Co-founder & CMO, Specular Theory
Ryan is the Co-founder and CMO of Specular Theory, an award-winning immersive technology studio that creates and distributes cutting-edge VR/AR/MR applications for the defense and aerospace industries. Current customers include the U.S. Air Force and Zodiac Aerospace.
Ryan was named Top 20 Women in VR by Digital LA and Top 101+ Women Leading the Virtual Reality (VR) Industry by VU DReam. She is a frequent keynote and guest speaker at a number of industry panels and events around the world including TEDx, Singularity University, Collision, Web Summit, CES and NextM. She is a published expert in two books including What is Virtual Reality and the Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom and featured Women in Business in the Huffington Post. Ryan is a member of the Advanced Imaging Society VR Society Steering Committee, Digital Hollywood Immersive Entertainment Influencer Board of Advisors, Women in XR, The Women’s CLUB of Silicon Valley, MaiTai Global, EPX and Summit Series.
Founded in 2013, Specular Theory has won numerous awards and recognition for being on the forefront of original, groundbreaking VR productions which is a testament to their in-house tools and philosophies as a native VR/AR company built from the ground up for this new medium. The company received the first-ever Streamy Award for Best VR and 360 experience, are one of five companies to win the Innov8 vcommerce competition awarded by Walmart’s tech incubator Store No. 8, and were chosen by Accenture to create a VR experience which won best Commercial VR experience at VR Fest at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Earlier this year, the studio worked with the new Chinese electric car company Byton on creating a high-end VR experience for their BYTON M-Byte Concept (Time To Be), capturing the highest resolution and dynamic range ever achieved in VR. Specular released their first VR game title last summer in partnership with Sony Pictures for Hotel Transylvania Popstic , which launched at over 500 VR arcades worldwide and on Viveport, Viveport Subscription and Steam. Hotel Transylvania Popstic has won two awards for Best XR Game at the 2018 Barcelona Games World and Best VR Game at the 2019 VR Fest Awards at CES.
After a successful six-year track record of creating award-winning XR content and building innovative tech across the entertainment and gaming sectors, Specular Theory is leading the way in virtual reality powered training by bringing blockbuster talent and unique technical expertise to the defense market which has never had a team like this to serve them before.
The company is currently working with the U.S. Air Force Pilot Training Next program to help train more pilots faster and better. At Specular Theory, we are deeply committed to using our technology to make better warfighters.