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Maria Ingold

Maria Ingold

CEO

Mireality

London, UK

Technical & Strategic Consultant (VOD, Smart Home, IoT, Wearables) | Interim CTO | Speaker | Writer

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BAFTA

Member BAFTA Digital Strategy and Communications Committee

Advise on all aspects of digital technology and strategy.

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mireality

Founder & CEO

Expert technical and strategic consultancy, public speaking and writing. Specialist in secure premium on-demand video delivery, including into emerging markets.

Clients include: BAFTA's Digital Strategy Committee, BBC, CEDIA, CSI Magazine, Deluxe Media Technology, DStvO (Multichoice South Africa), the Digital Television Group (DTG) and Ed Vaizey's Future of Innovation in Technology Taskforce (FITT), Informa, Irdeto, Neon Stingray, Pace, Panasonic Automotive, Piksel, Pilat Media, Sentech (South Africa), St George's (Windsor Castle), Tesco

Business or sector: Digital Media, Premium Video On Demand (VOD), Smart Home, IoT, Wearables and Sustainability

www.mireality.co.uk

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FilmFlex Movies Limited

Head of Technology (CTO)

FilmFlex (a JV by Sony and Disney, now owned by Vubiquity) provides the technology and services behind some of the most successful on-demand movie services in Europe and has been profitable since its first year. It aggregates and digitally distributes films from 30+ content suppliers, including all the studios. It reaches 3.8 million homes, with over 1 million rentals per month.

Set FilmFlex’s technical strategy and architected its solutions:
▪ Built on-demand film service for Virgin Media cable
▪ Built white label broadband service which powers Channel 4’s Film4oD
▪ Implemented SD, HD and 3D end-to-end workflows
▪ Architected mobile and tablet devices, ownership (DECE) and Europe
▪ Saved the company ~£500K per annum with new architecture
▪ Built at fraction of resource and cost of other major VOD services in industry

Business or sector: Premium Video On Demand film

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OnMedica

Head of IT and Development (CTO)

OnMedica delivers on-demand interactive multimedia and video via its bespoke online tracking and reporting system. Clients include AstraZeneca, Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim, Schering, MSD, and Pfizer.

Advised at board level, set the strategy, budgets and delivery of all technology:
▪ Delivered new enhanced portal, products, CMS, and tools in three months
▪ Developed pan-European localised versions of core business product
▪ Reduced technical costs 50% in first year and kept costs down on-going
▪ Increased delivery capability and efficiency by up to 25 times prior volume
▪ Enhanced product quality by nearly 100 times previous results
▪ Slashed new project development time using a modular, extensible design

Business or sector: On-demand content for GPs on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry

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Digital Arts

Technical Director (CTO)

Digital Arts used online, game and on-demand audio and video technology to deliver solutions to corporate and media clients and its online magazine.

Technically directed all projects. Managed IT, development and project staff:
▪ Delivered Blaupunkt GPS 3D driving game for Volkswagen’s Autostadt
▪ Delivered online and offline 3D video product navigation for Swiss Re
▪ Project-managed AMMO CITY website including audio/video streaming

Business or sector: Digital agency specialising in 2D, 3D and on-demand technology

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Razorfish

Technical Lead of Broadband/FutureTV

Creative agency Razorfish’s Broadband/Future TV group designed Interactive TV and media over broadband services to clients within the UK and Europe.

Technically consulted on broadband and Interactive TV proposals:
▪ Delivered broadband TV proposals: video streaming advertising, Disney on-demand and BBC asset delivery (Project Irene) using asset management, streaming, and fulfilment for B2B and B2C channels.
▪ Delivered Interactive TV proposals incorporating banking, t-commerce, EPG, and games across UK and European platforms such as BSkyB, ONdigital, NTL, Telewest using OpenTV SDK, Mediahighway, MHEG-5, and Liberate.

Business or sector: Digital agency specialising in on-demand and television

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Notting Hill Electronic Publishers

Technical Director (CTO)

Founded by Andreas Whittam Smith (ex-owner of the Independent), Notting Hill created 2D and 3D sound-reactive visuals. Clients included Pet Shop Boys, Nine Inch Nails, and Leftfield.

▪ Negotiated the successful buyout of original DancerDNA source code
▪ Won a DTI product development award for the DancerDNA project
▪ Created company’s business plan and organised annual post-mortem
▪ Introduced cross-functional schedules and information-sharing intranet
▪ Developed a 3D framework for Sony Playstation 2 viral marketing application

Business or sector: 2D and 3D games technology

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Studio X

Director of Operations (for start-up of UK branch)

Studio X is a Canadian games company. UK expansion halted due to funding.

▪ Organised game buyout negotiations from Ocean
▪ Created a new game concept document for successful bank proposal
▪ Planned initial set up of the UK games division subsidiary
▪ Helped secure a successful deal with Nintendo for a N64 DD product

Business or sector: 3D computer games

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Ocean Software Ltd

Lead Programmer

Games company Ocean was bought by Infogrames, who rebranded as Atari.

▪ Worked on Victorian steam-punk shoot-em-up 3D PC game Dreadnought
▪ Wrote reusable library modules based on DirectX5

Business or sector: 3D computer games

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IBM

Multimedia Programmer, and Graphics and Video Programmer and Artist

IBM Boca Raton developed the OS/2 operating system and associated OS/2 Multimedia applications and subsystems.

▪ Co-led eight developers in a software lifecycle model development project
▪ Delivered OS/2 Multimedia audio and video applications and subsystems
▪ Developed video and 3D components for the OS/2 game SDK
▪ Resolved critical client situations in multimedia and games related problems
▪ Published five technical articles and a technical disclosure
▪ Gave 15 worldwide technical presentations and demos

Business or sector: Corporate: multimedia (video and audio) core of operating system

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University of New Mexico

Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons), Computer Science major with minor in Studio Art

Florida Atlantic University

MFA, Computer Graphics