One Broadway, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
October 25, 2018
3:00 – 8:30 PM
Reality Connect 2018
Venture Cafe’s Reality Connect mini-conference takes place on October 25, 2018. Venture Cafe’s Reality Connect is a must-attend meeting of the minds on Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) highlighting the latest advances and applications of cutting-edge technology to various industries including healthcare, education, entertainment, tourism, retail, logistics, and more.
Reservations are recommended but not required. RSVP Here
Reality Connect is hosted by Venture Café Cambridge. #RealityConnect
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AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING & OFFICE HOURS
4:00 – 4:15 PM REALITY CONNECT KICK-OFF
4:15 – 5:15 PM AR / VR ROUND ROBIN PRESENTATIONS
5:30 – 6:30 PM STORYTELLING IN AR & VR
5:30 – 7:30 PM DEMOS
6:45 – 7:45 PM AR / VR FLASH TALKS
OFFICE HOURS (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.
Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.
Appointments may be booked beginning October 4, 2018, here: https://venturecafecambridge.org/openofficehours
Special AR/ VR Office Hours
William Brierly, Owner at SnowRunner Productions
For the past 17 years, Will Brierly has run Snowrunner Productions. He has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists, Emmy Award-winning TV shows, NY Times best-selling authors, international government agencies, video games and more… He is also known for creating the first FPS (first person Soda drinking simulation) Soda Drinker Pro which has been featured on CNN, CNBC, Mashable, Game Informer, Kotaku, Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other media outlets and has is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of soda simulation enthusiasts worldwide.
Umar Arshad, VP, Growth, Vuforia
Umar Arshad, VP, Growth, Vuforia: Umar is an experienced technologist with over 15 years bringing cutting-edge software products to market. Umar is currently VP of Growth at Vuforia, where he is focused on delivering and showcasing the value of AR to PTC’s customers. Prior to his current role, Umar was VP of Advanced Products at PTC, where he led a team of AR pioneers to develop next-gen AR technologies as part of PTC’s prestigious Office of the CTO. Before PTC Umar was CEO and co-founder of Waypoint Labs, an award-winning enterprise AR software company acquired by PTC in 2018. Umar has an MBA from MIT Sloan, a JD from GWU Law, and a BS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.
AR / VR ROUND ROBIN PRESENTATIONS (4:15 - 5:15 PM)
AR / VR ROUND ROBIN PRESENTATIONS
Havana Conference Room, 4:15 – 5:15 PM
During this session, 4 experts representing distinct industries will take turns presenting the latest developments and the current applications of AR / VR / MR to their sector of practice. This is a great opportunity to survey the latest developments across multiple industries. Meet our presenters:
Mike Festa, Director, Wayfair Next
Mike Festa created Wayfair’s research and development team, Wayfair Next, where he spearheads developments in augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D scanning. Mike is the Boston chapter president of the VR/AR Association.
Kat Schneider + Kachina Studer, Arrowstreet
Kat Schneider is an architectural and user interface designer with a deep research interest in computational design and VR/AR. Kachina Studer is a UX and Research Product Development Lead working with immersive technologies. Together they have facilitated the development of Arrowstreet’s Virtual Design Studio, an emerging research incubator centered around VR/AR technologies for design visualization and future impacts on the built environment.
Talal Ali Ahmad, Founder & CEO, Proximie
Talal is a successful entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in Telecommunications, Networking, cloud computing at high-tech startups . He is an Industry Leader and Growth Hacker who held various positions earlier in engineering and operations. In recent years, Talal has focused on the use of cutting-edge technology in SaaS, TeleHealth, and Augmented Reality (AR) to implement complex Healthcare solutions to benefit the well-being of patients across borders and continents.
Hillary Ashton, EVP, General Manager, Augmented Reality, PTC
Hillary Ashton is Executive Vice President and General Manager of PTC’s Augmented Reality (AR) business unit. In this role, she is responsible for all operational aspects of the Vuforia business and its product lines, including executive leadership and vision, strategy, sales, and marketing. Before joining PTC in 2018, Ms. Ashton served as SVP of Analytics SaaS solutions at Manthan. In this role, she was responsible for sales, channel strategy, presales, product marketing, and solution engineering. Prior to that role, Ms. Ashton served as Director, Customer Intelligence Sales at SAS, where she led the go-to-market strategy and sales support for US, Canada and Latin America for SAS’s 16 Customer Intelligence (CI) solutions. In each of these roles, she has contributed to expanding market share and increasing revenue.
