Academy Award Winner, Creative Director for Google Spotlight Stories.
Jan Pinkava is Creative Director of Google Spotlight Stories, a team of artists and technologists at Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects group, creating new forms of immersive, interactive storytelling for mobile, and VR. His career in Computer Animation spans a quarter century, including 13 years as a Director at Pixar. He was the director and writer of Pixar’s Oscar-‐ winning 1997 short film Geri's Game and the creator and co-‐director of Pixar's Oscar-‐winning 2007 feature film Ratatouille. Since the first release in 2013, Spotlight Stories have received many accolades including the Ub Iwerks award for technical advancement in the art of animation, the first Emmy for outstanding innovation in interactive storytelling, and an Oscar nomination; and millions of people have been entertained by immersive, interactive stories from leading directors and studios, on mobile phones, VR headsets, and Augmented Reality.