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Warwick VR Festival 2020

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VR Club at Warwick University

Out February festival kickstarts our new VR Club. Join us to explore all aspects of virtual reality and associated technologies. Try out headsets and VR experiences in a friendly, fun, environment. Hear about and be the first to try VR developments at Warwick University. Learn from experts about making VR, running VR events, and working in the VR industry. Our first series of events begins on February 5th.

February 2020 Events

Wednesday 5th February, 10.00-13.00, The Teaching Grid (30 spaces available)
Limina Immersive, designing and running VR experiences with diverse audiences

The awesome and internationally acclaimed company Limina Immersive will lead a “creative industries mini summit” in which they share their experiences of designing and running VR events for the public. Limina are led by BAFTA winning Warwick graduate Catherine Allen. Over two years they have run sessions for tens of thousands of people, developing a human-centred approach to VR in arts and cultural spaces, in which the experience is beautifully well designed and crafted to be relaxing, enjoyable and social. They are active researchers (working with Warwick and other universities), and have generated a wealth of knowledge about how to do this effectively. We will also discuss the challenges that Limina have come up against, and how they are actively campaigning for a more diverse and inclusive VR industry. On the weekend after this session, Limina will be running their successful Cirque du Soleil events in the Arts Centre. This session will run as part of the course Introduction to Design Thinking, but we are welcoming other people to join us. Apply using the form below.

Wednesday 5th February, 13.30-14.30, The Teaching Grid (50 spaces available)
Irwyn Shepherd, VR developments lead at Monash University
Graeme Knowles, WMG Head of Education Innovation Group
Robert O’Toole, VR developments at Warwick including the WMG/Monash project

Warwick’s partner institution Monash has recently established a VR centre, attracting funding, and rapidly establishing itself as a leader in the field. In this talk Irwyn will tell us about developments at Monash, the projects they are working on, and the technologies and techniques they are working with). Robert will respond with an account of work being done at Warwick. Graeme will talk about developments at WMG, including our work with Monash to develop a taxonomy of VR and AR activity types for engineering education.

Wednesday 5th February, 14.30-16.30, The Teaching Grid (50 spaces available)
VR hands-on

We will have a range of VR experiences for you to try, from WMG, Life Sciences, and beyond. Technologies will include Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive and whatever else we can get our hands on!

Thursday 6th February, afternoon (fully)
VR in research, teaching and outreach in the Humanities

We will be running a research event as part of an Institute of Advanced Studies research day. Professor Michael Scott (BBC Invisible Cities series), Dr Paul Grigsby (Classics), Professor Sarah Richardson (History) and Erin Geraghty (History) will respond to VR experiences, to critically and creatively evaluate the potential of the medium.

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February all day
Limina Immersive present Cirque du Soleil in VR (Arts Centre public events)

An un-missable chance to experience the highly acclaimed Limina approach. Book through the Arts Centre web site.

Complete this form to register your interest and to sign up to events.