6Sight 2007 Program
All events held at the Monterey Conference Center, Steinbeck Forum, unless otherwise noted.
For more information about Speakers, Moderators, Analysts, Panelists and Presenters, visit the speaker page.
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November 7 
6Sight / AIE Golf Tournament
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Shotgun start at Poppy Hills Golf Club
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Luncheon at Poppy Hills Golf Club
Welcome Reception
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Peter B’s BrewPub

Thursday, November 8 - The Digital Eye
State of the art technologies being developed to capture and store data that faithfully reproduces our experience of vision – ultra-high image quality, motion, depth and more.

Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Joe Byrd, Vice President and Co-founder, 6Sight Conferences
Ted Fox, Executive Director, PMA
Alexis Gerard, President and Co-founder, 6Sight Conferences
Opening Keynote
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


John Loiacono
Senior Vice President
Adobe Creative Solutions
Business Unit
Loiacono, who is responsible for the development, delivery and marketing of Adobe’s entire creative software portfolio, including the Adobe® Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator®, Adobe InDesign®, Adobe Premiere® Pro, Adobe Flash® and Adobe Dreamweaver®, will lift the veil on ground-breaking imaging technologies being developed in Adobe’s research labs.

“The photography industry has undergone the biggest transformation in history and the reality is it’s not over yet. Our continued success relies on the ability for companies to innovate, take risks with technology and seek out new opportunities for growth. It’s exciting to be a part of the 6Sight conference that unites the industry’s best leaders and provides a forum for discussion around how we can all push the limits of the digital image.”

- John Loiacono, Senior Vice President, Adobe Creative Solutions Business Unit

6Sight 2007
Commemorative Book

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Attendees will have the opportunity to contribute their photographic talents in “Two Days At 6Sight”, a limited edition book featuring the best images taken by the participants at the event, and edited by none other than Rick Smolan who pioneered the genre with his best-selling "America 24/7" and most recently "America At Home" book and web site projects. Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the book as a memento. In this session, Smolan will provide picture-taking tips for the specific situations involved, and Andy Wood, CEO of PhotoWorks - which will produce the book - will explain the project logistics.

Alexis Gerard, President, Future Image
Rick Smolan, CEO, Against All Odds Productions
Andy Wood, President and CEO, PhotoWorks
Jim Wright, Vice President Photo Products, Rastar

Break in the Steinbeck Lobby New Tech Fair
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cluster: Resolution, Dynamic Range & Sensitivity
Three Sessions
What developments should we expect in the next few years with respect to the three key measures of digital image capture?
11:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Demo: Microsoft HD Update; Bill Crow, Principal Program Manager, HD Photo, Microsoft Corporation

11:10 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

Presentation: Shooting Beyond Pixels; Mikkel Aaland, Photographer and Author

11:25 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Panel: Pushing the Boundaries; Multi-disciplinary panel discussion.

Moderator: Mikkel Aaland, Photographer and Author

Speakers include:
Mikkel Aaland, Photographer and Author
Greg Downing, President, xRez
Stuart McKechnie, Director Strategic Marketing, Zoran
Mike McNamara, Executive Technology Editor Popular Photography & Imaging Magazine
Chuck Westfall, Director/Media & Customer Relationships, Canon

New Technology Showcase
11:55 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Charlie Duncheon, Executive Vice President, Artificial Muscle
Artificial Muscle, Inc. will be demonstrating its newest SmartMove (trademark) electroactive polymer platform product, the MLP-85.  The MLP-85 actuator is a SMIA based auto focus actuator that is faster, more efficient, lighter, and more robust than alternative actuators.

Lunch in the Steinbeck Lobby with the 6Sight New Tech Fair
12:05 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
A Wiki on the Materials of Imaging
Tony Bannon
, Director, George Eastman House
Cluster: Visual Recollection
Two Sessions

What is the status of technologies that will automatically annotate our images with information about who is in them and where they were taken?
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Human Face: Leading edge technologies to detect and analyze faces.
Speakers include...

Marian Stewart Bartlett, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor at the Institute for Neural Computation, UCSD and co-director of the Machine Perception Lab
Dr. John Ghent, Professor, National University of Ireland
Ariel Shamir, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer at the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel and Visiting Scientist, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
Eric Zarakov, Vice President, Marketing, FotoNation
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location, Location, Location: A combination of satellite imagery, aerial photography, street-level shots and location-annotated images promises significant improvements in how we access, generate and organize images and view data visually. Presentations and panel discussion led by Paul Worthington, Senior Analyst, Editor The Future Image Report.

