Top VR and AR Influencers: Part 1
A list of top 10 virtual reality and augmented reality influencers in the US has been compiled in the attached spreadsheet. The list includes Clay Bavor, Eva Hoerth, Ian Hamilton, Amber Osborne, Cathy Hackl, Ryan A Bell, Manuel Clément, Ben Lang, Daniel Brittman, and Rob Crasco.
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF FINDINGS
Clay Bavor is the VP of Virtual and Augmented Reality Division at Google. He posts about AR & VR on his social media accounts and personal blog and has 29.1k followers on Twitter.
Eva Hoerth is a Seattle based experienced VR design researcher and community builder with over 3 years working in the field. Along with her team, she's currently building an online platform where creators, researchers, and communities can connect using VR and AR to solve problems and share insights. Eva has 14.9K followers on Twitter and 175 subscribers on YouTube.
- Ian Hamilton is the Managing Editor for UploadVR.com. He focuses his journalism on AR and VR and his twitter account is an independent source of information to learn about this immersive, emerging industry.
- Amber Osborne is the CMO at Doghead Simulations, a VR software company. She's also involved in thought leadership within the virtual reality and technology industries, speaking at events and content writing for online industry publications. Osborne has 4,330 followers on Instagram, 41.5K on Twitter and 135 Subscribers on YouTube.
Ryan A Bell
- Ryan Bell was formerly a creative consultant at VRScout and recognized as a strong influencer in the VR community. He has 61.3K followers on Twitter, and 4,548 followers on Instagram.
Manuel Clément is a Senior AR and VR UX Designer and Prototyper on Daydream at Google. He builds immersive prototypes at Google and is passionate about teaching children about programming and electronics. He has 7,069 followers on Twitter and 729 subscribers on YouTube.
To identify the top VR and AR influencers in the US, we searched through industry reports for a pre-compiled list of the top influencers in the areas. We were able to find a list of top VR influencers published by Izea.com, BrioVR, eCampusnews and Onalytica, then, we scanned through the list for influencers with more than 5k followers and those mentioned in more than two publications as top influencers in VR/AR.
Next, we searched for the social media platforms the influencers use. We combed through their websites (where available) and their profiles on Instagram, Twitch, YouTube and Twitter. Some listed influencers don't have a Twitch account and accounts on some requested social media platforms, in those cases, we have left the corresponding column blank and for some influencers, a direct contact information could not be provided as it wasn't publicly available on their social platforms and third-party sites like Hunter.io. In those cases, we have provided a link to their LinkedIn profile through which they could be contacted.