Innovating Innovation: UNLV and Caesars Entertainment Partner for the Future of Gaming

Innovating Innovation: UNLV and Caesars Entertainment Partner for the Future of Gaming

October 15, 2019, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Titian 2303
In 2019, UNLV and Caesars Entertainment announced their unique public-private partnership Black Fire Innovation. Black Fire, housed in the flagship building of Las Vegas' Harry Reid Technology Park, is being purpose-built to disrupt the gaming, hospitality and entertainment industries. Featuring a first-of-its-kind integrated resort living lab, Black Fire will serve as a launch pad for student learning opportunities, start-ups and industry collaboration. Partners will be able to showcase their technologies for the region and students will get hands-on experience with emerging-technologies like VR, AR and IoT. • History of Innovation in Gaming • Public-Private Partnerships • Future Opportunities for Disruption • Innovation in the Industry


  • Elly Reed


    Product Director

    Caesars Entertainment

    Product leader with 10 years of experience in high tech. Dynamic, mission driven and passionate about the products and technologies that connect...

  • Andrew Baca


    Director of Business Innovation & Technology Strategy

    Caesars Entertainment

    As the Director of Business Innovation and Technology Strategy for Caesars Entertainment, Andrew is part of a team that evaluates emerging technology...

  • Tom Lasiter


    Head, Global Hospitality Sector, Visual Solutions Group

    Intel Corporation

    Tom Lasiter leads Intel's Visual Solutions Hospitality vertical business in the Retail, Banking, Hospitality, and Education group. In this role Tom...

  • Zach Miles


    AVP for Economic Development; Executive Director, UNLV Research Foundation

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

    Zach Miles received his Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in microbiology and chemistry from Weber State University and his Juris Doctor...

  • Robert Rippee


    Director, Hospitality Lab, International Gaming Institute

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

    Robert is the Director of UNLV's acclaimed Hospitality Innovation Lab ant esports Lab.

Program Type

  1. Program Type
    Interactive Panel Discussion


  1. Track
    Non-Gaming Growth Opportunities