Davar Ardalan is the founder and storyteller-in-chief of IVOW, a cultural storytelling startup powered by artificial intelligence. She created IVOW based on the realization that, in order to best tell stories reflecting all of us, AI algorithms must be culturally sensitive and informed by a diverse, cross-sectoral range of inputs and structured data.
Ardalan is a veteran journalist who worked in public media for over 20 years, most of those at NPR News. As an award-winning producer, she specialized in stories anchored in multiculturalism while her real-time story campaigns cultivated thought leaders across social media. After leaving NPR in 2015, she brought that expertise to her next role as Director of Storytelling at the open innovation agency SecondMuse. There, she helmed storytelling efforts for various campaigns, including NASA’s SpaceApps and Australian Aid’s innovation program. For the latter, Ardalan used emerging technologies like 360˚/VR and gamification to produce stories about food innovation in Timor-Leste, the female seaweed farmers who are re-engineering aquaculture in Tanzania, and nutrition education in Fiji and Tonga.
Ardalan, who is also a character writer for Sophia the Robot of Hanson Robotics, has been recognized with a 2017 NASA Team Leadership award for Space Apps, a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and a shout-out in the popular comic strip Zippy. In May 2014, she was the recipient of a United States Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.
Around the world, citizens are actively engaging in civic tech, social robots are tweeting and veteran storytellers are capturing and curating stories in new and dynamic ways using virtual and augmented reality. This explosion of tools, sources, voices, and data is indicative of a new more collaborative era for storytelling but is the public getting quality stories? Join an award-winning storyteller and entrepreneur, Davar Ardalan of IVOW, for a dynamic look at the intersection of emerging technology, transparency and inclusivity in media.
In her keynote, Ardalan will talk about the future of storytelling in AI, robotics, and VR/AR and address the critical lack of quality and inclusive data. Ardalan is the founder and storyteller-in-chief of IVOW, a cultural storytelling startup powered by artificial intelligence. A veteran journalist, Ardalan founded IVOW after 20+ years at NPR News in Washington DC. She believes that in order to best tell stories reflecting all of us, AI algorithms must be culturally sensitive and informed by a diverse, cross-sectoral range of inputs and structured data.