Tom is a community builder bringing together the XR ecosystem including developers, entrepreneurs, startups, C-Level decision makers, media and investors to help drive economic development and shape the XR industry.
Tom is the Co-Producer of AWE, the world's #1 XR event series which has a reach of over 250,000 XR professionals worldwide. AWE hosts AR & VR conference and expos in the USA, Germany, China and Israel. AWE also hosts regular local events as part of its AWE Nite meetup series with chapters in Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
In 2013, Tom founded We Are Wearables which he grew to become the largest wearable tech community of its kind before it was acquired by AugmentedReality.org to become part of the AWE family.
In 2014 & 2015, Tom also founded and produced WEST, North America's first Wearable Tech & Entertainment conference and expo and was on the founding team of the SportsHack in Toronto during this same period.
AWE (Augmented World Expo), Co-Producer
AWE is the world’s #1 XR event series.
Tom is on the board of AugmentedReality.org, the non-profit entity behind AWE. AR.org is on a mission to inspire 1 Billion active users of augmented reality by 2020. Learn more at http://www.augmentedreality.org/.
Tom is also Co-Producer of AWE hosting XR conference and expos in Silicon Valley, Munich, Shenzhen and Tel Aviv. AWE also hosts meetup chapters called AWE Nites in Toronto, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. In total, the AWE network has a reach over over 250,000 made up of developers, creators, investors, founders, OEMs, corporate buyers, academics and enthusiasts curious and dedicated to XR.
Learn more at www.augmentedworldexpo.com or on Twitter @ARealityEvent
We Are Wearables, Founder
Started in 2013, We Are Wearables grew to become the largest wearable tech community in the world with a total reach across all our channels of over 120,000 and physical chapters in Toronto, Chicago, Montreal & Ottawa. The community was made up of entrepreneurs, investors, media, product managers, marketing and advertising executives, brand managers, OEMs, UX and graphic designers and developers.
In addition to hosting regular meetups in all chapter cities, We Are Wearables helped achieve its mission of adoption and growth in wearable tech in its efforts on social media, blog and storytelling alongside brands and media. Some of the partners that have worked with We Are Wearables include Intel, Best Buy, IBM, Abbott, MaRS Discovery District, CFC IDEABOOST, TechNexus, 1871, and Motorola.
In 2018, We Are Wearables was acquired by AugmentedReality.org, the non-profit behind AWE, the world's #1 XR event series.
Read about the next chapter for We Are Wearables here: https://www.wearewearables.com/the-next-chapter-is-awesome
WEST (Wearable Entertainment & Sports Toronto), Founder and Producer
WEST: Wearable Entertainment & Sports Toronto was North America's only one-day event dedicated to exploring how wearable tech is changing the game of sports and how we make and experience entertainment. WEST was hosted in 2014 & 2015 in Toronto. In 2015, WEST hosted over 600 people with 42 speakers on stage and 31 exhibitors taking up two floors at the MaRS Discovery District Centre. Participating companies included The VOID, Wearable Experiments, CFC, TIFF, MLSE, Lightwave, Intellitix, PixMob, STATS, Zebra Sports, Moff, and Transhumanist Party leader Zoltan Istvan.
Sportshack Weekend, Co-Producer
SportsHack was Canada's first wearable tech hackathon focused on sports which ran for 2 years in a row. The first event in 2014 was set within the iconic Mattamy Athletic Centre, formally Maple Leaf Gardens. This event was in partnership with IBM, Ryerson University, and We Are Wearables. Sportshack gave participants the chance to work with the coolest wearable, Cloud and Analytics technologies applied in the world of sports.