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May 31

09:00 AM - 09:45 AM

Description

Ori Inbar, CEO and cofounder of AWE, will welcome attendees to the 14th annual AWE USA 2023 event with the theme: XR is Everywhere!

He will kick off with his annual update about the state of the XR industry and where it's headed, and will follow up with "Metaverse Unplugged" - a super-fan conversation with Neal Stephenson - the legendary author who coined the term Metaverse.

Speakers

Co-Founder , AWE and Super Ventures
Co-Founder , Lamina1
May 31

09:50 AM - 10:15 AM

Description

Qualcomm Technologies Inc., is excited to be at the forefront of accelerating the XR industry. Our efforts to build an open XR ecosystem have helped drive innovation that make the XR industry successful for all. At AWE 2023, Hugo Swart, VP & GM of XR at Qualcomm will reveal the latest developments with our Snapdragon XR platforms and Snapdragon Spaces developer SDK and how they are shaping the next generation of AR, VR, and MR experiences.

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VP/Head of Digital Products North America , Red Bull Media House
VP & GM, XR , Qualcomm
Chief Product Officer , Kittch
Director of XR Technology , OPPO
May 31

10:20 AM - 10:45 AM

Description

The journey with XREAL Light, XREAL Air and Beyond

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CEO , XREAL
May 31

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM

Description

A fireside chat with Rony Abovitz, CEO of Sun and Thunder (founder of Magic Leap and MAKO Surgical), and his podcast co-host, Forbes tech columnist Charlie Fink. Rony will discuss why he thinks we're in a difficult but necessary middle "Gemini" phase (Mercury-Gemini-Apollo) before a deeper convergence of multiple technologies enables a full flowering of the XR seeds we have been planting for the past ten years, and the five decades before that.

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Consultant, Columnist, Author, Adjunct , Forbes
Founder & CEO , Sun and Thunder
May 31

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

Description

Get ready for a look into the world of spatial computing with AWS! Join us as we dive into how AWS is transforming the way 3D models are brought to life in the cloud. We'll be showcasing the latest spatial computing services on AWS that enable you to build, deliver, and manage your 3D workloads with ease and efficiency.

But that's not all - via an on stage demonstration you'll get to see how we paired a Magic Leap 2 with a Boston Dynamics Spot Robot to showcase how AWS's cutting-edge technology can help users visualize live robot telemetry and control the robot in even the most challenging and remote environments.

This session and the session following it is a must-attend for professionals who are interested in exploring the full potential of spatial computing on AWS. Join us for a captivating and informative presentation that is sure to inspire and inform!

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Senior Manager, Spatial Computing , AWS
Sr. Strategic Architect , AWS
May 31

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

Description

Soon, we will be able to use 5G and visual positioning system (VPS) technology to create immersive applications in a city-scale environment. Such dynamic XR applications on city scale will rely on extreme wireless performance and network awareness. Jasmeet and Matias will emphasize and explain how Ericsson is collaborating with the XR startup ecosystem and players like Immersal via its Startup5G program to help creators and brands understand wireless network capabilities and to scale up these applications and create a vibrant XR ecosystem that can drive economic growth and enhance the user experience for everyone. They will also describe the interesting business potential of technology like 5G and VPS for location-based services, such as navigation and advertising in real world metaverse.

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Head of Ericsson ConsumerLab , Ericsson
CEO , Immersal
May 31

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

Description

In this presentation, Barry Kaplan will discuss why AR/VR has not yet exploded in the market, and introduce a game-changing wearable technology. The MudraBand from Wearable Devices, is the world's first SNC (surface nerve conductance) wristband that reads neural signals generated by simple hand gestures and translates them into Bluetooth actions.

Barry will explore how MudraBand allows for more natural and intuitive interactions in AR/VR, and discuss how SNC technology reads the bio potentials of the user, registers tiny changes in electrical output, and extrapolates the intended gesture using deep learning models. Finally, Barry will showcase how MudraBand is revolutionizing the way we interact with digital content, bringing a new level of realism to immersive experiences.

