Tom is a community builder bringing together developers, entrepreneurs, startups, Fortune 500 brands and media to help drive economic development and shape the conversation around wearable tech, AR and VR. He founded We Are Wearables, the largest wearable tech community back in 2014 and is the co-producer of the largest AR and VR event, AWE (Augmented World Expo) which runs in the USA, Europe and Asia. He also runs the San Francisco Bay Area AR meetup, ARBA, and co-produced the first sports & entertainment wearable technology conference, WEST, in Toronto two years in a row.
We Are Wearables, Founder
We Are Wearables is on a mission to foster adoption and facilitate innovation in wearable tech. We believe that wearable technology is augmenting the human experience making us better at everything we do in work, life and play. We act as a platform to highlight the entrepreneurs, startups, companies and ideas making this happen. We achieve this by offering a series of events in various cities and in storytelling in social media and in our blog.
We Are Wearables is the largest wearable tech community in the world with a total reach of over 100,000+ and chapters all across North America including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Chicago. Onalytica listed We Are Wearables as the seventh most influential brand in wearable technology after Intel, Pebble, Misfit and OMsignal.
AWE (Augmented World Expo), Co-Producer
Augmented World Expo™ (AWE) is the world’s largest AR+VR conference and expo with events in the USA, Europe and China.
AWE gathers the top innovators – from the hottest startups to Fortune 500 – to showcase the best augmented world experiences in all aspects of life and work: from entertainment and brand engagement, to enterprise and industrial, urban and architecture, education and training, automotive and navigation, government, and commerce.
AWE 2016 was the largest ever exposition of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and wearable technology with over 200 demos, 200 speakers, and nearly 4,000 attendees! The press dubbed it “The Consumer Electronics Show of the Future. The increasingly Near Future” (USA Today). Exhibitors took advantage of the passionate and knowledgeable audience to establish leadership positions in the market.
WEST (Wearable Entertainment & Sports Toronto), Founding Producer
WEST: Wearable Entertainment & Sports Toronto is 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 2015 was a sold-out event which saw over 600 people at the event with 42 speakers on stage and 31 exhibitors taking up two floors at the MaRS Discovery District Centre on November 3, 2015. 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 is Canada's first wearable tech hackathon focused on sports. The first event in 2014 was set within the iconic Mattamy Athletic Centre, formally Maple Leaf Gardens. This event is in partnership with IBM, Ryerson University, and We Are Wearables. Sportshack gives participants the chance to work with the coolest wearable, Cloud and Analytics technologies applied in the world of sports. SportsHack is the first Wearable Technology Hackathon in Toronto where the main theme is Sports. Get inspired in this 3-day event by working with fellow hackers at the former home of hockey! Hack Sports with the Myo ( Thalmic Labs ), the Kiwi ( Kiwi Wearables ), the Muse ( InteraXon ), and the MeU Square ( MeU ); four devices from local companies in Ontario driving innovation in the wearable space; or bring your own wearable and hack sports!