Global AI/Spacial Computing Expert & Speaker, Founder + CEO of Acclaimed VR/AR Agency, Authority on Augmented + Virtual Reality, Sought-After Academic on AI/WEB3

Cortney Harding
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Cortney Harding At A Glance:

Cortney is the Founder and CEO of a transformational VR/AR agency, Friends with Holograms, focused on creating innovative, powerful, and effective experiences for training. Her clients include Walmart, Verizon, Accenture, Coca-Cola, and the US Air Force. She is the winner of multiple awards including “Best VR/AR” at Mobile World Congress, SXSW Innovation Award Finalist, and Top HR product by HR Executive.Having an award-winning background in the use of virtual reality, for both businesses and government agencies, provided Cortney with early insight into how we can all eventually make the leap from Web2 to Web3. As a designer for Meta, she was instrumental in creating “What is the Metaverse,” a groundbreaking course that covers all aspects of the Metavers while exploring safety issues, ethical questions and much more, meaning that Cortney already has a more nuanced view of the Metaverse than most.

Cortney’s messages couldn’t be more timely or on point. With the frenzied push for businesses to quickly adapt to new technology, this talk is a reminder to participants about the importance of getting better educated and familiar with the metaverse before they make hasty decisions that could affect the long-term success of their company and their relationships with current and future customers. But most important of all, she helps audiences walk away with a better understanding of what the Metaverse is, isn’t and where it can play a role in the growth of your organization.

The convergence of AI, spatial computing, and WEB3 isn’t just a trend – it’s a revolution reshaping industries and global dynamics. As companies race to embrace these cutting-edge technologies, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Failure to grasp their transformative potential risks not just falling behind, but being eclipsed by competitors who seize the moment. This is where Founder and CEO of Friends with Holograms Cortney Harding helps level the playing field. Cortney doesn’t just envision the future – she shapes it. With a proven track record of steering Fortune 100 companies through the labyrinth of tech evolution, she brings a unique blend of visionary insight and practical wisdom that gives audiences an actionable roadmap forward.

As a leading authority on emerging technologies and a change architect in her field, Cortney has built a reputation for helping organizations navigate new frontiers. What started out as an entrepreneurial venture, her company Friends with Holograms, has created transformative VR/AR experiences for major clients such as Coca-Cola, Walmart, Verizon, and Lowes. This has led to a variety of other tech advisory roles, including creating a groundbreaking course for Meta called “What is the Metaverse?” and a faculty position with the Fast Future Executive, helping leaders with a speed bias to learn seemingly disparate ideas of the future…NOW. There is currently nothing else like it out there.

Cortney is also a sought-after academic who has lectured at Barnard, CalTech, Harvard, and spoken at the World Economic Forum. Her nuanced understanding of future-affecting technology and how it impacts organizations in any industry makes her one of the most sought-after speakers on the topic. By bringing Cortney to speak at your event, your audience will gain a competitive edge in the fast-evolving business landscape and be equipped to leverage new technology for transformative growth.She’s won several recent accolades for her work, including Best VR/AR at Mobile World Congress and being named a finalist for the SXSW Innovation Award, as well as an Audience Award for Best XR at SXSW. Cortney is also a co-author of the upcoming book The Fast Future Blur Book (April ‘24), which provides invaluable insights and strategic frameworks to navigate the complexity of our current period of rapid and radical transformation.

  • Translating the Power of Technology for the Future NOW

    The future of tech is upon us, and what is needed is a knowledgeable voice who can guide organizations as they gain a new understanding of how to capitalize on and harness the power of AI, the Metaverse and Virtual Reality for business success. We are well beyond asking WHY these technologies matter and now are in the zone of needing to know HOW to get it done, and that is exactly where Cortney Harding guides her audiences.

    Cortney is a voice for the future who provides audiences with the confidence to embrace these new technologies and understand the direct impact they will make on their organizations. What makes Cortney different is that she is not a futurist, but a true practitioner in this space who has guided many Fortune 100 companies toward their tech strategies. She provides clear steps so that participants walk away knowing how to translate this technology into something tangible that will encourage innovation, stimulate curiosity and stir excitement as they move their businesses forward. While the road to success in this new frontier is not without its challenges, the future of work could be as easy as focusing on our zones of genius and leaving everything else to an algorithm. This is the time to learn HOW to get there and beyond.

    TANGIBLE TAKEAWAYS
    •How to Strategically Prepare for AI Automation
    Discover the key factors to consider when preparing your organization for engagement with AI in any form, including innovation, technology infrastructure and more.

    •Myths vs. Realities of AI & Spatial Computing
    Separate fact from fiction and get a realistic understanding of what AI and Spatial Computing can and cannot offer your business. Gain insights into the current state of these new technologies and the opportunities that are already available.

    •Translating and Understanding the “New” Vocabulary
    Learn the essential vocabulary that will be used in the inter-connected future and how to interpret it. Understanding the terminology is key to making informed decisions and communicating with stakeholders in this new frontier.

    •Actionable Strategies to Leverage the Potential of AI and Spatial Computing
    Gain practical guidance on how to leverage the potential of this new technology for your organization, including ideas for immersive experiences, engaging content, and audience engagement.
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