21 May 2024 | Sam Sprigg
Must-See Speakers, Talks and Panel Discussions at AWE USA 2024
AWE USA 2024

AWE USA 2024 is now less than one month away, and we couldn’t be more excited about all the amazing things we have in store for attendees at this year’s leading augmented and virtual reality event. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of our XR industry gathering, and with 6,500+ AR/VR professionals and enthusiasts expected to attend, as well as more than 500 speakers, 300 exhibitors, and top-name sponsors confirmed, it is set to be the biggest and best AR and VR event ever!

Our diverse list of speakers has grown significantly since we first announced things earlier this year, and we now have a total of 214 talks and panel discussions confirmed to take place over the course of the event, from June 18-June 20. We wanted to spotlight some of the incredible XR thought leaders and share some of the fascinating topics that will be discussed in a few weeks time in Long Beach. Of course, there are simply too many names to mention everyone, so these are just a few of the names and topics that we’re really excited to have on stage at AWE USA in June.

Must-See Speakers at AWE USA 2024

Palmer Luckey



Jacquelyn Morie

Founder, Chief Scientist

All These Worlds, LLC

Jesse Schell


Schell Games

Iris Jumbe

Marketing and Communications Lead, Global Collaboration Village (Metaverse)

World Economic Forum

Must-Attend Talks and Panel Discussions

There simply isn't enough space in one blog post to highlight everyone who will be speaking on stage at AWE this year, but we wanted to share some of the speakers and panelists whose talks and discussions we are already getting excited for (in alphabetical order):

Martin Enthed - IKEA
IKEA's Journey Through 3D Visualization and Spatial Computing (Main Stage)

Jacqui Bransky - Warner Records
How Warner Records & AmazeVR are Bringing K-Pop & Rock to Spatial Experiences (Gaming, Entertainment & Media)

Shane Rhodes - Mighty Coconut
PANEL: Cultivating Worlds: Exploring Social VR Gaming Experiences (Gaming, Entertainment & Media)

Morgan Tucker - Rec Room
Building An Immersive Society: Learnings and Insights from Leading 3D Social Platforms (Gaming, Entertainment & Media - Panel Discussion)

Richard Pieterse - Netflix
No Animation? No Problem! Breathing Life into your Characters with Physics (Developer)

Kelles Gordge & Wade Lewis - Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Imagine, Immerse, Innovate: XR’s Role in Amplifying Human-Centered Design for the US Navy (Enterprise)

Darren Cox - GT Academy | Torsten Gross - MateriaMX | Stefy Bau - Init Esports | Cagan Sean Yuksel - Dreamspace
PANEL: Racing Beyond Limits: The Next Lap in XR (Main Stage)

Rita Turkowski - Meta
PANEL: Quest for Innovation: Designing Mixed Reality Games (Main Stage)

Martin Warters - Pfizer | Valerie Quezada - Takeda
PANEL: A Candid Conversation with Learning & Development, Our XR Successes and Struggles (Collaboration, Training & Education)

Matthew Tomlinson and Richard Hess - Mondelēz International
Accelerating XR at Mondelez: How a Global Snacking Leader Embraces Spatial Computing (Enterprise)

Andy Hunt - The Hershey Company | Gene Feldman - Nestle Purina
PANEL: Navigating the Fusion of Physical and Digital Marketing (Enterprise)

Kerestell Smith, David Yee, David Neubelt & Jonathan Hamel - Another Axiom
PANEL: Best Practices and What’s Next with Another Axiom, the Creators of Gorilla Tag (Gaming, Entertainment & Media)

Michelle Hascall & Neil Hattangadi - Cortica
Innovation in Autism Care: Case Studies & Navigation of FDA Approval Process for XR Application (Healthcare & Wellness)

Richard Robinson - AgeTech Collaborative from AARP
PANEL: Seniors Do VR! (Healthcare & Wellness)

Valentin Heun - PTC
The New Holodeck: A Vision for Spatial Problem-Solving (AI & Virtual Beings)

George Rendell - Siemens Digital Industries Software
PANEL: Encouraging a Culture of Innovation (XR Enablement)

Dave Zaboski - Laetro
The Technology of Imagination (Creator)

Leslie Forsberg - Boeing
PANEL: A Candid Conversation with Learning & Development, Our XR Successes and Struggles (Collaboration, Training & Education)

Kaare Eriksen - Variety | Todd Lichten - Roblox | Nicole Schlegel - Universal Pictures | Nic Hill - Sawhorse Productions 
Po Gets a New Platform: How Studios Like Universal Pictures Are Using Immersive Tech for Next-Gen Storytelling (Gaming, Entertainment & Media)

This list of course is not exhaustive. There are hundreds of speakers at this years event, including several names from AWE's recently annoucned XR Hall of Fame, with dozens of these great pioneers themselves confirming their attendance and sharing their knowledge and wisdom on the history of augmented and virtual reality.


15 Packed Agenda Tracks

AWE USA 2024 will once again feature an expertly curated agenda, with a total of 15 distinct agenda tracks, covering topics ranging from Gaming, Entertainment & Media to AI & Virtual Beings.

This year’s talks and discussions, which will span the full three days of the conference, will immerse attendees in the cutting edge of the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality industry. With visionary thought leaders from around the globe sharing their insights and expertise on each track stage, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone to learn at this year's event.

Thoughts From AWE's Head of Programming

AWE's Head of Programming Sonya Haskins is the brains behind this year's incredible agenda and speaker lineup. Sharing her thoughts and excitement for this year's event, she said:

"We received an overwhelming number of high-quality submissions for AWE USA 2024 and chose those which we believe will bring the greatest potential benefit with expert case studies, insights, actionable takeaway, and more. There's something for everyone and I'm thrilled with the agenda and speakers for our 15th anniversary event!"

We hope you are as excited as we are to gather in Long Beach in a few weeks time. Make sure to check out the full agenda if you haven't already, pick out any talks that stand out to you, and put them in your calendar in preparation for what will be an absolutely AWEsome week at this year's leading AR and VR conference.

And if you haven't got tickets yet - what are you waiting for?


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