Speaker Profile: Phil Charnock, SwapBots

Speaker Profile: Phil Charnock, SwapBots

Phil Charnock, PR and Comms at SwapBots is one of 60 world-class speakers appearing at VR Connects London 2017 on the 16-17th January 2017. To hear Charnock speak in person, book your ticket now!


Q: What do you do?

A: I communicate what makes SwapBots and immersive technology as a whole so exciting.


Q: What makes you most excited for VR as whole?

A: Immersive technology has the potential to be the next culture shift in technology.


Q: What are your thoughts on the way the VR industry has grown in the last 12 months?

A: 2016 has been a watershed year for both VR and AR. From the VR perspective we’ve seen mainstream headsets on sale for the first time, while AR has well and truly infiltrated popular culture. At the start of the year, I had to explain what this technology was; now everybody knows.


Q: What major trends do you predict for VR in 2017?

A: Mixed reality will slowly become the focus of the industry; it offers the incredible immersion of VR with the accessibility and flexibility of AR. Don’t expect MR to hit the mainstream just yet, although the seeds have been sown with the likes of HoloLens and Occipital’s Bridge.


Q: Which part of VR Connects/PGC London are you most looking forward to and why?

A: Trying the latest software and hardware, plus the opportunity to speak with the passionate creators behind them.


Don’t miss your chance to hear Charnock’s session at VR Connects London, at noon on Tuesday 17th January 2017. Book your ticket now!


About The Speaker

Phil Charnock is the marketing and communications chief for SwapBots - the toy that is brought to life with the magic of augmented reality. An advocate for new technology, particularly the emerging platforms of AR and VR, he is a firm believer that we are on the cusp of a new age of technology that puts the user deep into the heart of the digital experience.


About VR Connects London 2017

More than 500 delegates from the VR/AR industry will gather at London venue The Brewery on the 16-17th January 2017 for the first ever VR Connects London. Over the two days of the event, 60 expert speakers across four conference tracks will cover the key issues for the VR, AR and MR industry, from global trends and new tech to monetisation. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out – get yours now!

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