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With Chris Baker (Head of Product, Meta), Brian Hamilton (VP Sales & Mktg, DigiLens), Bernard Kress (Dir. Optical Engg AR Hardware, Google), Cynthia Maller (Head of 3D Creative Tech, Walmart), Richard Bailey (VP, Engg, Quintar).
Wed, Jan 25, 2023 @ 06:00 PM   $10   DigiLens, 1276 Hammerwood Ave
 
     
 
 
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Many Silicon Valley companies are at the center of metaverse hardware innovation. Join us for a networking mixer, panel discussion, & demonstrations of what industry experts & designers are focusing on to further enable spatial computing. If you are interested in subjects such as optics, sensors, haptics, sound, software, content creation (consumer/enterprise), systems integration & deployment, investing, & more, you won't want to miss this exciting event.

Panelists:

Richard Bailey, Vice President, Engineering, Quintar
Chris Baker, Head of Product, EMG Hardware, Meta
Brian Hamilton, VP, Sales & Marketing, DigiLens
Bernard Kress, Director, Optical Engineering - AR hardware, Google
Cynthia Maller, Head of 3D Creative Technology, Walmart
Marv Su (moderator), Chapter Co-Vice President, Marketing & Events, VR/AR Association - Silicon Valley Chapter
Agenda:

6:00PM - 7:15PM: Networking, light food/beverages
7:15PM - 8:00PM: Panel discussion
8:00PM - 8:30PM: Demos/networking
Panelist bios:

Richard Bailey, Vice President, Engineering, Quintar

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Richard Bailey is an experienced VP of Engineering at Quintar, a company that specializes in creating AR technologies for sports & entertainment events. Prior to this role, he led the Niantic Lightship AR team, which won the best-in-show award at the Augmented World Expo. Throughout his career, Bailey has also held leadership positions in spatial computing at various companies, including Magic Leap, Daqri, Margrave, Microsoft Kinect, & Forza Motorsports.

Bailey is an expert in spatial interactions, spatial audio, developer platforms, & the process of bringing new ideas from concept to production. He has been awarded over 20 patents in the spatial & mobile domains & regularly mentors & advises industry leaders & startups.

Chris Baker, Head of Product, EMG Hardware, Meta

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Bio to follow.

Brian Hamilton, VP, Sales & Marketing, DigiLens

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Brian Hamilton is Vice-President, Sales & Marketing at DigiLens.

As a former co-founder & C-suite executive of RealWear along with his previous senior sales role at Daqri, Hamilton is a recognized pioneer & leader in the deployment of Augmented & Virtual Reality (AR & VR) & voice-enabled wearable computing across manufacturing, healthcare, education, automotive, oil & gas, logistics, IT, telecoms & entertainment verticals.

At RealWear, Hamilton established a global sales force, ISV partner & channel reseller network, & successfully drove product adoption in over 57 countries - growing RealWear from concept stage to a world leader in industrial wearables. More recently, Hamilton was President & Co-founder of Hippo Technologies, Inc, a leading provider of Virtual Care solutions to the healthcare & medical education sectors.

Bernard Kress, Director, Optical Engineering - AR hardware, Google

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Bernard has been involved in the field of optics & specifically micro-optics for the past 2 decades, as an associate professor, instructor, author, entrepreneur, engineer, team manager & engineering director.

He has been instrumental in developing new optical technologies that have been included in various industrial, defense & consumer products, in fields such as laser materials processing, optical anti-counterfeiting, biotech sensors, optical telecom devices, optical data storage, optical computing, motion sensors, displays, depth map sensors, & more recently head-up & head mounted displays (smart glasses, AR, VR & MR). He is specifically involved in the field of micro-optics, wafer scale optics, holography & nanophotonics. Bernard has published numerous books & book chapters on micro-optics & has more than 50 patents granted worldwide.

During the past decade, Bernard has been the principal optical architect on the Google Glass project & the partner optical architect on the Hololens team at Microsoft for the past decade. He is now the Director for XR engineering at Google Labs in Mountain View.

Cynthia Maller, Head of 3D Creative Technology, Walmart

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Cynthia Maller is Head of 3D Creative Technology at Walmart, & three of its digitally-native brands: Hayneedle, Art.com & Allswell. Her focus is building customer (internal & external) trust by strengthening & scaling the three pillars of 3D in retail: inspiring aesthetics, visual integrity & operational excellence.

Marv Su (moderator), Chapter Co-Vice President, Marketing & Events, VR/AR Association - Silicon Valley Chapter

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Marv Su has over 20 years' experience in marketing & business development in spatial (VR), mobile, & personal computing, consumer electronics hardware, software, & semiconductors, subscription services, & e-commerce. He was CEO & Co-Founder at Athanos, a company developing a platform that enables immersive 3D experiences without a head-mounted display (HMD). Prior to Athanos, Marv was Senior Director of Marketing at Analogix Semiconductor, a leading provider of display controllers for virtual reality (VR) & augmented reality (AR) headsets, where he led Analogix's corporate marketing team & mobile accessories business unit & was the marketing lead for an industry initiative to standardize the VR hardware interface for mobile devices & PCs. Prior to Analogix, Marv held senior marketing & business development management positions at Vindicia, eMusic.com, Intuit, Infoseek, & Apple.

About our event & venue sponsor: DigiLens

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DigiLens is a leader in holographic waveguides used for XR displays. The company has developed a patented optical platform & photopolymer technology that delivers best-in-class solutions using a unique, low-cost contact-copy manufacturing process. DigiLens enables OEM partners to design & build XR-enabled devices for the global automobile, enterprise, consumer, avionics, & military industries. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, DigiLens investors include industry leaders like Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Diamond Edge Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, Alsop Louie Partners, Optimas Capital Management, 37 Interactive Entertainment, UDC Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Universal Display Corporation, Niantic, Sony Innovation Fund, Dolby Family Ventures, Continental AG, & more.

Get involved! Help shape the VR/AR industry & share your point of view:

Call for speakers: if you are working on VR, AR, MR, XR, Metaverse, Spatial Computing hardware, software, and/or solutions & would like to participate in future events
Sponsors: if you would like to sponsor future events
Volunteers: join the VRARA Silicon Valley Chapter team to plan & run events
Email us at: sv@thevrara.com

About the VR/AR Association:

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Founded in 2015, the VR/AR Association (VRARA) is an international organization designed to foster collaboration between innovative companies & people in the VR & AR ecosystem that accelerates growth, research & education, & develops best practices & guidelines. VRARA has over 4200 companies & 25,000 professionals registered, over 70 chapters globally, & 20 industry committees. VRARA programs & initiatives are designed to accelerate anyone's growth, knowledge, & connections.

Join the Silicon Valley Chapter of the VRARA.
 
 
 
 
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