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Children’s Global Media Summit unveils tech focus

Leading figures in virtual reality and technological innovation will come together in December for the Children’s Global Media Summit 2017.

Gerard Grech, CEO at Tech City UK, Jan Pinkava, creative director at Google Spotlight Stories, and Resh Sidhu (pictured), creative director for Virtual Reality at Framestore, will form a panel, entitled What’s the Future of Storytelling, exploring how virtual reality has changed children’s perceptions of the world.

The session will be hosted by Spencer Kelly, who presents the BBC’s flagship technology show Click.

The panel will discuss how VR has changed the way we approach storytelling, with a particular emphasis on what has been coined the ‘unlimited generation’.

“I’m thrilled and honoured to be part of the Children’s Global Media Summit," said Resh Sidhu, who describes herself as the Queen of VR. "Virtual reality opens the door to a whole new level of immersion, but we must tread cautiously and we must understand this nascent medium to help it reach its full potential.”

The Summit will be chaired by BBC’s director of children’s, Alice Webb, who said: “The way children consume stories is rapidly changing and at CGMS 2017 it will be our job to decide in what direction that change is heading.

Curated by the BBC and taking place in Manchester from 5-7 December, the Summit will feature a unique programme of content encompassing five themes of education, empowerment, entertainment, innovation and freedom.

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