Past Meetup

Bringing Virtual Reality to Life: Designing and Developing for Oculus Rift

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Price: CA$10.00 /per person
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***We're excited to bring this event to you as part of Smart Week (! Be sure to check out the 3-day IoT Conference October 24-26.***

Doors open at our venue host OANDA at 6:30pm, presentation begins at 7:00pm. Please enter using the office elevators, not the hotel's.

Halloween is one of our favourite times of year at Girl Geeks Toronto. So if you too are looking for a great way to gear up for October 31st, join us this month as we dig into virtual reality with a frighteningly fun discussion and demo of the Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience for Oculus Rift!

Launched at San Diego Comic-Con and based on the popular FOX television series, our speakers will dazzle you with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience. We’ll be joined by four members of the Secret Location ( project team that created this hair-raising 3D adventure: Stefan Grambart, Sarah Nason, Steve Miller and Josh Manricks.

The team will break down different aspects of the development, design and launch process for the Sleepy Hollow Experience: developing for Oculus Rift using Unity, the challenges of storyboarding and writing narrative for 360° 3D, the art and video asset creation process for 360° 3D, and the San Diego Comic-Con launch.

If you’ve never experienced the awesome Oculus Rift, here’s your chance - the Secret Location team will also give every Girl Geeks guest the chance to demo the experience.

For a taste of what’s ahead, check out this teaser ( from FOX.

May we present our team of speakers:

Stefan Grambart
Twitter @stefangrambart (
LinkedIn (

Stefan is a Toronto-based art director and illustrator with almost twenty years experience in TV and film animation, games, and digital advertising and design. With a focus on narrative, Stefan works with the award-winning creative team at Secret Location to build awesome interactivities.

Sarah Nason
Twitter @noximist (
LinkedIn (

Sarah is technically a Mobile Developer at Secret Location, although she occupies a pleasantly nebulous space that is about 80% iOS and 20% experimental projects. She loves architecting and implementing clean, modular code that supports beautiful interactive experiences.

Steve Miller
Twitter @winnertakesteve (
LinkedIn (

Steve occupies the mystical if not vague role of ‘Motionographer’ at Secret Location, and loves the challenge of translating art and story to a variety of different platforms: from TV to websites to mobile to installations, and now the magical frontiers of virtual reality!

Josh Manricks
Twitter @ASubtitledDeath (
LinkedIn (

Josh has been a developer in senior roles at leading digital companies in both Australia and Canada. He specializes in everything interactive from action games through to complex data driven websites and immersive VR experiences.

Don't miss the Smart Week IofT Conference Oct 24-26.

This month's event is brought to you as part of Smart Week ( which explores emerging smart technologies with local and global events. Toronto will host a 3-Day IoT Conference, held at the University of Toronto and MaRS Discovery District. It showcases the brightest minds, inventors and industry leaders that are Innovating The Future of IoT (Internet of Things).

For details and tickets visit ( and follow on Twitter @smartweek2014 (

Special thanks to this month's venue sponsor

OANDA is an innovator and world leader in online foreign exchange trading and currency services. We have created a powerful trading engine that allows clients around the world to trade quickly and with confidence. We're proud to have recently been named one of The 10 Non-California Tech Companies You Wished You Worked For ( by Wired magazine, and we're growing, so please check out our Recruiting Page ( to see how you can make a difference!

To learn more about OANDA, our website ( and Forex LabNotes ( blog are great places to get started.

Free tickets to FITC Wearables

We'll be giving away two tickets to FITC Wearables (, and full day event dedicated to wearable technology on November 13, at our October event. The father of wearable technology Steve Mann will be giving a keynote presentation, plus will hear from Kate Hartman of OCAD, Diana Lucaci of True Impact (and speaker for Girl Geeks from 2013!), Matthew Milan of Normative and many others. Don't win a ticket but still want to attend? Code GGTO saves $50 off of tickets.

For more details visit the website at ( and follow on Twitter @FITC (

SYPA (Stuff You'll Probably Ask):

You: What time do the presentations start?

Us: Doors open at 6:30pm and we begin the talks at 7:00pm.

Before and after the talks, there are opportunities for conversations, and the enjoyment of refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

You: Hors d'oeuvres, you say? Is there dinner?

Us: We always organize food and beverages for everyone, be it sandwiches or hot appetizers. Come hungry.

You: Are guys allowed to come?

Us: Yes. Our group is accessible to all women and men while maintaining a strong support for women in technology.

You: Why the $10 fee?

Us: All monies collected go directly to bringing you a top tier experience with notable speakers each month. Some months we get help with sponsorship and others months we do not, so the small fee balances out over the year and ensures that the events can continue to grow. Food and refreshments are provided each month and vary based on the venue. Your $10 directly goes towards covering the costs of food, drinks, hosting of our web spaces and other costs incurred to run events. We are a non-profit group run by volunteer organizers and we do not make money through this group.

You: Are you taking pictures at the event?

Us: Please note that we may take photographs or videos of the event, including attendees, individually or in groups. These photos or videos may appear in future publications, on our website, social media channels, or other promotions. By participating in the event, attendees consent to have their photograph taken or for any video to be recorded and subsequently shown.