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Kathy Wang is an award-winning AR/VR designer and HCI researcher. She's fascinated by the future of technology and its potential to do good in the world. She focuses on finding HCI design solutions for emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality. Her work explores the boundaries of reality and the virtual world. 


UC Berkeley

Master of Design (STEM) | 2021. 08 - 2022. 12
Pratt Institute
Bachelor of Industrial Design | 2017 - 2020
Domus Academy
Visiting Program, Product Design | 2016



2022     ACM CHI, Late-breaking-work
2022     ACM SIGGRAPH, Immersive Pavilion


2022     IDEA, Silver Award
2022     SXSW Innovation Award, Finalist of Wearable Tech 
2022     A Design Award, Bronze Winner
2021      Red Dot Awards, Winner of Brand & Communication
2021      Dezeen Awards, Longlisted
2021      VR Awards, Finalist of VR Healthcare of the year
2021      Design Intelligence Award, Young Talent Award
2021      London International Creative Competition, Finalist
2021      New York Design Awards, Gold Prize, Product Design
2021      National Technology Award
              VR or AR Product of the Year, Shortlist
2021      San Francisco Design Week, Winner of VR/AR/XR
2021      European Product Design Award, Winner of therapy products
2020     Cannes XR, Incubator nominee


2021     Microsoft and IQVIA: Covid-19 Healthcare

             App Challenge, 3rd Place
2021     5G Transatlantic Lab: Hack the Hospital, Grand Prize Winner
2020    MIT Reality Hack, Best Use of Nreal light
2019     MIT Hacking Arts, 2rd Place Winner
2019     MIT Reality Virtually Hackathon

             UnderscoreVC Mentorship Prize $30,000
2017     MIT Reality Virtually Hackathon, Grand Prize Winner in VR


2023    Grey Area, C/Change R&D Lab Grant

2022    Snap, Creative Challenge Program
2021     UC Berkeley, Jacobs Innovation Catalyst Grant
2021     CMU Merit Scholarship
2021     UC Berkeley, Distinguished Scholar Award
2021     Parsons School of Design, Merit Scholarship


2023    California State University, Fullerton, Guest Lecturer
2023    Gray Area Festival 2023, Workshop Instructor
2023    UC Berkeley, SCET Innovation Fellows Program, Guest Speaker
2023    USC, School of Cinematic Arts, Guest Speaker
2022    California State University, Fullerton, Guest Lecturer

2021     Winning Women Series, "The Reality of AR, VR, MR and Women", Guest Speaker
2021     Stony Brook University, Guest Lecturer
2021     California State University, Fullerton, Guest Lecturer
2019     NASA Johnson Space Center

             Speaker at Wearable Tech Workshop


2023      Grey Area, "Missing Objects Library" (Upcoming)

2023     Sónar+D, "ModulAR" (Upcoming)

2023     TERAVARNA Art Gallery's 5th COLOR Art Exhibit, Talent Prize

2023     Camelback Gallery's 6th Annual Exhibit,

               Abstracts with Red, Bronze Award

2023     The Museum of Northern California Art, Exhibit "Bike-pedia" 

2022     ACM SIGGRAPH, immersive pavilion, 

              Multi-sensory Short Film, “Living with Smell Dysfunction”

2022     Institute of Contemporary Art SF,

              Meta Sponsored Exhibit "Dog Pack"

2022     The Henry Ford Museum,  Permanent Collection “Smell Revived”

2022     SXSW (South by Southwest),  “Smell Revived”

2022     Museum für Kommunikation in Berlin,  

              “Red Dot Winner: Smell Revived”

2022     Lawrence Hall of Science, Community Connections Exhibit,

              "Adaptation and Resilience during COVID-19"
2022     China Textile International Fashion Center,  “Smell Revived” 

2022     Zhe Jiang Exhibition Hall,  “Smell Revived” 

2022     San Francisco Design Week,  “Smell Revived” 

2020     LGBTQ+ Online VR Exhibition,  “Her Story”  

2021      MWC (Mobile World Conference) Barcelona, Project Showcase
2018      The Egg House, Immersive Art Exhibition
2018      New York Magic Lab, Immersive Art Exhibition


2023    Cal Hacks 10.0, Judge
2023    UC Berkeley,  AR Challenge @ SCET Innovation Fellows Program, Judge

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