Speakers Singapore Sept 2017

Sami Kizilbash

Sami Kizilbash

Developer Relations, South & Southeast Asia,


Sami oversees Google’s Developer Relations activities in South & Southeast Asia, nurturing tech ecosystems and leaders across the region.  As the global point-of-contact for Google's VR/AR developer ecosystem programs, Sami also works closely with community leaders and experts to help improve awareness of VR/AR design best-practices and Google's Daydream and Tango platforms.

Daydream is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with its Google Daydream View virtual reality headset and Android Nougat, the seventh major version of the Android mobile operating system.

"Google is working with partners on a standalone [Daydream] VR headset that will support inside-out tracking. The headsets track virtual space with something Google calls “WorldSense,” powered by technology from its Tango augmented reality system. Google is creating a reference design with help from Qualcomm, and it’s also working with HTC and Lenovo for standalone headsets.
A closer look at the project, published at Backchannel, says that Google has developed a prototype and that Lenovo and HTC will release commercial versions “in the coming months.” This prototype puts Google in the company of Oculus and Intel, both of whom have showed off early standalone headsets with self-contained tracking systems."

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Tango (formerly named Project Tango, while in-testing) is an augmented reality computing platform, developed and authored by Google. It uses computer augmented reality (AR) to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their position relative to the world around them without using GPS or other external signals.

"Google's Project Tango could be the biggest thing to happen to smartphone technology in years. Here's why.

When you think of Google and smartphones, you think of Android, right? But Google has its fingers in a number of smartphone technology pies, and one of the most exciting of those is Project Tango. It could transform the way you see the world – or at least, the way your smartphone sees it.

Now Lenovo has launched the Phab 2 Pro, the first Project Tango-equipped smartphone, and Asus has introduced its own Tango-equipped handset in the form of the ZenFone 3, the technology is available for consumers to try out."

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Sami has led tech and media ventures at small startups and software giants alike. Early in his Google career, Sami helped lead the company’s market entry into South Asia’s emerging countries. Prior to Google, Sami founded a Singapore-based tech company, launching a cloud-based marketing and business tool catered to retailers and consumers in the region.  Sami was a Product Manager in the software and music industries, and has co-produced media productions in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including a TV & web series designed to showcase entrepreneurship talent in emerging markets. Sami majored in Management Information Systems at McGill University and received an MBA from INSEAD where he studied Entrepreneurship and Strategy.


We are excited to host Sami Kizilbash at Convergence 005 | SWITCH, on 18 September at Marina Bay Sands.

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