NONNY DE LA PENA  is one of the most influential pioneers in virtual and augmented reality. She is the founder and CEO of the award winning Emblematic Group, renowned for using cutting edge technologies to tell immersive stories that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers. She was named one of CNET’s 20 Most Influential Latinos In Tech, Wired Magazine’s #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change and has been called the “Godmother of VR” by Forbes, Engadget and the Guardian.  Widely credited with inventing the field of immersive journalism by premiering the first ever VR experience at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, “Hunger In Los Angeles,” she is now on the verge of announcing another breakthrough: Emblematic Group’s new REACH web platform, which allows anyone to tell their story in room scale VR.

With Nonny at the helm, Emblematic continues to be the leader in immersive journalism and volumetric storytelling and her visionary leadership has consistently driven breakthroughs in technology, resulting in profitable partnerships with blue chip companies around the globe. She has earned numerous awards and accolades along the way, including the Knight Innovation Award, New America Fellow and Yale Poynter Media Fellow.

Nonny is also a member of the BAFTA VR Advisory Board and a TED speaker. Showcases around the globe include the Venice Film Festival, World Economic Forum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Nonny’s work has also been featured by The New York Times, BBC, Elle Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Vice, Buzzfeed and USA Today. Prior to Emblematic, Nonny spent more than 20 years in media as a writer, director and producer, including stints as a correspondent for Newsweek and a drama writer for CBS.

Nonny earned her MA from the University of Southern California, focusing on Online Communities, and her BA from Harvard, in Sociology and Visual & Environmental Studies.