Thank You for Making Our 5th Annual LDV Vision Summit a Success!

 Day 1 Fireside Chat with Eric Fossum, CMOS Image Sensor Inventor and Dartmouth, Professor.  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Day 1 Fireside Chat with Eric Fossum, CMOS Image Sensor Inventor and Dartmouth, Professor.  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Our fifth annual LDV Vision Summit was fantastic, a giant thank you to everyone who came and participated in making it another spectacular gathering.

We couldn’t do it without you, YOU are why our annual LDV Vision Summit 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:  MoQuality, Shauvik Roy Choudhary, Co-Founder & CEO
- Entrepreneurial Computer Vision Challenge: “Flatcam”, Jesse Adams, Rice University, PhD Candidate

“If you are a startup that is trying to create a breakthrough technology you have to be here. If you are investor that wants to look at interesting technologies and startups you have to be here. This is the place for computer vision.” Shauvik Roy Choudhary - CEO & Co-Founder of MoQuality.

“LDV hosts an event that stands out in the sea of conferences by its focus, quality, and ability to attract exceptional entrepreneurs and investors all deeply curious and immersed in visual technology.” Rebecca Kaden - Union Square Ventures, Partner.

“I go to a lot of academic conferences and this to me feels like a really fresh, different type of conference. It’s a great mix of industry, startups, investors; that mix of people brings a totally different energy and dialogue than the academic conferences I’m used to going to. In terms of the conferences I attend in a year, this is a nice change of pace for me." Matt Uyttendale - Facebook, Director of Core AI in the AR camera group.

A special thank you to Rebecca Paoletti of CakeWorks and Serge Belongie of CornellTech as the summit would not exist without collaborating with them!

 Matt Uyttendale, Facebook, Director of Core AI, Facebook Camera  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Matt Uyttendale, Facebook, Director of Core AI, Facebook Camera  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

“What I like about this is it has both focus on the visual area, but a lot of different aspects and a lot of different stakeholders with very different perspectives, so you kind of get a multi-factorial view of the field.” Daniel Sodickson - NYU School of Medicine, Vice Chair Research, Dept. Radiology.

I work quite deeply in my technical research silo in next-generation image sensor technology.  The Vision Summit was a great chance to hear what the rest of the vision community is thinking about and working on, in an effective and condensed format, and to meet and discuss those interesting topics in person.” Eric Fossum - Dartmouth, Professor & CMOS Image Sensor Inventor.

"The LDV summit is the definitive gathering of investors and entrepreneurs in the machine vision world.  And, thanks to Evan and his team, it's a heck of a lot of fun." Nick Rockwell - New York Times, CTO.

“The LDV Vision Summit gave an intimate and powerful look at how computer vision will change almost every sector of the economy. As a native New Yorker, I'm happy that one of my favorite events of the year brought me out of Silicon Valley and back to NYC.” Zach Barasz - BMW i Ventures, Partner.

“The summit provided us with a unique opportunity to hear from and engage with industry influencers, academic thought-leaders, investors and fellow entrepreneurs.  Getting a holistic view of emerging trends from the entire vision ecosystem is incredibly valuable and will enable us to better anticipate and navigate our road ahead.” Yashar Behzadi - Neuromation, CEO.

“I think it’s a very vibrant community and the diversity of people from academia to those in the startup world and those who have already done startups and research is an interesting mix. As well as a set of investors who are dedicated to bringing these visual technologies out there to the real world.“ Spandana Govindgari - Co-Founder of HypeAR.

 Panel Day 1: Trends in Visual Technology Investing [L to R] Polina Marinova, Fortune Magazine, Zach Barasz, BMWi Ventures, Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle Capital  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018 

Panel Day 1: Trends in Visual Technology Investing [L to R] Polina Marinova, Fortune Magazine, Zach Barasz, BMWi Ventures, Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle Capital  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018 

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“If you are interested in computer vision, whether you’re doing research, whether you’re building a company or investing in computer vision companies, I’d say this is the place to be! Everybody here is interested and passionate about computer vision.” Dan Ryan - VergeSense, CEO & Co-Founder.

“I came here because, as a research engineer, this is a unique opportunity to get a perspective on the whole ecosystem. You get to see startups, you get to see people who are non-technical, and you get to see students. So for me it’s very interesting to get to see the whole ecosystem and get a sense of what the needs of the community are.” Raghu Krishnamoorthi - Google, Software Engineer, Tensorflow for Mobile.

“LDV Vision Summit is a great event with thought provoking talks. Rarely do you find an event with each talk as riveting as the next - I look forward to attending the next one.” Elizabeth Mathew - Columbia University, MBA Candidate.

“If you are at all curious about the importance of computer vision, or vision in general, it’s important for you to understand how the technology works and where its applications lie, because we are moving in a direction where computer vision is going to be incredibly important in all applications of life. The LDV Vision Summit is a great conference to learn the different facets of it.” Steve Kuyan - NYU Future Labs, Managing Director.

“It was a great day, I was very impressed with the presentations and the competitions; it’s a fun combination of people from academics and industry…overall I really enjoyed it." Michael Rubinstein - Senior Research Scientist, Google.

 Jason Eichenholz, Luminar Technologies, CTO & Co-Founder ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Jason Eichenholz, Luminar Technologies, CTO & Co-Founder ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

 Ying Zheng, AiFi, Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Ying Zheng, AiFi, Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

“Some of the technical depth that came into some of the presentations was unbelievable…it’s a diverse group of people from executives, to researchers, and everyone in between.” Anthony Sarkis, Computer Vision Researcher and Entrepreneur.

“Seeing all the latest developments in machine learning, and all of these applications, was really impressive… it’s a great mix of things you cannot find in any other classic academic conference, a combination of the business side and the science side of computer vision.” Anastasia Yendiki - Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School.

“Awesome energy… it brings together a lot of people from research, industry, and startups; it’s a great, fun experience with lots of networking opportunities.”  Ryan Benmalek - Ph.D. Student, Cornell University.

“This is one of the best places to learn about what is happening in the vision world, to connect AI with investors, and to think about what the solutions of the future are going to be…it's an interesting place with a broad range of actors in the space who can talk about what they are working on, and exchange ideas.” Renaud Visage - CTO & Co-Founder of Eventbrite.

 Anthony Johnson, Giphy, CTO  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Anthony Johnson, Giphy, CTO  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

 Fireside Chat Day 1: Rebecca Kaden, Union Square Ventures, Partner  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Fireside Chat Day 1: Rebecca Kaden, Union Square Ventures, Partner  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

 Assaf Glazer, Nanit, CEO  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Assaf Glazer, Nanit, CEO  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

“If you want to learn about anything in the visual space, with a technical analysis not just high-level lay-up questions, this is where you go.” Trace Cohen, Managing Director, NY Venture Partners

“This is a very unique conference...and I go to conferences frequently. Something here in the way that its organized, the talent that they bring and the cadence of that.…this is an inspiring community for experts and for people that are interested in computer vision technology and the content around it.” Assaf Glazer - CEO & Co-Founder of Nanit.

“Great event, super high quality, very focused and targeted. Most events even if they are high quality are much broader in nature, so at LDV you’re able to go very deep. I’d highly recommend this event to anyone interested in this technology.” Ophir Tanz - CEO & Co-Founder of GumGum.

“The event is inspiring. Ted Talks meets computer vision meets the future. But also it’s a family. People are here to help each other grow and that makes this unique from other events. ” Brian Brackeen - CEO & Co-Founder of Kairos.

“Vision summit is a great confluence of researchers, practitioners and visionaries talking about topics which are related but don’t often get put into the same room and probably should be more often.” Anthony Johnson, CTO of Giphy.

“If you want a set of like-minded people who are really really trying to push the boundaries in computer vision, this is the place to be.” Inderbir Sidhu, CTO TVision Insights.

“The energy at the show is fantastic. There’s such a cross-disciplinary field for [computer vision] so we’re able to talk to both the researchers and the investors who help accelerate moving the technology forward.” Jason Eichenholz, CTO & Co-Founder of Luminar Technologies.

 Panel Day 2: How Will Technology Impact Our Trust in Visual Content? [L to R] Moderator: Jessi Hempel, Wired, Senior Writer; Panelists: Nick Rockwell, New York Times, CTO and Karen Wickre, KVOX Media, Founder.  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Panel Day 2: How Will Technology Impact Our Trust in Visual Content? [L to R] Moderator: Jessi Hempel, Wired, Senior Writer; Panelists: Nick Rockwell, New York Times, CTO and Karen Wickre, KVOX Media, Founder.  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Learn more about our partners and sponsors:

Organizers:
Presented by Evan Nisselson & Abby Hunter-Syed, LDV Capital
Video Program: Rebecca Paoletti, CakeWorks, CEO
Computer Vision Program: Serge Belongie, Cornell Tech
Competitions Subfinal Judges: Rob Spectre, Brooklyn Hacker; Alexandre Winter, Netgear; Andy Parsons, WorkFrame; Jan Erik Solem, Mapillary
Universities: Cornell Tech, School of Visual Arts
Sponsors: Coatue Management, Facebook, GumGum, Adobe, ImmerVision, Neuromation, Google Cloud
Media Partners: Kaptur, VizWorld, The Exponential View
Coordinator Entrepreneurial Computer Vision Challenge: Ryan Benmalek, Cornell University, Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Computer Science

CakeWorks is a full-service video agency and content studio that helps businesses launch better video experiences, grow viewership and increase revenue. Stay in the know with our  weekly newsletter, or follow us @cakeworksvideo #videoiscake  

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.

 Fireside Chat Day 2: Amol Sarva, Knotel, CEO & Co-Founder  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Fireside Chat Day 2: Amol Sarva, Knotel, CEO & Co-Founder  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

 Keynote Day 1: Anastasia Yendiki, Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor of Radiology ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Keynote Day 1: Anastasia Yendiki, Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor of Radiology ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Coatue Management, L.L.C, founded by Philippe Laffont, is a technology focused global investment manager with offices in New York, Menlo Park, San Francisco and Hong Kong.  Coatue launched in 1999 and currently has ~$16 billion in assets under management through public and private investments.

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.

GumGum is an artificial intelligence company with a focus on computer vision. Our mission is to unlock the value of visual content produced daily across diverse data sets. We teach machines to see in order to solve hard problems. Since 2008, the company has applied its patented capabilities to serve a variety of industries from advertising to professional sports, with more to come.

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Our tools and services allow our customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time and achieve greater business success. We help our customers make, manage, measure and monetize their content across every channel and screen.

ImmerVision are experts in Intelligent Vision and wide-angle imagery for professional, consumer, and industrial applications.  ImmerVision technology combines advanced lens design, innovative Data-in-Picture marking, and proprietary image processing to provide an AI-ready machine vision system to OEMs, ODMs, and the global imaging ecosystem.

Neuromation is a distributed synthetic data platform for Deep Learning Applications.

The Google Cloud Startup Program is designed to help startups build and scale using Google Cloud Platform.  We are a small team with startups in our DNA. We appreciate what makes early-stage companies tick, and we think that Google Cloud’s continued success over the next decade will be fueled by great companies yet to be born.  But like you, we’re mostly here because startups are challenging and fun and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

 Jesse Adams, Winner of ECVC 2018 for "Flatcam", Rice University, PhD Candidate  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Jesse Adams, Winner of ECVC 2018 for "Flatcam", Rice University, PhD Candidate  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Kaptur is the first magazine about the visual tech space. News, research and stats along with commentaries, industry reports and deep analysis written by industry experts.

Exponential View is one of the best newsletters about the near future of technology and society. Azeem Azhar critically examines the fast pace of change, and its deep impact on the economy, culture, and business. It has been praised by the former CEO of Reuters, founder of Wired, and the deputy editor of The Economist, among others.

LDV Capital invests in deep technical teams building visual technology businesses.

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.


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 Celebrating MoQuality's victory in the 2018 Startup Competition [L to R] Evan Nisselson of LDV Capital, Shauvik Roy Choudhary of MoQuality, Serge Belongie of Cornell Tech with August & Emilia Belongie, Abby Hunter-Syed of LDV Capital and Rebecca Paoletti of CakeWorks.  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018

Celebrating MoQuality's victory in the 2018 Startup Competition [L to R] Evan Nisselson of LDV Capital, Shauvik Roy Choudhary of MoQuality, Serge Belongie of Cornell Tech with August & Emilia Belongie, Abby Hunter-Syed of LDV Capital and Rebecca Paoletti of CakeWorks.  ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2018