Thursday, October 25, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

  • Room: 1D5/6

  • Session Number:NYTA2
A Creative Revolution is taking shape driven by the still-emerging medium of virtual reality it's setting the stage for never-before-seen kinds of creativity that is pushing storytelling forward in ways we never imagined. The sheer amount of problem solving, rule breaking, determination and inventiveness the VR creative and production process... ...read more...
Speaker(s)
Resh Sidhu

Resh Sidhu is award-winning Creative Director at AKQA, based in New York. She is one of the most well-regarded names in Virtual Reality driving the medium forward with her fearless creativity and innovative approach. Her diverse portfolio ranges from mixed reality, digital experiences, global marketing campaigns and product development where...

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    • Session Number:NYTA1
    Join Winston Chen of Samsung Research America as he reviews the new WebXR standard. Learn about what's new in this standard, how it differs from the WebVR standard, and how to get started!...
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    Damon Hernandez

    Damon works in many areas of interactive 3D 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, and mobile. He has built numerous mixed reality applications and...

    Fabien Benetou

    Fabien Benetou is a WebVR Freelance Developer for startups and Fortune500 companies, Mozilla AFrame contributor and passionate for new technologies and their applications. Fabien has been making WebVR content for a couple of years and has already lead dozens of workshops, for professionals or for the public at large, in...

    Roland Dubois
    Roland Dubois

    Roland Dubois is the Co-Founder & CXO at Virtuleap, founding designer at studio.zeldman and the creator of GRAVR — A globally recognized avatar for VR on the web; the first and only API for personalized and accessible VR built for users, developers & designers. Previously, Roland co-founded the consulting agency...

    Tony Parisi

    Tony Parisi is a virtual reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the co-creator of 3D graphics standards, including VRML, X3D and glTF, the new file format standard for 3D web and mobile applications. Tony is the author of O’Reilly Media’s books on Virtual Reality and WebGL: Learning...

    Winston Chen

    Winston is an engineer on the Samsung Internet team based in the US. He primarily works on WebVR and security for Samsung Internet. He also works on various web-based projects such as WebAR and Web Payment....

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      Thursday, October 25, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

      • Room: 1D5/6

      • Session Number:NYTB2
      360 video & photography has improved immensely in the past few years. Join industry veteran Jim Malcom as he shares latest updates in the state of the art for 360 degree video production...
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      Jim Malcom

      Jim Malcolm is an industry veteran with more than two decades of imaging, virtual reality (VR) and consumer product experience. In his current role, he serves as the General Manager, North America at Humaneyes Technologies where he is responsible for managing the launch and success of the Vuze VR Camera....

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        • Session Number:NYTB1
        It has been said that VR truly comes into its own when haptics are included. But what does it take to create an immersive haptic experience? What can you expect from haptics, and what are the pitfalls?...
        Speaker(s)
        David Polinchock

        For 20+ years, David has explored emerging technologies that can help brands tell better stories. He is launching a new company, the Experiential Advertising Group, dedicated to creating strategic immersive experiences. He was an early pioneer in the use of virtual reality for advertising and marketing, having started experiential advertising...

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          Thursday, October 25, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

          • Room: 1D5/6

          • Session Number:NYTC2
          Whether you’re creating immersive movies or mobile experiences, Adobe tools give you everything you need to create and refine immersive videos - whether you’re editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, adding motion graphics in Adobe After Effects CC, or cleaning up footage in Adobe Photoshop CC. Adobe’s acquisition of Mettle... ...read more...
          Speaker(s)
          Chris Bobotis

          Director of Immersive, Adobe Systems Inc Chris is Director of Immersive at Adobe, overseeing the company’s Immersive Media efforts. Chris is the software architect for the SkyBox suite of 360˚ video and cinematic VR tools, which Adobe recently acquired from Chris’ previous company Mettle. Chris co-founded Mettle in 1992 and was Partner...

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            • Room: 1D3/4

            • Session Number:NYTC1
            Nothing beats VR when it is truly roomscale. Join HTC's Dario Laverde as he shares tips & tricks for creating roomscale VR that engages users. Along the way, Dario will cover some key Unity ideas that make roomscale VR that much more compelling....
            Speaker(s)
            Dario Laverde

            Dario is a senior developer evangelist at HTC with an EE background and 25+ years software development experience. He is a veteran of software development for mobile, embedded, Web, and enterprise. Among his various professional roles, he has worked as an Android instructor, consultant, Java architect, author and entrepreneur. Dario has...

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              Thursday, October 25, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

              • Room: 1D3/4

              • Session Number:NYTD1
              In New York City, more than one experiment is under way to think about how to deal with issues such as race, police-citizen interactions and other complex subjects employing virtual and augmented reality technology. This segment will look at the complexities of designing these experiences, including the ethical and narrative... ...read more...
              Speaker(s)
              Alice Formwalt
              Cofounder and Chief Product Officer, Streetsmarts VR

              Alice is a simulation design expert with extensive experience in virtual reality systems. She conducted research at Stanford’s Neuroscience Institute in addition to informing design of pilot simulations for the U.S. Air Force. She then served several years as a firefighter and EMT before managing successful product portfolios for venture-backed...

              Desmond Patton
              Associate Professor at Columbia School of Social Work and Director of the SAFElab

              Desmond Upton Patton’s research uses qualitative and computational data collection methods to examine the relationship between youth and gang violence and social media; how and why violence, grief, and identity are expressed on social media; and the real world impact these expressions have on wellbeing for low-income youth of color....

