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vr_summit_logo-250x41The 3D printing space is one that is also regularly occupied by its high-tech cousin, virtual reality. The two platforms are often coupled together due to the wide range of complementary options they offer one another. Now, this futuristic gateway to 3D is being both explored and celebrated October 21st at the Virtual Reality Summit held by MecklerMedia within the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo series in Santa Clara, CA.

Featured within one of the hottest events of the year, the Virtual Reality Summit is making its debut. Both experts and attendees will take time out to consider what lies ahead for virtual reality, which has had a resurgence, some of which is owed to the technology of 3D printing, as it allows for countless devices to be created affordably and with infinite customizations.

logoThe keynote session will center around Mike Rothenberg, founder & CEO, CIO of Rothenberg Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focusing on investing in Seed+ stage startups and millennial founders. His session takes place 11:00-11:45 am on October 21st.

Other speakers for the Virtual Reality Summit include:

  • Jared Baer, COO, 5DT
  • Jarratt Carson, Executive Producer of Global Content, CMO, Greenfish Labs
  • Carolina Cruz-Neria, Ph.D., Director of the Emerging Analytics Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Clifton Dawson, CEO, GreenLight VR
  • Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D., Founder & President, EnterpriseVR
  • Marc-O Lepage, COO & Co-Founder, Vrvana
  • Jacquelyn Ford Morie, Founder and Chief Scientist, All These Worlds
  • Tony Parisi, Founder, Third Eye
  • Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D., Director of Medical VR Research, The USC Institute for Creative Technologies
  • Daniel Surya, CEO, WIR Global

“MecklerMedia’s Virtual Reality Summit brings together a group of hand-picked thought leaders who represent the ‘best of the best’ from those who are creating today’s and tomorrow’s Virtual Reality in its myriad configurations and uses,” said Sandra Kay Helsel, Ph.D, Virtual Reality Summit Chair, Editor of Inside 3D Printing Newsletter, and Strategic Communications Specialist.

“The program discussion will span the continuum of the business of VR—the investment and business development paradigms, platform technologies, software, applications, content development ecosystems, and markets,” continued Helsel.

santa claraAs virtual reality continues to light up markets like gaming and entertainment, it also offers vast opportunity in communications and business. The big guns of technology are all involved, as well,  from Samsung to Google–and even Facebook has a strong interest as VR becomes integrated with social media.

We follow endless stories connecting virtual reality and 3D printing, as the two technologies progress together offering infinite innovations. We see amazing 3D printed VR headset designsgamechanging educational programs, and entertaining but valuable research into such zany things as spiders exploring the VR world via 3D printing. That’s only the tip of the iceberg considering all that the two technologies are able to contribute when used together, and exploring this world at the new Virtual Reality Summit should be not only fun but extremely inspirational.

VR exhibits will remain open October 21-22. The conference is an official 3D Print Week California event, and a great opportunity for gaining insight, inspiration and allowing those who are interested in the industry to communicate, network, and connect–while learning more about today’s highly relevant technologies.

Other new highlights at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo series will include the 3D Print Vehicle Zone, thanks to a special grant, which we also reported on recently and will look forward to following closely. The show overall has an overwhelming amount of great features that make it well worth your time to check out, to include their famed startup competition and a long list of keynote speakers on multiple topics.

Registration numbers for this event are running at an all-time high, to the tune of 400% above normal. If you are planning to attend the conference, we highly recommend you purchase tickets before September 30, when early bird pricing ends. Click here for more information on the entire event and pricing–remember that readers of 3DPrint.com can save 20% off registration using discount code 3DPRINT, and check out the Inside 3D Printing Forum as well.

3D Print Week California takes place on October 19-23, 2015 at a variety of venues throughout San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

 MecklerMedia (OTCQX: MECK) is the leading producer of global trade shows, conferences, and digital publications covering 3D printing, robotics, and bitcoin/blockchain. MecklerMedia produces more than 25 conferences annually, including Inside 3D Printing, Inside Bitcoins, RoboUniverse, and the 3D Print Design Show. MecklerMedia’s news sites include Inside Bitcoins News, 3D Printing Industry, and 3DPrint.com, which provide up-to-date coverage to help drive business forward.

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