Our Guide to Meta Connect 2022’s Can’t-Miss Sessions

Oculus Blog
October 3, 2022

Meta Connect 2022 is just over a week away. Register today to experience Connect in VR thanks to Meta Horizon Worlds, or you can catch the action on the Reality Labs Facebook page.

Today, we’re here to help you plan the perfect event with our run-down of Connect’s can’t-miss sessions. For the complete list, check out the Connect 2022 program.

Carmack Unscripted
Tune in as Reality Labs Consulting CTO John Carmack shares his unscripted take on the future of technology.

Developer State of the Union
The future will be built by you. Join Meta Director of Metaverse Content Applications Anand Dass, Director of Content Ecosystem Chris Pruett, and Director of Product, VR Yardley Pohl for the latest update on the VR ecosystem and learn about the new and updated tools and programs from Reality Labs, so you can develop and build your business.

Building Bridges to the Metaverse
User-generated content (UGC) creation platforms Crayta and Meta Horizon Worlds will soon be connected in ways that will demonstrate the potential of a metaverse of experiences with shared values. Meta Software Engineer Alex Hopmann and Unit 2 Games Head of Studio Andy Shenton will discuss this journey and show how it’s possible for two products on different platforms to connect meaningfully and add value without compromising either of them.

Designing VR for Women
MikeTeevee Founder Ellen Utrecht, Meta Content Launch Manager Richard Duck, and Resolution Games Head of Shared Production Ting Wang talk about what features and systems best engage and retain female-identifying audiences across a variety of genres. Hear from the people who build Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs, Shores of Loci, and The Last Clockwinder.

Enrich Expressivity of Your Apps with Presence Platform
Learn more from ShapesXR Founder and CEO Inga Petryaevskaya, Meta Product Manager, XR People Kirk Barker, Meta Product Manager Nick Ontiveros, Arthur Digital Co-Founder and Head of Product Nik Treiber, and Meta Product Manager Vibhor Saxena about how you can build movement and natural expressions into your apps.

Growing Communities in VR with Integrity and Trust
Join Modulate Head of Business Development John Connell, WebPurify Co-Founder Joshua Buxbaum, Meta Game Producer Mari Kyle, and Hive Director of Sales & Business Development Simon Lebsekal to learn how VR developers can build and grow vibrant online communities.

Inclusive Design and Building for Diverse Audiences
Inclusive design is a key part of reaching a more diverse audience with your application. In this session, Meta Game Producer Mari Kyle (Resident Evil 4) will talk through considerations for inclusive design including accessibility, cultural diversity, and player preferences. Special guest Tom Ivey (Executive Producer on Resident Evil 4, Armature Studio) will join to go over a few common game features and mechanics and how they can be redesigned more inclusively. Viewers will walk away with an understanding of what to look out for when designing applications for inclusivity and how to use player feedback to improve your game.

The Creator Journey—Bridging to the Metaverse
Learn how to source inspiration, grow your business skills, and invest in building the necessary technical skills for today and the future of HMD and glasses experiences with Meta Director of AR Partnerships Chris Barbour, Metaverse Artist Denis Rossiev, Dude Studios Tech Artist and Founder Eugene Soh, VMLY&R Spatial Designer, Speaker, and Consultant Luke Hurd, and Seeds Creative Director Mitsuko Ono.

Use Spatial Audio to Build More Immersive Experiences with Presence Platform
We’re bringing spatial audio capabilities to Presence Platform to help developers create more engaging and immersive experiences. Learn more with Meta Product Manager, XR Audio Brett Gildersleeve and Sound Designer Henry Halvorson.

Want to watch Connect in VR? Register now to access Meta Square in Meta Horizon Worlds on October 11. After registering for Meta Connect, restart Meta Horizon Worlds and you’ll see the Meta Connect program in the Events tab of your Horizon menu inside Meta Horizon Worlds. You can attend by going to Meta Square or finding sessions through the Meta Connect Program in your Horizon menu. We recommend hopping in early to give yourself time to explore Meta Square, the main event space, before the keynote starts at 10:00 am PT. Please note that Meta Horizon Worlds is currently available to people 18+ in the US, Canada, the UK, Iceland, Ireland, France, and Spain on Meta Quest 2.

We can’t wait to share a look at what we’ve been working on with the VR community. Check out the full Connect 2022 program for a glimpse of what’s in store.