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Past Episodes

View past episodes of Tech Tuesday, each filled with insights from Full Sail grads and technology professionals working throughout the industry.

Trailblazers in Tech: Meet the Leaders Revolutionizing Virtual and Augmented Reality - April 9, 2024

Description:

  • Join Dr. Haifa Maamar, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies, Sheena Fowler, Vice President of Strategic Engagements & Business Development at RED 6, Caris Baker, Senior Technical Artist for Unity Technologies, and Ariane Fikki, VRARA CFL Immersive Tech Summit Conference Chair and Strategy Leader, as we delve into the crucial aspects of diversity and inclusion within the tech industry and the significance of embodying strong leadership for others. Explore their groundbreaking AR/VR projects, initiatives, and strategic partnerships and gain exclusive insights into the future of immersive technology.

Revolutionizing Aircraft Training: The Impact of XR Technology on Air Force Operations - March 12, 2024

Description:

  • Join Dr. Haifa Maamar, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies, Emily Annibale, a Full Sail Graduate, and MVI Sound Design Supervisor, and Dave Dwyer, COO of Mass Virtual, for an enlightening discussion on how Mass Virtual is spearheading a revolution in aircraft training through the innovative use of Extended Reality (XR) technology. This panel delves into the cutting-edge advancements in aircraft training facilitated by XR, encompassing Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) solutions. Mass Virtual experts will dissect the strategic integration of XR tools, their efficacy in enhancing training simulations, and the broader implications for Air Force readiness and effectiveness.

Tele-visionaries: A Deep Dive into the AI-Powered Tech Reshaping Television and the Global Media Supply Chain - January 23, 2024

Description:

  • Join Dr. Haifa Maamar, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies, and Jay Jaxon, VP of Media Operations at BBC, as they delve into the dynamic realm of television and the global media supply chain. Together, they unravel the transformative impact of cutting-edge tools at every stage of the journey, from conceptualization to the living room screen. This engaging discussion will shed light on the intricacies of the global media supply chain, focusing on key elements such as formats, distribution, media preparation, ingest, localization, global distribution, AI advancements, automation, content security, and the revolutionary influence of cloud solutions. Don't miss out on this insightful conversation that provides a comprehensive look at the technological evolution shaping the future of television and media.

How Esports Athletes Step Up Their Game with the Science of Performance Metrics - November 14, 2023

Description:

  • Join Dr. Haifa Maamar as she dives into the collaboration between Full Sail ESports and Orlando Health as they launch the Whoop ESports Initiative through the Orlando Health Performance Team. While Orlando Health stands as a prominent healthcare provider in Orlando, Florida, Whoop brings to the table advanced wearable technology that tracks vital health metrics. Recognizing the increasing demand for peak mental and physical health in the competitive domain of esports, this partnership aims to bolster the well-being and performance of esports athletes.

Halloween Special: Ghostbusters - October 24, 2023

Description:

  • Who ya gonna call? The Studio V1 crew! Join us for a spine-tingling Halloween special as we unlock the secrets of the supernatural with a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of "Ghostbusters: Full Sail Branch." We'll explore the world of virtual production and filmmaking from script to screen, and dissect every aspect of production, from innovative technology to the collaborative artistry that drives this Halloween project. We'll also delve into the business aspects of the production, focusing on distribution strategies on social media and the importance of tracking metrics for success.­

Revolutionizing Cybersecurity: The AI-Powered Future - September 19, 2023

Description:

  • The cybersecurity landscape is undergoing a profound transformation, driven by the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). As cyber threats become more sophisticated and pervasive, the need for innovative solutions is paramount. Join us for an illuminating panel discussion that delves into the convergence of cybersecurity and AI, exploring the profound impact these technologies are having on revolutionizing defense strategies and fortifying digital resilience.­

The Metaverse, Blockchain, and Web 3.0: Unleashing Business Potential and Shaping the Future - August 8, 2023

Description:

  • Join us as two of Full Sail University's original web series come together again for a special event on the Metaverse, Blockchain and Web 3.0. Presented by hosts Dr. Haifa Maamar (Tech Tuesday) and Dr. Heather Dartez (Taking Flight), this insightful discussion will focus on the convergence of the Metaverse, Blockchain, and Web 3.0 technologies, and how they are reshaping the business landscape and presenting unprecedented opportunities for innovation and growth. This panel brings together industry experts and visionaries to delve into the transformative power of these emerging technologies and how they are unleashing new business opportunities and driving innovation.

