AWE Nite SF October - Headworn night!

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Verizon Innovation Center

201 Spear Street, 9th Floor · San Francisco, ca

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Upon arrival, head directly to the elevators and up to the 9th floor. On the 9th floor, please check in at registration.

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On Tuesday, October 29, the Verizon Innovation Center will host a special edition of AWE Nite SF.

The event will spotlight headworn devices, including a data & insights presentation, panel discussion and off-stage headset demos.

Space is limited so RSVP before we sell out!

Food & Beverage will be sponsored by the Verizon Innovation Center, and production is made possible by Super Ventures, Rock Paper Reality, AR Insider and SpatialFirst.

Interested in demoing, sponsoring or volunteering at this event? Fill out this form

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6:30-7:00PM: Doors Open

7:00-7:10PM: Welcome and introduction presented by Mike Boland, Chief Analyst, ARtillery Intelligence | Editor, AR Insider

7:10-8:00PM: Headworn Panel
Host: Tom Emrich - Augmented Reality & Wearable Tech Pioneer

Avi Bar-Zeev, CTO - Reality Prime
Kelly Peng - CEO & Engineer - Kura AR
Preston Platt, CTO - Rock Paper Reality
Nigel Burton, CEO – RealMax

8:00-9:00PM: Networking with food and beverage sponsored by the Verizon Innovation Center; and headset demos/try-ons.

Demoing Companies to be announced soon!

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Our Presenting Companies

Mike Boland - ARtillery Intelligence, AR Insider
AR Insider is a publication about spatial computing. Through writings and multimedia, it provides deep and analytical views into the industry’s players, opportunities and strategies.

Tom Emrich - Augmented Reality & Wearable Tech Pioneer
Sometimes called the “man from the future”, Tom is recognized as one of the world’s leading thought leaders in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) & wearable technology and has over 10 years of experience working with these technologies.

Avi Bar-Zeev, CTO - Reality Prime
In early 2010, he helped found and invent the HoloLens at Microsoft, developing the first prototypes, demos, patents, plans and UX concepts, sufficient to convince his leadership. At Bing, he built first prototypes for developer-facing aspects of AR, sometimes called the "AR cloud." At Amazon, he helped develop PrimeAir and Echo Frames. He most recently helped Apple advance its own undisclosed projects. In[masked], he co-founded Keyhole, the company behind Google Earth, and helped define Second Life's core technology.

Preston Platt, CTO - Rock Paper Reality
Preston has executed award-winning mobile and headworn designs and applications for enterprise, entertainment, digital agencies, and top-tier brands. Since 2010, Preston has developed AR/XR experiences for platforms such as Google, ODG, Microsoft, Magic Leap and mobile.

Kelly Peng - CEO & engineer at Kura AR
Kura AR is making an ultra-wide field of view (150 degree) and high brightness AR glasses for visualization and training.

Nigel Burton, CEO – RealMax
After two decades as a General Manager in Microsoft, Nigel started a company working with AR glasses in 2014. He was inspired by the Hololens and worked with products from Epson, Meta, Google, and Immy.

More to be announced soon!

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Headworn Demos

Announcements Coming soon!

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Our Sponsors

AWE (Augmented World Expo): The world’s #1 XR event series including conference and expo dates in the USA, Europe, Asia and Israel and 10 meetup chapters around the globe.

Super Ventures: The first early stage fund for Augmented Reality. We believe that AR, VR, and MR are giving people real superpowers and are on a mission to invest in early stage startups that are using these superpowers to change the world. Learn more about the fund, our partners and our portfolio at

At the core of the digital ecosystem are connectivity, platform and solution building blocks, and at Verizon’s Innovation Centers, we demonstrate our vision and strategy for the connected world.