John Underkoffler of Oblong Industries to discuss “New UI as Professional Superpower” at The Next Web Conference 2016

London, 2 May 2016 – Founder and CEO of Oblong Industries, John Underkoffler, is confirmed to speak at the 11th annual The Next Web (TNW) Conference, a technology event that brings together the world’s top technology leaders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. The conference takes place in Amsterdam on May 26 & 27 2016, and features keynote talks about “the future of technology, innovation, marketing, communication and imagination”. 

Underkoffler’s talk is entitled; “New UI as Professional Superpower” and predicts that the most important advance in computation will arrive in the form of a human-machine interface that allows digital devices and systems to properly support sophisticated, collaborative processes and workflows.

John Underkoffler comments:

“We’ll explore the future of workplace technology and suggest that a worthy professional computing system – one appropriate to the next half-century’s complex work tasks -- must be able to coherently address a roomful of pixels, from displays on walls to those on laptops and mobile devices. It must allow parallel control from multiple participants using a variety of different personal devices and input modalities. A new universal UI will mediate: one immensely capable yet entirely natural; evocative of the real world and exhilarating to use. I am hugely looking forward to sharing my vision of the future workplace at TNW in May.”

John Underkoffler is founder and CEO of Oblong Industries, developer of the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment and the Mezzanine system for immersive visual collaboration across the enterprise. Oblong's technological trajectories build on fifteen years of foundational work at the MIT Media Lab, where John was responsible for innovations in real-time computer graphics systems, large-scale visualization techniques, and the I/O Bulb and Luminous Room systems.

John was a science advisor to films including ‘Minority Report’, ‘The Hulk’ (A. Lee), and ‘Iron Man’. John is the 2015 National Design Award winner for Interaction Design; examples of his work are now in the Smithsonian archive. John serves on the National Advisory Council of Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hill, MI, and on the Boards of Directors of the E14 Fund in Cambridge, MA and of Sequoyah School in Pasadena, CA.

About TNW

Over the past 10 editions TNW Conference has grown from a 200-person event to one of the leading technology events, bringing together 10,000 attendees a day and 3,000 companies from all over the world.

Other much-anticipated speakers confirmed to speak at the event this year include Steve Huffman, Co-founder & CEO of Reddit, Julie Zhuo Director of Product Design at Facebook, Gary Vaynerchuk Co-founder & CEO of Vaynermedia, and Kayvon Beykpour Co-founder & CEO of Periscope.

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About Oblong Industries

Oblong Industries’ innovative technologies change the way people work, create, and communicate. With roots in more than two decades of research at the MIT Media Lab, Oblong’s flagship product, Mezzanine™, is an immersive visual collaboration solution that defines the next era of computing: multi-user, multi-screen, multi-device, multi-location. Mezzanine’s groundbreaking Infopresence™ capabilities multiply the effectiveness of distributed organizations and catalyze new, more effective, more collaborative workflows. Oblong is headquartered in Los Angeles and supplies Mezzanine systems to Fortune 500 enterprise customers and reseller partners.

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