Monday, September 17, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Venue: 
Virtual

Lucien Parsons, founding Director of the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC), will introduce Terp alumni to the technologies of AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality), talk about the University's leadership role in the technology, and discuss the realistic opportunities that are emerging therefrom. The Department of Defense alone committed $550M to VR and Investors poured over $2.5Bn into the field in 2017. Despite that, the 'reality' is that we don't yet have the SnowCrash Metaverse or Ready Player One's OASIS yet, nor are we likely to in the near future. We will instead talk about where the tangible opportunities are for investors and creators over the near term, and what fundamental technologies to watch for the next potential breakthrough.

 

 

About the presenter:

With 20 years of technology and strategy consulting and 10+ years in video game company management, Lucien Parsons has been at the forefront of the changes that has turned computer science into a tool for creative people, not just engineers and accountants. His background covers the range from fine arts to programming to education to management, so he is able to clearly translate the requirements of business to creatives, academics, and software engineers and visa-versa. Having bootstrapped startups, run fully funded studios, and worked in and with Fortune 50 corporations, Lucien is uniquely suited to bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders and discovering the common interests and goals between them. Lucien holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Innovation and an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS (School of Advanced International Relations) in International Technology Policy. His BA was completed at Hendrix College. He was recently elected to Board Treasurer of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and serves as an advisor to multiple startups and entertainment companies. 

Cost: 

Free

RSVP by: 
9/17/18
Contact: 

For questions:
Jeff Williams
Email: jeffsw@umd.edu