SEA-VR presenters are leaders in the VR/ AR and gaming industries as well as entrepeneurs,  academics and  venture capitalists.

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David Brin

Award Winning Author

SESSION: A (virtual) world where everyone knows your name: Can we stay human and free, when a ‘village’ spans the globe?”

David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author. His new novel about our survival in the near future is Existence. A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman. His 16 novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and Hugo Award winners, have been translated into more than twenty languages. Earth foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare…
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Dushyant Arora

Senior Field Service Engineer
KUKA Robotics Corp.

SESSION: Serious Enterprise: VR Gets Down to Business

Dushyant Arora is a research based Senior Field Service Engineer with KUKA Robotics Corp. one of the most advanced robotics…

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Michael Aratow, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer
San Mateo Medical Center

SESSION: Using VR to Revolutionize How Medical Professionals Train, Diagnose and Treat

Michael Aratow is Chief Medical Information Officer of San Mateo Medical Center, an integrated delivery network which is part of…

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Boaz Ashkenazy

Founding Partner, CMO
Studio 216

SESSION: Virtual Reality’s Impact on Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Boaz Ashkenazy is the CMO and co-founder of Studio216, a digital production agency determined to break through the boundaries of…

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Bob Berry

CEO
Envelop VR

SESSION: Welcome to SEA-VR 2015

A serial entrepreneur with a proven track record and skill set that spans game and real-time 3D engine design, software…

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Chris Byrne, PhD

Faculty
Cascadia Community College

SESSION: Unlocking Intelligence: Education with Virtual Worlds

Dr. Chris Byrne received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, a Master of Science in Engineering and a Ph.D.…

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Lisa Castaneda

CEO
Foundry 10

SESSION: Unlocking Intelligence: Education with Virtual Worlds

Lisa Castaneda is a co-founder and the CEO of foundry10, a not-for-profit research organization that studies learning.  She has a…

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Xin Chung

Founder & Publisher
VRUX.co

SESSION: Unicorns and the Future of VR

Xin works with brilliant engineers to create disruptive products that are innovative, scalable, and ultimately make a dent in the…

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Paul Davies

Associate Technical Fellow
Boeing

SESSION: Serious Enterprise: VR Gets Down to Business

Paul Davies is an Electrical Engineer, and an Associate Technical Fellow in the Advanced Production Systems group in Boeing Research…

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Ray Davis

Studio Manager
Epic Games Seattle

SESSION: The Unsolved Problems of VR

Ray Davis, studio manager of Epic Games Seattle, guides the Unreal Engine team in its mission to make great game…

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‘Eka’ Chandana Ekanayake

Art Director/ Designer
Uber Entertainment

SESSION: Unlearning Game Design for VR

Eka started his video game career at a small startup eighteen years ago and gained experience in working at both…

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Erika Feldman

Researcher

SESSION: Unlocking Intelligence: Education with Virtual Worlds

Dr. Erika N. Feldman is an interdisciplinary research scientist who employs a mixed-method approach to examine the impact of designed…

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Tom Forsyth


Oculus VR

SESSION: The Unsolved Problems of VR

Tom has been making polygons on screens since 1982 when he got his first 8-bit computer. Since then he has…

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Tom Furness, PhD

Grandfather of VR/AR
University of Washington

SESSION: Hiking the VR Trail: Stumbles, Bruises and Vistas

Tom Furness is a pioneer in human interface technology and grandfather of virtual reality. He earned a BS degree in…

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Ari Hollander

CTO & Co-Founder
DeepStream VR

SESSION: Using VR to Revolutionize How Medical Professionals Train, Diagnose and Treat

Ari has been a pioneer in VR technology for over 20 years and this demands a wide variety of expertise.…

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Greg Howes

CEO
IDEABuilder

SESSION: Serious Enterprise: VR Gets Down to Business

Earth’s Geekiest Builder.   Greg Howes is the CEO of IDEAbuilder, a technology-driven construction company integrating immersive technologies, cloud-based design…

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Aaron Leiby


Valve Software

SESSION: The Unsolved Problems of VR

Aaron Leiby has been making games professionally for the past 17 years, and has been working with the VR group…

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Layla Mah

Lead Architect of VR & Advanced Rendering
AMD

SESSION: The Unsolved Problems of VR

Layla Mah is AMD’s Lead Architect of VR and Advanced Rendering, and the creator of the company’s LiquidVR technology. She…

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Matt McIlwain

Managing Director
Madrona Venture Group

SESSION: A VC’s Advice for VR Companies About How to Raise Funds

Matt focuses on a broad range of software-driven companies. He has been passionate about the potential for VR/AR for awhile…

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Pete Moss

VR Dude and Lead Engineer
Unity

SESSION: Working Toward a Unified VR/AR Interface

Pete Moss joined Unity in Seattle as a Field Engineer in the Simulation/Visualization division, and is now the VRDude working…

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Cody Nowak

VDC | BIM Manager
Martin Bros.

SESSION: Virtual Reality’s Impact on Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Cody Nowak is Virtual Design and Construction | Building Information Modeling Manager at Martin Bros. He is a polished Autodesk…

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Daniel W. Rasmus

Analyst & Futurist
Serious Insights

SESSION: Beyond Entertainment: How VR Will Change How We Do Business

Daniel W. Rasmus, is the Founder and Principal Analyst at Serious Insights. Rasmus uses scenarios to analyze uncertainties in society,…

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Kyle Riesenbeck

Senior Technical Lead for VR
Studio 216

SESSION: Virtual Reality’s Impact on Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Kyle Riesenbeck is the Senior Technical Lead for VR at Studio216. Kyle joined studio 21 6 with 10 years of…

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Philip Rosedale

Founder and CEO, High Fidelity
(previously founder of Second Life)

SESSION: What is the Metaverse? Beyond gaming and cinema, what will it take to make VR worlds as big as the internet?

In 1995, Philip Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (ʺFreeVueʺ), which was later acquired by RealNetworks, where in…

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Steve Seitz

VR Group Director, Seattle Office
Google

SESSION: Google Jump and VR Video

Steve Seitz leads Jump, Google’s VR video platform, and directs the VR group in Google’s Seattle Office.  He is also…

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Tim Scanlon

CTO Staff
Autodesk Manufacturing Products Group

SESSION: Serious Enterprise: VR Gets Down to Business

Tim Scanlon is on CTO Staff for the Autodesk Manufacturing Products Group leading Experience Innovation. His team focuses on clearly…

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Nick Whiting

Lead Engineer
Epic Games

SESSION: Deconstructing “Bullet Train”

Nick Whiting is currently overseeing the development of the award-winning Unreal Engine 4’s virtual reality efforts, as well as the…

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Andrew Wright, MD

Associate Profession
UW Dept. of General Surgery

SESSION: Using VR to Revolutionize How Medical Professionals Train, Diagnose and Treat

Dr. Wright is director of the UW Medicine Hernia Center at Northwest Hospital. He is also an integral part of…

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Ian Zhao

Supervisor
Ximmerse

SESSION: The World’s Largest Market is Falling in Love with Virtual Reality

Ian Zhao is the Supervisor of XIMMERSE, a mobile VR inputs manufacturer from China. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree…