Last month, ARVR Women held its largest Breakfast Fight Club yet, at OC5, Facebook’s annual Oculus developer conference in San Jose.
Named after David Fincher’s 1999 cult-classic, the early morning meet up, is for water cooler conversations without the water cooler. It’s a quirky, and casual celebration of the VR community’s unconventional work and entrepreneurial spirit.
And if you bring your business card, you’re entered into our raffle for a bar of soap.
Even better, at OC5, BFC attendees got a jump start on industry networking with a global mix of developers, artists, designers and business professionals who are driving virtual reality into the mainstream.
Throughout the morning, the Hilton restaurant staff had to add more tables as our group quickly took over the entire dining room.
The hot topic of course, was Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement the previous day, of the spring 2019 debut of the Oculus Quest, (formerly project Santa Cruz) the company’s first, all-in-one stand alone headset priced at $399.
Five years after Facebook bought Oculus for over two billion dollars, we’ve surpassed VR’s hype-cycle. The optimism in the room, especially about the Quest becoming the gateway headset to mass adoption that the industry has been waiting for, was a great start to the last day of the conference.
Thanks to everyone who braved the 8am start time. Congratulations to our raffle winners, and the first attendee to arrive, Catie Lee, who also won a Snow Angel cardboard headset. And special thanks to Lily Chen for the group photo!
For those who couldn’t attend – or missed getting contact info, I’ve included a directory of attendees who submitted business cards for the raffle. They’re arranged in alphabetical order, by industry segment.
Join us for the next Breakfast Fight Club!
ARVR Women has two Breakfast Fight Club’s coming up, first in London on Sunday Oct. 14th, and then in Munich, for AWE Europe on Friday October 19th.
Accelerator / Investor / Incubator
Maddie Callander, Director of Operations, Boost VC
Amy LeMayer, Investor, Advisor in AR VR AI
Mika Uehara, Director of Programming Fashion Incubator SF
Artists / Designers / Developers
Ilayada Bozkurt, XR Developer + Technical
Renee Gittins, Creative Director, Within
Rebecca Evans, AR/VR Product Strategy
Evo Heyning, CEO, Executive Producer, Immersive/Interactives @XRGuide
Kathryn Hicks, 3D modeler, UI, Graphic Design
Michaela Holland, Experiential Storyteller + Designer
Alina Kadlubsky, Art Director, Digital Designer, Immersive Tech Enthusiast
Catie Lee, UX Design for AR/VR
Tara Packard, 3D animation and art consultant, VR, AR, XR
Rose Peng, Interaction Designer, Magic Leap
Julian Sestanovich, Animator, Motion Graphics, 3D generalist
Louisa Spring, Founder Sami Immersive
Frances Sierra, 3D Artist
Siciliana Trevino, AR/VR/360 Producer + Developer, ARVR Women Organizer
Amy Allison, Head of Community, Skydance
Vivian Chazen, Host, The Hive on AltSpace
Iva Leon, Founder, VRLab, ARVR Women and Allies
Melanie Mentzel, Community Outreach Director, Event Organizer, Berkeley Community Media
Max Noir, Social Media Manager, FXG – Capturing Reality Creating Realities
Coworking / Production Space
Christopher Lafayette, Founder, The Armada
Paige Dansigner, Director, + AR/VR/XR, Better World Museum
Azine Davoudzadeh, Educator, Founder, XR Edu
Publishing and Distribution
Chris Daniel, Lead Engineer, EvRealities
Kim O’berg, Business Development and Partnerships, Spinview
Emily Olman, CEO, Hopscotch Interactive, Co-Founder, Spatial First
Navah Berg, Social VR | Mixed Reality PR | Social Media