Brenda Laurel
Principal Neogaian Interactive

Brenda Laurel has worked in interactive media since 1976—in the computer game industry from Atari to Activision, and in research labs at Atari, Interval Research, and as a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Labs. At the Banff Centre, she co-designed and produced the ground-breaking VR piece, Placeholder. She researched gender and technology at Interval and co-founded Purple Moon—interactive media for girls—in 1996. She designed and chaired the Graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design (2001-2006) and the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts (2006-2012). She received the Trailblazer award from Indiecade in 2015 and the Nextant Prize from the Virtual World Society in 2017. Her books include The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design (1990), Utopian Entrepreneur (2001), Design Research: Methods and Perspectives (2004), and Computers as Theatre, Second Edition (2014). Her recent papers include “What Is Virtual Reality?” (Medium) and “AR and VR: Cultivating the Garden” (MIT Press Journal Presence). She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virtual World Society, IxDA, and the Communication Research Institute in Australia.


May 30

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Grand Ballroom G
Gaming & Entertainment

Virtual World Society presents "XR Entertainment: Exploring the Ethical Landscape"

Nicole Lazzaro | Xeodesign Inc

David Levitt | Pantomime Corporation

Brenda Laurel | Neogaian Interactive

Samantha Gorman | Tender Claws