Visual 1st 2019 Conference Preview

Visual 1st 2019 Conference Preview

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San Francisco, CA—Visual 1st, a conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the photo and video ecosystem, announced its initial topic, presenters, as well as sponsors. The 7th edition of the annual conference will be held October 3 (half day) and October 4, 2019 in San Francisco. Following is the first conference preview.

This year’s topics include:

  • Empowering—and also monetizing—the gig photo/videographer
  • The original imaging monetizer that keeps reinventing itself: the photo print product
  • Hedging your innovation bets: breakthrough vs. incremental imaging innovations
  • Combating the bad as well as the ugly of imaging AI: deepfakes and beyond
  • Turning yesterday’s photo masterpieces into today’s accessible, discoverable and engaging archives
Conference Preview of Fireside Chats

In addition, the following fireside chat presenters have confirmed.

Andrea de Polo
Cultural Heritage & Multimedia Supervisor, Fratelli Alinari Photo Archive
Florence, Italy
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Andrea de Polo

Florence-based Fratelli Alinari is the world’s oldest photo archive with more than five million photos. Digitizing a collection of precious photos at this scale is a tremendous undertaking. Moreover, making them searchable, discoverable and engaging for today’s generation poses a set of formidable challenges. That’s where AI (artificial intelligence) comes into play.

At this fireside chat, Andrea de Polo will discuss Fratelli Alinari’s efforts to make its cultural heritage accessible and engaging through an economically driven as well as technically savvy solution.

Roman V. Yampolskiy, PhD
Associate Professor – Speed School of Engineering; Director – Cybersecurity Laboratory
University of Louisville
Roman V. Yampolskiy, PhD

At this point it’s still hard to fully grasp the potential of today’s AI-based image and face recognition innovations. Much more is on, and beyond, the horizon. But so is the potential for abuse, whether threats to security and privacy, deepfakes or malevolent AI.

Hear from Professor Yampolskiy, founder of the Cybersecurity Lab, and author of more than 100 publications on these topics.

Alexander Schiffhauer
Product Lead Computational Photography, Google,
Mountain View, California
Alexander Schiffhauer

Google’s Alexander Schiffhauer will participate in a special Fireside Chat named “Pushing the Limits of Computational Photography.” Schiffhauer recently left his role as technical advisor to Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, to lead product management for the company’s computational photography teams. With his product leadership, these teams have pioneered innovation on the Pixel camera, leveraging AI and computer vision techniques to create photos unimaginable only a few years ago.

Topics Schiffhauer will discuss include the vision that drives Google’s strategy; some of the processes behind the company’s accomplishments; and also his views on the hardware/software debate. This includes how far AI can take us in improving the customer experience of computational photography.

Initial Early Admission & First-Time Show & Tell Presenters

In addition, the following first-time Show & Tell participants have been scheduled.

  • Todd Brown of Pex
  • Ori Guttin of Viewbug
  • Mario Amura of Phlay
  • Sjoerd Pitstra of Roader

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  • Kurt Hilmerson of Zenfolio

In addition, the initial Show & Tell Awards judges include: Andy Kelm, managing director, Palmarés Advisors; Anna Dickson, visual lead, Image Search, Google; and Marcel van der Heijden, partner, Speedinvest.

Also onboard for 2019 are these initial Gold sponsors: Circle Graphics, Fujifilm and Picanova.