STORY TELLING IN AR & VR (5:30 - 6:30 PM)
STORYTELLING IN AR & VR
Havana Conference Room, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Telling stories in 360 degrees is very different than on a traditional flat screen. VR has been available to the general public for a couple years now. In that time developers have constantly improved their storytelling techniques in VR and AR.
In this panel, we’ll be discussing techniques developers can use to improve the user experience as well as general ideas of what works with storytelling in VR and AR and much more. Meet our Panelists:
Will Brierly, Owner, Snow Runner Productions
For the past 17 years Will Brierly has run Snowrunner Productions. He has worked with Grammy Award winning artists, Emmy Award winning TV shows, NY Times best selling authors, international government agencies, video games and more.
Cy Wise, Co-Organizer, VR Austin
10+ year video game industry veteran who operates in the nebulous venn-diagram nexus of COO/Studio Direction/general problem solving. Last worked on Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: VR. When not professionally managing VR communities, Cy casually manages VR communities as co-organizer of VR Austin.
Alex Schwartz, Indie, formerly CEO of Owlchemy Labs
Alex Schwartz is previously the Founder, CEO and Janitor of VR studio Owlchemy Labs, creators of Job Simulator and Rick and Morty VR for all major VR headsets. As founder, he grew the company, evangelized VR, and navigated a successful Google acquisition in 2017. He continues to speak, share knowledge, and organize communities in the games/VR space while smoking various meats in his backyard in Cambridge, MA.
Michael Levine, Founder & CEO, HappyGiant
Mike Levine is a veteran of LucasArts, and Founder & Creative Director of HappyGiant. Mike has been at the forefront of interactive narrative and gaming for the past two decades and has been laser focused on Augmented Reality the last several years.
Sean Halloran, Software Developer, Harmonix Music
Sean Halloran is game developer at Harmonix working on music and rhythm games for VR. His most recent game credits are for Rock Band VR and an untitled launch game for the Oculus Quest.
DEMOS & INFO TABLES (5:30 - 7:30 PM)
DEMOS & INFO TABLES
Café, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Venture Café Demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our Reality Connect event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s start-ups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community.
AR / VR FLASH TALKS (6:45 - 7:45 PM)
AR / VR FLASH TALKS
Are you an expert in AR, VR and/or MR and want to share your knowledge with the community? Submit your proposal for a flash talk comprising of 30 minutes of content and 15 minutes and networking with a target-audience from the community.
(Bimini Conference Room)
AR/VR is a burgeoning field but you don’t need a fancy laptop with custom hardware to get started. With just your web browser, you can create immersive 3D experiences today.
Presented by: Adam Conrad, Founder, Anon Consulting
Creating Multiplayer Experiences in WebVR
(St. Thomas Conference Room)
Create a multiplayer VR app with voice chat in your browser that will work on any device with A-Frame, Networked A-Frame, and three.js. Minimal development experience required.
Presented by: Mike Thomas, Full Stack Developer, Virtual Spaces
Using AR as an Input Platform Instead of Just an Output Platform: (Santa Clara Conference Room)
AR has traditionally been thought of as just an output paradigm where users can visualize virtual artifacts in the real world. This talk explores some of the ways AR can also be used as an input or data capture device to learn more about the environment and the objects and people within that environment.
Varun Mani, VP Advanced Research, Vuforia PTC: Varun is a skilled augmented reality technologist who is pushing the envelope of industrial AR by enabling frontline workers create, access and use knowledge on the job. Prior to PTC, he was part of the team that developed and shipped the ground-breaking HoloLens headset at Microsoft. Varun has an Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from Olin College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Umar Arshad, VP, Growth, Vuforia: Umar is an experienced technologist with over 15 years bringing cutting edge software products to market. Umar is currently VP of Growth at Vuforia, where he is focused on delivering and showcasing the value of AR to PTC’s customers. Prior to his current role, Umar was VP of Advanced Products at PTC, where he led a team of AR pioneers develop next gen AR technologies as part of PTC’s prestigious Office of the CTO. Before PTC Umar was CEO and cofounder of Waypoint Labs, an award-winning enterprise AR software company acquired by PTC in 2018. Umar has an MBA from MIT Sloan, a JD from GWU Law, and a BS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.
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