Main Stage

#ff7f69
9:00 AM-9:25 AM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

Welcome Keynote

Ori Inbar - AWE and Super Ventures
<p>Ori Inbar, CEO and Co-Founder of AWE, will welcome attendees to the 15th annual AWE USA 2024 event where we will celebrate the amazing history of XR, pioneers in the industry, and our anniversary year theme - BREAKTHROUGH!</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
9:30 AM-9:55 AM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

Qualcomm Keynote

<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
10:00 AM-10:25 AM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

Meta Keynote

<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
10:30 AM-10:55 AM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

Snap Keynote

<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Networking

#bcda85
11:00 AM-2:30 PM
Networking
Jun 18

LUNCH

<p>Food is available for purchase in the Long Beach Convention Center and at nearby vendors/restaurants.</p>

Networking

#bcda85
11:00 AM-5:30 PM
Exhibit Hall
Networking
Jun 18
Exhibit Hall

Expo, Playground, Start-Ups, and XR Museum Hours

<p>Join us in the Exhibit Hall where you'll meet sponsors and exhibitors, discover the latest AR/VR tech, check out the newest start-ups, have fun, make connections, and more!</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
11:55 AM-12:20 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 18
Room 101B

Beyond the Game: Evolution of VR Sports Gaming into Live Entertainment & Immersive Fan Engagement

Cagan Sean Yuksel - Dreamspace
Troy Jones Jr. - StatusPro
<p>In this fireside chat with Status Pro, we'll dive deep into the transformative journey of VR sports gaming, exploring its emergence as a vital medium for live broadcast entertainment and fan engagement. </p> <p>Key talking points will include:</p> <ul><li>The integration of live sports broadcasting within VR platforms</li> <li>The role of VR in expanding the accessibility of sports to a broader audience</li> <li>Future possibilities exist for brands to create meaningful and engaging narratives within the VR sports domain</li> </ul><p> </p>

Healthcare & Wellness

#b9c4f0
12:10 PM-12:35 PM
Room 103B
Healthcare & Wellness
Jun 18
Room 103B

Deploying XR for Veterans’ Care and Transition

Anne Lord Bailey - Veterans Affairs
Stephanie Montgomery - XR Association
<p>For veterans, readjusting to life after service comes with challenges including finding/returning to a job, accessing mental and healthcare services, and reconnecting with their communities. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation found that 53% of veterans are unemployed for 4 months or longer after leaving the military, citing a lack of resources and skills needed for the workforce. Immersive technologies are already being employed in some cases, including with the Veteran Affairs Office, as a solution to several of these challenges. In fact, the VAO has been one of the leading industry adopters in virtual and augmented reality for a variety of use cases. In this fireside chat, discover how AI-driven XR is helping veterans overcome some of the challenges of returning to civilian life. From upskilling to pain management and mental health services, XR is helping those who sacrifice so much to keep our country safe.</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
12:25 PM-12:50 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 18
Room 101B

Decoding Play: Navigating the Terrain of Toys, Puzzles, and Games in XR

Bernie Yee - Windup Minds
<p>Oculus's Quest launch was built on the premise that games drive early adoption of general computing devices. We think this will be similarly true for MR (and eventually, AR). The allure of AR (and MR) is to mimic physical play affordances from the real world to the simulated; so many product proposals literally replicate physical toys and puzzles - and conflate them with games. This talk will disambiguate toys, puzzles and games, so you know what you're building, what to expect from audiences, and chart a clearer roadmap to engagement, retention, and delight. We will also talk about what makes a game 'better' in MR, and 'only possible' in MR - with the premise that those experiences are the ones that will capture imagination and drive adoption - the way Beat Saber did for VR. It will draw upon experiences from both Meta's VR work and AR Glasses work.</p>

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
12:30 PM-12:55 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 18
Room 102B

Revolutionizing Engagement: AR's Impact in Sports, Retail, and Advertising

Monica Hsueh - Speed 3D Inc.
<p>Monica Hsueh from Speed 3D will address the overarching challenges brands face in the implementation of Augmented Reality (AR), with a special focus on sports, retail, and 3D billboards. Key Pain Points for Brands include integration complexity, creating genuinely engaging AR experiences that provide real value, cost-effectiveness, measurement of ROI, Scalability, and the practical challenges of 3D billboards (fixed locations, long production times, etc.). Monica will showcase how sector-specific AR solutions not only address identified challenges but also open new avenues for brand engagement and conversion. The audience will be inspired with the potential of AR to revolutionize brand strategies, focusing on practical, impactful applications.</p>

Web3

#ffacbd
12:30 PM-12:55 PM
Room 102A
Web3
Jun 18
Room 102A

Are You Ready to Create and/or Consume at the Speed of Light?

Rika Nakazawa - NTT
<p>As Gen AI technologies proliferate across governments, societies, and industries (especially Web 3, XR, Metaverse) the demand for computing infrastructure to power digital systems and economies will skyrocket. Data volume globally is expected to 16X in the bookends of 2018 and 2030, with commensurate energy demands to multiply 13X in the same window. This will mean more data centers, equipment, cabling, servers, GPUs, and power - MUCH more power - that is already unevenly distributed globally. This is not sustainable. But there is a way forward by moving from Electronic to Photonic networks, connectivity, and computing, at a fraction of the power needed, with higher throughput and lower transmission latency of data. That's right - we are on the brink of a rich digital landscape generated by the science and speed of light. Join us so we can 'illuminate' you with the paradigm shift promised by Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN).</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
1:00 PM-1:25 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 18
Room 101A

Fast Forward of Two Decades on Immersive Research (History Talk)

Mar Gonzalez-Franco - Google
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
1:00 PM-1:25 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 18
Room 102B

How to Craft Compelling Multiplatform Storytelling Strategies

Nisha Burton - Reflective Brands
<p>Transmedia storytelling is a field primed for elevation through XR technologies. In this presentation, we will explore the art of crafting narratives that span across mediums, leveraging traditional storytelling mediums like film and emerging technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) to push the boundaries of storytelling. Delving into the dynamic interplay between film, documentary, and AR, we'll explore the strategic considerations behind placing different story elements in distinct mediums, while harnessing the unique strengths of each. Through a real-world case study, we'll dissect and learn from 'Designing Reality', a groundbreaking project spanning a short narrative film, feature documentary, 360 dome projection, and AR app. This innovative endeavor encompasses a fusion of AI-enabled participatory art, projection mapping, and live performance. Furthermore, it spreads the story across a documentary film exploring how emerging technologies can be used for good, and a sci-fi fiction film about the near future and utilizing AI to help build a better world. This project offers a glimpse into the limitless possibilities of transmedia storytelling. Through this case study, participants will be inspired to spread their stories across mediums to have the highest impact and create experiences that people cannot stop talking about. Whether embarking on personal projects or leading high-level marketing campaigns, the insights shared in this presentation will be invaluable in crafting stories that captivate and leave a lasting impression.</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
1:00 PM-1:25 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

VR Visionary: Fireside Chat with Palmer Luckey

Palmer Luckey - Anduril
Sonya Haskins - AWE
<p>Join us for a captivating discussion with Palmer Luckey, the spirited trailblazer behind the revolutionary Oculus Rift. Enjoy a bit of history as Palmer recounts the journey from his humble beginnings tinkering with VR in his garage to the heights of success and acquisition by Facebook. Then, you’ll want to stick around as we delve into his thoughts on the industry now and his vision for the future. Don’t miss this chance to sit in on a chat with one of tech’s most interesting personalities.<br />  </p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
1:00 PM-1:25 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 18
Promenade Room 104A

How Digital Twin Technology Will Transform Regional Planning

Tim Giuliani - Orlando Economic Partnership
<p>Join Orlando Economic Partnership President & CEO Tim Giuliani to learn how a first-of-its-kind 800-square-mile digital twin is transforming economic and community development, collaboration between municipalities, private companies and nonprofits and how attendees can harness this innovative tech to solve regional challenges. Discover how the Unity-developed platform used in 100+ presentations visualizes and models the impact of new development, infrastructure and services by incorporating data from dozens of sources, including municipal and federal, to reveal demographics and more. Audience members will gain valuable insight on the practical applications of digital twins at this scale including how this first-of-its-kind digital twin creates an innovative way to sell a region while enabling city planning on a deeper level, how utility companies and city planners can map out proposed infrastructure improvements on a holographic display, and how stakeholders can upload their own data to create rich 3D models for different simulations, such as climate change, transit routes and more.</p>

Web3

#ffacbd
1:00 PM-1:30 PM
Room 102A
Web3
Jun 18
Room 102A

Evolution of Digital Assets, AR, & AI in Fashion and Luxury

Nova Lorraine - Raine Magazine
David Robustelli - Beyond
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
1:00 PM-1:50 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 18

Enterprise

#91bc3f
1:00 PM-1:55 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 18
Promenade Room 104B

PANEL: Primer for Entering into Enterprise XR

Pablo Ortega - H-E-B
Michael Whatley - The Coca-Cola Company
Yvo Klare - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
1:25 PM-2:25 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 18
Room 103C

PANEL: Launching an Enterprise AV/VR Training Program

Leslie Forsberg - The Boeing Company
Trista Pierce - Booz Allen Hamilton
Valerie Quezada - Takeda
Martin Warters - Pfizer
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
1:30 PM-1:55 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 18
Promenade Room 104A

5 Biggest Pitfalls Industrial SMEs Should Avoid when Adding XR to their Business

Harald Wuest - Visometry
<p>We'll take a look at the 5 biggest pitfalls industrial SMEs should avoid when adding XR to their business AND offer you some alternatives so you'll know what to do instead. Overwhelming advances in AI, 5G, tracking, streaming, SLAM, nerfs, ARKit/Core, spatial computing, ERP integration, device-hype with Meta Quest & Apple Vision Pro... Even for market professionals, it is difficult to maintain an overview on current technology and align them to the manifold business needs of manufacturing industries. Tech demos on social media appear as ready-made solutions, but the gap to these is often still large so how are SMEs supposed to know where to start? Unlike larger corporates, for SME's investing in new technologies must amortize faster, and a business outcome must be assessable right from the start. This often prevents them from taking first steps into XR yet it is precisely this group that can benefit most from mixed reality technologies to make processes more efficient, save money, train people faster or compensate for labor shortages. Our talk is a practical guide that summarizes the most important “Dos & Don'ts” of the recent years and provides important practical help on how to get started, on which use cases to focus for quick successes, and on how to grow an XR strategy. We help to categorize the technical landscape, differentiate what is promising but experimental from what is already an off-the-shelf solution suitable for daily use. We give an overview on the most prominent industrial AR use (and fail) cases, valuable tips to avoid beginners' mistakes and present solutions and approaches SMEs should follow to get their XR business started.</p>
Enterprise, XR Enablement

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
1:30 PM-1:55 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 18
Room 101B

How Warner Records & AmazeVR are Bringing K-Pop & Rock to Spatial Experiences

Jacqui Bransky - Warner Records
Kim Gohree - AmazeVR, Inc.
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
1:30 PM-1:55 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

We Need a Super Cockpit for the Mind (History Talk)

Tom Furness - Virtual World Society
<p>In addition to providing an update on the work of the Virtual World Society, Dr. Furness will recount some of his history in developing the Super Cockpit for the USAF in the 70s-80s. He will then convolve that with the current direction of the metaverse and AI communities to propose a new cockpit that is now needed to navigate our future in the metaverse: the Super Cockpit for the Mind.</p>

Healthcare & Wellness

#b9c4f0
1:35 PM-2:30 PM
Room 103B
Healthcare & Wellness
Jun 18
Room 103B

PANEL: Seniors Do VR!

Jeff Pohlman - HTC Vive
Robin Raskin - Virtual Events Group
Richard Robinson - AgeTech Collaborative from AARP
Ted Werth - Mynd Immersive
<p>An older generation has the time, the money, and the desire to experience virtual worlds. The evidence is quite definitive. Seniors are using VR for multiple reasons including the need for connection, a sense of empowerment, new worlds to explore, and increased cognitive function. Find out how a new generation of virtual reality experiences are helping seniors both therapeutically and emotionally. </p>

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
2:05 PM-2:25 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 18
Room 102B

History of XR Marketing - 100 AWEsome examples! (History Talk)

Alan Smithson - METAVRSE
<p>Discover how XR has transformed the marketing landscape, offering immersive experiences that have redefined engagement and storytelling for brands across the globe. In this fast-paced presentation, we will go down memory lane with over 100 examples of XR Marketing from the beginning to today.  </p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
2:30 PM-3:00 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

IKEA's Journey Through 3D Visualization and Spatial Computing

Martin Enthed - IKEA
<p>This 30-minute presentation takes you on an enlightening journey through IKEA's innovative transformative use of 3D visualization and spatial computing, starting with IKEA's early adoption of AR and 3D modeling technologies. The talk highlights the challenges and vision that propelled their digital evolution. It underscores how these technologies have offered immersive and interactive experiences with products in a virtual environment. Delving into the technical aspects, it reveals the intricate processes behind creating IKEA's highly detailed 3D product models. The session concludes with a forward-looking perspective from IKEA's spatial computing team, exploring future possibilities and ongoing innovations in this field. This presentation not only showcases IKEA's current achievements in tech-driven retail but also offers a glimpse into the exciting, tech-forward future the company envisions, and the joint work with standards to reach it.</p>

Healthcare & Wellness

#b9c4f0
2:40 PM-3:05 PM
Room 102B
Healthcare & Wellness
Jun 18
Room 102B

Creating AWE: the Miracle of VR with Cancer Patients

Max Almy - Magika VRx
Teri Yarbrow - Magika VRx
<p>This talk will focus on the power of VR to create transformative experiences for cancer patients in the Steward Center for Palliative Care, Joseph Candler Hospital of Savannah Georgia through case studies, observations, our current I.R.B. research, success stories, and the opportunities of content creation and implementation for this population.</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
2:55 PM-3:50 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 18
Promenade Room 104A

Helping the Blind to See

Charlie Fink - Forbes
<p>One of the most important emergent applications of AR and allied technologies is accessibility and mobility for the blind and partially sighted.  <br />  </p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
2:55 PM-3:50 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 18
Room 101B

PANEL: Immersive Revolution: Transforming Fan Experiences in Next-Gen Sports & Beyond

James Giglio - MVP Interactive
Chris Sloan - SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park
<p>In the dynamic landscape of sports, fan engagement has transcended traditional boundaries, thanks to the advent of immersive technologies. Join us as we delve into the transformative impact of immersive technology on fan experiences at sporting events, exploring the evolution from passive spectators to engaged participants.</p> <p>Key Topics</p> <ul><li>Enhancing Stadium Experiences</li> <li>Virtual Fan Communities</li> <li>Player-Fan Interaction</li> <li>Impact on Sponsorship and Brand Engagement</li> </ul><p> </p>

Developer

#94b4a3
3:00 PM-3:25 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 18
Room 101A

Implementation of Handling Spatial Objects in Swift on visionOS

Satoshi Hattori - Cyber AI Productions, Inc.
<p>VisionOS continues to evolve. More people are purchasing and using Apple Vision Pro, and there are an increasing number of developers starting development in the simulator. One of the joys of Spatial Computing is the ability to freely place objects in space and interact with them. However, there is still very limited practical information available. To place objects in any location within Immersive Space and display or interact with SwiftUI views, it's necessary to understand and implement the proper techniques. Furthermore, to consistently display objects in the same location even after restarting the application, knowledge of techniques such as using World Anchor to fix objects in the world space is required. </p> <p>In this session, I will explain the necessary processes for spatial processing along with source code and demonstrate them on the spot.  This session will be helpful for visionOS app developers.</p>

