VR/AR Expert, CEO | MetaVRse
Alan Smithson is an Investor & Entrepreneur who has always been on the cutting edge of Emerging Technologies. Graduating from University of Guelph with a Molecular Biology degree, Alan realized technology and music were his passions so he created Emulator, the world’s first Touchscreen DJ System by SmithsonMartin Inc. Launching the company in 2010 at TEDxToronto. Alan led his team and persevered with validation by building hardware and software to support his vision. Emulator won the highest award in the DJ industry, DJ Mag’s Most Innovative Product in 2011. Alan has been featured on Discovery Channel, BPMTV, Wired and Dragons’ Den.
In 2014, Alan was invited to Eric Schmidt’s Curiosity Camp. It was here where Alan first discovered virtual reality. He was shown the future by none other than father of VR storytelling, Chris Milk. Two years later, Alan started Shok Kreative Inc. a virtual and augmented reality marketing agency. After writing the popular white paper “Virtual Reality for Marketers, 2016”, Shok Kreative was subsequently sold to a new company, MetaVRse, North America’s Leading Virtual & Augmented Reality Consultancy. MetaVRse was named Top 100 Rising Startups by TechWeek and nominated VR Startup of the Year at the global VR Awards.
Alan is married to Julie, who is also the COO of MetaVRse, and they have two children Holly (9) and Abi (13). Abi is following in her father’s steps becoming one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the world with her product, Love Sandal (a sandal that leaves heart shaped tan lines on your feet). Abi has been featured in Inc., Huffington Post and won Top 20 under 20 when she was only 10 years old.
Alan has been recognized as an industry pioneer and leader was recently mentioned in an article “10 Virtual Reality Leaders you should follow in 2016” and Top 19 VR Executives to Watch (2017).
Equally comfortable behind a turntable or a group of Fortune 500 executives, Alan continues to evolve MetaVRse and its innovations such as the World’s First VR Photo Booth™, AR Biz Cards, and AR Teleportal.