How Generative AI is Driving Innovation - July 6, 2023

Description:

  • Join us in person or live stream for a special event that brings two of Full Sail’s original web series together with hosts Dr. Haifa Maamar from Tech Tuesday and Dr. Heather Dartez from Taking Flight. This insightful discussion will focus on the technological advancements and business and legal implications surrounding generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, Bard, Grammarly, and DALL-E. This panel will bring together experts from the fields of technology and business to explore AI's evolution, challenges, and future potential.

The Future of Fitness: Exploring the Impact of Technology on Health and Wellness - June 6, 2023

Description:

  • In this episode, Dr. Haifa Maamar, Director for Emerging Technologies, and Austin Musice, VP of Application Development and Product at Echelon Fitness dive into the exciting world of fitness technology and explore its profound impact on our health and wellness.­Join us as we uncover the latest innovations, trends, and transformative potential of technology in revolutionizing the way we approach fitness and exercise. We'll delve into the diverse array of wearable devices, smart fitness equipment, mobile apps, and virtual training programs that are reshaping the way we monitor, track, and enhance our fitness journeys.

Behind the Scenes of Mobile Development: An Insider's Perspective - May 16, 2023

Description:

  • Join Dr. Haifa Maamar, Education Director of Emerging Tech, and Mark Filter Senior iOS Engineer at Bank of America to hear an insider’s perspective on what it takes to build successful apps with the latest technology. Mark’s first-hand experiences across various industries allow him to dive deep into the development process and explore the challenges that mobile developers face when delivering high-quality apps with the latest trends and technologies. If you're curious about the behind-the-scenes world of mobile development, this is an episode you won't want to miss. Our guest's firsthand experiences and practical insights will give you a deeper understanding of what it takes to build great mobile apps.

UI/UX for Games - April 18, 2023

Description:

  • What does someone in a UI/UX role contribute to the game design process? How are UX researchers and designers breaking into the world of games? Join us and find out! In this edition of Tech Tuesday, moderator Dr. Rebecca Leis will sit down with guest panelists Alejandro Garcia-Tunon and Michael Edelnant.

The Future of The Metaverse, Web 3.0, AI, and XR - March 28, 2023

Description:

  • Join Dr. Haifa Maamar, Education Director of Emerging Tech, and Amy Peck, Founder & CEO of EndeavorXR and known as the world’s foremost expert on immersive technology, XR, the Metaverse, Web 3.0, and Blockchain, as they discuss how to approach and innovate the future through emerging technologies. Learn about where we want to go vs where we have been and how you can revolutionize the future through multiple technologies.

Training Fighter Pilots in AR with Red 6 - February 21, 2023

Description:

  • Dr. Haifa Maamar sits down with Full Sail grad and Vice President of Strategic Engagements and Business Development at Red 6, Sheena Fowler to discuss Red 6, a revolutionizing augmented reality (AR) company used for military training applications. Learn how Red 6 has redefined the limits of how the world will experience, share, and interact with military training information by blending augmented reality and artificial intelligence and using both the indoor AND outdoor space around us as a medium.

The Power of Unreal Engine 5 - January 24, 2023

Description:

  • Dr. Maamar explores the release of Unreal Engine 5.1 and its impact on the industry with Full Sail University Educators Chad Kendall, Shawn Kendall and Phoebe Elefante. Our panelists will discuss improved game development capabilities and the expanding landscape of opportunities for designers, developers, and artists including Virtual Production, Architectural Visualization, Filmmaking, and the Metaverse.

International Education Week 2022 - January 10, 2023

Description:

  • Dr. Haifa Maamar speaks with Full Sail University Graduates from around the globe for International Education Week.

