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Nonny De La Pena

Emblematic Group
Santa Monica, CA
Nonny de la Peña is the founder and CEO of Emblematic Group, a digital media company focused on immersive virtual, mixed and augmented reality since 2007. She is widely credited with helping create the genre of immersive journalism with a catalog of VR films, covering topics from the Trayvon Martin murder to the Syrian civil war – domestic violence to global warming.
Nonny is referred to as the “Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Forbes, Engadget and The Guardian. Additionally, Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative.” Her VR documentaries have been showcased around the world, including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Sundance, Tribeca and Venice film festivals.
Through Emblematic, Nonny has partnered with Google, The New York Times, Planned Parenthood and The Wall Street Journal. Her most recent collaboration was with PBS’s flagship program FRONTLINE for a series of in-depth virtual experiences, including ‘After Solitary,’ which won the World VR Forum’s Imperial Crown and VR/Room-Scale Jury Award at SXSW.
Nonny is a 2018 New America National Fellow, member of the BAFTA VR Advisory Group, a TED Speaker and the 2016 recipient of the Knight Innovation Award.