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Patrick Curry

Frank Roan

Central Library
710 W. Cesar Chavez
Downtown Austin

5:45pm Doors Open
6:15pm Presentation, Q&A
7:30pm Reception

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Technology advances in hardware and software have enabled virtual reality (VR) to reach a level of quality and cost that it is now attractive to the mass consumer market for entertainment, but it is also poised for success in business applications, education, healthcare, and more. Augmented reality (AR) is also at a tipping point for consumer adoption, potentially transforming business, defense, travel, and more.

VR and AR are expected to have breakthrough years in 2018, driven by leading technology companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, and realize by an explosive growth in applications from creative software startups and companies developing applications for these now affordable, powerful technology platforms. VR and AR are also being combined into mixed reality applications in entertainment and business that will amaze, inform, and educate.

Come hear longtime technology professionals Patrick Curry (FarBridge) and Frank Roan (HookBang) describe these technologies and their impact, and how Austin is poised for leadership.

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Patrick Curry

Frank Roan

Patrick Curry is an entrepreneur and creator of video games, software, and companies. He’s founded and mentored several startups and helped ship over 20 games. Patrick’s work at The Walt Disney Company, Midway Games, Marvel Entertainment, and Unity Technologies has been enjoyed by millions of players worldwide. Patrick is currently working on his latest startup, FarBridge, and co-organizing VR Austin.

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A seasoned software engineer and executive, Frank Roan has a long track record of building products, teams and companies from the ground up. He’s held senior or executive positions at Electronic Arts, Atari, 3DO, Multimedia Games, and Intific (now Cubic). He has been the General Manager of several development studios, the most recent of which grew to 80 employees, was voted one of Austin’s Top Workplaces, and was sold in early 2014. He’s currently the founder and CEO of HookBang, a full-service software design and development firm for brands, agencies and technology companies – specializing in Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), machine learning, machine vision, and artificial intelligence.

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