PRESIDENT

April Speight

Why stay in the real world when
you could build one?

I always thought extended reality was awesome, but I didn't see myself working in this field. That was until Summer 2019 while sitting in the Delta terminal at LGA waiting to board my flight back to LAX. I was scrolling through my Twitter feed (as per usual) when I came across a HoloLens 2 demo. The presenter, an English speaker, was speaking to someone virtually. Her holographic image displayed on the screen while her real-time speech was translated into another language. I was impressed but more important I was intrigued. Almost a year later and with the generous support of the XR community, I've found myself in a new home at Microsoft helping beginners learn about spatial computing and how to get started. As I continue to adjust, pivot and make this website something I could be proud of, I hope you find value in the resources I publish to help you get started on your XR journey as well.

About Me.

Depending on the day, a complete description of who I am could change - I think that's what makes me an interesting person. One day I packed up my life in DC and bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles.

Was it worth it? Yes.

I began my career in luxury fashion as a menswear stylist and visual merchandiser. I don't style much anymore, however, I'm always willing to give an opinion or two, or three. I transitioned to working in IT in 2013 shortly after graduating from undergrad. I've since been dabbling with coding a bit and found my forever home within Developer Relations at Microsoft!

Do you like reading? Well then you're in for a treat because I have a shiny new children's Python programming book launching July 2020 with Wiley titled Bite-Size Python: An Introduction to Python Programming! But if July 2020 is too far for you, I have a YouTube channel and tutorials just for that sort of content. You can usually find me over on Twitter talking about whatever I'm working on or usually at home on the couch wondering what Loonette the Clown is up to these days.

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