27 Top AR & MR Influencers in 2018

Published 30 January 2018, 09:51

Augmented Reality will interfere with everything, even the reality itself. 5 years from now and we will all live in the digital Magic Leap or Apple glasses, this will be unexpected for our minds.

Check out these amazing individuals to build the foundation for the next technological leap in AR and MR:

Jason Silva
Storyteller, Futurist, Keynote Speaker known for being the host of National Geographic's BrainGames and its YouTube series, Shots of Awe, with more than 100 million views. Arguably one of the greatest technological philosophers of our time, Jason has created the media around an expanded and virtual reality revolution today.

Helen Papagiannis
Internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). He has worked with AR for 12 years as a technology researcher, designer and evangelist with a focus on telling stories and creating interesting experiences in AR. He is the author of "Augmented Human: How Technology Forms New Realities".

Gaia Dempsey
Gaia Dempsey is an entrepreneur and activist in the Augmented Reality field, encouraging the adoption of augmented technology and DAQRI holographic technology worldwide. Gaia led the international expansion of DAQRI and opened the first DAQRI office in Dublin, Ireland. Gaia leads business excellence, builds global and measurable business processes, drives revenue by securing new partnerships and government projects, and evangelizes companies through leadership talking and open thinking.

Rony Abovitz
Rony Abovitz is an American businessman. Rony is currently the CEO of the AR, Magic Leap startup. In October 2014, startups raised more than $ 540 million in business funds from Google and other investors. In 2016, Forbes estimated that the Magic Leap was worth $ 4.5 billion. In October 2017, Magic Leap announced a partnership with the online comic book publisher Madefire. Magic Leap launched its first product, Magic Leap One, on December 20, 2017. The Magic Leap is predicted to be the first major Mixed Reality device in 2018.

Rob Crasco
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Influencers / Entrepreneurs. Named the # 5 VR influencer by Onalytica.com Brand / Influencer Connector. The author contributes to VRScout.com.

Charlie Fink
Charlie Fink is a former Disney, AOL and AG Interactive executive who writes about VR, AR and new media for Forbes. While at Disney, Fink was famous for the idea of ​​"The Lion King". In the 90s, Fink was EVP & COO of the pioneers of Virtual VR World Entertainment. He is now a consultant and speaker who often addresses this topic at conferences such as CES, SXSW, AWE, ARiA NYU, ARiA MIT, Digital Hollywood, VR Toronto (keynote), VR Voice Entertainment Summit (keynote), and "On The Lot" by VRS (keynote). In addition to its column in Forbes, Fink is a VR Voice editor, and a regular contributor to HuffPost, Virtual Realty Pop, and VR Focus. He is the author of the book "Charlie Fink's Metaverse, An Enhanced AR guide to AR & VR".

Brian Mullins
Brian Mullins is an American businessman and business executive, who is best known for his work in engineering and increasing reality. He is the founder of DAQRI, an augmented reality company where he currently serves as the company's CEO.

Meron Gribetz
Based on his research in the fields of computer science and neuroscience at Columbia University, he developed the basic principles that now underline the design philosophy of the Meta Neural Interface. At present, he leads as founder of Meta, the first company to deliver augmented reality (AR).


Cathy Hackl
Cathy Hackl is an Emmy nominated communicator who changes the virtual reality and reality, producers, speakers and creators of futuristic content that is increasing. He is currently helping innovative technology brands with highly specialized communication services, while teaching communicators about the latest tools and technologies. He is also the founder of Latin in VR / AR and one of the women leading the virtual revolution.

Ori Inbar
Ori is the co-founder and CEO of Augmented Reality. ORG, a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing augmented reality (AR). Augmented Reality. ORG's mission is to educate and promote the true potential of AR, and hatch augmented reality startups that offer unique value for active users. In 2009, Ori was the co-founder and CEO of Ogmento, one of the companies supported by the first effort arranged from the ground up to develop and publish augmented reality games played in the real world.

Keith Curtin
Keith Curtin is an Entrepreneur, Brand Marketing Executive & Founder of See Digital, a consulting firm specializing in Augmented Reality, Reality of Reality and Virtual Reality. He was recently named # 1 on the "2016 Augmented Reality Top 100 Brands & Influencers" list on Onayltica.
Keith has consulted hundreds of global Fortune 1000 brands to help them develop and implement the first Augmented Reality activation including Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Nestle, Kraft Foods, Kellogg's, Mondelez, Mars Foods, Disney, Nickelodeon, Walmart, Target, 7-Eleven, Anheuser Busch, Heineken, LVMH, Diageo and many others.

Sanem is a comprehensive Influencer in the field of technology, specifically Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. This techpreneur has more than 40,000 followers on Twitter and often tells his followers about everything in the world of technology.

Brad Waid
Brad is a global speaker, consultant with business, beginners, government & education and has been named the 14th highest influencer in Augmented Reality. Opening & Closing Keynoter - "Beyond These 4 Walls - One RULE to Change the World" / "Involving a Generation of Minecraft" / "Inspiration, Innovation & Culture" / "Augmented Reality - Beyond the looking glass" / Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence - From HAL to Siri / Future Storytelling ".

