Our 2017 Annual LDV Vision Summit was an absolutely amazing event, thanks to all of you brilliant people.
YOU are why our annual LDV Vision Summit gathering is special and a success every year. Thank You!
We are honored that you fly in from around the world each year to share insights, inspire, do deals, recruit, raise capital and help each other succeed!
Congratulations to our competition winners:
- Startup Competition: Fantasmo.io, Jameson Detweiler, Co-Founder & CEO
- Entrepreneurial Computer Vision Challenge: Timnit Gebru, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, PhD Candidate
"LDV is a really interesting intersection of technologists, researchers, large tech companies, investors and entrepreneurs. There is nothing else like this out there. People are very open to sharing and helping the community advance together." Jameson Detweiler, Fantasmo.io Co-Founder & CEO
"I've never seen a conference like this - you have pure computer vision conferences like CVPR or ICCV or you have GTC-type conferences that are based on one company's resources. This is an interesting mix of something computer vision and entrepreneurial - it is very unique in that sense, I have never seen anything like it before. It is a lot of fun." Timnit Gebru, PhD Candidate at Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
A special thank you to Rebecca Paoletti and Serge Belongie as the summit would not exist without collaborating with them!
“Loved hearing about all the practical applications for computer vision at LDV Vision Summit. Feels like the time has finally come for amazing transformation!" Jenny Fielding, Managing Partner at TechStars
The quotes below from our community is why we created our LDV Vision Summit. We could not have succeeded without the tremendous support from all of our partners and sponsors:
"The LDV Vision Summit is vibrant, all around me there is so much curiosity and conversation because it is the people who are working on the very edge of these new technologies. These are the conversations that are going to make everything happen and you can just feel that when you're here." Jessi Hempel, Head of Editorial at Backchannel
"My main takeaway is that there are lots of people focused on so many aspects of bringing computer vision to market. This reaffirms my belief that vision is going to play a central role in so many aspects of our lives - from enterprise to retail to autonomous vehicles, etc. The LDV Vision Summit is geeky + fun. It is a collaborative, vibrant environment that brings together a community of likeminded people with very different backgrounds." Rohit Makharia, Senior Investment Manager at GM Ventures
"The LDV Vision Summit is very unique, usually academic conferences are very research focused and business conferences are business orientated. This is a unique combination of the two and, especially in a field like computer vision, with the way that it is growing, it seems very necessary. This is a fantastic place to meet both researchers and business people." Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman Research Scientist at Facebook and Assistant Professor at U. Washington (Sold Dreambit to Facebook)
“The energy is amazing, everyone is curious, interested outside of their wheelhouse. Everyone wants to see what is the next big thing and what are the big things that are happening right now.” Matt Rosen, Director, Low-field MRI Lab at MGH/Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
“There have been a lot of very exciting discussions around visual technology and autonomous driving. It is interesting to see many different perspectives on it from sensors, from AI, from computer vision, all these different perspectives coming together. It is still a futuristic technology that we want to address and the LDV Vision Summit is great because it gathers top scientists and researchers as well as VCs to discuss how to get to that future.” Jianxiong Xiao, "ProfessorX", Founder & CEO of AutoX
"LDV Vision Summit looks at the cutting edge of all visual technology...you have a lot of brainpower in the room and you can feel the wheels turning as you watch the speakers." Mia Tramz, Managing Editor, LIFE VR at Time Inc
“The business sector that is going to be most disrupted by computer vision and AI in the short term is transportation, so companies like Uber, taxi companies and the entire car and automatiove industry will completely change in the next years. The coolest thing I learned this morning was from the godmother of VR, how they are looking to change journalism and the way we capture events. The Vision Summit is pretty amazing, I am really impressed by the content, I am really glad I made it.” Clement Farabet VP of AI Infrastructure at Nvidia (Sold MADBITS to Twitter)
“We are seeing visual technologies, especially combined with AI and machine learning, disrupt a broad array of existing markets and create new ones. From the role they are playing in autonomous vehicles, to transforming marketing technologies, to the roles they are playing in physical and cyber security - and of course the role they are playing around consumer electronics and robotics. It is comforting to know everyone is just as excited as I am about computer vision and AI, and to see how big the opportunity is and how early in the cycle we are as well.” Rudina Seseri, Founder & Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures
"This cross-pollination of all different sectors is quite unique - especially coming from an academic setting. To interact with all of these different folks from industry, research and sciences, and from media really inspires me to think about all sorts of new ideas." Bo Zhu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MGH/Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
"It is a great opportunity to meet diverse people from all different industries, a good opportunity to network with interesting talks." James Philbin, Senior Director of Computer Vision at Zoox
"If you work in visual tech, you simply can't afford to miss the LDV Summit – it's a two-day power punch of engaging talks and wicked smart attendees." Rosanna Myers, Co-Founder & CEO of Carbon Robotics
"The LDV Vision Summit is somewhere in between an academic workshop and a venture capital roundtable - it is the kind of event that didn't exist before. You have academics, researchers, grad students, professors but you also have investors, VC and angels like you've never had before. It is very high energy, the atmosphere here is fun to see the two worlds come together. From the academic side, there are grad students and other researchers who have been inside a safe bubble for a long time. They are starting to hear that visual tech are really promising and they are curious about what is going on in the entrepreneurial world and the big companies out there. This is an event where there is enough familiar content for them to feel at home but enough new content, new people, contacts and so on to go outside of their comfort zone." Serge Belongie, Professor of Computer Vision at Cornell Tech
"Evan sets the tone with a lot of energy, it is pretty amazing. I am typically around a lot of engineers and it is always great to get Evan up there with his big energy - he asks you honest questions. I also spend a lot of time in the hallway because you get to meet people from other years and keep up those relationships. This is an awesome opportunity to meet the whole mix, from employers, to startup people and investors." Oscar Beijbom, Machine Learning Lead at nuTonomy
"The LDV Summit is the perfect combination of a window into the future of some of the most interesting technologies and a welcoming place to make new connections. " Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner of 1843 Capital
"The community that is assembled here, isn't anywhere else. There's not a place where all the operators in the computer vision space are in the same place at the same time. Everybody here is capturing the electricity of whats going on inside computer vision right now and being surrounded by everybody who cares about it like you do, is really invigorating. I was just having beers with the head of Uber ATG and he's making self-driving cars, I'm never going to, but he had an optimization method that is absolutely applicable to a thing I am working on, fighting human trafficking. The cross-disciplinary nature of this group creates a lot of opportunities to learn about techniques that are absolutely applicable to your problem domain that you would never see anywhere else. If you are into computer vision this is a place you need to be every year." Rob Spectre, Brooklyn Hacker. Former VP Developer Network at Twilio
"The summit far surpassed my expectations. The bringing together of entrepreneurs, researchers, executives, and investors provided for an exchange of ideas not usually possible in other forums. I definitely recommend the summit for anyone tangentially associated with computer vision and visual technologies!" Joshua David Cotton
Learn more about our partners and sponsors:
AWS Activate Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. Some of the world’s hottest startups including Pinterest, Instagram, and Dropbox have leveraged the power of AWS to easily get started and quickly scale.
Cornell Tech is a revolutionary model for graduate education that fuses technology with business and creative thinking. Cornell Tech brings together like-minded faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary ideas grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live.
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Achieving this requires constant innovation. Computer Vision researchers at Facebook invent new ways for computers to gain a higher level of understanding cued from the visual world around us. From creating visual sensors derived from digital images and videos that extract information about our environment, to further enabling Facebook services to automate visual tasks. We seek to create magical experiences for the people who use our products.
JW Player is the world’s largest network-independent video platform. The company’s flagship product, JW Player, is live on more than 2 million sites with over 1.3 billion monthly unique viewers across all devices — OTT, mobile and desktop. In addition to the player, the company’s services include advertising, analytics, data services, video hosting and streaming.
GumGum is a leading computer vision company with a mission to unlock the value of every online image for marketers. Its patented image-recognition technology delivers highly visible advertising campaigns to more than 400 million users as they view pictures and content across more than 2,000 premium publishers.
The International Center of Photography is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Since its founding in 1974, ICP has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level.
Presented by Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital
Video Program: Rebecca Paoletti, CakeWorks, CEO
Computer Vision Program: Serge Belongie, Cornell Tech
Computer Vision Advisor: Jan Erik Solem, Mapillary
Universities: Cornell Tech, School of Visual Arts, International Center of Photography
Sponsors: Amazon AWS, Facebook, GumGum, JWPlayer
Media Partners: Kaptur, VizWorld, The Exponential View
Coordinators Entrepreneurial Computer Vision Challenge: Hani Altwaijry, Cornell University, Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, Shaojun Zhu, Rutgers University, Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Computer Science, and Abhinav Shrivastava, Carnegie Mellon University, Doctor of Philosophy in Robotics (Vision & Perception)
Kaptur is the first magazine about the photo tech space. News, research and stats along with commentaries, industry reports and deep analysis written by industry experts.
LDV Capital Investing in people around the world who are creating visual technology businesses with deep domain expertise.
Mapillary is a community-based photomapping service that covers more than just streets, providing real-time data for cities and governments at scale. With hundreds of thousands of new photos every day, Mapillary can connect images to create an immersive ground-level view of the world for users to virtually explore and to document change over time.
The MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts is the premiere program for the study of Lens and Screen Arts. This program champions multimedia integration, interdisciplinary activity, and provides ever-expanding opportunities for lens-based students.
VizWorld.com covers news and the community engaged in applied visual thinking, from innovation and design theory to technology, media and education. VizWorld is also a contributing member of the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Association. From the whiteboard to the latest OLED screens and HMDs, graphic recording to movie making and VR/AR/MR, VizWorld readers want to know how to put visual thinking to work and play. SHOW US your story!
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