Speakers include:
Anthony Fasero, Co-Founder, earthmine
Patrick Hogan, Project Manager, NASA World Wind
Eyal Ofek, Principle Research Lead, Microsoft Virtual Earth
New Technology Showcase
3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Lee Corkran, Founder & CEO, BrightQube
BrightQube is the new online creative resource that changes the way the world finds images. Our unique approach to finding images utilizes the Dynamic Mosaic™ which allows users to view all image possibilities at once. The interactive search tools enable users to find the perfect image easily and efficiently.
Break in the Steinbeck Lobby New Tech Fair
3:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
3:40  p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Computational Photography - The Next Big Thing
Presentations followed by panel discussion.

Moderated by:
Alexis Gerard, President, Future Image

Kevin Conner, Senior Director of Product Management, Digital Imaging, Adobe
Tom Malzbender, Senior Research Scientist , Hewlett-Packard
Ren Ng, PhD, Founder, Refocus Imaging
Jianping Zhou, Ph.D., Senior Imaging Scientist, Nethra Imaging
6Sight Initiatives Update
4:40 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
Alexis Gerard, President, Future Image
Jean Barda, Independent, Netimage
David Szetela, President and CEO, Clix Marketing
Financial Roundtable
4:55 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.
Mark Kalow, Managing Director with Soquel Group, will reprise his annual session in which a panel of influential financiers discusses the revenue and profit potential of the technologies presented earlier in the day.

Rudy Burger, Managing Partner, Woodside Capital Partners,
Ben Choi, Senior Associate and Kauffman Fellow, Storm Ventures
Chris McCabe, Head of Technology, Investment Banking, Piper Jaffray & Co.
Tricia Salinero, Managing Director, Newforth Partners LLC
John Vinh, Vice President, Digital Media Semiconductor, Collins Stewart LLC


Dinner at The Monterey Bay Aquarium
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Friday November 9 - Visual Voice
What are the implications of the explosive worldwide mainstreaming of image capture and communication, driven by miniaturization,decreasing costs and communication network.

Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Kim Toren-Freeman, President, Association of Imaging Executives (AIE) and President, Allied Photographic and Imaging Lab
Opening Keynote
9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Philippe Kahn, CEO
Fullpower Technologies, Inc.

Known to many as ‘the father of the camera-phone,’ Mr. Kahn presents the day’s opening Keynote Address entitled “Three Billion Camera-phones later: The Instant Visual Revolution.” One of the true creative geniuses of software technology, the founder of Borland, Starfish Software, LightSurf Technologies and his newest company – Fullpower – Kahn has been lauded by industry leaders and countless publications for his visionary strategy, technology innovation and his ability to drive an entrepreneurial culture. Kahn is considered one of the most innovative and dynamic leaders in the imaging and wireless businesses. You can’t miss what he has to say at 6Sight.

Break in the Steinbeck Lobby New Tech Fair
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Analyst Roundtable
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
What is the #1 imaging opportunity and/or challenge in the imaging industry between today and 2010?
Moderated by:
Kristy Holch, founder of InfoTrends and independent writer
Ron Glaz, Program Director Digital Imaging Solutions and Services, IDC
Steve Hoffenberg, Director, Consumer Imaging Research, Lyra Research Inc.
Marion Knoche, Global Manager, GfK Marketing Services
Ed Lee, Director of the U.S. Consumer Services and Director for the Digital Photography Trends Services, InfoTrends
Gary Pageau, Publisher, Content Development and Strategic Initiatives, PMA
Paul Worthington, Senior Analyst, Editor of The Future Image Report
New Technology Showcase
11:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
Sami Niemi, CTO, Scalado
Scalado will present a fully backwards compatible extension to JPEG technology allowing unprecedented image viewing and capturing performance on mobile handsets. The technology is already in use by many OEM's, and new camera hardware is getting adapted for the technology.
Cluster: Visual Storytelling
Four Sessions

New technology is enabling average people to tell their stories, not just through single images, but in sophisticated narrative forms that have become easy and inexpensive.
11:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Presentation: The Photo Book as Personal Statement
Kristina Woolsey
, Principal, New Medium Consortium Board
Fernando Mis, High School Student, Canal Alliance
Pamela Vargas, Film Teacher, Canal Alliance
11:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Presentation: Web-based Storytelling
Russell Sparkman
, President & CEO, Fusionspark Media will explain heretofore unexploited features of the Web as a story-telling medium, illustrated by excerpts from "Water's Journey: Everglades," which was just awarded first prize for Best Interactive Presentation at the 2007 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
New Technology Showcase
11:55 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Andrew Barer, President, Ekko Technologies

Audio-Enhanced Consumer Imaging Products

With our photos we preserve memories and share stories, but the image itself is only part of “the picture.” The principals of Ekko Technologies will show how industry members can offer a new dimension to consumers – the ability to add audio (either online, in-store, or at home) to products like photo books and greeting cards.

