Saturday, June 2, 5:30 pm

Imagine being able to pull the internet out of the screen. The audience in this session was on the edge of their seats, listening to Rio Caraeff, Magic Leap’s Chief Content Officer, describe the functionality of his company’s VR/AR/mobile computing platform, Magic Leap One. Caraeff talked about how the device was built to optimize for content extraction and spatial browsing so that the user can feel completely immersed in any experience. “This is just the jumping-off point,” Caraeff said.

He was joined by Melissa Arnoldi, the President of Technology and Operations at AT&T Communications, who spoke about her own experience trying the technology, thereby sharing with the audience the perspective of a first-time user.

Here are some of the highlights of the session:

  • Caraeff describing the detailed experience of using the headset, while displaying a detailed image of the technology: “Your eyes are being tracked, and gestures are read” to make the experience as fluidly interactive as possible.
  • Caraeff’s saying “It’s not ‘virtual reality.’ It’s about adding to your environment…I can have my reality, but also my Star Wars droids rolling about me.”
  • Arnoldi’s enthusiasm about her experience: “it’s the most immersive experience I’ve ever had.”

The use cases include retail, gaming, education, military, imaging, and health care as well as countless other fields. “We can’t wait to get this into the hands of developers and creative people,” Caraeff said to thundering applause.

You can watch the entire session below.
Rio Caraeff


Chief Content Officer
Magic Leap

Rio Caraeff is Magic Leap’s Chief Content Officer, spearheading the development, operations, and business management of Magic Leap’s entire content ecosystem. Previous to Magic Leap, Rio served as Co-founder, President, and CEO of world-leading music video and entertainment platform Vevo and has spent more than 20 years in entertainment and technology at such companies as Universal Music Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Digital Media Ventures, and Sony Music Entertainment.

Melissa Arnoldi


AT&T Technology & Operations

Melissa Arnoldi, president, Technology & Operations, AT&T Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AT&T Inc., is responsible for technology development, network deployment and operations, and AT&T’s transition to a software-defined and future 5G network. Melissa currently serves as a board member of Nasdaq.

Melissa leads the company’s networks and technologies team, which has driven AT&T’s global leadership in the technological transition to software-defined networking—with a focus on virtualized or cloud-based network controls—as well as the company’s leadership in the move to 5G networks. Melissa oversees the company’s global information, software development, supply chain, network and cybersecurity operations, and chief data office organizations, as well as AT&T’s Intellectual Property group, Labs and Foundries.

Prior professional experience includes serving as President of Technology Development of AT&T’s products and services, digital experiences for customers, information and network security strategy, standards and platform development, and systems supporting the operations across multiple business segments, networks, and services. Previous to that postion, Melissa has served various roles in technology development and systems strategy organizations supporting AT&T’s Mobility and Home Solutions (U-verse and legacy voice, iPhone launches, high-speed broadband and TV) business units.

Melissa is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She has been honored as one of the National Diversity Council’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” and received a Silver Stevie Award for Women in Business for “Maverick of the Year” in 2015. In 2016, Melissa was showcased by FierceWireless as a woman leader to watch due to her key contributions in engineering and technology fields in the telecom industry.

Melissa came to AT&T from Accenture as Senior Executive, where she served in roles of increasing responsibility focused on IT merger integration, system consolidation and product development during her 12-year tenure. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Memphis and a Master’s of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She lives in Dallas with her husband and their two daughters.

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