Nonny de la Peña is the founder and CEO of Emblematic Group, a creator of immersive virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences. One of the most influential pioneers in VR, Nonny is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and former correspondent for Newsweek. Known for inventing the genre of immersive journalism, she has more than 20 years of directing and producing multimedia content in collaboration with leading organizations including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Google, BBC, CBS, Sony, Universal and The World Economic Forum.
Nonny created walk around virtual reality with the first ever VR documentary, Hunger in Los Angeles, at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, the White House honored Nonny for her work to create media that cultivates empathy. A Yale Poynter Media Fellow, she is a Harvard graduate with a Masters degree from USC School of Cinematic Arts and Annenberg.
Emblematic leads the industry in creating volumetric, walk around’ (non-gaming) virtual reality experiences. In 2016, the Knight Foundation awarded Emblematic a grant to produce a series of VR documentaries in partnership with Frontline.