Savannah Niles is a multi-disciplinary designer and technologist working in XR.
She's currently Principal Designer at Magic Leap, a Florida-based spatial computing startup with $2.6 billion in funding. For 5 years at Magic Leap, Savannah has designed, prototyped, and shipped a wide range of hardware and software products, with 20+ patent applications and grants. She continues to contribute as a multidisciplinary leader across design, technology, and strategy roles. Currently, Savannah leads interaction design and prototyping for Magic Leap's core hardware and software platforms.
Savannah graduated in 2015 with her Master's from the Media Lab at MIT, where she received full funding in Dr. Andy Lippman's Viral Spaces group. While there, she researched mobile diagnostics, maternal health technology, and new media in visual journalism. She developed her thesis on techniques for generating expressive and evocative video excerpts, designed for emerging interfaces, such as XR and ambient displays.
Previously, Savannah designed interactive experiences for Walt Disney Imagineering and Twitter. She graduated summa cum laude from SMU in May 2013 with degrees in sculpture (BFA) and creative computation (BA).
Savannah has served as a juror at SIGGRAPH for 3 years, and has been honored to speak at a number of XR-industry events, including the keynotes for MUTEK, Laval Virtual, and the World Usability Congress. She's is currently based in Miami.