Exploring Future Reality

Is the age of virtual and augmented reality, long anticipated, finally upon us? Exploring Future Reality is a full day event with faculty researchers and industry experts delivering lightning talks, presentations and interactive demos. The discussion will focus on the impact of VR/AR on the media and technology industry, including best practices for storytelling, prototyping, and distribution.


Thursday, November 10th, 2016

White Box Theater
1515 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10010
Enter at 44th and Broadway

Program at a glance

  • What is Reality? How AR and VR will change the world...
  • The Business of VR: Industry forecast and business model insights
  • Experiments: Practitioners share best practices
  • Demo expo
  • Master class with Envrmnts from Verizon Labs
  • Technical Horizons: Device and hardware forecast
  • Startup pitch session
  • Investor round-table
  • Networking + cocktails


Steven Feiner, Columbia University
Ken Perlin, NYU
Somya Gottipati, NBCUniversal
Christian Egeler, Verizon
Mark Skwarek, NYU
Adaora Udoji, Angel Investor
Natacha Merritt, West Summit Capital
Shawn Cheng, Vayner
Chris Hercek, Time Inc.
Michael Calvert, Sketchfab
Brett Leary, Digitas
Kelly Alfieri, New York Times
David Liu, Viacom
Marc Maleh, R/GA
Resh Sidhu, Framestore
Winslow Burleson, NYU X-Lab
Chaki Ng, Viacom
Helen Situ, NextVR
Javier Molina, NYU Integrated Digital Media
Rob Ruffler, Viacom

Apply by Friday, October 21st 2016: University Demo Session

The NYC Media Lab is looking to exhibit new AR/VR research, projects, prototypes from NYC universities. If you're a current university faculty member or student, you are eligible to demo at Viacom during Exploring Future Reality. Please use the following form to submit an application.

Apply by Friday, October 21st 2016: Startup Lightning Pitch

NYC Media Lab will select 12 early stage startups working in the developing VR/AR industries to do a 5-minute lighting pitch during Exploring Future Reality. While all team members are invited to attend, only one member from each team may deliver the pitch. Please use the following form to submit an application:

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