Driven by exponential technologies, our world is changing faster than we can understand or even appreciate. New products, services, and ideas seem to pop up overnight from nowhere, take over the world and, sometimes, disappear overnight again. In the echo chambers of our hyper-connected digital world, it gets ever harder to keep track of all that, and, even more, to discern what matters and what not, what will have a real impact and what is just a passing hype. Let’s cut through the noise.
We wish to create a platform where we can interact together, share knowledge, connect, and discuss what matters in shaping our future while waiting for the next Future Port ;-)
Each Future Monday revolves around a specific topic. The deep-dive discussion with our guests will be followed by an informal networking over a glass and the opportunity to try the tech brought by our guests. Martin Holecko, the founder of Future Port Prague and co-founder of Etnetera Group, will host the evening.
Future Mondays take place every first Monday of a month in Opero. The event is held in English and limited to 120 attendees.
For the kick-off episode we chose the topic Future is Virtual.
Virtual (VR) and Augmented (AR) Reality have been an experimental technology since the 1960s, mostly in military and academia. After the super successful Kickstarter campaign of the Oculus Rift headset in 2012, VR seemed to be finally entering our lives. The big tech jumped on board and the hype built up - followed by an inevitable disillusion a few years later with sceptics dismissing the tech for another fad.
Behind the scenes though, unshaken by the media mood swings, there are hard-working innovators, who push the technology step by step forward, driven by the vision of open frontier of opportunities ahead. So what’s real and what’s fad in VR? Is VR just about playing games? Or will people have regular jobs and relationships in VR? Will we ever see the massive adoption we dreamt about in 2015? If there are any opportunities then where?
We’ll dig deep in the virtual future with 3 remarkable insiders of the industry at our first opening Future Monday.
➡ Kevin Williams (UK) | VR/AR entertainment industry expert
➡ MarekPolčák (CZ) | Co-Founder & CEO @ VRgineers
➡ Artur Sychov (CZ) | Founder & CEO @ Somnium Space