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Director, Wayfair Next, Wayfair
Mike Festa leads Wayfair’s research and development team, Wayfair Next, where he spearheads developments in augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D scanning. Having joined Wayfair more than four years ago, Festa previously served as a Senior Software Engineer, where he led the warehouse management systems engineering team, stocking high demand items and shipping to customers within two days. He is also the Boston chapter president of the VR/AR Association and founder of Makefield.org – the virtual world that anyone can edit. Prior to his time at Wayfair, he led Software Development at IonSense where he built automated systems for mass spectrometry. Festa has a B.S. in Computer Science from The George Washington University, and studied Computer Science at the United States Air Force Academy.