As science and technology propel us deeper into the 21st century we are constantly having to evaluate how we see and record the world around us using an ever expanding list of new technologies. Given these new abilities to not only see what our own eyes can see but also the magical ability to see the world beyond our vision, including the very small, the very large, and even that which is outside the spectrum of normal light itself we must also now include that which is beyond reality altogether. This idea includes the concepts of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Heightened Reality, among others.
Exploring these various realms of alternate reality are some of the most exciting and challenging that we as researchers, creators, thinkers and educators have ever experienced. They offer up new ways to learn, teach and do business; they open up the imagination to a new world of possibility. To better put these new technologies and their potential impact into perspective I will look both forward to where all of this may lead, but, perhaps more importantly, I will look back at how we got to this place in time.
Together we will look at the history of how we, as curious observers of our universe, have always pursued the idea of alternate realities and immersive visual experiences and together we will look at how this long and fruitful history has shaped our basic human nature and brought us to where we are today.
This event is open to Harvard students and affiliates only. Please be prepared to show your Harvard ID.
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Harvard Innovation Labs
The Harvard Innovation Labs consist of a vibrant, cross-disciplinary ecosystem for the Harvard community to explore innovation and entrepreneurship while building deeper connections. It is an excellent example of the One Harvard vision and a leading catalyst for the Allston Science and Enterprise District. The Innovation Labs fosters unprecedented collaboration among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston communities.
The Harvard i-lab is the central component of the Harvard Innovation Labs. It is an educational collaborative for all current Harvard students from any Harvard school to explore innovation and entrepreneurship at any stage. It provides open co-working space, a vibrant community of peer and mentor support, experiential programming, and a 12-week Venture Incubation Program, helping student teams take their ideas further, faster.
The Launch Lab is a critical extension of the growing Harvard Innovation Labs. It provides eligible Harvard alumni leading high-potential early-stage startups with a curated community including collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to i-lab advisors and mentors. It fosters continued connection between alumni, current students, and the Harvard community as a whole.
The Harvard Life Lab is a curated community, providing eligible Harvard alumni, faculty and students leading high-potential early-stage life sciences startups with a fully equipped wet lab, collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to the entire Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem.