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ETC Exec Coffee with… Verizon (22 min. highlight reel from 1hr session)

ETC Executive Coffee with… Verizon – a discussion among USC students and Verizon’s Albert Lao

“How will advances in network technology over the next 36 months impact the way we watch movies, play videogames, and create and produce immersive and engaging experiences?” was the main discussion topic of the ETC Executive Coffee with… Verizon zoom meeting held Sept. 23rd from 12:15-1:15. Albert Lao, Segment Leader, Americas, Global Channels & SI, Solutions Architecture, Verizon Enterprise Solutions spoke with a group of USC students. The students selected, based on their statements of interest, from the cinema, business, and engineering schools. They ranged from freshman through graduate students.  After a short video describing Verizon’s plans for 5G and edge computing, Mr. Lao and the ETC’s Phil Lelyveld lead the group in a discussion of the future of streaming media, the post-pandemic theatrical experience, immersive media, and other topics related to entertainment and advances in network technology.  Throughout the conversation Albert provided history and context. You can see a 22 minute highlight reel of the one hour discussion here.  Or you can start with a 4 minute preview video here.

The Entertainment Technology Center at USC is producing a series of virtual ‘coffee discussions’ that bring students and ETC member company executives together to connect and discuss topics of mutual interest during this period of remote learning and social distancing. This Verizon session if the first of eight currently planned for the Fall semester at USC.

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