Healthcare & Wellness

#b9c4f0
3:10 PM-3:35 PM
Room 103B
Healthcare & Wellness
Jun 18
Room 103B

Innovation in Autism Care: Case Studies & Navigation of FDA Approval Process for XR Application

Michelle Hascall - Cortica
Neil Hattangadi - Cortica
Vijay Ravindran - Floreo
<p>In this session, leaders from Floreo, a VR system for teaching skills to neurodiverse children, and Cortica, the leading provider of whole-child value-based autism care, will describe their strategy and partnership as Floreo seeks FDA approval as a medical device. In 2023 after concluding a pilot study together, Floreo gained FDA Breakthrough Device Designation on the basis of the outcomes data generated. In this session, the trial design and regulatory strategy of both the pilot study and upcoming pivotal trial will be detailed, including tips specific to XR applications based on FDA guidance.</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
3:15 PM-3:40 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

What's Next for AR: From Spatial Displays to Spatial Computing

Chi Xu - XREAL
<p>As the world's leading AR glasses brand today, XREAL knows what it takes to set a standard and then surpass it. The AR glasses market is on the verge of unparalleled growth, which comes with questions and opportunities. XREAL has long believed in the opportunity for a complete solution AR offering, pairing its unmatched AR glasses with a robust lineup of source devices. See what comes next when XREAL reveals a new device category alongside world-class partnerships with industry titans.</p> <p>If AR is on your radar, if spatial computing is in your repertoire, don't miss this presentation from XREAL's visionary Founder and CEO, Chi Xu.</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
3:25 PM-3:50 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 18
Promenade Room 104B

Accelerating XR at Mondelez: How a Global Snacking Leader Embraces Spatial Computing

Matthew Tomlinson - Mondelēz International
Richard Hess - Mondelēz International
<p>Mondelez International has been on a journey leveraging XR over the past decade. From initial research trials to acceleration during COVID, Mondelez enters 2024 investing into spatial computing as the future of work across their business, especially within their R&D and Digital Services functions. We look to take you along the journey of XR, which is seen as a key capability within our business, from the past and into the future - including unique use cases you could only find at the world's leading Snacking company.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
3:25 PM-4:15 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 18
Room 103C

Impact of Technology on Mine Rescue Training

Jennica Bellanca - CDC / NIOSH
Thomas Codrick - Booz Allen Hamilton
Timothy Orr - CDC / NIOSH
Amy Knox - Booz Allen Hamilton
<p>Join the CDC NIOSH development team and supporting Booz Allen cast to dive into their journey of developing, expanding, and evaluating VR Mine Rescue Training, an immersive platform which leverages virtual reality to enhance realism, address logistical challenges, and improve target decision making for first responders and beyond.</p>

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
3:25 PM-4:20 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 18
Room 102B

PANEL: Rendering Believable 3D Assets for E-Commerce

Daniel Frith - London Dynamics
Emmett Lalish - Google
Ashleigh Miller - Amazon
Jane Rawnsley - Avataar
<p>3D assets can offer extraordinary return on investment for retailers and brands, but success requires realism. The colors and materials that exemplify your brand must shine through across different platforms, lighting environments, and scenes. Instead, 3D assets often look indefinably wrong. In this session, experts from the Khronos 3D Commerce Working Group will demystify the barriers to realism in e-commerce. Panelists will explain why accurate physical representations sometimes slide into the uncanny valley, including which colors and materials are most challenging to render in 3D and why. Then, they’ll introduce new, standards-based approaches to rendering realistic 3D objects. Panelists will explore best practices for tone mapping, materials rendering, and viewer selection that can help support visual consistency across e-commerce applications using glTF and PBR. Attendees will learn best practices for creating truly reusable assets, freeing marketing departments to alter lighting and create new scenes without the frustration of lost visual fidelity. These techniques also enable the addition of new materials and colors with minimal manual adjustment, empowering brands to extract more value out of every 3D asset. Learn the new rules for efficiently producing glTF 3D assets that support increased add-to-cart rates, reduced returns, and higher customer satisfaction.</p>

Web3

#ffacbd
3:25 PM-4:20 PM
Room 102A
Web3
Jun 18
Room 102A

PANEL: Web3 - Beyond the Hype

Gregg Katano - Cosmos Collab
Luis Oscar Ramirez - Mawari
Lori H. Schwartz - StoryTech
Nicola Sebastiani - The Sandbox
Louisa Spring - SAM Immersive
<p>Join this panel as they explore the web3 hype and the real world use cases where blockchain, edge computing, network APis and AI will coexist to make a trillion dollar industry.</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
3:45 PM-4:10 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

PICO's XR Ecosystem Driving Enterprise Innovation

Amir Khorram - ByteDance | PICO
<p>This talk will illuminate PICO's use of its technological expertise to develop a comprehensive enterprise ecosystem promoting collaboration, efficiency, and expansion. It will provide an overview of how PICO's customized solutions meet today's business challenges while redefining future possibilities in VR and related technologies. Learn about the strategic alliances, cutting-edge technology, and creative applications that establish PICO as a leader in progress and a force for change in this digital era.</p>

Healthcare & Wellness

#b9c4f0
3:50 PM-4:15 PM
Room 103B
Healthcare & Wellness
Jun 18
Room 103B

Everything You Need to Know About Reimbursement in Healthcare XR

Kaitlyn O'Connor - Nixon Gwilt Law
<p>Providers are already integrating Extended Reality (XR) into patient care in a variety of ways. For example, using VR to gamify physical therapy exercises for pediatric patients to keep them engaged in their treatment, or to provide targeted exposure therapy in a controlled environment for patients with extreme phobias or post-traumatic stress disorder. The catch? VR headsets are still expensive relative to other forms of treatment, and most public and commercial insurance payors don’t cover them yet.</p> <p>This presentation will review the following:</p> <ul><li>Why reimbursement is important for healthcare XR companies to understand and how it will impact their business</li> <li>An overview of the reimbursement structure in the US</li> <li>Existing Virtual Reality reimbursement codes (both paid and experimental)</li> </ul><p>Existing reimbursement pathways not specific to XR but that provide opportunities for XR companies and providers that use their technology</p> <p>Understanding reimbursement pathways will be a huge advantage for innovators in the healthcare XR space, helping forward-thinking founders build compliant products, address their provider customers’ and their patients’ treatment challenges, and provide comfort to investors that healthcare XR is built for longevity.</p>
Healthcare & Wellness

Enterprise

#91bc3f
3:55 PM-4:20 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 18
Promenade Room 104B

Building a Business Case for Your Haptics Strategy

Joe Michaels - HaptX
<p>Take a sneak peek at innovative haptics work by leaders in heavy industry, healthcare, transportation, and home improvement, all gunning for deep realism in training and design simulation. Learn the key impact areas for XR champions to consider when building a business case for your team’s haptics strategy. Plus, for the first time anywhere, we will debut live the world’s first mass-produced, premium haptic glove.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
4:00 PM-4:25 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 18
Room 101A

How to Design Great Social Products for Teens

Jasmine Oh - Meta
<p>How can we employ VR as a parenting tool? How can we help teens find unique ways to explore their identities in VR, find ways to connect with like-minded people, and build their independence as they learn to self-monitor in a virtual environment? The younger the generation is, the less delineation there is between their virtual selves and their real selves. Instead of viewing their VR avatars as mere avatars, Gen X and Z view them as close representations of themselves. They invest more time than any other generation in curating their virtual selves and aspire to evolve their virtual representation of themselves as they also grow in real life. I will walk through current market trends of popular VR games and apps among teens, what teens look for in an immersive environment, and how we can design social products that can augment teens' developmental needs. I will review examples of social VR products that are interactive and fun while also building good habits with teens. I will also walk through how to best balance parental/guardian need for oversight vs. teen's privacy. After the talk, you will walk away understanding how to best design social products for teen needs and what types of guardrails to apply when designing for teens.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 18
Exhibit Hall

Start-Up Founders' Lightning Round

<p>Each year we receive over 100 submissions for the Start-Up Pitch Competition from founders in the XR space. This year we expect to receive our highest number of submissions ever and only 12 will be featured in the Start-Up Pitch Competition so we decided to provide a space for some of the finalists to do an "elevator pitch" during the Start-Up Founders' Lightning Round. We hope you'll <a href="https://www.awexr.com/usa-2024/startup_pitch">apply for the Start-Up Pitch Competition</a> and also join us at the Expo Stage to hear of the best pitches we received this year!</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
4:15 PM-4:50 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

PANEL: Blending Story, Visuals & Audio for Memorable Immersive Experiences

Young Guru
Adrian Rashad Driscoll - Collimation
Don Allen Stevenson III
Joanna Popper - Consultant
<p>Join us as three amazingly talented guests discuss the intricate interplay between narrative, visual aesthetics, and sound design that unlocks the potential of XR to immerse audiences in unforgettable worlds.</p> <ul><li>Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton is a multi-platinum and Grammy award winning engineer. He is highly respected in the music industry for his work in sound engineering and design. He has been affiliated with several prominent artists and producers, including Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and more.</li> <li>Don Allen III is a visionary XR and AI futurist known as the “Bob Ross” of the Metaverse. He has carved out a unique niche in the intersection of art and technology.</li> <li>Adrian Driscoll is an award-winning director, filmmaker, VR/AR consultant, and co-founder of Collimation.</li> </ul>

Healthcare & Wellness

#b9c4f0
4:20 PM-5:15 PM
Room 103B
Healthcare & Wellness
Jun 18
Room 103B

PANEL: Pathways for Developing Adoption of VR by Mental Health Clinicians

Dr Joe Elliott - Joe Elliott Psychological Svcs.
Howard Gurr - Private Practice
Albert Rizzo - University of Southern California ICT
<p>An informative and thought-provoking discussion by a panel of mental health luminaries with over 50 years’ combined experience creating and deploying VR tools and resources for clinical treatment. Topics covered will be of interest to attendees in various track/verticals in addition to Healthcare & Wellness.</p> <p>Talking points will include:</p> <ul><li>Who is the prototypical clinician end-user of VR treatment tools?</li> <li>What have been some stumbling blocks encountered with existing hardware, software, and subscription services utilized in creating VR applications for mental health treatment?</li> <li>How does a professional mental health clinician become competent and ethical in deploying VR for treatment?</li> </ul><p>The panel is excited by the prospect of sharing stories and expertise, in the hopes of fostering lively dialog and stimulating fruitful multi-disciplinary collaborations.</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 18
Promenade Room 104B

Lenovo Talk

Jason McGuigan - Lenovo
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 18
Promenade Room 104A

History: The Thousand-Year Quest for Virtual Reality (History Talk)

Jeremy Dalton - PwC
<p>Embark on an extraordinary journey through time, celebrating humanity's age-old fascination with immersive experiences. As we travel back to the origins of our advanced technologies, you'll uncover the ancient innovations that laid the groundwork for today's experiences. This exploration is more than a history lesson; it's an homage to the unceasing human spirit that tirelessly seeks to transcend the ordinary. Feel a surge of pride as you recognize yourself as part of this grand tradition, a lineage of dreamers and innovators who dared to delve deeper into the immersive unknown.</p>

Web3

#ffacbd
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Room 102A
Web3
Jun 18
Room 102A

Web3 in Media & Entertainment from Ownership to Distribution

Michelle Munson - Eluvio
<p>In this session, Emmy-award winning technologist, Michelle Munson of Eluvio, will discuss the adoption of new Web3 experiences, shifts in the digital supply chain for premium content, and the use and adoption interactive/multimedia NFTs across the media and entertainment industry. Hear how leading broadcasters, movie studios, and others, are transitioning from Web2 to a Web3. This session will highlight case study examples by leading companies including FOX, Globo, MGM Studios, Sony, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, WWE, Black Eyed Peas, Dolly Parton, and others. Michelle will draw upon experiences helping mainstream consumers, not just early NFT adopters or crypto enthusiasts, understand the practical benefits of Web3 based on real-world case studies. The session will discuss how blockchain technology enables new opportunities for content distribution, fan engagement, monetization, on-the-fly creation of new multimedia NFTs and Web3 native interactive experiences, and more. Notably, she will also discuss the latest innovations around content ownership, content rights enforcement, and on-chain royalty settlement and payments to multiple parties.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 18
Exhibit Hall

HackOps: How one of the Largest-Employee Training VR Experiences Boosts Cyber Security

Sai Huda - CyberCatch
Dan Krolczyk - ELB Learning
<p>Embark on a journey into "HackOps", where you'll uncover crucial insights to enhance your understanding of VR & cybersecurity, along with innovative ideas on how other companies are using VR for training. According to Verizon's 2023 Data Breach Investigations Report, a staggering 74% of data breaches stem from human errors and despite spending over $1 billion annually on security training, breaches persist, especially with the looming threat of AI-powered attacks.</p> <p>Delve into attackers' common strategies and learn effective defense tactics relevant to your organizational role. Discover the transformative power of gamified VR through the case study of HackOps by CyberCatch and ELB Learning, which immerses learners in realistic 360VR hacker scenarios, bolstering their cyber awareness and fortifying organizations against threats. Plus gain some real-world practical skills to strengthen your 'human firewall' and safeguard against ransomware and data theft for your role/your company.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 18
Room 103C

Emergency Response Training with AR and Customized Virtual Production

John R. Kennedy - ORETTC
Mary Lin - ORETTC
<p>The traditional tabletop exercise is a standard tool for first responder training. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, our instructors were unable to travel to and visit sites for in-person training. Our team at the Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center (ORETTC) developed two solutions to bridge the gap created. An augmented reality (AR) tabletop exercise (TTX) and a customized site-specific scenario-based exercise. Through the use of AR headsets, we are able to project TTX scenarios in front of participants and facilitate the training from a distance. Participants are able to choose roles specific and run through several drills to practice communications and procedures in an emergency situation. The customized site-specific scenario-based exercise uses greenscreen technology on an LED volume wall and enlists role-player actors to portray adversaries, insiders, or bystanders, these videos recreate response scenarios in a no-fault training. The immersive nature of these videos provides participants with a direct view of their own work environments, such as lobbies, hallways, or source rooms, foster increased engagement and facilitate more effective knowledge transfer. These videos are then used in virtual or in person training to promote communication between site personal and community emergency responders.</p>

Web3

#ffacbd
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Room 102A
Web3
Jun 18
Room 102A

Building Immersive 3D Content for any Device with WebXR

Connell Gauld - Zappar
<p>Alongside headsets like the Quest 3 and Magic Leap, Apple also announced support for WebXR in the Vision Pro making it one of the most exciting ways for creatives and developers to create and deploy immersive AR/VR content to the web with no app downloads or extended build times. In this talk, Zappar CTO, Connell Gauld will show you how to capitalise on the new exciting era of WebXR, and demonstrate how to quickly create, preview and publish stand-out 3D web content across a range of use cases and devices using next-gen web tooling.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
5:00 PM-5:25 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 18
Room 103C

Integration of Enhanced XR Training Technologies in Dynamic Engineering Operations Digital Twin Experiences

Austin Arnwine - ORETTC
Ashley Stowe - ORETTC
<p>The Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center (ORETTC) developed a series of immersive tools to integrate digital threads in an effort to optimize training and engineering design functions. To accomplish this task, a digital ecosystem has been created and specific focus has been placed on which connectivity between segments of the ecosystem—data inputs, visualization, process models, and use cases. One example involves users experience in a digital twin glove box manufacturing area with incorporation of XR technologies such as AR/VR and haptic feedback gloves. In this case, users are trained to work with hazardous material in a virtual glove box with the same feel and experience of working in the physical glove box without exposing the worker to hazards.</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
5:00 PM-5:25 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 18
Promenade Room 104B

