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Workshop: Learn How to Build WebVR

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  • Made in NY Media Center

    30 John Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY (map)

    40.704433 -73.987144

  • *Note to Members- this Workshop has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 12th, 2017.

    NY Women in VR Members: Use Discount Code DatavizedNYWIVR for 20% off registration. This Session will be hosted in the Media Center's state-of-the-art 72-seat theater with tutorials and demos led in classrooms.

    Online Registration Encouraged to Guarantee Ticket, On-site Registration will be open day of event. To register, visit Made in New York Media Center by IFP.

    Special Workshop: Learn How to Build WebVR

    WebVR is being integrated into modern browsers as early as Q4 2016. Are you ready? Brian Chirls, CTO of Datavized and creator of the WebVR Starter Kit will present an introduction to how anyone can build VR experiences using a web browser. Brian will be joined by Debra Anderson, Datavized Chief Strategy Officer: This primer workshop will feature an overview of A­-Frame, rapid prototyping VR in the browser, and other tools and resources as well as live tutorials, demonstrations and prototype applications. Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals, motivations, and technical components to building the Immersive Web. The class explains the building blocks of the Virtual Reality web providing support for virtual-reality devices to web apps, enabling developers to create virtual-reality experiences that run on any WebGL-enabled browser. By visiting a website, you can experience interactive 360° and VR environments on mobile, desktop or VR headsets such as Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung GearVR.

    In this workshop you will learn:

    • An overview of A-Frame open source projects 

    • Rapid prototyping VR in the browser, and other tools and resources as well as live tutorials, demonstrations and prototype applications 

    • Proprietary platform environments vs. WebVR 

    • The fundamentals, motivations, and technical components to building the Immersive Web 

    • How learning WebVR development can boost your career in VR/AR/MR

    Laptops Required

    Programming Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced 180 Minutes | Half Day Afternoon Session Instructors: Brian Chirls, Debra Anderson


    Brian Chirls

    Chief Technology Officer Brian Chirls is a recognized innovator in the independent film world. He was recently the Digital Technology Fellow at POV, a position funded by the Knight Foundation. WebVR pioneer and creator of the WebVR Starter Kit, he has developed innovative models for interaction, data visualization and content­ authoring in virtual reality. Brian has helped to create a new genre of interactive video pieces and software libraries that demonstrate ways to combine the interactivity and connectivity of the web with the aesthetic power of cinema and his work has been presented at CPH:DOX, IDFA DocLab, SXSW and Tribeca Film Institute.

    Debra Anderson

    Chief Strategy Officer Debra Anderson is a Producer/Director specialized in digital storytelling and media impact. She builds data-driven, researched based approaches to immersive experiences and has produced pioneering prototypes for WebVR applications. Debra founded the innovation consultancy Culture Shock in 2007; presented groundbreaking interactive works with NFB at Sundance New Frontier (2012), Tribeca Storyscapes (2013­15) and curated arts/tech projects at Volta Art Fair NY & Switzerland (2010­14). Debra designed and instructs the first Big Data: Consumer Research undergraduate survey course at The New School for Public Engagement and is co-organizer of the NY Women in VR Meetup.

    About datavized:

    Datavized is a New York City ­based immersive design studio focused on virtual reality production and consultancy. We push the creative and technical boundaries of immersive media production by applying the skills and techniques of interactive storytelling, to create virtual experiences with real impact.

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