SVVR 2017 SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Nonny de la Peña

Founder and CEO, Emblematic Group
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Tony Parisi

Head of VR and AR, Unity
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Kent Bye

Host, Voices of VR Podcast
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Rikard Steiber

SVP of Virtual Reality, HTC
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SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

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Alex Sink

Alex Sink is a developer and mentor with over a decade of experience in the game industry. Alex has helped build over 30 VR/AR experiences, mentored dozens of VR/AR startups, and helped build several studios. Alex is the creator of Quilt which makes Unity3d projects configurable components to be reused and remixed. Alex is currently 3rd Dimension Explorer at Angle ...
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Amber Roy

Amber Roy has worked as a software developer in Silicon Valley for over 10 years and is currently one of the senior engineers on the Web VR team at Oculus. She’s been building web-based VR games and apps since 2014, and has previously worked at Google and several startups including AltspaceVR. Amber is a former instructor for Girls Who Code ...
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Amir Rubin

Amir Rubin, Co-Founder and CEO of Sixense, is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building companies and developing products in the fields of simulation, video games, virtual reality and motion tracking. Sixense is shaped around Amir’s two fundamental tenets for virtual reality: (1) to deliver the best user experience, the technology should be transparent to the user, and ...
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Anne Dubin, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Cardiology. Dr Dubin attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then proceeded to Babies Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for a residency in pediatrics. Her cardiology training consisted of 3 years of pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Yale-New Haven Hospital and a year of adult electrophysiology training at Yale-New ...
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Arvid Niklasson

Arvid Niklasson is a co-owner and director at Analog, an independent multi-award winning Visual Effects and Realtime studio based in London. Arvid leads the VR and Realtime development in the studio and was also the lead developer on the Bjork 'Not Get' VR Experience that is part of Bjork's ongoing show, Bjork Digital. Analog main focus in VR is aiming ...
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Ashish Agrawal

Ashish Agrawal is the Head of New Initiatives at Matterport. He is driving Matterport's VR strategy for scalable VR content creation, consumption, and distribution. Additionally, he is leading the application of Machine Learning techniques for improving understanding of real-world spaces. Most recently before Matterport, Ashish was the founder of an Internet startup in India in the temporary housing domain. Prior ...
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Atticus Sims

Atticus Sims, the co-founder and CEO of KYOTO VR, has resided in Kyoto since 2007 and originally hails from Fort Worth, Texas. He has long been interested in business and emerging technology, and following his first VR experience in 2015 he began experimenting with photogrammetry. He launched KYOTO VR in June 2016 with film maker and co-founder Alessandro de Bellegarde ...
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Berkely Frei

Berk Frei has made it his mission for the better part of 6 years to democratize 3D content creation. After many years working as a professional 3D artist creating animations for film, television and the medical field, in 2010, he founded the company Sandboxr. It married its consumer facing web-app with licensed game and film content, creating a custom merchandise ...
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Bjorn Laurin

Bjorn Laurin serves as the VP of Product for Linden Lab, and to that role he brings more than a decade of Web, mobile, and social networking industry experience. Prior to joining Linden Lab, Bjorn held several high-level management positions at MySpace and Yahoo!. His previous roles include VP and General Manager of Mobile at Myspace, VP of Product for ...
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Chanel Summers

A pioneer in the field of interactive audio, Chanel Summers has been a respected game producer and designer, Microsoft’s first audio technical evangelist, and a member of the original Xbox team, having helped to design and support the audio system for that groundbreaking console and creating the first ever support team for content creators. An accomplished touring drummer, Chanel now ...
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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is Senior Director of VR Content at HTC Vive, where he leads the Healthcare and Education content verticals at Vive Studios. In addition to having spent over 15 years developing and producing interactive content at gaming companies like EA and Tencent, Chris has led a number of startups in the gaming, healthcare, and education technology space. He is ...
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Christopher Peri

Christopher Peri is a Director at Samsung Research America. He had worked on 3D and VR starting with the VFX1 back in 1995 including teaching a class on VRML. His master thesis at UC Berkeley, 'Spatial Perception in Virtual Environments: Visual Cognition Gain with Head Mounted Displays' focused on how spatial perception and memory are improved using a HMD. This ...
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CY Zhou

Dr. Changyin (CY) Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Visbit, is a tech visionary with over a decade of experience in computer vision, image/video processing and computational camera. Prior to Visbit, he was one of the founding members of the Gcam team at Google X Lab, and worked on projects including the Google Glass camera and Android camera HDR+ mode. He ...
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Daeki Lee