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EVP USA , Wearable Devices
May 31

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

Description

Are you looking to pilot an XR training program? Are you ready to scale from pilot to widespread adoption? This presentation will share tools, strategies, and real-world examples to help you build an effective XR training program at your organization.

We’ll share practical, real-world stories from the biggest companies in the world and how they went from getting early buy-in to running a successful pilot to scaling up to hundreds of locations.

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Sales Director , ArborXR

Description

We take a deeper look at how large brands are leveraging immersive technology, metaverse communities, and budding AI to establish meaningful connections with their customers and also their teams.

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Director , Journey
Sr. Dir. Design & Innovation HUB , PepsiCo
Learning & Development, Digital Learning , Chick-fil-A
Sr. Director, Innovation Labs Ecosystem , Lowe's Companies
May 31

11:00 AM - 11:55 AM

Description

AR, VR, and mixed reality (MR) are already having a positive impact on the next generation of healthcare, including mental health. While some applications focus on education or training, others are helping patients directly, bringing comfort to the healing process. Every day, creators and companies are building real-time 3D projects that push the boundaries of the real world into the virtual and develop applications with the potential to change lives for the better.

Unity’s Vice President of Social Impact, Jessica Lindl will interview three creators about how their work is making a positive impact on individuals and patients dealing with challenging issues. Specifically, hear from:

Lindsay Watson Co-founder of Augment Therapy, an AR experience that turns children’s physical therapy into a game. Augment Therapy makes physical therapy software that is both fun for kids and effective for clinicians. The AR experience is designed to help children in hospitals, often those with cancer and intense pain, get out of bed to conduct physical therapy and ultimately become well enough to go home. https://augmenttherapy.com/

Dr. Joanneke Weerdmeester, a behavioral scientist working with Explore Deep, the company behind DEEP - a meditative VR experience controlled by breathing. DEEP has been created as an intervention tool for people with anxiety and research is now being expanded to explore how DEEP can support people with trauma, PTSD, functional disorders, long COVID, and youth in forensic care.

Carrie Shaw, MS, is a medical illustrator, public health educator, and CEO & Founder of Embodied Labs, an immersive caregiver training platform for students, healthcare workforce and informal caregivers who are caring for the aging population. Carrie's mission is to accelerate global behavior change for healthier aging at scale by positively impacting the health of self and others through immersive learning experiences. https://www.embodiedlabs.com/

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VP of Social Impact , Unity
Behavioral Scientist , Explore Deep
CEO & Founder , Embodied Labs
Co-Founder / CEO , Augment Therapy
May 31

11:00 AM - 11:55 AM

Description

Panelists will describe how and why they designed their programs, who they benefit and the work they do, as well as how they see these programs developing in the future.

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Founder , Better World Museum
President & Co-Founder , MediaCombo
Director of User Experience , L3A UX Studio
Co-Founder , Arkive
May 31

11:00 AM - 01:30 PM

Description

Outlets located throughout the Convention Center & Hyatt. Food available for purchase.

May 31

11:20 AM - 11:45 AM

Description

In a fast-evolving world of technology, staying ahead of the curve and pushing creative and technological boundaries with AR is not just beneficial, but essential. Join Resh Sidhu and Ben Feuerstein, the founders of Snapchat's AR Creative Studio, as they unveil their key principles for building industry-leading AR experiences with the Snap AR platform.

During this talk, they'll share principles for AR development on Lens Studio backed by real-world examples of experiences that have captivated festival-goers with Live Nation, transformed fashion with Vogue, and brought wonder to Coca-Cola. Whether you're a brand, a developer, or simply curious about the latest advancements in Snap AR’s technology, this is a unique opportunity to learn from experts and gain practical insights and innovative ideas.

Get ready to be inspired, educated, and amazed by the incredible possibilities of Snap AR, and how it can help you meet the ever-changing demands of today’s consumers.

