Jacob Loewenstein

Jacob Loewenstein is based in New York and works in AR/VR business development and product strategy at Samsung Next, Samsung’s software and services innovation arm. He received his MBA at MIT Sloan, where he co-founded VR/AR@MIT, which is dedicated to fostering VR/AR/MR innovation. Additionally, he was a founding Co-Organizer of the Reality, Virtually Hackathon at the MIT Media Lab, the biggest VR/AR hackathon. Prior to MIT, he worked in revenue strategy and business development at BuzzFeed and as a internal management consultant at Bridgewater Associates. Jacob received his BA, Cum Laude, from Princeton University, where he studied the intersection of Media Theory and Public Policy.

He has previously lectured on VR and AR at AR in Action at NYU/MIT, Illuminate Global at Harvard, and Hacking Arts at the MIT Media Lab. He has also lectured on digital media at Princeton. Jacob also sings Macy Gray at karaoke.

In his talk ‘The phone is only the beginning, what will it take to make AR worth wearing a computer on your face?‘, Jacob will talk about how¬†ARCore and ARKit have generated deserved excitement about mobile AR. Yet, despite these incredible advancements, AR hasn’t yet reached the point where it will be an ever present part of our lives. What technological advancements will it take for AR to be so seamless and realistic that it will be worth wearing computers on our faces?

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