Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers You Should Be Following

10 Apr , 2018 Others Mark Metry

Top 10 Virtual Reality Influencers You Should Be Following

Virtual reality is on the cusp of explosive growth.

It seems like everyday we see new startups posing innovative solutions to problems in the immersive technology industry. 

The best way to learn about a new emerging field is to speak to people directly working in the industry right now. 

At VeeR we have rounded up the best minds you should be following in the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality space today. 

Do you know of these admirable individuals and how did you discover them? 

Kent Bye

Kent Bye Voices of VR

Credit to Kent Bye-Host of Voice of VR​

Host of Voices of VR, Kent has traveled to the top VR gatherings around the world since May 2014 to bring you a diverse range of VR perspectives and insights from over 500 makers and seasoned academics. Kent is by far one of the most intelligent minds on the scene of immersive technologies.
 
With over 600 episodes featuring interviews with the pioneering game developers, enthusiasts, and technologists driving virtual reality. Kent is a VR developer himself, his journalism is informed by both his technological expertise as well as a deeply embedded need to uncover best creative practices and social applications.
 
Kent’s wide range of expertise in various topics establishes him to be one of the leading minds in the coming virtual reality revolution.

Alan Smithson

Alan Smithson

Credti to Alan Smithson–CEO at MetaVRse​

As CEO at MetaVRse of North America’s Leading Virtual & Augmented Reality Consultancy, Alan is focused on developing business applications and platforms for Fortune 100 companies across a diverse range of industries including Retail, Media and Communications Travel/Tourism, Industrial, Oil & Gas, Mining and Construction) Medical & Education.
 
Alan’s business has worked with companies like Samsung, HBO, Techweek, Microsoft, Comcast, and many more.

Sabarish Gnanamoorthy

Sabarish Gnanamorrth

credit to Sabarish Gnanamoorthy-the youngest AR developer

Sabarish is a 14 year-old Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality developer. He is the youngest AR developer in the world to be sponsored by Microsoft to develop for the Microsoft HoloLensHe is also supported and sponsored by the Thiel Foundation for his venture, WaypointAR.
 
WaypointAR is an augmented reality navigation platform for airports, campuses, large conferences, and malls. Sabarish has been awarded a scholarship from Udacity for their VR Developer Nanodegree program and he’s one of the youngest people to have built several applications for VR and AR. His mentors and advisors represent some of the leading companies in the AR/VR space. 
 
Sabarish is leading his young generation into the field of transformative and life changing technologies with the mentality of it can be done, no matter how young you are.

Alice Bonasio

Alice Bonasio

Credit to Alice Bonasio-top journalist covering VR industry

Alice is one of the top journalists covering the virtual reality industry. Alice answers questions like how immersive technology will change the way we learn, what other technologies VR integrates with as well as the culture cross-over. Alice writes for Wired, Fast Company, Quartz, Playboy, Scientific American, Ars Technica, The Next Web, and others

Over the past 15+ years, Alice has helped many start-ups, corporations and institutions shape their communications strategy and tell their stories to a global audience. Editor-in-Chief of Tech Trends – a fast-growing technology website and blog for technophiles and technophobes alike – and providing strategic VR Consultancy to a broad range of clients

Darshan Shankar

Darshan

Credit to Darshan Shankar-CEO of BigScreen VR

Darshan is the CEO & Founder of BigScreen VR. Bigscreen is bringing personal computing into virtual reality with software that enables users to hangout & collaborate in VR.
 
Bigscreen is an innovative startup pathing the way for PC gaming in VR, Lan Parties and even IMAX VR Movie Nights!

Antony Vitillo

Antony-Vitillo

credit to Antony Vitillo-Former Co-founder of ImmotionAR

Former Co-Founder of ImmotionAR, a startup aimed at adding a full body of the user inside the virtual world. Owner and writer of The Ghost Howls, a blog about virtual reality, augmented reality and the startup life.
 

Cathy Hackl

Cathy Hackl

credit to Cathy Hackl-founter of Latinos in VR/AR

Emmy-nominated communicator turned virtual reality & augmented reality, producer, speaker and futuristic content creator.
 
Cathy Hackl was selected as a 2017 Oculus Launch Pad Fellow, a program designed to support promising VR content creators and help them bring their unique ideas to market. She currently helps innovative tech brands with highly-specialized communications services, while teaching communicators about the latest tools and tech. She’s also the founder of Latinos in VR/AR and one of the women leading the virtual revolution.

Nonny De La Peña

Nonny De La Pena

credit to Nonny-CEO of Emblematic Group

Nonny is “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” from The Guardian and Engadget. CEO and Founder of the Emblematic Group, one of the world’s leading virtual reality experience agency.
 
One of the of the most influential pioneers in developing virtual reality as a modern means of expression. Fast Company acknowledged Nonny as one of the people who made the world more creative for her ground-breaking work in immersive journalism.

John Carmack

John Carmack

credit to Join Carmack-CTO of Oculus

John D. Carmack is the CTO of Oculus and an American game programmer and the co-founder of ID Software. Carmack was the lead programmer of the id computer games Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, their sequels and the Commander Keen series of games.
 
John regularly tweets out information and creates videos with top editorial publishers on the latest virtual reality news from Oculus.

Charlie Fink

Charlie Fink VR

credit to Charlie Fink-Forbes Jounranlist about VR/AR

Charlie Fink writes about VR, AR and New Media for Forbes. He is the former Disney, AOL, and AG Interactive executive who famously came up with the idea for The Lion King. In the 90s, Fink was EVP & COO of VR pioneer Virtual World Entertainment.

He is now a consultant and frequent speaker on the topic at conferences like CES, SXSW, AWE, ARinAction, VR Toronto (keynote), VR Voice Entertainment Summit (keynote), VIFF, Digital Hollywood, and “On The Lot” by VRS (keynote).

Which virtual reality influencer is your favorite? 

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Mark Metry is the Founder of VU Dream, an agency dedicated to helping virtual and augmented reality startups market their innovative products into reality.

Mark is also the Host of the Humans 2.0 podcast, a top charts iTunes podcast that features talented and impactful people in the new 21st century world. Mark has been featured in publications like the Huffington Post and VRScout.


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