Futurist, VR/AR Developer
High School Student
Rylan J. Daniels is a high school junior. He is committed to making the world a better place using Mixed Reality technologies to integrate music, design and non-linear storytelling into new forms of expressive communication. Rylan began his journey during elementary school as a TIME for Kids Reporter through interviews he conducted with NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi (the Mohawk Guy) and legendary game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto. In 2016 Rylan founded the VR/AR Club at his school. In 2017 he won first prize in a juried competition at Upload VR for writing, designing, coding and scoring an original VR experience. Rylan was approached by Snapchat to develop an AR Lens that was featured on Snapchat’s “Snap Picks.” He also became a Fellow at the LA Phil as a composer and had an original composition performed at Disney Hall. Rylan has completed MIT Launch and Yale Young Global Scholars programs and has created his own apps on the App Store. He mentors students in other high schools wanting to start MIT Launch clubs and teaches basic computer skills to 2nd and 3rd Graders at a Title 1 school.