This was an exciting year for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) at the Facebook company. As we plan for the new year, we’re taking a moment to reflect on what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown in 2019. Working on breakthrough technology while building the team from the ground up was a key theme this year. See how our innovative team members came together to radically change the way people work, play, and connect across distances with AR/VR technology.
1. Empowering immersive connections
“The Facebook Reality Labs team is bringing products, platforms, and experiences to life. The org is made of problem solvers and visionaries working across many functions—including hardware, software, product management, product design, research, technical program management, marketing, sales, operations, and more.”
2. Growing our team while building category-defining technology
“On the Facebook Reality Labs hardware team, we developed ideas and built prototypes at lightning speed and we landed on our smart calling device Portal. On top of all this, we were challenged to grow our team alongside the technology. We’re still hard at work today creating category-defining products that everyone can use and enjoy, and team diversity is vital to our success. The more our team can represent the people who will use it, the higher chance we have to get the product right.”
3. Applying research science in a new context
“I grew up in France with my father and mother who came from a family of farmers. They encouraged me to pursue what I wanted, which turned out to be a curiosity for integrated circuits. As I developed my career in academia, I worked in silicon research for the French government and a trip to Stanford showed me all the exciting new opportunities I could apply my research in a completely different context. Now I lead the Facebook Reality Labs Silicon Research Team.”
4. Solving tough technical challenges that transform how people connect
“In this fast-growing field, we get to work on tough technical challenges that will bridge the distance between our families across the globe in new immersive ways. We’re opening up possibilities to transform the way people connect and deepen connections, and that’s incredibly motivating to me.”
5. Building for everyone with a diverse team
“When it comes to augmented/virtual reality, Facebook is at the forefront of creating cutting-edge technology that will help bring people together in new immersive ways. My team focuses on what the software and user interface could look like when people connect through this technology. If we’re going to use different types of glasses all day, I want to make sure there are people like me building the foundation. Our team shares my passion for diversity and optimism, and we work together to cultivate a culture that encourages everyone to bring their interests to the table. We’re building tech for everyone, so that means we need everyone to build.”
Looking for more stories about the people and teams that make up Facebook Reality Labs at the Facebook company? Visit our Facebook Reality Labs Careers page
to learn more about who we are, the innovative tech we build, and opportunities to join us as we build the future—together!