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Vox Media’s Code Conference to Feature New Dimensions in Testimony and “The Last Goodbye”

Pinchas Gutter in "The Last Goodbye"

USC Shoah Foundation will present its interactive media projects to some of the brightest minds in technology at the prestigious Code Conference, hosted by Vox Media, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., May 30-June 1.

Vox’s annual Code Conference is attended by over 600 invited guests from some of the largest media and digital technology organizations in the world, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Verizon AOL and Dolby Laboratories.

Speakers, who include Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, give short talks about innovations in the industry. “Code Intensive” sessions offer a deep dive into pioneering topics and ideas designed to stimulate new ways of thinking about the attendees’ work.

Pinchas Gutter in New Dimensions in TestimonyUSC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith will speak about the Institute and its innovating use of technology in its projects New Dimensions in Testimony, which enables lifelike conversation with a recorded image of a Holocaust survivor, and the VR film The Last Goodbye, which just premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

In addition to Smith’s talk, USC Shoah Foundation will host an interactive display of New Dimensions in Testimony and The Last Goodbye so conference attendees can experience each for themselves.

New Dimensions in Testimony is an initiative by USC Shoah Foundation to record and display testimony in a way that will preserve the dialogue between Holocaust survivors and learners far into the future. Collaborating within the project are Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, with technology by USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and concept by Conscience Display. Funding for NDT was provided in part by Pears Foundation, Louis. F. Smith and Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.