About The Project

The project will result in a series of interactive historical narratives of pre-Columbian native life in southern California, presented both outdoors on augmented reality platforms accessible via geolocation through mobile apps, as well as indoors on virtual reality platforms on-demand. The field of mixed reality offers transformative new approaches to storytelling. The technologies behind augmented reality and virtual reality have the ability to provide deeply compelling and immersive sensory experiences; audiences come away from these experiences with profound new emotional connections to the characters and narratives within these platforms. People are hardwired to respond physiologically to their environments and the people within them; while virtual reality is in its infancy, it nonetheless offers viewers a palpable sense of presence and engagement, and is capable of delivering the kind of insight and perspective that have the potential to radically alter the way audiences understand history and current events. An additional goal of this project is to leverage the medium of mixed reality to develop an educational STEM program for tribal K-12 students that simultaneously addresses issues of underrepresentation of Native Americans in STEM by providing training in the computer science behind mixed reality technologies; while also enabling Native communities to reclaim their historical authority by providing them training and access to narrative craft on innovative mixed reality platforms. The hope is that this technology will be one of the ways that Native Americans can reclaim their stories and take control of their historical narratives; by enabling them to reframe their history out of the textbooks and into an experiential realm, the project will help the public arrive at a greater truth and understanding about the Native American experience.

Kilma S. Lattin

Mr. Lattin grew up in La Jolla, California, and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with Bachelor’s degrees in both History (with honors) and Communications. Mr. Lattin has also received executive education from Harvard University, the JFK School of Government and graduated in May 2012 with an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Mr. Lattin is a former United States Army military aviation officer who has flown both the AH-64 Apache helicopter and the OH-58 Kiowa. While serving, Mr. Lattin received the prestigious Soldier's Medal for Valor.

Mr. Lattin served three terms on the Pala Indian Tribe Executive Committee from 2005-2011, helping with the comprehensive development of the Pala community, assisting with the drafting of social and administrative policy on the Pala Reservation. He has also assisted in drafting and ratifying tribal ordinances, policies and resolutions (Executive and General) as well as Constitutional amendments. The Executive Committee leads the Pala Band of Mission Indians in all tribal affairs and is actively involved in various enterprises and industries.

In addition, Mr. Lattin oversaw the digital archiving of all official tribal records, dating back to 1992. Other projects include: the formation of a tribal judicial court system in 2006; the development of a DNA testing procedure to safeguard tribal enrollment eligibility; establishing a permitting process for vendors; construction oversight of a 22,000 square-foot skateboard park, which is featured prominently in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and was on a national museum tour throughout 2015; and in 2010 establishing the Tribe’s local radio station KOPA 91.3, the first new full-power FM radio station in Southern California in 20 years.

Mr. Lattin has been very active in promoting tribal veteran affairs, such as the establishment of a Pala Veteran's Center, the Pala Veteran's Club as well as the renovation of the veteran's memorial in the tribal cemetery. In 2012, Mr. Lattin developed a full-length documentary called, "Defending the Homeland: Native American Veterans in the U.S. Armed Forces" to honor the legacy of military service in the Pala Tribe. The video collected the stories of Pala’s veterans past and present featuring interviews with military veteran tribal members; the film received an Emmy Award in 2013.

Mr. Lattin was elected to sit on the Pala Utility Board and is the Tribe's alternate delegate to the National Indian Gaming Association. He continues to fly helicopters as a hobby, and completed an Ironman Triathlon in 2008.

Source: Palatribe.com
Harvard Business School Executive Education Certificate, Finance for Senior Executives 2014 – 2014

Harvard Business School Executive Education Certificate, Strategy and Execution with studies in Mumbai, India 2013 – 2013

University of Southern California -
Marshall School of Business
Master of Business Administration (MBA) with studies in Beijing, China 2010 – 2012

Harvard Kennedy School Certificate, Innovations in Governance 2007 – 2007

University of California, Santa Barbara Double Major: Communication as a social science, and History (with departmental honors) 1997 – 2002

President 2018 - 19 • Rotary Club International (La Jolla "Sunrise" chapter)

Hall of Fame Oct 2013 • San Diego Unified School District

Emmy Award Jun 2013 • National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Soldier's Medal for Valor Dec 2003 • President of the United States of America

Catherine Eng

Catherine Eng is from New York City, and is an award-winning digital designer and developer and a principal of the brand and development consultancy, touchGrove. Her apps have been featured in Apple iTunes' Top 10 and Top 100 apps, and she has designed and developed popular and award-winning apps and websites for entertainment brands such as HBO, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Sony Music, Mattel, Tiger Beat Magazine, Next Management, and more.

She studied at the Cooper Union of Art in New York City on a full-tuition scholarship as a film and fine arts major. She worked in the music video industry until discovering digital media, and has since designed and developed flagship projects for a variety of business verticals aside from entertainment including fashion, health and medicine, telecom, and education. She recently won the Ricoh Theta Prize with her 3 teammates at the Reality Virtually Hackathon at MIT in October 2017, for a virtual reality project that would assist first responders.

She has also coached winning middle school and high school Science Olympiad teams, and taught fine art and digital media to elementary school-aged children. In 2015 she founded Design Code Build, a coding academy for K-12 to teach digital media from a project-based perspective, drawing from her real-world experiences in design and development. Most recently Design Code Build has worked with Girl Scouts San Diego on a successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign to provide a game development education to over 220 Girl Scouts at summer camps and workshops at UC San Diego to create a game on mobile and web platforms called "Marshmallow Run". The project has been featured in news online and in print and has support from the developer community around the world.

Ms. Eng is currently working on educational projects with the Salk Institute, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the Moores Cancer Center, the San Diego French American School, San Diego Unified School District and the San Ysidro School District. She believes that the most lasting lessons in digital media come from projects tailored to the distinctive cultures and interests of each unique student community. It is from this perspective that she is working with Mr. Lattin on Our Games, an innovative AR/VR storytelling platform that serves as both a catalyst for STEM education in Native American communities as well as a transformative new medium for these communities to use to expand public understanding of the Native American experience.
Cooper Union School of Art Class of 1991

Ricoh Theta Prize Oct 2017 • Reality, Virtually Hackathon, MIT

"Marshmallow Run" for Girl Scouts San Diego Mar 2017 • Successfully-funded Kickstarter Campaign

#1 Teen Magazine App • Tiger Beat Magazine Dec 2012-Apr 2014 • Apple iTunes

#25 Most Downloaded Apps • Awkward Family Photos May 2013 • Apple iTunes

#5 Music App • Air Harp, touchGrove April 2010 • Apple iTunes

Best iOS Apps of 2008 • LED Football for Mattel December 2008 • Apple iTunes

#10 Most Downloaded Apps • LED Football, Mattel September 2008 • Apple iTunes