Daeki focuses on consumer-facing technology: artificial intelligence, virtual reality, e-Sports, live streaming videos, robotics, and etc. He also supports TransLink’s portfolio companies by providing the necessary resources for customers and partners in Korea. Daeki is actively involved with and supports portfolio companies such as Epic!, Kamcord, Penrose Studios, Singular, and Teforia. Daeki previously interned at TransLink Capital helping the firm ...
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Damon Hernandez

Damon works in many areas of the Web3D Industry and has been active in virtual environments and the 3D web for over 15 years. He is actively involved with the 3D web’s convergence with other technologies including IoT,GIS, CAD/BIM/CAM, AR/VR, mobile and advises a variety of entities that use these technologies. He has built numerous mixed reality applications and has ...
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Dane Lancaster

In Dane’s current role as Chief Technology Officer for the Marin County Office of Education, he is responsible for the technology infrastructure that supports the instructional and administrative systems used by Marin County's 20 school districts and its 36,000 students. As 2015 chair of the California County Superintendents Educational Association's Technology and Telecommunications Steering Committee Dane’s work targeted new legislation ...
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Dario Laverde

Dario is a senior developer evangelist at HTC with a EE background and 25+ years software development experience. He’s worked as an instructor, consultant, software architect, author and entrepreneur and mentor. Dario founded several developer communities including NYC Java, NYC-GDG, NY Android and is currently active with the VR community. You can follow him on twitter: @virtual_dario ...
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David Frerichs

David Frerichs has been involved in virtual reality and 3D graphics for over 25 years, including securing patents on virtual reality head tracking and shipping the first consumer HMD. His expertise spans hardware, software, and Web services. On the standards front, he has worked on VRML97, MPEG-4, 3GPP, and others. Most recently, Mr. Frerichs has been bringing conversational AI agents ...
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David Gene Oh

Building a positive community for developers to succeed in augmented and virtual reality. David Gene Oh was born in San Francisco, and studied design at the California College of the Arts. He worked at Ubisoft, as the design brand controller of the Tom Clancy series of games. He's also had senior roles in marketing, production and business partnerships. Passionate about ...
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David Holz

Leap Motion CTO & Co-founder David Holz is the CTO & co-founder of Leap Motion, a software and hardware company developing 3D motion-control technology for virtual reality and additional platforms. Prior to co-founding the company, David contracted for NASA’s Langley Research Center and conducted neuroscience research while at The Max Planck Institute. He studied Applied Math at the University of ...
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David Liu

David Liu, Creative Director, Viacom NEXT As the Creative Director of Virtual Reality at Viacom NEXT, David steers the thought and vision for projects, bullish on the belief that VR will change lives in ways wonderful and strange. A champion for combinatorial creativity, he has designed and shipped AAA and indie games, directed television and film productions and inadvertently made ...
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Don Bland

Don Bland is a producer and entrepreneur with extensive experience creating cutting edge entertainment and capturing it with the latest advances in technology. A creative executive producer in the entertainment industry and technology entrepreneur with a proven track record in developing multiplatform, award winning content for audiences globally. Specializing in building teams, business creation & development, designing workflows, and producing ...
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Dr. Tristan Dai

Dr. Dai is the CTO and Co-founder of Noitom. His academic credentials include multiple engineering degrees including a PhD in Robotics. His career focus has been in the research and development of sensor technologies. He is a lecturer, published author and member of SPIE and ASME ...
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Drue Kataoka

Technology Artist Drue Kataoka is known for creating interactive and engaging artworks with significant social impact using cutting edge technologies like virtual reality, brainwaves (EEG), and mobile platforms. Drue’s painting Up! has been featured in the first zero gravity art exhibit at the International Space Station. Drue's reflectivity-based artistic vocabulary also includes mirror-polished steel sculptures and magic boxes. Only 24 ...
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Edwin Steussy

Attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Ed was an international entrepreneur from 1988 until 2011. Most of his work was in electronic entertainment, working on more than 50 titles. He has since become an intellectual property attorney for one of the top international law firms, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, specializing in IP litigation. Most recently, he successfully defended a ...
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Ela Darling

Ela Darling is the world’s first Virtual Reality cam girl and a pioneer of VR in the adult industry. As the Head of Content for CAM4VR, Ela is bringing VR live cams to a global scale – empowering performers to monetize across a new medium. CAM4VR is creating a unique service that offers users an experience that far surpasses what ...
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Gavan Wilhite

Gavan Wilhite is a Founder and Director of Engineering at AltspaceVR, a social VR company enabling people to do things together regardless of distance. People from around the world use the platform for a range of activities including language learning, tabletop gaming, and live comedy shows. He has spent his career leveraging game design and technology to impact other fields ...
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Geoff Skow

Geoff Skow is the co-founder and CEO of Fishbowl VR, a Techstars startup that offers on-demand VR playtesting and feedback from a remote panel of hundreds of VR early adopters. Prior to Fishbowl VR he led user engagement, usability and analytics efforts at a number of crowdsourced marketplace startups including Inkshares and PopExpert ...
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GOROman

As one of the early VR evangelists in Japan, GOROman started a VR community which grew into "Ocufes", a large VR expo which began in 2013. GOROman also started the Oculus Japan division to continue spreading the word of VR. GOROman is now the founder of XVI Inc., a VR development company that produces VR content and tools, and in ...
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Gunter S. Thompson (aka Dustin)

Gunter S. Thompson is host of Gunter's Universe a virtual reality talk show attended and recorded LIVE in VR using the Social VR platform VRChat. Since April 2014 Gunter and his crew have hosted over 75 shows with guests from the VR and entertainment industries. Every week VR users from all over the world, donning avatars ranging from aliens to ...
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Hassan Karaouni

Hassan’s favorite saying is “build the world you want to see” and he believes AR/VR are the best ways to do so. After winning a grant from Oculus, Hassan became set on helping everyone to build great AR/VR and joined FusedVR. Beyond, Hassan leads an initiative at Facebook engaging high schools and educators nationwide in AR/VR. Hassan studied at Stanford ...
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Heidi Buck

Heidi Buck is the founder and Director of the US Navy's Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality (BEMR) Lab, a space for innovative thinkers to leverage low cost commercial sector technology in the virtual and augmented reality space for collaboration between warfighter, researcher, government, industry and academia. Since its inception in early 2015 the lab has received national attention, including visits ...
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Hugh Seaton

Hugh is CEO of Aquinas Training, a software company the builds systems providing true personalized learning, wherever the learner is. Today that means mobile virtual reality. Tomorrow that will mean using virtual space to extend the learning experience and create truly new learning experiences. Aquinas Training is currently demoing their first WebVR product, with an exciting road map. Hugh is ...
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Isaac Cohen

Using the moniker ‘Cabbibo’, an homage to the late physicist Nicola Cabibbo, Isaac Cohen is a VR Artist exploring the new paradigms of user experience for headset displays. After working as a UX researcher and experimental artist at Leap Motion, Isaac began developing a series of experiments for the HTC Vive to test new forms of interaction design and game ...
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J.M Yujuico

JM is a 3-time founder that has built large scale companies from the ground up in varying industries. A sci-fi fan and lover of media and technology led him down the VR rabbit hole and to founding Vicarious. He sees the path to large scale consumer adoption coming from a product that leverages the most ubiquitous digital behavior (sharing photos ...
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James Adams

Business Development Manager at Wikitude ...
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James Hopper

James Hopper is the Development Coordinator for the EAST Initiative in Little Rock, Arkansas. He holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Harding University and a graduate degree in school psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to his time at EAST, he served as a federal law enforcement officer, and was the regional manager of a small group ...
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Jason Jerald

Jason is Co-Founder and Principal Consultant at NextGen Interactions, is Adjunct Visiting Professor at Duke University, serves on multiple advisory boards of companies focusing on VR technologies, and speaks about VR at various events throughout the world. He has been creating VR systems and applications for 20 years with over 60 VR-related projects across more than 30 organizations including Valve, ...
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Jazmin Cano

Jazmin Cano has been developing 3D content for VR games and education since her first experience using DK1 in 2013. Most recently, she operates as High Fidelity's Marketing and Events Coordinator, organizing hackathons and meetups in the virtual world and in person. While working in VR she has experience building worlds to be seen in the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, ...
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Jikhan Jung

Social gaming executive, currently CEO of Subdream Studios, Inc. Ex-CEO of COLOPL NI, Inc, released 3 VR titles this year, along with mobile games. Executive Producer at Kabam, Co-founder, CEO of Gala-Net, Inc. operated multiple online games under the gaming portal gPotato, successfully sold its business to Webzen in Feb 2013 ...
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Joakim Karlen

Joakim Karlén is Director of Product Management, VR and Middleware for Tobii, the global leader in eye tracking technology. Supporting Tobii Tech in defining and planning the company’s leading eye tracking products across the globe, Joakim is spearheading the company’s efforts in expanding eye tracking technology into the VR industry. Having worked in the technology industry since 1996, Joakim has ...
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John Lockhart

