What we're about

We're here to talk about, program, share, and demonstrate software, hardware, and ideas for the upcoming new wave of virtual reality. Whether you're an avatar who spends more time in virtual worlds than the real one or someone who's never even worn a head mounted display, you'll find a great group of people who love VR. Each month we bring in presenters from companies who are pioneering VR technology and also feature an array of demonstrations created by our local VR developers. They can help you embark comfortably on your first VR experience or dive deep into VR design and discuss the latest news from the fast changing world of VR. We are a government certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which means that all ticket fees and donations are dedicated to putting on more VR events in Boston and that all donations are tax deductible.

Join us on Google Groups BostonVR (https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/bostonvr)

On Twitter @BostonVRMeetup (https://twitter.com/bostonvrmeetup)

Also at our LinkedIn group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Boston-Virtual-Reality-6659330?home=&gid=6659330)

And on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLkfhiM3LC1iLB9fOcTS3Og)

Upcoming events (2)

BostonVR Working Group on Equity Diversity and Inclusion

This month, we will discuss "Traveling While Black" a VR documentary film directed by Roger Ross Williams. We will discuss how racism makes travel difficult and how the author brilliantly leverages VR to convey the message and create empathy. You don't have to see it to attend this session, but it would help. See the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTktllM-fdU&feature=youtu.be Read about the film in Williams' own words: https://deadline.com/2019/08/traveling-while-black-director-roger-ross-williams-emmys-vr-interview-1202704524/ Get it free from the Oculus Store. Can view it on the Quest, Go, or Rift. We recommend you download it first, for the best viewing experience. https://www.oculus.com/experiences/go/1994117610669719/?locale=en_US If you don't have access to the gear, post a request as a comment or send us a message in meetup and we'll see what we can do. We will use this example to start a wider discussion on how VR can help build empathy for others. * We have always been a welcoming easygoing club, and we have always had some diversity. But to really be accessible to everyone, we have to actively oppose the barriers to participation faced by people of different races, genders, ages, physical ability, etc. Some of these barriers are external, like the need to get the word out to communities of color. Some of these are internal, and will require serious introspection. It's not about diversifying our overwhelmingly white male membership--that will come as we remove the barriers. But keeping the gates open will require continual and intentional effort, because we are part of a society that is still more racist and sexist than we would like. Being "neutral" means going along with that. No longer. The most fun part of this would be thinking about how meeting in VR affects all this! It removes geography, lets you assume a different body, and more. But it also creates new barriers, particularly access to gear. This monthly session is led by Kendra PeloJoaquin, our diversity advisor. The goal is to educate ourselves on what these barriers are and how they work. Once we can see them clearly, we'll know how to combat them. We also have an ongoing discussion on slack you can join. The main event will be from 9:00pm to 10:00pm, with 15 minutes of chitchat before and after. This meeting will be in zoom. You'll get the link after you RSVP

Shareen Lindquist of PraxSim VR

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Past events (143)

Boston VR Open Mic Night

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