VRTO – VIRTUAL & AUGMENTED REALITY
WORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality Conference & Expo Features
Our aim is to empower people to share their world, culture, knowledge and dreams with the assistance of emergent immersive technologies.
Comprising a team of experienced professionals in immersive technology and computing, entertainment, event production and conference building, VRTO is a virtual and augmented reality Meetup Group that has run several Canadian firsts including the largest VR showcase in Ontario (VAR Show July 2015) and the FIVARS festival – the first virtual and augmented reality stories festival of its kind in Canada (September 2015).
Professional International Conference
A full conference with many key, international and domestic speakers, and panelists featuring keynotes by Prof. Steve Mann (Meta), Hollywood director Brett Leonard (Lawnmower Man), Ana Serrano (CDO of CFC), Prof. Phillip Lelyveld (USC)
Historic Town Hall and Ethics Consortium
Read about the historic Code of Ethics on Humanistic Augmentation that was ratified at VRTOC2016.
Educational rooms where local and international industry leaders share their experience and wisdom on immersive video production, and authoring interactive content for virtual reality – for two full days. Learn more…
The Hacker's Guide to the Metaverse
With the VR revolution here, we are re-imagining the web itself as a place that people will one day inhabit. Get a hands-on approach to creating your own virtual worlds directly in the web browser. Learn how to make multiplayer 3D websites for virtual reality and perhaps more importantly, witness the birth of the next web from the very people who are building it. Learn more…
A dynamic and diverse exhibition hall with interactive exhibitors, products and vendors and over 17 unique interactive content demos. Check out EscapeTombVR from Globacore – a room-scale VR experience that’s been ported to the Vive for demo at VRTO as an experimental work to showcase the possibility of “backtop” style computers enabling un-tethered, un-restricted movement in large virtual environments!
FIVARS Immersive Content Pavilion
Note: A FIVARS ticket or Super Pass is required to attend this pavilion in order to avoid wait times and ensure a comfortable viewing experience.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Steve Mann
Prof. Steve Mann, PhD (MIT ’97), P.Eng. (Ontario), Chief Scientist, Metavision and Rotman CDL, pictured here with 3 of his inventions: EyeTap Digital Eye Glass, Smartwatch, and the SWIM (Sequential Wave Imprinting Machine) which makes radio waves appear to sit still (“sitting waves” rather than standing waves) by shearing the spacetime continuum at the exact angle that makes the speed of light appear is if it is exactly equal to zero. This is called phenomenological augmented reality. Mann is also the inventor of HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging, and is widely regarded as “the father of wearable computing.”
Sunday June 26th, 2016 – 9:15am – Conference Room 1 (Alumni Lounge)
Conference Pass or Super Pass Required
Special Saturday Night Performance:
H2Orchestra/ARchestra: Phenomenological augmented reality with water.
Musicians: Ryan Janzen, Ken Yang, and Steve Mann.
Name of composition: “Codecert: Code of Ethics on Virtuality, Robotics, and Human Augmentation” by Steve Mann and Ryan Janzen.
Saturday, June 25th 2016 – 8pm – Exhibition Hall – Concourse Level 4
Note: A Super Pass is required to attend this performance
Keynote: Director Brett Leonard
“The Mythic Story of VR: Transformation or Control?”
For over 25 years, Brett Leonard has been at the forefront of the digital media revolution – whether it be as Director/Writer of the groundbreaking cult-classic film Lawnmower Man, which introduced the concept of Virtual Reality to popular culture – or being the first to pioneer modern stereoscopic techniques and photo-realistic CGI in his hit IMAX 3D film “T-Rex” – or introducing American audiences to Russell Crowe and many other talents both in front of and behind the camera – Brett’s work as a visionary Director/Producer/Futurist has always pushed the edge of innovation in the entertainment industry. Brett is now passionately focused on defining truly interactive narrative entertainment for the new emerging mediums of VR/AR.