John has 20 years of healthcare medical device marketing and business experience with Guidant, Boston Scientific, and Penumbra including a start-up or two in between. He began his career as a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer with General Electric. During the last 10 years at Penumbra, John has launched many of the company’s flagship products including the Penumbra System for Acute ...
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Josh Carpenter

Josh Carpenter is the UX Lead for WebXR efforts at Google, working on Chrome VR and new standards for 3D content creation. Previously he was the lead of the Mozilla VR team, the A-Frame project, and UX Lead on Firefox OS. Josh is a native of British Columbia, Canada, now living in San Francisco ...
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Josh Farkas

Josh Farkas is the CEO of Cubicle Ninjas, a full-service design agency. Their award-winning creative work spans fresh start-ups to innovative Fortune 1000 clients, resulting in the launch of over a dozen virtual reality applications across nearly all industries ...
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Katherina Martín Abello

Katherina Martín Abello is the Chief Digital Product & Innovation Officer in the Center of Innovation at the Trimbos Institute, The Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction. She is international (TEDx) speaker and project leader of several national and international innovative digital health projects, e.g. the development, evaluation and implementation of an WHO e-health alcohol portal and intervention for ...
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Kaye Mason

Kaye Mason is a senior software engineer at Google and the API Lead for Google Daydream, as well as working on graphics and distortion. She is also the Specification Editor for the Khronos OpenXR standard. Kaye has a PhD in Computer Science from research focused on using AIs to do non-photorealistic rendering. She spent ten years as a AAA video ...
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Larry Cutler

Larry Cutler has deep technical expertise with over 15 years of experience in animation creation and development. Larry serves on the Digital Imaging Technology Subcommittee for the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards (judge for the Oscar Technical Achievement Awards) and was the co-founder of the Digital Production Symposium (DigiPro). He was most recently the Vice President of Solutions at Metanautix, ...
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Leonard Daly

Leonard Daly is President of Daly Realism, as an Internet Consultant working in 3D/VR system architecture and cloud computing based in Los Angeles. He is defining and building the capabilities for HTML and full VR support into the open source library X3DOM. He is writing the definition of the declarative open source language and is a major proponent of full ...
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Leslie Pirritano

Your Best Friend, Radeon Technology Group. Leslie Pirritano has been in various gamer and VR-related roles over the past 15 years and is officially credited as Your Best Friend at AMD. She actively works to promote diversity within the gaming and virtual reality communities and specializes in developer relations. VR is more than a job for her as she also ...
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Liesl Yearsley

Liesl Yearsley is founder/CEO of Cognea Artificial Intelligence, which was acquired by IBM and is now an integral part of Watson. Prior to that, she was founder of Mooter, a search engine company specializing in predictive personalization. This company listed on the stock exchange. Her first patents on VR go back over a decade ...
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Linda Gedemer

VR Audio Evangelist for Source Sound VR - a worldwide leader in VR sound services for cinematic, game-based, and live broadcast virtual reality experiences. Linda holds an undergraduate degree in Music Engineering / Electrical Engineering (Univ. of Miami), graduate degree in Acoustics (Rensselaer) and a PhD in Audio and Acoustical Engineering (Univ. of Salford, UK). Basically, she’s a total audio ...
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Lionel Chok

VR / Creative Technologist (Immersively Singapore & KL) Despite a somewhat advancing and cozy career path over the past 18 years in media, design, tech and creatives, Lionel decided to trade in his work life to take on a student role yet again, when news of how Oculus was acquired by Facebook back in 2014. Researching deeply about Virtual Reality ...
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Liv Erickson

Liv Erickson is a virtual reality product manager at High Fidelity based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, she worked at Microsoft as a VR/AR Evangelist. Liv is the creator and host of Just A/VR Show, a web show for aspiring VR and AR developers, and author of Entering the Metaverse and The Matrix is My Office blog ...
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Lubosz Sarnecki

Lubosz Sarnecki is a Senior Software Engineer at Collabora and VR enthusiast since the DK1 days. Working on accelerating the adoption of Open Source software in a wide array of industries, Lubosz has been actively involved with the Open Source community, and especially the GStreamer multimedia framework, since 2011. After two successful stints in the Google Summer of Code program, ...
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Marc Pacampara

Program Development and Research, foundry10. Marc studied Sociology at Highline College. His interest in studying how people develop through the influence of their environment led him to one day teach. In his years in college, he developed a love for music and dance which he has pursued rigorously since. Over the years of performing he’s developed a love for developing ...
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Marco DeMiroz

