Rony Abovitz, Founder, President, & CEO, Magic Leap in conversation with Jessi Hempel, Head of Editorial, Backchannel
Morning Break: 10:30 - 11:00 am EDT
Rony Abovitz is the Founder, President, and CEO of mixed reality startup Magic Leap. So far, Abovitz has largely kept Magic Leap’s head-mounted retinal display under wraps, but that hasn’t stopped it from receiving A-List attention. The creative geniuses behind New Zealand design studio Weta Workshops have already teamed up with Magic Leap to build games, and science fiction writer Neal Stephenson signed on as its Chief Futurist. Prior to starting Magic Leap in 2011, Abovitz was Cofounder and Head of Development and Technology for Mako Surgical, a leader in human-interactive robotics for orthopedic surgery. From 1994 to 1996, he worked as an R&D engineer for Lima Orthopedics, developing orthopedic implants. Abovitz holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami.