Nonny de la Peña / @immersivejourno

CEO of Emblematic Group

Nonny de la Peña is pushing technological boundaries for narrative endeavors, including creating virtual reality environments for news, documentary and entertainment. To date, she has built multiple virtual reality constructs including a Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix experience, Use of Force, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Project Syria, a commission by the World Economic Forum and Hunger in Los Angeles, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012. Her other projects include the MacArthur funded Gone Gitmo, a virtual Guantanamo Bay Prison; Cap & Trade, an interactive exploration of the carbon markets; and Three Generations, a newsgame on the California eugenics movement. A fellow at the University of Southern California’s Cinema School, she spent two years as a Senior Research Fellow in Immersive Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications. A graduate of Harvard University, she is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker with twenty years of journalism experience including as a correspondent for Newsweek Magazine and as a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Premiere Magazine, and others.