The Augmented World Expo (AWE), one of the largest conferences dedicated to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), will be opening its doors for the eighth year later this month. For 2017 over 300 speakers have been lined up for keynotes and discussion panels on the future of AR and VR consumer and enterprise tech.
Keynotes will be given by “Shots of Awe” filmmaker, philosopher and futurist Jason Silva, “The Fourth Transformation” author and Transformative Group partner Robert Scoble, and game designer, author and Carnegie Mellon scholar Jesse Schell.
Sessions will cover a wide range of topics including manufacturing, training, transportation, retail, healthcare, aerospace, media, entertainment, marketing and advertising and more, from speakers including:
Jim Heppelmann, President & CEO, PTC
Rikard Steiber – President Viveport & SVP Virtual Reality, HTC Vive
Achin Bhowmik – Vice President & General Manager, Perceptual Computing Group, Intel
Zvi Greenstein – General Manager, Nvidia
Gaia Dempsey – Co-founder & VP, DAQRI
Ralph Osterhout – CEO, Osterhout Design Group
Tony Parisi – Global Head of VR/AR, Unity Technologies
Mounir Zok – Director of Technology & Innovation, United States Olympic Committee
Jerri Ellsworth – Co-founder, castAR
Tim Leland – VP Product Management, Qualcomm
Jay Wright, President & General Manager, Vuforia, PTC
Rachel Sibley – VP Product, Leap Motion
Edward Tang – Co-founder & CTO, Avegant
Meron Gribetz – Founder & CEO, Meta
Max Cecchini – VP Digital Innovation, Luxottica
Ana Serrano – Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre
Tish Shute – Director AR/VR, Corporate Technology Strategy, Huawei
Fabio Santini – Chief Product Officer, Shazam
Kyle Nel – Executive Director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, Lowe’s Home Improvement
John C.C. Fan – CEO & Chairman of the Board, Kopin Corporation
Richard Lucquet – Head of AR/VR Product & Strategy, Verizon
Gary Radburn – Director of VR/AR, Dell
Tom Furness – Founder, Virtual Worlds Society
Ruth Bram – Producer, Oculus/Facebook
Steven Feiner – Professor, Columbia University
Alongside the conferences 200 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest in VR and AR technology. Companies will include: Basemark, Daqri, Epson, Intel, InstaVR, Kodak, Meta, Microsoft, Schell Games, Sixense, Sony, Ultrahapics and many more.
“Together, iconic technology companies, Fortune 500 brands and pure platform startups are building groundbreaking experiences and business models using augmented and virtual reality, at a pace we’ve never seen before,” said Ori Inbar, founder and executive producer of AWE. “We are excited to have AWE back in Silicon Valley this year for what we expect to be our biggest and most inclusive event yet. AWE has become the premier deal-making marketplace for the AR+VR industry, where Fortune 500 companies find business solutions, strategic partnerships are forged, funds raised, talent hired, and new startups are born.”
The Auggie Awards will also be taking place – nominations opened in March – with winners selected across ten categories.
AWE 2017 runs from 31st May to 2nd June, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California. For any further updates, keep reading VRFocus.
Source: AWE 2017 to Feature 300+ Speakers Including Microsoft, NVIDIA, Oculus, Samsung & Sony