Your coaches

These three experts in interactive factual storytelling will be present at each Booster, guiding you through each development phase. Boosters also feature inspirational sessions with digital makers and special guests with expertise in finance, budgeting, distribution and pitching.


Sandra Gaudenzi

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Sandra is a mentor and advisor for new interactive factual projects.  She curates a monthly Meet up for i-docs makers based in London and co-devised !F Lab with iDrops, a company driving forward social innovation and digital training. She also co-convenes i-Docs, a conference dedicated to interactive documentaries.

Sandra is currently designing the first UK MA in Interactive Factual Narrative for Westminster University (disLAB - starting September 2017).  She is a Senior Lecturer at Westminster University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England, with an interest in interactive documentary, participatory practices, UX in i-docs, transmedia storytelling, locative experiences, games for change and virtual reality.

Sandra began her career as a television producer, before moving into interactive television and teaching at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London).  Her PhD, The Living Documentary: from representing reality to co-creating reality in digital interactive documentary is available online. Sandra blogs at http://www.interactivefactual.net.


 Mike Robbins

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Mike Robbins is Creative Technologist and a partner at Helios Design Labs, where he has been for the last 15 years. He oversees the interactive part of Helios' creative output.

Recent storytelling projects that he has worked on include The Disaster Resilience Journal with the European Red Cross, Highrise with Kat Cizek and the NFB, Offshore with Brenda Longfellow, 17,000 Islands with Thomas Østbye and Edwin, World Online Orchestra with the Copenhagen Phil among others.

His work has collectively won a number of major awards and nominations, including a Peabody for Short History of Highrise, an Emmy and has been featured in such venues as IDFA, Sheffield DocFest, smartFip@, Bristol iDocs, MIT Docubase and other. Mike studied visual Arts at York University in Toronto and picked up his computer skill on the job at Helios.


Samuel Gantier

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Samuel Gantier is an associate professor at the University of Valenciennes (France) - PhD in UX Design.

He is in charge of a master degree in UX/UI Design where he teaches User-centric Design, paper and screen prototyping, Audiovisuel and Interactive Documentary Design.

His research focuses on innovation processes in Interactive Audiovisuel field.

Samuel began his career as an editor and documentary filmmaker before moving to “new media”. In the last 15 years, he has made and edited more than 30 documentary films and webdocumentary for French broadcasters (Arte, France Televisions, Canal +, etc.).

In 2012-2014, he was a transmedia consultant for Pictanovo (northern France), a company which offers financial and technical support in the field of audiovisual and interactive production.

Website : http://www.samuelgantier.com/


Guest coaches:

Wim Forceville

Wim Forceville is co-founder of Fisheye.eu, a cross-media production house. 
As Creative Director at Fisheye, Wim has started their VR branch FisheyeVR. Now an independent VR producer, Wim is consulting on projects, producing his own ideas and curating a series of VR workshops. Wim’s strong belief is that VR s a medium that can move people in their body and heart, making it an ideal medium for activist causes. 
He is currently working on a VR doc in Greece and Brazil.


Coaches at previous editions


Clint Beharry

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Clint Beharry is a creative technologist with a background in art, design, data visualization and coding.

Working with HI’s staff of social and data scientists, his role is to blend theory and technology to explore the interplay between narrative media and social impact. He holds an MFA in Interaction Design from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he designed and developed software and hardware prototypes for applications in psychology, sensory immersion and data visualization.

Prior to graduate school, Beharry worked on a broad range of creative and technical projects. He has designed for print, mobile and web, developed front-end websites and back-end web applications and received commissions for visual art. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Miami.


Filip Fastenaekels

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Filip Fastenaekels is Mediaproducer for the Flemish Public Radio and Television Broadcaster (VRT), BBC, ZDF, NOS and NRK. Filip initially started his career off as a journalist at VRT, but quickly moved on to a different, pioneering platform; he was the first to create online websites as vrtnieuws.net, canvas.be, een.be and ketnet.be, news portals, digital television applications, games and virtual world for VRT.

Filip was very influential in their design and production. Recognised as a visionary, he was given a pioneering role within the organisation. In 2001, Filip founded his own silent media company TaDaa which consults in different media productions.


Erika Grijalva

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Erika is a multidisciplinary UX Designer that inspires action. She serves a connection through interactive products and services.

Employing user-focused strategies and deploying user-centric design, she has helped shape platforms for change. The Rockefeller Foundation, The Global Fund, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art She are some of the nonprofit groups she has designed interactive experiences for. Erika also co-designed an interactive platform with the Sierra Club that enabled the environmental movement to drive activism online while mobilizing communities.
She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from The University of Texas at El Paso where she specialized in Graphic Design. As a Visual Design instructor at General Assembly, Erika has honed her passion to enable others to find success in visual and interaction design. Erika is a relentless inquirer, bacon lover, and triathlete in the making. She loves to cook almost as much as discovering hidden taquerias.