2019 Developer Roadshow Los Angeles

Mozilla Developer Roadshow is excited to present with VR visionary Nonny de la Peña and Emblematic Group the story of how their engineering team successfully developed their latest project, REACH in WebVR.

Along with the presentation, the Emblematic team will walk through a demonstration of their product and answer questions during the social hour to share their success and challenges of developing for the web.

Doors open at 1.30pm with Talks and Demo kicking off at 2pm, and Social Hour starting at 3.00pm.

Location is LMU Playa Vista Campus, 12105 E Waterfront Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90094

See Agenda details below.

Many thanks to our venue sponsor Loyola Marymount University for hosting our first 2019 DevRoadshow session at their new campus in Playa Vista.

LMU Logo


Event map

Additional Information

Mozilla Developer Roadshow kicks off 2019 in Los Angeles to tell the story of how the web continues to democratize opportunities for developers and creators.

Join us at the LMU campus for talks followed by a Social Hour Q&A session.


Please note that this event is at LMU Playa Vista Campus, 12105 E Waterfront Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90094

  • 1.30pm: Doors Open for Check In (please have your ID ready)

  • 2.00pm: Presentations starts

  • 2.30pm: REACH demonstration

  • 3.00pm til 4pm: Social Hour Q&A session

Hosted by Loyola Marymount University

Speakers Bio

Nonny de la Peña
Nonny de la Peña is CEO & Founder of award-winning innovation company Emblematic Group. Often acknowledged as “The Godmother of Virtual Reality,” she is a pioneer of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality who is widely credited with inventing the genre of immersive journalism. In 2012, her piece “Hunger in Los Angeles” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, marking it's place in history as the first VR experience to be shown at the festival, and since then her work has continued to elicit global recognition at institutions and events such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Brooklyn Museum, World Economic Forum and Venice International Film Festival. In 2017, Nonny was named one of CNET’s 20 Most Influential Latinos in Tech and most recently she received the 2018 WSJ Magazine Technology Innovator of the Year award. Under her leadership, Emblematic has built a critically acclaimed body of work that includes tracking the chaos of the Syrian civil war to working with AT&T on projects that leverage the future of 5G technologies. Her newest breakthrough is Emblematic's WebVR platform REACH which creates scalable distribution in the medium, democratizes content authorship and empowers new voices to share their stories.

Rick Adams
Rick Adams, Mixed Reality Producer & Senior Reporter at Spectrum News 1, is lucky enough to develop new ways of telling stories and explaining complex concepts with Virtual Reality using his skills as an illustrator. The most meaningful story he’s covered featured Brooke Ellison, the first-ever quadriplegic to graduate from Harvard. Brooke later went on to become a professor and help invent a solar-powered generator that gave thousands of people in Haiti access to electricity.

Emblematic Team

Meghan McWilliams is Assoc. Development Director at Emblematic where she helps push the medium of XR forward by producing groundbreaking experiences through emerging technologies.

Chaitanya Shah is a technologist and futurist at Emblematic Group. He leverages his expertise in AI and XR to build the worlds of tomorrow and is the lead engineer on Emblematic’s webVR platform REACH.

Cedric Gamelin is an award-winning producer and storyteller who pioneers next-generation avenues for storytelling at Emblematic Group.

Mozilla Team

John Shaughnessy from the Mozilla MR team will demo Hubs by Mozilla, a web app for online communities meet in virtual rooms, watch videos, play with 3D objects or just hang out. During the Social Hour, attendees will be able to experience the recently announced integration with Discord, which allows discord servers to be augmented with virtual rooms provided by hubs. No downloads or sign up required. Cross platform and full VR support too.

Dan Brown is Senior Marketing Manager at Mozilla who describes himself as a creative technologist, homebrewer, sock enthusiast, beard evangelist, writer, drummer, adventurer, Oxford comma advocate, and perhaps most interesting, a human Swiss Army Knife