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LUUG 29 - The one south of the river

Booking opens 7pm, May 29th. 130 spaces up for grabs!

This month we have two great speakers coming in for two corking subjects but before those...

Starting at 6pm, the "pitch and putt" one hour session will allow LUUGites to some in and "pitch" their work for feedback, collaborations or just to "putt"* yourself out there... Open to students, professionals or hobbyists, those looking to employ or just to have a nose at what others are doing.

Then the main event at 7pm!


Barnaby Smith will be speaking on procedural planet rendering in Unity.

As a big scifi fan, planet rendering is something I've had a long interest in. More recently I've been playing about with making a procedural planet generator in my own time, which has had some interesting challenges to solve. This talk explains about using noise in procedural generation, how I came up with a way of displaying that noise on planets that looks great from any angle (avoiding various distortion and seam issues) and some options on where to take it further (there's a lot of options once you get basic fBm working).


Leonard Burton - Virtual Reality: Navigating its rapidly evolving landscape

This talk discusses the current state of play in the wild west phase of VR's development; how design approaches differ from the traditional thinking; the challenges we face; and the various lessons and experiences shared by the community. It covers not only working with the Oculus Rift but also other HMDs as well as the current and new generation of input devices, their benefits and potential pitfalls.

It also looks to discuss how the home-brew and indie developer community will have a huge influence in consumer VR's success and how well designed SDKs are making development for VR accessible to all.

Leonard is the hands-on user experience designer and project lead for Podrift; a Unity based platform to bring immersive podcast style experiences to VR. Podrift is the international effort of a small team of talented and passionate individuals.


We'll also have time for Open Mic slots so if you want a spot, please message me through @darrenlloydgent

Afterwards we'll be going to The Gate Clock to continue the networking. The pub is right next to Cutty Sark DLR.

*Sorry for that lame joke.

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  • Adrian E.

    If you missed last weeks LUUG, catch it here on youtube :)

    3 · June 9, 2014

  • Alex E.

    Hey, I couldn't make the LUUG on June 5th, but I was wondering if the date/location for the next one have been announced?

    June 7, 2014

  • Mark A.

    Hi there. Was this event recorded too?

    June 7, 2014

  • Julian W.

    I really enjoyed all the presentations.
    Well done guys!

    4 · June 7, 2014

  • Leonard

    Thanks to everyone who made it along last night; I had great fun being able to talk in front of you all and chatting with you over a beer. I hope everyone was able to take something away from the talk, even if only small. Thank you also for your patience as I let time run away with me; I've managed to learn a lot from everyones feedback, something I am hugely grateful of.

    If you ever want to chat VR you're always welcome to drop me a message. Cheers!

    2 · June 6, 2014

  • Guy S.

    Damn. Couldn't make it...illness...the human body really is so inefficient.

    June 5, 2014

  • Pedro H.

    Hope you guys had a nice one.... The time is 21:20 and I'm still stuck at work :'(

    June 5, 2014

  • Kingsley Idugbowa E.

    Freeing up my space and plus 1. Shame I can't make it.enjoy

    June 5, 2014

  • Richard H.

    Which building is this in

    June 5, 2014

    • Dean D.

      Stephen Lawrence 101 I think. First floor.

      June 5, 2014

  • Daniel van N.

    Had to drop out. Out of the country.

    June 5, 2014

  • Sarfraz H.

    Wont be making it after all. Another spot open

    June 5, 2014

  • Jamie P.

    really short notice i am now not available to bleeding come... shame but ive opened my slot for someone else

    June 5, 2014

  • Sebastian C.

    Hi I have not joined before and thought I'd already RSVP, but clearly not. Can I still attend, learn and socialize? Seb

    June 5, 2014

  • Riccardo

    I was confirmed only today and I made other plans for the evening already. Leaving my place for the next one. Enjoy!

    June 5, 2014

  • Mark A.

    2 lucky and patient LUUGers now have a chance to go. I double booked myself !

    June 5, 2014

  • Paul D.

    Hi all. I can't make it now so I've released my RSVP :(. Enjoy whoever replaces me!

    June 5, 2014

  • Kevin N.

    Had to pull out due to illness. Someone's lucky :)

    June 4, 2014

  • Chris S.

    I was so happy to have a space until my wife reminded me I was in Manchester on that day working. Someone hates me up their. Space freed up for some lucky sausage. Wee you next time :D

    May 30, 2014

  • Chris S.

    Woohooo got in after 3 months of trying. Great idea having a go time for joining. See you their.

    2 · May 29, 2014

  • Daniel T.

    What time does this end? I am considering popping up from Portsmouth but will need to consider the last train of the day.

    May 27, 2014

    • Darrenlloyd G.

      Around 9pm.

      May 27, 2014

    • Daniel T.

      Brilliant, thanks. Actively considering this with one of my Associates.

      May 29, 2014

  • John G.

    What building is it? Assume its Stephen Lawrence...

    May 24, 2014

    • Darrenlloyd G.

      Things I forget to put in the details. But yes. Pitch and Putt is in SL011, the main talk SL101

      May 24, 2014

  • Darrenlloyd G.

    6pm Pitch and Putt session is now confirmed.

    May 23, 2014

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