Workshop Session | Wednesday, June 27 | 4:05 – 4:50 p.m.
Track: Learning Technologies

The premise is simple: If you give people the tools to perform better and to prepare for new challenges, they will gain confidence in their abilities. And as people notice their improvement, they feel the urge to keep learning and growing. Many Fortune 500 companies have already caught on and are using immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) to help make job training not only more effective, but also more enjoyable. By helping individuals learn faster and more effectively, businesses can improve reaction time, pattern recognition and decision-making in the real world. This session will explore the business use cases for immersive technologies and how they can be used to train employees. Data and insights from leading companies using these technologies to lower training costs, eliminate mistakes and increase productivity will be shared.

What will you learn?

  • Learn how immersive technologies such as VR/AR are effective tools for learning and development (L&D) for corporate L&D departments.
  • Hear data and insights that support its effectiveness from leading Fortune 500 companies who’ve adopted the technology.
  • Understand the core benefits of immersive technology for training in various industries such as hospitality, retail, sports, health care, construction and manufacturing.


Derek Belch, CEO, STRIVR
Derek Belch is the founder and CEO of STRIVR, a Menlo Park based company that uses immersive technology to improve human performance. Derek laid the foundation for STRIVR during the 2014 season with the Stanford Cardinal football team, when he was an assistant coach for the team while completing a master’s degree in virtual reality (VR). His thesis project was exploring virtual reality applied to sports training and he worked with the Cardinal team during the season to build and test the technology that is now STRIVR. STRIVR currently works with 25 professional and collegiate sports teams and several Fortune 100 companies, all of whom use VR to improve the performance of their players and employees. Derek holds three degrees from Stanford (B.A. in communication, M.A. in journalism, M.A. in media studies), as well as an MBA from the University of Southern California. He resides in Menlo Park, CA, with his wife, Amelia, and son, Preston.