Category Archives: Trade Shows – North America

Singularity University’s Annual Exponential Manufacturing Summit


Singularity University’s (SU) Exponential Manufacturing Summit in Boston this week, which is dedicated to bringing together “the world’s brightest executives, entrepreneurs and investors… to prepare them for the changes brought forth by unstoppable technological progress.”

With a mind-boggling array of presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations, and symposiums from some of the most compelling innovators who stand at the forefront of technology — including SU co-founders, visionary futurists Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil — the goal of the Summit is to “educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to foster universal abundance and address humanity’s grand challenges today.”

Highlights from the first day included a thought-provoking presentation on Advanced Robotics by Sarah Bergbreiter, associate professor and acting director of the Maryland Robotics Center, and an “Ask Me Anything” session with Diamandis, who Beamed in from New York City to present to the more than 600 attendees in Boston.

During the session, Diamandis spoke about where we’re heading, thanks to the “complete dematerialization” of the supply chain, and the reimagination of manufacturing. While according to Diamandis we’re “a couple of stages away from the perfect situation,” (i.e. nano technology, which can create anything), he says that we are heading into a world where we can easily go from mind, to manufacturing, to market, as everyone (all 8 billion of us within seven to eight years) will be connected. At this point, he foretells manufacturing becoming “massively democratized” worldwide, with VR, AI, and other advances such as 3D printing, leading the way.

If you’re interested in viewing some of the incredible presentations, head over to SU’s Facebook page, like it, and you will be able to view some of today’s most influential innovators and thought leaders sharing their insights about the future of design, work, production and supply chain.

The theme of day two focused on innovation, both internal and external, by fostering innovation from within and externally by effectively leveraging startups, public/private partnerships, and labs; while the final day focused was on how to apply all that was learned in the first two days of the Summit. The “Deep Dive” programming puts a focus on those on the front lines that are driving advances at all points in manufacturing, from production throughout the entire supply chain.

This fast-paced, information-packed gathering put the spotlight on the Fourth Manufacturing Revolution and the disruptive change that is being instigated by exponential technologies including robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), energy, additive manufacturing, biological manufacturing, and more.

Thanks to Singularity University for an amazing, awe-inspiring three-day journey into the infinite potential of exponential manufacturing.

IoT World Beams-In with the BBC

Silicon Valley – Internet of Things World 2017 is the largest IOT event worldwide. The EP solution with Beams was showcased and utilized by attendees and press from around the world.

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The Smart Conference program provides Beams and ambassadors on the Beams to answer questions and direct attendees to meeting rooms throughout the event.

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PCMA 2017 – Austin Texas

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the definitive authority in education, business networking and community engagement for leaders in the global meetings, convention and business events industry.

Over 4,000 show managers gathered in Texas at the largest annual PCMA event to discuss the future of the event industry.

Event Presence was invited to present its solution acknowledged to be integral in the shift towards a global event paradigm.

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Mobile telepresence allows speaking talent from anywhere in the world to easily participate in events. John Quinones of ABC “What Would You Do” and Tim Urban an American singer-songwriter, actor and international speaker visited PCMA via the Beam.

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Event Presence offers a solution that can bring hundreds of attendees on one Beam increasing attendance at any event.




I Was at AWE on a Beam, and It Was Awesome

On Wednesday I attended the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California. I saw some really great new tech, and met some interesting people in my field. I chatted with attendees from Hawaii, Florida, and Toronto. But I hadn’t gotten on a plane, or crossed the border. I hadn’t even left my Vancouver office.
I was beaming.

Technology for virtual attendance at live events is being pioneered all around the world. The company I ‘beamed’ with is called Event Presence, and they were hosting the telepresence aspect of AWE. The technology pairs a large screen with what is basically a remote control car, so the user can see what’s happening around them, turn their “face” to see whoever is talking, and physically move around the venue. Basically, it’s this minus the t-shirt.
I was late to the event, so when I beamed into my first robot there was no one there to greet me (of course, as this was my first time telecommuting in a robot body, I didn’t realize someone was supposed to greet me). Somehow I had gotten into a robot on the second floor instead of the main floor, where the action was. After sorting out the basic controls I wandered, cheerfully saying hello to the steady trickle of people heading for the main floor, delighting in the looks of surprise and (pun intended) awe on their faces.

I haven’t seen one of the robots in person, but it consists of a large base with rotatable wheels (so you can turn in a circle), a tall “neck” to bring the face to the right height, and a large screen to display the user’s face.

I ran into a friendly photographer from Canada (hey Toronto friend!) who offered to help me find the elevator. He led me all the way there, snapping pictures on the way (I was slow like a grandmother, but he said he had endless patience). He helped me into the elevator and I descended, only to lose the connection to my robot. It felt like getting an arm cut off — sudden and unexpected. I remembered I was sitting in a basement office in Canada (and using WiFi, which is not recommended for what I think are obvious reasons. The only thing stopping us all from being virtual all the time is bandwidth). By the time I managed to reconnect, my saviour was gone, so I struck out on my own into the Exhibition Hall. I was a bit shy, so most of my conversations involved the following: Hi, I’m from Vancouver! Isn’t this neat? See you later.
Suddenly, I was dumped from my robot, with a scary “Unauthorized Access!” on my screen. Yikes! I opened a new connection to find myself in a new robot, and greeted by none-other than the CEO of Beam, Steve Ernst. “I left your robot in the exhibition hall,” I guilty admitted. He only laughed.

He talked me through a demo, and armed with a 1-DGjgo3ZSicsHoWLAb3_gOAlot more confidence, he led me back into the Exhibition Hall and showed me the ropes. I now knew how to zoom in to read text, and I could even take screenshots (the function isn’t supported by Event Presence’s software for privacy reasons, but since your operating system lets you take screenshots of anything, that’s sort of a meaningless gesture). He recommended I go in straight lines up and down the “halls” of the room so I wouldn’t get lost, which I followed for one hall and then promptly got turned around and lost.

The first booth I stopped at belonged to Caugnate. Oliver Townsend cheerfully walked me through their demo, showing me how their AR software allows collaboration between a technician on the ground and a remote expert. Given that I was, myself, something of a remote expert, it was a fun conversation.


Oliver Townsend of Caugnate demonstrates their tablet.
The last demo I tried was with Matthew Malon of Optech4D, one of the only companies developing for AR and VR simultaneously. We had a great conversation about the benefits of learning in VR (I mentioned an article I wrote about VR training). The only sad moment was when he described a demo they had for oil workers who could do a training exercise, and then play a game to help apply that training to a real situation. If I had been there in person I could have tried it, but robots don’t have heads… I couldn’t wear the glasses.

I trundled on, enjoying the sights and sounds. At one point I even had a conversation with another robot — a fellow Beamer. Ernst had told me earlier that while I had been given a press pass to try this technology for free, some of the robots were actually paying conference attendees! My boss asked why anyone would bother attending in person if they could do it remotely, and the only thing I could think of was the sense of presence. Admittedly, being able to do the demos would be nice, and is a big part of the conference experience for a lot of people.
But then I noticed that it was almost 11, and I had a meeting. I drove my robot back to its docking station, went to my meeting, and came back to the robot — all from the comfort of my computer chair. Not doing demos seemed like a small price to pay, considering I saved on a flight and hotel, didn’t miss any important meetings back home, and was curled up in my own bed that night, sipping homemade hot chocolate and listening to the rain.
All in all? Being a robot is an awesome way to go to a conference.
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by Wren Handman

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CHI 2016 – Big Time Beams in Silicon Valley

Event Presence is once again partnered with ACM supporting CHI 2016: the top conference for Human-Computer Interaction. EP is providing the mobile telepresence “Beam” to academia from around the world the ability to attend the annual conference.

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For those who are finding out about CHI – pronounced kai – for the first time, CHI is a place to see, discuss and learn about the future of how people interact with technology.

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Top researchers from universities, corporations and startups from across the world, as well as the brightest student scientists, designers, and researchers are using the Beam to attend the conference!

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Event Presence is proud to be part of this most important conference, and gathering of the world-wide HCI community in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Beams are being utilized throughout the conference including in specialized tracks as shown below.

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Note the printed maps on the Beams. This allowed the pilots to better understand the venue layout and where to find the Beam docking stations.

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Attendees from Europe were VIP guests up front during Keynote presentations

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Remote attendees tested their skills on the Beam Race track! A German pilot had the fastest time at CHI 2016, congrats.

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Beams as a Service Gaining Momentum

Cake a subsidiary of Sysco Foods subscribes to the Event Presence service where Beams are branded, delivered and supported anywhere in the world.

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Salesforce User Group in Lake Tahoe. Beams utilized for remote attendance.



Yep! Even you can become a Beam Pilot.