I'm John Hanacek, a designer, entrepreneur, consultant, artist and researcher working at the intersection of new forms of computation, creativity and human augmentation.

I have accrued extensive skills and experiences working at cross sections of strategy consulting, design, photography, videography, computer graphics and spatial computing. I can see the big picture while focusing on details.

As a designer I have worked on web, app and AR/VR/XR experiences across multiple markets, with a special focus on collaboration and creativity tools and training simulations.

I have co-founded and served as the first CEO of an ambitious startup AvatarMEDIC with a company mission to improve healthcare quality and accessibility through design, and integration of frontier technologies.

Teens Dream award banquet 2016, Washington DC

I am a co-founder and board member of Global Co Lab a non-profit 'do tank' fostering collaboration and empowering the next generation of changemakers through our Teens Dream video contest and ongoing Dream Hubs led by teens.

I obtained an MA degree from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture & Technology, and a BA degree from UC San Diego in Political Science.

I have cofounded a building solutions startup, CanCoverIt, and brought products to market.

I have first responder experience as a California State Parks Beach Lifeguard, where I learned the importance of instant action at time of need, and how to keep vigilant patience until that moment.

I believe
Technology can augment human intelligence & collaboration.
Continuing life is more important than any human scheme.
Optimism and pessimism are self-fulfilling prophecies.
We can pick our prophecies.



Georgetown University, Washington DC
August 2014 - June 2016
MA in Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT)

University of California, San Diego
September 2008 - June 2012
BA in Political Science / International Relations



  • UI/UX for AR/VR/MR/XR, mobile app and web
  • Unity and Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK), Blender

Content Production

  • Photo/video capture and editing, 2D and 3D graphics, animation, VFX


  • Presentation and pitching


  • Business development, technology trends


  • Analysis, articles and creative storytelling


  • Social network analysis, survey and synthesis


  • Computer systems configuration


  • Founder Institute San Francisco 2020 graduate
  • Contest winning concepts: HoloTRIAGE, SAR 5G, AvatarRESCUE
  • NIST CHARIoT Challenge phase 2 winner for A1R
  • Published Research at EduLearn 2015 Barcelona, Spain - Capturing, Tracing, & Visualizing Spread of Technology-Enhanced Instructional Strategies
  • Voted "Most Meta" by Georgetown peers


Co-founder & Board Member, Global Co Lab

September 2014 - Present

  • Organizational design
  • Leadership and development

Work Experience

XR Interaction Designer, Nanome Inc.
Feb 2022 - Current

  • Concept and interaction ideation
  • Mockups and blueprints
  • Research and Innovation

Immersive UI/UX Designer, BadVR, Inc.
April 2021 - Feb 2022

  • Concept ideation
  • Product mockups and blueprints
  • Research and internal process development

Co-founder & CEO, AvatarMEDIC, Inc.
June 2019 - May 2021

  • Leadership and business development
  • Fundraising and product market strategy
  • Technical expertise

JH Design, Consultancy & Content Production
June 2014 - Present

  • Content creation, design, tech and business strategy

Co-founder & President, CanCoverIt
October 2011 - January 2020

  • Business development and content creation

UI/UX Design Lead,
November 2015 - March 2018

  • Concept design and interactive mockups

Entrepreneur, blók dók
September 2012 – March 2015

  • Product design, branding, webstore sales

Graduate Associate, CNDLS (Georgetown)
September 2014 – June 2015

  • Pedagogical tools support
  • Published Research

Primary Photographer, Qualcomm Institute (Calit2) UC San Diego
Sept 2010 – June 2012

  • Event coverage, technical documentation & portraiture

Photo Editor & Photojournalist, UCSD Guardian
October 2008 – June 2011

  • Coordinated staff photographers and editorial

Ocean Lifeguard, California State Parks
June 2007 – September 2011 (Seasonal)

  • Aquatic rescue, public safety, first aid medical
  • Operated emergency vehicles on beach
  • Instructor for Junior Lifeguards program