Founder & CSO
New York, NY
Debra is a director, producer and entrepreneur with expertise in digital media, impact strategy, communications and storytelling. She applies this knowledge of storytelling, art and technology to the innovation ecosystem, specialized in data-driven and researched based approaches to immersive experiences. An innovator and pioneer, she founded immersive design and technology firm, Datavized Inc., specialized in WebVR, completed post-production on her first Virtual Reality documentary "InFormation" investigating empathy & VR in stereoscopic (3D) 360 video, and is a producer for fully immersive experiences at the intersection of VR, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, journalism, technology and gaming. Award-winning projects include The Enemy, SoundSelf and Less Than Human. She is a co-founder of Women in VR (NY Chapter). In 2013, Debra conceived of, created the curriculum for, and serves as an instructor on the first Big Data: Consumer Research course at The New School for Public Engagement and has developed groundbreaking prototypes for real-time interactive data visualization applications. She is currently designing curriculum for Immersive Storytelling at Parsons School of Design, Art, Media and Technology. She was selected as one of sixteen Media Executive Entrepreneurs for the inaugural business innovation program developed by the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment (MOME) in partnership with New York City’s Small Business Services (SBS) and Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. She served on the inaugural Innovation Committee of the Made in New York Media Center by IFP from 2013-14. Since founding Culture Shock in 2007, Debra has consulted on high profile projects across the creative industries for clients such as The National Film Board of Canada (Bear 71; A Journal of Insomnia, Circa 1948, Do Not Track), Tribeca Enterprises, Ogilvy & Mather, Reboot Stories, Vimeo LLC (a subsidiary of IAC to ex(NASDAQ: IACI), Shepard Fairey and the United Nations Environment Programme. She has curated pioneering new media, interactive art and technology projects internationally at Volta New York and Basel, Switzerland since 2010.