Speaker Bios

Tom Emrich

The Future of AR/VR

Partner, Super Ventures

Sometimes called the “man from the future” Tom Emrich is a leading voice in augmented reality, virtual reality and wearable tech. He is committed to driving adoption and innovation in technology which is augmenting the human experience.

Tom is an active investor and founding partner at Super Ventures, the first fund dedicated to augmented reality. He is also a community builder having grown a community of over 250,000 professionals dedicated to augmented reality, virtual reality & wearable technology through We Are Wearables, the largest wearable tech community in the world and AWE (Augmented World Expo) the world’s #1 AR+VR conference and expo with annual dates in the USA, China and Europe.

Tom has been recognized as a top global influencer for AR, VR and wearables and has presented talks at major conferences such as TEDx, SXSW, TechCrunch Disrupt SF, CVR, WT Conference, Wearable Technology Show, TOM*FW, and FITC. He regularly appears in the media as a futurist and expert including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Space Channel, CNN, BBC, CBC, Readers Digest, Globe and Mail and FASHION magazine.

Andreas Forsland

The Future of Communication: Biosensors, AI and Augmented Humans

Founder & CEO, Cognixion

Cognixion™ is the revolutionary sensory communication system that enables people to communicate using a brain computer interface (BCI) that translates brainwaves directly into communication. Cognixion has been internationally recognized for its innovation and use of exponential technologies to solve a social and healthcare global challenge – affecting the lives of 370 million people unable to speak. Cognixion has won the prestigious Roddenberry Prize, the Gold Edison Award for Social Impact, the Global Elevate Award and the Singularity University Global Grand Challenge for Education for its potential to impact over a billion lives.
Cognixion is located in Toronto Ontario and Santa Barbara California, and builds technology solutions that elegantly blend the power of artificial intelligence (A.I.), neuroscience (BCI) and augmented reality (AR).
Andreas has also spoken around the world on topics of innovation, transforming healthcare, universal design and most memorably, the ‘Future of Communication’ at the Library of Alexandria to inspire collaboration and unity through new methods of communication.

Brian Behlendorf

The Future of Open-Source Technology

Executive Director, Hyperledger Project at the Linux Foundation

Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director of Hyperledger Project. Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet and CTO of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm.

Elizabeth Newman

The Future of Gender Equality

Workplace Policy & Legislative Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women

Eric Ladizinsky

The Future of Quantum Computing

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, D-Wave

Kurt Karnatz

The Future of Intelligent Buildings

President, ESD