AR and VR technologies promise to change everything. Increasingly used across a wide range of industries from retail, healthcare, the arts, and education, these technologies will challenge how we perceive the world, interact with each other, create, teach, and play.
As part of this year’s HUBweek festival, the Harvard Innovation Labs is pleased to present an afternoon of exploration and education about the AR/VR ecosystem and how organizations are tapping into these frontier technologies to change the way the world works. This dynamic program will open with a unique appearance by Rony Abovitz of Magic Leap, Inc., followed by industry-focused breakout sessions, as well as talks on the key issues facing leading companies and innovators in the AR/VR/MR (mixed reality) space. There will also be a demo showcase featuring AR/VR startups and industry leaders, including HTC Vive, Boston Red Sox, and NVIDIA, to name a few.
Rony Abovitz – Rony Abovitz is the Founder, President, and CEO of Magic Leap, Inc. Prior to starting Magic Leap, Mr. Abovitz was the co-founder and head of development and technology for MAKO Surgical, the world leader in human-interactive robotics for orthopedic surgery. Rony was named a 2005 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for his work on computer-assisted technologies for minimally invasive surgery. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami.
Jon Hirschtick – Jon is Cofounder and CEO of Onshape, a company in Cambridge, Massachusetts that offers the world’s first full-cloud professional 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) system.
Ricardo Alvarez – Ricardo is a researcher at MIT who interested in the integration of real and synthetic spaces through the use of VR/AR technologies to design new types of human experiences.
Chris Bavitz – Christopher T. Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center.
Danny Belch – Danny leads strategy efforts at STRIVR Labs, the leading VR company for sports and entertainment.
Eugene Chung – Eugene Chung is a film director and the founder of Penrose, a startup focused on augmented and virtual reality.
Christina Couch – Christina Couch is a freelance science writer specializing in technology and psychology.
Chris Dede – Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University.
Steven Domenikos – Steven is founder and CEO at Tactai.
Mike Festa– Mike Festa is the Director of Wayfair Next, where he leads the development of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 3D Scanning.
Rus Gant – Rus Gant is a well-regarded international 3D artist, computer engineer and educator. Currently Director of the Visualization Research and Teaching Laboratory at Harvard University.
Victor Gerdes – Victor Gerdes is a VP of product management on Vuforia™ Studio Enterprise, a powerful new solution from PTC for building and publishing AR experiences in the enterprise.
Ondrej Homola – Co-founder of Lifeliqe, HTC Vive’s strategic partner for education.
Jeffrey Jacobson – Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D. has developed educational Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality for more than 20 years, his new company, ConstructionVR, offers consulting, training, and project management in virtual and augmented reality to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector.
Jayender Jagadeesan – Dr. Jayender Jagadeesan is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Research Associate at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Member of the Broad Institute.
Amitt Mahajan – Amitt Mahajan is a founder and managing partner of Presence Capital, a virtual reality and augmented reality-focused venture fund based in San Francisco.
Ryan McKindles – Ryan J. McKindles is a member of the Bioengineering Systems & Technology group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Jeffrey Palmer – Dr. Palmer leads the MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Bioengineering Group.
Michael Schroeder – Michael J. Schroeder is the Director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Services for architectural firm SGA (Boston/New York).
John Werner – John Werner is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Meta.
Luna Yuan – Luna is an MBA student at Harvard Business School, founder of an early-stage VR startup TotemDreams, and a consultant for several leading VR/AR companies on cross-border business development between the US and China.