4. Alice Bonasio
Bonasio is one of the top journalists covering the VR industry. She answers questions like how immersive technology will change the way we learn and what other technologies VR integrates with. Bonasio writes for Wired, Fast Company, Scientific American, Ars Technica, and others. Over the past 15+ years, she has helped many start-ups, corporations, and institutions shape their communications strategy and tell their stories to a global audience.

5. Darshan Shankar
Shankar is the chief executive officer and founder of BigScreen VR. Bigscreen is bringing personal computing into VR with software that enables users to hang out and collaborate in VR.

6. Antony Vitillo
Vitillo is the former co-founder of ImmotionAR, a startup aimed at adding a full body of the user inside the virtual world. His blog, The Ghost Howls, is about VR, AR, and the startup life.

7. Cathy Hackl
Emmy-nominated communicator turned VR and AR producer, speaker, and futuristic content creator, Hackl was selected as a 2017 Oculus Launch Pad Fellow, a program designed to support promising VR content creators and help them bring their unique ideas to market. She currently helps innovative tech brands with highly specialized communications services while teaching communicators about the latest tools and tech. She’s also the founder of Latinos in VR/AR and one of the women leading the virtual revolution.

8. Nonny De La Peña
Called “the Godmother of VR” by The Guardian and Engadget, De La Peña is chief executive officer and founder of the Emblematic Group, one of the world’s leading VR experience agencies. She’s of the of the most influential pioneers in developing VR as a modern means of expression.

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9. John Carmack
Carmack is the chief technology officer of Oculus and the co-founder of ID Software. He was the lead programmer of the id computer games Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, and the Commander Keen series of games. Carmack regularly tweets out information and creates videos with top editorial publishers on the latest VR news from Oculus.

10. Charlie Fink
Fink writes about VR, AR and New Media for Forbes. He is the former Disney, AOL, and AG Interactive executive who famously came up with the idea for “The Lion King.” In the ’90s, Fink was executive vice president and chief operating officer of VR pioneer Virtual World Entertainment. He is now a consultant and frequent speaker/keynoter on the topic at conferences like CES, SXSW, AWE, ARinAction, and the VR Voice Entertainment Summit.

Editor’s note: This blog was originally posted on the VEER VR blog.

About the Author:

Mark Metry is the founder of VU Dream, an agency dedicated to helping virtual and augmented reality startups market their innovative products into reality. He is also the host of the Humans 2.0 podcast, a top charts iTunes podcast that features talented and impactful people in the 21st-century world. Metry has been featured in publications like the Huffington Post and VRScout.


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