Mr. DeMiroz has extensive experience in executive roles with leading technology companies and in global investments. He was a Managing Director of Evolution Media Partners and led its investment in JauntVR where he currently serves as a Board Observer. He is also a Board member at the leading mobile marketing company, Swrve, and actively advises various media and technology companies ...
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Marcos Sanchez

Marcos is currently CEO at Truth.Ventures, a consultancy focused on providing strategic guidance on corporate and product marketing to technology companies. Previously he was Head of Global Communications for Unity Technologies, the leading platform for creating 2D, 3D, VR and AR games and experiences. Before that he was the VP of Global Corporate Communications at App Annie, the industry leader ...
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Mark Schoennagel

Mark Schoennagel is a Unity Evangelist with a strong technical background in 3D Animation for both film and video games. For nearly 20 years he was the lead evangelist for Softimage 3D, enjoying a front-row seat during the renaissance of the 3D industry. From witnessing the humble beginnings of the first ray-traced animations all the way through to today’s blockbuster ...
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Mark Stanley

Head of the Trust @ GameTrust, and VP, Internal Development and Diversification, GameStop Mark Stanley oversees innovation and diversification for GameStop, which includes the launch of new diversified initiatives like GameTrust, which focuses on great games from independent developers, and GameStop’s Global Licensing Group, which focuses on the growth of GameStop and ThinkGeek’s robust collectibles business. GameTrust’s focus is discovering ...
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Mary Mossey

Mary Mossey is a product manager at AltspaceVR, a social VR company enabling people to do things together regardless of distance. People from around the world use the platform for a range of activities including language learning, tabletop gaming, and live comedy shows. She has been involved in a number of key features including partnership events and apps, FrontRow, and ...
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Matt Bell

Matt is passionate about using technology to merge the physical and digital worlds. He is the founder of Matterport, a company that has built a 3D camera and end-to-end media platform that allows users to easily capture, navigate and share real 3D spaces online, on mobile, and in VR. The roughly 200,000 spaces captured using Matterport cameras have now been ...
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Michael Aratow

Michael Aratow is Chief Medical Information Officer of San Mateo Medical Center, an integrated delivery network which is part of the nation’s Safety Net institutions. There he is a liaison between clinicians, administrators and information technology (IT) professionals, and assists in strategy, implementation and innovation in clinical IT related matters, including bringing VR into the operational clinical environment. He is ...
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Michael Blix

Michael Blix is an VR Engineer exploring the foundations of the Metaverse at Samsung Research America based in Mountain View. When not playing VR games, working on WebVR and related web technologies as part of Samsung Internet, Samsung’s VR and mobile web browser ...
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Michael Ludden

Michael Ludden a Senior Product Manager at IBM Watson and the Program Director of Watson Developer Labs, a new team within IBM for developers by developers. Previously, Michael was Developer Marketing Manager Lead at Google, Head of Developer Marketing at Samsung, a Developer Evangelist at HTC, Global Director of Developer Relations at startups Quixey & Nexmo, and was involved at ...
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Michael Yang

Michael leads the fund’s investment activities in VR/AR, healthcare and IoT.  His relevant investments include AltspaceVR, Baobab Studios, Felix & Paul Studios, Kite & Lightning, Meta, NextVR, and Spaces.  Prior to joining Comcast Ventures in 2009, Michael was a VP/GM at Yahoo! and previously a Principal with Atlas Venture ...
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Mike Schmit

Director of Software Engineering, 360 Video. Mike began his software career as the chief architect of a Space Shuttle experiment control computer system. He then started his own software company that specialized in high performance code optimization and tools, which eventually led to working on MPEG codecs. While at Zoran he optimized the MPEG-2 and AC-3 decoders in the first ...
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Nabil Hajj Chehade

VP Engineering at Atheer ...
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Neil Schneider

Neil Schneider is the Executive Director of the Immersive Technology Alliance (the ITA), the leading trade organization focused on building market viability for technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and more. Schneider is also the Founder of Meant to be Seen (mtbs3D.com), the influential gaming community that was the launch point for products like the Oculus Rift, the ...
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Noah Robinson

Noah is a doctoral student studying clinical psychology at Vanderbilt University. His research focus is on using virtual reality to treat depression and anxiety. He is currently developing an Internet-based treatment for social anxiety disorder that provides cognitive restricting techniques to eliminate negative interpretation bias. He plans to conduct clinical research through free Internet-based VR interventions, and hopes to create ...
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Oliver Kreylos, PhD

Dr. Oliver Kreylos is a researcher with the W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES), in the UC Davis Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. Oliver has been working in virtual reality since 1998, and is the primary developer of the open-source KeckCAVES VR and visualization software stack. In his copious free time, he tinkers with ...
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Patrice Roulet Fontani

Patrice Roulet Fontani, Vice President, Technology and Co-founder, ImmerVision. Based in Canada, Patrice heads ImmerVision’s engineering as well as, contributes to IP growth and the adoption of ImmerVision’s 360° panomorph technology by global corporations. He has overseen the integration of 360° imaging technology in numerous consumer electronics, surveillance, automotive, aerospace, medical and broadcast products. Recently, he has led the miniaturization ...
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Patricia E. Glovsky

Patricia E. Glovsky is the Founder and Managing Partner of Polygon Capital, LLC, an investment bank which specializes in M&A advisory, capital raising/private placements, strategic advisory and valuation services transactions for visual computing technology companies across industries. Ms. Glovsky has over 25 years of experience in investment banking. Ms. Glovsky has been the investment banker for more VR companies than ...
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Patrick Dahms

Patrick Dahms, Advanced Technical Artist for VR/MR at BMW, is focusing on VR/MR technology evaluation for internal and external application. Based at the BMW Group Technology Office USA in Mountain View, California he is working with a variety of big and small players in the field ...
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Philip Rosedale

Co-founder, High Fidelity In 1995, Philip Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (called “FreeVue”), which was later acquired by RealNetworks where (in 1996) he went on to become Vice President and CTO. In 1999, Rosedale left RealNetworks, founded Linden Lab and built a virtual civilization called Second Life, fulfilling his lifelong dream of creating an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual ...
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Rabimba Karanjai

Rabimba Karanjai is a full-time graduate researcher, part-time hacker, and FOSS enthusiast. He is working towards getting his PhD at RICE and also loves to contribute in open source software. He has been a voluntary contributor with Mozilla in WebVR, Security and Emerging Technologies. He is also a Mozilla TechSpeaker and loves to chat with you on VR, AR, Security ...
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Rafael Brown

Rafael Brown is a 20 year game industry veteran working in VR as co-founder of Digital Myths. Rafael is a longtime game designer and creative director, who has worked on such titles as Rage, Doom, Mass Effect, Need for Speed, Mafia, and Thief. He got into VR after early exposure at id Software working under John Carmack (now CTO of ...
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Raúl Rubio

CEO, Creative Director and Founder: Raúl Rubio Munárriz, is co-founder of MercurySteam Entertainment (Castlevania: Lords of Shadow) and Tequila Works (RiME, The Sexy Brutale). With a background and degree in Computer Engineering and classic education in visual arts, Raul has deep knowledge of game design, gameplay, and the power of environmental storytelling. He has directed the beautiful backlit dead world ...
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Rebecca Mandel

Rebecca is a serial entrepreneur and Founder of Alpha Presence, a consultancy focused on helping clinics and medical centers adapt new technologies such as VR and AR in order to enhance patient centered care. Some of her clients include Stanford VR-IT, the first clinic to treat behavioural health patients with VRAR, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, the MayDay fund and ...
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Richard Ludlow

Richard Ludlow is the Audio Director at Hexany Audio, a Los Angeles-based sound and music studio specializing in audio for games and VR. Richard oversees both the creative and business aspects at Hexany, and has worked on projects for Disney, Activision, Ubisoft, Tencent, NetEase, Coca Cola, Ford, Chevrolet, and many more. His credits include games in the AAA console, indie, ...
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Richard Marks

Richard Marks is a Research Fellow at Sony Interactive Entertainment and heads the PlayStation Magic Lab within the Research & Development group. Magic Lab was founded by Marks to push the boundaries of play by exploring how technology can be used to create new entertainment experiences. Marks joined PlayStation in 1999 to investigate the use of live video input for ...
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Rick Davis

GM, North America, REWIND Rick Davis has worked in gaming and tech for 12 years in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Most recently he created and evangelised the Autodesk LIVE brand, a long-term vision, and suite of products that brings real-time environments and VR to the design world for the global software company. Rick joins REWIND as General Manager ...
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Rik Shorten

Rik is an award-winning visual effects director and producer with over 20 years of design and animation experience. He is best known for creating the visually intense forensic CG style for CBS’s hit tv show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2010 his eight seasons of groundbreaking design work on CSI, which took medically accurate computer graphics to new dimensions, was ...
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Riz Virk

Riz Virk is Head of Biz Dev at SLIVER.tv, a next generation esports entertainment platform. SLIVER.tv's unique VR experience lets users watch the world's most popular esports games in an immersive 360 environment. Riz is also the executive director of PlayLabs, a VR/AR accelerator at MIT (www.playlabs.tv). Prior to that, Riz oversaw development of mobile games for TV shows such ...
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Rob Ruffler

