According to Digi-Capital, the VR industry is expected to be worth $30 billion by 2020. In the Capital Region alone, there are a number of exciting VR startups, ranging from software to hardware developers, at the forefront of the industry. This event will feature a panel of experts discussing the VR industry, its trends, how it’s growing, and how it impacts local business and the community.
Entry to Verge of Virtual: A Discussion on VR is free, but registration is required. Coffee and snacks will be served. Street parking is available at Overit.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Joe Arcuri, director of design & UX at Overit, and will feature:
- Dennis Adamo, SpaceoutVR: Dennis is co-founder and COO of SpaceoutVR, an app that transforms your digital life into personified VR spaces automagically. He is an experienced digital marketing and media executive with over 20 years in the industry, including a global portfolio of work with startups and Fortune 500 companies. Dennis has raised over $50 million in VC funding spanning over 10 startup companies.
- Jan-Erik Steel, Velan Studios: Jan-Erik has been a software engineer in the videogame industry for over 14 years. He has been focusing on the application of VR and AR to non-gaming fields. He was also part of a team that recently won the Grand Prize at the world’s largest VR/AR Hackathon “Reality, Virtually” which took place at MIT’s Media Lab earlier this year.
- Sebastian Sarbora, Ilium VR: Sebastian is co-founder and CEO of Ilium VR, a VR hardware startup based in Troy. Sebastian has been developing software and electronics for robots, video games, and devices since early high school, which is when he initially came up with the idea for an immersive gun controller for video games. He was enrolled in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s computer science program in 2012, where he met his two future cofounders.
- Amanda Kirk, 1st Playable Productions: Amanda is a producer and senior designer who has been bringing mixed reality experiences to audiences of all ages since joining 1st Playable in 2009. Her recent work has involved spearheading the studio’s development of VR titles, including The Three Little Pigs VR which has been nominated for the PlaycraftingNYC '16 Bit Awards, and is currently working on a title for the HTC Vive.
- Jamey Stevenson, Tech Valley Game Space: Jamey is a designer and programmer with over a decade of experience creating video games for handheld, mobile, desktop and web. He is the founder of Tech Valley Game Space, an inclusive game development community and co-working space located in Troy, and is also the proprietor of Spoony Bird, an independent game development studio devoted to serving up flightly experiments in bite-size portions.