GAROU joins the City of New York Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer at the SXSW Cities Summit

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New York, NY, March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — New York, NY, March 12, 2018, GAROU, a geographic-based VR marketplace, will join NYCx at the SXSW Cities Summit on March 12 and 13 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, TX. As part of the collaboration, GAROU co-founder Gaspard Giroud will join peers from New York start-ups for a AR/VR fireside chat at the NYC House pop-up to discuss what’s top of mind, and share insights into emerging technologies and future collaborations.

The SXSW Cities Summit is a platform for civic leaders and creative urbanists of all disciplines to join together to learn, strategize and form coalitions to transform the cities of tomorrow. With the NYC Mayor’s Office of the CTO, GAROU’s AR/VR technology platform will enable attendees to experience the future of New York and showcase some of Silicon Alley’s hottest tech startups and companies. The platform will also give virtual access to 17 amazing New York sites and attractions.

“The NYC House at the SXSW Cities Summit is a premier destination for technologists and thought leaders from around the world to connect and explore how the City of New York is building a smarter, more response and equitable city,” said, Jeremy Goldberg, Deputy CTO, NYCx, City of New York Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. We’re pleased to have GAROU on board.”

In addition to its presence at The NYC House pop-up, Giroud will take part in the AR/VR fireside chat on Monday, March 12. He will present the New York pilot and discuss commercial partnerships with WeWork, Vornado and the future Moynihan Station. He will also discuss the GAROU roadmap which includes features such as photo-realistic visual standards, multi-user access and social media integration, and argue taking an open source and cloud-based approach.

“The GAROU prototype built over the past two years is based on the city of New York. Joining the City of New York at the Cities Summit at SXSW present us with a relevant and compelling showcase to present our virtual-reality browser that uses-real world geography as its primary navigation device,” said Gaspard Giroud, co-founder and CEO, GAROU.



GAROU is a geographic-based browser which uses real-world geography to anchor VR experiences. The virtual reality platform has been two years in the making and provides immersive and interactive experiences through the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The company is located in New York City and counts WeWork and Vornado among its commercial partners. For more information visit

About the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
The Mayor’s Office of the CTO is led by Miguel Gamiño, Jr. New York City CTO. The Office is making broadband, smart city technologies, digital services, and the tech industry work for all New Yorkers and views technology as a tool to realize Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision to make New York the fairest big city in America. Visit   

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