Full Sail Hosts Central Florida’s Second Annual Immersive Technology Summit

The two-day conference was dedicated to exploring VR/AR technologies.

An audience watches a group of panelists give a presentation on stage at Central Florida's Second Annual Immersive Technology Summit.

Full Sail University was proud to host the second annual Central Florida Immersive Technology Summit, presented by the VR/AR Association Central Florida Chapter. The two-day conference was open to the public, bringing together students, employers, and industry leaders alike to explore VR/AR technologies.

The first day consisted of a variety of panels featuring nearly 100 speakers who shared their insights about the future impact of immersive technologies in a plethora of areas such as the future of immersive technologies, immersive technology in education and training, immersive technology in the defense industry, immersive technology in entertainment and media, and immersive technology in the healthcare industry. The event saw nearly 500 attendees, all gathered to learn about immersive technologies, including virtual reality, augmented reality, extended reality, and more. The tech is featured in many industries, including healthcare, such as the virtual reality applications being built at Full Sail in collaboration with AdventHealth.

The following day included three events: a Women in Tech breakfast, followed by a technology expo and career fair. Several women were invited to speak at the breakfast to share their experience as an industry professional, imparting their knowledge on the aspiring technologists in attendance. Full Sail hosted the breakfast with the hope to create a community for women to network and grow in the field.

Later in the day, Full Sail hosted a lively technology expo at the Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress, an event that featured a range of companies in the immersive technology and emerging technology industries, such as HTC Vive, Mass Virtual, and Orlando Health. Through this collaboration with the VR/AR Association Central Florida Chapter, Full Sail aims to create networking opportunities for students and facilitate their growth within the industry before they graduate.

A Full Sail student wears a VR headset, a hand raised to interact with what they see, and a person stands to the side, observing.

Full Sail students explore innovative VR technology at the Second Annual Immersive Technology Summit.

“We had about 24 companies who came to showcase their latest advancements in immersive technologies,” said Dr. Haifa Maamar, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies at Full Sail University. “Lots of collaborations actually started from there. We had several companies who were at the Tech Expo, not necessarily knowing who Full Sail is, and they came because of the conference. But now we are in conversations with them, talking about internship positions, hiring and so on. We're also talking about how we can collaborate together in immersive technologies, as we're always looking for ways to give our students the opportunity to work on real-world projects.”