THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, NYU KIMMEL CENTER (8AM-6PM)

Explore the future of XR and spatial computing. Exploring Future Reality is NYC Media Lab's annual event focused on XR and future interfaces. Through discussions, startup pitches, interactive demos, and hands-on workshops, attendees will explore the impact of future interfaces on industry and society, including best practices for storytelling, prototyping, and distribution.

MORNING SESSION: MAINSTAGE PROGRAM (8AM-1PM)

8:00AM: DOORS OPEN at NYU KIMMEL CENTER

Registration and check-in will be located in the lobby of NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012. The Morning session will be located in the Eisner & Lubin auditorium on the 4th floor of NYU Kimmel. Join us early; breakfast and coffee will be served.

9:00AM: MAINSTAGE WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

9:15AM: Sneak Preview: RLab

Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab and Interim Executive Director of RLab, will highlight what's next for the first city-funded VR/AR center in the country. Fueled by a $5.6 million investment by NYCEDC and MOME, RLab will be the first to support startups, talent development, research and innovation. When complete in 2019, RLab will house 16,500 square feet of co-working labs, classrooms, studios, and more on the third floor of Building 22 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

With speakers:

  • Ori Inbar, Super Ventures

  • Adaora Udoji, RLab

  • Robert Small, Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

9:45AM: DISCUSSION: Next Generation Tools for Authoring VR/AR

From new tools for the capture of objects and motion to fast prototyping platforms to AI and deep learning methods for the automatic generation of content, the business of building AR and VR content is changing. This panel will look at the next generation of tools for XR content. With speakers:

  • Jacob Loewenstein, Samsung NEXT (moderator)

  • Jalina Stewart, VR Accelerator

  • Christopher Mitchell, Geopipe

  • Amir Baradaran, Columbia University

  • Marc Rowley, Live CGI

10:30AM: XR STARTUP BOOTCAMP PITCHES, PART 1

In September 2018, NYC Media Lab launched the XR Startup Bootcamp, an intensive, 12-week accelerator program with 10 early-stage startup teams. Teams were selected from NYC Media Lab's consortium of universities, and are focusing on customer discovery and market validation for concepts leveraging spatial computing, future interfaces and more. The XR Startup Bootcamp is the first program to emerge from RLab.

This session is moderated by Amy Chen of NYC Media Lab:

  • AIR | VR, Pratt Institute. AIR|VR is developing a customizable software package that will allow for the activation of industrial robotics through the use of virtual reality. Robotics that coexist with trained personnel to complete dextrous and variable tasks.

  • Unseen Media, NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Unseen Media is focused on using the latest immersive technologies to create compelling in-home and location-based narrative entertainment experiences.

  • Craft, NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Craft is a multi-modal solution to enable people with limited limb mobility to create art in the virtual environment using eye movements and voice commands

  • echoAR, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science and Columbia Law School. echoAR is a cloud platform for augmented reality apps providing tools and server-side infrastructure that help companies build better AR apps and grow successful businesses.

  • Graceful Ray, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Graceful Ray enables companies to bring the real world to virtual world by creating photo-realistic 3D content of any object regardless of shape and material.

11:00AM: COFFEE BREAK

11:25AM: AR, VR and Drones

One of the most exciting intersections in XR is with drones. From new methods for photogrammetry to new experiences in the headset, drones are opening up new opportunities for XR applications. Speakers joining this session include: With speakers:

  • Adaora Udoji, RLab (moderator)

  • Giuseppe Loianno, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

  • Brian Streem, Aerobo

  • Marcelle Hopkins, New York Times

11:55AM: XR STARTUP BOOTCAMP PITCHES, PART 2

XR Startup Bootcamp pitches continue with:

  • ARC (Augmented Reality Cargo), Parsons School of Design and Columbia University. ARC empowers logistic professionals and handlers with augmented training tools using XR technology to increase the proficiency, safety, and transportation of cargo.

  • EZXR, CUNY Lehman College VR/AR Training Academy and Development Lab. EZXR is building solutions for legal professionals in trial preparation and strategy, using virtual and augmented reality.

  • Lucida, NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program. Lucida enables art sellers to share and sell their collections through virtual exhibitions, with no coding required.

  • spARk, Columbia University and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. spARk is an augmented reality and voice platform for STEAM educators and learners.

  • Parallux, NYU Future Reality Lab. Parallux delivers world class immersive entertainment to audiences of all sizes.

12:25PM: KEYNOTE: AARON LUBER, AR/VR COMMERCALIZATION, GOOGLE

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Aaron Luber, AR/VR Commercialization, Google

Aaron’s journey began with launching YouTube360, from development to a live product by March 2015. Aaron soon after transitioned from YouTube to the Google Cardboard team and has been working to bring VR/AR to the masses. At Google, he has led and developed partnerships in the immersive media space with NFL, EA, Mattel, IMAX, Disney, The New York Times and more.

12:50PM: CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS

AFTERNOON SESSION: DEMOS & WORKSHOPS (1PM-6PM)

1:00PM: LUNCH AND Demos ON VIEW IN THE Rosenthal Pavilion AT NYU KIMMEL CENTER

Join us in the Rosenthal Pavilion for lunch and networking. 30+ demos selected from university research labs and startup accelerators across the City will be on view in an science fair style, interactive expo. The demos will be on view throughout the afternoon session until 6PM.

2:00PM-3:00PM: WORKSHOPS, SESSION 1

  • How to Generate and Pitch XR Ideas that Resonate with a Global Audience; Anna Bressanin and Simon Frantz, BBC.

  • The Power of 360° VR Video Production; Edwin Rogers, NBC News.

  • Build a VR Game in the Real World; Christopher Mitchell and Thomas Dickerson, Geopipe

  • Transitional Realities: William Arnold, The Mill

  • Building Immersive WebXR Data Visualization with Geometric; Brian Chirls, Hugh McGrory and Debra Anderson, Datavized Technologies

3:30PM-4:30PM: WORKSHOPS, SESSION 2

  • Getting Started and Best Practices for VR; Dario Laverde, HTC.

  • How Adobe Sensei is Powering AI-Enhanced Creativity and Enabling More Immersive Experiences; Bill Marino, Adobe.

  • Exploring Emotional Experiences in VR; Karen Singer and Tomonari Michigami, Viacom.

  • Build a Cloud-Connected AR App in 15 Minutes or Less; Alon Grinshpoon and Koren Grinshpoon, echoAR

4:30PM: NETWORKING RECEPTION

Join us in the in the Rosenthal Pavilion for refreshments, demos and networking.

6:00PM: EVENT CLOSES