Ryan Sternlicht

See Ryan’s talk:””The next layer of reality: A big step forward?” on November 11, 2023 at 6pm. Livestream link here.

Ryan Sternlicht demonstrates Adam Munich’s portable flame thrower.


Ryan Sternlicht is a San Francisco-raised educator, researcher, advisor, and maker, and is on the development team for the Swartz-Manning Virtual Reality Destination.

Ryan has advised, a number of startups in the fields of AR, VR, self driving cars, flying cars, and 3D manufacturing. As a maker, he has volunteered or advised a number of makerspaces and hackerspaces, and numerous technical non-profit organizations, all around California and in upstate New York.

While in the bay area, he volunteers at New People Cinema, and the Noisebridge hackerspace. He also assists the Game Development department at City College of San Francisco.

See the video for Ryan’s Aaron Swartz Day 2022 talk: “The Next Layer of Reality: (Motion)- Physical Movement with a non physical body.”

Over the past couple years VR has gotten quite popular, but even after almost a decade of improvements, one of the biggest issues is how your physical movement is transferred to the virtual environment. I will explain the current trends, some issues, and some future improvements that can be made using some new tech.

See Ryan’s talk “The Next Layer of Reality: Options For the Future Metaverse” (link coming soon)

See Ryan’s talk from Aaron Swartz Day 2020:Privacy and security in the XR future.”

How will we create, enforce, and use technology to develop security and privacy measures for the XR future we are headed towards.  What measures do we have in place right now, what issues do we have, and what do we need?

VIDEO LINKRyan SternlichtThe Future of Immersion and the Creation of the Next Layer of Reality The creation of the next layer of reality -REDUX-2019- “Vision”

If you follow technology you have probably heard many things about extended reality technology, maybe even my other talks on the subject.  This year’s talk will focusing on the visual quality aspects of XR. I will share some new insight and info I have come across while researching these fields in the past year, in the hopes that it may help you understand the space, and what it could mean for the world.


November 11 2023 – 11 am -6:30 pm PST