In 2010 Heather Maio-Smith was creating an exhibit on intergenerational testimony with Holocaust survivors. As she talked to Rose Schindler, she realized that her grandchildren would never have the chance to talk to survivors personally and experience what I was learning.
After creating a 3D prototype, she brought the project to USC Shoah Foundation and USC Institute of Creative Technologies and ultimately formed a partnership to secure this in-depth interactive interview methodology.
Heather had always intended to use the interactive concept she had created to preserve the stories of humanity for future generations. In 2017, she launched StoryFile to create a cloud-based, no-code, automatic platform that would bring the power of conversational video into everyone’s hands.