Innovating Healthcare Through Emerging Technologies - November 8, 2022

Description:

  • With the advances and development of new emerging technologies, healthcare organizations have been choosing, accelerating, and evolving their innovation efforts to improve healthcare quality and enhance patient safety. Dr. Haifa Maamar sits down with Advent Health University industry experts and Full Sail’s experts to discuss the new Full Sail University Healthcare Technology Lab Powered by AdventHealth University. Join us in this exciting conversation to learn how this collaboration will advance healthcare through Extended Reality, 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence, and more.

Blockchains, NFTs, and the Metaverse - October 11, 2022

Description:

  • The terms Metaverse, NFTs, and Blockchains are suddenly everywhere, from newspapers and latest fashion trends to big companies plans. Dr. Haifa Maamar sits down with industry experts to explain what these terms mean and how they are shaping our daily lives. They discuss what technologies are behind building these platforms, highlighting the limitations and challenges that are entailed.

The AAA Game Studio Experience - September 27, 2022

Description:

  • Dr. Haifa Maamar dives into the professional journeys of Shaun McCabe, Jameson Durall, Mark Diaz, and Erin Eberhardt as they share their story of how they navigated from graduating from Full Sail University to working together at AAA Studios.

The Journey From Game Development to Virtual Production with Brody Ramsey - August 23, 2022

Description:

  • Dr. Haifa Maamar sits down with industry expert and Full Sail Game Development grad, Brody Ramsey, Senior ICVFX Supervisor at Vu Technologies to discuss his journey from Game Development to Virtual Production. Brody will share his experience and explain how virtual production is creating a bridge between film making and emerging technologies.

Unity, Mixed Reality, and the Metaverse with Industry Expert John A. Cunningham - July 26, 2022

Description:

  • Dr. Haifa Maamar sits down with industry expert John A. Cunningham, Head of Unity Government & Space and Central Florida’s VR/AR Association President to discuss how Unity, Mixed Reality, and the Metaverse will change the way businesses interact with one another. Learn how Orlando has teamed up with Unity to become the center of the Metaverse and a hub for technologies of the future.
 

Virtual Production: The New Era of Filmmaking Through Emerging Technologies - June 21, 2022

Description:

  • LIVE from Full Sail V1 Studio: Virtual Production, Dr. Haifa Maamar sits down with the Virtual Production Team to explore how virtual production is changing the future of filmmaking through emerging technologies and creating a talent pipeline for the virtual production industry. Join us in this exciting conversation with Full Sail’s experts to discuss how the V1 Studio is creating endless opportunities and innovative projects for Full Sail’s Emerging Tech and Film students.
 

Driving Simulation through 3D Printing - May 17, 2022

Description:

  • LIVE from the Full Sail University Simulation Lab, this Tech Tuesday dives into the intricate process of 3D printing. Full Sail instructor Pat Starace gives us a behind the scenes look at the progress of building a full-scale 3D printed Red Bull Formula 1 race car, and discusses 3D printing technology and the incredible variety real world applications.
 

International Education Week - November 16, 2021

Panelist:

  • Rhuan Santos, Software Engineer 3 at Walmart
  • Gustavo Hernando, UX Designer at Full Sail University

Description:

  • Join us for a special livestreamed conversation with Full Sail University Graduates from around the globe for International Education Week.
 

Leaders in Tech with Bryan Berger - October 26, 2021

Panelist:

  • Bryan Berger, Senior Product Designer at Discord

Description:

  • Join us for a conversation with Full Sail University Graduate Bryan Berger, Senior Product Designer at Discord. Bryan shares his personal journey pursuing and working in the Technology field. He also discusses his insights in creating effective teams and mentoring talent along the way.
 

Leaders in Tech with Jameson Durall - October 5, 2021

Panelist:

  • Jameson Durall, Advanced Senior Game Designer at Insomniac Games

Description:

  • Join us for a conversation with Full Sail University Hall of Fame inductee Jameson Durall, Advanced Senior Game Designer at Insomniac Games. Jameson shares his personal journey pursuing and working in the Technology and Gaming fields. He also discusses his insights in creating iconic games and mentoring talent along the way.
 

Leaders In Tech with Margaret Haag - September 21, 2021

Panelist:

  • Margaret Haag, Product Design Manager at Invitae

Description:

  • Join us for a conversation with Full Sail University graduate Margaret Haag, Product Design Manager at Invitae. Margaret shares her personal journey pursuing and working in the Technology field. She also discusses her insights in leading visual design teams
 

Leaders in Tech with Dr. Haifa Maamar - September 7, 2021

Panelist:

  • Dr. Haifa Maamar, Full Sail University Education Director of Emerging Technologies

Description:

  • Join us for a conversation with Dr. Haifa Maamar, Full Sail University Education Director of Emerging Technologies. Dr. Maamar shares her journey pursuing and working in the Technology field. She also discusses her insights in creating the technology curriculum of the future.
 

Leaders in Tech with Brandy Morgan - August 24, 2021

Panelist:

  • Brandy Morgan – Tech Freelancer and Influencer

Description:

  • Join us for a conversation with Full Sail University graduate Brandy Morgan, Tech Freelancer, and Influencer. Brandy shares her personal journey pursuing and working in the Technology field. She also discusses how she created a six-figure business from freelancing from her home.
 

Leaders in Tech with Rob Catto - August 10, 2021

Panelist:

  • Rob Catto - Full Sail University program director, and Modeling & Simulation Hall of Fame inductee

Description:

  • Hear from Full Sail University program director, and Modeling & Simulation Hall of Fame inductee, Rob Catto. With over twenty-five years of industry experience, Rob shares his personal journey pursuing and working in the Technology field. He also discusses his insights in creating gaming curriculum and exciting simulation tech.
 

Leaders in Tech with Lucas Alencar - July 27, 2021

Panelist:

  • Lucas Alencar - Co-Founder of Adopets

Description:

  • Join us for a conversation with Full Sail University graduate Lucas Alencar, Co-Founder of Adopets. Lucas shares his personal journey pursuing and working in the Technology field. He also discusses his insights into creating a vibrant technology company and hiring and developing talent.
 

Leaders in Tech with Alejandro Garcia-Tunon - June 15, 2021

Panelist:

  • Alejandro Garcia-Tunon - Director of Technology, Ghostpunch Games

Description:

  • Join us for a conversation with Full Sail University graduate Leaders In Tech – Alejandro Garcia-Tunon, Director of Technology at Ghostpunch Games. Alejandro shares his personal journey pursuing and working in the Technology and Gaming fields. He discusses his insights in creating iconic games and mentoring talent along the way.
 

Leaders in Tech with Cordy Rierson - May 20, 2021

Panelist:

  • Cordy Rierson - VP of Production, Skybound Entertainment

Panelist Highlights:

  • Learn about the history of Microsoft Kinect
  • Understand how entertainment is a way of changing the world
  • To be successful, consider your team's diversity of thought, goals, and ability to listen
 

Leaders in Tech with Shaun McCabe - April 13, 2021

Panelist:

  • Shaun McCabe - Head of Technology, Insomniac Games

Panelist Highlights:

  • Working with people more talented than you is a gift. You learn a lot from them.
  • Resist the temptation to dive in to a project. Only step in when you know you can have a big impact.
  • For a pitch to really be successful, do not over do it. Needs to be like a seed, that other people can participate, contribute and get excited about it.
 

Leaders in Tech with Sheena Fowler - March 30, 2021

Panelist:

  • Sheena Fowler - VP of Innovation, Orlando Economic Partnership

Panelist Highlights:

  • Technology gives you the opportunity to create the impossible.
  • Orlando is a Tech community, starting with NASA. Imagination plus tech is prevalent in theme parks, creating interactive movie experiences, medical simulations, and more.
  • Networking and the power of connection is important but most of all the ability to listen and engage builds those long lasting relationships.
 

