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Intel Buzz Workshop Next Week!

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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!

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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.

Welcome to the Future of Intelligent Digital Reality at Immersed 2017

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Register Now to Hear International Speakers Present the Latest Advances in Immersive Technologies and the Impact of AI on Digitized Media

Toronto, Canada (Oct 16, 2017) – Immersed 2017 marks the 4th anniversary of the premier East Coast gathering of immersive technology leaders, investors, content makers, creators and end users to experience a showcase of digitized realities and to learn more about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and other upcoming technologies. Register today to attend the Immersive Technology Alliance’s (ITA) Immersed conference at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada, October 19-21. Read More

Habib Zargarpour, Tricia Dugan Speaking at Immersed 2017

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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

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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

Google Speaking at Immersed 2017

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Kevin Chang, Product Designer, Google Daydream Labs

Kevin Chang is a Product Designer in Google’s Daydream Labs.  He specializes in prototyping unreleased products in the augmented and virtual reality space.  He’s going to be speaking at Immersed 2017 and we are certain he has entertaining stories to tell.  Be sure to check out the growing list of Immersed speakers, and get registered ASAP as space is limited.

Immersed takes place October 19-21, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Immersed Conference Demonstrating Viability of VR / AR / MR / 3D Markets

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Celebrating its fourth year, the Immersive Technology Alliance’s (ITA) Immersed conference takes place at the Ontario Science Centre from October 19-21 in Toronto, Canada. Audiences include professionals working in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), 3D, and organizations that stand to enrich operations by using immersive technologies today.

“We are thrilled to present this year’s keynote speakers: Frank Soqui, General Manager of VR for Intel, a 35-year company veteran; Buzz Hays, immersive film legend and Head of Product for Lytro; and David Parker, a technology consultant whose volunteer work with the terminally ill and virtual reality at Toronto’s Mt. Sinai Hospital has changed lives and earned national press,” said Neil Schneider, president of the Immersive Technology Alliance.

Leading international speakers discuss the media’s not-too-distant future and demonstrate how a multitude of industries are enriching day-to-day operations and customer satisfaction using immersive technologies like AR, VR, and 3D.  The benefits go well beyond business and entertainment; immersive technology is positively impacting lives today.

Notable industry speakers include Space Channel, FORREC, InMediaStudio, IBM (Watson), Chosen Realities, Jon Peddie Research, The Khronos Group, Nvidia, Sophic Capital, Enable Education, and more. Additional speakers will be revealed during the lead-up to the conference.

Intel Corporation is the gold sponsor for Immersed 2017. Participating industries include: entertainment, education, marketing, healthcare, manufacturing and experience design. A discount program is available for students.

Professionals and industry working in the field will learn from market leaders and benefit from valuable networking opportunities throughout the show. Businesses and organizations will learn how immersive technology can positively impact their deliverables today and meet the right people to do it.

Key features of Immersed include a dedicated two plus day professional speaker and education series, a private business-to-business exhibition hall, and several top level networking opportunities including meals for most professional days.

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About The Immersive Technology Alliance (The ITA)
Non-profit and non-proprietary, The Immersive Technology Alliance (The ITA) was founded to help build viability for the immersive technology markets such as augmented and virtual reality, stereoscopic 3D, gesture technology, and more.

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