SOURCE: The Virtual Reality Foundation

The Virtual Reality Foundation

July 13, 2016 13:00 ET

The Virtual Reality Foundation Announces Reggie Watts as Saturday's Keynote Speaker of VRLA Summer Expo 2016

Experience Cutting Edge VR Demos at VRLA Summer Expo

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 13, 2016) - The Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) Expo, presented by Radeon Technologies Group, is back and bigger than ever! This year's summer event at the LA Convention Center on August 5th and 6th, will feature musician, comedian, and immersive media icon Reggie Watts as Saturday's keynote speaker. Watts is best known for starring in the IFC series "Comedy Bang! Bang!," films like "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Creative Control," and leading the house band for "The Late Late Show with James Corden."

In addition to Watts, the event will feature a variety of immersive experiences from innovative companies like HTC, Skullcandy, GoPro, Google, Dolby, Deluxe, Envelop VR, MSI, Technicolor, Boost VC, Otoy, and Nokia. Visionary artist Android Jones will present "Samskara" inside a panoramic 360-degree dome, presented by HP and Radeon.

The expo will also host the world's first VR Rave, presented by Skullcandy, the Official Audio Partner of VRLA Summer Expo. In collaboration with The Wave, Phasespace, SubPac, 3D Live, and WeLens, attendees will be able to experience DJs mixing live music inside VR.

"Our goal is to continue promoting the widespread adoption of VR by giving futurists a place to congregate and discover where new technology, game-making, filmmaking, art, and storytelling intersect," said Cosmo Scharf, Co-founder of VRLA. "We're thrilled to have such an amazing lineup of exhibitors, panelists, and speakers!"

After only two and a half years, VRLA has grown exponentially from a 100-person meetup group in 2014 into a two-day expo attracting 6,000 VR and AR fans from around the world.

"It's amazing that VRLA has built such a vibrant community in such a short time. Their explosive growth shows how quickly immersive technology has become a part of people's lives," said Friday's keynote speaker Roy Taylor, SVP Partnerships, Radeon Technologies Group. "Radeon Technologies Group is thrilled to be a cornerstone of this community."

Visitors will see cutting-edge demos of the most exciting projects in development for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Microsoft Hololens, and Samsung Gear VR. Additionally, attendees can look forward to VR arcades, 360-cameras, motion simulators, 3D scanners, and the latest in CG and VFX technology.

Tickets for VRLA Summer Expo start at $30. For more information, please visit www.virtualrealityla.com.

About The Virtual Reality Foundation
Founded in 2014, The Virtual Reality Foundation is a non-profit that was created at the nexus of the emerging medium of virtual reality and Los Angeles' entertainment industry. The foundation produces the semi-annual VRLA expos, where a new generation of technologists, enthusiasts, and thinkers converge to try the latest immersive experiences, consumer gear, and creators' tools. The Virtual Reality Foundation will also host the third annual Proto Awards in the fall of 2016 -- the first-ever awards show for virtual reality content.

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