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2019 Nextant Nominations now open!

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Who inspires you?


Who has inspired you in the field of emerging technology? Let’s give them recognition!

We’re excited to announce that Nextant nominations for 2019 are now open to Virtual World Society members!

What is the Nextant Prize?

"Nextant” is a term coined by VWS founder Tom Furness to describe a way to guide our future. It combines the desire to know what’s “next” with a navigation tool—the sextant—used by mariners to look toward the horizon to guide their course.

A “Nextant” is a person whom others can turn to for inspiration, guidance, and role modeling, whose compassion is their compass to guide their passion for building the future. 

In 2019 the Virtual World Society will award up to four Nextant Prizes at the Augmented World Expo, one of the largest VR/AR conferences in the world. Over the past few years, we’ve given out 4 Nextant prizes to admirable pioneers in the field. Learn how you can nominate someone below:

How to Nominate

Nominating is easy! You just fill out a form (linked in the button below). Before you start, you should know there are four kinds of Nextant prizes that may be awarded, depending upon which nominations you'd like to make:

The Legacy Prize  

Honors professionals who have made significant contributions, aligned with the goals of VWS, and who have inspired and enabled others in the field. Previous winners include Brenda Laurel, Mark Bolas, and Nonny de la Peña.

The In Memoriam Prize 

Awarded posthumously to people who have made significant and lasting contributions aligned with VWS goals and whose work and lives will continue to guide us. The In Memoriam Prize was awarded to Randy Pausch in 2016.

New: The Rising Star Prize 

Honors significant contributors between 19 and 30 years old—in school or the industry. This prize honors their work so far and their potential for ongoing contributions to society. 

New: The Spirit Prize  

Honors people under 19 who have made meaingful and inspiring work and have great future potential. We’ve met folks as young as six who would qualify for this prize!

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Have any questions? Contact us!


Nextant Awards at AWE 2018

Below you can watch this year’s Nextant Award Ceremony that happened thanks to our partners at Augmented World Expo.