Last day to buy early-bird tickets for TC Sessions: AR/VR 2018

Holy smokes, TC Sessions: AR/VR 2018 is less than a month away, and it’s going to be an epic, day-long event. But listen up tech fans, the following reality is neither augmented nor virtual: our $99 early-bird ticket price — a 50 percent savings — ends today. If you want to join us in Los […]

Holy smokes, TC Sessions: AR/VR 2018 is less than a month away, and it’s going to be an epic, day-long event. But listen up tech fans, the following reality is neither augmented nor virtual: our $99 early-bird ticket price — a 50 percent savings — ends today. If you want to join us in Los Angeles on October 18 at the lowest possible price, buy your ticket here today.

We’re also offering a special discount to students. You can buy your $45 ticket right here.

Looking to save even more money? Simply tweet your attendance through our ticketing platform, and you’ll save an extra 25 percent — for early-bird tickets — and 15 percent for student tickets.

What can you expect at TC Sessions: AR/VR 2018? An excellent question! We partnered with UCLA’s Anderson Venture Accelerator for a program-packed day featuring some of the world’s brightest minds in AR/VR. You’ll have ample opportunity for hands-on demos, deep-dive conversations, in-depth workshops — and time to network with influential, ground-breaking leaders in all realities augmented and virtual.

Here’s just a quick sampling of our speakers: Parham Aarabi, founder and CEO of ModiFace; Adam Arrigo, co-founder and CEO of TheWaveVR; and Cyan Banister, a partner at Founders Fund.

We have great presentations on tap, too. Hear Ashley Crowder (VNTANA), Shawn Frayne (Looking Glass Factory) and Brett Jones (Lightform) talk about using holograms to replace expensive headsets.

AR and VR — it’s not all fun and games. Derek Belch (STRIVR), Clorama Dorvilias (DebiasVR) and Morgan Mercer (Vantage Point) will talk about ways business can use the technologies to train employees.

Greg Castle (Anorak Ventures) and Peter Rojas (Betaworks) will discuss how early-stage investors have changed their approach to funding new talent and suggest ways founders can grab their attention.

That’s just a taste of what industry leaders, content creators and game changers will present. Take a gander at the full agenda.

Join us October 18 in Los Angeles at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR for an incredible gathering of the augmented and virtual reality community. Our early-bird pricing ends today, so get real and buy your ticket today.

TC Sessions: AR/VR early-bird sale extended to Friday

You heard it here first! Early-bird ticket sales are extended till September 28 for TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA. Don’t miss out on the biggest savings for this event — book your $99 tickets here. Students, get your tickets for just $45 when you book here. What’s going to happen at TC […]

You heard it here first! Early-bird ticket sales are extended till September 28 for TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA. Don’t miss out on the biggest savings for this event — book your $99 tickets here. Students, get your tickets for just $45 when you book here.

What’s going to happen at TC Sessions: AR/VR you ask?

You’re going to hear from today’s leading innovators, watch exclusive demos onstage and network with some of the world’s leading minds in augmented/virtual reality. Who wouldn’t want that?

Onstage discussions include Augmenting the Office, Building Inclusive Worlds, Your Virtual Self, and Ditching Headsets for Holograms. And you’ll get to hear from leading industry minds, including:

Ashley Crowder (VNTANA)
Cyan Banister (Founders Fund)
Yelena Rachitsky (Oculus)
Nathan Burba (Survios)
Ficus Kirkpatrick (Facebook)
Matt Miesnieks (6D.AI)
Niko Bonatsos (General Catalyst)

When you tweet your attendance through our ticketing platform, you’ll save an additional 25 percent (for early-bird tickets) and 15 percent (for student tickets).

Check out the full agenda and speaker list here.

Early-bird tickets close today, 9/21

TC Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA is gearing up to be a great show. Early-bird sales end after today, September 21. Don’t miss out on the biggest savings for this event — book your $99 tickets here before prices go up by $100. The stage will feature some of the industry’s most groundbreaking […]

TC Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA is gearing up to be a great show.
Early-bird sales end after today, September 21. Don’t miss out on the biggest savings for this event — book your $99 tickets here before prices go up by $100.

The stage will feature some of the industry’s most groundbreaking companies and thought leaders from Oculus, Emmy-winning Baobab Studios, Facebook, Survios and more.


Why attend TC Sessions: AR/VR?

Big Conversations
Hear today’s innovators, leaders and experts share their experiences and insights

Exclusive Demos
Get a first-look at several never-before-seen augmented and virtual technology demos

Community Building
Meet the key players and contributors in AR/VR throughout the day and expand your network


Agenda Highlights:

Ditching Headsets for Holograms with Ashley Crowder (VNTANA), Shawn Frayne (Looking Glass Factory) and Brett Jones (Lightform)
Augmented reality may be a powerful sight, but it requires participants to own expensive hardware. Is there a workaround? Startups are working to centralize the experience but it’s going to look a lot different.

Building Inclusive Worlds with Cyan Banister (Founders Fund)
/> If you had the chance to redesign society, where would you even start? As game developers continue designing massive online virtual worlds where we will spend more and more time, how should we look to correct issues we encounter and how can we build a better future?

