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Dr. Helen Papagiannis

Augmented Reality will enrich our lives and extend humanity in unprecedented ways.

Augmented Reality Speaker and Author of Augmented Human

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Dr. Helen Papagiannis | Augmented Reality Speaker and Author of Augmented Human
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The power of Augmented Reality resides in its capacity to amplify human possibility, says HELEN PAPAGIANNIS. A world-leading expert in the field, and the bestselling author of Augmented Human, Papagiannis studies the cross-realities emerging in the world today, and how they will influence everything from business to culture to behavior. AR is no longer about technology—it’s about living in the real world—and Papagiannis explains how we can design enriching, human-centered experiences for our virtual future.

For the last fifteeen years, Helen Papagiannis has been working with AR as a researcher, designer, consultant, and technology evangelist. Aside from its potential to change the future of work and learning, AR transforms the way we interact with the world at large, says Papagiannis. She dives into the endless applications of the technology, showing us how it amplifies human intelligence, focuses our engagement with real spaces, and improves health and accessibility for all. Today, people living with autism can use the technology to prepare for job interviews, retail stores can allow customers to virtually try their products, and we can even lessen cognitive overload with “calm” technology such as responsive garments. A highly experiential medium, AR is updating everything from the way we translate language and travel to foreign countries, to the way we experience culture. On her website XRGoesPop, Papagiannis introduces us to the discipline of XR— Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Virtual Beings—and documents how it permeates art, fashion, music, games, and celebrity. But for all her optimism, Papagiannis is not blind to the challenges of implementing this new technology. Alongside the fascinating opportunities, she also examines and reveals the ethical issues that arise, and how companies, cities, and individuals can adapt.


For her tireless work in the field, Papagiannis was invited to become a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality. There, she works alongside leading experts to challenge assumptions, develop new ideas, and inform decision-makers around the world on how to reshape global systems. In addition to her role on the council, Papagiannis is an Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) and a judge for the Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.


Papagiannis has presented her interactive work and Ph.D. research at global conferences including TEDx, ISMAR (International Society for Mixed and Augmented Reality), and ISEA (International Symposium for Electronic Art). Her TEDx talk was featured among the Top 10 Talks on Augmented Reality and Gamified Life. Papagiannis is also the author of Augmented Human, an insightful guide to the fast-moving technology and how anyone can take advantage of it. Previously, Papagiannis was a member of the internationally renowned Bruce Mau Design studio where she was project lead on Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, an internationally touring exhibition and best-selling book examining the new inventions, technologies, and events changing the world. Papagiannis was named among the NEXT 100 Top Influencers of the Digital Media Industry. She is the former Chief Innovation Officer at Infinity Augmented Reality Inc. and Senior Research Associate at York University’s Augmented Reality Lab.


“I had no idea how big augmented reality could be, and how big it is at the moment. This was a keynote that kept making me say “wow”. It’s one of my favorite keynotes of all time, and Helen just did an incredible job.”

John Hinchliffe, Instructional Design Expert at UAEU

“On behalf of CANARIE and all of our National Summit guests, I want to thank Helen for an excellent presentation that beautifully set the stage for the rest of the event. Her content and presentation style were perfect and I sincerely hope our paths cross again in the future.”

Kathryn Anthonisen, VP of External Relations at CANARIE Inc.

Speech Topics

Augmented Human How Technology Is Shaping the New Reality

Our digital future is no longer a distant promise, but a rapidly growing industry with real-world clout. Consider Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Virtual Reality headset maker Oculus and their new AR campus of 400 people, Microsoft’s recent release of HoloLens2, and the 1.25 billion raised by Epic Games this past year. In this truly cutting-edge talk, Dr. Helen Papagiannis helps us understand the significance of Augmented Reality (AR), and how it is further being organically integrated into our everyday lives. What opportunities does AR present for business, design, and culture? How can we contribute to and help define this new technological era? And how will it forever change the way we live, work, and play? With great gusto and up-to-the-minute examples, Dr. Papagiannis leads us head-on into our virtual future. 

Artificial Intelligence
XRGoesPop Understanding the Future Across Multiple Realities
We live in a world of multiple realities—Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Virtual Beings. From this evolution emerges the growing discipline of XR, defined by Dr. Helen Papagiannis as analysis “across realities.” As in her brilliantly interactive website XRGoesPop, this talk offers a fascinating and cutting-edge look at the way these cross-realities are permeating contemporary culture, from high, to low, to pop (and everything in between). In her trademark nimble speaking style, Papagiannis documents how these extensions of reality are informing and advancing culture though art, fashion, music, games, and celebrity. Don’t think that this is simply about art and entertainment. Rather, as Papagiannis articulates, popular culture is a mirror into which we can track trends related to commerce and politics. What does XR mean to you and your business? Papagiannis will ask you all the right questions, helping you discern the realities you should be preparing to explore.