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Las Vegas 2014 Speakers

Jim Watters

I am a photographer, software developer, image manipulator, photo creator, and panorama guru.

My decades of computer experience started with purchasing a C64.

With no knowledge at the time of how to combine my two passions of photography & computers, I abandoned computers, and began a career in photography. I studied 3 years and received a Diploma of Fine Craft in Photography. I did not leave computers behind, I was still using computers for desktop publishing to complete graphic assignments.

In the years to follow I was using computers more and more to manipulate photographs. My passion for computers increased. With the goal of combining photography manipulation and computers, I added a Bachelor’s degree in computers to my list of completed education.

Now I am an Imaging Software Engineer specializing in panoramic photography. I have contributed to Panotools and was involved in getting it on to SourceForge. Along the way I have learned many aspects of computers and am armed with copious knowledge of graphic software. I am currently works for Garden Gnome Software.

I first rotated my camera around the NPP using a homemade wooden mount, snapping a panorama in 1992.

I shot my first 360° panoramic video in 2006.

I have been involved with Sphericam panoramic video camera.

I purchased 8 inexpensive Mobious action cameras to create a spherical multicamera panoramic video rig. Before I placed the cameras into that rig I did some experimenting . I wanted to know  what was possible with many little cameras. I have been creating variations of a stereoscopic 3D panoramic rig ever since.

Matt Rowell

Matt is an accomplished Digital Media Producer with over 15 years experience as a web developer and more than 8 years of experience in the photography and video production industries. Before starting his own business, Matt worked for an award-winning Portland based digital agency for 8 years. He’s worked on web and multimedia productions for clients such as OHSU, Wells Fargo, Siemens, A-dec, Salmon-Safe and many others. As a native Oregonian, born and raised, Matt enjoys hiking, fishing, camping and backpacking.

Dominik Baumann

Dominik Baumann works as a staff producer of multimedia content and photography for Switzerland’s largest daily Blick in Zurich.

Before this he freelanced and later worked as staff photographer for various newspapers in Lucerne and Zurich, Switzerland, covering national and international news.

The multimedia elements he is producing for Blick include audio slide-shows, 360°-panorama-photography, interactive-animation and video contents for web and mobile devices.

Matthias Taugwalder


  • Born 1981, grown up in Zermatt/Switzerland in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
  • Started shooting panoramas in 1999.
  • Master Studies in Business Informatics at the University of Zurich/Switzerland.
  • Matthias Taugwalder lives in Zurich/Switzerland.
  • Realized several exhibition projects in the past years about Alpine Panoramic Photography for museums in Switzerland.
  • Has been working since 2010 in the field of using 360 degree content in corporate apps and news media.
  • His company CONCEPT360 GmbH is an international image agency specialized on interactive content and the usage of panoramas for media companies, museums and advertising agencies.
  • His clients are for example media companies as Ringier, Gruner+Jahr or the Swiss Radio and Television SRF; or companies such as Swiss Tourism or MAMMUT Sports Group.


Soufi Esmaeilzadeh

Soufi Esmaeilzadeh is a Product Manager for Google Maps Street View. Her primary focus is Business View, a product that helps businesses showcase their presence online through panoramic photography.

Soufi joined Google in 2011, expanding the company’s partnerships in the Geo Imagery space. Prior to Google, she ran her own business in the tech space focused on SMBs and also advised fortune 500 companies as a management consultant.

She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University where she conducted research and co-authored papers on conformable displays.

Soufi is an avid traveler and skier!

She lives in Palo Alto, California.

Tom Mills

Tom Mills is 37 years old and Photography has played a substantial part of his life. Computer skills generated along side it allowed him to develop an expertise in the emerging field of 360 degree panoramic photography and virtual tour programming.

He is an international panoramic photography award winner, and has been exhibited in England, USA, Germany and France. His photographs have been selected for exhibition in London by the Association of Photographers. Tom Mills over the years has garnered a host of prestigious clients from famous fashion brands to world renowned art galleries.

Commissions include the Royal Wedding, Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Royal Wedding, the Champions League and FA Cup Finals, Wimbledon, Range Rover, Jaguar, Burberry, Top shop, Jimmy Choo, BBC, Daily Mail, Guardian, Sunday Times, Hello Magazine, The Red Cross, BT, EE, Kings of Leon, the FA, Juventus FC, Arsenal FC and Red Bull. He has created virtual tours of the interior of Prince William’s helicopter and a groundbreaking virtual tour for the National Gallery.