              Justin Hendrix
              NYC Media Lab

              Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. Hendrix connects media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. The Lab's interests range across disciplines from data science to virtual and augmented reality, and its programs include seed projects with member companies...

              Nina Johnson

              Nina Johnson is a second year Columbia School of Social Work Master’s student. Nina is studying Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming with a concentration in Contemporary Social Issues. Nina who is originally from the Chicago suburbs, received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Coe College. After graduation, Nina worked as...

              R. Luke DuBois
              Co-Director & Associate Professor of Integrated Digital Media NYU Tandon School of Engineering

              R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University He is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and...

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                • Room: 1D5/6

                • Session Number:NYTD2
                VR/AR are all about immersion, and nothing adds richness to immersive experiences like spatial audio. Join our panel of spatial audio experts as they discuss their experiences with different methods of creating and sharing spatial audio. For anyone who is not yet familiar with spatial audio, be sure to bring... ...read more...
                Speaker(s)
                Albert Leusink

                "Albert Leusink - audio spatialist - Tumble & Yaw Originally from the Netherlands, Albert Leusink is a NYC based recording- editing- and mixing engineer with more than 20 years of experience in all facets of the media landscape: Music, Advertising, Radio, Television and Film. As a contributor to Grammy®, Emmy®...

                Anthony Mattana

                "Founder, CEO Hooke Audio Anthony is a musician, composer, audiophile and inventor of the Hooke Verse: the world’s first Bluetooth headphones that capture wireless 3D Audio to any device. Originally trained as a theatrical sound designer, Anthony has worked on Broadway (select musicals include: King Kong, Motown, Bullets Over Broadway)...

                Ian Petrarca

                Ian Petrarca is a Creative Developer and Sound Engineer working on VR/AR, Interactive Installations and Spatial Audio. He grew up playing the drums and coding, which eventually led him to pursue a degree in Sound Engineering at the University of Michigan. At the moment, Ian is working on WebVR &...

                Jeff McSpadden
                PRIME8

                Jeff is a composer and tech entrepreneur whose work can be heard in television series and network promos on NBC, CBS, PBS, HBO, & AMC. Commercial clients have included Mercedes-Benz, Verizon, Toshiba, L.L. Bean, Ford, Progressive, and Nabisco. Jeff is Founder of Prime8, a creative lab developing immersive audiovisual projects and...

                Laura Sinnott

                Laura​​ is a long time audio post-production engineer​, and recently expanded her expertise into hearing health and sciences as a Doctor of Audiology. She is the audiologist at Sensaphonics, a Chicago-based musician's hearing clinic and custom in-ear monitor manufacturer. She continues to sound design film and video projects, and is...

                Yao Wang

                Yao is an award-winning producer, composer, sound designer, and artist. She recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Electronic Production & Design and Film Scoring. Passionate about immersive worlds and storytelling, Yao has made it her mission to pursue a career combining her...

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                  Thursday, October 25, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

                  • Room: 1D3/4

                  • Session Number:NYTE1
                  AR pioneer Ori Inbar will share his vision of the AR Cloud: It’s taking the AR world by storm and promises to finally make AR go mainstream. No, it’s not the ARKit – we call it: the AR Cloud. It’s now simpler than ever to build AR apps, but these apps are... ...read more...
                  Speaker(s)
                  Ori Inbar

                  Ori Inbar is founder of Super Ventures, the first early-stage fund dedicated to Augmented Reality (AR). He is also the co-founder and CEO of Augmented Reality.ORG, a global non-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing augmented reality (AR) which produces since 2010 Augmented World Expo - the world's largest AR conference. In 2009,...

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                    • Session Number:NYTE2
                    In recent years, China has increasingly become an innovation leader, with XR as a core focus across the country. Join Jenny Guo, CEO of Lumiere, as she gives a firsthand overview of the China market, and how it contrasts to the North American XR market....
                    Speaker(s)
                    Jenny Guo

                    Jenny Guo is a co-founder of LumiereVR, which is dedicated to using Virtual Reality (VR) to bridge the gaps between tech, arts, and design. Ms. Guo is a cross-border creative producer, art collector and tech entrepreneur. She has been named on Forbes 30 under 30 twice for Asia and China...

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                      Thursday, October 25, 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

                      • Room: 1D3/4

                      • Session Number:NYTF1
                      AR continues to become more and more advanced, with ARKit 2, Magic leap and more. Join our panel of industry experts as they share insights into the enterprise and consumer applications of this technology...
                      Speaker(s)
                      Debra Davis
                      NKLS

                      Debra is the Founder of NKLS, an advisory and investment firm working with a range of clients from the Fortune 50 to independent pre-funding startups on XR solutions. NKLS advises on content development with a focus on manufacturing, retail and hospitality to bring innovative new solutions to market. NKLS also partners with start-ups...

                      Liron Lerman
                      THE GLIMPSE GROUP

                      Liron Lerman is a New York city based augmented reality subsidiaries manager at the Glimpse Group. Liron discovered his passion to augmented reality while developing his Master’s thesis, a game where players attempt to govern a fishery without exploiting the commons. As an interaction designer manager for renowned artist...