Imagine, Immerse, Innovate: XR’s Role in Amplifying Human-Centered Design for the US Navy

Kelles Gordge - Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Wade Lewis - Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
<p>Empathy is the most important thing your team can build. Using the latest XR tools combined with Design Thinking best practices, we would like to share with you the strategies we have unlocked in providing immersive empathy building for technical teams to address some of the US Navy’s most gnarly National Security challenges. This session will touch on subjects from immersive narrative building in XR to rapid digital prototyping and illustrate with case studies how our team brings solutions to life.</p>

Web3

#ffacbd
5:00 PM-5:25 PM
Room 102A
Web3
Jun 18
Room 102A

The Tokenization of Identity, Money, and Assets in Financial Markets

Cam Nili - Accenture
<p>The tokenization of identity, money, and objects is unlocking new business models and redefining the notion of ownership in the digital age. As we embark on the continued emergence of new realities driven by XR and blockchain, the role of central bank money must adapt in the next generation of financial markets as novel venues for exchanging value emerge. Underpinning this evolution is the introduction of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), which leverage tokenization to deliver proof of value, ownership, and transfer. While retail applications are receiving much attention, this talk will uncover insights into the expected benefits and hurdles of wholesale CBDCs in interbank payments and securities transactions, including impacts on exchanges, custodians, and banks and what this means for the future of web3 and other tokenized payment instruments like stablecoins and deposit tokens.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
5:00 PM-5:25 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 18
Room 101A

Tips & Tricks to Improve Your AR Game Designs

Blake Gross - DB Creations
Dustin Kochensparger - DB Creations
<p>In this talk, AR game studio co-founders Blake and Dustin will share tips, tricks, and secrets that will help you improve your AR game designs, using lessons learned from a variety of award winning AR titles. Examples include designing around the complexities of a player's actual space, developing innovative new control schemes (like your player's tongue!), and managing brand licenses to create games for clients.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
5:00 PM-5:30 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 18
Exhibit Hall

PANEL: AR Lightning Round

Balraj Bains - Nexus Studios
Sallia Goldstein - Paper Triangles
Tomás Pietravallo - Creator
Sasha Zabegalin - Sasha Zabegalin
<p>Join us for this very special panel featuring top creators in XR building AR apps and filters for the world to enjoy. Find out more about their latest projects in a lightning round where they'll each be given only 4 minutes to present in an extended "elevator pitch" sort of format.</p>
AI, Creator, Developer, Gaming, Entertainment & Media, Marketing, Web3

Main Stage

#ff7f69
5:00 PM-5:55 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 18
GRAND BALLROOM

PANEL: Beyond passthrough: How New Display Technologies Can Shape the Future of AR Glasses

Naamah Argaman - Meta
Marty Banks - UC Berkeley
Andrea Bravo - Metaverse Data & Ethics
Cathy Hackl - Spatial Dynamics
Tomas Sluka - CREAL
<p>The arrival of the recent passthrough XR headsets has set a clear onboarding into spatial computing technologies and opened a world of new applications. While these devices are driving a revolution, the public is conscious of some of their hardware limitations, and true AR glasses appear like a natural evolution of them.<br /> This panel will discuss how see-through display technologies can shape the post-passthrough era and play a key role in bringing the ultimate AR glasses to all, considering feasibility, customizability, and wearable, visual and social comfort aspects.</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
5:05 PM-5:30 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 18
Room 101B

AI and the Spatial Web for Live Events & Festivals

Eric Wagliardo - &Pull
<p>The entertainment landscape is constantly changing. Pop culture moments such as music festivals can spend their way to adoption, but new tools such as AI and real-time rendered game engines offer fertile ground for grassroots creators to create followings and push the medium in innovative ways. This talk will explore what happens when XR and tools finally reach confluence to spark cultural change and adoption.</p>

Healthcare & Wellness

#b9c4f0
5:25 PM-6:00 PM
Room 103B
Healthcare & Wellness
Jun 18
Room 103B

Enhancing Patient Experience Through Immersive Technology

Dr. LInda Ciavarelli - HouseCall VR
Amy Hedrick - Cleanbox Technology
Julia A Scott, PhD - Santa Clara University
<p>How do we navigate the gap between patient understanding and complex medical information in an increasingly digital healthcare environment? Join us for a cutting-edge panel discussion about how to better leverage immersive capabilities of virtual and extended reality (VR and XR) to improve patient experiences and outcomes. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the practical and technical considerations of deploying immersive technology in healthcare settings, the behavioral impacts of VR/XR, and strategies for improving patient literacy through these tools. This panel is an indispensable discussion for software developers, data scientists, UX/UI designers, and technologists who are committed to staying ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare tech innovation.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
5:30 PM-5:55 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 18
Room 101A

Spatial Analytics: Elevate Your 3D Apps by Discovering a Hidden Dimensions of Insights

Tony Bevilacqua - Cognitive3D
<p>Through compelling case studies, Tony will demonstrate how spatial analytics have driven enhanced ROI, business value, and problem-solving in real-world applications. This session is a wake-up call to move beyond outdated 2D analytics. Embrace spatial analytics to innovate and create superior VR/AR products, apps, and experiences, staying ahead in the competitive landscape.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
5:30 PM-5:55 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 18
Room 103C

Solving the Competency @ Scale Challenge with Immersive VR

Richard Vincent - FundamentalVR
<p>Clinical training has advanced over the years, and now with the adoption of technology we are able to accelerate human capability via precision simulation using virtual reality (VR) and as a result, advance pre-human competence in surgery and additional clinical environments to improve patient outcomes. Haptic technology enables users to develop the knowledge of how it feels to perform a procedure correctly or incorrectly – helping to build muscle memory that is particularly important in advanced and precise surgical environments. This session will discuss the value of Immersive VR and haptic technology environments and experiences that facilitate skills development and transfer, allowing medical device manufacturers to improve access and accelerate procedure and product adoption. The session will cover the growing body of scientific evidence which demonstrates the value of VR vs. traditional training across various specialties. It will also provide real life case study examples of companies that implemented immersive VR training successfully and showed improvement in patient care while demonstrating significant ROI.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
5:30 PM-5:55 PM
Room 101A
Developer

Web3

#ffacbd
5:30 PM-5:55 PM
Web3
Jun 18

Why Open Wins

Ben Erwin - The Poly Awards
<p>Hindsight reminds us of all the proprietary solutions who led the market, only to be disrupted by an open standard. Examining where things when right and wrong is essential to inform aspirations for success in future of XR and Spatial Computing. Ben Erwin is a leading advocate for standards, interoperability, and the agency of creators and developers in the Metaverse through his work as the creator of The Poly Awards, MetaTr@versal, and the WebXR Summit Series. In this talk, he’ll break down case studies from computing infrastructure to provide insight to why open wins, then transpose those findings onto the choices the XR industry faces today. This talk is of interest to decision makers, engineers, and creatives who are presently navigating the Wild West of the 4th Industrial Revolution.</p>
Web3

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
5:35 PM-6:00 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 18
Room 101B

From Technopreneur to VC Investor, What Have I Learned?

Bert Nepveu - Triptyq Capital
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Networking

#bcda85
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
The Cove at Long Beach Convention Center
Networking
Jun 18
The Cove at Long Beach Convention Center

Welcome Party Sponsored by Zappar

<p>Please join us for the Welcome Party sponsored by Zappar from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at The Cove, located at the Long Beach Convention Center. Wind down after a busy first day, catch DJ Celeste and share some fun with friends!</p> <p>One drink per guest provided, use the drink ticket on your AWE badge. Food available for purchase.</p> <p><em>NOTE:  The Cove at Long Beach Convention Center is an outdoor venue.</em></p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
9:00 AM-9:25 AM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 19
GRAND BALLROOM

Niantic Keynote

<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
10:30 AM-10:55 AM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 19
GRAND BALLROOM

Sightful Keynote

<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
11:00 AM-11:55 AM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 19
Room 101B

PANEL: The Impact of XR, AI & the Blockchain on Journalistic Integrity

Robert Hernandez - USC Annenberg School of Journalism
Melanie Hogue - Microsoft
Mary Matheson - Arizona State University
Adam Rose - Starling Lab for Data Integrity
<p>In an era of "fake news" and "post-truth" and deep fakes, how can we use XR, AI and the blockchain to produce authentic, verifiable news and non-fiction stories? Adam Rose from Stanford's Starling Labs will explain how this research lab is using the latest cryptographic methods and decentralized web protocols to meet the technical and ethical challenges of establishing trust with audiences/viewers. Mary Matheson, ASU Prof of Narrative & Immersive Media, will reveal the tools and methodology she used to capture images, verify archival footage and protect characters' identities in her latest VR documentary about Russian war crimes in Ukraine. </p> <p> </p>

Creator

#53F5FF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 19
Room 103B

PANEL: 3D Content Creation for Spatial Computing

Olga Dogadkina - Emperia
Leonard Daly - Daly Realism
Peter Martin - Adobe
Alexey Medvedev - Meta
<p>Applications blending digital content with the real world are reshaping industries. From digital twins in manufacturing and environmental monitoring to 3D overlays in technical services and healthcare, to virtual try-on in retail, the scope is expansive. However, these applications impose intricate requirements on 3D content creators. Today’s applications demand that 3D assets be both re-usable and easy to integrate into complex, interactive scenes. This means creators must define not just their appearance, but physical properties that allow them to realistically affect and be affected by their environments. At the same time, these assets must be lightweight for web-based transmission, ensure real-time interaction without lag, and display consistently across various platforms and devices. In this panel, experts from the Khronos 3D Formats Working Group will address the challenges of crafting 3D content for spatial computing, focusing on innovations in interactivity and physics for standards-based 3D assets. The panel will delve into open-standard approaches to these challenges, highlighting how collaborative development efforts are paving the way for more immersive, responsive, and versatile applications.</p>

Networking

#bcda85
11:00 AM-2:30 PM
Networking
Jun 19

LUNCH

<p>Food is available for purchase in the Long Beach Convention Center and at nearby vendors/restaurants.</p>

Networking

#bcda85
11:00 AM-5:30 PM
Exhibit Hall
Networking
Jun 19
Exhibit Hall

Expo, Playground, Start-Ups, and XR Museum Hours

<p>Join us in the Exhibit Hall where you'll meet sponsors and exhibitors, discover the latest AR/VR tech, check out the newest start-ups, have fun, make connections, and more!</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 19
Exhibit Hall

ExxonMobil’s Digital Reality Ecosystem Journey

Kyle Daughtry - ExxonMobil
Athicha Dhanormchitphong - ExxonMobil
<p>ExxonMobil has been on a journey to build a Digital Reality Ecosystem with the goal to transform the company to a more visual way of working. This ecosystem aims to seamlessly integrate visual technologies, big data, and real-time information to enhance operations across their assets. By leveraging 3D, immersive, and real-time visual technology, the aim is to reduce cognitive load and empower operators with critical information through a deeper level of context.</p>

Start-Ups & Investors

#aec993
11:30 AM-11:45 AM
Room 103C
Start-Ups & Investors
Jun 19
Room 103C

From Inception to Adoption: The First Decade of Investing in XR & Spatial Computing (History Talk)

Ryan Wang - Outpost Capital
<p>A decade after the Facebook-Oculus acquisition, the XR and spatial computing fields have experienced immense growth alongside significant challenges. Ryan Wang, Co-founder and General Partner of Outpost Capital, offers a critical analysis of the past ten years from an investor’s vantage point, highlighting the technological progress and investment shifts within the industry.</p> <p>Ryan will evaluate the sector's evolution since 2014, shedding light on both achievements and obstacles, with a special focus on the implications for startup founders and entrepreneurs. Looking forward, he will provide projections for the next decade, identifying emerging opportunities and advising on strategies for navigating the evolving landscape. This session is designed to arm founders, entrepreneurs and investors with actionable insights, preparing them to leverage the expansive potential of XR and spatial computing. </p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
11:30 AM-11:55 AM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 19
Room 102A

Authentic Real-World 3D/4D Human Data to Train AI, Wear Tech, & Image Health

Kelly Duncan - 3dMD
Chris Lane - 3dMD
<p>The world continues to make rapid progress in the development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its derivatives to digitally create ‘humans’. With this progress, how can we be assured of the provenance of the digitally-created ‘human’.  The answer is... Real-World Authenticity. Today digital ‘human’ creation is predominantly derived from synthetic human appearance, behavior, and interaction data due to computer processing limitations. However, tomorrow’s digital ‘human’ creation will be based on AI learning from authentic real-world data of people recorded physically in action with the utmost 3D fidelity. Not only will authentic real-world data train digital human mankind, the authenticity of the 3D geometry of the digital body form will be able to be used anthropometrically to ensure that the technology physical human mankind wears is effective, comfortable, and responsive.</p>

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
11:30 AM-12:25 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 19
Room 102B

PANEL: Essential Tips for Marketing Your VR Game

Jasmine Lehman - AtomBombBody/LIV
Eric Masher - Impact Reality / Flat2VR Studios
Harry Skeeva Skigis - Impact Reality / Flat2VR Studios
Elliott Tate - Impact Reality / Flat2VR Studios
Jasmine Uniza - Impact Reality / Flat2VR Studios
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
11:30 AM-12:25 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104B

PANEL: Exploring Immersive Technology's Impact on Architecture, Engineering, & Construction (AEC)

Mike Boland - AR Insider
Paul Davies - The Boeing Company
Andrew Lowe - Rolls-Royce
Diana Olynick - M4 Method
Max Sikorski - General Motors
<p>Join us for an enlightening conference session delving into the transformative role of immersive technology within the realms of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). Panelists will discuss groundbreaking case studies, innovative tools, and industry insights, while offering attendees a comprehensive understanding of how immersive technology is reshaping the engineering & design landscape.<br />  </p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
11:30 AM-12:25 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104A

PANEL: Current State and Future Direction of AR Glasses

Jeri Ellsworth - Tilt Five
Jason McDowall - The AR Show
Adi Robertson - The Verge
Edward Tang - Avegant
Karl M Guttag - KGOnTech
<p>A panel of experts will discuss the current and future state of AR spatial computing devices, given the influence of the new Vision Pro world. Has the Vision Pro influenced the XR industry to change the direction of the development of consumer-oriented devices? If so, what should those new directions be, and what limitations are there to implement them? The discussion will center upon examining the technical development of spatial computing with light weight glasses and the roles that they should now have.</p>

Start-Ups & Investors

#aec993
11:55 AM-12:50 PM
Room 103C
Start-Ups & Investors
Jun 19
Room 103C

PANEL: Investor Q&A - Ask Us Anything!