Rio Caraeff
Chief Content Officer at Magic Leap. Winner of award-winning professionals and entrepreneurs with more than 20 years of experience in digital media. An expert and spokesperson with experience in various digital media topics including video, music, game & advertising models + over-the-top subscriptions.

Kris Kolo
Kris is the Global Executive Director of the VR / AR Association. Previously, Kris was an executive at Toys R Us and Verizon, who applied AR technology for general use cases. At Toys R Us, Kris is working on digital store initiatives and shopping solutions, combining AR from Metaio (acquired by Apple). At Verizon, Kris is responsible for Media, Entertainment and Location applications & platforms; Kris collaborated with Wikitude to integrate AR into Verizon GPS Navigation. In addition, Kris is an Advisor, a Board Member, to FlyBy Media, an AR technology startup, which was acquired by Apple.

Shel Israel
CEO of Transformation Group, a consulting, media and education group that helps businesses transform into Augmented Reality. A consulting company and conducting educational workshops, as well as publishing bulletins on AR trends and technology and we hold online classes for professionals on various AR and business related subjects.

Chris Madsen
Director of AR / VR in 3D Morph. Morph 3D specializes in making avatars, management and distribution solutions for clients who are looking for world-class end-to-end avatar systems to be used in new digital realities where avatars play a central role. Morph's Character System is at the core of our new product which includes avatar builders in applications that allow endless variations in character, cloud-based asset management systems with streaming runtime on various software and hardware platforms, and e-Commerce solutions for those who need a deep market application. More than 400 bodies form controls, 'smart clothing' technology that fits automatically, and an easy-to-use modular interface system makes customization of high-end dynamic avatars accessible to everyone.


Rick King
Rick King is a diligent tweeter. He most often tweeted about technology, games, and most importantly #VirtualReality and #AugmentedReality He is a Technology Consultant, Graphic Designer, Musician, Composer, Software Programmer, Cellular Application, 3D Unity Programmer, and Virtual Reality Developer.

Tom Emrich
Tom Emrich is the leading voice in augmented reality, virtual reality and usable technology. He is committed to encouraging adoption and innovation in technology that adds to the human experience.
Tom is an active investor and founding partner on Super Ventures, the first fund dedicated to adding reality. He is also a community builder who has grown a community of more than 250,000 professionals dedicated to improving the reality, virtual reality and technology that can be used through We Are Wearables, the world's largest wearable technology community and AWE (Augmented World Expo) in the world # 1 AR + VR conferences and exhibitions with annual dates in the United States, China and Europe.

Clay Bavor
Clay leads the team focusing on virtual and augmented reality on Google. Previously, he led a product design and management team for many Google consumer and enterprise applications, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Apps for Work.


Robert Scoble
An American blogger, technical evangelist, and writer. Scoble is famous for his blog, Scobleizer, which became famous during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. Robert helped get ready for the 2020s, which according to his bio is when self-driving cars, AI, cryptocurrencies, digital assistants, and XR (Augmented Reality AR / VR) will disturb us.

Ambarish Mitra
Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and co-Founder of Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in improving reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision with a mission to index the physical world. Based on the direction of Partners, Blippar has grown from a breakthrough idea to being an industry leader with offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, India and Singapore and registered 3 consecutive years in the list of the most disturbing CNBC companies in the world.

Alan Smithson
Virtual & Augmented Reality Expert, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Entrepreneur, Investor, Inventor. As leader of the North American Virtual & Augmented Reality Consultation, Alan focuses on developing business applications and platforms for Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries including Retail, Media and Communication Travel / Tourism, Industrial, Oil & Gas, Mining and Construction) Medical education. Alan is also the Co-Founder of VR / AR Enterprise Fund (launching Q4 2017), an investment fund solely focused on investing in products, services, equipment and platforms that serve corporate clients.

Phil Keslin
Phil Keslin is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Niantic, Inc., maker of Pokemon GO. Started in early 2011 and incubated within Google, Phil led the engineering team in exploring mobile, geo and social convergence in a variety of applications leading to the launch of Ingress and FieldTrip.

Jan Barbosa
Top One Hundred 2016 Augmented Reality Onalytica Influencer, BeBee Brand Ambassador, and Social Media Marketing Blogger.

Yoni Dayan
Technological Entrepreneurship Instructor at Stanford University, Founder of VR 4 Learning, an organization that aims to: - increase awareness of the potential of VR / AR for learning - recognizing the work in this field - creating networks and competition between people involved or interested in the topic this. - stimulating the market for VR / AR-based applications for learning.

John Werner
John is the Vice President of Strategic Partnership at Meta. Partnerships are the core and key strategies for competitive advantage for Meta. Meta strives to exceed the expectations of what Augmented Reality can - and do - in the future. Meta designs a future in which enlarged reality becomes a vital and healthy extension of who we are and creates deeper understanding, freer expression, and optimal productivity. Meta has collected 73 million dollars.

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