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April 09, 2015 13:17 ET

Augmented World Expo Announces Call for Nominations for 6th Annual Auggie Awards

Project Tango Lead Johnny Lee Named as Keynote Speaker at AWE 2015

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - April 09, 2015) - Augmented World Expo has opened nominations for its annual Auggie Awards. Now in its sixth year, the Auggie Awards are back to celebrate excellence in augmented reality. Every year, the best of the best in the Augmented World compete for the one-of-a-kind Auggie Trophy and sponsored prizes in numerous categories for both hardware and software. Winners of the 2015 Auggie Awards will be announced at Augmented World Expo on June 9, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Nominations may be submitted on the Augmented World Expo website

The Auggies promote excellence in augmented reality across various platforms and categories worldwide. The awards are consistent with AugmentedReality.org's mission to educate, connect, and hatch new initiatives in the augmented world, and AugmentedReality.org's global goal to inspire adoption towards the goal of 1 billion active AR users by 2020. AugmentedReality.org is co-sponsoring this competition, offering award trophies and additional prizes.

"In 2014, over one hundred nominations were submitted to the Auggies and ten products were awarded the prestigious trophy," said CEO of AugmentedReality.org and Augmented World Expo producer, Ori Inbar. "With the accelerated growth and maturity of the industry we expect a new record in quantity and quality in 2015."

This year's Auggies is made-up of ten categories, including Best Smart Glasses, Best AR Application, Best AR Enterprise Solution, Best Hardware, Best Game or Toy, and Best Sci-Fi-to-Reality. Nominations are open now until April 30. Public voting will begin May 1 through to the end of May to help select the finalists that will move on to the judging by our esteemed panel.

In addition to kicking off the sixth annual Auggie Awards, Augmented World Expo is pleased to announce the addition of Google's Project Tango Lead Johnny Lee as a keynote speaker at this year's event. Lee will be present some of the underlying technologies that are making Project Tango possible such as hardware sensors and software algorithms.

Project Tango Lead Johnny Lee Named as Keynote Speaker at AWE 2015

Project Tango is set to change computer vision and robotics by concentrating this technology into a mobile device. The Google team is developing smartphones and tablets that can track 3D motion and create 3D models of the environment around it allowing you to map the world around you in real-time. In doing so, Tango unlocks some unique opportunities in directions, dimensions and environmental maps as well as the creation of immersive augmented reality experiences that merge the digital and the physical world.

Before Project Tango, Lee helped Google X explore new projects as Rapid Evaluator and was a core algorithms contributor to the original Xbox Kinect. His YouTube videos demonstrating Wii remote hacks have surpassed over 15 million views and became one of the most popular TED talk videos. In 2008, he received his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and has been recognized in MIT Technology Review's TR35.

"3D-fying the world, or creating 3D maps of everything, is key to the future of the Augmented World and Johnny Lee's charismatic personality has been instrumental in rallying the troops towards this vision," said Inbar "I can't wait to see inspire us all at Augmented World Expo."

Augmented World Expo, now in its sixth year, is the world's largest international event for AWE 2015 will be held June 8-10, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Tickets can be purchased at www.augmentedworldexpo.com

More about Augmented World Expo

Augmented World Expo, now in its sixth year, is the world's largest international event for AWE 2015 will be held June 8-10, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Augmented World Expo, now in its sixth year, is the world's largest international event for augmented reality, wearable computing, gesture devices, and the Internet of Things. The AWE 2015 program includes keynotes by industry luminaries, classes and tutorials, more than 200 products and startup demos, the largest collection of industry use cases, The Auggie Award Competition, the Art Gala and reception, talks by 200 industry leaders covering business, technology and design, and 33,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 3,000 professionals are expected to attend.

The complete roster of distinguished speakers can be seen at http://augmentedworldexpo.com/speakers/.

The full conference program including workshops, panels and tutorials can be found at http://augmentedworldexpo.com/conference-program/.

To learn more about the Auggies or submit a nomination visit: http://augmentedworldexpo.com/auggies/.

For more information and to register to attend, please visit www.AWE2015.com. Special, discounted early bird pricing is available through the end of March.

Please follow Augmented World Expo on twitter at @ARealityEvent and #AWE2015.

Journalists can request a complimentary press pass to Augmented Reality Expo 2015 through the contact information above.

More about Augmentedreality.org

AugmentedReality.org is a 501 (c) non-profit organization with institutional supporters and individual members from across the world. It unites hundreds of companies, and thousands of entrepreneurs, engineers and designers -- committed to advancing Augmented Reality -- an emerging technology that digitizes interaction with the physical world. Members tap into valuable members-only resources: major discounts to industry events, networking opportunities with industry leaders, up-to-date educational programs and technical training, unparalleled market research, exposure in extensive promotional programs, and representation in the voice of the industry.

AR.ORG also owns and produces Augmented World Expo (AWE) -- the world's largest international event for augmented reality, wearable computing, gesture devices, and the Internet of Things. All profits from AWE are reinvested into AR.ORG's industry services. Augmentedreality.org and Augmented World Expo are led by its co-founders, Executive Director Ori Inbar and Chief Content Officer Tish Shute.

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