Adaora Udoji

Director of Corporate Innovation at New York City’s RLab

ADAORA’s expertise is emerging technology. She helps corporations build products, teams, and services, she helps startups grow their businesses, investors identify new opportunities, and audiences around the world understand how new tech can work. Udoji also invests in and advises women founders and entrepreneurs. She tells stories with pictures and words in video, film, virtual reality, and augmented reality

Currently, she is the Director of Corporate Innovation at New York City’s RLab, the first City-funded hub focused on immersive tech, the next generation of user interfaces including virtual and augmented realities and related technologies. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.

Adaora works at the cutting edge of products and services, integrating strategy, rapid prototyping, product development and convening across functions and sectors to drive digital transformation. She worked for and now with Fortune 500 companies, consulting firms to venture capital and startups.

She is on the board of NEW Inc of the New Museum and advises SXSW Pitch 2019, VRAR Association, and the Guggenheim Museum Global Innovation Council. She also mentors at the Op’Ed Project and the 92nd Street Y Women in Power and is a former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at WeWork Labs. and Adaora supports women founders and entrepreneurs: Pipeline Angels, The Helm, and SheEO radical Generosity.

Her career began at ABC News after graduating from the UCLA School of Law and the University of Michigan. For more than a decade she reported on breaking news, features and politics from Boston to Baghdad for that outlet, CNN and public radio. She traveled the country based in Los Angeles, then New York, and then the world when based in London. For her contributions, she won numerous awards including recognition for her work from The National Academy of Television Arts, and Sciences and the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for reporting on the Afghan war and Hurricane Katrina respectively.

In her spare time, she tells stories, supporting and producing short films and documentaries. Adaora holds dual American and Irish citizenship and has lived on four continents.

Josh Haftel, Principal Product Manager at Adobe

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