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Virtual reality summit featuring Randi Zuckerberg coming to Miami Beach

Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media and a best-selling author, is a keynote speaker at B.I.G. Summit in Miami Beach on Tuesday.
Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media and a best-selling author, is a keynote speaker at B.I.G. Summit in Miami Beach on Tuesday. B.I.G. Summit

A conference next week in Miami Beach will explore how virtual reality and wearable technologies have already begun to transform healthcare, education, entertainment and other industries.

Attendees of The B.I.G. Summit will hear about real-world examples of how these technologies are already being deployed, as well as get a peek into what is under development, said Mary Spio, whose South Florida firm Next Galaxy Corp. is hosting the event Tuesday at the New World Center.

Randi Zuckerberg, a best-selling author, founder of Zuckerberg Media and editor of Dot Complicated, will be the keynote speaker. “We've seen technology change the way that the world thinks and communicates over the past couple of decades, and I think that we are getting ready for another major shift with the emergence of virtual and augmented reality,” said Zuckerberg, who is Mark Zuckerberg’s sister and was an early executive at Facebook.

Other speakers include Peter Rubin, senior editor of WIRED; Avi Muchnick, founder of Aviary; Diane Sanchez, executive director of Americas Council for the Creative Economy; and Dr. M. Narendra Kini, CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital. Executives from Ford, Lockheed-Martin and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors are also on the agenda. Grammy-winning record producer, songwriter and musician Teddy Riley will produce a virtual reality experience featuring a medley of Michael Jackson songs. Spio, a former Boeing executive best known for creating technology to digitally distribute motion pictures over satellite, will talk on “Imagining the Future.”

Spio has been running The B.I.G. Summit (Business, Innovation and Growth) since 2009, most recently in Orlando, but moved it to Miami Beach this year, as she is also relocating her company to South Florida. In temporary offices now, she hopes to move into Miami’s Film and Entertainment Complex set to open this fall and is hiring game developers and backend developers.

Spio, who after Boeing went into 2-D video and now is immersed in virtual reality and the Internet of Things, sees Miami’s potential as a tech hub for the creative industries.

“Virtual reality is such a powerful tool in education and remote learning,” she said. “I see many opportunities here but the talent must be developed to cover the opportunities. In other areas such as the Valley, everyone is fighting for the same talent. Here, we can mold and shape them for everything we need.”

Learn more about the conference at bigsummit.biz.

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