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Digital pioneers including Tech City UK to set out vision for future of storytelling at Children’s Global Media Summit 2017

Leading figures in virtual reality and technological innovation will come together in December to debate what the future of their industry means for children.

Gerard Grech, CEO at Tech City UK, Jan Pinkava, Creative Director at Google Spotlight Stories, and Resh Sidhu, Creative Director for Virtual Reality at Framestore, will form a panel at the Children’s Global Media Summit 2017.

Their session, ‘What’s the Future of Storytelling?’, will explore how virtual reality has changed children’s perceptions of the world.

The session will be hosted by Spencer Kelly, who presents the BBC's flagship technology show Click.

The panellists will also discuss how innovative technology such as AI, AR, VR and holograms is being used to tell stories in new ways and what this means for the Unlimited Generation – those for whom the digital world has become an unlimited resource with unlimited possibilities.

Resh Sidhu, who describes herself as ‘Queen of VR’, said: “I’m thrilled and honoured to be part of the Children's Global Media Summit. Virtual reality opens the door to a whole new level of immersion, but we must tread cautiously and we must understand this nascent medium to help it reach its full potential.”

The Summit will be chaired by BBC’s Director of Children’s, Alice Webb, who said: “The way children consume stories is rapidly changing and at CGMS 2017 it will be our job to decide in what direction that change is heading.

“Our task as content producers, technology providers and policy makers is to do what’s right for young people and ensure they can live the best life they can – and ultimately be supported, not overwhelmed, by the digital world.”

Curated by the BBC and taking place in Manchester from 5-7 December, the Summit will feature a unique programme of content encompassing five themes of education, empowerment, entertainment, innovation and freedom.For more information, visit: www.cgms17.com