Maya Georgieva is a leading voice in the fields of immersive storytelling, design with emerging technologies, and the future of learning and creativity. As the Senior Director of the Innovation Center and XR, AI, and Quantum Labs at The New School, she leads initiatives and a team focused on driving innovation in spatial computing, Generative AI, immersive narratives, and speculative design. Maya designs and facilitates workshops with a focus on artificial intelligence applications, ethics, creativity, and immersive realities. In 2022, Maya was named one of the 30 Higher Education
Maya teaches the Immersive Storytelling and Mixed Realities courses at the Parsons School of Design. She has served as a final judge at the MIT Reality Hackathon in 2023, mentor and judge in 2024, and press for the SXSW XR Experience Exhibition. For SIGGRAPH 2023, Maya collaborated with Sony visiting Scholar Keijiroh Nagano on the interactive installation and paper incorporating Augmented Reality and Generative AI: The Talk: Speculative Conversation with Everyday Objects. In 2023, Maya curated the first-ever Quantum Art Exhibition, ‘Creative Expressions of the Infamously Counterintuitive, ‘ sponsored by IBM Quantum at the Microscope Gallery in Chelsa, New York City. In 2021, Maya designed the first Quantum Computing Design Jam for creatives and has facilitated it for three consecutive years. Among her trailblazing projects with emerging technologies, she was instrumental in launching “Speculative Cultures: A Virtual Reality Exhibition” in early 2019 at Parsons’ Sheila Johnson Design Center, one of the first gallery exhibitions to integrate virtual reality headsets.
Maya is a sought-after speaker and has spoken about topics such as Immersive Realities, AI, and Quantum Art and Design at events such as SXSW, UNESCO, The Milken Institute Global Agenda, and conferences across the world. Her work has been featured in notable publications like publications like The Atlantic and The Economist.
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