Speaker Chapter 3
4-5 May 2023, A Coruña, Spain
Rafa CamargoVP of Hardware at Reality Labs, Meta

In 2018, as VP Portal, AR/VR for Facebook, Rafa Camargo was leading the team delivering the Portal platform, the future of video communications and home devices.

As he started working for Facebook in 2015 as Head of Product Engineering at Building 8, he contributed to Building 8’s goal to create and ship new, category-defining consumer hardware products that are social first.

He previously worked for Google as Head of Product Engineering – ATAP, for Amazon Lab126 as Director, Software, for Intermec as VP Product Development, and for Motorola Mobility where he held last the position of Senior Director, Android Platform.

Rafa Camargo started his career as Software Engineer in 1990 and worked 1 year in Madrid, Spain and 2+ years in Bremen, Germany for Deustche Arospace and the European Space Agency.

Rafa Camargo studied at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid where he graduated with a Master of Science (MS) in Telecommunication in 1988.

My whole career has been centered on curiosity. What’s driven me hasn’t been the next promotion or title, but instead, my innate desire to constantly experiment and learn as much as I can. I always ask myself: am I learning new things? Am I solving real problems for people? This is why I was so drawn to Facebook Reality Labs. I joined as the first product engineer in a group that would eventually become the Portal team. Having come from leading large teams, the move was a big risk for me. On the Facebook Reality Labs hardware team, we developed ideas and built prototypes at lightning speed and we landed on our smart calling device Portal. On top of all this, we were challenged to grow our team alongside the technology.