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Full of AWE at Augmented World Expo 2017

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Augmented World Event 2017


There are not many event series I can say I have attended since day one but the Augmented World Expo, formerly the Augmented Reality Event, is one I can put in that category. This was the 8th annual event and no doubt it sure has come a long way since that first event I visited in 2010.


AWE is the largest event focused on the commercial side of AR, VR, and includes wearables. “AR and VR are bringing superpowers to the people and this year we are on a mission to highlight how to use these Superpowers to Change the World. This year’s conference and expo will showcase speakers, startups and organizations who are using AR & VR to drive economic growth, encourage empathy and collaboration, democratize healthcare and education, and promote sustainability in the world.”
-event website This year was the best year for AWE in my opinion and their biggest ever. The event brought in 4,700 attendees, 351 speakers, and 212 exhibitors from all over the world.

I got to…

Whale Con - The VR Pioneers: Catching Fire with WebVR

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Christian Perry has been a community organizer and collector of knowledge on the West Coast for some time. His SF Beta events are one of many that have helped educate the masses to high tech and take entrepreneurs from idea to funded startups. Christian's latest endeavor is the podcast Whale Con: The VR Pioneers. I had the opportunity to chat with Christian a couple weeks back about all things WebVR and then some.
Enjoy and share any feedback below!

ConTechTrio 65: Damon Hernandez from AEC Hackathon & Samsung on Hacking Workflows in Construction

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On Friday April 28th I had the opportunity to join construction tech stardom with an interview by ConTechTrio. ConTechTrio is a podcast by construction technology gurus Rob Mckinney, James Benham, and Josh Bone. Every Friday the ConTechTrio review the current technology news and conduct an interview with a industry expert. They have interviewed some incredible people and it was an honor to be included in their lineup.

(Here the guys interview Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe)
Enjoy the podcast!

Listen to "ConTechTrio 65: Damon Hernandez from AEC Hackathon & Samsung on Hacking Workflows in Construction" on Spreaker.

Thanks again James, Rob, and Josh for the fun time and great opportunity.

Spring into event season: Part 1 - March

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Spring is a time of new beginnings. Many plants begin to grow, flowers blossom, and the world comes out of winter hibernation. Yet it goes beyond a season and includes ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. In the tech scene, it is also the blossom of a busy conference season. Let's take a look at some of the 'flowers' that attracted this tech bee the past few months. We start with March.

Game Developer Conference - San Francisco, USA
The Game Developers Conference or GDC is THE event for those in the gaming industry and related technologies. As an attendee, I saw plenty of virtual reality on the expo floor. Over the past few years it has been amazing to see how companies like Unity, Google, and Facebook have increased the size of their presence at GDC.



VR Gaming Summit - San Francisco, USA




Following GDC was the VR Gaming Summit. The VR Gaming Summit is a conference focused on VR gaming and entertainment trends. I was an invited speaker and had …

MIT Reality, Virtually, Hackathon

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Since starting the first VR & AR hackathon in San Francisco back in 2014, I have assisted various teams and communities organizing immersive tech (VR,AR, etc.) focused hackathons. Our VR Hackathon (www.vrhackathon.com) community went international this year and 2017 will see more events planned in Europe, Asia, and Africa. While keeping things under one umbrella is a great way to keep the global immersive tech community connected, I have happily assisted others planning these types of hackathons to help grow the community and the industry. One team I was honored to  assist is the team behind MIT's Reality, Virtually, Hackathon. 


This hackathon is by far the largest one dedicated to these technologies and brought people from several different countries to the MIT campus. From their website, "The Reality, Virtually, Hackathon brings together interdisciplinary minds to explore the application of virtual reality and augmented reality technologies for building new experiences…

Metaverse1 Salute - Capitola

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Over my career I have had the chance to meet all kinds of people doing amazing work with cutting edge technology. On my list of kick-ass innovators are a couple of guys I have known for several years now at Capitola, a Dutch digital creative agency based in Amsterdam. David, Simon, and team have been designing and building cool digital experiences using tech like virtual reality and augmented reality for years. Some of their projects include:

Pokemon Go HoloLens version 

See a full interview with David about the HoloLens Pokemon Go project here.

Virtual Reality DuckHunt


Ford VR Experience


And this one at their previous firm:



Pretty cool projects huh? More of their work can be seen at their website and I highly recommend giving it a visit. For those that are looking for a digital creative agency that really knows how to make immersive technologies shine, give Simon and David a call. A great group of guys doing cutting edge work that definitely deserves a Metaverse1 salute.

My Experience at the world's first Holographic Hackathon

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So this past weekend I went to Seattle to participate in the first ever Holographic Hackathon. This event sponsored mainly by Microsoft gave a select number of lucky individuals the opportunity to work with the Microsoft HoloLens device. As an organizer of hackathons for the past few years I was beyond excited to be a participant for a change. True this weekend was not the first chance for me to be around the device, we had several at our AEC Hackathon last month in SoCal, but it was the first time I had an uninterrupted weekend dedicated to developing for it.

For those that are not familiar with this augmented reality headset, see the video below from Microsoft's Build 2016 keynote.


Hackathon Day #1


The Holographic Hackathon was held at Fremont Studios just north of downtown Seattle. The venue was a super cool open space with blue lights and black curtains along the walls.


The crowd was an interesting mix of software & Unity developers, audio engineers, artists, and non-tech…