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With Vivek Agrawal (Business Lead, Bose AR), Nola Donato (Sr Principal Enggr, Samsung Research), Tom Emrich (Partner, Super Ventures), Vince Fung (Dir. Product Mktg, Ultrahaptics), Damon Hernandez (Product Mgr, Samsung Research).
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 06:00 PM   $15
Samsung Research America, 665 Clyde Ave
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The VR/AR Association (VRARA) Silicon Valley Chapter invites you to join us for discussions & demos of the latest in VR & AR hardware
About this Event
Join us to discuss & learn about the latest generation of buzz-worthy VR & AR hardware & accessories introduced so far in 2019 & the design process involved in bringing them to market:

Hear leaders in VR & AR hardware share during a panel discussion what they've launched in 2019, the innovations they've introduced, how customers are using these new devices, & the implications for XR developers
Discuss where VR & AR hardware are going in 2020 & beyond
Get hands-on demos with their current product offerings
Network with the best & brightest in VR & AR hardware
Speakers & Panelists:

Vivek Agrawal, Business Lead, Bose AR, Bose Corporation
Nola Donato, Senior Principal Engineer, Samsung Research America
Tom Emrich, Mentor/Advisor, Board Member:, Founding Partner: Super Ventures
Vince Fung, Director, Product Marketing, Ultrahaptics
Damon Hernandez, Product Manager, Samsung Research America, & W3C Immersive Web Working Group member
Speaker bios listed below.

Additional speakers/panelists to be added. Please check back for updates.


6:00PM - 6:30PM: Check-in, networking, view demos, light food & drinks served
6:30PM - 8:00PM: Welcome presentation, panel discussion
8:00PM - 9:00PM: Networking, meet the speakers, view demos
Speaker & panelist bios:

Vivek Agrawal, Business Lead, Bose AR, Bose Corporation

Vivek is currently the business lead for Bose AR, the world's first audio augmented reality platform, where he is responsible for advanced planning, strategy, & key partnerships for the business.

He previous led the audio team at Jawbone, where he led the product development from concept to launch of DROP, a social music app that allowed your friends to tweet song requests to your JAMBOX, that launched on-stage at Twitter Flight's Mobile Developer Conference in 2014. Before that he co-founded NoiseToys, a TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield company that created a social radio service that sold to Jawbone in 2013.

Outside of technology, Vivek is a passionate singer & composer. After graduating from Stanford, Vivek composed with Bollywood producer AR Rahman on a number of his movies in India, including the Oscar-winning score for Slumdog Millionaire.

Nola Donato, Senior Principal Engineer, Samsung Research America

Bio to follow.

Tom Emrich, Mentor/Advisor, Board Member:, Founding Partner: Super Ventures

Sometimes called the man from the future, Tom is recognized as one of the world's leading thought leaders in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) & wearable technology. He was recently listed as an AR pioneer to watch alongside leaders from Apple, Snap, Facebook, Magic Leap & Microsoft. In 2013, Tom founded We Are Wearables which he grew to the largest wearable tech community of its kind prior to its acquisition by, the non-profit behind the world's #1 spatial computing event series & community, AWE. At AWE, Tom played a critical role in building the AR & VR ecosystem producing conference & expos & meetups in the USA, EU, Asia & MEA for nearly six years, growing the AWE community to over 250,000. He continues to support the AWE community as a board member of

Tom is also an investor. He was one of the founding partners at Super Ventures, the first fund dedicated to augmented reality, which he continues to support as a mentor & advisor. He is also a mentor at RLab in NYC, Techstars & Launch Academy & works closely with many startups as an advisor.

Tom leverages his unique mix of experience & relationships gained as a venture capitalist, product manager, journalist, consultant & community builder to help organizations prepare for the next wave of computing. His passion for futurism is rooted in his belief that these next waves of computing (spatial computing, affective computing, cognitive computing & beyond) play a critical part of our human evolution.

Vince Fung, Director, Product Marketing, Ultrahaptics

Vince joined Ultrahaptics as the Director of Product Marketing in 2017, bringing more than 20 years' experience in marketing, strategic partnership & the technology industry. He oversees all marketing for North America & is also responsible for the location-based entertainment sector. Previously, Vince worked at Intel, AMD, Analog Devices & multiple venture-funded startups in Silicon Valley, where he marketed innovative technologies & solutions for digital content creation & consumption & mobile communication. He holds an MBA in marketing & general management from Columbia Business School & an MS & a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Damon Hernandez, Product Manager, Samsung Research America, & W3C Immersive Web Working Group member

Damon works in many areas of the Web3D Industry & has been active in virtual environments & the 3D web for almost 20 years. He is actively involved with the 3D web's convergence with other technologies including IoT,GIS, CAD/BIM/CAM, AR/VR, mobile & advises a variety of entities that use these technologies. He is currently at Samsung Research America making the web browsing experience awesome & enhanced with immersive web technologies. He is also a co-founder of IDEAbuilder, a high tech building company that uses immersive technologies & robotic manufacturing to build more efficiently. He has built numerous mixed reality applications & has lead dozens of research projects in multiple domains.

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

Call for speakers: if you are working on VR & AR hardware & would like to participate in this event
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About our venue partner: Samsung Research American (SRA)

Founded in October 1988, Samsung Research America (SRA) builds upon Samsung's 40-year history in the Bay Area. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices across the United States & Canada, SRA is engaged in researching emerging technology to create new businesses & developing core technology to enhance the competitiveness of Samsung products. We also play a key role in providing the infrastructure to support Samsung's open innovation & university collaboration activities.

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 50 chapters globally, & 20 industry committees. VRARA programs & initiatives are designed to accelerate anyone's growth, knowledge, & connections.

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