Virtual reality (VR) is on the cusp of explosive growth. It seems like every day we see new startups posing innovative solutions to problems in the immersive technology industry. The best way to learn about a new emerging field is to speak to people directly working in the industry right now.

At VeeR, we have rounded up the best minds you should be following in the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality space today.

Do you know of these admirable individuals and how did you discover them?

1. Kent Bye
Host of Voices of VR, Bye has traveled to the top VR gatherings around the world since May 2014 to bring you a diverse range of VR perspectives and insights from over 500 makers and seasoned academics. He is by far one of the most intelligent minds on the scene of immersive technologies, with more than 600 episodes featuring interviews with the pioneering game developers, enthusiasts, and technologists driving VR. Bye is a VR developer himself, and his journalism is informed by both his technological expertise as well as a deeply embedded need to uncover best creative practices and social applications.

Top 10 VR influencers you should be following

2. Alan Smithson
As chief executive officer at MetaVRse, a virtual and augmented reality (AR) consultancy, Smithson is focused on developing business applications and platforms for Fortune 100 companies across a diverse range of industries including retail, media and communications, travel/tourism, industrial, and education. His business has worked with companies like Samsung, HBO, Techweek, Microsoft, Comcast, and many more.

3. Sabarish Gnanamoorthy
Gnanamoorthy is a 14 year-old VR and AR developer. He is the youngest AR developer in the world to be sponsored by Microsoft to develop for the Microsoft HoloLens. He is also supported and sponsored by the Thiel Foundation for his venture, WaypointAR. WaypointAR is an AR navigation platform for airports, campuses, large conferences, and malls. Gnanamoorthy has been awarded a scholarship from Udacity for its VR Developer nanodegree program and is one of the youngest people to have built several applications for VR and AR. He is leading his young generation into the field of transformative technologies with the mentality of it can be done, no matter how young you are.

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.


Add your opinion to the discussion.