Kathleen Cohen
Tech Humanist, XR Strategist The Collaboratorium

Kathleen Cohen is an XR Experience Strategist and Tech Humanist with over 25 years building both user and guest experiences. Kathleen’s background includes working as a Creative Producer for DreamWorks Interactive, IBM Centers for Innovation and Disney Parks & Resorts. Kathleen also was the former Vice President of Digital Innovation & Integration for the National Constitution Center helping to tell the contemporary story of the U.S. Constitution while also contributing to U.S. Heritage Tourism. Kathleen sits on the Board of holoride (Munich); recent winners of the 2021 SXSW Pitch for Best in Show and Entertainment, Gaming, Content -- holoride just closed their $12M Series A round. For the past three years, Kathleen also has been the Jury Chair and Keynote speaker at the AUREA AR/VR Awards hosted by MackNext and Europa-Park in Rust, Germany. Europe’s 2nd largest themed attraction, second to Disneyland Paris.

Kathleen’s consultancy, the Collaboratorium focuses on immersive tech, AI/ML, XR and spatial computing projects as it relates to virtual beings/digital twins inside themed attractions, location-based entertainment and other business vertical, world-building projects with future storytelling narratives. Her interest is the near future of man+machine and the human expansion supporting it. Kathleen and her team are building a Likeness & Legacy project for the “deathcare” industry. Her latest talks are: IRL vs. XR, The Future and Present Converge(s); a talk about teleportation, and Meet Your Digital Twin, a talk about the land rush to recreating humans. 

Currently, Kathleen is the first immersive artist in residence at Surel’s Place in Boise, working with the University of Idaho's Virtual Technology & Design Lab, as well as with BlackBox VR on a joint collaborative immersive piece focusing on the through line between indigenous peoples and the neurodivergent communities.