Augmented World Event - Superpowers to the People
This past week was the Augmented World Event. Themed 'Superpowers to the People', this year's event showcased the hardware and software augmenting our lives. The event featured over 200 companies leading the charge in augmented and virtual reality, wearable tech and the Internet of Things. Over 3,000 tech professionals engaged in over 20+ workshops, 200+ interactive demos, a VR experience powered by UploadVR and 100+ AWE-inspiring talks from industry leaders and pioneers. AWE is focused on turning ordinary experiences into the extraordinary and empowering people to be better at anything they do in work and life.
Hands down this is still the best event for the commercial side of immersive technologies that brings together industry leaders from all over the world. There were plenty of folks from Europe, Israel, Asia, and all over the U.S.A. Monday was a day full of workshops with Tuesday and Wednesday being the speaker sessions and expo days for the event.
As usual I was moderating the Enterprise track all of Tuesday, but I got to see some great presentations and plenty of goodies on the expo floor. The expo featured several AR platform providers and about a dozen different AR and VR headset manufacturers. There was standing room only in several of the speaker sessions and great panel presentations including my favorite one on the closing day, 'VR vs. AR' where Amir Rubin of Sixense became my hero for how he held it down.