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TEDxMonterey - John Bates - The Blu: The Ocean Meets the Social Web

John is a consultant in the arena of online computer games and virtual goods. Since 2006 he has been a consultant for MindArk, creators of EntropiaUniverse.com, and he is currently also working with WEMO Media, a next generation digital studio from Venice, Calif. WEMO Media is pioneering an art and entertainment project inspired by the ocean, theblu.com, in collaboration with Academy Award winning animators, universities, artists, and developers from around the world. Bates was formerly online services director for Virtual Vegas (since sold to Vivendi), co-founder of BIGWORDS.com, and global market developer for Goldstar.com, where he was also the first employee and manager of venue relations. He has spoken at hundreds of conferences, business schools and other venues all over the world, including speaking at TEDActive during the 2011 and 2012 TED Conferences.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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