The parents of the AR and VR industry were also mentioned along with some very emotional moments from previous editions of AWE.
“It’s been 893 days since we last met and now we are back! If we learned one thing during nearly two years of Covid is that people can do nearly anything in XR: shop, work out, travel and even party remotely. Here is one thing we can’t do: meet the heroes! Connect with people on a deeper level.” Ori said.
“The XR industry not only survived the pandemic, it thrived! We want every business in the world to know that if you want to grow your business the answer is here: thrive to the power of XR!” continued the AWE CEO and cofounder in his opening keynote.
Of course the M word could not have been avoided: the Metaverse is the buzzword of the moment after all, and Ori helped to demystify it by presenting it in a fun, TV game show format:
The Main Stage was packed with people who came to the first in-person AWE after two years and waited, with eager anticipation, for the next presentation from Niantic’s CEO and Founder, John Hanke.
John Hanke’s keynote focused on how we can build a Real World Metaverse for Everyone followed by the big announcement the company made just yesterday about
What exactly does that mean?
Check out the recording of his talk from the AWE YouTube channel
Simultaneously, the track sessions kicked off: Thomas Kauer from Tesla opened the floor at the Enterprise track while Jay Wright, Campfire CEO explained what drives productivity for distributed teams in the Remote Collaboration, Training & Education track.