Thursday

Thursday

Immersed 2017 Meals & Breaks
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Registration / Badge Pick-up / Breakfast

Immersed 2018 Networking Periods
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Registration, Breakfast, Exhibits

Immersed 2018: Visionaries Block
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Welcome to Future Computing

Neil Schneider
Executive Director, TIFCA

Frank Soqui
General Manager and Vice-President of Games Division, Intel
Chair, Computing Technologists Group

Daryl Sartain
Director of VR, Advanced Micro Devices
Chair, Immersive Technology Alliance

Immersed 2017 General Presentations
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Presentations
Opening Remarks
Neil Schneider, Executive Director, The Immersive Technology Alliance

Immersed 2017 General Presentations
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Presentations
Immersive Technologies Today
Kevin Carbotte, Tom’s Hardware

Immersed 2017 Keynote Addresses
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Proving VR’s Viability by Example
Frank Soqui, General Manager of VR, Intel Corporation

VR gaming and entertainment is in the midst of evolution and adoption. In addition, Commercial and Enterprise applications are quickly emerging, driven by TCO and ROI needs by the business.

Intel will be discussing the value proposition of Intel Architecture as well as using examples in recent partnerships to show the business value of VR.

Immersed 2018: State of Future Computing Track
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State of Future Computing Track
State of Compute Dr. Jon Peddie, Jon Peddie Research

Immersed 2018: State of Future Computing Track
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State of Future Computing Track
Bob Raikes, Display Daily

How close can we match the Human Visual System?

The last 15 years have seen flat panel displays, especially LCD, drive out almost all the competition. The sheer scale of the flat panel industry makes competition brutally tough. But the sheer scale also makes it attractive for those that think they can disrupt it. One way is to develop new immersive technologies, but that presents many technical challenges. How far can the industry go to meet the desires of those that want even more immersion? How far can we go towards integration with the human visual system?

Immersed 2018: State of Future Computing Track
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State of Future Computing Track
Dr. David Rolston, CEO
Tirocorp

The Progress and Future of Artificial Intelligence

Alan Turing, famous for the techniques in decoding the Enigma machine in WWII, began the field of artificial intelligence with his paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence in 1950. As research continued for generations since, Hollywood and all forms of artists have taken the vision further with human-like androids, disembodied computer heroes and villains - even unplanned, accidental consciousness itself.

Dr. Rolston will talk about the progress of artificial intelligence in the present day, if it's really being used as artists have envisioned, and his own work on a personal assistant that is truly AI driven.

Immersed 2017 General Presentations
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Presentations
Immersive Investment Markets
Sean Peasgood, Sophic Capital

Over the past 4 years, VR/AR/MR companies have raised billions to bring these technologies to market. Many companies, including Oculus which Facebook bought for $2 billion, were bought by Fortune tech companies. Several of these no longer exist, and many will need additional capital to survive. Now we are preparing for a new wave of immersive technology that is even more affordable than its predecessors. Mr. Peasgood will discuss how entrepreneurs can learn to finance their venture at the lowest cost of capital, and how investors can profit from this new wave of reality investment.

Immersed 2018 Keynote Sessions
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Dereck Orr, Division Chief
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST and the Future of First Responder Communications

Across the globe, there is a need for hardware and software applications to transform the way first responders serve their communities. Mr. Orr’s talk will chronicle PSCR’s use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to advance heads up display technology for public safety applications, and illuminate the possibilities of future tech for public safety in the realms of user interface and user experience (UI/UX), location-based services, and analytics. Together, these technologies will transform the way our first responders execute their vital missions in service of the public. Attendees will walk away knowing about the unique ways their work could better the world - be it through public safety or another area. Discover new ideas for making an impact during this special keynote presentation.

Immersed 2017 Meals & Breaks
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NETWORKING LUNCH / EXHIBITS

Immersed 2018 Networking Periods
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Networking Lunch, Exhibits

Immersed 2017 General Presentations
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Presentations
AI in Virtual Reality
John Cutter, IBM Augmented Reality

(AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) hold the potential to affect nearly every facet of daily business. Those implications go beyond the disruptive nature of even the mobile phone. Explore the business and development implications with John as he discusses the convergence between Artificial Intelligence and VR/AR. John will discuss real world examples from IBM and the industry at large, draw on the lessons learned, and expand on future trends that businesses should seriously consider when using AR or VR.