Senior Director, Viacom NEXT. Fierce pinball competitor by night, by day Senior Director Rob Ruffler leads VR content and product development. Rob is strategically positioning Viacom NEXT to meet the entertainment needs of the next generation through building VR products, spotting emerging VR creators and building partnerships with key players in the space. Prior to Viacom NEXT, he led the ...
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Rob Vawter

Rob Vawter, Director, Developer Advocacy at Samsung Electronics. Rob Vawter has worked with game and enterprise developers in VR, AR, mobile, console and PC spaces for the past 20 years. He is currently the Director of Developer Advocacy, VR & Mobile at Samsung. Prior to that he worked at several AR & mobile startups in business development and developer relations. He additionally ...
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Roland Manyai

Roland is CEO and founder of Leopoly 3D and has been in the 3D space since 2009. As founder of one of the most successful TEDx event series in Europe, he was inspired and engaged by 3D and VR, and joined Leonardo 3D and VR tech company. Very soon he found that one of the most exciting area is a ...
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Ronny Tobler

Ronny is CEO of Kenzan Studios, an award-winning Geneva (Switzerland) based company focused on creative content creation to delight businesses and consumers. Kenzan goes through constant Research & Development to ensure that Virtual & Augmented Reality experiences are truly immersive and unforgettable. Kenzan develops games and experiences for HTC Vive, Oculus and Noitom’s Project Alice and just launched their first ...
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Ryan A. Pavlik

Ryan A. Pavlik earned his BS in computer science and math at St. Norbert College, and his PhD with majors in human-computer interaction and computer science at Iowa State University in their Virtual Reality Applications Center. Since 2014, he has worked for Sensics, Inc. leading the design of the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) software framework, as Senior Software Engineer and ...
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Ryan Damm

Ryan Damm is a filmmaker, hacker, and light field expert. After a decade of building camera rigs and postproduction systems, he is now applying light field concepts to the emerging VR/AR industry. He has written technical articles at UploadVR and spoken at NAB, SVVR, AWE and VRS, and participated in a SMPTE technical webcast about light fields. He cofounded Visby ...
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Ryan Wang

Ryan Wang is Co-founder and General Partner of Outpost Capital, the first Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund focusing on VR/AR and new frontier technology with a strong presence in China. Ryan is known as a VR/AR expert who oversees companies in the US and greater China, with solid insights and strong connections in both markets. Prior to Outpost, Ryan was ...
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Sally-anne Kellaway

Sally-anne Kellaway is the Creative Director at OSSIC, and is the biggest technical audio nerd you’ll ever meet. This brings together some of Sal’s favourite things - daydreaming, evangelising cool things, organising things and Audio Design for VR. Sal is still riding the VR hype train because she believes VR is the future of entertainment, or the world in general ...
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Sarah Stumbo

Unity VR/AR Evangelist. Sarah became a passionate virtual reality creator after trying VR for the first time during her senior year of college, while studying electrical engineering. She made the switch to software and never looked back, as VR development was the perfect way to combine her interests in art, storytelling, and engineering. Currently the XR technical evangelist at Unity, ...
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Scott Montgomerie

CEO & Co-Founder of Scope AR ...
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Shauna Heller

After a year and a half as a Developer Relations Specialist at Oculus, Shauna Heller founded Clay Park, the first VR strategy and advisory firm for institutions, corporations and developers. At Oculus, Shauna managed engagement with non-gaming VR developers across education, enterprise, advertising, music and medicine, to name but a few. Her work included spending many hours in VR reviewing ...
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Shelley Peterson

Emerging Technologies Lead at Lockheed Martin ...
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Stephanie Llamas

As VP, Stephanie oversees both quantitative and qualitative research design and products across all digital gaming and interactive media segments for the company. A digital industry veteran, she brings deep experience in digital media and academic research, where she focused on the sociopolitical history of video games. Stephanie is an advisor for the Casual Games Association and a regular speaker ...
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Steve Holtzman

Steve founded MATTERvr with Dan Gregoire in 2015 because they saw the power VR has to emotionally connect with people. The team went on to develop FIRST, the Smithsonian-curated, AMD-sponsored virtual experience of the Wright Brothers first flight, which Steve wrote and produced. At MATTERvr, Steve is currently producing multiple immersive VR learning apps covering history, math and science due ...
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Steve Lukas

Steve Lukas has spent 3 years looking at the AR and VR industry as part of Qualcomm Ventures, where his expertise provided technical analysis on software and consumer hardware investments, with a keen interest in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. With over 15 years of experience in UX design and software development, he has self-authored over 12 mobile apps on ...
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Sunbin Song

