When I was first approached to chair the 2017 SEGD Conference Experience Miami, I imagined the draw for everyone would be the amazing weather and location. Upon digging in and learning more about the designers and projects occurring both in Miami and South America, I was impressed by how much design innovation and expertise we could feature.
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Mary Spio grew up in Ghana and was 16 when her parents saved up enough money to send her to the United States. Her first job was at a McDonald's. Since then, she has served in the Air Force and created content and technologies for global titans such as Boeing, Lucas Films, Universal Music, Miami Children's Hospital, and Microsoft Xbox. Today, she is the head of CEEK VR, a developer of innovative content solutions and tools for distributing virtual-reality and augmented-reality experiences.
As a Digital Cinema pioneer at Boeing, Mary Spio had the rare opportunity to help create the technology that changed the entire movie distribution paradigm working with Lucas Films, 20th Century Fox and other major studios. From there she pioneered an online video distribution platform that became the defacto standard for many media companies and brands to distribute their content digitally. She created Ceek an award winning developer of premium social virtual and augmented reality experiences. Headquartered in beautiful Miami Beach, Florida their mission is to make virtual reality experiences universally accessible and enjoyable.
Mary Spio is also the author of It's Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Achieving Uncommon Success, in which she shares inspirational stories to spur readers to move beyond their comfort zones into creating impact and significance.