Immersed 2018: Entertainment Track
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Entertainment Track
Kevin Williams, Chairman, DNA Association

The Play in Out-of-Home Entertainment

A big challenge with the out-of-home entertainment market is its constant competition with the growing abilities of what people can do in their home. Going beyond the limits of rollers coasters and thrill rides, Mr. Williams will talk about the latest technologies the out-of-home markets are using to excite visitors and ride goers in theme parks, amusement parks, and leisure experiences. Be it virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, or things beyond - Mr. Williams will give a birds eye view of where things are headed and why.

Immersed 2018: Entertainment Track
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Entertainment Track
Rama Krishna Aravind, Founder & Creative Director
Poco Loco Amusements

A Filmmaker's Journey Through the REAL "Ready Player One"

As an international filmmaker who has worked on worldwide blockbusters like “Baahubali -The Beginning” and “Baahubali – The Conclusion”, Mr. Aravind has found himself personally influenced and invested in the vision and concept of “Ready Player One”; most recently a Hollywood hit by Steven Spielberg.

Mr. Aravind will share his personal journey with his new India-based venture entitled Poco Loco Amusements. He will share his artistic vision, the realities of making such a vision possible, and what the viability is of pursuing an artistic business based on a story set in a book and on film.

Immersed 2017 General Presentations
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Presentations
VR Journalism
Saleem Khan, JOVRNALISM

Mr. Khan will be talking about truth, propaganda and the fate of reality in the immersive world. Mounting evidence points to global powers and non-state actors manipulating public perceptions through digital media, with outcomes that are increasingly altering the course of nations and societies. As virtual, augmented and mixed reality come to the fore, these emergent information media with profound, powerful and transformative effects promise — and threaten — to redefine our understanding of truth and reshape our world. This requires us to rethink how we develop these technologies and content to ensure uncorrupted facts and knowledge, and our survival.

Immersed 2018: Entertainment Track
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Entertainment Track
Mike Domaguing, VP of Marketing
Survios

Building a Future One VR Punch at a Time

As VP of Marketing and Publishing for Survios, Mike Domaguing is faced with the mission of bringing amazing VR experiences to the masses through video games. Through blockbuster titles like “Raw Data” and “Creed: Rise to Glory,” Domaguing will talk about how they've driven viability and success to their studio and the market through home product releases, international arcades, and eSports. Finally, Domaguing will share tips and tricks that Survios has used to keep their studio on the beaten path as the immersive technology markets come to fruition.

Immersed 2017 General Presentations
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Presentations
Augmented Reality, Where we Will all Live
Dr. Jon Peddie, Jon Peddie Research

Augmented reality is a distinct, specialized, broad reaching immersive technology that has little to nothing to do with virtual reality. There are eight unique implementations with multiple permutations of implementations – one size does not fit all. Augmented reality includes helmets, smartphones, consumer style glasses, heads-up displays, and projector systems. Augmented reality is extremely complicated, requiring precise geolocation, user position and poise, eye tracking, directional microphones, and communications. Augmented reality will change how we live our lives and reduce, if not eliminate fear which will modify society forever.

Immersed 2018: Entertainment Track
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Entertainment Track
Alex Igelman, Executive Chairman and Founder
Millennial Esports Corp.

The Real Numbers behind Esports viewership & What They Mean For You

This session will examine the state of the esports scene from the perspective of streaming viewership. Utilizing cutting edge data, Igelman will present meaningful information that will provide the audience with a better understanding of where competitive gaming stands today in the global entertainment space.

Immersed 2018: Entertainment Track
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Entertainment Track
Ajay Fry, Co-Host, HUD
GINX Esports Television

Amazing Stories From the eSports Sidelines

No more are sports limited to throwing a ball, slapping a puck, or tackling an opponent. Growing in popularity for decades and with the advent of social media and distribution platforms like Twitch, eSports have become a serious business in nearly all parts of the world.

As a regular co-host of GINX eSports Television Canada\\\'s HUD (Heads up Daily), Ajay will give a birds eye view of the market, talk about where he sees things headed and why, and share some amazing stories he\\\'s come to witness in covering the eSports world.

Immersed 2017 Meals & Breaks
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COFFEE BREAK / EXHIBITS

Immersed 2018 Networking Periods
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Coffee Break, Networking Hour

Immersed 2017 General Presentations
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Presentations
Impending Standards in Immersive Technology
Neil Trevett, President, The Khronos Group

IFCS: Networking Meals
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Networking Break

IFCS: Networking Meals
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Networking Break

Immersed 2017 General Presentations
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Presentations
Building Realism in Augmented Reality for Simulation and Training
John Baker, Chosen Realities

Immersive technology is budding into a field wide open for opportunities, with simulation and training set to take a large stake in revenues early on. What elements need to be in place to help push your success? What technologies should you focus on? Where will the technology go? Hear about the critical lessons learned from building the U.S. military’s augmented reality infantry trainer – and how these lessons may apply to your needs.

Immersed 2018: Education / Training Track
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Education and Training Track
Avery Rueb, Co-Founder, Educational Sales Director
Affordance Studio

How Content Creation and Distribution For the Classroom is Changing

Affordance Studio makes classroom solutions with the goal of revolutionizing the way we learn. Currently, most schools worldwide do not have access to stable WiFi connections. This makes it impossible for those teachers to use effective digital solutions to develop 21st century skills and knowledge for their students. Dokoma is a solution to this problem. It's a learning management system (LMS) which can travel in a modified Rasperry Pi. In this talk, Avery Rueb, one of the Affordance's co-founders, will talk about the future of classroom content creation and delivery throughout the world.

Immersed 2018: Education / Training Track
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Education and Training Track
Joanne-Aśka Popińska, Co-Founder
Tom Hall, Co-Founder
Tribe of Pan

The Choice VR: Using Virtual Reality & Volumetric Video to explore emotionally charged subject matters.

Tribe of Pan Co-founders Joanne-Aśka Popińska and Tom Hall talk about their project, The Choice VR: an in-development Virtual Reality documentary about reproductive rights. Starting as a simple 360 video and eventually developing an in-house volumetric stereoscopic video technique, the project’s technical needs grew along the way as we discovered what is required to push past novelty and make an emotional impact on a viewer. They will cover why it’s important to have your audience’s experience goals in mind and to shape the technology around these requirements.

Immersed 2017 Keynote Addresses
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My Path to Modern Immersion
Buzz Hays, Head of Product, Lytro

From his first job in the entertainment business at the local drive-in movie theatre at the age of 15 to 3D Hollywood pioneer to his current position as Head of Product at Light Field tech company Lytro, Buzz’s career has always centered around transformative technologies married with creative storytelling​. Mr Hays will share the story of his exciting relationship to immersive technology, what he learned along the way, and where he hopes his creative path will ultimately lead.

Immersed 2018: Education / Training Track
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Education and Training Track
Hilary McVicker
The Power of Shared Immersive Experiences

The description of The Elumenati’s immersive projection environments that resonates most in the current technology landscape is “group VR” – taking VR beyond the headsets. Inside domes, panoramas and other spherical displays, audiences explore virtual realities in a social, collaborative way. These shared experiences create teachable moments and memorable adventures for audiences in museums, planetaria and other informal education spaces. Immersive data visualization presents complex concepts in context, and interactivity creates a sense of agency so that learners own their experiences. In this talk, Hilary McVicker presents innovative projects created in partnership with museums and science centers over the company’s fifteen years in the business.

Immersed 2017 Keynote Addresses
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Futurists Panel
Ajay Fry, InnerSpace (Space Channel)
Frank Soqui, General Manager of VR, Intel
Buzz Hays, Head of Product, Lytro
Habib Zargarpour, Visual Effects Supervisor
Tricia Dugan, VP of Go To Market, Immersive, HP

Immersed 2018 Keynote Sessions
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Futurists Panel: What's Next and Why?

Moderated by
Josh O'Kane, Reporter, The Globe & Mail: Report on Business

Panelists
Frank Soqui, Vice-President, Intel
Daryl Sartain, Director, Advanced Micro Devices
Dereck Orr, Division Chief, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Sandra Clarke, Global Education Solutions Manager, Lenovo

Immersed 2017 Meals & Breaks
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NETWORKING RECEPTION

Immersed 2018 Networking Reception
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Networking Reception

Immersed 2018 Keynote Sessions
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Lenovo's Canadian VR Classroom Launch Event
Marc Saltzman
Lucille De Haitre, Director, Public Sector Canada, Lenovo