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Immersed 2018 Tickets on Sale, First Round of Speakers Announced!

By Neil Schneider TIFCA News


Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Immersed 2018 tickets are on sale and our first round of international speakers include CEO, Vice-President, and Director level speakers from Advanced Micro Devices, Intel, M2 Insights, the DNA Association, and many more to come. Immersed runs November 8-9, 2018 at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada.

The mission of the Immersed conference is to lay down the groundwork and enhance the viability of building what’s next through industry education, B2B networking, and influential media exposure in the future computing world. Future computing is the practice of turning dreams into reality with computer technology and media. It’s based on the pillars of compute performance and platforms, immersive technology, and innovative content & applications. Read More

Immersed 2018 Call For Speakers Open!

By Neil Schneider TIFCA News

We are looking for speakers for the fifth edition of Immersed running November 8-9, 2018 in Toronto, Canada! Future computing is all about building what’s next through the dedicated pillars of computer horsepower and peripherals, immersive technology, and innovative content & applications. While each pillar stands on its own, their success contributes to an interrelated ecosystem that positively impacts everyone.

We want speakers who can educate fellow market players and developers on things to come, and can also awaken the excitement of businesses and organizations that should be using these technologies and concepts as part of their day to day.  Reach out!

Introduction to Future Computing and TIFCA

By Neil Schneider TIFCA News

For those who have never heard of future computing before, this was Neil Schneider’s introductory presentation that took place at a private TIFCA launch event during Game Developers Conference 2018.  Neil Schneider is the Executive Director of TIFCA, and this presentation covers future computing, challenges the market faces, and industry developments.  We will publish additional sessions shortly.  The TIFCA launch event was sponsored by Intel.

TIFCA Launches to Build What’s Next

By Neil Schneider TIFCA News

Frank Soqui, Vice-President and GM of VR for Intel, Chair of Computing Technologists Group in TIFCA

We are pleased to announce that the Immersive Technology Alliance and the Open Gaming Alliance have merged into a single organization called The International Future Computing Association (TIFCA).  This is far more than a merger; it’s an expansive mandate and mission to lay down the groundwork to build what’s next through future computing. Read More

Happy New Year From the ITA

By Neil Schneider TIFCA News

Happy New Year from the Immersive Technology Alliance!  While future computing as demonstrated by technologies like AR, VR, MR, 3D and more represent a long committed path with exciting twists and turns, the rewards are really something to look forward to. Here’s to the path and another year forward!

Intel Buzz Workshop Next Week!

By Neil Schneider TIFCA News

Next week is the Intel Buzz Workshop! This is a one day event that is jam packed with talks, panels, and leading international expertise. It’s also a good place to get a snapshot of the latest gaming titles which will be featured during their evening reception.

Some of the top brands speaking include Intel, Technicolor, Survios, Blueprint Reality, Confetti Software, Oculus, and more! ITA Advisory Board Member and CEO of M2 Insights Wanda Meloni will also be speaking.  The Immersive Technology Alliance is proud to be a media partner for the event.

Immersed Featured on Space Channel…Again!

By Neil Schneider TIFCA News

Ajay Fry, Host of Innerspace on Space Channel, dropped by Immersed to check out all kinds of new immersive technology on the show floor.  Samples of other participating media included Wifi Hifi Magazine and Tom’s Hardware.  More to come!

Immersed is the flagship conference for the Immersive Technology Alliance and is the place where the market leaders regularly get together on the East Coast.  Sample speakers this year included Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Google, IBM, Lytro, Jon Peddie Research, The Khronos Group, Chosen Realities, HP, and countless more.

Special thanks to Intel for being the Premier Sponsor for this year’s Immersed!  Couldn’t have done it without them.

Habib Zargarpour, Tricia Dugan Speaking at Immersed 2017

By Neil Schneider TIFCA News

Taking place October 19-21, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre, Immersed will deliver the most senior and sought after executive B2B access possible.  The Immersive Technology Alliance is very proud to reveal two additional speakers for Immersed 2017: Canada’s leading event for all things immersive.

Habib Zargarpour

Habib Zargarpour, Visual Effects Supervisor

Habib Zargarpour was most recently Visual Effects Consultant for Blade Runner 2049.  He is a repeat BAFTA Visual Effects Award Winner and a double Academy Award Nominee.  Mr. Zargarpour developed a Real Time Visual Effects system used in the Jungle Book and Ready Player One.  Sample films credited with his name include The Perfect Storm, Signs, The Bourne Identity, Star Wars: Episode I, Star Trek: First Contact, Twister, and countess more.   He was formerly Partner Director of Visuals at Microsoft Studios and was responsible for visuals across all Publishing titles for XBOX One, Windows, and Hololens.  He also had a tenured career at Electronic Arts. Read More

Frank Vitz Speaking at Immersed 2017

By Neil Schneider TIFCA News

Frank Vitz, Creative Director Immersive Technology Team Advanced Micro Devices / Radeon Technology Group

Very excited to welcome Frank Vitz to the Immersed 2017 speakers list!  Over the course of decades, Frank has held esteemed titles like Vice-President of Production at Robert Abel and Associates, Creative Director for the Frostbite Development team at DICE, Creative Director at Crytek, and most recently Creative Director of the Immersive Technology Team at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Mr. Vitz has been creating computer graphics, animation and visual effects since the early 1980’s and has esteemed credits on such films as Tron, Judge Dredd, X-Men One and Two, Stargate, and more. He has also worked in the location based entertainment business where he designed the visual effects for “The Adventures of Spider-Man” in Orlando, and “In Search of the Obelisk” for the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. Just one of the developments he is famous for is inventing the transformation effects used for the Mystique character in the X-Men movies. Read More