Dextra’s Global VR Summit

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The World’s 1st Global VR Summit took place during  27th – 30th October 2018 thanks to Dextra.  It was an online & virtual reality conference with the purpose of hearing from VR pioneers and professionals.  The ability to access via desktop, tablet, mobile or VR headset so there was no need to travel.  The virtual reality platform used was AltSpaceVR (I first introduced you to AltSpaceVR at the beginning of this year in my 1st ever blog post re WXR’s Pitching event in VR).  As a result of using this social VR platform, you could network, chat and mingle with both presenters and attendees.  You had the immersive experience of being at a traditional conference but with additional benefits such as your convenience and for a mere fraction of the costs normally associated with attending prestige events.

The speakers were the perfect balance between industry, software, hardware and specialists.  We heard amazing insights from thought leaders and futurists.  Listened to pioneers stories of hard work and determination to play their part in growing the XR (includes Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Realities) landscape.  Professionals from industry and cross industries making the atmosphere all the more heightened for collaborative innovative brilliance.  I cannot stress the sparks that are flowing in this space thanks to the energetic, thoughtful and determined community.  Any event that brings these pockets of amazing individuals together like this is sure to explode into something spectacular!  Especially when you focus on having an inclusive environment that allows folks to attend regardless of geographical location or financial circumstances.

The list of speakers are as follows:
Vinay Narayan / VP, Product and Strategy / HTC Vive
Jonathan Nafarrete /
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief / VRScout
Colleen Flanigan / VR Artist in Residence / Google
Ted Schilowitz / Futurist / Paramount Pictures
Dominic Eskofier / Head of VR, EMEAI / NVIDIA
Collin Bradford Bishop / Senior Product Manager / Crytek
John Bucher / Writer/Producer, Cultural Mythologist / Sideshow Media Group
Jim Malcolm / General Manager / HumanEyes
Marisa Erven / Art Director / Hyperspace XR
Gregg Katano / Partner & VP of US Operations / Hologate
Mike McCready / Instructor / Lethbridge College
Jeremy Casper / Co-Director / Los Angeles Film Studies Center
Dr. Sana Farid / Co-Founder / Munfarid
Devora Mason / Program Director / The Hive Accelerator
Daniel Sproll / CXO & Co-founder / realities.io
Saswat Panda / Co-Founder & CTO / LiveLike
Jérémie Lasnier / Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer / LiveLike
Ryan Atkins / Producer / Shake-N-Bake Productions
Paul Chambers / Artist Evangelist / Sketchfab
Alice Bonasio / Editor-in-Chief / Tech Trends
Ulla Engeström / Founder & CEO / ThingLink
Valeriy Kondruk / CEO / Ascape VR
Suzanne Lee / Founder / Pivotal Reality
David Jagneaux / Games Editor / UploadVR
James McCrae / Founder & CEO / JanusVR
Dr. Gijs JD van Acker / Co-Founder / MDLinking.com
Clément Merville / President / Manzalab
Luis Paolino / Art Director / Gree VR Studio
Matouš Tlapák / Chief Operating Officer / Lifeliqe
Dr. Marsha Maxwell / Educator & Researcher / Atlanta International School
Steve Bowler / President / Cloudgate Studio
Sami Ramly / Entrepreneur-In-Residence / Outpost Capital
Sandy Hammer / Co-Founder / AllSeated
Cathy Hackl / Futurist / You Are Here
John Kuruvilla / Co-Founder & CRO / Kalpnik
Scott Bennett / VR Artist / Scobot

The Global VR Summit Highlights:
6 live panel discussions
Q&A sessions
5 hours of interactive on demand content
40 VR speakers
24 VR companies
15 countries (I’m delighted to have represented Scotland!)

Still not too sure what a VR conference looks like?  Then check out Dextra’s post event highlights video below:

This may be the 1st Global VR Summit but I am pretty confident that Dextra will continue to bring this to us annually so hopefully see you there next year!!

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Author: Suzanne Showcasing VR

Obsessed with Virtual Reality, excited how it will shape our future and dedicated to helping to bring it to the mainstream community. Follow me to read my weekly VR news round up, to hear about some extremely interesting start-ups, the latest from the industry's thought leaders along with a bit of 'banter' (Scottish slang for having a laugh) What you waiting for? Let's dive into this immersive pool of awesomeness!!!

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