Jasper Brand - BITKRAFT Ventures
Maddie Callander - Boost VC
Taylor Hurst - Konvoy
Petri Rajahalme - FOV Ventures
<p>What makes companies stand out, what are investors looking for, what are they avoiding, and what are some of the biggest mistakes start-ups make when pitching VCs? During this panel session, investors who focus on AR/VR, Spatial Computing and related technologies will share best practices, advice, and information to help you capitalize on all opportunities.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
12:00 PM-12:25 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 19
Room 101A

Developing an XR User Interface for High-Level Robot Teleoperation

Steve Feiner - Columbia University
<p>Many real-world tasks carried out by robots require human participation, whether on-site or remote. However, operating robots typically demands that users undergo extensive robot-specific training to perform low-level tasks effectively and safely. I will describe an experimental XR user interface our team is developing to instead assign and manage assembly tasks remotely through high-level goal-based instructions rather than low-level direct control. The user manipulates virtual replicas of task objects to prescribe 6DoF destination poses without needing to be familiar with specific robots and their capabilities. To make this possible, our user interface is integrated with a robot-planning system that determines, verifies, and executes robot-specific actions. I will present some of the issues involved in designing XR user interfaces to asynchronously support high-level task assignment by users and low-level task performance by robots.</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
12:00 PM-12:55 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 19
Room 102A

PANEL: GenXR: Creating Generative AI Powered Extended Reality

Leila Amirsadeghi - Microsoft
Amy LaMeyer - WXR Fund
Terry Schussler - Deutsche Telekom AG
Leslie Shannon - Nokia
Dominique Wu - XReality Pro
<p>Join our panel as we delve into "GenXR", an exciting intersection of Generative AI and Extended Reality, set to revolutionize user-generated content in the Metaverse. We'll examine its potential, emerging applications, and the hurdles to be overcome, with the aim to envision the future of spatial computing.</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
12:00 PM-12:55 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 19
Room 101B

PANEL: Cultivating Worlds: Exploring Social VR Gaming Experiences

Shane Rhodes - Mighty Coconut
Jonathan Hamel - Another Axiom
Morgan Tucker - Rec Room
<p>Join this amazing panel of experts from some of the top VR games in the industry as they delve into the intricacies of immersive multiplayer interactions and community-building as well as more technical discussions, how to avoid pitfalls, and their insights for success.<br />  </p>

Creator

#53F5FF
12:10 PM-12:35 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 19
Room 103B

Designing for the Next Frontier of Work-Based Learning

Marina Halter - Transfr
Stanton Nash - Transfr
Westley Wadsworth - Transfr
<p>At Transfr, we're creating the world's leading platform for immersive learning. In this talk we'll showcase and break down some of the techniques that we use to design and create our award-winning training experiences, and how they address each educational step in the participant's classroom-to-career journey. </p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
12:10 PM-12:45 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 19
Exhibit Hall

Creative Resilience: Trusting Your Artistic Voice in a Rapidly-Changing Industry

Kevin Ang - Bingko
Estella Tse - Estella Tse, LLC
Lafiya Watson Ramirez - Bad Chick Studios
<p>Between imposter syndrome, new headsets, discontinued headsets, and a slew of technical challenges, three XR artists showcase how you can navigate through a sea of constant change and uncertainty. Staying rooted to "WHY" you create can drive your work forward whether it's to tell stories, share with others, connect with your community, or experiment with new technology. Join Lafiya Watson Ramirez, Kevin Ang, and Estella Tse to learn about their wins and failures and how you can each harness your authentic creative voices for XR.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
12:30 PM-12:55 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 19
Room 101A

How to Easily Add Epic Haptic Effects to Your VR Projects

Andrew Dunar - HaptX
Kaitlyn Franz - HaptX
Scott Stachiw - Roundtable Learning
<p><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="background:#FFFFFF;"><span style="color:#222222;"><span style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-style:normal;"><span><span><span style="font-weight:400;"><span style="letter-spacing:normal;"><span><span style="text-transform:none;"><span><span style="word-spacing:0px;"><span style="white-space:normal;"><span><span><span><span style="color:#000000;">Join this hands-on haptics tutorial session for Unity and UE specialists who want to improve interaction accuracy and the operator’s sense of presence when immersed in virtual environments. We will explore key haptics development practices crafted by Roundtable Learning for BNSF.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="background:#FFFFFF;"><span style="color:#222222;"><span style="font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-style:normal;"><span><span><span style="font-weight:400;"><span style="letter-spacing:normal;"><span><span style="text-transform:none;"><span><span style="word-spacing:0px;"><span style="white-space:normal;"><span><span><span><span style="color:#000000;">Attendees will learn how to use the HaptX SDK to make the surfaces and forces of your virtual objects and processes feel authentic, applying advanced tactile feedback methods: high-frequency, low displacement taction AND low-frequency, high displacement taction. No experience with haptics coding required to get started. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p>

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
12:30 PM-1:25 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 19
Room 102B

PANEL: Creating Immersive Branded Content

Veronica Flint - Quixotical
Nodo Ivanidze - MetaViu
Aditi Chalisgaonkar - Walmart
Denise Coke - $NP Designs, LLC
<p>Creating Immersive Branded Content Panel Description: Immersive branded content creation has emerged as a powerful strategy for brands to deeply engage with their audience in the digital landscape. By seamlessly integrating brand messaging within captivating narratives, visuals, and experiences, companies can forge genuine connections with consumers. Whether through augmented reality, virtual reality experiences, or gamified campaigns, immersive branded content transports viewers into a world where they not only passively consume but actively participate.</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
12:35 PM-1:30 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104B

PANEL: Enterprise AR Work Instructions

Alexander Berlin - Arvizio
Sven Brunner - Sphere (by holo|one)
Kathryn Drummonds - Northrop Grumman
Alex Goldberg - Blue Origin
David Nedohin - Scope AR
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
12:35 PM-1:30 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104A

Industrial Metaverse: Building the Factories and Workforce of the Future

Elizabeth Hyman - XR Association
Dan O'Brien - HTC Vive
Bharani Rajakumar - Transfr
<p dir="ltr">There are currently more than 600,000 open U.S. manufacturing positions, which is expected to rise. The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that by 2030, 4 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed. How can immersive technology help to solve the challenge of filling these vital positions in our economy?<br /><br /> In this panel discussion, decision-makers and experts in manufacturing and training will delve into the burgeoning industrial metaverse and how immersive technology is helping to train, upskill and prolong the careers of manufacturing employees. Additionally, they’ll explore real-world use cases and how AR and VR are used to increase manufacturing efficiency and solve complex problems with limited disruption to production</p> <p dir="ltr">XRA’s CEO Liz Hyman will moderate the discussion and unpack the findings from the XR Association’s survey of Manufacturers to be released in May</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
1:00 PM-1:15 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 19
Room 101A

A Decade of Crafting VR Adventures: Insights from a Veteran Developer (History Talk)

Ana Ribeiro - ARVORE Immersive Experiences
<p>Embark on a journey through ten years of immersive experiences in the world of VR development. Join a seasoned developer as they share invaluable insights, challenges, and triumphs in crafting VR adventures. From the early days with the Oculus Development Kit One to the present, explore the dynamic evolution of VR gaming. Uncover the lessons learned, innovations embraced, and the enduring passion driving a decade of crafting unforgettable VR experiences. Don't miss this opportunity to gain exclusive insights from a veteran developer at the forefront of VR innovation.</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
1:00 PM-1:25 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 19
Room 102A

Virtual Immortality in XR: History, Present & Future Evolution

Gregory Panos - Persona Foundation
<p>"Virtual Immortality" is becoming an important concept being explored by many new entities and organizations. Life documentation, 3D Scanning to create photorealistic avatars and various expressions of embodiment are rapidly evolving toward an exciting future where lives will persist beyond the mortal plane. Social VR, Virtual Theater, Musical performances, Storytelling, history and educational experiences along with a myriad of other XR/AR/VR/MR experiences will require dynamic, believable human simulations which act, and re-act, with enough precision to satisfy our complex neurologically ingrained perceptual needs as they relate to realistic and comfortable human interactions in synthetically generated and augmented environments, etc. The speaker will discuss the history, current state-of-the art development, techniques and future agenda evolving to support the field of human construct development, tracking and behavior, including physical 3D body / form capture, facial expression / body motion capture designed to inhabit interactive, immersive environments and scenarios. Acting / performer concerns will be discussed, as well as, the progress of available commercial technology needed to address the complex aspects of creating ideal, believable virtual personae and the desired habitation of these "constructs" into the virtual and augmented world(s) and what to expect from this process going forward. Current implementations including Meta's "Codec Avatars", Apple's "Persona" (available on the Vision Pro headset) and similar constructs will be described and discussed as they relate to XR, "spatial computing" and human experience and metaverse-related social communication paradigms.</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
1:00 PM-1:25 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 19
GRAND BALLROOM

Marco Tempest Special Presentation

Marco Tempest - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
1:30 PM-1:55 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 19
Exhibit Hall

OpenXR's Open-Source Pipeline for Accessible XR Development

Frédéric Plourde - Collabora ltd.
<p>OpenXR, the cross-platform open standard for VR, AR, and mixed reality development (known as XR), has emerged as a cornerstone of the XR industry, enabling developers to create immersive experiences that transcend platforms and devices. In this talk, members of the OpenXR Working Group at the Khronos Group and major contributors from the open-source community will delve into the evolution of OpenXR, its significant contributions to making XR development more accessible, and its pivotal role in democratizing XR development through open-source tools and platforms. OpenXR eliminates the need for developers to rely on proprietary APIs for each hardware, instead providing a unified API that ensures compatibility across various platforms and devices, enhancing developer efficiency and broadening the scope for creating XR applications. The central discussion of this talk will focus on the establishment of a complete, free, and open-source development pipeline for XR, supported by the Khronos OpenXR Working Group. This includes tools like the Godot OpenXR game engine, Monado OpenXR runtime, and various device simulators, enabling developers and studios to develop immersive experiences without the limitations of financial costs or specific hardware requirements. Frederic Plourde, the lead of Collabora XR, and Bastiaan Olij, the core developer for XR support in Godot Engine, will discuss how this integrated ecosystem removes traditional barriers to XR development, such as expensive licensing fees and the complexity of setting up specialized XR testing devices. They will showcase how, with OpenXR's open-source development cycle, anyone can create engaging and immersive applications more easily and affordably.</p>
Developer, XR Enablement

Main Stage

#ff7f69
1:30 PM-1:55 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 19
GRAND BALLROOM

Fireside Chat with Gaming Visionary Jason Rubin

Jason Rubin - Meta
Stephanie Riggs - Ink & Paint
<p>From co-founding Naughty Dog and creating iconic titles like Crash Bandicoot to his influential role at Oculus, Rubin has been a driving force in the gaming industry for decades. Join us as Rubin shares experiences from his career, perspectives on XR history, and predictions for the industry. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices shaping the gaming landscape.</p>

Start-Ups & Investors

#aec993
1:55 PM-3:00 PM
Room 103C
Start-Ups & Investors
Jun 19
Room 103C

Start-Up Pitch Competition: Part 1

Marco DeMiroz - The Venture Reality Fund
Adam Draper - Boost VC
<p>Join us as startups pitch to our panel of judges for a chance to be named AWE's "Startup to Watch" for 2024. The winner will be announced at the Auggie Awards ceremony on Main Stage.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
2:00 PM-2:25 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 19
Exhibit Hall

Welcome to the Medi-Verse. The Doctor will see you now.

Jim Melzer - HMDmd
<p>The explosive growth in head-mounted displays has fueled applications in the medical/surgical world as seen from the multiple approvals from the Food and Drug Administration. Join Jim Melzer for a discussion of the many applications currently emerging in the medical/surgical field. These range from simple, non-surgical assessments, to remote collaboration, to physician/patient education to pre-surgical planning and rehearsal to real-time surgical assistance using augmented reality imagery overlay. This talk will focus on the benefits being realized, the range of display requirements for the various applications, the commercially available products that can meet these challenges, and where improvements can provide additional benefits to the patient and medical professional.</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
2:00 PM-2:55 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 19
GRAND BALLROOM

PANEL: Racing Beyond Limits: The Next Lap in XR

Darren Cox - GT Academy
Torsten Gross - MarteriaMX
Stefy Bau - Init Esports
Cagan Sean Yuksel - Dreamspace
<p>Embark on a revolutionary journey into the future of racing, where technology meets the track. Hear from this amazing group of experts as they explore XR's role in racing's future, featuring insights from Darren Cox, the visionary behind GT Academy, celebrated in 'Gran Turismo', and a key figure in digital motorsport innovation. Together with pioneers Torsten Gross and Stefy Bau, the conversation will span from sim racing's impact and VR/AR in training to the critical need for inclusivity in the sport. This compact session offers a deep dive into technology's transformative power in racing, led by industry trailblazers.</p>

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
2:30 PM-2:55 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 19
Room 102B

Decentralized AI Perception: How Collaborative Spatial Computing brings AI to Retail

Nils Pihl - Auki Labs
<p>Without real-time perception and understanding of the physical world, the benefits of AI disproportionately go to digital businesses like ecommerce. Collaborative machine perception is the key to the next generation of artificial intelligence and the future of retail.</p> <p> </p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
2:30 PM-2:55 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 19
Room 102A

Exploring the Intersection of Generative AI and XR Prototyping

Yu Cheng - Schlumberger
Rajat Lokesh - Schlumberger
<p>Join us as we share the practical insights gained from our experiments in applying Generative Artificial Intelligence to XR Prototyping. In this talk, we'll walk you through our hands-on experiences and findings of our exploration of the potential of AI in various aspects of XR development, including design, 2D art, 3D model creation, animations, audio, and code generation. Through our journey, we'll highlight both the opportunities and challenges encountered, offering a realistic perspective on the integration of generative AI into XR prototyping workflows. And yes, in the spirit of full disclosure, we admit: even this abstract was crafted with the help of an AI companion! So, whether you're a developer, designer, or simply curious about the future of XR, this session aims to provide actionable takeaways and spark discussions on the practical applications of Generative AI.</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
2:30 PM-3:15 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104B

PANEL: Navigating the Fusion of Physical and Digital Marketing

Andy Hunt - The Hershey Company
Brian Selzer - BlueSe7en Media
Gene Feldman - Nestle Purina
<p>Coming Soon!</p>
AI, Creator, Developer, Enterprise, Gaming, Entertainment & Media, Marketing

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
2:30 PM-3:25 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104A

PANEL: Encouraging a Culture of Innovation

Jeffrey Berthiaume - Southwest Airlines
Jack McCauley - Oculus
Jeffrey Shein - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Jenni Ogden - Eye Q Productions
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
2:35 PM-2:55 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 19
Room 103B

Designing Intuitive & Accessible Spatial Experiences for VisionOS

Yulia Lápicus - Consultant
<p>The world of VisionOS is an innovative space where user interaction is based on physical movements, gestures, and visual focus within a 3D environment. In this presentation, we will discuss the essentials of spatial design and the crucial role of intuitive interfaces that seamlessly blend with users' natural actions in spatial computing. We will explore the advanced input mechanisms required for interpreting a broad range of human behaviors and movements to ensure that digital interfaces are not only responsive but also intuitive.</p> <p>Our discussion is centered on the Human Interface Guidelines, and we will cover the best practices for designing exceptional user experiences with a particular focus on VisionOS. Attendees will learn about key design considerations unique to spatial computing, such as ergonomic comfort, optimizing content for the user's field of view, and the strategic use of depth and scale to enhance interaction.</p> <p>This presentation covers the importance of accessibility in spatial computing. We will demonstrate how VisionOS and SwiftUI work together to create inclusive immersive experiences. Attendees will learn to design intuitive and accessible spatial interfaces, expanding the boundaries of traditional UX design into VisionOS.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
2:45 PM-3:10 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 19
Room 101A

Building for Beginners: UX Fundamentals for any XR Application

Rocío Sergio - Magic Leap
Jessy Escobedo - Magic Leap
<p>How to empower new users to confidently engage in XR experiences Experience comes first. Nowhere is this more true than for new XR users, where intuitive, thoughtful UX is the key to long-term adoption. In this talk, Magic Leap’s Jessy Escobedo and Rocío Sergio will share five essential insights that will elevate any application and inspire users interacting in XR for the very first time. Informed by real-world user research into how novice users learn best in AR, Jessy and Rocío will share best practices for developing immersive experiences that transform beginners to lifetime adoptees.</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
3:00 PM-3:25 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 19
Room 102A

