The 2017 Virtual Reality Strategy Conference did not disappoint, with almost 500 guests from around the world in attendance. This October, the conference took place at the Hilton in San Francisco’s financial district, welcoming 85 featured speakers to give their insights on virtual and augmented reality. The goal of the event is not only to educate attendees about the capabilities and potential applications of VR and AR, but to expose them to companies that are currently using the technology to expand the reach of their businesses, and provide access to vendors who can make the tools and software a reality for everyone who attends. The diverse community of both speakers and guests created invaluable networking opportunities with tech and business insiders from around the world.
At FortyThree, we were lucky to be a sponsor for this amazing event, and we had a blast as one of their media managers. The most exciting part about the event was seeing all the potential for growth that virtual and augmented reality has in store for 2018. There were tons of workshops and prototype testing stations where guests could try out some of the new AR and VR products before they hit the market. As impressive as the new technology displays were, we were even more blown away by the number of guests. There was hardly room to stand, but it was great to see the overwhelming enthusiasm for everything VRS had to offer. We were also thrilled to hear from so many speakers with such diverse backgrounds, like Clifton Dawson, CEO of Greenlight Insights, Rikard Steiber, President of Viveport and SVP at HTC, and Tony Parisi, Global Head of VR and AR at Unity. We left the 2017 VRS conference with new insights, partnerships and most of all enthusiasm about what’s to come in the world of virtual and augmented reality.