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. 
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Upcoming events (2)

BostonVR EDI -- Let's Develop Actionable Goals

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Now that BostonVR is meeting again, we can realistically discuss our goals around EDI. Questions like:

  • How do we make BostonVR more accessible and equitable?
  • What are the barriers to participation? Economic? Technical?
  • Do we use our VR abilities to advance EDI in the world? Where and How?
  • Do we want to partner with other organizations to achieve EDI goals?
  • Do we just want the EDI group to be for personal learning and support around these issues?

We need to decide what we want to do and do it. This meeting will be to discuss strategy, values, and goals.

We will also be discussing this on the BostonVR #equity-diversity-inclusion slack channel. To join the slack or the channel, send an e-mail to [masked]

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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.

(Photo from https://equalreality.com/)

Speaker Event - Semi Ryu - Performing Virtual Bodies

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Boston VR is excited to announce we have Semi Ryu joining us for a discussion on her work! If you're interested in art and culture's intersection with technology I highly recommend attending!

Following the technical advancement of cross-reality platforms—including virtual and augmented reality, the term “virtual bodies” has become widespread. Despite its increased use, however, there has not been much investigation of “virtual bodies” taking into account a trans-cultural approach. This presentation will demonstrate the methods of experiencing virtual bodies, in the context of Korean healing ritual, along with discussions of avatar life-review projects, in the phase of wishing, facing and performing virtual bodies. The concept of avatar virtual bodies will be explored, opening trans-cultural dialogues of body, perception and experience, and transdisciplinary discussion of art, technology and medicine.

See Dr Ryu's bio here

We look forward to seeing you!

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