12:05 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Visual Storytelling - Niche or Mainstream?
Moderated by: Paul Worthington, Senior Analyst, Editor of The Future Image Report

Jamie Barden, CEO, EZ Prints
Chris Klingebiel, VP Partner Solutions, HP Snapfish
Ed Monahan, Worldwide Strategy Director, Eastman Kodak
Chad Richard, CEO, Simple Star
Andy Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer, PhotoWorks

Lunch in the Steinbeck Lobby with the 6Sight New Tech Fair
12:35 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
1:40 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Presentation: Behind the Scenes of America @ Home
Rick Smolan
, CEO, Against All Odds Productions
New Technology Showcase
1:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Michael R. Moore, CEO, Visan
Visan will showcase the latest developments of its RocketLife Technology Platform featuring instant creation, 3D digital merchandising and advanced sharing of all types of next-generation personal media-rich products for personal or business use.

2:00 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Demo: Microsoft PhotoSynth Update:  Bill Crow, Principal Program Manager, HD Photo, Microsoft Corporation
New Technology Showcase
2:10 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Dean Tang, President and CEO, ABBYY USA
ABBYY USA, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies, will demonstrate the first business card OCR utility for Smartphones available in the United States. This (BCR) utility leverages the powerful capabilities of the ABBYY Mobile OCR software development toolkit (SDK) bringing mobile data capture to smartphone devices.
Cluster: Mobile Imaging
Two Sessions
Sales of camera-phones are orders of magnitude larger than those of any previous image capture device, and continuing to grow rapidly. Are we happy yet?
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Presentation: State of Mobile Imaging
Tony Henning
, Senior Analyst/Managing Editor, Future Image
2:40 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Panel Discussion Mobile Imaging – Feast or Famine?
Moderated by Pierre Barbeau, President, Moblico
Panelists include:
John George, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff Motorola Mobile Devices , Motorola
Tony Henning, Senior Analyst/Managing Editor, Future Image
Yat-Sang Hung, Chief Scientist, Sprint
Dean Tang, President and CEO, ABBYY USA
Art Garcia, Mobile Imaging Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard Company

Break in the Steinbeck Lobby 6Sight New Tech Fair
3:25 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Next Generation Displays
Panel Discussion
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Moderated by:
Melissa J. Perenson, Senior Products Editor, Reviews, PC World

Lee Corkran, Founder & CEO, BrightQube
Stanley H. Kim, Principal, Engineering Management & Technology Planning, Samsung
Mark Yahiro, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, PureDepth

Cluster: Rise of the Amateur
Three Sessions

Improvements in equipment performance brought about by the digital age have enabled a new group of creative and talented amateurs to create high-quality visual content in large quantities. What does this phenomenon mean to the industry?
Presentations regarding the Historical Role of the Amateur in driving the imaging industry; and how to build new business models around high-quality amateur content will precede a panel discussion.
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Presentation: Historical Role of the Amateur in the imaging industry
Tony Bannon
, Director, George Eastman House
4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Presentation: Building a New Business Model around high-quality Amateur Photography
Paul Cloutier
, Editor and Publisher, JPG Magazine
4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Industry Implications
Moderated by:
Paul Worthington, Senior Analyst, Editor, The Future Image Report

Tony Bannon, Director, George Eastman House
Paul Cloutier, Editor and Publisher, JPG Magazine

John Henshall, Editor, www.ChipShopOnline.com

Evan Nisselson, CEO and Founder, Digital Railroad
Closing Remarks
5:30 p.m. - 5:35 p.m.
Alexis Gerard, President and Co-founder, 6Sight Conferences
Ted Fox, Executive Director, PMA
Kim Toren-Freeman, President, Association of Imaging Executives (AIE) and President, Allied Photographic and Imaging Lab
Farewell Reception in the Steinbeck Lobby with the 6Sight New Tech Fair
5:35 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


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