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Head of Business, Ops & Innovation, Arcadia Creative Studio , Snap, Inc.
Global Director, Arcadia Creative Studio , Snap, Inc.
May 31

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

Description

Join the RP1 team to find out how to build your immersive applications faster and deploy instantly to a global audience. Discover how RP1’s new integrated service and protocol architecture delivers a massively multi-user metaverse. Learn how real-time scale and streamable content pipeline enables you to start developing easily.

The RP1 team will show how developers use early-access SDK to create their own tools, services and immersive experiences that already support 100,000 simultaneous VR users in a single, shared world. And how you, too, can get multiplayer and spatial audio out of the box without the restrictions of current siloed platforms.

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System Architect , Rp1
CEO & Co-founder , Rp1
May 31

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

Description

Digital Twins connect physical systems with virtual representations and models to allow for visual representations, integration of sensor data, and predictive capabilities for how assets or processes will behave in the future. Globally, organizations are grappling with the acceleration of remote operations and an increasingly prevalent skills gap. Forward-looking companies are addressing this problem by equipping their in-person, hybrid, and off-site teams with mixed reality (MR) solutions that enhance productivity capabilities especially when integrated with Digital Twins. In this session, learn how Sphere and AWS are working together to develop a digital workspace which enables professionals to communicate across languages, distances, dimensions, and time (with predictive capabilities). By partnering on initiatives which include TwinMaker and Lookout for Vision, as well as cloud rendering powered by AWS and its partners, Sphere’s cutting-edge solution is pioneering the future of collaboration, as well as expert assistance and workflow guidance using MR.

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Global Business Dev. & GTM Leader , AWS

Description

Join us to explore the exciting possibilities of the convergence of VR and eye-tracking technologies and discover how they can be harnessed to understand human conditions and develop groundbreaking solutions. Driving or working while impaired by drugs puts lives at risk. With the legalization of cannabis in many states, the need for reliable impairment detection technology has never been more critical. In this presentation, you will learn how Gaize is pushing the boundaries of innovation by using cutting-edge VR and Tobii eye-tracking technologies to develop a non-invasive, automated, and rapid impairment detection device that is significantly more accurate than even the best-trained humans.

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Founder & CEO , Gaize
Senior Director of Sales and Business Development , Tobii
May 31

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

Description

Does the idea of making tabletop holograms excite you? Well, it should! The Tilt Five Augmented Reality System offers a new way to develop and play. Jeri breaks down her latest AR projects and how she approaches developing new games and experiences. With a low-friction path to making AR content–even if it’s your first time–the system provides you everything you need to engage, entertain, and educate your users. Find out how you can create the ultimate experience for family game night or even develop a plugin to increase your team’s productivity–the possibilities are endless!

Speakers

CEO , Tilt Five
May 31

12:00 PM - 12:25 PM

Description

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.

This session will discuss the value of VR and haptic technology environments and experiences that allow for skills development and transfer, allowing users to physically interact with a virtual patient.

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.

The session will cover the growing body of scientific evidence which demonstrates the value of VR vs. Traditional Training across various specialties. Moreover, how the value of Haptic feedback has been proven in multiple studies across various disciplines.

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CEO, Co-Founder , FundamentalVR
May 31

12:00 PM - 12:25 PM

Description

Zheng Qin has since 2018 developed the cutting edge, wide FoV AR optics system called Mixed Waveguide, with the most advanced Crossfire solution that gives you a 120-degree FoV and is interchangeable between AR and VR. It’s even slimmer than most VR optics (including the Pancake solutions), so it could be the ultimate optical solution for AR & VR hybrid glasses. Zheng will walk you through the reasons why Crossfire is much better than its competitor Pancake +VST (video see-through) solution. Additionally, Zheng will introduce the whole family of Mixed Waveguide solutions, which has been adopted by many key clients around the world.

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Founder , Ant Reality