SciFi Miami understands visualization projects are becoming more infused with real-world applications.  Where science fiction meets science fact, this is a reality for all to explore and enjoy.

This season we offered the community to share their projects, concepts and, ideas for using VR/AR in SciFi Films.

All workshops and panels require a ticket or festival pass.

Praveen Yalamanchi

Praveen Yalamanchi  @pravvy

Nice fellow, Programmer & XR Filmmaker

He is an avid tinkerer/maker and will be showcasing amazing hologram, VR, & augmented reality (including soundscapes) filmmaking techniques throughout the festival.

Prav has won some the largest startup competitions in Silicon Valley, LA, and Miami including eMerge Americas.

Known for movies on Netflix / Amazon Prime and the first two VR zombie films.

Hosted BollywoodVR, sponsored by AMD, and other tech-oriented entertainment festivals. He is very active in the Miami game developer (Unreal Florida) and blockchain scenes (EOS / Telos Miami).

Was sponsored by AMD / Radeon and launched the VR edition of the largest grossing Bollywood movie in history

Dwight Goins

Magic Leap / Volumetric Capture Workshop | Sunday 1:35 PM 3/24/19

Dwight Goins is the Chief Algorithm Officer (CAO) of both Thoth Speed Engineers and NEDD Tech Inc, and a Solutions Architect at JM Family Entreprises (JMFE). As CAO, He creates business and technical formulas to better position Thoth Speed Engineers, and NEDD Tech to succeed through proof of concepts, decision making, and communication with other fellow Officers of NEDD Tech and other fortune 500 companies. He is the founder of the Magic Leap Developers Slack Channel and has been a host for the Miami Climate Change Hackathon with MIT

Time: 2 hours

Ibis Fonte

Ibis Fonte 

A founder of The Software Factory, a Miami based software company focused on web, eCommerce, and IoT Smart Devices. She has been building software and embedded integrated technology for the past 25 years. Ibis is also a professor at, an extensive 9-month coding school in Miami. She is well known as a local tech community leader, inspiring and mentoring others to pursue tech innovation and entrepreneurship. She is an advocate for women in tech, a IOT, neuroscience and brain-computer interface enthusiast, and public speaker.

James Powderly-2

James Powderly

James Powderly is an award-winning designer and engineer who has made empowering tools and innovative experiences on two planets and across an improbable set of domains, including space robots, graffiti, medical equipment, architecture, DIY, fashion tech, viral media and augmented reality. James is currently the Director of User Experience at mixed-reality startup Magic Leap.

Scarlett Arana

Scarlett Arana

Geospatial Scientist with NOAA and Part 107 Drone Pilot. Specialize in UAV/UAS productions and survey.

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Jeff Sass – Panelist

Chief Marketing Officer-.CLUB Domains and author of “Everything I Know about Business and Marketing, I Learned from THE TOXIC AVENGER.”

While early in his career Jeff Sass was making B movies for Troma, he has spent more recent years in the C-suite as a COO, CEO and currently as CMO CLUB Domains, one of the new top-level domain name extensions. With a career spanning the entertainment, computer game, mobile and Internet worlds, he has written and produced for film & TV, and he has been a tech startup entrepreneur. A graduate of Cornell University, Jeff is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, mobile marketing, domain names social media. He has had articles published in FORBES, ENTREPRENEUR, AdAge, and many other publications. As the father of three, he has also been a prolific “Dad Blogger” participating in influencer campaigns for brands including Intel, Sony, Ford, LG, Asus, and others.

Daniel Cuadra
MOCAP workshop

Virtual Reality: Motion Capture for Live Action.

Hazel Griffiths

Hazel Griffiths

I am heavily influenced by both the textures and forms from the natural world and the myths and mysticism influenced by it; returning to the earth and our pagan roots. I create future-scapes and visionary lands interwoven with my own dreamscapes and spirituality.

Although I am typically a figurative painter, I have recently embarked on a series of imaginary landscapes based on emotions and our inner selves: each landscape represents an inner sate, a composite of all the environments we have encountered tethered to memories and emotions. Each has its own colors and contours and is a representation of assimilated externalities.

Home Edge


Amir Rubin – Panelist

Amir graduated UF Computer Engineering (ECE) in 2003 and co-founded Prioria Robotics during his last year of school. At Prioria, he helped develop vision-based navigation systems for small UAVs. Amir’s work in 3D imaging continued in 2010 when he developed a device using 3D cameras to weigh cows for which he was awarded a patent. Amir was the first employee at Gainesville based Shadow Health, which develops 3D-immersive healthcare training simulations. In 2013, Amir co-founded Paracosm, which develops 3D-mapping devices to digitize reality. In 2017, Paracosm was acquired by Occipital Inc, an industry-leading spatial computing company.

Natalie Perez

Natalie Perez

AR workshop instructor
Natalie Perez is a software engineer at NEDD Tech, a training and consulting, and app development company focused on emerging technologies. She has been an instructor at Code/Art and part of the WebDev teaching team at The Idea Center. She is skilled in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality development, project management, and teaching/training. Natalie believes in giving back to community by leading sessions at code camps and other events.

Robert “BOB” Anstett 

Robert “BOB” Anstett is the Coordinator for Digital Initiatives for Broward County Libraries. Bob is in charge of the Creation Stationat Main Library in Fort Lauderdale as well as Creation Station Business and other creative spaces around the County. Bob likes to say that he “lives in the future” where he gets to work with 3D printing, creative design, hands on maker projects and robotics. He is currently organizing and running a robotics track for the public to learn coding and building robots, as well as a Virtual Reality (VR) track with an Oculus Rift & HTC Vive along with other VR & Augmented Reality (AR) gear such as a Microsoft HoloLens available for the public to try out and develop on. Bob works at building connections with the local community and the library, along with fostering cooperation between libraries around the State of Florida and beyond.

Alejandro Arenas
Diogo Marques

Diogo Marques & Alejandro Arenas

Creation Solutions Manager & Visual Effects Supervisor
Media Monsters / Life in Production & Post-Production
This dynamic team has spent most of their careers using their imagination in production and visual effects. From working in last year’s Miami HEAT Clio Sports Gold & Grand award-winning campaign HEAT Vice, to Club E11EVEN’s promotional film HE11EVEN which recently broke 1 million views on Youtube, the Media Monster’s team brings together experience in Advertising, Television, Sports and Social Media Marketing.

Małgorzata Idziak

Małgorzata Idziak @MalgoIdziak

? product designer, Designing small architecture, furniture, small objects, working in 3D programs, painter


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