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The Intersection of Immersive & Emerging: VR, AR, Blockchain, and More

Monday, May 1 @ 6:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Network with other ARVR Academy members and join us for lightning talks highlighting the importance of emerging technologies and their impact on the virtual and augmented reality industries.
Doors open at 6:15pm, talks begin at 7:00



Maddie Callander is Director of Operations at Boost VC, a startup accelerator in San Mateo, CA founded by 4th-generation venture capitalist, Adam Draper. With their focus on investing in early-stage startups, Maddie has worked with 100+ technology startups in the bitcoin/blockchain and virtual reality sectors.
Maddie is driven to create a world where all women are empowered to start startups and build tech companies. She is on the Board of the US National Committee for UN Women (SF Chapter).
Maddie has a B.A. in Art History and Spanish from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She is a gemini, Harry Potter fan, avid reader & loves musicals. Olivia Pope is her patronus.



Tobiah Zarlez
Hi, I’m Tobiah. I’m a Game Evangelist at Microsoft and an independent game developer from the SF Bay Area. Right after college, I started a company called Yobonja with a couple of friends. We made dozens of games, and eventually had a hit with “Blast Monkeys”, which was the number one app on Android for 6+ months. The game was downloaded over 12 million times in the first year, and people still play it and its sequel today. I started working for Microsoft in 2013. Now I spend my time learning new technologies, talking to developers, teaching them what I know, and helping them make better games and more successful companies. I still make games on the side, but now I get to focus on creating experimental games and interesting interactive experiences.


Liv Erickson
Liv Erickson is a virtual and augmented reality creator focusing on developer outreach at High Fidelity in San Francisco. She is a co-founder of ARVR Academy, an organization focusing on immersive technology education, sits on the board of advisors for the Virtual Reality Developer Conference, and is a VR mentor at Boost VC. Previously, Liv worked at Microsoft as a VR/AR Evangelist and led evangelism on desktop VR applications and HoloLens in the United States. She is the creator and host of Just A/VR Show, a web show focusing on development and design for 3D applications, author of the book Entering the Metaverse, and blogs at The Matrix is My Office.
Social Q
Our team is composed of Stanford students studying computer science. SocialQ is an application on the HoloLens that assists children with Autism-Spectrum Disorder better recognize facial expressions.


Monday, May 1
6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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San Francisco, CA 94107 United States