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Future of Reality Summit

Future of Reality Summit

The inaugural Future of Reality Summit, hosted by the Media + Emerging Technology Lab at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on November 5-6, 2018.

The Future of Reality (FoR) Summit is designed to initiate cross-field discussion (medicine, sports, religion, business, entertainment, technology) as we explore immersive storytelling strategies and audience engagement via emerging technologies. FoR is an intimate event intended to establish a network of executives, practitioners, researchers and thought leaders who will not only contribute to the narrative of FoR but will also help to create an environment for inspiration and collaboration between attendees and speakers.

Kent Bye, Summit Host and MC

Kent ByeSince May 2014, Kent Bye has traveled to the top VR gatherings around the world and conducted over 900 Voices of VR podcast interviews featuring the pioneering game developers, enthusiasts and technologists driving the resurgence of virtual reality.

He combines his background in art and science to distill the diverse thoughts and impressions of leading immersive technology visionaries, creators, and academics, and provides a holistic look at the future of virtual reality told by the people who are making it. He has also conducted over 90 interviews about Artificial Intelligence for his podcast The Voices of AI, which recently launched. You can follow his latest thoughts about VR on Twitter @kentbye.

2018 Schedule

A full PDF schedule is available here.

November 5th – Future of Reality’s Immersive Arcade

Location: Center for Design Innovation, 450 Design Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

  • 10am to Noon: UNCSA and Honored Guest Immersive Arcade Access
  • Noon to 1pm: Lunch Break
  • 1pm: Early Entry for VIP Ticket Holders
  • 2pm: Entry for General Ticket Holders
  • 5:30pm: Announcements
  • 5:30pm to 7pm: Cocktails & Appetizers

November 6th - Future of Reality Speaker Program

Location: UNC School of the Arts, ACE Theater Complex, 1533 S Main St, Winston-Salem, NC 27127

  • 8:15 to 9am: Continental Breakfast & Networking
  • Promptly at 9am: Morning Speaker Program
  • 12:00pm to 1:30pm: Lunch, Networking and Film School Tours
  • 1:30pm to 5:30pm: Afternoon Speaker Program
  • 5:30pm to 7:30pm: Summit Attendee Happy Hour
  • 7:30pm to 11pm: After party

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