2016 is the year that virtual reality finally goes mainstream, with Facebook, Valve, and Sony officially entering the market with mass-market devices. VR is not only changing video games, but fundamentally changing the ways that we interact with computers, the Internet, and each other. This once-a-decade technology disruption is ushering in a new generation of products, services, and companies. Patrick discusses why VR fits the pattern of previous technology revolutions, drawing from his deep experience with emerging technology companies, as well as the work that’s left to be done to cement Austin’s role as a major hub of VR innovation, creativity, and prosperity.
Patrick Curry is an entrepreneur and creator of video games, software, and companies. In his twenty year career, he’s founded five companies, mentored numerous startups, and helped ship over 20 games. Patrick’s work at The Walt Disney Company, Midway Games, and Marvel Entertainment has won awards and been enjoyed by millions of players worldwide. Patrick sold his most recent company to Unity Technologies, creators of the Unity Game Engine, which powers smash hit games like Pokémon Go, Hearthstone, and Monument Valley.