Feb
27
to Mar 1

BVE - London #BVE18

For more info, email jeremy@thevrara.com

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BVE is where professionals of all types from the media, entertainment and creative industries come together to explore and experience the future of the content creation, commercial innovation and cutting edge technology.

Attended by over 15,000 creative professionals, business leaders and tech innovators each year, BVE has evolved from its roots in the broadcast industry to become the largest community within the media, entertainment and technology sectors in the UK. With more than 300 leading brands showcasing their latest products and solutions, 200 experts delivering content in six dedicated, free-to-attend and CPD accredited theatres, visitors enjoy a diverse exhibition programme focusing on education, networking, technology and the changing nature of the business.

www.bvexpo.com

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VRARA Detroit February Event
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

VRARA Detroit February Event

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VRARA Detroit Chapter has selected Lawrence Technological University and the LTU Collaboratory as the location for VRARA Detroit Chapter monthly meetings. LTU has also opted to join the trade association for the virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality industries.

The first six monthly meetings will be held in the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery on the campus of LTU from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26 and July 31. LTU’s campus is at 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield (see www.ltu.edu/map).

The evening programs will include a keynote speaker, hardware and software demonstrations, and networking.

The inaugural speaker for Feb. 27 will be Franco Bevione, CEO of Wedoo LLC, the Birmingham-based United States subsidiary of a digital creative agency in Turin, Italy. www.wedoo.it

AGENDA

Registration and Networking
LTU Collaboratory Introduction - Mark Brucki
VRARA Introduction - David Pollock
Keynote, Franco Bevione, CEO Wedoo

VR and AR Demonstrations by VRARA Members

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Feb
28
5:30 PM17:30

Formation: The Impact of VR/AR on Design Real Estate and Architecture at Deloitte - Vancouver

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Calling all real estate development professionals, architects, and interior designers!

Join us on Weds, February 28th to explore how virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technology is changing the way we build, design, sell/market real estate, and visualize spaces.

You’ve heard the hype, now discover the facts. We’re exploring how VR/AR technology is helping to change the landscape in Vancouver - literally.

Imagine wowing clients with 3D models they can visit in real time, inviting buyers to tour their new condo before it has even been built, and testing out home decor before committing to the physical purchase -- these are just some of the capabilities that VR/AR offers the real estate industry.

Meet the innovators creating this game-changing technology and demo their products.

This event is a great opportunity for industry professionals to engage with tech talent and explore the value that VR/AR can bring to their business operations. So far proponents of the technology report increased productivity, cost savings, and heightened client satisfaction.

Who should attend? Real estate development companies, real estate marketing/sales firms, architectural firms, top VR/AR real estate development companies, investors, city planners, service providers, tech leaders, interior designers, construction companies and anyone who is interested in disruptive technologies.

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Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Leaders in Augmented Reality - LA

Contact Josephine Munis at josephine@thevrara.com for more information.

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Meet fellow C-suite leadership in the fast-growing world of Augmented Reality. From Entertainment to Enterprise, immersive technologies are changing the business landscape. 

Connect with fellow executives and enjoy some good food and drinks!

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 28th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This event is an invite-only event, but feel free to bring fellow C-suite partners from your company.

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VR AR Executive Dinner at GSMA MWC - Barcelona
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

VR AR Executive Dinner at GSMA MWC - Barcelona

RSVP here

For discounted passes to MWC, email info@thevrara.com

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MWC is the undisputed industry champion when it comes to mobile innovation.  More Than 100,000 people will attend. More Than 2,200 organizations will exhibit. 

About this Dinner Event for Executives

Dine at Barcelona's best in an intimate setting dinner while you get news & insights from high-profile VR AR industry experts and leaders. Join your peers for a round table discussion on VR AR market and trends, and issues affecting your company, project, or role. 

Join us for a fine dinning experience and short presentations from industry thought-leaders. Come meet VRARA members Nestle, Gravient, Visyon, and others.  

Last year we had a successful event with 25 executives (see recap here); we are looking forward to seeing all of you again plus new faces! 

Topics will include:

  • Current view of the VR AR industry
  • Biggest challenges
  • Trends and concerns in the industry
  • Collaboration

Guests include executives from: 

  • Gravient
  • Visyon
  • PICO Interactive
  • Psious
  • Mediapro Exhibitions
  • EPSON
  • VRARA
  • FirstVision
  • Doghead Simulations
  • JoinPad
  • Igloo Vision
  • Others invited to dinner include AMD Studios, VUZIX and NESTLÉ

SPACE IS LIMITED

Any questions, contact jordi@thevrara.com 

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Mar
8
to Mar 9

4th Edition of the European BIM Summit - Barcelona

For discounted passes, email jordi@thevrara.com

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The Fourth Edition of the European BIM Summit (EBS18) will take place on 7, 8 and 9 March 2018. The venue has been confirmed as the AXA Auditorium at L’Illa Diagonal business and shopping centre in Barcelona. At the last celebration of the Summit, in 2017, there were 64 speakers and all available places were taken, with a total of 550 visitors. For this reason, a larger, more central venue was required for EBS18, and a 600-seat auditorium in the centre of Barcelona’s city heights was found to host the event.

The programme for each of the three days of the event is clearly differentiated: March 7 is a day open to the general public, when business and technical opportunities will be generated around the theme of the Digitisation of Construction. The programme will also include an event aimed at future stakeholders: vocational training and university students, who will account for the greater part of those working in the sector.

The second day will be devoted to applications that are implemented today, throughout Europe and the world. Under the title BIM Present, the latest developments will be presented, with discussion of the impact of this new work procedure based on management of information and data generated throughout the life cycle of a construction, from project stage to maintenance and later rehabilitation. This approach has become indispensable for creating a design, construction and operational process that is controlled and aimed at improving quality, efficiency and efficacy, whether in a building or a piece of infrastructure.

On the third and last day, under the motto BIM Future, the programme will feature talks given by BIM gurus, keynote speakers who will discuss new developments in BIM, and presentations of international start-ups that have become economic phenomena thanks to the products and services that they provide to the construction industry and that would not exist without BIM. Finally, the programme will close with a presentation of developments in robotics, already being applied through use of the digital data generated by projects.

http://europeanbimsummit.com/en/

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Mar
13
to Mar 14

Venture Summit West

Register now for 50% reduced early bird rates. VRARA members, contact us for additional discount.

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The VR/AR Association, San Francisco Chapter has partnered with the Venture Summit West, March 13-14 in Santa Clara, Ca.. That means discounts for VRARA members, among other things (contact us for code). 

More from the conference organizers:

The 6th annual Venture Summit West, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers.

Whether you are an investor seeking access to new early stage deals, or a CEO or Founder of a new venture looking for funding, visibility and growth, Venture Summit West is one event you won’t want to miss.

Register now 50% reduced early bird rates. VRARA members, contact us for additional discount.

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Mar
14
5:45 PM17:45

AR Panel Discussion - VR/AR Association, Richmond Chapter Event

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Join the Richmond Chapter of the VR/AR Association for a panel discussion on Augmented Reality!

For our next chapter event, we will be hosting a panel discussion on the state of AR in the Greater Richmond Area. We’re very excited to be hosting some true leaders in the scene that are doing very exciting AR work right here in Virginia. Jonathan Martin from Newport News Shipbuilding, Greg Werkheiser and his team from ARtGlass, Doug Nunn from Capital One and Creative Mornings, and experience designer Angelica Ortiz.

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 14th at 5:30 PM at the Shockoe.com offices in Scott’s Addition. Address is 3122 W. Marshall St. Suite 200 (use the entrance on the side by the parking lot). Thanks to the generous support of Shockoe and the VR/AR Association Richmond Chapter, this event will also be free of charge to the public, so we hope to see you there.

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Mar
15
to Mar 16

START Summit 2018 - Switzerland

For discounted passes, email info@thevrara.com

START Summit is Europe's leading student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology gathering more than 2'000 founders, students, investors and corporates in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Next year it will take place on the 15th/16th March 2018. The non-profit conference has been one of the fastest growing startup and tech events in Europe for the last few years. 

Event website 

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European Summit on Immersive Computing - Venice
Mar
22
to Mar 23

European Summit on Immersive Computing - Venice

For discount to attend or exhibit, email mauro@thevrara.com

Call for speakers! Email arianna.dissegna@uqido.com

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EICS Summit is 2 days of conferences on XR technologies, innovation and creativity.
Keynotes, speeches and networking inside the charming Venice Casino.

16 top speakers from the worlds of "Architecture, Art and Design", "Entertainment", "Healthcare" and "Industry 4.0".

EICS Summit is not a fair and not a show. This is not another gaming event, here we approach business.

EICS is built up and studied to involve the most important companies, professionals and investors working on new technologies.

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Mar
26
to Mar 30

Introduction to AR with Unity - San Francisco

For discount code, email info@thevrara.com 

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Become familiar with the many forms of AR and the devices and toolkits that support them, such as Vuforia, ARKit, and ARCore. Learn the tools and technologies to create your own AR app using Unity and Vuforia, the standard used in industry. Hands on, and instructor supported, this class will ground you in AR technology and help you achieve your goals.

AR topics to be covered include the current landscape of AR apps and markets, interaction techniques, design and engineering pipeline, best practices for AR asset and target generation, the Unity UI tool, experience flow and context, scene generation, target recognition and tracking techniques, scene and asset refinement, and more. Each day’s class includes lecture, discussion, and in-class hands-on labs. Participants will build an app with these tools during the week and explore how to beta-test and publish their app.

Website for the course here

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Future Workplace Summit - NYC
Mar
26
to Mar 27

Future Workplace Summit - NYC

For 45% discounted passes, email info@thevrara.com 

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The ISG Future Workplace Summit will explore the technologies that are driving collaboration, innovation and productivity in ways that accommodate a multi-generational workforce and individual workplace preferences. Instead of battling against the natural evolution of the workplace, join us at the ISG Future Workplace Summit to learn about the tools necessary to embrace this trend. Through a series of thought leader presentations, customer panels and expert round tables, we'll explore the following four trends impacting the workplace of the future:

  • Collaboration & Innovation
  • New Ways of Working: Personalizing the Employee Experience
  • IoT and the Intelligent Workplace
  • VR, AR AI & Machine Learning
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Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Solving High Dimensional Clustering Challenges in VR

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From medicine to manufacturing, VR is emerging as a powerful tool for the visualization of high dimensional data. One use case that is yielding early successes is cluster analysis. Join us for a discussion of the trends, challenges, and opportunities in this space.

Speakers will include:

NICK WALUSAYI
Serial Entrepreneur Nick Walusayi is the Co-Founder & CEO of DatavizVR, a VR/AR data visualization company. DatavizVR provided the first commercially available VR/AR enterprise solution and is now working with 300+ Enterprises & Aerospace/Defense companies. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Nick worked as an Data Analyst with Nike and in the Front office of the Milwaukee Brewers. His entrepreneurial journey began in 2015, founding one of the first 360 video live streaming companies and developing VR software and simulators for RSA and Johnson Controls. Nick was NBC's 2016 SXSW featured entrepreneur.

OLIVER CRESPO
Oliver is a scientist and technologist with over 7 years of tech dev, strategic innovation and product development experience in the healthcare/medical device industry. Immunologist by training and avid video gamer by choice, Oliver is used to dealing with large, multidimensional datasets and the visualization challenges that comes with them. As the previous manger of external innovation at Becton Dickinson, Oliver led projects including machine learning for predictive analytics in healthcare datasets and other innovation activities including a data visualization project using VR in collaboration with Kineviz.

WEIDONG YANG
Weidong Yang is the founder and CEO of Kineviz. He holds a doctorate in Physics and a Masters in Computer and Information Science. After conducting theoretical and experimental research on quantum dots, he worked for 10 years as a product manager and R&D scientist in the Semiconductor industry. He has been awarded 11 US patents and contributed to 20+ peer review publications. Alongside Kineviz, Wei co-founded Kinetech Arts, a non-profit organization that brings dancers and engineers together to explore the creative potential of new technologies in making art.

Register here.

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Apr
3
to Apr 5

VR & AR Fair 2018 - China

For discounted passes, email paul@thevrara.com

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Venue: China Import & Export Fair Complex (Area A)

Add: No. 382, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China

Web: http://www.vrarfair.com/engz/

Visitor Register: https://vrarfair2018.eventbrite.com

 

Review of VR&AR Fair 2017

First held in 2017, VR&AR is a professional and efficient business platform to bridge worldwide buyers and suppliers, as well as to enhance communication between manufacturers and ordinary consumers.

 

VR&AR Fair 2018

The 2018 edition is estimated to host over 200 exhibitors and 30,000 person-time visitors on an show floor of 30,000 sq.m. Four special exhibition areas will be marked out respectively for VR&AR Education, VR&AR  Home Decoration, VR&AR Smart Wearable Devices, and VR&AR Entertainment Equipment in order to achieve a more systematic and comprehensive display of VR&AR products.

 

Exhibition Scope:

VR/AR Hardware Equipment, VR/AR System Equipment, VR/AR Technology, VR/AR Production Equipment and Accessories, VR/AR Game, VR/AR Software, VR/AR Application Solution, VR/AR Content Creation Demonstration, and etc.

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Apr
7
to Apr 12

We have free passes for the NAB Show - Las Vegas

To get your free pass, email info@thevrara.com and you must register before March 2nd

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The ultimate event for the media, entertainment and technology industry, showcasing ground-breaking innovation and powerful solutions for professionals looking to create, manage, deliver and monetize content on any platform.  Event website here

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Apr
17
11:30 AM11:30

Future Tourism Conference - Surrey, UK

For discounted passes, email kev@thevrara.com

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Future Tourism Forum was established to provide the tourism sector with insight and support in adopting fast developing new techniques to enhance visitor engagement and offer more immersive and interpretative experiences. We write case studies on emerging technologies, explore the latest research opportunities, the best use cases and provide study visits to experience them.

Our next major activity will be the first Future Tourism experience Conference and Exhibition on Tuesday 17th April at Kempton Park Racecourse.

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Apr
23
to Jul 2

VR Development Night Course (10 Weeks) - San Francisco

For discount code, email info@thevrara.com

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Explore an entirely new medium of creative expression. Once you feel the visceral freedom of creation in VR, you'll understand why it's transforming how we experience technology. You'll learn how to create spellbinding experiences that showcase your vision of the future to an exploding market starved for creative professionals. The old is flat; the future is immersive.

Learn the tools and technologies to create stunning experiences in the industry's most comphrensive training. Build a portfolio of VR experiences that showcase your skills as you progress through the only in-person VR training designed and taught by a team of Unity-certified industry experts. Unlike remote training, you get the benefit of a dedicated team of instructors, staff, and industry mentors to help you achieve your goals.

Website for class here

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Apr
24
to Apr 25

Mobile Ad Summit - Berlin

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This April Adzine brings another MAS edition to Berlin, and this time the 2-Day Summit will provide intimate Training Workshops in addition to a full day of top-notch Speakers.

The conference will tackle not only the classic media/advertising and the “Mobile First and Mobile Only“ business scene, but also explore future mobile technologies from immersive tech (VR & AR) & progressive web apps to 5G connectivity.

The summit brings together advertisers and their requirements on the one-side and mobile players and their know-how on the other.

https://www.adzine.de/mobile-advertising-summit/

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Apr
25
to Apr 26

VR/AR Excellence Days - Hamburg

For passes, email philip@thevrara.com 

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http://www.managementforum.com/vrar/

Virtual and augmented reality has already enabled us to travel the world with the push of a button, to ride the waves while sitting comfortably on our couch, or to take a roller coaster on an iceberg. There seem to be no limits for VR/AR in the entertainment and experience industry. But how do you use these innovations to strengthen your customer relationships as a retailer, to double the traffic on your website, to increase your ROI exponentially, or to strengthen your name as an online business?

Our VR/AR Excellence Days on 25/26 April 2018 in Hamburg will be the interactive and hands-on platform you need to discover the potential and usability of virtual, augmented and mixed reality for your company. Best practice cases, technological innovations, and a visionary outlook are at the heart of this inspiring event. Put your thinking hats on and observe newcomers as well as big players up on stage while they explain the multiple ways you can benefit from VR and AR in your marketing and sales strategy as well. We are looking forward to a vivifying day in your company.

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Apr
26
to Apr 27

Data Visualisation Summit - Berlin

For discounted passes, email philip@thevrara.com 

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This premier B2B event will exhibit new Data Visualisation trends and challenges. It will help to identify effective approaches and UX solutions to develop visualisation literacy and facilitate the exploration of data for non-technical users.

Over the course of two days, the summit will begin with a focus on the impact of Dataviz on companies’ decision-making and how worldwide leading organisations are taking advantage of it in their BI strategies to increase efficiency and innovation. From its application in machine learning and collaborative BI, to the creation of an Agile process through interactive reporting and real-time dashboards, these are some of the topics that will be explored.

On day 2, we will carry on with this topic but offer two tracks:

Track A – Data storytelling This track will focus on the use of data-driven sales & marketing strategies to understand costumer behaviour and drive targeting and engagement. We will talk about data exploration and the power of data journalism as a new lens of communication for ideas and stories. Finally, yet importantly, we will talk about trustworthy data and how easy is to deceive people with visualisations.

Track B – Techie trends Track B will focus on the toys and trends for the techie in all of us. This includes, the pros and cons of applying VR and AI into Data Visualisation, data sketching and processing, and how to clean data in order to reduce errors without missing any important information. We will also talk about tools and techniques to help explore and process high-dimensional data to extract useful data visualisations. Furthermore, in this track we will provide tips & tricks on how to avoid some common graphical mistakes.

Event website here.

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Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

ImmersED2018 - Virtual & Augmented Reality K-12 Education Summit - Los Angeles

For discounted passes, email josephine@thevrara.com

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Working with leading developers and educational K-12 institutions, the summit is designed to identify challenges, create opportunities, promote collaborations, and build partnerships to bring VR, AR, and XR realities into K-12 classrooms.  More here https://www.immersed2018.com

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Jun
1
to Jun 2

Call for Speakers & Showcase for the Immersive Architecture Conference in Venice is closing soon! Apply now!

To speak or showcase, apply here

For discounted passes, email info@thevrara.com

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Immersive Architecture Conference 2018
Venice, 1-2 June 2018

Im-Arch is a conference in the city of Venice, Italy.
Im-Arch’s focus is on AR/VR and Design, where design goes from architecture to retail, from skyscrapers to blown glasses, from museums to building sites.
Im-Arch is a meeting point for all those who are interested in empowering their design process with Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality technologies, and are looking for just the best way to do it.
Im-Arch is for those who want to innovate their communication strategies, in a way that was unthinkable up to now. And for those who want to try and compare the latest devices, and see which is best for their own needs.

Conference website here

 

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Jun
17
to Jun 20

LiveWorx Digital Transformation Conference Enterprise - Boston

For discounted passes and exhibit booth, email info@thevrara.com

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 LiveWorx 18 is the world’s most respected digital transformation conference for the enterprise. It's the premier conference and marketplace for 7000+ business professionals looking for a competitive advantage, enhanced ROI and speed-to-market presented by disruptive technologies such as AR/VR, IoT, Blockchain, etc. Attendees include C-suite executives, VPs, IT Directors, managers, product designers, developers, engineers and more from a wide range of industries. AR/VR is well represented at LiveWorx. 

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Jun
26
to Jun 27

Internet of Health Annual Conference - Boston

For discounted passes, email info@thevrara.com

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A digital health summit with leaders from Brigham Health, MGH, Mount Sinai and more.

We launched the event last year and it went really well. We had the CIOs with Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women's, Mass Eye & Ear and Presbyterian Healthcare Services, along with the Chief Physician Executive with Blue Cross Blue Shield MA and Directors of Innovation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mount Sinai, NewYork-Presbyterian and more.

Event website 

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American Marketing Association BC: Mix Conference 2018 Vancouver
Feb
22
5:30 PM17:30

American Marketing Association BC: Mix Conference 2018 Vancouver

RSVP Here - Members get 25% off (email dan@thevrara.com for code) 

The MIX Conference (formerly known as the XM Conference) is an
evening packed full of marketing innovation and experiences.

Focusing on the intersection between marketing and emerging
technologies, trends disrupting today’s sales and marketing funnels are
discussed with actionable takeaways for forward thinking marketers.

In addition to a keynote presentation and a panel discussion in the
theatre, the exhibition lobby features activations and innovative
marketing solutions enhancing our ability to tell stories on and offline.

120+ attendees with 77% holding positions within Founder/Owner,
VP/Director and Manager are expected. The flow of the evening is
carefully designed to foster valuable networking, quality introductions,
career opportunities, and new business opportunities.

Presented by the BCAMA, the MIX Conference is Vancouver’s
showcase of a growing marketing and technology community now
commanding global attention.

Keynote: Adam Bauer VP Partnerships - West at Shazam

Titled: Augmented Reality: The 3rd Wave of the Internet

Shazam has changed the game by making augmented reality accessible and scalable for brands. In this first-ever presentation on Canadian soil, Adam Bauer of Shazam will share with us the next phase of immersive mobile marketing.

Discover how to bring your marketing materials to life—products, packaging, advertising, events and more — through augmented reality experiences including 3D animations, product visualizations, mini-games and 360-degree videos. AR creates immersive experiences and allows brands to reach audiences through a compelling, interactive new medium.

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Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

AR and Blockchain Panel Event - NYC

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AR and the Blockchain: Speaker Panel and Live Lampix Demo. If you’re interested in augmented reality (AR) and blockchain, this is an event you don't want to miss. We are excited to provide a showcase for two distinguished professionals in the augmented reality and blockchain space. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see the Lampix AR device in action.

Featured Speaker: Gordon Meyer, Vice President of Marketing at Lampix

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Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Education and Gaming in Mixed Reality and HoloLens - Seattle

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The VR/AR Association presents an exciting Mixed Reality and HoloLens event in February. Admission is FREE! The much acclaimed Bart Trzynadlowski will be flying in from NYC to give a special talk titled: Taking Learning and Play to the Next Level: Education and Gaming in Mixed Reality!

Come hear other speakers give short talks on HoloLens and Mixed Reality as well, and catch up on the latest in the world of AR/VR/MR. We'll have several fun hands-on demos for members to try, and plenty of food to eat.

Information regarding our primary talk and speaker:

Mixed reality will have a transformative impact on both education and gaming, providing new ways to visualize, interact, and play. But it also poses unique challenges for both designers and developers -- and where there are challenges to overcome, there are opportunities. Bart Trzynadlowski will demonstrate both a language education game and an action game, discussing in detail lessons learned and thoughts conceived after one year of experimentation with the HoloLens. He'll share demonstrations of unique game play mechanics, some tips for making intelligent use of the player's physical surroundings, and discuss areas where you can help innovate.

Bart Trzynadlowski has been programming since the 6th grade, holds a PhD in electrical engineering, and presently works as a developer in high-frequency trading. He is interested in consumer applications of mixed reality, especially gaming and education. Most of his spare time since June 2016 has been spent experimenting with his HoloLens, leading to rumors that the device has been surgically affixed to his head and that he is in fact a cyborg. These can neither be confirmed nor denied.

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We will also hear from Sky Zhou regarding a groundbreaking Mixed Reality painting game, as well as a few words from Jonathan Gennick of Apress/Springer publishing. Please RSVP Today - we look forward to seeing you at the event!

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Feb
19
to Feb 23

Introduction to AR with Unity - LosAngeles

For discount code for the class, email info@thevrara.com

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Become familiar with the many forms of AR and the devices and toolkits that support them, such as Vuforia, ARKit, and ARCore. Learn the tools and technologies to create your own AR app using Unity and Vuforia, the standard used in industry. Hands on, and instructor supported, this class will ground you in AR technology and help you achieve your goals.

AR topics to be covered include the current landscape of AR apps and markets, interaction techniques, design and engineering pipeline, best practices for AR asset and target generation, the Unity UI tool, experience flow and context, scene generation, target recognition and tracking techniques, scene and asset refinement, and more. Each day’s class includes lecture, discussion, and in-class hands-on labs. Participants will build an app with these tools during the week and explore how to beta-test and publish their app.

Class website here

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Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

VRARA Amsterdam Chapter Event

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The VR AR Association is officially kicking off in the Netherlands on Thursday, the 15th of February. This is a public invitation to all lovers of virtual, augmented and mixed realities in Amsterdam and the Netherlands in general to join us at the launch event.

Registration is free!  

To register for the event, visit here

To become a VRARA member, visit here

 

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Feb
8
to Feb 10

Virtuality - Paris

For passes, email info@thevrara.com  

Virtuality is the VR, AR and MR event in Europe whose first edition last February successfully gathered over 16 000 participants and 110 exhibitors, and received an extensive media coverage.

During 3 days, you will be able to:

  • meet VR/AR professionals in an exclusive space with networking services
  • test many extraordinary VR experiences
  • identify the new trends and immersive technologies
  • learn more on VR/AR impact through 40 talks
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Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

VentureOut New Media - Augmented Experience Pitch Night - NYC

For discounted tickets, email info@thevrara.com

Ticket page here 

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On February 7th, VentureOut, in cooperation with the NYC Media Lab will host the Augmented Experience Pitch Night, a night featuring some of the world's most promising startups and our panel of seasoned venture investors focused on innovations in New Media.

This pitch night is the capstone of the VentureOut's New Media Hyper-Accelerator.

We start at 6:00 pm with networking, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres so have your tickets ready and be there on time.

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Feb
5
to Feb 6

DEW Digital Entertainment World - Los Angeles

For discounted passes or exhibit booths email info@thevrara.com

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Described by Hollywood insiders, digital influencers and industry leaders throughout the world as a "must-attend" event, now in its 5th year Digital Entertainment World (DEW) is where you want to be if you are in the business of creating or monetizing digital entertainment content. DEW 2018 focuses on "The FUTURE of..." and will cover topics from OTT to Innovation to eSports to Millennials to Content Marketing to VR/AR to Music Rights to Startups, etc., as this theme guides all talks, discussions, meetings and presentations over the two days. This year's event will be held in the hip and modern Marina del Rey Marriott just steps from the beach and located in the heart of LA's thriving Silicon Beach with easy access to Santa Monica, Venice and Playa Vista. The event includes keynotes, fireside chats, presentations, panel discussions, tech demos, startup competition, innovative exhibitions, daily DJ music and performers and the best networking in the the hotel's Sinder Lounge. Join DEW and be a part of the future of connected entertainment.

www.dewexpo.com

Agenda: https://www.dewexpo.com/agenda/
Speakers: https://www.dewexpo.com/speaker-submission/
Sponsors/exhibitors/media partners: https://www.dewexpo.com/sponsors/

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Feb
1
12:00 PM12:00

VRARA Birmingham Chapter Seminar

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This is the first of 12 planned seminars in Birmingham focused on differing and emerging aspects of VR, AR & MR.

Proposed agenda

12:00 - 12:45 Arrival and Networking

13:00 - Guest Speaker 1 ( TBC )

13:30 - Chris Meah, School of Code

14:00 - Networking Break and opportunity to play with the HTC VIVE.

14:30 - Guest Speaker 3 (We hope to have Alex Orban from Euclideon Entertainment group join us)

15:00 - Dark Realities Project

15:15 - Q&A panel.

15:45 - Networking and Close

Over the course of 2018 we will be inviting speakers from around the VRAR & MR worlds to talk to our audience about the state of the tech environment. The seminars are free to existing members and £5.00 (plus EV fees) to non members. This will will go towards venue costs and refreshments for the day.

***VRARA MEMBERS ONLY***

Please use discount code VRARA_BRUM for your free ticket.

We would welcome offers of sponsorship at these events. Sponsors can benefit from a global reach of over 3800 members across 40 worldwide chapters.

Please email kev@thevrara.com for more details about speaking/sponsorship opportunities or about the event itself.

Direct line is 07880 552897

We hope you can join us.

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Jan
31
9:30 AM09:30

Cantech Investment Conference 2017 - Toronto

To attend, speak, or exhibit, contact paul@thevrara.com

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The VR/AR Association (VRARA) has announced a partnership with Cantech Investment Conference; the biggest technology investment conference in Canada, coming to Toronto on January 31st! The VRARA, a global association partnered with the Toronto chapter, is working with the event's producers, Cambridge House International and Cantech Letter, to create a virtual reality village that will showcase Canada's most innovative virtual and augmented reality companies.

"As a global association, we are happy to partner with the largest investment and technology conference in Canada as we feel this will provide entrepreneurial-minded members the opportunity to find investors to fund their immersive technology innovations.  This is not only a great opportunity for our local chapter members but also for members of our 50 global chapters" say Paul Rothbein, Toronto Chapter President, VRARA.

3,000 investors will come together with 100+ leading edge tech companies at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Cantech Investment Conference.

"Canada is punching way above our weight in the virtual reality and augmented reality industries. We are very excited to showcase some of Canada's most disruptive AR/VR experiences before they are available to the public." - Jay Martin, CEO, Cambridge House.

Qualified companies are invited to present to an influential group of VCs, financial institutions, portfolio managers, private equity firms and sophisticated investors. Exclusive one-on-one meeting opportunities will also be available.

Cantech is produced by Cambridge House International Inc., Canada’s undisputed leader in technology and mining investment conferences, and the Cantech Letter, one of the most popular and respected financial sites in Canada.

Exhibit or Speaking Opportunities, Contact:

Paul Rothbein, Toronto Chapter President, VR/AR Association paul@thevrara.com

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Jan
29
to Feb 2

Women in Tech Regatta Week Vancouver

Get tickets here (members get 35% off, email dan@thevrara.com)

Join us Jan 29-Feb 2- 2018 for the inaugural Women in Tech Regatta Week.

The Regatta is a curated collection of events, workshops and conversations designed to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, resources and to the power of community. We will dwell in the realm of what’s possible, rather than simply what is.

The WiT Regatta is an inclusive event. Regardless of your area(s) of expertise, all genders and career levels are welcome and encouraged to participate.

This week is about tapping into our dynamic, talented community. The Regatta has been organized in collaboration with BC's Women in Tech Coalition that includes 30 local and provincial women in tech groups. We’ll come together to amplify careers, actualize goals, define the future of tech and blow our own minds.

Vancouver is now joining this international event series with Seattle and Amsterdam.

Click here for more information

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Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

SF Augmented Reality App Show

VRARA members, contact us for a discount code

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VRARA SF has partnered with next month's Augmented Reality AppShow. Join us 1/23 for an evening of networking and live demos of ARkit and ARCore apps that are in development. That will give us all a sneak peek at the AR innovation in the pipeline.

The conference organizers are also looking for apps to showcase, in case you're working on one. Apply here and contact us for discount code to attend. We hope to see you there.

More from the event organizers:

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On November 10th, 2009, 10 mobile apps including Dropbox were showcased at the first ever AppShow at the flagship Apple Store in downtown San Francisco.  Since then over 170 iPhone, iPad, and Android apps have presented or launched at 18 AppShows, in 4 cities.  Many of these apps have gone on to become household names like Uber and Waze which both launched at the SF AppShow.   

With Apple's launch of ARKit and Google's launch of ARCore, app developers around the world have started a whole new innovation cycle to show the public what can be done with this amazing new augmented reality technology on mobile phones.  Since ARKit's launch in September, apps using this platform have already been installed 3 Million times.  More than ever these apps need to be seen live, in order for their full utility to be understood.  Join us for 10 rapid fire augmented reality app demos in an hour, by the people who created them.  Learn more about AR technology and how it could be applied to your business.

If you're building a great app or know of one, apply to present at http://appshow.com/apply  We are also looking for sponsors and anyone interested in helping out with the event.

The AppShow is the premier App event -- We discover and break the hottest apps.

Past presenters have been featured in the New York Times, BBC, CNN, and the iTunes App Store home page after appearing in the SF AppShow!

- Cocktails, appetizers, and networking. 6:00pm - 7 pm.

- Join the live studio audience for the SF AppShow broadcast.  Our host will check out hot apps, interview their developers and take your questions from the stage. Show starts at 7pm.

See newsworthy new apps, get insight from app developers, find unrecognized app gems. Space is limited, seats available on a first come basis.

Register and get more information here

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XRConnects London 2018
Jan
22
to Jan 23

XRConnects London 2018

For passes or speaking opportunities, email vraralondon@thevrara.com

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XR Connects London (January 22-23, 2018) continues our growing event series for the VR/AR/MR industry created by Steel Media, the team behind the PG Connects series of conferences, Pocket Gamer, PG.biz, The Virtual Report, and the Global VR Challenge.

The event will bring together over 500 delegates from across the XR industry (with a focus on hardware manufacturers, game-developers, entertainment and education software creators, investors and media). The conference combines a lively expo space with 2 days of focused conference agenda spread over 4 tracks and covering the key questions facing the industry (global trends, technical and design challenges, future technologies, monetisation, business strategies, post mortems, real-world case studies, and more).

While information and inspiration are very important, the core of any show is who you meet and with that in mind we have a dedicated ‘Pitch & Match’ meeting system for free to all delegates to plan their own meetings, after hours networking events plus dedicated pitching events such as the XR Indie Pitch open to applications.

Event website here 

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ARKit Weekend Workshop - SF
Jan
20
to Jan 21

ARKit Weekend Workshop - SF

To RSVP click here 

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DESCRIPTION

Augmented Reality is here and will change the world - come build the future! If you played Pokémon Go, you’ve seen Augmented Reality, but there is so much more. With mobile platforms now supporting Augmented Reality (e.g. Apples ARkit, Google’s ARCore) and AR content platforms rising, this is the time to learn about AR and how to use it. If you want to use AR technology, but are not sure how, this is your opportunity – we want to enable you to dive in and develop in AR so that you can use AR for your company and yourself, regardless of skill level or background. Come spend the weekend with us learning how to build Augmented Reality apps

This 2-Day Weekend Workshop includes:

  1. Developing a fully working Augmented Reality app (using ARKit & Unity) in a weekend Quality training in AR from leading developers with extensive teaching experience
  2. Help on how to take this new knowledge forward so you can develop on your own
  3. An understanding of the AR/VR/MR landscape and how it is developing
  4. A new network of people who share your passions

DATES & TIMES

Saturday, January 20 9:30AM-7:00PM

Sunday, January 21 9:30AM-6:00PM

REQUIREMENTS:

BYO Mac laptop
BYO iPhone 6S or newer with iOS 11 (released or beta version) Download: Xcode 9 (released, beta, or above)

VRARA Member pricing available (membership information)

Includes two days of instruction. Coffee, snacks & beverages provided.

Instructors:

Janet Brown, Co-Founder, Atakote, Atakote Studios

Janet is a developer and co-founder at Atakote Studios. She is passionate about bringing experiences to AR & VR that appeal to new audiences - both gaming and non-gaming. She also works with companies to build their innovation pipelines and bring compelling products to market, and has done so across Europe, Asia & the USA at McKinsey & Company, as well as key roles at consumer giants like Diageo and Mondalez. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has spoken in 2017 at GDC and Nvidia GTC.

Ram Ramakrishan, Co-Founder, Atakote, Atakote Studios

Ram is a developer and fix-it-guy at Atakote Studios. He loves working with emerging technologies and bringing content to life, and has done so previously at BT, Intel, IBM, Spotify, and various startups. He holds a computer science degree from a school who shares its mascot with the GO programming language, and an MBA from Kellogg but does not eat Special K. He's also actively working on how to make himself irrelevant with AI (rather than just irreverent), and has spoken in 2017 at GDC and RubyConf AU.

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AR in Action ARIA - Boston (MIT MediaLab)
Jan
16
to Jan 17

AR in Action ARIA - Boston (MIT MediaLab)

For 100% discounted tickets, email info@thevrara.com

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THE VISION for AR in ACTION

Augmented Reality is no longer just Science Fiction. Augmented Reality is for everyday people and businesses who need to excel in the real world. It presents enormous opportunities to improve performance and engagement, to accelerate complex processes, and to reduce risks. But, beware: adoption of AR is also facing some serious challenges. There’s a lot of hype and confusion about what’s real.

Our 2-day program and content will help those who are not up to speed get there quickly and those who are already running to get real traction with great partners.

AR in ACTION participants are inventors, innovators, integrators, investors, and other executives--all experts in their fields. They will be coming from the boardrooms and the trenches, ready to focus on the next great leap in human performance. When we’re done, every human empowered with AR will be able to excel in the real world!

Event website

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Jan
9
to Jan 12

VR FEST 2018 - Las Vegas

For discounted passes, speaking opportunities, exhibit or sponsor email info@thevrara.com 

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WELCOME TO SEASON FOUR OF VR FEST® featuring four days of top rated VR/AR/MR/XR programming in Las Vegas from January 9th to 12th, 2018.

OUR MISSION: With support from our founding sponsors, VR Fest is dedicated to driving innovations in the immersive entertainment industry that perpetuate the art and science of the medium for both content creators and consumer audiences alike.

4-day destination event in partnership with Oculus, Alienware, VRMedia Tech, PassmoreVR, Paramount Pictures, VR Arcade, VR/AR Association, Extreme Tech Challenge and DreamlandXR.

VR FEST 2018 PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, January 9th: Opening Night Gala with the VR Lounge

Wednesday, January 10th: VR Academy Sessions, XTC Dinner & VR Arcade

Thursday, January 11th: VR Academy Sessions, XTC Semi-Finals & VR Arcade

Friday, January 12th: Closing Night Gala with the VR/AR Love Bus (Downtown Las Vegas)

To see the full VR FEST schedule see here www.VRFEST.org

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Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Demo Day Breakfast & BlockchainMix: New Trends, Investment Opportunities

For free passes, email info@thevrara.com 

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Starta Accelerator together with V Startup Agency is excited to announce a Blockchain Conference and Demo Day Breakfastfor its fourth cohort companies!

Please join us on Friday, December 15th, to meet ten innovative startups from Europe, learn about Augmented Reality and Blockchain Technology. Meet industry experts from both VC and Crypto worlds who will share their thoughts on new investment opportunities and debate on much-talked-of ICO's vs VC funding.

More info here

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Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

Los Angeles VRARA Winter Wonderland Festivities

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Who else is excited about an end of year VR AR Holiday party?

Join us for one last hurrah of incredible demos & VRARA cheer before the end of the year! Get ready to jingle!

Ugly sweaters welcome! 

Date: Thursday, December 14th

Time: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Digital Domain, Los Angeles

Food & Drinks (Open Bar) will be served.

Entry Rules: Please print your ticket to show proof of purchase of tickets for you and your guest(s).

** VRARA Members attend for FREE (contact your chapter president to be added to the guest list)

** Please contact Josephine Munis at josephine@thevrara.com if you are interested in sponsoring this event or demoing (for free) at this event.

Save the Date and See you There!

10% of sales proceeds will benefit Toys For Tots Foundation. 

Special Thanks to our Location Sponsor Digital Domain!

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Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

VRARA Toronto Chapter: VR/AR Redefining the Theme Park Experience & Redefining Art

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Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality allows people to be creative in ways beyond what reality can provide. The experiences that VR/AR can provide can easily provide Disney World and Wonderland experiences in ways that demand less space, less money, and more potential for growth. Offering ways to experience a roller coaster, being skydiving, being a Ghostbuster, all indoors!

At this event we will also have a Tilt Brush art contest, a workshop on Mixed Reality and how to draw and make content in VR/AR, and a Tilt Brush Art content

6pm to 6:30: Mingling and Social

The first half an hour will be dedicated to mingling and for people to socialize over snacks and beverages.

6:30pm - 7pm: Workshop on 3D Painting (aka Tilt Brush)

7:30pm Panel on Location Based VR

8pm Tilt Brush/Blocks ARt contest

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Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

VR/AR Association Richmond Chapter Event

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To speak at the event email edwin@thevrara.com

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Venue: Shockoe Offices at 3122 W. Marshall St. Richmond, VA 

Join us as we kick-off the Richmond Chapter of the VR/AR Association!

We'll be hosting a panel discussing the state of VR and AR in the Richmond area, as well as introducing the VR/AR Association and reporting on the VRX conference 2018 in San Francisco.

Admission is free, so grab a friend and come learn about the state of VR and AR in RVA!

A special thank you to Shockoe for sponsoring the event and hosting it at their office in Scott's Addition!

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

MODERATOR:

Edwin Huertas - President, VR/AR Association Richmond Chapter; CEO, Shockoe

Edwin currently serves as CEO of Shockoe.com, LLC, a Mobile Development & Consulting firm in Richmond, VA.
Edwin is a hands-on executive officer known for strategic and focused approach, with extensive accolades for limiting risk, creating lean teams, and establishing creative strategies for optimizing internal operations, financial returns and external customer service. With a solid software engineering background and over 20 years of experience, Edwin has applied his extensive knowledge to a wide variety of industries, earning Shockoe the 499th position in the Inc 5000 list in 2017, as well as Top Work Places in Virginia.

PANELISTS:

Dan Cotting - Vice President, VR/AR Association Richmond Chapter; Immersive Media Lead, Shockoe

With over a decade of customer and user experience strategy under his belt, Dan Cotting is Shockoe’s Immersive Media Lead and resident “future-tech-crazy-person”. Dan fully believes that virtual and augmented reality will pave the way for an entirely new approach to business operations: improving the lives of both employees and consumers, while simultaneously increasing business efficiency and productivity. When he isn’t dreaming about this “Ready Player One” future, Dan spends his free time playing bass guitar, practicing 18th-century photographic techniques, brewing beer, and enjoying time with his wife Kelly and their five rescue pets.

Doug Nunn - Founder, CreativeMornings Richmond; Experience Designer, Capital One

Doug Nunn is an experience designer at Capital One, founder or CreativeMornings Richmond, and mentor at StartUp Virginia. Throughout his career he has helped both small and large organizations navigate the landscape of new technologies. Doug sees augmented reality as a paradigm shift in the way that people will interact with digital content in the future. He believes that the time is now for organizations to begin considering, or reconsidering how they will create differentiated customer experiences in a world that will be more immersive than ever before.

Rob Newton - Founder, River City VR; Founder, VRVA

Rob is not only the owner but a major virtual reality enthusiast. Founder of the local VR meetup, VRVA, Rob is also active in the local VR community and can often be found brainstorming ideas that push the boundaries of what VR is today.

David Waltenbaugh - Founder and Creative Director, Media is Plural

Musician, audio engineer, and entrepreneur, David has spent much of the last decade actively working with studios and clients in Richmond on everything from recording and audio post production to business strategy and development. Most recently David has applied his interest, knowledge, and expertise in audio and media production to the worlds of Virtual and Augmented Reality through the creation of Media Plural, a digital media production and strategy company focusing on the capture, production, and implementation of spatial audio, 360 video, and other new forms of immersive media. Outside of the media industry, he has worked in investments for more than a decade. A (nearly) lifelong Richmonder, David holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Robby Ciszek - VR Developer

Robert Ciszek is a game developer specializing in virtual reality and is the author of The Undead Dev, a blog that offers free game development tutorials. He studied computer science at VCU and has ten years of experience in software development. A member of RVA Game Jams, he has participated in multiple jams, including Ludum Dare and Global Game Jam. His current project is called UFO Rodeo - a vertically scrolling shooter built for virtual reality. He debuted UFO Rodeo at RVA Makerfest in October, and was accepted into the MAGFest Indie Videogame Showcase for 2018.

ABOUT THE RICHMOND CHAPTER

With its ideal mid-atlantic location, close proximity to some of the greatest colleges and universities in the world, and a thriving business and tech scene, Richmond, VA is poised to continue rapidly growing and innovating with immersive tech over the coming years. The Richmond Chapter of the VR/AR Association is your RVA connection to the top global organization for thought leadership and industry access in the immersive space.

Educators, content creators, engineers, companies, and consumers are all welcome to join and participate in this professional organization, with the goals of fostering and promoting the growth of immersive technology in the greater Richmond area. The Richmond chapter will achieve this through research, written synthesis, and regularly scheduled chapter events that highlight speakers from the Richmond area and beyond.

Chapter President: Edwin Huertas

Chapter Vice President: Dan Cotting

 

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Dec
10
9:30 AM09:30

MARS SUMMIT 2017 - Shenzhen

Email paola@thevrara.com for the following opportunities:

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45% discount passes

Exhibition booth space

Speaking opportunities (C-Level in top 500, CEO/Founder in rising companies) 

Website

Location

Mars Summit is the biggest tech conference in southern China, located in Shenzhen, Mars Summit brings the leaders from the technology industry and leaders from all kinds of businesses who has a passion for applying tech, including VR & AR. At Mars Summit, you get to:

1. Make deals with some of the biggest tech companies in the world as well as the most exciting startups.

2. Learn where the future holds face to face from the best leaders of our time Mars Summit is a conference, but we'd love to have you look at it as a marketplace, if your goal is to find the right customers, startups, investors or partners in the global technology and business community. Mars Summit is built for you.

This is a must-attend conference for anyone who’s interested in the China Market.
— Forbes Magazine
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Dec
7
to Dec 8

VRX 2017

Contact us for discounted passes. 

In VRARA's continued partnerships throughout the event world, the latest is VRX 2017. Taking place 12/7 & 12/8 in San Francisco it features heavy-hitter speakers from HTC to Audi. 

With a theme grounded in VR's business growth and cultural immersion, it promises lots of concrete learnings, not to mention networking with industry influencers. 

VRARA SF is proud to be a media partner, meaning we'll not only be there but members can receive a 15% discount code to attend. Contact us if interested. We hope to see you there.

More from the event organizers:

Now in its 3rd year, VRX has established itself as the world’s premier gathering of senior-level virtual reality business leaders. Previous speakers include a global who's-who of those pioneering the way in VR, with CEO’s and senior decision makers making waves in gaming, film, enterprise, broadcasting, healthcare, education and more. Expect more of the same this year, with more to be announced.

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Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

VRARA SF: Year-End Roundtable

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Register here. VRARA members choose the "member" option at checkout.

What a year it's been for VR & AR. As we enter 2018, VR/AR Association SF is assembling the best minds for an open forum on the industry's biggest challenges and opportunities.

join us in San Francisco on Wednesday December 8 for an evening of networking, food & drinks and elite speakers from VRARA's SF member base (additional details here).

There will be much to discuss and define as we enter the new year: What did we learn in 2017? What does 2018 have in store? And what does it mean for you? 

Act fast because this will be a smaller and more intimate gathering than our normal event series. VRARA members interested in speaking, please contact us.

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Smart Haptics 2017 - San Diego
Dec
6
to Dec 7

Smart Haptics 2017 - San Diego

For passes or speaking opportunities email info@thevrara.com

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Smart Haptics 2017 is coming to San Diego, CA on December 6-7 and will bring together multiple end use industries including medical, automotive, mobile, VR/AR and more to explore where the haptics industry is headed.

Attendees will experience a mixture of presentation sessions: 

  • Hear from companies such as Microsoft, Fitbit, Facebook, SynTouch, TDK Corporation, P&G, Adludio and more. 
  • Understand the latest trends, innovations and challenges facing the haptics industry
  • Build relationships and put your company's name in front of top industry leaders in the haptics field. 
  • Collaborate with your colleagues on topics such as current and future possibilities in haptics, touch in wearables, the future of VR/AR and gaming, the healing power of touch feedback, the driving force of automotive haptics, touch in advertising and more. 

Smart Haptics 2017 will feature talks that will serve to inform the industry of the current capabilities and needs in the industry, as well as hands-on demonstrations that will provide the opportunity to explore through active participation.

 

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