Vienna 2017: Program

The International Virtual Reality Photography Association Conference

Program for the Vienna 2017 - IVRPA 360° Virtual Reality Panoramic Photography & 360° Video Conference.

This schedule and list of talks & workshops is not yet final, stay tuned for updates

Schedule of Events, Talks, Workshops and Excursions for Vienna 2017 IVRPA Conference


Andrew Baddeley NCTech Ltd

Andy has spent the last 12 years working with spherical imaging systems and joined NCTech in 2012 as Technical Sales Director. Prior to NCTech Andy worked for BAE systems in Saudi before launching 360 Tactical VR. Andy brings a high level of imaging expertise to NCTech and is able to work closely with customers at…

Raphael Barth Indiecam

Raphael Barth is the founder and CEO of Indiecam and has been developing professional miniature film-camera systems - including VR and panoramic film - for many years. Indiecam's miniature cameras have been used in countless international feature film productions. Raphael has a scientific background and is an experienced producer and post-production supervisor for digital cinema…

Benjamin Baudel

Previously software developer and project leaders at Kolor / GoPro, Benjamin was focusing on authoring projects, including Panotour and ForgeJS.

Thomas Bredenfeld Thomas Bredenfeld

Artist (painting and photography), photographer, specialist for panoramic and high resolution photography and interactive imaging.Highly customized interactive 360° projects, especially with interconnection of 360° content to other web technologies.Consultant, Author, Trainer, Adobe Community ExpertAuthor of the german standard book about panoramic photography (4th edition)Video trainer with LinkedIn Learning360° and panorama projects for clients like ÖBB…

Richard Broo Wemersive

Richard started his career in the music industry at age seventeen, working for a music production company in Europe. After a decade working alongside major recording companies and artists, Richard jumped into the technology sector. Richard began working for an app development firm where they created one of the first VR mobile players. After successfully…

Joby Catto Anti Limited

Produced, directed and developed integrated 360°/VR/CG solutions for commercial clients in a range of industries over the last 15 years. These include advertising/media, arts, retail, property, tourism, security, construction and engineering. Provide end-to-end 360° solutions direct for clients, as well as white-label services to agencies and other partners. Specialising in 360° video, photo, objectVR, stereoscopic…

Jörg Dietrich

Jörg started PanoramaStreetline as a side project in 2010. The project focuses solely on linear panoramic visualizations and coined the phrase streetline for cityscapes of that kind. Meanwhile an archive of worldwide Streetlines, but with a strong focus on Europe, has been created - also thanks to cooperating photographers providing image material.

Greg Downing xRez Studio

Greg Downing specializes in image-based 3D technologies and computational photography techniques. His photographic work has been displayed in some of the worlds most prestigious museums including the MoMA New York, American Museum of Natural History, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The Tech Museum, Computer History Museum, Ars Electronica, Art…

Thijs Ekelschot RICOH THETA

Thijs Ekelschot joined Ricoh in 2014 where he manages distirbutor sales and European marketing activities of Ricoh's consumer imaging products. In this role he has supervised the European launch of the RICOH THETA, the company’s most innovative device for capturing fully spherical images and videos. With a strong passion for innovation and consumer brand activation,…

He has over 10 years of experience in aerial photography, aerial panorama photography and aerial videos. He has engineered and developed motorized camera heads (Gigapanbot), custom drones and camera gimbals for various custom applications and has a strong technical background in remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) using different flight control systems.

Alexandre Jenny Kolor - Gopro

Kolor Founder, Senior Director Immersive Media Solutions at GoPro Mining engineer, DEA graduate in Material Physics, with 5 years of expertise in the development of video games and member of the Georges Mélies Photo Club, Alexandre Jenny is passionate about photography. It is this passion that led him to develop the Autopano software.

Antonio Victor Garcia-Serrano Zakato Interactive Imaging

I come from a background of research in 3D computer graphics. One quiet and clear day, while surfing the net, I got hooked with the fisheye magic of panoramic interactive images. That happened by the end of the 2nd millennium, and since then I have been fishing 360º images.

Juha Kela Finwe Ltd.

Juha Kela, CEO and Founding member of Finwe Ltd and Chairman of the board and founder of Finwe provides services and tools for a superior mobile panorama video viewing experience. FinCloud offers services for 360 video production including consultation and sales of 360 video equipment.

Dustin Kerstein PanoMoments

Geek, photographer, and perpetual tinkerer. Working on bringing a new creative VR medium to life.

Michael Kolchesky Visual Solutions 360

Michael Kolchesky is CEO of Visual Solutions 360°. From 2012 she has been based in Paris, France and has collaborated on large-scale projects around the globe as a VR technical consultant, 360 VR camera operator, and a VR post-production expert. She has contributed to over 30 cinematic VR projects and worked as a 360 panoramic…

KC Lai iZugar Studio

KC Lai, Founder of iZugar Studio. We created many super fisheye lenses for 360 video, and keep shooting seamless 4K video with just two gopro camera. Our 3D360 system is the most affordable solution that welcomed by the community.

Karyn Laudisi Garden Gnome Software

Multimedia Producer at Garden Gnome Software and Lecturer at the University of Technology of Vienna. I swim in the muck of all media be it audio, video, panorama photography, 360 video, fiber arts and music.

Jürgen Matern PanoTwins

PanoTwin Jürgen was infected in 2004 with the panoramic virus by his brother Markus. He is a regular participant at PanoTools and IVRPA meetings. Jürgen likes to shoot elevated panoramas with a lightweight and portable monopod construction, especially in crowded places. He uses reprojecting techniques to present his spherical panoramas as printed images.

