MAYA GEORGIEVA, Director XReality Center

Maya Georgieva

Maya Georgieva, Director XReality Center, is a futurist, XR strategist, immersive storyteller, producer, and a sought-after keynote speaker on the future of Immersive Learning and Innovation in creative industries. As the Director of Education Futures and the XReality Center at the New School, Maya provides strategic leadership in creating a culture and capacity for innovative design with emerging technologies, including XR and AI. Maya leads a team driving new media and innovation focused on immersive storytelling, spatial computing, future interfaces, and design. She teaches the Immersive Storytelling course and regularly guest-teaches at The Parsons School of Design. Her work has been featured at SXSW, the MIT Media Lab, The Atlantic, The Economist, and the Fulbright Program among others.  She is an Innovator In Residence at ShapingEDU, Arizona State University. Maya is the co-author of the State of XR and Immersive Learning report. She is the co-author of the pioneering EDUCAUSE series, VR and AR: Stepping into the New Frontier of Learning and has authored white papers on the future of Higher Education and Immersive Learning.

Maya is the co-founder of Digital Bodies, an award-winning website focusing on VR/AR/MR, and their impact on media and society. She has facilitated master classes and talks on Immersive Storytelling, VR/AR/MR and New Media Narratives, Innovation in Higher Education and the Future of Learning. She has worked with Google, HP, Microsoft, Intel, Salesforce and various education and non-profit organizations on developing immersive experiences, digital strategy and innovation. She has spoken at United Nations forums and assisted the European Commission on policy recommendations for the future of learning and work.