Sunday, June 26th, 2016 – 2pm – Conference Hall 1 (Alumni Lounge)
Conference Pass or Super Pass required
The 2016 Conference Speakers, Presenters & Panelists
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Brett LeonardDirector (Los Angeles)
The Lawnmower Man, Virtuosity
Philip LelyveldVR/AR Initiative program lead (Los Angeles)
Ana SerranoChief Digital Officer (Toronto)
Nick BicanicDirector, CEO (Los Angeles)
Christina HellerCEO and Co-Founder (Los Angeles)
Adam CoscoVirtual Reality Director (Los Angeles)
Ruth BirmanVR Consultant (Toronto)
Philippe LewickiCaptain (Los Angeles)
Tim Dashwood360VR Post-Solutions Developer (Toronto)
Jeff PreyraProducer (Toronto)
360 Story Lab
Lucie LalumièreFounder (Toronto)
Keram Malicki-SanchezDirector (Toronto)
Murray McKercherCo-Founder (Toronto)
Srinivas KrishnaFounder (Toronto)
Kibaya NjengaProject Manager (Toronto)
Morgan YoungCEO & Co-Founder (Toronto)
Ian TuasonFounder (Toronto)
Slavica CeperkovicProfessor (Toronto)
Seneca College, School of Media
Khayyam WakilVR Strategy & Innovation (Los Angeles)
Nyla InnuksukProducer/ Owner (Toronto)
Alex DaviesTech Writer, VR Advocate (Toronto)
Ben UnsworthPresident and Co-Founder (Toronto)
Richard BrooFounder and CEO (Los Angeles)
Russell WuCreative Director – (Toronto)
Andrew MacDonaldCreative Director (Toronto)
J. Lee WilliamsVFX+Animation Director (Toronto)
Samantha MathewsCo-Founder and CEO (Los Angeles)
Craig AlguireTechnical Director (Toronto)
Nancy EperjesyCo-Founder (Montreal)
Graeme MoffatPhD – VP of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (Toronto)
Gareth SeltzerFounding Investor (Toronto)
Ian ForesterCo-founder, Chief Creative Officer (Los Angeles)
Blair RenaudCEO/Creative Lead (Toronto)
Lee VermeulenCo-founder (Toronto)
Bernie RoehlSoftware Developer (Guelph, ON)
Philip PloughPresident (Los Angeles)
Frederic GuarinoFounder (Montréal)
Jason Diamond | The Diamond BrothersCo-Founder (NY)
Isaac RaymentFounder (Toronto)
JF TremblayLead Practice AR/VR (Montreal)
Josh MaldonadoCo-founder (Toronto)
Keith MakseCEO (Kitchener, ON)
Pierre FriquetVR Filmmaker, Co-founder
MRKI (Mixed Reality Kinetic Immersion)
Chris Bobotis360/VR Software Architect (Montreal, QC)
Rosemarie TrocheWriter, Director, Producer
Alexei GavrilinePresident (Toronto)
John HamiltonCEO (Montreal)
Rick DolishnyVR Animation Studio (Toronto)
Awane JonesFounder (Montreal)
Alan SmithsonCo-Founder & CEO (Toronto)
AluChief Hacker (Los Angeles)
VRTOC2016 would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, many of whom are independent startups, perhaps just like you! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the VRTO Conference & EXPO 2016, and reaching the heart of the Canadian entertainment and tech industry, please see the contact section below.
MEDIA & COMMUNITY PARTNERS
VRTOC2016 is very grateful to our media partners and friends for helping to connect the communities together. If you are interested in helping to spread the word about the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & EXPO 2016, and reaching the heart of the Canadian entertainment and tech industry, please see the contact section below.
Where to stay/eat
Finding a good hotel can be tricky. Fortunately there are many hotels and restaurants located near the event. Be sure to reserve early however, as Toronto is a very busy city in the summer months!
The cost of the hotel accommodation and travel is not included in the event fee. For corporate accommodation rate, please contact us directly.
The VRTO Conference and Expo is for all ages over 13, though some demos may not accommodate minors. Tickets are non-refundable. VRTO attendance does not guarantee access to any particular demo, but rather the event as a whole.
By attending Virtual Reality Toronto Conference and Expo 2016 (aka “VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo,” “VRTO Con,” or “VRTOC”) at 50 Carlton St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre (“the Location”) on June 25th – 27th, 2016, you release VRTO Conference and Expo, the Location, all of the event’s organizers, volunteers, employees, exhibitors, vendors and contractors from any and all liability – financial or otherwise – that may arise from my attendance at the above mentioned event. You are hereby aware that some people experience nausea, disorientation, motion sickness, general discomfort, headaches or other health issues when experiencing virtual reality.
Your entry signals your agreement to take full responsibility for these or any other consequences that may arise from attendance at VRTO Conference and Expo. Be aware that some content being exhibited is in an unfinished, prototype state, and may heighten the above sensations. Demo experiences are explicitly not intended for users under 13 years of age, and your entry signals your agreement to take full responsibility for any use of virtual reality or any other technologies exhibited at VRTO Conference and Expo by any minors in your care. By remaining on the premises you agree you will not pursue legal action against VRTO Conference and Expo, the Location, any of the event’s organizers, volunteers, employees, exhibitors, vendors, or contractors for any damages – real or perceived – arising from attendance at VRTO Conference and Expo. If you do not wish to be subject to the foregoing, please do not attend VRTO Conference and Expo.
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