The Top Rated Speaker in Location-Based Virtual Reality

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"I would absolutely recommend Bob to every conference"

"He's talking about VR of course, but I think he can also talk about horse breeding and everybody would  sit on the edge of their seats."

- Tim Rittman, Head of Programs, Boosterspace Berlin

Always staying on the bleeding edge of technology, and able to predict both tech and business trends, Bob Cooney is widely considered the world's foremost expert on location-based virtual reality. The author of the book Real Money from Virtual Reality, he is the go-to-market strategist behind the launch of some of the world’s most successful location-based entertainment products. He curates the location-based VR education programs for both Amusement Expo and VR Days and is the tech editor for Replay Magazine, the oldest and most widely-read publication dedicated to the family entertainment industry. Cooney launched the world’s first successful laser tag company, Laser Storm, in 1990, which he took public after appearing in the Inc. 500 in 1996. He has also launched the first commercially successful VR arcade game, Beachhead 2000. Cooney has mentored some of the top VR manufacturers and operators, including Zero Latency, Holgate, Neurogaming, Virtuix, and others.

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Open Innovations Forum 2019

October 21 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm MSK
Bol'shoy Bul'var, 42 с1
Scolkovo, Moscow 143026 Russian Federation

The annual Open Innovations Forum has been held in Moscow since 2012 under the aegis of the Government of the Russian Federation and is considered to be a unique discussion platform for participants in the development of innovation ecosystem. The Forum’s main goal is to develop and commercialize new technologies, promote global tech brands and create new tools for international cooperation in innovation. The program includes plenary sessions and themed sessions, an exhibition, educational events, seminars and master classes, innovative shows, business meetings and, of course, informal networking.

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VR Days Europe 2019 Lustrum Edition

November 13 at 8:00 am - November 15 at 5:00 pm PST
Amsterdam, Netherlands

In ancient Rome the lustrum was the name for the sacrifice and celebration of a five-year period. A moment to reflect, unite and look ahead. With the 5th edition of VR Days we will do just that. That is why we call VR Days Europe 2019 the Lustrum Edition.

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November 19 at 8:30 am - 9:30 am PST
Orlando, FL United States

Is Virtual Reality right for Your Business? Industry veterans Bob Cooney, George Smith from Family Entertainment Group, Kevin Bachus from Dave & Busters, and Brandon Naids from Talon Systems, will share how your business can benefit from Virtual Reality. Topics will include how to get VR into your FEC, how to determine the best components to replace with VR, how to price the experience and how to determine how long the experience will last.  Explore how earnings and Return on Investment for VR compares to traditional FEC components.  This session will provide invaluable insight when considering whether to invest in…

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Amusement Expo 2020

March 9, 2020 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
Parking Lot
New Orleans, LA United States

The 2020 Amusement Expo International is the annual event for the coin-op and revenue-generating amusement, music and family entertainment industry. AMOA (Amusement & Music Operators Association) and AAMA (American Amusement Machine Association) have teamed up as co-sponsors to develop a 3-day program that brings new technologies, networking possibilities, and information education all under one roof.

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Laval Virtual Visionaries Think Tank 2020

April 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm - April 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm UTC+1

Laval Virtual’s Visionaries Think Tank is a 2-days intensive prospective oriented program organized in closed doors ahead of Laval Virtual from April 20th to 21st, 2020. The Think Tank gathers a panel of international leaders composed of prominent VR/AR Visionaries, and experienced VR/AR users so that they can share and debate on purposes and technological projections of Immersive Techniques in order to shape a vision to be shared with the community.

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Bob Cooney is one of the most insightful speakers and moderators in the business. He inspires creators to think outside the box of their own creation and offers insights that are unrivaled in the immersive technology community. We can always count on Bob to tell it like it is based on hard facts and sometimes even harsh realities. -- Christopher Crescitelli, Founder @ VR FEST
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"Bob Cooney is one of the most insightful speakers and moderators in the business. He inspires creators to think outside the box of their own creation and offers insights that are unrivaled in the immersive technology community. We can always count on Bob to tell it like it is based on hard facts and sometimes even harsh realities."

Christopher Crescitelli

Founder @ VR FEST


"Bob Cooney took on curating the 2018 Amusement Expo International VR Education Program and he delivered well beyond my most ambitious expectations. He was able to recruit a tremendous number of thought-leaders from the VR industry who spoke to standing-room-only audiences. Bob acted as the moderator for the entire day of seminars leading professional, provocative, engaging and informative conversations. The responses I received from attendees were overwhelming two thumbs up. It was abundantly clear there's an appetite for the technology within the fun and entertainment venue industry. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with Bob."

Pete Gustafson

Executive Vice President AAMA


“I had nothing but positive feedback on Bob’s keynote. People told me they were inspired by the talk and the energy. Bob Cooney killed it.”

Benjamin De Wit

Founder and Organizer, VR Days


"Bob is very passionate about the industry he loves and is always eager to impart his knowledge. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others so they can learn from him. He can speak on many levels on a variety of subjects. He is both a teacher and a student of life."

Alicia Lavay

President and Publisher, Vending Times


"Bob Cooney is a terrific speaker - knowledgeable, innovative and thought-provoking! He has a wide range of experiences and successes to draw upon in his presentations, but what really makes Bob stand out as a speaker/commentator is his ability to gauge and relate to the audience and tailor his comments to address each particular audience's needs."

Michael C. Getlan

Director of Enthusiasm and Opportunity, Amusement Consultants, LTD


"Bob was asked by my company to speak at an event. Bob's sense of humor, creativity, and knowledge impressed our events team as well as the delegates of the conference. He received excellent reviews on all conference evaluations and people were very impressed. His personality made for a great time and a memorable event. We have invited Bob to speak again this year and would recommend him to anyone interested. "

Joan Woodbrey Crocker

Interactive Displays Conference

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