The New Holodeck: A Vision for Spatial Problem-Solving

Valentin Heun - PTC
<p>Imagine a world where you can travel anywhere, anytime, and collaborate with anyone to solve spatial problems. Whether designing a city, exploring geographical wonder, or reviewing the design of a factory, you can use a Holodeck to immerse yourself in the situation and find solutions. The modern vision of a Holodeck is not just virtual reality but the ultimate information hub, ultimately connecting the physical world with the benefits of the digital. Its structured data provides APIs for AI to understand better space, humans, machines, and digital twins, allowing for spatial applications to support your decision-making. As such, the Holodeck transcended to the real world through robotic extensions and sensors, allowing you to manipulate and understand spatial problems of any scale. In this talk, I will explore the possibilities of spatial computing with a new perspective on the Holodeck. From its origins in science fiction to its current and potential applications in various domains. I will also discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating a data model that can govern the Holodeck and enable spatial AI. Finally, I will speculate on the future of collaboration and business travel using the Holodeck and how it can transform our perception and problem-solving of spatial problems.</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
3:00 PM-3:25 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 19
Room 103B

The Technology of Imagination

Dave Zaboski - Laetro
<p>In these data driven times, everyone knows how to dial up the data science- SEO, SEM and other optimizations. If a company is looking for innovative growth, they'll have to learn how to dial up the creativity. Former Disney Animator Dave Zaboski (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Fantasia and others) shares insights, real world principles and practices from the hallowed halls of Disney and beyond on how to enhance creativity, collaborate more powerfully and turn a thought into a thing with the same ease and grace as the master storytellers from the past. You'll walk away with practical tools to help you Believe, Iterate, Collaborate, Risk, and Complete.</p>

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
3:00 PM-3:25 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 19
Room 102B

Headlines to Bottom Lines: How XR Companies Can Achieve Mainstream News Coverage & Drive Growth

Amanda Proscia - Lightspeed PR
Ethan Rasiel - Lightspeed PR
<p>Join Ethan Rasiel and Amanda Proscia, authors of the Best-Selling book PR Confidential: Unlocking the Secrets to Creating a Powerful Public Image, for expert guidance on how XR companies can earn top-tier media coverage. Rasiel and Prosica are the co-founders of Lightspeed PR/M, a technology-focused PR agency now in its eleventh year of helping tech companies make headlines and move the needle. Their presentation will walk through the specific challenges faced by the XR industry, with examples from their own client work, on how to: • Manage over-hype • Generate media excitement and engagement • Craft stories for mainstream outlets like The New York Times, Fast Company or CNN. Attendees will leave with a clear blueprint for creating a PR strategy that can propel their XR devices, platforms, or services.</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
3:00 PM-3:50 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 19
Room 101B

PANEL: Encouraging a Spirit of Discovery: A Fireside Chat with the Creators of Gorilla Tag

Kerestell Smith - Another Axiom
David Yee - Another Axiom
David Neubelt - Another Axiom
<p>Embark on an exhilarating journey into the heart of a virtual jungle with the team at Another Axiom, creators of Gorilla Tag, the smash-hit sensation that accrued over $26 in revenue within two years of release and was the first to top 100K user reviews on the Meta Quest store earlier this year.</p> <p>Simple phrases like “become gorilla,” “embrace your inner ape,” and “reject humanity,” combined with gorilla-like movement and lack of a tutorial seem counterintuitive, but the team at Another Axiom went out on a limb and their philosophies have made Gorilla Tag one of the most successful games on the Quest platform. </p> <p>From conception to execution, learn about the challenges, breakthroughs, and unforgettable moments that shaped Gorilla Tag into the beloved VR phenomenon it is today and find out what this team is up to next. Whether you're a Monke, an aspiring developer, or simply curious about the future of VR gaming, this is a session you won't want to miss. Swing into action and join us for an inspiring conversation with the talented minds at Another Axiom.</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
3:10 PM-3:35 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 19
GRAND BALLROOM

Lenovo Talk

Vishal Shah - Lenovo
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
3:15 PM-3:45 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 19
Room 101A

VisionOS Best Practices for Beginners

Enrique López Mañas - Code & Theory
Supreet Singh - Code & Theory
<p>With the launch of Apple Vision Pro, a full ecosystem is emerging in search of the killer app - an application that demonstrates the technology's unique strengths and seamlessly integrates into our daily lives. This mirrors what occurred with other hardware, such as smart devices nearly two decades ago. With the introduction of any new technology, questions inevitably arise: How can we develop apps effectively? Is there an established ecosystem of SDKs or libraries available for use? Which tools are most suitable? This session will delve into the best practices for visionOS during this initial development stage and propose a set of guidelines to effectively develop apps for Vision Pro. We will also cover common beginner challenges that everyone has to overcome.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
3:15 PM-4:15 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 19
Exhibit Hall

Auggies' Finalists Lightning Round

<p>This year we celebrate our 15th Annual Auggie Awards and we also want to celebrate some of the finalists with a lightning round where they'll share the project they submitted through the <a href="https://www.awexr.com/usa-2024/auggie">Auggie Award Nominations portal</a>. Join us for this fast-paced showcase of some Auggie finalist favorites!</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
3:25 PM-3:50 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104B

Unlock the Future of Shopping: Navigating the 3D and AR Revolution on Amazon

Ashley Crowder - VNTANA
Chris Anderson - Amazon
<p>Step into the next frontier of e-commerce as we delve into the groundbreaking shift in Amazon's shopping experience. In a recent move, Amazon bid farewell to its 360 spin experience in December and has set its sights on the transformative potential of 3D and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies. Discover how this shift is reshaping the online retail landscape and revolutionizing the way customers interact with products.</p> <p>Join us for an enlightening session with Chris Anderson from Amazon and Ashley Crowder from VNTANA, a distinguished 3D retail expert, as we unravel the secrets behind leveraging 3D and AR to enhance the customer journey on Amazon. Through extensive testing and years of refinement, these immersive technologies have proven to be powerful catalysts for increased sales by providing consumers with an unparalleled understanding of the products they're considering.</p> <p>In this session, you'll gain valuable insights into the approach Amazon is taking with 3D and AR, and learn firsthand from experts on how to kickstart your journey into this dynamic realm. 3D content creators and Amazon sellers alike will learn best practices for creating and submitting 3D and AR content for display on Amazon. Join us for a compelling exploration of the future of online shopping – where innovation meets consumer engagement, and every click brings a product to life in three dimensions.</p>
Marketing

Creator

#53F5FF
3:30 PM-3:55 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 19
Room 103B

Essential Skills for a Lucrative Career in Social Augmented Reality

Eddy Adams - Eddy Adams LLC
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
3:30 PM-3:55 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 19
Room 102A

History of AI: Humans vs. AI - A Rivalry Driven by Fear and Fascination (History Talk)

Marty Resnick - Gartner
<p>There is a complex mix of fear and fascination that drives the public perception of the ongoing rivalry and race between humans and artificial intelligence. From the earliest chess-playing algorithms to today's sophisticated AI systems, examining the milestones where machines have challenged and sometimes surpassed human abilities, fueling progress and sparking debates about the real-world concerns shaping this evolving relationship.</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
3:30 PM-3:55 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104A

A Fireside Chat with VR Pioneers Carolina-Cruz Neira and Linda Jacobson

Carolina Cruz-Neira - University of Central Florida
Linda Jacobson - HaptX
<p>Linda Jacobson and Carolina Cruz-Neira have been collaborating on VR projects since the early 1990s, and together they launched and ran an early VR development agency from 2001-2005.</p> <p>Whether you're a seasoned VR enthusiast, interested in the history of XR, or simply curious about the frontiers of technology, this fireside chat promises to be an engaging exploration of the past, present, and future of virtual reality. </p> <p> </p>

Start-Ups & Investors

#aec993
3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 103C
Start-Ups & Investors
Jun 19
Room 103C

Start-Up Pitch Competition: Part 2

Marco DeMiroz - The Venture Reality Fund
Adam Draper - Boost VC
<p>Join us as startups pitch to our panel of judges for a chance to be named AWE's "Startup to Watch" for 2024. The winner will be announced at the Auggie Awards ceremony.</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
3:40 PM-4:40 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 19
GRAND BALLROOM

PANEL: Quest for Innovation: Designing Mixed Reality Games

Robin Moulder - 3lbXR & 3lb Games
Tommy Palm - Resolution Games
Jesse Schell - Schell Games
Jenna Seiden - Skydance Interactive
Rita Turkowski - Meta
<p>Dive into the intricacies of crafting mixed reality games for Quest. Uncover how to leverage advanced features and innovative mechanics for immersive experiences that bridge the digital and physical worlds. Join us to unlock the potential of this groundbreaking platform.</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
3:55 PM-4:20 PM
Promenade Room 104A
Enterprise
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104A

Create Real Magic with Coca-Cola AI

Benny Lee - Coca-Cola
<p>Coca-Cola has always been in the experience-making business — the simple pleasure of drinking an ice-cold Coca-Cola is timeless and ubiquitous in its appeal. But how does a company with a 130-year-old brand and physical products grounded in the analog world translate and transform that experience into the digital domain? Join Benny Lee, Senior Global Manager of Experiential Design at Coca-Cola, in this fascinating session to discover how Coca-Cola continues to craft authentic and meaningful experiences with innovative 3D technology and digital touchpoints covering AR/VR, NFT, and Metaverse.</p>
AI, Enterprise, Marketing

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
4:00 PM-4:25 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 19
Room 102A

Using AI Image Generation in Production Pipelines

Lauren Morrison - Google
<p>AI image generation is a disruptive technology that is changing the way we create content, and VFX houses are some of the earliest adopters. What does this mean for artists, clients, and the cost and quality of final deliverables in 2024 and beyond? In this talk, I will show some behind the scenes examples of how this has changed the way I work with agencies, where the technology succeeds and fails, and how to prepare for a future where this is a regular part of production.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
4:00 PM-4:25 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 19
Room 101A

Hands Free Spatial Interaction in XR: Combining Eye & Head Movements

Botond Bognar - Pillantas
<p>Apple Vision Pro cemented eye movements as one of the key user input modalities. Our team has worked in this domain for the past seven years and we are ready to share how far gaze based spatial interaction can take us. During our presentation we will demonstrate on the latest head mounted displays how users can interact with spatial content e.g. pick up, move, rotate 3D content using binocular eye vergence and head movements without using their hands or having to engage with controllers or display elements. In addition we will unveil some of our key findings and technology explaining how we integrated eyes and head movements and share how it is useful in consumer and enterprise environments.</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
4:00 PM-4:25 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104A

The Past, Present, & Future of Brain-Computer Interfaces

Rolando Masís-Obando - Johns Hopkins University
<p>In brief: A historical look into how brain computer interfaces have transformed over the past few decades: the landmark research of the past, the landmark research of today, and how it’s going to transform the future of XR. As a neuroscientist for about a decade, my work has focused on how people represent spatial contexts, concepts, and events. I have been able to place people in VR experiences and then through the use of neuroimaging and AI methods untangle their thoughts and how those thoughts influenced what they remember. As this neuroimaging technology reduces in form-factor and increases in accessibility, we can no longer turn a blind-eye to how it may be used nefariously in consumer products. In this talk, I will describe how Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have been defined over the years, how research in this field has catapulted, an overview of the neuroscience behind the technology, the landmark studies of the past and present, use-cases in which XR, robotics, prosthetics and BCI have intertwined, and how new AI models are being used to perform mind-reading of both language and mental images. “With great power comes great responsibility” – I will end the talk by describing how and what it means for the future of XR and why it’s important to be careful with this technology, but also how incredibly empowering it can be for the future of XR.</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
4:00 PM-4:25 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 19
Room 101B

Empowering Immersive Sports Experiences

Valerie Allie - InterDigital
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
4:00 PM-4:25 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 19
Room 102B

Hologram Technology Overview for 2024

Tracy Evans - Exhibitry
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
4:10 PM-4:30 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 19
Room 103B

Formidable Female Creators

Jacquelyn Morie - All These Worlds, LLC
<p>Celebrate the early and influential creativity of women in the new medium of VR as Jacki Morie recognizes and honors their impact on today’s immersive landscape.</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
4:25 PM-4:50 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104B

About DAM Time: 3D Digital Asset Management for Enterprises

Alon Grinshpoon - echo3D
<p>Learn how to quickly store, secure, share, and stream 3D content across your organization and beyond. Join to see how you and your team members can leverage a 3D-first content management system (CMS) and delivery network (CDN), asset compression and conversion tools, and a scalable infrastructure to manage, process & stream 3D content in real-time & across devices. We will explore why 3D digital asset management (DAM) is important for your organization and why 3D-focused cloud infrastructure is needed. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops or mobile devices or can follow the live demonstration. Register for your free echo3D account here: https://www.echo3d.com/signup</p>
Enterprise, Marketing, Web3

Retail & Marketing

#fbaf17
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Room 102B
Retail & Marketing
Jun 19
Room 102B

How Much is XR, The True Cost of Spatial Experiences

Terry Proto - Virtual Reality Marketing
<p>For years, the question of the true cost of XR experiences has remained elusive. At VRM, armed with the world's most extensive XR case study library, we aim to provide clarity. The nuanced answer to "How much is an XR experience?" is explored through a range of successful projects at different price points. From cost-effective solutions to high-end immersive ventures, we provide businesses with tangible references - and help them make informed decisions. Join us in this exploration of XR success stories, as we unravel the complexities of pricing and provide a roadmap for companies eager to embrace spatial computing in 2024.</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 19
Room 101B

History From Pixels to Portals: Tracing the Evolution of Gaming in XR (History Talk)

Stephanie Llamas - VoxPop Insights
<p>Gaming has not only provided an important on-ramp for XR users, but also given way for interactions that extend into use cases beyond entertainment. XR has benefitted from gaming's rich legacy of innovation, both playing on the lessons learned from the games industry and providing a new horizon for interaction. This presentation will explore the current state of XR gaming as well as provide an abridged trip through its historical landscape. Whether attendees are gaming enthusiasts, technology aficionados, or simply curious about the evolution of playable immersion, this presentation offers a compelling narrative that sheds light on the past, present, and future of XR gaming, with interactive discussion around the intersection at which gaming meets B2C, B2B and beyond.<br />  </p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104A

How to Build a Great Metaverse Platform

Antony Vitillo - The Ghost Howls
<p>This talk narrates the story of the development of VRROOM, a metaverse platform dedicated to concerts and liveshows. Antony Vitillo, who has led the development of the platform since the first day, will tell you how a new social XR platform comes to life, from its inception to its launch, going through the difficulties of design and development. The speaker will mention the hurdles his team had to face and the solutions that have been found, which will be useful pieces of advice to follow for people who want to create their own metaverse platform.</p> <p>In a moment when the "metaverse" still sounds like an obscure theoretical word, this talk offers useful insights on how it is to be practically building it.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
4:30 PM-4:55 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 19
Room 101A

XR in Rapid Inspection & Documentation (RID) for Aerospace

Jason Laan - Laan Labs
<p>Using mobile 3D capture and the Apple Vision Pro for documenting the condition of Aircraft and Aerospace components and assemblies from end-of-life aircraft being prepared for re-use or resale.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 19
Exhibit Hall