Kickstarting an Industry with Yelena Rachitzky (Oculus)
Oculus has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into funding VR content, and while the headset market is still small, developers have built plenty of games and experiences. Facebook’s VR future rests on people finding new worlds that they want to step into; how will Oculus make this happen?

See the full agenda here.


Don’t forget to book your early-bird tickets here before end of day today. Students, you can book tickets for just $45 here.

P.S. When you tweet your attendance through our ticketing platform, you’ll save an additional 25 percent (for Early Bird) and 15 percent (for student tickets).

Announcing the agenda for TC Sessions: AR/VR in LA on October 18

TechCrunch is heading to UCLA on October 18 and we’ve assembled some of the AR/VR industry’s most prescient founders, investors and executives to chat about the startups and trends driving virtual and augmented reality in 2018. The world’s top tech companies have heavily invested in AR/VR and are persistent in broadcasting the technologies’ potential to blur […]

TechCrunch is heading to UCLA on October 18 and we’ve assembled some of the AR/VR industry’s most prescient founders, investors and executives to chat about the startups and trends driving virtual and augmented reality in 2018.

The world’s top tech companies have heavily invested in AR/VR and are persistent in broadcasting the technologies’ potential to blur the lines of how consumers interact with the digital world. Beyond the tech titans, it’s the small startups that are dialing into what’s missing in the ecosystem right now. Our agenda showcases some of the powerhouses in the space, but also plenty of smaller teams that are building and debunking fundamental technologies for virtual worlds.

We still have a few tricks up our sleeves and will be adding some new names to the agenda over the next month so keep your eyes open. In the meantime, check out these agenda highlights:


TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR
UCLA, Los Angeles // October 18
See full agenda here

  • Kickstarting an Industry
    Yelena Rachitsky [Oculus
    Oculus has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into funding VR content, and while the headset market is still small, developers have built plenty of games and experiences. Facebook’s VR future rests on people finding new worlds that they want to step into, how will Oculus make this happen?
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  • The Social Experiment
    Adam Arrigo [TheWaveVR]Sophia Dominguez [SVRFand Gil Baron [Mindshow]
    If anything, the OculusVR acquisition in 2014 signaled that Facebook saw VR as a social final frontier. No one really knows what exactly those interactions looks like though, but there’s an awful lot that’s already been explored.
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  • Reality Checks
    Niko Bonatsos [General Catalyst]Catherine Ulrich [FirstMark Capitaland Jacob Mullins [Shasta Ventures]
    “[VR] is the frothiest space in the Valley right now. Nobody understands it but everyone wants in. Any idiot could walk into a f***ing room, utter the letters ‘V’ and ‘R’, and VCs would hurl bricks of cash at them.” Erlich BachmannWhile this may have indeed been the case a couple years ago, investor cash has been a bit sparser in 2018. Where are the opportunities now?
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  • Staying Lean and Mean
    Maureen Fan [Baobab Studios
    Baobab Studios has raised $31 million from top investors to create cinematic VR that excites audiences. While VR startups raised plenty of cash in 2016 and 2017, slow headset sales have caused startups to focus on building for a virtual future that might take a couple more years to reach.
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  • Cloud 6
    Matt Miesnieks [6D.ai] and Bruce Wooden [6D.ai
    AR is out there, but the experiences available today are still feeling pretty isolated. 6D.ai is building out cloud AR tech to link these experiences together on a digital layer of the real world.
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  • Ditching Headsets for Holograms
    Shawn Frayne [Looking Glass Factory]Brett Jones [Lightformand Ashley Crowder [VNTANA]
    Augmented reality may be a powerful sight, but it requires participants to own expensive hardware. Is there a workaround? Startups are working to centralize the experience but it’s going to look a lot different.
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  • Game Theory
    Nathan Burba [Survios] and James Iliff [Survios
    While VR might not just be about gaming, it’s accurate to say that, in 2018, it mainly is. Survios has raised nearly $55M to show the potential of VR gaming, as the studio continue releasing new titles, can they keep their momentum going and will gaming continue to be the big opportunity?
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  • Early Days, Early Bets
    Peter Rojas [Betaworks] other speakers to be announced soon
    Fewer AR/VR startups seem to be raising big seed rounds in 2018, but how have early-stage investors changed their approach to funding new talent in the space? How should founders get their attention?
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  • Building Inclusive Worlds
    Monika Bielskyte [AllFutureEverythingother speakers to be announced soon 
    If you had the chance to redesign society, where would you even start? As game developers continue designing massive online virtual worlds where we will spend more and more time, how should we look to correct issues we encounter and how can we build a better future?
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  • Augmenting the Office
    Clorama Dorvilias [DebiasVR] and Derek Belch [STRIVRand Morgan Mercer [Vantage Point] 
    How can businesses learn from mistakes before making them? By training employees with VR, there’s the potential to more accurately simulate key scenarios and push people towards good choices.
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  • Your Virtual Self
    Parham Aarabi  [ModiFaceother speakers to be announced soon
    Smartphone AR is already in your pocket, but what can consumers actually use it for? While Snapchat face filters took us half-way there, new tech is making it easier for us to augment our faces with real world use cases while also getting closer to building out realistic avatars of our virtual selves.

Early Bird tickets are still on sale for one more week. Buy your early bird tickets today for just $99 and you’ll save $100 before prices go up. Student tickets are just $45. Book your tickets here.
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