World’s Fair Nano

This past weekend, DAQRI was excited to participate in World’s Fair Nano, a whirlwind two-day festival filled with technology, futurist talks, art, music, food, and more. Bringing new technologies to a wider audience is part of the mission of both DAQRI and the World’s Fair. Computer technology first appeared the New York World’s Fair in 1964, so it’s the perfect environment for what we see as the next iteration of mobile computing — augmented reality.

World’s Fair Nano took place at Pier 70, a historic shipbuilding factory during WWII, located on the west banks of the San Francisco Bay. The event provided attendees of all ages a Technology Playground filled with interactive stations specifically designed to let visitors experience the future, art installations, and a dynamic speaker series

The World’s Fair has always focused on near and long-term technologies, so, as an emerging technology, augmented reality was a perfect fit. As a world leader in the field of augmented reality, DAQRI was a perfect fit, too. DAQRI Co-Founder Gaia Dempsey participated in “The Future of Augmented vs. Virtual Reality” Panel Saturday afternoon alongside Taylor Freeman, CEO of UploadVR, Peter Rojas of Betaworks, and moderator Tom Emrich, Partner at Super Ventures. The panel discussed the differences between AR vs. VR, current use cases for each technology, and what to expect in the near and distant future.

DAQRI Co-Founder Gaia Dempsey (center) with moderator Tom Emrich, Partner at Super Ventures (left) and Taylor Freeman, CEO of UploadVR (right).

Over the course of its existence dating back to 1851, the World’s Fair has inspired the creation of many iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris wheel, the Space Needle, and the Golden Gate Bridge, just to name a few. Previous World Fairs provided a stage for some of brightest minds in history, like Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, and Walt Disney, each speaking on cutting edge innovations that we now know as commonplace.

The United States hasn’t hosted the World’s Fair since New Orleans hosted it back in 1984. This Nano festival is just the beginning of a plan to bring the World’s Fair back to the USA. As we continue to lead the world in technological innovation, the United States would be a perfect fit.

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