR, films, and games, and whatever lies beyond. His work is research focused, and lies at the intersection of storytelling and experiential technology.

Geoffrey Bruce

Geoffrey Bruce Chief Exploration Software Architect - ASU

Geoffrey Bruce is the Senior Exploration Software Architect for the School of Earth and Space Exploration and serves as leader of the Immersive Virtual Field Trips (iVFT) team at Arizona State University’s Education Through Exploration group. He holds a graduate degree in intuitive learning in immersive virtual environments and his PhD work focuses on exploration…


Alin Bugeag GoThru

Alin Bugeag is a Canadian programmer and founder of GoThru the company behind the GoThru editor. He is also a former Google Trusted Photographer. Alin was born in Romania, in 1977 and was writing computer code by the time he was 12. After IT University graduation he emigrated to Canada where he worked for 10…

Ben Claremont

Ben Claremont Life in 360

Ben Claremont is the face of the most popular YouTube channel focused around 360 cameras, Life in 360. Starting as a newbie just three years ago, Ben not only taught himself everything there is to know about point and shoot 360 cameras, but also how to use social media to turn his hobby into a…

Peter Costa

Peter Costa Balta Studios

Baltu Studios inspires creativity, learning, and empathy through immersive technologies such as VR, AR, and interactive media. We specialize in creating realistic sonic environments through 3D spatial audio.

Joel Douek

Joel Douek EccoVR, Inc.

ECCO VR co-founder Joel Douek is an award-winning composer and sound designer whose work has brought many top Virtual Reality experiences to life, as well as numerous BAFTA and Emmy-winning productions. Born in London, England, Joel draws heavily on his background in music and neuroscience to guide & innovate the use of sound to bring…


Boni Gopalan WalkInto

Complete tool to create, share and embed powerful stories with Google StreetView.

Thomas Hayden

Thomas Hayden 360 Labs

With more than a decade in VR, Thomas Hayden helped pioneer the new, immersive medium of 360° video. World class brands like Google, Daimler, the US Coast Guard, and Columbia Sportswear trust his 360 vision. Thomas learned to tell a story around a campfire as a wilderness guide on the Colorado Plateau and in Alaska.…

Martin Hopkins

Martin Hopkins Garden Gnome Software

Martin Hopkins (aka Hopki) is Garden Gnome Software’s support guru. He leads the conversations on the forums, social sites and support mail. Not only that, he is also the in-house master of Pano2VR and Object2VR with an amazing amount of know-how for the software.

Sönke Kirchhof

Sönke Kirchhof INVR

Sönke Kirchhof is CEO and executive producer of award-winning VR Full Service Studio INVR.SPACE GmbH and in charge of all business-related operations as well as deciding on creative and technologic approaches. He works in the fields of VR, stereoscopic filmmaking, VFX and CGI Postproduction as well as Research and Development in arts and technology since…

Uli Futschik

Uli Futschik Koncept VR

As the Chief Operating Officer of Freedom 360 and Koncept VR, Uli manages day-to-day logistics as well as long term strategies for two successful businesses at the forefront of the cinematic VR movement. From hardware manufacturing to on-set directing she is in charge of all facets of the operations. Overseeing pre-production, location scouting, and crew…

Juan Jose Perez

Juan Jose Perez Orbital Vision

Juan Jose Perez is the CEO of EQDRON and ORBITALVISION. He is a professional photographer, director of photography and professional certified drone pilot. Over the years, he has worked in advertising photography for 18 years, in aerial photography, photogrammetry, and aerial mapping from manned and unmanned aerial platforms for 7 years, also creating 360 panoramas…

Aleksandr Reznik

Aleksandr Reznik

Ergin Sanal

Ergin Sanal

Ergin is a Digital Compositing Specialist, a former Creative Specialist at Foundry Turkey and an Officially Certified Nuke Trainer, based in Istanbul, Turkey. Having 8 years of production experience, Ergin worked as a lead compositor for numerous international and local projects. Today, he is Head of VFX at TATU Creative Studios in the Istanbul Bahcesehir…

Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto

Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto Officine Panottiche

Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto is a visual designer, specializing in immersive contents and illustrations. She coordinates the BA program in “Media Design” at Istituto Europeo di Design of Venice.

Luca Vascon

Luca-Nicolò Vascon

Luca-Nicolò Vascon is an immersive imaging pioneer, he designs and develops visual content, specialising in virtual reality technologies. He is active in R&D, keeping workshops in various universities since 2003.

Luc Villeneuve 360° Image

Luc has more than 30 years of experience in the field of technologies applied to the communication industry. Luc left the printing industry in 2010 and he is actually 100% dedicated to 360° media and virtual reality projects. Luc is the IVRPA organizer of Prague 2015 and Québec 2016

Jim Zellmer

Jim Zellmer

Jim Zellmer is an American businessman and an explorer. In 1995, with two very good friends and his wife Nancy, he co-founded a software as a service business. Jim enjoys the application of useful, emerging technologies to business, civic and exploration opportunities. A father to two daughters, Jim seeks opportunities to create and share special…


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Call for Speakers


The IVRPA invites international members, industry associates, business professionals and educators to submit a proposal to be considered for a 20-30 min presentation / 1-hour workshop

Its 13th annual 360° Virtual Reality Panoramic Photography & 360° Video Conference May 28 - 31 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tokyo 2018 program will include 4 days of incredible VR Photography & Video Talks and Workshops, with the most talented members of our community. These sessions will focus on subjects that are relevant to the virtual reality world. Talks will cover a wide range of subjects on 360º panoramic photography and video, both hardware and software. Topics will range from commercial to artistic and will examine the future of 360º imaging.

Anyone interested in presenting at the conference can submit a proposal to:

Details need to be filled and attached:

Speaker Name

Email address

Presentation Subject

Presentation description

Website + links to works

Type of Presentation (Talk, workshop, panel or other)

Deadline for submission - 21 April 2018