Markus Matern PanoTwins

PanoTwin Markus got hooked with the panoramic virus in 2003 when he stumbled over a panoramic robot built with LEGO. Since then he tries to learn more about panoramic photography by attending the PanoTools and IVRPA meetings and shooting lots of panoramas in his free time.


Nathalie Mathe is an award winning Virtual Reality creator and animation and documentary shorts director. She runs NativeVR, a VR studio crafting unique experiences, in which she created and produced UTURN, an interactive 360 comedy examining gender inequalities in the tech industry. Over the past four years she contributed to over 35 cinematic Virtual Reality…

Adam Mirabella Manfrotto

Adam Mirabella is the Executive Vice President Manfrotto and Vitec Group PLC, the largest manufacturer and distributor of imaging accessories globally. In his role, Adam creates partnerships with companies like Instagram, 360 Rize, You Visit, Google and Facebook to create the best possible image possible when capturing VR / 360 and AR content. Manfrotto is…

Gareth Morgan Metareal Inc.

Gareth studied Communication Media (Design, Photography and Time-Based Media) at UCA in England. A user-experience design veteran specializing in 3D & VR applications, Gareth has built confident, effective product teams for over 20 years, bringing a wide range of both professional and consumer products & services to market at companies including Softimage, Avid, and Microsoft.…

PJ Morreale YouVisit

Combining over 10 years of professional photography experience with a lifelong passion for travel, music, art and action sports, PJ serves as YouVisit’s Senior Director and Head of YouVisit Studios. In addition to managing YouVisit’s production teams under the YouVisit Studios umbrella, PJ works closely with the technology, marketing and business development teams to help…

Joost Nieuwenhuijse PTGui

In 2000, when trying to create a panoramic photo, Joost stumbled upon Helmut Dersch's Panorama Tools and decided to create a graphical user interface for it. In the following years PTGui has evolved continuously into a full featured panoramic stitching application. Fast: PTGui is blazing fast! Thanks to OpenCL GPU acceleration PTGui is able to…

Matthias Ortner noVR

Coming from skiing, POV and other actionvideos were always part of the job (eg. skicross, freeride etc.). When VR and 360° videos came around a few yeasr back, I realised that there will be a need for small camera rigs as well. So I started building everything by myself, from 3d printing to CNC milling…

Aaron D. Priest Aaron Priest Photography

Aaron D. Priest is a Master Photographer with twenty years of experience in professional photography. He specializes in high-resolution HDR 360° panoramas, gigapans, and 4K timelapses of Maine. He also creates virtual tours and teaches photography workshops on a variety of topics, from landscape astrophotography to panoramas and timelapses. His work has been featured by…

Thomas Rauscher Garden Gnome Software

After starting with computer graphics at age 13, I took a detour into electronics and databases. But, my first digital camera, The World Wide Panorama project, and PanoTools reignited my interest in computer graphics which spurred me to create my first panorama software Pano2QTVR. 20 years later and my team and I continue to provide…

Tessa Schlechtriem

Tessa specialises in visual branding and narrative illustrations. Her motto is: “Please allow me to illustrate your point!” She holds a M.A. degree in Image Synthesis and Computer Animation. Her panoramic photographer husband got her hooked on panoramas.

Phil Schmidt Zugspitze 360

Coming from the web industry, Phil always had a strong interest in the field of panorama photography. With the evolution of both equipment and software in the last years he developed a passion for 360° panoramas and loves to combine portraits of unique spots with state-of-the-art web technologies.

Thomas Sharpless

Biochemist/Engineer/Panographer in Philadelphia, PA. Like to write software, hack with cameras, walk dogs. Contributor to Hugin, developer of Panini and PT3D s/w. IVRPA member since 2011; past director. Ambition: to create an automatic 6-dof 3D stitching system.

Bart Verhaegen Nuvia NV

Bart is co-founder of Nuvia and his reputation is based on the numerous, successful reference sites worldwide, going back in VR for half a decade. Their former technology platform, specialized in mass production of 360 imagery has been sold. Today, GOviaR creates a virtual reality and 360 degree content and distribution platform for brands…

Nikolaus Vuckovic Immortal Arts

Immortal-arts CEO Nikolaus Vuckovic has more than 15 years of experience in high end 3d animation for clients like Sony, BMW, Mercedes, Samsung, Lufthansa.

Lutz Westermann .hapto GmbH

Lutz Westermann has more then 15 years of experience in the creation of interactive media, applications, games and 3D as well as a background in commercial film production and design. He is a company forming CEO of .hatpo GmbH and responsible for design, user experience and technical vision.


Uturn IVRPA-1 Virtual Reality Design and Storytelling in UTURN – Vienna 2017 - An Interactive 360 Video Comedy Series Nathalie Mathé will present the process behind the making of UTURN, the pilot for a 360 video comedy series, which lets the viewer experience the gender divide in a tech start-up in live first-person point of view. This VR short film innovates in a number of areas, by placing… Read More
03 Sphere The World’s First Virtual Reality HDR Pipeline – Vienna 2017 - Virtual Reality HDR Pipeline in Action at The Icarus Cup In the past decade, the industry has been working on specific procedures to capture and broadcast HDR imagery. In April 2013, the adoption of the ISO H.265 standard and the 10-bit HEVC format allows the encoding of HDR videos at a rate compatible with the… Read More

Call for Speakers

At IVRPA, we are always looking for speakers for our annual Panoramic Photography & Video Conference.

Panoramic photographers, related businesses, products and services are encouraged to participate by submitting a proposal to speak at our annual conference.

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