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Wednesday, June 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Featured Plenary Panel: The Wonks, the Geeks, and the Nerds: Why Public Policy Matters for Immersive Technology

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As was colorfully spelled out in a 2016 Tech Crunch article, technology companies (the “geeks”) yearn to create innovative products that yield new and expanded experiences for its users.  Policy makers (the “wonks”) look to regulate and ensure that disruptive technologies emphasize positives on society and minimize negatives.  Though not included in the Tech Crunch article, one might argue that the academic community (the “nerds”) look to advance principled and meaningful inquiries into these technologies that will lead to greater knowledge and understanding.  Yet, too often we see techs, and geeks and sometimes nerds pitted against one another.  Too disruptive! Too slow! Too ivory tower! As we see the growth of XR unfold, and the potential of immersive learning come into focus, how do we come to a better understanding around tech and public policy?

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Elizabeth Hyman

CEO, XR Association

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Aneesh Chopra

President of CareJourney, Former Chief Technology Officer of the United States
Aneesh Chopra is the President of CareJourney, an open data membership service building a trusted, transparent rating system for physicians, networks, facilities and markets on the move to value. He served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama (’09-’12... Read More →
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Amitabh Varshney

Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and Professor of Computer Science, University of Maryland at College Park
Amitabh Varshney is Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park. Varshney is currently exploring applications of virtual and augmented reality in several applications, including... Read More →
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Christina Weaver Jackson

AR/VR Policy Manager, Facebook
Christina Weaver Jackson, AR/VR Policy Manager at Facebook, handles issues at the intersection of innovative and immersive technologies like Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and public policy. The future of AR/VR is promising, with great potential for value and impact on society... Read More →

Wednesday June 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
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