Emerging Technology Scholars - March 16, 2021

Panelists:

  • Alexis King, 2020 Emerging Technology Scholar and Game Development Student
  • Deontae Albertie, 2020 Emerging Technology Scholar and Computer Science Student
  • Dr. Holly Ludgate, Director of Learning, Emerging Technologies at Full Sail University

Panel Highlights:

  • Learn about the life of a student at Full Sail
  • Scholars received full-tuition scholarships
  • Hear about plans for post graduation
 

Women in Tech - February 16, 2021

Panelists:

  • Emily Kaneff, Software Engineer III at Accusoft
  • Tatiana Kerick, UI Designer at Masonite (Agile Thought, Gooee)
  • Vachon Pugh, Producer at Paradox Interactive (Ubisoft, Sony, EA Tiburon)

Panel Highlights:

  • More women in the Tech Industry than before.
  • Women bring different perspectives/points of view to the table.
  • Tech has helped with more measurable results before and after a project.
 

Leaders in Tech with Bobby Jones - December 6, 2020

Panelists: Bobby Jones – Founder and CEO at Purple, Rocks, Scissors

Panel Highlights:

  • Work for passion versus making money.
  • Find what your passion and gifts are and contribute back to society.
  • Keep reading and searching about what’s new in technology.
 

Web Apps - November 10, 2020

Panelists:

  • Brandy Morgan, Tech Freelancer (Powerpuff Girls, Shoflo, DocSpace)
  • Stephen Rivas Jr, Engineering Manager at Test Double (Netflix, Vizio TV Photo App)
  • Alejandro Acevedo, Software Engineer at Google (Google Maps, EA Sports Madden)

Panel Highlights:

  • Browsers are the main entryway to applications in the technology world.
  • Importance in knowing which browser will support your app as they have different standards.
  • Machine Learning is what people are turning their heads to.
 

Mobile Apps - October 27, 2020

Panelists:

  • Daniel Tavares, Principal Software Engineer at Zynga
  • Heather Baker, Software Engineer at InspiringApps
  • Derek Bertubin, Lead Front End Engineer at Chopra Global

Panel Highlights:

  • Health apps in mobile devices  are doing incredible measurements, such as collecting data about your heart rate and give you stress level, track you sleep pattern.
  • If you are new in the field, networking, participate in panels. and attending virtual conferences and meet-ups are recommended. Never lose contact with the industry.
  • Don’t let impostor syndrome hold you back. It might prevent you from putting yourself out there, in the industry.
 

UX Design - October 13, 2020

Panelists:

  • Margaret Haag, Product Design Manager at Capital One
  • Jordan Pitts, Senior Staff UX Game Designer at Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Gustavo Hernando, UX Designer at Full Sail University

Panel Highlights:

  • UX creates a customer experience that is easy to use getting a quick result.
  • The UX Designer check with the users to find issues that need to be fixed, using periodically interviews or focus groups.
  • Face Recognition will continue growing for online shopping, making easier for people to try on clothing, shoes, try new haircuts, etc.
 

Game Engines - September 22, 2020

Panelists:

  • Kerry Allen, Sr. UI Programmer at id Software
  • Ari Patrick, Producer at Epic Games
  • Kris Chen, Software Developer at Unity Technologies /li>

Panel Highlights:

  • Using a game engine reduces front-loaded work, helping you focus on making your game unique. /li>
  • Time and Resources vs Money is something to look at when deciding if using a commercial engine or develop your own. /li>
  • Game engines are used in any visual software, in simulation, in films, special effects, and many other fields. /li>
 

Cybersecurity - September 8, 2020

Panelists:

  • Lyka Segura, Cloud Infrastructure Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Kris "Brice" Perez, Customer Engineer at Google
  • Kyle Koppe, Cloud Security Architect at GuidePoint Security

Panel Highlights:

  • Prevention is better than a cure for security issues
  • Cybersecurity will continue to grow in the same direction as technology does.
  • Quantum computers will play a big role in the future solving optimization problems.
 

Freelancing in Tech - August 25, 2020

Panelists:

  • Grant Shonkwiler, Consultant for Games
  • Brandy Morgan, Tech Freelancer
  • Danilo Campos, Consulting Engineering Manager

Panel Highlights:

  • Be very clear and open with your clients in how many hours are needed to cover the project. 
  • Create your personal brand is a priority.
  • Build your social media with business content.

VR/AR/MR - August 11, 2020

Panelists:

  • Chance Glasco, Consultant for Games and VR
  • Caris Frazier-Baker, Technical Artist at Walter P Moore
  • Mitchell Hartwell, Solutions Architect at Holovis

Panel Highlights:

  • The use of VR in the medical field is very promising, not only for training but also for pain relief. People with chronic pains improved their pain symptoms using VR.
  • One of the most interesting use of AR is the Magic Mirror, where you can try different haircuts and compare which looks best on you or try different make up without putting it on.
  • Is the least known of the realities. Requires more sophisticated gear like lenses with more technology in it.

Games of the Future - July 14, 2020

Panelists:

  • Erin Eberhardt - Lead Project Manager, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Grant Shonkwiler – Consultant, Shonkventures
  • Alejandro Garcia-Tunon - Director of Technology, Ghostpunch Games

Panel Highlights:

  • Simplicity and natural controls are a big part of making gaming more widely accessible.
  • Nowadays there are more interactions in games without leaving home - playing in groups - more online entertainment like concerts, theme park visits, etc.
  • Voice control may play a heavy role in the future of gaming.

Artificial Intelligence Today - July 28, 2020

Panelists:

  • Elbert Perez, Immersive Experiences Developer at Valorem Reply
  • Sky Zhao, Data Scientist at BNY Mellon
  • Kris "Brice" Perez, Customer Engineer at Google

Panel Highlights:

  • In the health industry, AI is used for a better customer experience more intelligent. Customers prefer to have tools to self-service, instead of waiting to take to an agent.
  • AI is used for contact-less experience to triage patients before getting to an agent and helping the agent to all the information using specific technologies that integrates the customer service with Google Cloud.
  • Using AI for the right thing. Companies now have “AI Principles” to make sure all projects are committed/engaged to those principles.
 

The Future of Tech - June 16, 2020

Panelists:

  • Shaun McCabe – Head of Technology, Insomniac Games
  • Cordy Rierson – VP of Production, Skybound Entertainment
  • Joe Venters – Sr. Interaction Designer, Google Nest

Highlights:

  • AI will continue to transform lives in the future.
  • Technology is transforming lives with devices that provide the most benefits and are also affordable.
  • Remote working is helping balancing work and family time.
 

Starting a Tech Company - June 16, 2020

Panelists:

  • Alejandro Garcia-Tunon – Director of Technology at Ghostpunch Games
  • Bobby Jones – Founder and CEO at Purple, Rocks, Scissors
  • Marcos Meson – Co-Founder and Lead Designer at Visual Blasters
  • Tim Naylor – Co-Founder at ExoTools

Highlights:

  • Tech will continue to be the way to solve problems in the future.
  • Opportunities to start up any project is easier these days due to technology.
  • Tech opens a global connectivity.
 

The Path to Big Tech - May 26, 2020

Description:

Join us for a livestreamed conversation with Full Sail University graduates working in the Technology Industry. We will explore their journeys from studying at Full Sail to graduating and entering a competitive market and finally working in the Technology field at some of the largest companies in the world. Our panelists will also share their insights and experiences from an always-evolving industry.

Panelists include:

  • Kourtni Marshall – Software Engineer, Google
  • David Dripps – Engineering Manager, Facebook
  • Lyka Segura – Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Amazon Web Services
  • Chris Kelley – Staff UX Designer, Google
 

Women In Tech - May 19, 2020

Description:

Join us for a livestreamed conversation with female Full Sail University graduates working in the Technology Industry. We will explore their journeys from studying at Full Sail to graduating and entering a competitive market and finally working in the Technology field. Our panelists will also share their insights and experiences from an always-evolving industry.

Panelists include:

  • Sheena Fowler - Vice President of Innovation, Orlando Economic Partnership
  • Andrea Atkins - Marketing Manager, Google
  • Erin Eberhardt - Lead Project Manager, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Caris Frazier-Baker - Technical Artist, Walter P Moore
  • Lyka Segura - Cloud Infrastructure Architect, Amazon Web Services

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