Media Innovator 
Emerging Tech | Digital Transformation

ADAORA is a media innovator; an award-winning storyteller with an expertise in emerging technology. She helps build new tech products, teams, and business model strategies. She’s also a media make including creating new tech immersive formats like virtual reality and augmented reality, having written and directed experiences for the likes of Google Daydream VR, as well as the producer of documentaries and short films.

She currently heads a corporate innovation and venture program team at RLab, a New York City initiative focused on emerging technology like spatial computing- virtual reality, augmented reality, gesture, voice, neural networks. Previously, she ran a media-tech startup, News Deeply, worked in venture capital and as a journalist covered some of the most compelling stories of our time from the Iraq war to Hurricane Katrina and the election of President Barack Obama for ABC News, CNN and public radio.

For those contributions, she’s won many awards including recognition by The National Academy of Television Arts, and Sciences and the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for reporting on the Afghan war and Hurricane Katrina respectively.

She is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts and on the board of NEW Inc of the New Museum. She advises SXSW Pitch, the VRAR Association, the Guggenheim Museum Global Innovation Council and mentors at the Op’Ed Project. In 2019 she was named a juror for the Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes (immersive storytelling competition). Also, Adaora has produced a number of short films and documentaries including: “Girl Talk” and “Yemi’s Wedding.”Previously, she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at WeWork Labs.

She lives in Brooklyn and holds dual American and Irish citizenship which has made it easy for her to have lived on four continents, Africa, Europe, Central Asia, and North America.

About Emerging Reality Technology

Convening the technologists, academics, storytellers and startup veterans that New York City hosts and attracts will create an invigorating boost to VR/AR’s momentum as we head into 2017.

Adaora Udoji
Crain’s New York Business

Industries have been conditioned to pay attention to what’s down the road—even if it’s only 1 percent of your time, it’s never too soon—that’s one of the lessons of digital. You need to be in parallel with the revolution. The eyeballs are going to go there.

Adaora Udoji

Innovation is never going to stop. We talk about these things as if there’s an endpoint, but there isn’t.

Adaora Udoji
Ricciardi Group - Media Innovator Q&A