Mike Capps

Dr. Michael Capps dreams about the metaverse, the collective virtual space enabled by virtual reality and the internet. He spends his time envisioning, architecting, and advocating a metaverse that's open, accessible to everyone, and a safe place for his kids to someday work and play. Mike leans on his experience as a game designer, executive producer, lead writer, lead programmer, research professor, industry advocate, and technology executive. He's best known for his decade as the president of Epic Games, makers of the mega-hit Gears of War and Infinity Blade franchises and the award-winning Unreal Engine. Mike serves on the boards of the Immersive Technology Alliance, the Autarch tabletop game company, and the Sphero robotics company. Mike's been featured as a technology expert and futurist on multiple documentary series on the Discovery, Military, and Science channels. He started his career with degrees from UNC, MIT, and the Naval Postgraduate School, where he served on the research faculty with a focus on networked virtual reality and simulations.