XR Women Awards 2024

Karen Alexander - XR Women
Sophia Moshasha - VR/AR Association
Julie Smithson - METAVRSE
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
4:35 PM-5:30 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 19
Room 103B

PANEL: How Generative AI Can Make XR Creation More Accessible

Molly Bloom - Cisco
Sean Dougherty - Lighthouse SF
Dylan Fox - XR Access
Stefanie Hutka - Sendfull
Ash Shah - Magic Leap
<p>3D content is often inaccessible to consume, let alone to create. But AI and its capability for conversational interfaces could be a gateway for millions of disabled creators to make their own content and break the cycle of exclusion that has led to a landscape largely barren of disabled people. In this panel, we’ll discuss the challenges that face disabled creators, highlight capabilities of AI that could support them, and examine how this could affect the industry as a whole.</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
4:35 PM-5:30 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 19
Room 102A

PANEL: Holograms in the Real World

Jon Karafin - Light Field Lab
Molly Lavik - Mentor InSight, Inc.
Samantha Wolfe - PitchFWD LLC
<p>Holograms are defined as 3D objects made of light that can be seen with the naked eye. No polarizing glasses. No head mounted display. And they are here.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
5:00 PM-5:30 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 19
Room 101A

Designing for the Future of XR

Nicole Lazzaro - Xeodesign Inc
Josette Seitz - Specular Theory
Finn Staber - Chicken Waffle
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
5:00 PM-5:30 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 19
Promenade Room 104A

The History and Future of Spatial Computing in the PTC Reality Lab

Valentin Heun - PTC
Benjamin Reynolds - PTC
<p>This talk will present a journey of spatial computing, spanning from MIT’s spatial programming research to the future of spatial AI. Spatial computing enables us to interact with digital content that is anchored to the physical world, and to solve spatial problems, such as understanding the shape, motion, and behavior of objects and environments for remote collaboration. In this talk, we will share the history and vision of the PTC Reality Lab, a research group that has been exploring spatial computing for over a decade, from the MIT Reality Editor to the Vuforia Spatial Toolbox, and from industrial metaverse applications to spatial AI. We will showcase some of the key projects and insights that have shaped our research agenda. We will also discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for spatial computing, such as spatial multitasking, multi-user collaboration, reality capture, and holoportation.</p>
AI, Creator, Developer, Enterprise, XR Enablement

Main Stage

#ff7f69
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 19
GRAND BALLROOM

15th Annual Auggie Awards

Ori Inbar - AWE and Super Ventures
<p>The annual Auggie Awards have been the most recognized industry AR & VR awards show in the world since 2010. The Auggies continue to showcase the best of the best in augmented and virtual reality and award winners will be presented with a prestigious Auggie Award live on stage. This year is particularly special as we celebrate AWE's 15th anniversary and all the visionaries who have made this industry possible.</p> <p> </p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Main Stage
Jun 20

PANEL: Empathic Interfaces: Exploring Intersection of Emotions, AI, & Spatial Computing

Moritz Baier-Lentz - Lightspeed
Anand Dass - Meta
Nanea Reeves - Tripp
Sly Spencer-Lee - Emerge
<p>Our emotions are at the core of the human experience. Brene Brown’s research identifies 87 human emotions and experiences. It’s hard enough to identify and discern our own emotions and much harder to decipher what someone else is feeling, especially when we’re communicating digitally. There are new products that are changing this. Join us for an enlightening panel discussion where leading innovators and investors converge to explore the forefront of emotional intelligence in technology. Discover how TRIPP is revolutionizing wellness, analyzing users' moods and emotions to tailor deeply personal experiences. We’ll discuss how sensing technologies in Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest 3 help perceive and respond to emotional cues. We’ll explore Emerge’s unique tactile approach to multi-sensory communication that soon can unlock new ways to communicate emotions. You’ll also hear firsthand from a visionary investor who has championed the spatial computing sector since 2020, backing companies that push the boundaries of what's possible. This panel promises to be a deep dive into the technologies shaping our emotional landscape, offering a glimpse into a future where tech not only understands but also adapts to our emotional needs, enriching our digital experiences in profound ways.</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
10:00 AM-10:20 AM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 20
Room 103B

Leaving the Bricks Behind: The Next Stage of Stand-Up Comedy

Kyle Render - Rendered Talent
Kirsten Hudson - Social Concept Group
Austin Cause Caine - Cause + Christi: Immersive XR Design
<p>Dive into the future of cracking up as we explore how stand-up comedy is evolving from the classic club scene into the wild realm of virtual reality. This panel is all about how tech is evolving and changing the game, turning the whole world into one big club where everyone gets to sit front-row. Through insights from the pioneers and creators at the forefront, we'll examine the challenges, triumphs, and untapped potential of comedy in the virtual age, ensuring humor transcends boundaries to connect us all regardless of physical location. It's about making sure that no matter where we are in the world, a good joke can still bring us all a bit closer together.</p>

XR Policy

#ffa86b
10:00 AM-10:20 AM
Room 102B
XR Policy
Jun 20
Room 102B

Should Law Change to Adapt to XR?

Christa Laser - Cleveland State University
<p>Traditional legal problems like the copying of creative content and unauthorized use of others' images arise in the extended reality space. But should different rules apply? What are we trying to incentivize through the law and how can law and technology adapt? Professor Laser uses real world case examples from her time in practice working on gaming litigation to explain the dangers and potential for law in this area.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 20
Room 101A

Better Together - How to Design for Harmonious Collaboration

Sydney Blount - Magic Leap
Jacqueline Zimmermann - Magic Leap
<p>For humanity to succeed, we must work together. However, it has become increasingly tempting to turn inward, live heads-down in our personal devices, and become myopically focused on our individual tasks. As we shape the future of work through the next generation of XR, it is essential that we carefully consider the future of collaboration. It is essential that we design experiences where people can effectively come together to co-create in spatial environments. This talk will examine design principles for collaborating in augmented reality. We will discuss tactics for fostering cooperation and how to unlock group flow through thoughtful design. Magic Leap spotlight applications (Workshop and Assist) along with strategic partnerships will be featured as supporting use cases.</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
10:00 AM-10:50 AM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 20
Promenade Room 104A

Designing Spatial Audio for Hybrid Communication in Microsoft Mesh

Kat Moynahan - Microsoft
Aili Niimura - Microsoft
Sasha Belitskaja - Microsoft
<p>In 2023, the Mesh team embarked on building spatial audio, a key feature in Mesh’s 2D/3D immersive experiences. Designing in this dynamic realm presented unique challenges particularly due to limited guidance on how to design great immersive experiences that are both user friendly and intuitive.</p> <p>In our case study, we'll share our journey designing audio experiences and functionality that push the edges of how people meet and communicate in immersive environments. We’ll explore how we brought user experience strategy, 3D design, and immersive audio together to create effective collaborative virtual spaces.</p> <p>Join Kat Moynahan, who specializes in product strategy, Sasha Belitskaja, an expert in 3D and interaction design, and Aili Niimura, a wizard in spatial audio, from the Microsoft Mesh spatial audio team as they share key moments in the development of Mesh’s spatial audio, and the mindsets, best practices and lessons learned that helped them along the way. See how a clever mix of online tools, working sessions and product reviews brought spatial audio to life and connects 2D and 3D participants in real time.</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
10:00 AM-10:55 AM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 20
Promenade Room 104B

PANEL: Deploying Sustainable Enterprise XR Solutions

Dan Blair - BSD XR
Angelina Dayton - Virtual World Society
Brian Nevinsky - Lockheed Martin
Nathan Thomas - CN Railway
<p>This panel will explore the ethical considerations and sustainable considerations needed to be made by the service provider, customer, and industry when deploying XR solutions at scale to Fortune 500 companies.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
10:00 AM-10:55 AM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 20
Room 103C

PANEL: Aligning Academic & Industrial R&D for Spatial Computing: the Educational Rift in Spatial Reasoning

Sadah Espii Proctor - Yale University
Elizabeth Childs - Stanford
Markus Eger - Cal Poly Pomona
Jasmine Roberts - Microsoft Research
<p>In the rapidly evolving landscape of emerging markets, the role of R&D is pivotal in pioneering advancements and ensuring sustainable growth. As we stand on the cusp of a technological revolution powered by spatial computing, including augmented and virtual reality, there is a compelling need for higher education institutions to bridge the existing gaps. These gaps are not only technical but also educational, particularly in enhancing spatial reasoning skills which are crucial for leveraging the full potential of spatial computing technologies. Our proposed fireside chat aims to explore how higher education and R&D can collaboratively foster an environment that not only accommodates the burgeoning demand for spatial computing but also adheres to the highest standards of research practices. This is especially critical in a market-driven landscape where the rush to innovate often sidelines these fundamental practices. Through this dialogue, we intend to underscore the importance of an integrated approach that prepares the next generation of professionals to thrive in and contribute to the sustainable development of this exciting field.</p>

Networking

#bcda85
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Networking
Jun 20
Exhibit Hall

Expo, Playground, Start-Ups, and XR Museum Hours

<p>Join us in the Exhibit Hall where you'll meet sponsors and exhibitors, discover the latest AR/VR tech, check out the newest start-ups, have fun, make connections, and more!</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
10:10 AM-10:55 AM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 20
Room 101B

STORY LIVING: 10 Tools from Video Games & Immersive Theater to Make Story Worlds in the Metaverse

Joshua Rubin - Subverse Narrative Consulting
<p>As an Interactive Emmy-winning Narrative Director, I’ve spent 25 years creating groundbreaking stories for film, TV, video games, VR, AR and immersive theater. With this talk, I will offer AWE's audience of XR professionals key techniques from both video games and experiential theater that we’ll need to build the future of storytelling in extended realities. Drawing links between classic video games (like GTA, Portal, Last of Us, Destiny, Fortnite) and immersive theater groups, both historical and contemporary, (Punchdrunk, The Living Theater, Odyssey Works, Third Rail Projects, La Fura del Baus), this talk will examine how both mediums leverage player agency and create living worlds. Attendees interested in experiential storytelling will come away with knowledge about tools like emergent narrative, environmental storytelling, sandbox game design, and a responsive world. I’ll discuss the importance of state change tracking, best practices for balancing player choice when using branching story techniques, and the role of AI in the future of story.​​ With the launch of the Vision Pro, we are seeing significant industry momentum in XR and the metaverse. However, as my colleagues often say: “The metaverse is a technology in search of a reason for being.” As such, this talk will provide tangible insights on how to drive human-focused experiences, and provide essential ideas to creators looking to craft XR worlds that go beyond passive consumption into the realm of “story living.”</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
10:25 AM-10:45 AM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 20
Room 103B

Transforming an Idea into a (Virtual) Reality: How to Build Worlds

Michelle Weisblat-Dane - IAmCompuBear Consortium
Helen Lundström Erwin - The Foremothers Café
Christi Fenison - Cause + Christi: Immersive XR Design
<p>The Foremothers Café is inspired by Helen Erwin's historical novel Sour Milk in Sheep's Wool, and the Swedish suffrage movement at the turn of the 20th century. Helen will share the stage with world builder Christi Fenison, her collaborator to create the world in VR. Michelle Weisblat-Dane will moderate the discussion.</p> <p>As they will discuss, Helen began by sending Cause and Christi a drawing that she had made on paper with colored pencils. Then they discussed Swedish historical and architectural details, and from there it went; with Helen's historical knowledge and Cause & Christi's world-building skills, magic happened.</p> <p>If you've ever been interested in how creators bring worlds into virtual reality, this is a great session to attend!</p>

XR Policy

#ffa86b
10:25 AM-10:45 AM
Room 102B
XR Policy
Jun 20
Room 102B

Building a Human-First Metaverse: Committed to Responsible Governance

Matthew Price, PhD. - World Economic Forum
<p>The ‘Metaverse’ is not dead. Our definition, conception, and expectations are evolving.  And as it rapidly evolves into this future internet state, a physical and digital blended reality, it is crucial that we establish a foundation of responsible governance that prioritizes ‘human-first’ concepts through global multi-stakeholder collaboration. Come learn about what it means to be ‘human-first’ in metaverse development – emphasizing the importance of balancing innovation with ethical, cultural, accessible, and responsible design decisions. Attendees will gain insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with building a responsible Metaverse, as well as the commitments we must make in shaping its future.</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
10:30 AM-10:55 AM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 20
Room 102A

The Future of Dataviz is Augmented Reality with AI

Jason Marsh - Flow Immersive, Inc
<p>AI is leading to a democratization of data science, and AR is a natural next step in computing. Together, they can help users have the best data collaboration and conversation they have ever experienced, and leave the meeting feeling like they have a clear mental model and making a great data-driven decision. In the enterprise, most data is presented in bar charts pasted into PowerPoint. Even dashboards are often left to experts to navigate. Humanity has problems that need better data communication to solve, but we need a way to increase the credibility of the data through greater detail (stereo vision reduces visual crowding), increase depth of understanding through ease of data filtering and navigation, increase ease of converting datasets into visualizations, and simplify storytelling and collaboration to make executives and stakeholders build great mental models. Augmented Reality and AI will help with these problems, and how typical meetings discuss data will be improved and forever changed.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
10:30 AM-11:00 AM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 20
Room 101A

Surviving an XR Acquisition

Dan Flanegan - That XR Company
Paula Monteiro - ANYLINE
<p>Dan Flanegan (formerly Qualcomm and ClayAir) & Paula Monteiro (formerly of Qualcomm and Wikitude) will share their personal experiences surviving the acquisitions of their XR startups by a Fortune 500 tech giant. They will share their unique insights, including:</p> <ul><li>Preparing yourself and your XR company for an exit</li> <li>Negotiation your new role and compensation</li> <li>Cultural adjustments going from startup to big corporation</li> <li>How to maintain XR product and customer continuity</li> <li>Opportunities for self development and education</li> <li>How to leverage an exit into your next XR opportunity</li> <li>Building a network to meet your next XR startup cofounders</li> </ul>

Creator

#53F5FF
10:50 AM-11:15 AM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 20
Room 103B

How AI is Democratizing the AR Creation Market

Darya Sesitskaya - Shader
<p> </p> <p>The recent breakthrough in Generative AI, particularly with Image and Video Generation technology, opens up new opportunities to democratize the AR market and give more power and freedom to the end users. While the prior generation of generative models was, at large, not good enough for a wide variety of use cases, we are now seeing the first indicators that diffusion models have passed the bar for generating rich and diversified content. Recent advancements, such as generation of 3D models in real time, photo animation, and real-time image generation capture the very beginning of what we think is the next big trend in AR: allowing users to create AR effects and modify their look in real time.</p>

XR Policy

#ffa86b
10:50 AM-11:45 AM
Room 102B
XR Policy
Jun 20
Room 102B

PANEL: Unraveling Realities: Navigating AI & Manipulation in Immersive Virtual Worlds

Daniel Berrick - Future of Privacy Forum
Dona Fraser - BBB National Programs
Erin Hilliard - Cooley
Elizabeth Rothman - XRSI - X Reality Safety Intelligence
<p>From fully customizable artwork and digital assets to chatbots and non-player characters with complex personalities and storylines, generative AI could reduce the roadblocks to creating virtual worlds in XR and make them more compelling to users. Companies are unsurprisingly racing to incorporate generative AI into immersive environments, but this is not without risk. XR applications utilizing generative AI may capture sensitive data about people, which could be used to manipulate people into making harmful decisions, particularly individuals belonging to vulnerable populations. This activity could implicate a host of existing and proposed laws in the U.S. and abroad, such as those addressing sensitive data categories and “dark patterns.” While these laws were not drafted with generative AI’s manipulative potential in mind, they could nevertheless impact its design and deployment in immersive virtual environments for the foreseeable future.</p> <p>In this presentation, you will leave with an understanding of:</p> <ul><li>How generative AI is being applied to create and enhance virtual worlds in XR;</li> <li>Why manipulation may occur in XR worlds when generative AI is used, as well as examples of how this may manifest; and</li> <li>How many U.S. and foreign laws, such as the Federal Trade Commission’s Section 5 authority, Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the EU’s GDPR, interact with manipulation caused by generative AI applications to XR.</li> </ul>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
11:00 AM-11:25 AM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 20
Room 102A

AI + XR: Practical to Dystopian in 25 Minutes

James Cooper - Raytheon
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
11:00 AM-11:25 AM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 20
Room 101B

Live Streaming From a Meta Quest with Unity, Amazon IVS & Twitch

Todd Sharp - Twitch
<p>In this session, we'll look at how to create a dynamic live streaming experience directly from a Meta Quest game built in Unity. By integrating the live streaming experience directly into your game, you can lower the barrier to entry for new content creators. Additionally, you can add next level interactions like user-controlled environments and objectives and directly integrate chat and remote stream playback. Your stream can be published to your own live streaming platform created with Amazon Interactive Video Service, or directly to a user's Twitch channel. We'll look at all of these use cases and more in this session. </p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
11:00 AM-11:25 AM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 20
Promenade Room 104A

Cliffhanger Creativity: The Journey of Turning Climbing El Capitan into a VR Experience

Greg Downing - Hyperacuity
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
11:00 AM-11:25 AM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 20
Room 101A

Build a Fulfilling Career in the Shifting AR/MR Landscape

Lianne Baron - Meta
Luke Hurd - WPP / VML
<p>Understand the foundational pillars for fulfillment when pursuing a career in immersive media. Join industry veterans Luke Hurd and Lianne Baron as they share their strategies for staying relevant and nimble amidst the ever-changing AR/MR space.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 20
Exhibit Hall

*LIVE* This Week in XR's 200th Podcast *LIVE*

Charlie Fink - Forbes
Ted Schilowitz - Red Camera
<p>The "This Week in XR" podcast will celebrate its 200th episode by recording live with an AWE audience. Forbes tech columnist Charlie Fink and Red Camera co-founder, futurist Ted Schilowitz, host special guests and select audience members to discuss top news at the show, and what we can expect at the intersection of spatial computing and AI.  </p>

Networking

#bcda85
11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Networking
Jun 20

LUNCH

<p>Food is available for purchase in the Long Beach Convention Center and at nearby vendors/restaurants.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
11:05 AM-11:30 AM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 20
Room 103C

XR for Empathy, Environmental Stewardship & Global Kindness

John Anderson - University of Idaho
Dr. John Francis - Planetwalk
<p>Dr. John Francis, renowned as the "Planet Walker," and John Anderson, "Professor XR”.are joining forces to pioneer XR environments aimed at fostering kindness and supporting the GLOBE Program (Globe.gov) for children internationally. Dr. Francis, is currently on his monumental journey from South Africa to Cairo, spanning several years that embodies the ethos of "how we treat one another is how we treat the environment." Leveraging XR technology, both Dr. Francis and Professor Anderson aim to immerse children in interactive environments that cultivate empathy, environmental stewardship, and global kindness. Through this collaboration, they seek to empower the next generation with the understanding that acts of kindness towards each other and their environment can ripple outward to positively impact our planet. By intertwining Dr. Francis's profound insights with Professor Anderson's XR expertise, they envision a transformative educational platform that not only educates but also inspires compassionate action for a more harmonious world, one step at a time.</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
11:20 AM-11:40 AM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 20
Room 103B

Beyond Our Bodies: AI & XR’s Role in Transforming Identity

Cameron Kostopoulos - Kost
<p>Technology is rapidly redefining what it means to be human. What happens when it empowers us to transcend our physical form? Award-winning creator Cameron Kostopoulos explores this question through the lens of their groundbreaking work. Utilizing full-body tracking, artificial intelligence, and haptic feedback, Cameron's projects, including the PGA Innovation Award-winning 'Body of Mine,' transcend traditional boundaries of storytelling, allowing audiences to see the world through another’s eyes - and through their body. This session will unveil how emerging media can alter human identity and connection in the digital age.'</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
11:30 AM-12:25 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 20
Room 102A

PANEL: Creative Frontiers: Navigating the Artistic Landscape in the Age of AI

Craig Allen - NewCo
Evo Heyning - Realitycraft
Julian Reyes - Founders Workshop
Rachel Joy Victor - FBRC.ai
Erin Reilly - University of Texas at Austin
<p>We invite you to an enlightening panel discussion, "Creative Frontiers: Navigating the Artistic Landscape in the Age of AI," which zeroes in on the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on the creative industries. Our panel of innovative artists and thought leaders will delve into the role of AI as both a collaborator and a tool in the hands of modern creators. <br />  <br /> This session will explore the ecosystem of AI tools that are revolutionizing how artists—from filmmakers to musicians to visual artists—approach the creative process. We’ll examine case studies of generative AI applications like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Adobe’s Firefly, sound samples like Lalal.ai, and Suno as well as Midjourney and more, highlighting their capabilities to augment creativity and streamline workflows. <br />  <br /> Our panelists will dissect the implications of these technologies on the creative economy, scrutinizing how they're reshaping job roles, altering monetization strategies, and influencing the distribution of creative works. We'll also address the ethical dimensions AI introduces, including questions of intellectual property and the maintenance of artistic integrity in an era where the line between human and machine-generated content is increasingly blurred. <br />  <br /> As we navigate this uncharted territory, the panel will offer insights into how artists and industry professionals can harness AI responsibly and effectively. We'll discuss strategies for adapting to AI's growing presence in the creative sector, the skills necessary to leverage these tools, and the potential for AI to democratize the arts and empower creators across the globe. <br />  <br /> Whether you’re an artist exploring AI-generated art, a producer leveraging AI for music composition, or a writer integrating AI into your storytelling, this panel is your compass for understanding and capitalizing on AI’s role in the creative process. Join us to envision a future where AI and human creativity coalesce to redefine the boundaries of art and industry.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
11:35 AM-12:00 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 20
Room 103C

How Spatial Computing Will Take An Permanent Role In K-12 Education

Aaron Wolko - Nivra
<p>Take an exclusive look into a window of data as to how schools are adopting XR technology in their educational syllabus and how you can benefit from becoming a creator in this field. Education is a multi-trillion-dollar industry ripe for disruption, and there has never been a better way to learn than VR/AR.</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
11:45 AM-12:00 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 20
Room 103B

Augmenting for Aesthetic Impact 

Helena Dong - BUCK
Alexis Zerafa - The Mill
<p>The aesthetic impact of AR adds a vital dimension to the way we experience it. As we grasp the technology, how do we channel our ideas in a way that feels robust and compelling?  </p> <p>Drawing from our collaborations with brands such as Coachella, Dior, Fendi, and Rimowa, we explore practical strategies for crafting AR experiences with visual and sensory appeal. By looking at case studies and spatial principles, we discuss how various design elements can be combined to amplify campaign messaging, and examine how a broader artistic perspective influences the development of AR. </p>

XR Policy

#ffa86b
11:50 AM-12:15 PM
Room 102B
XR Policy
Jun 20
Room 102B

Bridging Neuroscience & Policy in XR

April Boyd-Noronha - XRSI - X Reality Safety Intelligence
Erik Viirre - UC San Diego
Ashley Coffey - Coffey & Code Podcast
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
12:00 PM-12:30 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 20
Room 101B

The Last Decade and the Next Decade in XR/Spatial

Neville Spiteri - Wevr
Tim Dillon - Wevr
Anthony Batt - Wevr
<p>It feels like deja vu. 10 years after Valve’s Steam Days 2014 announcement of room-scale VR, and 10 years since Meta (formerly Facebook) acquired Oculus, Apple releases the Vision Pro as the new computing paradigm with immersive photos, video and spatial applications across gaming and other verticals. Apple’s entry in the market, the dominance of Meta’s platform, the evolution of HTC’s Vive offering and Google’s upcoming Android XR/Samsung collaboration sets the stage for the next decade in XR. In this talk we will explore the real opportunities for entertainment IP holders, brands, and creators to engage, not in fleeting trends, but in sustained market opportunities and healthy ROI in XR/spatial.<br />  </p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
12:05 PM-12:30 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 20
Room 103C

Revolutionizing Construction Training: Mixed Reality for Precision in Concrete Leveling & Placement

Greg Meyers - ForgeFX Simulations
Dave Raasakka - Somero
<p>Step into the future of construction training with the latest innovation from Somero Enterprises, Inc.: A cutting-edge simulation-based training program for their Laser Screed machines, enhanced by the power of mixed reality technology. This state-of-the-art training solution, developed in collaboration with ForgeFX Simulations, harnesses the Meta Quest-based VR operator training simulator to provide an immersive learning experience. The training simulator marks a significant leap forward for Somero Concrete Institute, offering mixed reality-based operator and service training that prepares trainees for real-world scenarios without the need for the presence of physical equipment. ForgeFX Simulations, known for their custom 3D training simulation software development, has played a crucial role in bringing this application to life, creating a highly immersive, interactive, and engaging training environment. This session, co-presented by Dave Raasakka of Somero Enterprises, Inc., and Greg Meyers of ForgeFX Simulations, will highlight the industry's hurdles and the breakthrough solutions provided by mixed reality technology, discussing how mixed reality is reshaping training methodologies for cost savings, precision, and efficiency. This presentation is a must-see for industry professionals seeking to stay at the forefront of training methods and technologies in leading industry sectors like construction.</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
12:50 PM-1:15 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 20
Room 103B

The Future of Training: VR and AI Innovations

<p>This talk explores the significant role that Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) play in modern training programs. We will discuss how VR provides immersive learning environments and examine the potential for AI, including large language models, to further personalize and enhance these experiences. The session will highlight current uses for example in government, commercial and entertainment settings, explore future advancements, and consider practical challenges.</p>

Creator

#53F5FF
1:00 PM-1:15 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 20
Room 103B

Democratization of Space or Digital Vandalism?

Shahwali Shayan - Royal College of Art
<p>Delve into the dynamic intersection of augmented reality and public art as we navigate the intriguing landscapes of contemporary artistic expression. In this exploration, we confront the dichotomy between the democratization of space and the subversive potential of Augmented Reality. Through the lens of Augmented Reality, we examine the conceptual practice of stacking realities, where mundane objects are transformed into monumental installations, echoing the spirit of Dadaism in our modern age. Join me on a thought-provoking journey that challenges conventional notions of art and invites contemplation on the evolving role of technology in shaping our cultural landscape.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
1:00 PM-1:25 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 20
Exhibit Hall

The Importance of Connection and Intimacy in XR

Deirdre V. Lyons - Ferryman Collective
Whitton Frank - Ferryman Collective
Adele Keane - Imvizar
<p>Join us for this captivating Fireside Chat where we discuss the art of forging bonds and engaging audiences within the magical realms of Virtual and Augmented Reality. This session spotlights the innovative work of Ferryman Collective, pioneers in VR theatre, alongside the creative storytelling experiences of prolific company Imvizar and their work in AR.</p> <p>Discover how these trailblazers are redefining audience engagement, enabling participants to traverse digital landscapes and connect with stories and each other in new and exciting ways. Whether you’re a seasoned XR enthusiast or new to the scene, this chat promises to enlighten and inspire, showcasing the boundless potential of XR to connect us all.</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
1:00 PM-1:25 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 20
Promenade Room 104A

The AR Alliance: Hardware Ecosystem Enabling the AR Market

Bharath Rajagopalan - STMicroelectronics
<p>This talk will discuss how industry leaders like STMicroelectronics, Meta, EssilorLuxottica, Corning and many others are coming together to create an ecosystem of hardware, and the associated software and firmware, to enable the AR mass market.  This includes the development of standards and protocols that can drive faster adoption of devices and products.    </p>

Creator

#53F5FF
1:20 PM-1:45 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 20
Room 103B

Exploring the Frontiers of Immersive Storytelling

Athena Demos - Big Rock Creative
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
1:30 PM-1:55 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 20
Room 102A

How AI is Unlocking the Highest Fidelity Immersive Experiences

Matt Miesnieks - Dejavu
<p>Apple Vision Pro unlocked 14k high fidelity spatial experiences for the first time. Outside of cinema VFX pipelines, regular Apps, games and content has never had to deliver anything this high fidelity before. The benefits are incredible, but the technical challenges are enormous. Dejavu has solved this problem and is making hifi possible for everyone</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
1:30 PM-2:15 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 20
Room 103C

PANEL: The City of Los Angeles and Immersive Innovation

Kathleen Cohen - The Collaboratorium
Dawn Comer - City of Los Angeles
Rachel Kornak - City of Los Angeles
Marcela Oliva - USGBC - Los Angeles
Ryat Yezbick - Arizona State University
<p>This panel gathers several key thought leaders representing the Mayor’s Office of The City of L.A, LA-based Arizona State University and LA Trade Tech College to discuss immersive XR projects happening around town. The discussion will be led by Kathleen Cohen, Tech Humanist and XR Strategist who has brought these brilliant minds together to reflect the current perspectives of local programs.</p> <p>The City of L.A. uses innovative technologies to address a wide variety of real-world challenges. Dawn Comer and Rachel Kornak from the Mayor’s Office of Finance, Operations and Innovation will discuss several initiatives that focus on providing equitable access to City services, reducing the digital divide, supporting small businesses, training youth for jobs of the future and advancing digital transformation of government services. </p> <p>Ryat Yezbick of LA-based Arizona State University Narrative and Emerging Media program (NEM), directed by Nonny de la Peña, is launching several city-wide initiatives that seek to harness the power of immersive media through co-creative strategies with local residents across Los Angeles. NEM initiatives will provide skills and jobs training for participants in immersive XR technologies while helping residents restore blighted spaces in their neighborhoods, connect across political divides, and build greater platforms for inclusion through XR and haptics technologies. </p> <p>With over 30 years of dedication, Professor Marcela Oliva has revolutionized LATTC's Architectural and Environmental Design program. She developed the nation's largest Digital Twin/Virtualization BIM/GIS System, aligned with National Intelligence Standards. Her expertise in Omniverse/Metaverse/Digital twins and their impact on social mobility is widely recognized, establishing her as a trailblazer in her field and AIA Presidential Award Educator of the year 2023. Marcela was also honored as the Los Angeles Business Journal DEI Non-Profit Organization of the Year, making significant contributions to various fields in LA.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Hall A
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 20
Hall A

Colleges Roundtable

David Gainey - Cañada College
Paul Hillman - Grand Valley State University
Mary Lee Carter - Parker University
Amany Alkhayat - New York Institute of Technology
Cristina Carl - Ediphi
Amir Ahmadi - Educator
Kevin Park - New York Institute of Technology
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
1:35 PM-2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 20
Exhibit Hall

