Emerging Tech Panel

Time: 12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Location: SAL 101

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Moderator: Jasson Crockett

Manager of Economic Policy, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development

Jasson Crockett joined Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development in 2016, where he manages policy and business development efforts in the life science and healthcare sectors, sports, and tax policy.  Jasson works to connect companies of all sizes to resources within City Hall to enable their growth in the City of LA, and develop a more connected ecosystem wherein companies can thrive.

Jon Burton

Video Game Director, Designer and Writer, Founder of Traveller’s Tales

Jon Burton is a leading video game director, designer, and writer, and the founder of development studio Traveller's Tales, specializing in media adaptations of the Lego franchise. He was the director or lead designer of several famous video games such as Lego Star Wars, Lego Harry Potter, and Lego Batman; he was also the producer of the films The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, and The Lego Ninjago Movie.


Natascha French

Chief Marketing Officer of VNTANA

Natascha French is the Chief Marketing Officer of VNTANA, the leading augmented reality company that offers mixed reality experience using data collection to quantify engagement. Founded by founded by an alumna of USC Viterbi, VNTANA allows customers to interact with holograms of their favorite athlete, celebrity or product while capturing real-time data, and has been featured by Fortune 500 companies at events such as San Diego Comic-Con and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Coach Kathy Kemper

Founder of USC Coding Camp

Known as “Coach” to many, Kathy Kemper is founder and CEO of the Institute for Education, a nonprofit foundation that encourages collaboration, civility, and common ground, harnessing the power of data, innovation, soft diplomacy, and technology in the world community. She's spent more than 25 years coaching tennis for the leaders of Washington, D.C., using her influence to encourage bipartisan collaboration, healthy debate, and understanding. In partnership with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the Institute for Education founded CS@SC, creating free summer coding camps for underrepresented student populations in Los Angeles.


Ellisen Turner

Managing Partner at Irell & Manella LLP

Ellisen Turner is the Managing Partner of Irell & Manella LLP, a Los Angeles law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation. Mr. Turner graduated from USC with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, then worked in private industry as a software engineer before earning his J.D. from the University of Michigan. He now represents and counsels clients in a broad range of commercial and intellectual property disputes in numerous federal courts, leading to his recognition as one of the 40 "Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Published on April 4th, 2018

Last updated on April 24th, 2020