Creative Catalysts: SoCal Innovators Meet Up

Thursday, February 26, 6:00-8:00 PM

You’re invited to join AV Concepts and UCSD for Creative Catalysts: SoCal Innovators Meet up—a night of discussion on the future of holographic technology!


You’ll hear from an experienced line-up of industry thought leaders as they present on the technology behind the illusions, real-life applications of the technology, the current pop-culture phenomenon with holograms and the psychology behind them. An intimate networking reception with complimentary food and drink will immediately follow.

Additional details follow below.


When: Thursday, February 26th from 6:00-8:00 PM

                6:00-6:30—Check-in / Holographic Theater Demos

                6:30-7:30—Speaker / Panel Discussion

                7:30-8:00—Networking Reception


Where: AV Concepts’ Center for Innovation

9340 Dowdy Drive Suite 102, San Diego, CA  92126


Who: An experienced line-up of holographic thought leaders, including:


Nick Smith, Co-Founder & President, AV Concepts


Nick Smith is the Co-Founder and President at AV Concepts. His prolific vision for the use of holographic displays and projection mapping established AV Concepts as a leader in experiential marketing technologies. Today, Nick drives the company’s creative vision and world-class team of technology innovators who work on developing immersive event experiences that help clients engage audiences, capture leads and increase market share.



Tara Knight, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, UCSD | Associate Dean for Diversity, Arts & Humanities


Tara Knight is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the University of California San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and an Associate Dean for Diversity for the Arts & Humanities Department. An award winning filmmaker, animator, and projection designer, Tara is currently directing Mikumentary, a series of short films about the worldwide Hatsune Miku holographic phenomenon.



Ayse P. Saygin, PhD, Associate Professor, UCSD | Principal Investigator, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Lab


Ayse P. Saygin is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego. Her group takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of brain and mind, exploring a range of topics such as multisensory perception, social cognition, human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence and consciousness. She is currently researching how our brains deal with artificial social agents and virtual reality.

@XtraStriate | @UCSDCogNeuro


Dinesh Padiyar, Owner of Triple Take Holographics


Dinesh Padiyar is the Owner of Triple Take Holographics, where he oversees the design of new optical devices using holographic, diffractive systems. Prior to starting his own company, Dinesh held multiple research positions with leading holographic companies, including: Richmond Holographic Studios, Applied Holographics, Icon Holographics, as well as Strategic Defense Initiative, Reagan Star Wars, and optical security company, American Banknote Holographics.