Dr. Sunbin Song is a Research Scientist at the National Institutes of Health, in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. She is investigating the use of VR in motor rehabilitation after brain injury, as well as the development of analytics for big data potentially generated by the introduction of VR into healthcare applications. More broadly, in addition to ...
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Suzanne Leibrick

VR Nanodegree Course Developer, Udacity Suzanne is a full stack VR artist and designer. She is cofounder of the ARVR Academy, an organization which focuses on providing low-cost AR and VR education to women and other under-represented groups in the tech industry, and is also a course developer for the Virtual Reality Nanodegree program provided by Udacity. In her spare ...
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Tak Fujii

Tak Fujii has over 20 years of game production experience, covering arcade and console development in the 90’s through to the new era of mobile games and Virtual Reality. He joined DMM.com Labo to share his extensive knowledge with the next generation, including 10 years of experience working with foreign branches to deliver global titles across domestic and foreign markets ...
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Tim Merel

Tim Merel is Founder/CEO of VR/AR M&A adviser Digi-Capital and VR/AR visual messaging platform Eyetouch Reality. He is a software engineer, investment banker and lawyer, writes a monthly VR/AR column for TechCrunch, and is regularly featured discussing VR/AR by Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, USA Today and more ...
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Tipatat Chennavasin

Tipatat Chennavasin is a General Partner of the Venture Reality Fund investing in early stage VR and AR companies. He has extensive experience creating both interactive VR/AR and 360 video. He became convinced of the power of VR when he accidentally cured himself of his real life fear of heights while developing in VR. He has established himself as VR/AR ...
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Tom Emrich

Partner at Super Ventures ...
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Tom Swanson

Since the start of foundry10, Tom has been working on developing its understanding of how learning relates to technology, video games, and student choice. From organizing digital audio production programs to putting on tabletop game design courses, Tom has seen the diverse forms that learning can take from student to student ...
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Tony Bevilacqua

Tony is the Founder and CEO of CognitiveVR, an enterprise analytics platform specifically designed to address the challenges in virtual and augmented reality. Prior to founding CognitiveVR, Tony co-founded and exited another startup that focused primarily on revenue optimization for enterprise ...
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Varun Jain

Varun is a Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures and is based in San Francisco. He joined Qualcomm Ventures in 2014 and has since sourced and led their early-stage investments in Clearmotion, Cruise Automation (acquired by General Motors), Even Responsible Finance, Flirtey and Navdy. In 2017, Varun was recognized as one among the global top 20 Rising Stars in the ...
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Vasanth Mohan

Vasanth AKA Fuseman started the FusedVR Youtube channel in April 2016 in an effort to increase the number of people excited about creating VR content, specifically with the HTC Vive and Unity. Since then, he has worked at Udacity to develop the VR Nanodegree and recently also got Unity Certified. Prior to this, he did research at Stanford’s Virtual Human ...
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Victoria Rege

Victoria is focused on ecosystem development and alliances for virtual and augmented reality and heading up product for the VR Funhouse game. Previously, she ran global product marketing and campaigns for NVIDIA GRID. She's passionate about graphics products and technologies, and the way they're changing how companies work, how students learn and how consumers and gamers play. Prior to joining ...
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Vinay Narayan

Vinay Narayan is Executive Director of VR for HTC VIVE as well as a Board Member and Adviser to a host of VR and AR focused companies, associations, and institutions.  As a customer focused product strategist, he oversees the commercialization and market penetration strategies for VR. He works with the VR and AR community on ways we will consume content ...
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Walter Greenleaf, PhD

Walter Greenleaf, PhD is a research neuroscientist and medical product developer working at Stanford University. Walter is known internationally as an early pioneer in digital medicine and virtual environment technology, and is considered the leading authority on medical applications of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Technology. As a scientist and medical product developer, Walter�s focus has been on computer-supported clinical ...
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Yukiharu Tomita

Yukiharu Tomita, COO, meleap inc. meleap inc. is an augmented reality entertainment startup founded in 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. meleap has developed HADO, a combination motion sensor, smartphone and AR tracking solution for location-based entertainment centers. HADO is deployed in 60+ venues across 6 countries ...
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Yuval Boger

Yuval (“VRguy”) joined Sensics in 2006 to help take VR from the lab to the market. Nearly a decade later, he brings his unique technical and market expertise to works with consumer electronics, industrial and academic leaders to help them shape the art of the possible in VR. He is a key architect of OSVR, the open-source virtual reality initiative, ...
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