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Chris Grayson - . New York, NY, US

Chris Grayson Chris Grayson


Digital Innovation Strategist



An expert in emerging media and mobile augmented reality — where social, mobile, culture and marketing converge.

¶ A veteran of the New York digital advertising scene, having worked with many of the city's largest agencies — 3 years with Ogilvy, 4 years with Euro RSCG, among others — servicing the accounts of some of the world's most recognized brands. His campaigns for Nikon, Intel, MCI and Volvo have been honored by The Ad:Tech Awards, The Addy Awards, The Web Awards and The OneShow.

¶ He is a frequent public speaker on emerging media and geo-location based mobile trends, with a focus on augmented reality. As an event organizer, he is founder and host of TEDxSiliconAlley in New; a co-organizer of ARE: Augmented Reality Event, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley, California — ARE is the world's largest business convention dedicated exclusively to augmented reality.

¶ Chris Grayson has been sourced and/or quoted by the media in The Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Venture Beat, The New York Observer, AdWeek's AdFreak, Florida Today, Shopper Marketing Magazine, Web Designer Magazine, Outside Magazine, and others.

¶ Chris was a contributing writer to the print edition of H+ Magazine, the journal of Humanity Plus, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

¶ His eclectic education gave him the opportunity to study under two Neue Bauhaus alumni and Mies van der Rohe pupils — interior design with Jim Harrington while at Memphis State University, and John McNanie while studying architecture at Pratt Institute. Also while at Memphis State, Chris extended an Honors Colloquium entitled, "Computers in the Human Context," into an independent study program on the historical and cultural anthropological relationship between humans and our technology (also known as Cyborg Anthropology). He previously studied fine art at Memphis College of Art.

¶ An "early adopter," Chris had his first Internet account in 1983 with CompuServe and his Commodore Vic-20.

¶ Mr. Grayson is also the inspiration for the character Commander Grayson, in "The Unincorporated Woman," the third science fiction novel in the Prometheus Award winning "unincorporated" trilogy by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin.

Industry Expertise (2)



Event Appearances (10)

Augmented Reality = ARPA's Original Vision of Web

SxSX Interactive  Austin, TX, 900 seat venue


Augmented Reality = ARPA's Original Vision of Web (NASA Dress Rehearsal for SxSW)

NASA Employees Only (Private Engagement)  NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, von Karman Auditorium


Jet Pack Panel — Social Media & The Arts

Social Media Week, New York, 2012  New York, NY


Theme: The creative use of technology, beyond its originally intended application, with unexpected or unintended outcomes, that are either good, or bad, or possibly unknown.

TEDxSiliconAlley (Host & Opening Lecture)  GREY Advertising, Town Hall Auditorium, New York, NY


Mobile Augmented Reality & Future Trends, on Mobile Frontiers Panel

FutureM  Microsoft North Eastern Research and Development (N.E.R.D.), Cambridge / Boston, MA


The Intersection of Augmented Reality and DOOH, on Augmentation Panel

Digital Out of Home Forum  Sentry Center, New York, NY


Face Tracking & Facial Recognition in Mobile Augmented Reality & Digital Out of Home Display Analytics

Leo Burnett Retail Summit  Chicago, IL


Face Tracking & Facial Recognition in Mobile Augmented Reality & Digital Out of Home Display Analytics

Marketing & Media Technologies Council  Bank of Montreal, 3 Times Square, New York, NY


Special Effects, Rendered in Real Time, Over Real Life (Keynote Speaker and Augmented Reality Panel Moderator)

GeoWorld Summit  Dumbo Loft, Brooklyn, NY


Augmented Reality, Face Tracking, and Facial Recognition (Augmented Reality Panel Moderator)

Engage Expo!  Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY