The Seattle Chapter of the VR/AR Association, serves as one of the major beacons for innovative development in the re-emergence and paradigm-shifting world of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality technologies.

We already have a thriving base of hardware and software companies in our local VR/AR/MR community; but that is only a fraction of the potential that the second, third and even fourth wave of developers will have to offer when the masses adopt.

Along with an ever-growing network of VRARA chapters, we look to educate and connect the global community to the learnings and unique possibilities we have now, and in the not too distant future.


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Sean Ong , Chapter President, sean@thevrara.com

With over nine years of industry experience, Sean is a thought leader who has published on topics ranging from holographic computing to the economics of rooftop solar systems. Sean actively works with clients around the globe to push the boundaries of mixed reality, including retail, architecture, enterprise, education, and entertainment experiences. Sean is also involved with product development and clean energy initiatives at Ong Innovations, a company he founded in 2013. He is also co-founder of Laborbot, a robotics company focused on virtual and augmented reality telepresence. Away from work, Sean enjoys time with his family, being outdoors, and tinkering with microcontrollers, 3D printing, and robotics. He also frequently publishes technology-related videos and articles and enjoys engaging with his 35,000+ subscribers on YouTube. Sean graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Physics from Seattle Pacific University. He received a Master of Engineering in 2013 from Colorado School of Mines. Sean is currently based in Seattle, WA.  Sean also is the author of the book, Beginning Windows Mixed Reality Programming For HoloLens and Mixed Reality Headsets.

Howard Schargel LinkedIn 
Advisor, Seattle

In Seattle and abroad, Howard is an established thought leader and is actively deploying VR/AR/MR experiences and solutions. Just don’t challenge him to a game of pool. With a formal background in Architecture & Industrial Design, Howard has spent the past 25 years working on cutting edge, emerging technologies as an Experience/Interaction Designer & 3D Expert. Holding and contributing to a growing patent portfolio, his work and his teamwork has been internationally recognized, and he is sought after for consultations on workflows, pipelines, and best practices. Past projects include working with Microsoft's R&D Design Group, supporting teams including: HoloLens Digital Experience Showcases (Lowes, Stanford Medical School, PACCAR), the HoloLens Core Shell Team, and Microsoft's Future Envisioning Team. His recent portfolio of work includes designing and humanizing a range of technology domains including: Haptics, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, IoT, and Connected Ecosystems. He currently heads up a confidential initiative at Level 11, an Experience Design Engineering firm in Seattle, Washington USA. And he beats them all at pool.

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