Mr. Smithson’s purpose in life is to inspire and educate future leaders to think and act in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable way.
Mr. Smithson is the CEO of MetaVRse , a global virtual, augmented & mixed reality consulting and product development company. He is co-founder of XR Ignite Hyper-Accelerator, Host of XR For Business podcast and renowned XR thought leader with millions of views of his articles and videos each month.
He is an independent global advisor on the business of XR to a select group of the world’s largest companies, chief investment advisors, and ultra high net worth family offices.
“Alan is true thought leader in XR – he’s been building useful products in the space for years.” – Justin Smith, director of marketing at North, former head of VR marketing at Samsung USA.
Mr. Smithson is a founding member of the VR/AR Association, IEEE Mixed Reality Ethics Committee member, mentor for a youth entrepreneurship program called ‘The Knowledge Society’ (TKS) and a mentor for Techstars Toronto and is on the SXSW Pitch Advisory Board for XR. He is also a TEDx speaker and a judge for the global Auggie Awards.
Prior to MetaVRse, Mr. Smithson invented and co-founded Emulator, the world’s first touchscreen DJ System; used by Linkin Park, Armin Van Buuren, Microsoft, Sony, Heineken and more.