Tuesday, March 27, 2018
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut as we take a deep dive into the worlds of Augmented Reality (A/R) and Virtual Reality (V/R). What do the incredible breakthroughs in these technologies mean for business?
We’ll talk about some of the astounding ways A/R and V/R are being applied today.
- 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Reception and networking
- 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Panel discussion
- 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Networking
Bernard François, Founder, PreviewLabs
Bernard has a passion for game design and game programming, and in 2009 he decided to leverage those passions by starting the first company dedicated to the development of prototypes using game technology: PreviewLabs. PreviewLabs turns ideas into interactive prototypes, allowing its clients to evaluate concepts early on. This service enables them to explore more different concepts and ultimately helps them to be more successful in developing new products. In the first seven years of PreviewLabs, Bernard oversaw the development of prototypes for more than 150 different concepts, for clients including Walt Disney Imagineering and Yale University, and also many startups seeking to develop new products.
Matthew Wallace, President & CEO, VRSim
Prior to joining VRSim as its President and CEO, Matt worked as legal counsel, consultant, director, and advisor for a range of early-stage tech companies. He is recognized as an industry expert in the practical and cost-effective business uses of virtual reality applications, and he has represented VRSim as a presenter at numerous industry conferences including ShipTech (shipbuilding), Tech South (oil and gas), IASCAP (homeland security), and TTEC (military applications). He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington, an M.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a J.D. from Walter F. George School of Law.
Rod Recker, Chief Technology Officer, The Glimpse Group and General Manager, Glimpse Group Consulting
Rod has more than 25 years of experience in software development and executive management. From 1998 until 2016 he worked at Autodesk, Inc., a software maker of advanced tools for computer-aided design, movie special effects, and game development. Additionally, he led global teams working in the areas of user interface design, quality control, and SAAS software development. Prior to Autodesk, Mr. Recker co-founded Lightscape Technologies, a maker of specialized 3D visualization software for the architectural design and visual effects markets. This company was acquired by Autodesk in 1998. Rod holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University where he conducted research in the Program of Computer Graphics with Professor Donald Greenberg, a pioneer in the field.
John Ireland, Upfront Analysis
John has an extensive background in Business Development and has worked in many industries helping companies prosper. He has consulted for the Corporate Finance department of Jesup & Lamont, focusing on Energy, Water, and Environmental opportunities. He spent eight years at Tosco Corporation in Business Development and Strategic Planning, and he was instrumental in Tosco’s growth through mergers and acquisitions from a single refinery to the largest independent oil refiner and marketer in the United States. John founded an internet startup in the oil and gas market, Downstream Energy, focusing on communication between oil refineries and their wholesale marketers. Upon graduation from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in biochemical engineering, John served as a biochemical engineer for Life Sciences, Inc. He also holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
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