Debra Anderson is Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Datavized Technologies, Inc. a Brooklyn-based startup building cross-platform 3D visualization software that brings another dimension to enterprise and big data visualization to enable collaboration across all devices; Web (Mobile, Desktop, Tablet) and VR/AR headsets. An MIT-backed startup, Datavized was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Play Labs accelerator focused on emerging AR/VR/AI technologies. Anderson is the founder and organizer of the Immersive NYC Meetup, a community of tech enthusiasts interested in immersive technologies, she was the co-organizer of the NY Women in VR Meetup from 2015-2017, designed the first Big Data: Consumer Research course at The New School for Public Engagement, the first Digital Development: WebVR course at Parsons School of Design, School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT), and “Stepping into VR” for the New Media Narratives program at ICP.
Debra made her Cinematic VR debut in 2015 with In\Formation, a documentary in VR about VR featuring pioneers in the medium. She has produced projects at the crossroads of virtual reality, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, journalism, technology and gaming including The Enemy, SoundSelf, Less Than Human, and A Ritual of Exile, selected for the 2017 Sundance Institute New Frontier Storytelling Lab. Debra founded the innovation consultancy Culture Shock in 2007; presented groundbreaking interactive works with The National Film Board of Canada at Sundance New Frontier (Bear 71) and Tribeca Storyscapes (A Journal of Insomnia, Circa 1948, Do Not Track, Draw Me Close). She has produced WebVR Education works for the NFB and Mozilla Corporation, and data visualizations for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Follow her on Twitter @debraeanderson and @datavized.