John Underkoffler is founder and CEO of Oblong Industries. Oblong’s technological and design trajectories build on 15 years of foundational work at the MIT Media Lab, where John was responsible for innovations in real-time computer graphics systems, optical and electronic holography, large-scale visualization techniques, and the I/O Bulb and Luminous Room systems. He has been science advisor to films including Minority Report, The Hulk (A. Lee), Aeon Flux, and Iron Man. John serves on the National Advisory Council of Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and on the Board of Directors of the E14 Fund in Cambridge, MA and of the Sequoyah School in Pasadena, CA. He is the recipient of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John is also a member of CalArts’ HIVE (Hybrid Incubator for Visionary Entrepreneurs) Advisory Council.
Oblong Industries’ innovative technologies and ideas are transforming the way people work, create, and collaborate. Founded by MIT graduates whose work spanned realtime computer graphics systems, large-scale visualization techniques, and new methods for human-machine interaction, our technology has its roots in over two decades of research at MIT’s Media Laboratory. Oblong’s executive team is dedicated to and passionate about fulfilling our commitment to leading the evolution of human-machine interface and bringing that technology to users everywhere. With headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in Barcelona and Boston, Oblong currently serves Fortune 500 enterprise customers, government agencies, and universities.