Join ARVR Academy in a mini-workshop day at the Microsoft Reactor to get 2017 off to a "VReally" great start! Attendees will learn about different topics related to virtual and augmented reality design and development and education from 4 different presenters, with a final schedule to be released. Confirmed sessions include:
Choosing a Development Environment for VR: Attendees will learn about the different game engines and development environments available for creating mixed, augmented, and virtual reality apps, and how to choose one for creating a new project depending on the requirements.
Introduction to the VR Web: Learn about the process for creating virtual reality enabled websites and the WebVR ecoystem, including Three.JS, A-Frame, Vizor, WebVR APIs, and WebGL.
Introduction to 3D Modeling: This session covers the basics of 3D modeling and creating models for use in virtual reality experiences. Learn about designing, modeling, texturing, rendering, animating, and exporting your own objects for your VR or AR app.
Artificial Intelligence for Augmented Reality: Knowledge of the surrounding user environment is critical to building interactive AR and mixed reality apps. This session will cover basics of scene and gesture recognition. Learn how challenges with computational power, model latency and accuracy influence the user experience.
Designing for Virtual Reality: In this session we will be taking a UX and product design approach to VR. We will start with a scenario, break it down into problems to solve, then brainstorm and iterate ways to address those problems using VR as a platform. We'll be sketching, getting peer feedback, improving our ideas, and finally presenting a 'pitch' for the idea complete with visual aids (and maybe even some acting)!
Furthering VR Education and Community Building Panel
10:00 – 10:30AM: Welcome & Networking
10:30 – 11:30AM: Session 1 & 15 minute break
11:30 – 12:15PM: Session 2
12:15 – 1:00: Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:00: Session 3 & 15 minute break
2:00 – 3:00 Session 4 & 15 minute break
3:00 – 4:00: Session 5 & 15 minute break
4:00 – 4:45: Session 6 / Breakout Community Sessions
4:45 – 5:00: Closing
There will be open Q&A and networking time between sessions, and lunch will be provided.
Liv Erickson is a Virtual and Augmented Reality Developer and Evangelist. She is the creator and host of Just A/VR Show, a web show for aspiring VR and AR developers, developer of KittenVR, and the author of The Matrix is My Office and Entering the Metaverse. Liv is passionate about making immersive technologies accessible to everyone, and teaching new developers how to create their own VR & AR experiences. She is a co-organizer of the ARVR Academy, and is a frequent speaker on virtual and augmented reality development in addition to developing projects across desktop, mobile, and web virtual reality platforms.
Austin McCasland comes from a fine art background - creating interactive sculptures from recycled e-waste. He has designed experiences for web, mobile, AR, and VR - ranging from tools enabling retirees maintain an active lifestyle, to cutting-edge tech helping industrial workers get their jobs done easily and safely. Currently Austin is teaching virtual reality design at Udacity, and exploring how traditional UX practices carry over into VR.
Suzanne Leibrick is a Full Stack VR Designer and Artist, based in San Francisco. As an independent VR designer, she had the opportunity to work on a variety of virtual and augmented reality projects in many different capacities, and was also creative lead on a number of mobile games. Suzanne is one of the cofounders of ARVR Academy, and currently is working at Udacity, as a course developer on the Virtual Reality NanoDegree.
Dr. Shruti Badhwar completed her PhD from the Cavendish Labs at the University of Cambridge, UK in the year 2014. Her PhD focused on semiconductor physics and THz optics. She is the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Manmohan Singh scholarship, offered to two Indian students each year. She is also an Insight data science fellow, a highly competitive program for researchers moving into artificial intelligence. Prior to moving to the Silicon Valley, Shruti was a research scientist at IBM Research, where she led the development of hybrid multi-modal approaches for facial recognition. Shruti has lived, studied and worked in 4 continents over the last 7 years, gained experience in both academia and industry, and is skilled in areas ranging from quantum physics to cognitive computing. She is currently the co-founder of commerce.ai, an AI/ML based startup with a focus on improving online customer shopping experience.