Urs Langenegger – Bandara
ABOUT: I am one of three founders of Bandara, a leading VR/AR content studio based in Zurich, Switzerland. We launched this company in May 2015 and it was a blast to be part of the XR community the last five years. Looking back, I always was fascinated by computers and their possibilities, especially in gaming. My first console was the MSX Philips VG-8020, so you can guess my age. Before studying media and communication science, I got my degree as multimedia producer and I wrote my master thesis about gaming – so the topic always accompanied me. When I got the chance to start a VR company with friends, it was passion and profession coming together.
Denis Mazur – DreamVR
How did you guys get into VR?
– Most of the team got acquainted with virtual reality in our youth, reading fantastic stories where VR technologies could literally create new worlds and grant freedom. Inspired by all of this we created the Company, where we work with technologies that are changing the world. And we are involved in these changes. We create worlds, bring the impossible and unbelievable ideas to reality, who cares if it is virtual — virtual today, real tomorrow!
Adam Vahed – Apache
ABOUT: I am the founder and CEO of Apache; an industry-leading AR & VR development studio. We create highly immersive, innovative and dynamic interactive experiences based on major motion picture and television IPs. We have worked directly with all of the major Hollywood film studios to adapt blockbuster movies to the AR & VR universe, delivering memorable experiences to a global audience.
Wim Bonjean – B·U·T
ABOUT: Wim Bonjean – Futurologist by night, Chief Creative Technologist of B·U·T by day. With an education in audiovisual techniques and ICT, Wim has a rare profile: a tech guru in the creative sector.
Ilian Raykov – VR Express
ABOUT: My journey to VR was on side unexpected and on the other side long overdue. Since my early teen years I have been fascinated with the idea of starting a business. Despite this fact and the many ideas I have had over the years I was not really any close to starting an actual business up until the establishment of our company VR Express. (more…)
Veiko Raime – Mobi Lab
ABOUT: I’m an entrepreneur, investor and executive manager with an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Technology Management. I started my professional career as a software developer, worked as an accountant, and as a project manager at Skype.
Lucia Gambardella – MACACO
ABOUT: I only love three things: food, cute animals and Art. Skipping my addiction with the first two, I am really passionate with Art, because it lets me show people the hidden beauty of the world I see with my own eyes. Also, I’m really curious, so I didn’t want to miss the chance to experiment with VR/AR resulting in me falling deeply in love with those technologies and creating a Company with them as the Core Business.
Piotr Uzarowicz – Arcturus
ABOUT: At Arcturus I am responsible for developing our business in the emerging technology of volumetric video by building and maintaining relationships with studios and clients. I built my career helping properties and brands understand and capitalize on the latest digital innovations. Volumetric video and its applications for 2D as well as immersive media signals a paradigm shift to a new world of story-telling possibilities and I find that very exciting. Previously at Sony Pictures, I developed and produced breakthrough and award-winning digital content supporting theatrical releases like Skyfall, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Django Unchained as well as television shows like Helix, Breaking Bad, and Community. Even earlier, I was the first hire for the Edelman Worldwide digital team and grew it to a multi-million dollar division of the global agency. I strategized content and campaigns for Fortune 500 clients including the very first digital marketing use of social platforms. I was responsible for the launch of Xbox, the introduction of AXE body spray to the US market, and was recognized with award-winning work for a multitude of clients.
David Cleverdon – 360 Immersive
ABOUT: I have been in the production marketing industry since the mid-80s. This includes video production, motion graphics, web development, app development, training, and trade show support. I have always believed technology could bring something new to our clients and built my first website in 1994. Around the same time, I developed flash-based CD-ROM presentations that trained Hewlett-Packard employees within HP’s printer and mass storage divisions. When VR became commercially available in December 2014, I felt it was a real opportunity to look at a new form of storytelling that could immerse somebody in a specific message or idea. Movies, TV, training presentation (generally supported by PowerPoint): these are all passive experiences…and virtual reality allowed us to engage a viewer in an active immersive experience. To me it was a real game changer.
Rami Kalla – Point in Time Studios
ABOUT: I’m an ex-corporate guy turned filmmaker turned VR junkie! I was doing Marketing at General Mills, and even though I had a great job, I knew that I wasn’t living my true purpose. So, in March of 2002, I left the corporate world behind and opened Point in Time Studios. I built up a team of like-minded, talented individuals and we started producing videos! After a while we broke into VR and started creating attention-grabbing, immersive VR videos for our clients.