• AWE Asia 2022 Online Speech

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    Antony Vitillo

    CTO at VRrOOm

    How to organize a great virtual event

    Antony “Skarredghost” Vitillo is an AR/VR developer, entrepreneur, and blogger. He started his career in 2014 with the full-body VR startup ImmotionAR, and since then, he has always striven to disrupt the immersive technologies space. In 2017 he cofounded New Technology Walkers, with which he developed the first mixed reality fitness game, HitMotion: Reloaded, with the support of HTC. Since 2019 he is working with VRrOOm, developing innovative events and concerts in VR, like Jean-Michel Jarre’s Welcome To The Other Side concert, which collected more than 75M views worldwide.

    Antony’s blog The Ghost Howls is well-known in the XR ecosystem, and he is considered by many as an influencer in the XR industry ecosystem, having participated in important worldwide events like View Conference, WCVRI, and AWE USA.

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    Jason S. Kao

    Associate Professor of Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

    AR’s Potential for Narrative Immersion

    Dr. Jason Kao is an associate professor of game developments at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. His research interests cover productions in XR, storytelling in next-generation medium, and visual perception. Prior to Norway, Jason was a lecturer in digital media at the University of Malta in Malta and a teaching fellow at the University of Southampton in the UK. Jason is also an Autodesk-qualified product expert and a game assets developer.

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    Sara Smith

    CEO&Co-Founder of MARVL

    Immersive Language Instruction with Augmented Reality

    Dr. Sara Smith is the CEO and Co-Founder of Multimedia Augmented Reality Vocabulary Learning (MARVL), an augmented reality (AR) platform that uses immersive technology and research-based best practices to support learning a new language. MARVL was a finalist for the 2020 Cade Prize, a top 15 finalists for Start-Up of the Year, and has received funding from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Sara Smith received her Doctorate from the University of Oxford, followed by postdoctoral research at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is faculty at the University of South Florida in Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition. Dr. Smith was awarded the 2022 Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Excellence Award, and 2021 Excellence in Innovation Award, and has been featured in media outlets such as Florida Trend Magazine. A former ESOL teacher, Sara is passionate about leveraging technology for language learning.

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    Mattney Beck

    Sr. Manager Product Marketing of Lenovo


    Scaling into the Metaverse

    Mattney Beck has been at Lenovo for 12 years and currently works as a Senior Manager of Product Marketing for the commercial AR and VR solutions team. In his current role, Mattney works closely with Lenovo’s research and development teams driving current market requirements for commercial augmented and virtual reality into the commercial AR/VR product roadmap. Before working on the AR/VR team, Mattney managed global portfolio development for accessories and peripherals across several product categories launching product offerings for enterprise and SMB market segments.

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    Dmitry Kornilov

    Co-founder & CEO of FFFACE.ME

    Welcome to Metamarketing: understanding of audience psychology behind AR Filters, Digital Fashion, Virtual Influencers, and Metaverse
    Dmitry Kornilov is an innovation marketing futurist with over 13 years of experience and co-founder and CEO of the FFFACE.ME Metamarketing agency. Dmitry has comprehensive practical experience in creating AR, Digital Fashion, Virtual Avatars, and Metaverse projects for brands. His super skill – is understanding audience psychology in technology use, which helps him drive client value and sales by integrating cutting-edge innovations into client marketing, PR, and communications campaigns.
    Dmitry has extensive speaker experience; over the past three years, he has given over 100 public lectures. A distinctive feature of his speeches is the maximum clarity and practicality of information for the audience.