For the second time the DC Global Media Innovator has been awarded during UN registered think tank Diplomatic Council’s annual All Nations Gala that took place at Grand Hotel Hessischer Hof in Germany’s finance capital Frankfurt.
After V-Nova, a London based pioneer in the field of video compression, who was awarded the first DC Global Media Innovator in 2016, this year the Innovator went to Santa Monica’s Emblematic Group. The group is a worldwide leader in the production of Virtual Reality content in documentations and for the news. They also deal Augmented- and Mixed Reality content. The group’s founder Nonny de la Peña is called “Godmother of Virtual Reality”, a title that was brought up first by the British daily newspaper The Guardian.
At the ceremony Dieter Brockmeyer, Chairman DC Global Media Forum, explained: “Today we are again seeing the rise of nationalism and protectionism around our globe. One of the main reasons, I believe, is the rapid change our societies are facing that is mainly driven by digital. And people are longing for the old comfort and social security they are losing. However, this will not come back. It is our goal to help them understand the positive aspects of digital change. New inventions can always be used for either good or bad. Let’s contribute to make good use the winner. Then we can make the world the better place we are longing for!”
Eric Achtman, co-founder of last year’s Innovator V-Nova, explained what an honor something as exclusive as the Innovator means for companies driving innovation: “It always draws a lot of attention to the company’s product of service, especially if the honor is coming from an organization that brought together such an outstanding global leader-board.” He also held the laudation on the new Innovator: Emblematic Group: “Their work is pushing the boundaries of storytelling to create empathy in audiences for stories that matter”, Achtman quoted the GMI Board.
Emblematic has received a livelong Fellowship of the Diplomatic Council and Belgian/German Ulrike Bolenz presented her art object “Blue Woman” that is part of this year’s Innovator package. It is the second time this world class artist with works in the MoMA collection contributed to the Global Media Innovator. In January 2016 it was her object “Icarus – Breakthrough” that was given to V-Nova during the Innovator premiere.