On November 8th the Kazendi team found itself once again in Gloucestershire (click here for last time)! This time we were on the beautiful and lush grounds of the Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham, running an inspiration workshop on the Hololens for mallowstreet’s Cheltenham Summit at Ellenborough Park.
mallowstreet provides a community for the pensions industry. It serves no less than 3,000 members who control over £2 trillion of pension fund assets. Not only is it an excellent forum for professionals in the pensions industry to network, learn and share their thoughts, but members are able to take part in educational events such as the one we were attending.
After meeting Bryan Verster at our partner’s Flux Techspectations event, they were so captured by the Hololens that they wanted to be able to showcase it at their next event as their first inclusion of emerging tech at a mallowstreet event. After a quick discussion with Kazendi about the particulars it was arranged.
We set up quickly and efficiently as soon as we arrived, and Max was able to give the 60 or so attendees an excellent presentation. This was an in depth look at the Hololens as a future proofed mixed reality headset. We had also tailored our talk to generate discussion about use cases involving investment propositions. At the end of the presentation, we ended with a short demonstration livestreamed to the stage screen using our very own internally developed Holostream app to applause.
There was a lot of buzz from the attendees, many of whom had not been aware of the holographic revolution: Even though we were due to hold a dedicated demo session (in our most spacious setting yet!) later on in the evening, a few enthusiastic individuals lingered for questions.
After a couple of hours, it was time for our hands on demonstration: mallowstreet advised that there would be a medium amount of interest: Our lengthy experience with this (at KEMBIT for example) told us otherwise! Once we start our sessions there will be a queue and a crowd until the end and for some time afterwards too.
This was a much more in depth session and we had much more space to play with than usual: We felt this was an advantage as it really allowed us to create a mixed reality space that our attendees could explore and walk around freely. This is one of the key benefits of using mixed reality, so we were pleased we could show it in this way and stretch our legs! With the three Hololens headsets we brought, we used two for the basic introductory demonstration whilst the last was dedicated to running an enormous instance of Galaxy Explorer in the middle of the room!
As we thought, the mallowstreet attendees were very enthusiastic participants, and as word of mouth spread, we got more and more interest as the evening went on. Despite this, we were able to provide a very relaxed and stimulating experience, giving us lots of time to discuss our ideas.
In the end, we knew that mallowstreet had made a wise decision when they chose to bring the Hololens as one of their first technology talks: It is undoubtedly one of the most disruptive technologies available.
We were able to enjoy a delicious lamb dinner with the mallowstreet employees, discussing our backgrounds and our roles in the newest developments of the digital age. The evening ended in a lovely display of fireworks, and tantalizing thoughts about the future of Hololens and the pension investment industry.
Thanks so much again for the lovely event mallowstreet, we can’t wait to join you next time!