The Power of Virtual Reality Behind Bars

Major Bunton - Creative Acts
Sabra Williams - Creative Acts
<p>Coming Soon!</p>

Healthcare & Wellness

#b9c4f0
1:45 PM-2:15 PM
Room 103B
Healthcare & Wellness
Jun 20
Room 103B

Virtual Horizons: Revolutionizing Health Equity & Inclusion with VR

Kyr Poskonoff - LikeXR
Whitney White - Equity Commons
<p>In this presentation, we delve into the transformative power of virtual reality (VR) technology in revolutionizing equity, inclusion, and patient experience across the healthcare sector. Through immersive experiences and groundbreaking applications, VR has emerged as a pivotal tool in breaking down barriers and fostering a more inclusive and effective healthcare environment.</p> <p>From training healthcare professionals to understand diverse patient perspectives to creating virtual simulations that address implicit bias, this presentation explores the myriad ways VR is reshaping the landscape of health equity, inclusion, and patient experience. We examine case studies, share insights, and discuss best practices for leveraging VR to promote equity and accessibility in healthcare services.</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
1:45 PM-2:30 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 20
Room 101B

PANEL: Futurize: Crafting Tomorrow's Games and Products

Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc
Holly Hirzel - Consultant
Ben Taylor - SQUARE ENIX
Vickie Nauman - CrossBorderWorks
<p>Create products that are innovative and adaptable for the future by learning how to predict and integrate emerging technological trends into your game and product development.  </p> <p>Join this expert panel as they discuss practical strategies for designing games that are not only relevant today, but will resonate in the future tech landscape. </p> <p>Topics of discussion:</p> <ul><li>Methods and tools for forecasting future technological trends.</li> <li>Practical strategies for embedding these insights into current game and product design.</li> <li>Approaches to ensure games and products remain adaptable and relevant in the face of technological shifts.</li> </ul><p>Benefits for Participants:</p> <ul><li>Actionable insights and strategies for designing games and products with a future-focused perspective.</li> <li>Understanding how to incorporate future tech trends into current development processes.</li> <li>Opportunities for knowledge exchange with industry experts and peers.</li> <li>Enhanced skills in creating products that are innovative and adaptable for the future.</li> </ul>

Creator

#53F5FF
1:50 PM-2:30 PM
Room 103B
Creator
Jun 20
Room 103B

PANEL: Bad*ss Girls in XR: Fueling Futures ... Part 2

Tereze Bogdane - Innovation Girls
Najda Musta - Innovation Girls
Amelia Stys - Innovation Girls
Natalia Stys - Innovation Girls
Marta Teivane - Innovation Girls
Richard Zreik - Innovation Girls
<p>At AWE EU 2023 in Vienna, the Innovation Girls took the stage and shared their amazing works to reshape the fast-fashion industry. These young women have transformed from newbies to metaverse creators and startup founders. They won the AWESOME Award at AWE and now you can find out what they've been up to since last October. </p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
2:00 PM-2:25 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 20
Room 101B

The Landscape of Sports XR

Pablo Colapinto - Nexus Studios
<p>When it comes to adding distinct value to consumers with spatial XR techniques, leveraging live sports data offers some of the most compelling possibilities that push the boundaries of entertainment. Advances in computer vision techniques have given leagues the ability to track positional data of all aspects of gameplay with immense speed and accuracy. Applications include second screens to track fantasy statistics, virtual cameras to see gameplay from a new angle, companion apps that overlay data on top of plays from wherever you are sitting, and completely new ways of remixing and reviewing replays. Stadiums themselves are the perfect micro-metaverses, providing a mappable canvas rich with data to be visualized, commerce to be communicated, and passions to be expressed, while new devices give at-home viewers ways to get closer to the action. In this talk, Nexus Studios' Head of Immersive will dive into some of the more exceptional use cases for XR for sports across a spectrum of leagues, technologies, and platforms, and discuss who is using this technology, which companies are poised to capitalize on it, and where this technology is going next in the very near future.</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
2:00 PM-2:25 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 20
Room 102A

How Companies & Developers Can Prepare for AI-Powered Virtual Beings in XR

Sally Slade - Genies
<p>Explore the future of XR as we delve into the emergence of AI-powered virtual beings. In this talk, Sally will discuss how companies and developers can prepare for this transformative shift, leveraging artificial intelligence to create dynamic and engaging virtual characters that make immersive environments seem all that more realistic and enjoyable.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
2:10 PM-2:35 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 20
Exhibit Hall

Resilient XR Environments: Building & Navigating Conflict-Resilient Spaces

Molli Aronce - VR Create|Connect
Ruth Diaz - VR Create|Connect
<p>Join Ruth Diaz and Molli Aronce for a groundbreaking session exploring the dynamics of conflict and collaboration within Extended Reality (XR). This talk dives into the heart of conflict resiliency, contrasting traditional resolution methods with innovative strategies tailored for the XR domain. Discover the DOT model's transformative approach to converting conflict into opportunities for growth, fostering an inclusive and creative XR community. Learn practical tips for designing conflict-resilient spaces and engaging with conflicts constructively to enhance collaborative efforts and drive change in virtual realities.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
2:20 PM-2:35 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 20
Room 103C

Virtual University Tours for International & Underrepresented Students

Jenny Dinh-Tran - Santa Clara University
Kidus Solomon - Santa Clara University
<p>How can schools reach students who are coming from overseas or who might be the first in their family to attend college? Existing virtual college tours often focus on history and facilities, but fail to capture the personal experiences of students. Our student-led virtual campus tours enable prospective students to experience the campus in the shoes of current students. This "by students, for students" approach provides an authentic window into student life. Our tours use multimodal engagement to provide a rich, immersive experience in a VR headset or web browser. Users can listen to stories, visually traverse the campus, and tap on locations of interest to reveal additional information. High-resolution 3D models of the campus are created using Matterport’s LiDAR camera and geospatial AI. This talk shares lessons for creating virtual tours that speak to a diverse, global audience.</p>

XR Enablement

#C38dfa
2:30 PM-2:55 PM
Promenade Room 104A
XR Enablement
Jun 20
Promenade Room 104A

Transforming AEC: Autodesk Workshop XR and Beyond

Miao Tian - Autodesk
<p>In this presentation, Tian will discuss the potential of XR as a transformative solution for the complex issues faced by the AEC industry. The presentation will consist three parts: 1. Understanding the customer base 2. XR Opportunities 3. Start small by tackling specific user pain points with scalable solutions. The recently announced Autodesk Workshop XR will be used as an example with references to other notable XR products in the market such as Microsoft Mesh and Meta Horizon. The AEC industry as a targeted customer base is characterized by its intricacy, and depending on the project size, can have a highly complex working pipeline. For product designers, the goal is to alleviate customer pain points. However, they often encounter limitations such as hardware restrictions, limited resources, and competitive pressure. This presentation explores strategies for designing XR products that seamlessly integrate into the AEC workflow, which enhances productivity. This presentation will provide valuable insights into the use of XR in the AEC industry, with Autodesk Workshop XR serving as the primary case study. Attendees should leave confident that the knowledge learned will be a helpful XR design reference to enhance the application of XR in the AEC industry.</p>

Gaming, Entertainment & Media

#f074ac
2:30 PM-2:55 PM
Room 101B
Gaming, Entertainment & Media
Jun 20
Room 101B

Fun in XR: A Blueprint for Success

Ariel Giacobbe - Creator
Joe Mares - Fun Empire, Inc.
<p>In a world where the pursuit of "fun" often seems elusive and subjective, understanding the universal elements that make something truly enjoyable becomes a powerful tool for creators. This session dives into the essence of fun. Identifying what makes something fun lets the creator see beyond old tropes and derivative content and allows them to unlock innovative, memorable, and even groundbreaking ideas. This talk will explore the intrinsic elements that universally contribute to the fun factor, enabling creators to navigate the creative landscape with a newfound confidence. Attendees will gain insights into how the principles of fun can be applied across various mediums, but also tackle creating fun content and products.</p>

AI & Virtual Beings

#FFFF00
2:30 PM-2:55 PM
Room 102A
AI & Virtual Beings
Jun 20
Room 102A

Building for the Future of Human Cognition

Stefanie Hutka - Sendfull
<p>As XR and AI become increasingly intertwined, we have the potential to augment human cognition in a way that was previously impossible. Dr. Stefanie Hutka, neuroscience-PhD-turned-UX-leader, will discuss the future of user experiences at the intersection of XR and AI, drawing from the latest research on cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and a decade of experience leading UX research for spatial computing product launches. Dr. Hutka will examine the cognitive implications of increasingly embodied interactions, systems that can anticipate and adapt based on your context and emotional state, and the delegation of increasingly advanced “thinking tasks” to AI-powered spatial computing devices. At the end of this talk, you’ll be equipped with a new product development framework to help unlock, rather than replace, human capabilities, tools to guide problem framing, ideation and product evaluation, and design principles to help us build more useful, usable spatial computing systems.</p>

Developer

#94b4a3
2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Room 101A
Developer
Jun 20
Room 101A

PANEL: State of 3D Asset Interoperability using USD & glTF

Neil Trevett - Metaverse Standards Forum
Ashley Crowder - VNTANA
Henrik Edstrom - Autodesk
Aaron Luk - NVIDIA
<p>The Metaverse Standards Forum 3D Asset Interoperability Domain Group along with the Alliance for Open USD (AOUSD) are enabling cooperation between the USD and glTF communities to build synergies and reduce overlaps, gaps, fragmentation, and industry confusion. Developers building tools and platforms with USD and integrating the popular glTF standard will share the state of these 3D initiatives and how they can benefit each other. Join us to explore expanding the scope of 3D asset definitions to include behaviors, sound, physics, and scene composition and discuss how different standards organizations, open source projects, and commercial companies are converging towards a shared material representation for the open metaverse.</p>
Creator, Developer

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
2:35 PM-2:50 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 20
Room 103C

Revealing Invisible Stories: Towards Large-Scale AR Tours of Cultural Heritage Sites

Cinthya Jauregui - Santa Clara University
Isabella Gomez - Student and Researcher
<p>Across the world, cultural heritage sites hold layers of stories that are often overlooked or unseen. How might these hidden narratives be revealed using Augmented Reality (AR)? At Santa Clara University, the monuments, buildings, and Mission Church highlight the Catholic heritage of our campus, but almost no recognition exists for the Ohlone Native Americans who continue to steward the land the university was built on since time immemorial. Together with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, our cross-disciplinary team launched the Thámien Ohlone AR tour, a webAR campus-wide tour that leverages Niantic’s 8th Wall and Lightship VPS to reveal these invisible histories and spur visitors to question which stories get recognized and how. This talk describes challenges and opportunities for creating large-scale AR experiences for social justice that are accessible to mass audiences. Drawing on our experience creating the Thámien Ohlone AR tour, we provide lessons for leveraging AR to transform the engagement with cultural heritage sites.</p>

Expo Stage

#ABD3F6
2:45 PM-3:10 PM
Exhibit Hall
Expo Stage
Jun 20
Exhibit Hall

Master Immersive Filmmaking: A Guide to Craft Better Spatial Video for Apple Vision Pro & Meta Quest 3

Hugh Hou - CreatorUp
Keeley Turner - Metaverse Stage, INC
<p>Step into the future of storytelling with our panel discussion, "Master Immersive Filmmaking: A Guide to Craft Better Spatial Video for Apple Vision Pro & Meta Quest 3". Join spatial influencer, YouTuber Hugh Hou and award-winning immersive filmmaker Keeley Turner, as they explore cutting-edge techniques and technologies reshaping the film and entertainment landscape. Dive deep into the art of creating immersive narratives, mastering three dimensional space, and the intricacies of cinematic storytelling using the latest spatial computing on both Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest. Hugh and Keeley will discuss their various successful projects with Meta and strategies that work on their most recent VR Films including Blackboxtv presented Tale of Terrors (Webby 2024 nominations) and Ocean of Light (PGA 2024 nominations). Learn from their insider perspective on where spatial filmmaking is going and how big brands like Apple and Meta define the distribution landscape and revenue structure for immersive films.</p> <p>Whether you're a seasoned filmmaker, XR developer or an aspiring storyteller, this discussion will unravel the secrets behind crafting stories that transcend traditional boundaries. Don't miss the opportunity to gain insights, tips, and inspiration from the forefront of cinematic innovation. It's time to redefine storytelling with Spatial Computing.</p>

Collaboration, Training & Education

#01cdf0
2:55 PM-3:30 PM
Room 103C
Collaboration, Training & Education
Jun 20
Room 103C

Leveling Up: Exploring the Power of Gamification in Education

Nina Faye Lin - XRIO
Dr. Sanika Doolani - Edstutia
<p>Coming Soon!</p>
Collaboration, Training & Education, Gaming, Entertainment & Media

Healthcare & Wellness

#b9c4f0
2:55 PM-3:30 PM
Room 102B
Healthcare & Wellness
Jun 20
Room 102B

XR Developers and Nurses: Working to Solve Education Pain Points

Suzan Kardong-Edgren - MGH Institute of Health Professions
Devin Marble - ImmersiveMedical
<p>Dive into the synergy between XR technology and nursing training. Discover how developers can craft innovative solutions to enhance nurses' patient care skills, streamline communication in simulations, and promote critical thinking in a safe, controlled environment. This talk is a call to action for XR developers to collaborate closely with nurses, addressing significant educational challenges through intuitive, secure, and efficient technology. Be part of the transformation in nursing education, fostering better outcomes for future healthcare professionals.</p>
Healthcare & Wellness

Main Stage

#ff7f69
3:05 PM-3:40 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 20
GRAND BALLROOM

Our Next Reality: a Debate of our AI-powered Immersive Future (History Talk)

Alvin Graylin - HTC
Brittan Heller - Atlantic Council
Louis Rosenberg - Unanimous AI
<p>Over the last 100 years, technology has changed our world. Over the next decade, the convergence of spatial computing and artificial intelligence will transform our reality. In this session, XR pioneers Alvin Graylin and Louis Rosenberg will discuss the issues raised in their new book, Our Next Reality, about the future of computing and the impact that artificial intelligence and immersive media will have on society. This session, like the book, will be structured as a dialog on whether the new world we're creating will be a technological utopia or an AI-powered dystopia and will give guidance on how to aim for the best future we can. At the end of the session we will also provide a handful of predictions about the future of computing generated by a group of XR experts who deliberated as real-time collective intelligence. It should be enlightening.</p>

Enterprise

#91bc3f
3:10 PM-3:30 PM
Promenade Room 104B
Enterprise
Jun 20
Promenade Room 104B

Unleashing Enterprise Potential with XR and Immersive Technologies

Elizabeth Baron - Immersionary Enterprises
<p>Elizabeth will delve into the rationale behind the use of Extended Reality (XR) as an optimal tool for handling extensive datasets, surpassing conventional methods of review. Her presentation will involve a comparative analysis of use cases employing various data visualization techniques, highlighting instances where XR consistently delivers substantial value when integrated into enterprise settings through a holistic digital twin.</p> <p>The discussion will encompass the significance of scientific datasets, addressing simultaneously aesthetic and engineering perspectives. Elizabeth will specifically emphasize the role of stereoscopic immersive high-fidelity environments in presenting data contextually, catering to a diverse demographic within the industry and even within a single company.</p> <p>Furthermore, Elizabeth will draw from her experience in developing and implementing immersive realities at Ford Motor Company to shed light on both the triumphs and challenges associated with the widespread adoption of immersive technologies. In this presentation Elizabeth will reveal insights into the transformative potential of XR and the strategic considerations for its large-scale adoption for many industries, from automotive to medical.</p>

Main Stage

#ff7f69
3:45 PM-4:15 PM
GRAND BALLROOM
Main Stage
Jun 20
GRAND BALLROOM

AWE USA 2024 Wrap-up and Best in Show Awards

Ori Inbar - AWE and Super Ventures
<p>Join us for the AWE USA 2024 Wrap-Up before heading back to all corners of the globe. You don't want to miss this special time as we celebrate spatial reality and bring the 15th annual AWE to a close with the Best in Show Awards.</p>

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