                      Rika Nakazawa

                      Rika Nakazawa is the Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at Atheer. Originally from Tokyo, coming to the US to attend Princeton University, and having worked globally since, she is a technology industry veteran and adviser to ventures in the Extended Reality (VR/AR) ecosystem. At Atheer forges goto-market programs with...

                      Winston Chen

                      Winston is an engineer on the Samsung Internet team based in the US. He primarily works on WebVR and security for Samsung Internet. He also works on various web-based projects such as WebAR and Web Payment....

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                        • Session Number:NYTF2
                        High-tech immersive stories like those predicted in StarTrek's Holodeck and the Westworld theme park won't be a science fiction for long. In his presentation, James George will discuss the history and creative potential of Volumetric Filmmaking. Volumetric Filmmaking is a movement in immersive experience design for virtual and augmented reality... ...read more...
                        Speaker(s)
                        James George

                        James George is CEO and Co-Founder of Scatter, a company dedicated to defining the emerging language of Volumetric Filmmaking. Scatter creates original virtual reality experience and creative tools. The company's first virtual reality title Zero Days VR puts viewers in the perspective of the Stuxnet virus on its way to...

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                          Thursday, October 25, 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

                          • Room: 1D5/6

                          • Session Number:NYTG2
                          A deep dive panel discussion featuring top creators working with Volumetric Capture & Post, with an emphasis on technical process & learnings.  Session Presented & Programmed by the Volumetric Filmmakers NYC Meetup, founded by Scatter, Manhattan Edit Workshop & Bill Platt....
                          Speaker(s)
                          Bill Platt
                          CNN

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                          Illya Szilak

                          Illya Szilak is an interactive storyteller and practicing physician. Her longtime creative partner is Cyril Tsiboulski (Cloudred Studio). Both their online multimedia narratives Reconstructing Mayakovsky (2008) and Queerskins (2013) are archived in The Electronic Literature Collection. Their first Volumetric Film Queerskins: a love story premiered at The TriBeCa Film Festival...

                          James George

                          James George is CEO and Co-Founder of Scatter, a company dedicated to defining the emerging language of Volumetric Filmmaking. Scatter creates original virtual reality experience and creative tools. The company's first virtual reality title Zero Days VR puts viewers in the perspective of the Stuxnet virus on its way to...

                          Mia Tramz

                          Editorial Director of Enterprise and Immersive Experiences, TIME Mia Tramz is Editorial Director of Enterprise and Immersive Experiences at TIME, overseeing enterprise projects across platforms and media. Tramz, an Emmy-winning virtual reality producer, is charged with ensuring the brand’s impact both on and off its owned and operated platforms, across...

                          Suzanne Liebrick

                          Suzanne Leibrick is the XR Market Development Engineer for Intel RealSense Technologies. She is also cofounder of ARVR Academy (arvracademy.io), a nonprofit dedicated to providing education, mentorship and open source teaching materials to communities that are underrepresented in the tech industry, specifically focusing on emerging technologies. Prior to joining Intel,...

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                            • Session Number:NYTG1
                            Currently, XR isn't always easy to use. We need to download drivers, buy expensive gear, update our software, purchase apps & experiences, and so on. The advent of WebXR promises to change this entirely, by making every browser an easy, 'frictionless' portal to immersive worlds and content. This session will... ...read more...
                            Speaker(s)
                            Dulce Baerga

                            Dulce Baerga has been producing interactive content for over 20 years, and she has spent the majority of my career wearing many different hats from a LAMP developer to team leader to my current role as Chief Executive Officer of River Studios. In 2017, she was hand-picked by the executive leadership...

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                              Thursday, October 25, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

                              • Room: 1D3/4

                              • Session Number:NYTH1
                              Learn how content creators and publishers can measure a user's depth of attention and engagement to 3D objects in both VR/AR environments without disrupting the content or the user experience, and then employ that metric for various applications like A/B testing, content triggering, and monetization. One approach is powered by... ...read more...
                              Speaker(s)
                              Amir Bozorgzadeh

                              Amir Bozorgzadeh is cofounder and CEO at Virtuleap, the host of the Global WebXR Hackathon and the startup powering up the Gaze-At-Ratio (GAR) XR metric. Amir is a regular contributor to tech blogs like VentureBeat and TechCrunch on emerging tech, new media formats, gaming and startup ecosystems....

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                                • Session Number:NYTH2
                                Nothing engages quite like a well drawn VR scene. But users will soon get bored if the narrative loses steam, or if there is no narrative at all. At the same time, storytelling in VR requires new ways of controlling pacing & perspective. This talk will review best practices and... ...read more...
                                Speaker(s)
                                Brennan McTernan

                                Brennan McTernan possesses extensive expertise in VR, with a strong background in post-production and visual effects. He has won two Emmys for his work on NBC’s Olympics Coverage. He became involved in VR in the 90s, first using VR to augment his company’s motion capture business. He then...

                                Jenny Guo

                                Jenny Guo is a co-founder of LumiereVR, which is dedicated to using Virtual Reality (VR) to bridge the gaps between tech, arts, and design. Ms. Guo is a cross-border creative producer, art collector and tech entrepreneur. She has been named on Forbes 30 under 30 twice for Asia and China...

                                Mark Sternberg

                                Mark is the Co-founder of REVRIE Immersive Works, a virtual reality production company dedicated to telling compelling narratives. He is also the founder of Cinematic VR NYC, a group dedicated to helping filmmakers transition into this new medium. He serves as VR director or a curator for the VR showcases...

                                Michael Markman
                                Chief Product Officer of Moment

                                Michael Markman is a former UX designer turned startup founder. He has been working in VR and AR for the past two years, most recently as one of the creators of Moment XR, a VR tool that enables creators to storyboard, prototype, and present their ideas. Markman believes that VR/AR...

                                Shanshan Wang
                                SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

                                Shanshan Wang (Shan Shan) is an award-winning experimental filmmaker and new media artist. Her research centered practice focuses on exploring digital humanities and socio‐political interactions. Working with both analog film and a range of new media such as VR/AR/XR, Shanshan is very interested in the visual experience that can't be...

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                                  Friday, October 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

                                  • Room: 1E07

                                  • Session Number:NYSPE2
                                  Collaborative AR and VR with Steven Feiner How can we build user interfaces that help people collaborate more effectively? I will present research by the Columbia University Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab that explores the design and implementation of collaborative AR and VR environments. The experimental systems that I will... ...read more...
                                  Speaker(s)
                                  Justin Hendrix
                                  NYC Media Lab

                                  Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. Hendrix connects media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. The Lab's interests range across disciplines from data science to virtual and augmented reality, and its programs include seed projects with member companies...

                                  Mark Anthony Thomas

                                  Mark Anthony Thomas is the Senior Vice President of Partnerships for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, overseeing strategic industry engagement and business development for the City's primary economic development entity. He previously served as the Director of Los Angeles Mayor's Operations Innovation Team and Publisher of City Limits...

                                  Steven Feiner

                                  Steve Feiner is a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab, and codirects the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center. His lab has been doing AR, VR and wearable research for over 25 years, designing and evaluating novel 3D interaction and...

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                                    Friday, October 26, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

                                    • Room: 1D5/6

                                    • Session Number:NYFA2
                                    Consumer XR will reach almost $10B in revenue by the end of this year, with VR accounting to roughly half. Meanwhile, XR enterprise has become a huge monetization opportunity as investment catapults to over $11B. Learn why these numbers, and more, matter when entering and thriving in this market, as... ...read more...
                                    Speaker(s)
                                    Stephanie Llamas

                                    Stephanie Llamas is Senior Director of Strategy and head of XR for SuperData Research, a Nielsen company, the leader in market intelligence across digital gaming and interactive media such as streaming video and XR. Stephanie is one of the first analysts to provide market intelligence on the current generation of...

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                                      • Session Number:NYFA1
                                      Since the first flurry of activity in 2013-2015, investment in VR/AR has cooled. Startups in the space have needed to work hard to find both funding and revenue. Join Lyron Bentovim, CEO of the Glimpse Group, as he shares hard-won lessons in the trenches of starting the largest VR/AR holding... ...read more...
                                      Speaker(s)
                                      Lyron Bentovim

                                      Mr. Bentovim has over 20 years of experience in executive management, technology investing and entrepreneurship. Prior to co-founding the Glimpse Group in 2016, between 2008-2016, Mr. Bentovim served as CFO and COO for several technology companies: Top Image Systems. He also founded Darklight Partners, a strategic advisory to small and...

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                                        Friday, October 26, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

                                        • Room: 1E07

                                        • Session Number:NYVRP1
                                        Select start-ups from NYC Media Lab Incubator Zone will have an opportunity to present their products and software to industry leaders in this new business-pitch competition, which will take place right on the Expo floor. General attendees will also have a chance to see and experience the latest innovations and... ...read more...

                                          Friday, October 26, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

                                          • Room: 1D5/6

                                          • Session Number:NYFB2
                                          One of the most important use cases for VR is healthcare. This panel will provide an overview of what's going on in this exciting space, as well as the promises & pitfalls of immersive technology in healthcare....
                                          Speaker(s)
                                          Aaron Oliker

                                          Aaron Oliker a Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at BioDigital, Inc. Aaron is an expert in interactive 3D technologies and has been working in the field of medical visualization and 3D simulation for the past 19 years. His work has helped pioneer a new paradigm in the field of medical...

                                          Howard Olah-Reiken

                                          Howard Olah-Reiken is CTO of Immersive Health Group and Foretell Studios at the Glimpse Group. He is also president of Preferred App Consulting, who advise and mentor companies looking to incorporate Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Digital Eyewear and other emerging technology into their enterprise. He builds prototypes...

                                          Jay Van Buren

                                          Jay Van Buren, co-founder and CEO of Membit, is an innovator, artist, and augmented reality evangelist with 17 years experience in interactive media, marketing, and PR. Jay was responsible for the look and feel of the Forbes-Favorite award winning Multex Investor site in the late 90’s and went on to...

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                                            • Session Number:NYFB1
                                            While many companies and institutions understand the need to investigate AR/VR (XR), the path to success is a long one. In many cases, there are several disparate teams at a single company looking at ways to leverage this technology, for internal processes as well as customer- and consumer-facing solutions. What... ...read more...
                                            Speaker(s)
                                            Rika Nakazawa

                                            Rika Nakazawa is the Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at Atheer. Originally from Tokyo, coming to the US to attend Princeton University, and having worked globally since, she is a technology industry veteran and adviser to ventures in the Extended Reality (VR/AR) ecosystem. At Atheer forges goto-market programs with...

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                                              Friday, October 26, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

                                              • Room: 1D5/6

                                              • Session Number:NYFC2
                                              Join two of the biggest names in the AR/VR industry for this fireside chat about the present & future of augmented reality....
                                              Speaker(s)
                                              Aaron Luber

                                              Aaron leads Google's focus on AR advertising and commercialization efforts. Aaron's journey began with launching YouTube360, first as a 20% project, and then to a live product in March 2015. During that time, Aaron transitioned from YouTube to the Cardboard team and has since been working to globally scale AR...

                                              Charlie Fink

                                              "Charlie Fink is an AR/VR consultant, speaker, and Forbes columnist. He is a former Disney, AOL and AG Interactive executive who famously came up with the idea for ""The Lion King"". In the 90s, Fink was EVP & COO of VR pioneer Virtual World Entertainment. He is the author of...

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                                                • Session Number:NYFC1
                                                The process of funding can be difficult, getting terms wrong can cost founders money & control. Join David Sorin, Partner, Co-Chair - Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Company Practices at McCarter & English as he takes you through the challenges & opportunities of venture funding. ...
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                                                David Sorin
                                                McCarter & English

                                                Dave Sorin, a partner @ McCarter & English and Co-Chair of its Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies Practice, has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment. He has...

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                                                  Friday, October 26, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

                                                  • Room: 1D3/4

                                                  • Session Number:NYFD1
                                                  As the VR/AR industry goes through its evolution, startups and mid-stage companies alike are keen to understand the investment outlook at any given point. Our handpicked group of VC will share their perspective, and pointers for startups looking for funding in the near term....
                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                  Barbara Russell

                                                  Barbara Dalton Russell co-founded Juice as an advisor, investor and board member of technology and tech-enabled companies, focused on the AI, ML, and blockchain. Prior to Juice, Ms. Russell was MD/Investment Banking at Detwiler Fenton, co-founder of: the Social Internet Fund (2011) with Lou Kerner; Bold Cap, a woman-focused venture fund,...

                                                  Doug Clinton

                                                  Doug Clinton is a managing partner and co-founder at Loup Ventures. Prior to Loup Ventures, Doug was an equity research analyst at Piper Jaffray where he covered the Internet space including Apple, Google and Facebook. Prior to joining Piper Jaffray in 2008, Doug was an early employee in sales and...

                                                  Joshua Siegel

                                                  Joshua Siegel is a General Partner at Rubicon Venture Capital, where he leads Rubicon’s New York office. He oversees the day to day activities and operations of Rubicon including evaluating early stage technology companies seeking funding, assisting current portfolio companies with development and interaction with LPs, attracting LP capital, and...

                                                  Lyron Bentovim

                                                  Mr. Bentovim has over 20 years of experience in executive management, technology investing and entrepreneurship. Prior to co-founding the Glimpse Group in 2016, between 2008-2016, Mr. Bentovim served as CFO and COO for several technology companies: Top Image Systems. He also founded Darklight Partners, a strategic advisory to small and...

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                                                    • Session Number:NYFD2
                                                    As consumers move into Virtual Reality Worlds, how will brands and advertising be integrated? What is the roadmap and who is planning the journey?  Where are the successes? How will we as an industry make sure that it’s a safe consumer experience going forward?...
                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                    Aaron Luber

                                                    Aaron leads Google's focus on AR advertising and commercialization efforts. Aaron's journey began with launching YouTube360, first as a 20% project, and then to a live product in March 2015. During that time, Aaron transitioned from YouTube to the Cardboard team and has since been working to globally scale AR...

                                                    Michael Rucker

                                                    Michael Rucker is the co-founder and chief operating officer of OmniVirt, a VR/AR advertising and distribution platform for brands, publishers and developers. OmniVirt is bringing scale, ad targeting, analytics and programmatic media solutions to immersive media. Prior to starting OmniVirt, Michael spent seven years at YouTube where he helped drive...

                                                    Samantha Wolfe

                                                    Sam Wolfe is the Founder of PitchFWD, a Marketing + Branding agency working exclusively with immersive technologies. She co-authored the book "Marketing New Realities: An Introduction to Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Marketing, Branding, and Communications" and manages the group XR Branding & Marketing, dedicated to informing and empowering those...

                                                    Samuel Huber

                                                    Samuel is the founder of Admix.in, a funded startup based in London and San Francisco. Admix is a monetisation platform for VR/AR helping developers generate revenue through product placements, and the only VR/AR platform connected programmatically to large adtech companies like Oath. Admix currently works with apps such as High...

                                                    Tracy Quitasol

                                                    Tracy Quitasol is the Managing Director of OMD, Create which is part of Omnicom Media Group. The Create Team is the innovations group within OMD Media. It provides intelligence to OMD clients on emerging trends, and technology and it generates novel media programs that capitalize on those trends. Ms. Quitasol...

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                                                      Friday, October 26, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

                                                      • Room: 1E07

                                                      • Session Number:NYVRP2
                                                      Select start-ups from NYC Media Lab Incubator Zone will have an opportunity to present their products and software to industry leaders in this new business-pitch competition, which will take place right on the Expo floor. General attendees will also have a chance to see and experience the latest innovations and... ...read more...

                                                        Friday, October 26, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

                                                        • Room: 1D5/6

                                                        • Session Number:NYFE2
                                                        VR and AR are in their early stages. While there is a lot of excitement around both, generating revenues in the early stages from fast-growing yet limited adoption has been a challenge for the companies active in the B2C sector and more specifically immersive gaming companies. In this session we... ...read more...
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                                                        Kaveh Vahdat

                                                        Kaveh is the founder and CEO of RiseAngle, Inc., a San Francisco-based company, with the vision of "Shaping the Future of Immersive Games". RiseAngle, Inc. is working on both VR and AR titles and has released three VR games to the market so far. Prior to RiseAngle, Inc., Kaveh was CMO...

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                                                          • Session Number:NYFE1
                                                          In New York City, more than one experiment is under way to think about how to deal with issues such as race, police-citizen interactions and other complex subjects employing virtual and augmented reality technology. This segment will look at the complexities of designing these experiences, including the ethical and narrative... ...read more...
                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                          DJ Smith

                                                          D.J. Smith is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at The Glimpse Group. The Glimpse Group is a holding company for a portfolio of startups focused on the virtual and augmented reality industries. At Glimpse, D.J.’s responsibilities include overseeing the production of all VR and AR content as...

                                                          Justin Hendrix
                                                          NYC Media Lab

                                                          Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. Hendrix connects media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. The Lab's interests range across disciplines from data science to virtual and augmented reality, and its programs include seed projects with member companies...

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                                                            Saturday, October 27, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

                                                            • Room: 1D5/6

                                                            • Session Number:NYSA2
                                                            Across the world, especially in China, theme parks that are wholly or partially based on XR technologies are becoming more common. Just like conventional themeparks, many of these newer attractions seek to leverage existing characters and properties. What are the challenges to translating 2d characters into a 3D world? What... ...read more...
                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                            Micah Milner

                                                            Micah 404 is a New York based VR artist and member of the collective ART404, he gained notoriety in 2015 as a 2d illustrator with his Instagram project @micahnotfound. He has since jumped headfirst into VR illustration, becoming one of the most active VR painters in the community. Partnering with...

                                                            Michael Deathless

                                                            Deathless is a VR visionary. He is the Creator and CoFounder of Jump Into The Light, the first VR arcade in North and South America, and is presently the CEO and CoFounder of VR Accelerator at Pier59 Studios. VR Accelerator captures moving holograms, like Princess Leia in Star Wars, for...

                                                            Will Roberts

                                                            Will Roberts is the Founder and Creative Director at Augmented Pictures, a New York City based immersive design and animation studio. Roberts is also the co-founder of The Virtual Art Collective-- a small community of traditional artists, sculptors, painters, animators, and technologists exploring the art-form of virtual and augmented reality....

                                                              • Room: 1D3/4

                                                              • Session Number:NYSA1
                                                              With on-going work in ministry of health, European institutions or UNICEF large international actors are betting on WebXR as the unified solution for virtual reality and augmented reality. In this presentation based on concrete example you will learn why using the browser to discover and use immersive content is the... ...read more...
                                                              Speaker(s)
                                                              Fabien Benetou

                                                              Fabien Benetou is a WebVR Freelance Developer for startups and Fortune500 companies, Mozilla AFrame contributor and passionate for new technologies and their applications. Fabien has been making WebVR content for a couple of years and has already lead dozens of workshops, for professionals or for the public at large, in...


                                                                Saturday, October 27, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

                                                                • Room: 1D3/4

                                                                • Session Number:NYSB1
                                                                Panel how the emerging technologies in VR can use multi-sensory elements to change a viewer’s perspective within a story. How we can create an immersive experience for the viewer by telling a story in a 3D, or even 4D, plane, therefore allowing them to have a more personal experience. To... ...read more...
                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                Asif Khan

                                                                Asif Khan is the Senior Director, Partnerships & Programs at Games for Change where he manages the organization’s business development, fundraising, and partnerships portfolio. He also manages the XR for Change initiative which focuses on immersive realities as a medium for positive social change. Asif has previously held partnerships and...

                                                                Danielle Robinson

                                                                Danielle Robinson has more than 25 years of experience in domestic and global human resources covering the consumer goods, beverage, entertainment and pharmaceutical industries. Danielle is currently Director, Alcohol Policy and Reputation Management at Diageo where she leads all Responsible Drinking Programs and Partnerships as well as community engagement....

                                                                Samantha Quick

                                                                Samantha Quick is a VR content creator and founding member of The Daily 360 at The New York Times. She has worked as an animator and associate producer for NYTVR, VR video editor for Blackdot Films VR, and creative technologist for 30 Ninjas. She is currently directing an interactive feature...

                                                                Skye Von
                                                                LITTLE GIANT WOLF

                                                                Skye Von is an award-winning transmedia filmmaker known for her unique approach of blending traditional storytelling and new media formats to create unique, meaningful experiences. She is also the founder of the transcultural, transmedia story studio little GIANT Wolf. little GIANT Wolf focuses on utilizing the power of media and...

                                                                Winslow Porter

                                                                Winslow Porter is a Brooklyn based director, producer and creative technologist specializing in virtual reality and large-scale immersive installations. He has always been fascinated with the possibilities of how the intersection of art and technology can elevate storytelling. With over 10 years of experiential work under his belt, he has...

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                                                                  • Room: 1D5/6

                                                                  • Session Number:NYSB2
                                                                  For years, cutting edge Architectural, Engineering and Construction firms have relied on both Augmented, and Virtual Reality to demonstrate their ideas, collaborate and design. Join this distinguished panel as they discuss the present and future of VR/AR in the AEC industry....
                                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                                  Alex Coulombe

                                                                  Alex Coulombe is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Agile Lens: Immersive Design, a virtual reality consultancy building custom content and workflows for the AEC industry. A recognized thought leader of this emerging field, Alex graduated from Syracuse University with a B. Arch in 2010 and found a passion in...

                                                                  Alex Gredysa

                                                                  Alexander Gredysa is the co-founder and chief executive officer of VR Global, Inc. His schooling and work experience in finance, technology and entrepreneurship have positioned him as a thought-leader and industry expert featured by the Wall Street Journal, Real Estate Weekly, BizNow, Million Dollar Listing, The Real Deal, Siggraph, Stohler...

                                                                  Damon Hernandez

                                                                  Damon works in many areas of interactive 3D 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, and mobile. He has built numerous mixed reality applications and...

                                                                  Jeffrey Jacobson

                                                                  Dr. Jeffrey Jacobson is published scholar, consultant to industry, and software author in XR for Training and Education. Beginning with a Ph.D. that centered on cognitive engineering for educational VR, he has mastered each wave of XR technology for the last 25 years. He was one of the first researchers...


                                                                    Saturday, October 27, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

                                                                    • Room: 1D3/4

                                                                    • Session Number:NYSC1
                                                                    Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality are all very labor intensive to produce. As a result, artificial intelligence is increasingly being used to create, animate and populate XR scenes. This panel will explore what's happening now, how data should inform every project's design, and what's coming...
                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                    Frank Carey

                                                                    Frank Carey is the Lead Machine Learning Engineer at Vimeo where he uses AI to better understand users and their videos. With a passion for VR and it's power to create deeply immersive experiences, he also explores and creates VR projects in his spare time. Though he received his Bachelor's...

                                                                    Greg Ray

                                                                    Greg Ray is Associate Director of the Creative Destruction Lab NYC (CDL-NYC) and based out of NYU's Stern School of Business. At CDL-NYC, Greg focuses on supporting early-stage technology companies transition from developing technical innovations into building massively scalable businesses. Greg previously oversaw the domestic and international expansion of the...

                                                                    Hugh Seaton
                                                                    Aquinas Learning

                                                                    Hugh is CEO of Aquinas Learning, a learning software company that uses WebVR, voice assistants and some amazing context-aware algorithms to provide on the job learning for top companies globally. Hugh organizes the NYVR Artificial Intelligence meetup, and the San Francisco Practical Artificial Intelligence meetup. Prior to Aquinas, Hugh spent...

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                                                                      • Room: 1D5/6

                                                                      • Session Number:NYSC2
                                                                      Why did Facebook buy Oculus in 2013? Most would agree it is because VR will create the ultimate social experiences, as users from around the globe can meet each other and share experiences. The Glimpse Group's Howard Olah-Reiken will share with us the state of the art in Social VR,... ...read more...
                                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                                      Howard Olah-Reiken

                                                                      Howard Olah-Reiken is CTO of Immersive Health Group and Foretell Studios at the Glimpse Group. He is also president of Preferred App Consulting, who advise and mentor companies looking to incorporate Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Digital Eyewear and other emerging technology into their enterprise. He builds prototypes...

                                                                      Jimmy Giliberti

                                                                      Jimmy Giliberti, Director of Sales and Business Development, WorldViz: Jimmy is Americas Director of Business Development and Sales for WorldViz, a company that has been creating Virtual Reality solutions for over 13 years. He has been on the forefront of many of Tech’s major turning points. He was on the...


                                                                        Saturday, October 27, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

                                                                        • Room: 1D3/4

                                                                        • Session Number:NYSD1
                                                                        Virtual Reality has made huge progress in recent years, but it is still expensive to make, difficult to set up and early in its journey to becoming a polished consumer offering. Join NYU's Ken Perlin as he shares his thinking on where VR is going and what we should expect....
                                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                                        Ken Perlin

                                                                        Ken Perlin, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University, directs the Future Reality Lab, and is a participating faculty member at NYU MAGNET. His research interests include future reality, graphics and animation, user interfaces and education. He is chief scientist at Tactonic Technologies and Holojam...

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                                                                          • Session Number:NYSD2
                                                                          One of the most compelling use cases for Virtual Reality is employee training. Join this panel of companies actively producing VR training experiences as they discuss the benefits and challenges of VR for training....
                                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                                          Arnaud Dressen
                                                                          Wonda VR

                                                                          Arnaud is the founder and CEO of Wonda VR (PlayLabs MIT '17), a virtual reality software company revolutionising the way we learn and discover the world around us.   A passionate entrepreneur and media innovator, Arnaud has an extensive track record of empowering creators, educators and communicators with new storytelling formats and...

                                                                          Hugh Seaton
                                                                          Aquinas Learning

                                                                          Hugh is CEO of Aquinas Learning, a learning software company that uses WebVR, voice assistants and some amazing context-aware algorithms to provide on the job learning for top companies globally. Hugh organizes the NYVR Artificial Intelligence meetup, and the San Francisco Practical Artificial Intelligence meetup. Prior to Aquinas, Hugh spent...

                                                                          Jeffrey Jacobson

                                                                          Dr. Jeffrey Jacobson is published scholar, consultant to industry, and software author in XR for Training and Education. Beginning with a Ph.D. that centered on cognitive engineering for educational VR, he has mastered each wave of XR technology for the last 25 years. He was one of the first researchers...

                                                                          Rod Recker
                                                                          THE GLIMPSE GROUP

                                                                          Rod Recker is Chief Technology Officer and General Manager, Glimpse Group Consulting, LLC Mr. Recker has over 25 years of experience in software development and executive management. From 1998-2016 he worked at Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK) a software maker of advanced tools for computer-aided design, movie special effects, and...


                                                                            Saturday, October 27, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

                                                                            • Room: 1D3/4

                                                                            • Session Number:NYSE1
                                                                            AR and How can we utilize this tech to not just connect and help relationships but how can we leverage these technologies to make the outside world a better place for us. How can we help level the playing field for those people that aren't so socially inept....
                                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                                            Joseph Socarras

                                                                            In 2012, Joseph co-founded one of the first chapters of TAMID, a student-run non-profit that provides pro-bono consulting services to Israeli startups. Over the next few years, he played key roles in growing it to over 50 chapters worldwide. TAMID has since provided over 65,000 hours of pro-bono consulting services...

                                                                            Michael McNair

                                                                            Originally a basketball coach with such a creative side to the game that he developed an app that connected trainers and clients around the country. Son of Dolores and Gerald. A Yale graduate, and doctor in ministry. He has moved his career from coaching kids all over the world to...

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                                                                              • Session Number:NYSE2
                                                                              As new media, we are still learning how to create clear, compelling user experiences in both VR, and AR. Join this panel of industry experts as they discuss best practices in the design and creation of VR & AR user experiences and interfaces...
                                                                              Speaker(s)
                                                                              Cortney Harding

                                                                              Founder and CEO Prior to founding Friends With Holograms, Cortney led business development and partnerships at cutting edge VR agency Moth and Flame, creating content for such brands as AT&T, MTV, Dodge Ram, and Discovery Channel. She is also a highly sought after speaker on VR, having spoken at SXSW, VRLA, VRDC, and Digital Taipei, and...

                                                                              Kevin Park

                                                                              Kevin Park has had a distinguished career as a leader in business and technology. Currently he’s a faculty member at NYU (2013) and NYiT (2007) and co-founder/director of UX design at ObjectivEye, a startup that provides a deep understanding and customized UX/UI design and analysis to the AR/VR industry. Kevin is...

                                                                              Sophia Dominguez
                                                                              SVRF

                                                                              Sophia Dominguez is the CEO & co-founder of SVRF, the first search engine for AR & VR content. She also founded AllThingsVR, a weekly newsletter that highlights the best virtual reality news and content. Previously, she was the Entrepreneur in Residence at Rothenberg Ventures and was also the first person...


                                                                                Saturday, October 27, 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

                                                                                • Room: 1D3/4

                                                                                • Session Number:NYSF1
                                                                                The BioDigital Human is the world's first human visualization platform showcasing anatomy, disease & treatments – all in interactive 3D/AR. It is termed as the most complete, scientifically accurate, interactive 3D body ever assembled. For the first time one can see human disease and health conditions in real space using... ...read more...
                                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                                Aaron Oliker

                                                                                Aaron Oliker a Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at BioDigital, Inc. Aaron is an expert in interactive 3D technologies and has been working in the field of medical visualization and 3D simulation for the past 19 years. His work has helped pioneer a new paradigm in the field of medical...

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                                                                                  • Session Number:NYSF2
                                                                                  A velvet rope and a stern security guard that’s just itching to say, “don’t touch that” are normally in between the museum visitor and a work of art. Using augmented reality (AR), people around the world are now allowed to explore art, architecture and culture  anywhere, anytime in a dynamic, interactive... ...read more...
                                                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                                                  Pebbles Russell

                                                                                  Prior to joining the Boulevard team, Pebbles started and ran Centre-fuge Public Art Project, an open call, rotating mural project based in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before her street art endeavors, Pebbles curated, branded and put on a series of group art shows and events in Lower Manhattan...

                                                                                  Tom Westerlin

                                                                                  The Nice Shoes team was led by AR/VR creative director Tom Westerlin who has grown the studio’s immersive capabilities, delivering the AICP and Ciclope-nominated Mio Garden roomscale VR experience as well as Flexon Eyewear’s mobile VR application. The collaboration with Boulevard Arts marked the studio’s first delivery of an augmented...


                                                                                    Saturday, October 27, 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

                                                                                    • Room: 1D5/6

                                                                                    • Session Number:NYSG2
                                                                                    Coming Soon...
                                                                                      • Room: 1D3/4

                                                                                      • Session Number:NYSG1
                                                                                      VRgineers have created an amazing 5K headset, based on enterprise user feedback. The unit quite significantly improves and simplifies the experience enterprise users have with VR, including eye tracking, integrated hand tracking and voice commands. All of these opening up completely new possibilities for enterprise VR. From better design workflows... ...read more...
                                                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                                                      Marek Polčák

                                                                                      Marek Polčák is a co-founder and CEO of US-based startup VRgineers, which developed and produces smart enterprise VR headset called XTAL. Due to VRgineers’ exclusive and patented optical system and the use of the latest technologies, the XTAL produces the crispiest image and provides the most immersive experience currently offered...

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