10 Questions with Sean Ong


Sean is a fixture on the HoloLens Developers Slack group and probably one of the busiest freelance HoloLens devs in the business. He is based out of Seattle, already a hotbed for AR and VR innovation, works on cool community projects like myxd3D, and recently did the first known unboxing video for the new Acer MR headset. He authored Beginning Mixed Reality Programming published by Apress.

What movie has left the most lasting impression on you?
Minority Report comes to mind. I remember thinking that the future depicted in that movie looked very cool, but somehow very achievable. Sure enough, I’ve seen a majority of that technology come to fruition over the past several years. Holograms and AR are what’s next!

What is the earliest video game you remember playing?
My first game system was the Nintendo Entertainment System (I used the Japanese version of it, called Famicom). I think it was the original Super Mario Bros.

Who is the person who has most influenced the way you think?
Probably my dad. He always had great advice and made me focus on the bigger picture. The “why” of what I do, and not the “what.”

When was the last time you changed your mind about something?
Just a few minutes ago. I keep an open mind, and not afraid to change my opinions based on the best available information.

What’s a programming skill people assume you have but that you are terrible at?
Coding in C#, and software engineering in general. I can hack my way through anything, but I don’t have a background in software development.

What inspires you to learn?
The excitement of seeing things progress, pushing new frontiers, and knowing that I’m at the forefront of building our future.

What do you need to believe in order to get through the day?
I need to take a step back, get my head out of the “now” and look forward into the future. I need to remind myself why I do what I do, and how today is only a small but necessary step in the journey.

What’s a view that you hold but can’t defend?
I don’t like holding views I can’t defend. Some of my moral, religious, and social views may not have definitive right/wrong answers – but I can still defend why I hold those views while still understanding why others may not.

What will the future killer Mixed Reality app do?
Enabling everyone to be part of a shared mixed reality experience that can be viewed through mixed reality devices. An augmented world that co-exists in the same location as our physical world.

What book have you recommended the most?
I’d need to think a bit more about the book question. 🙂

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