Past Meetup

Learning how to interact like a human …all over again

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Price: CA$5.00 /per person
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With Mixed Reality we have an opportunity to undo some of the unnatural and abstract paradigms that have come from computing’s start on 2D screens. But as we make the transition to a more natural way of interacting, what current UX concepts will help make the journey inviting for everyone?

About our speakers:
Darren Bennett started innovating with Microsoft in his first year there by incubating experiences in the first stages of the KINECT effort, right from some of the very first prototype experiences that got execs stoked, to Creative direction of the pack-in title KINECT Adventures! Darren has spent the years since KINECT working from concept to ship on HoloLens. First by driving the incubation effort on the experiences side, to the creative direction of the experiences portfolio and finally shipping the UX for the first Mixed Reality OS - Windows Holographic. Now he’s home in Canada again, helping workers be successful by applying the power of Mixed Reality to the Modern Workplace.

As a professional artist and designer, Andy Klein has been working in real time graphics and visual effects for over a decade. He is currently focused on mixed reality projects at Microsoft Vancouver. Working together with NASA, Andy’s team at Microsoft enabled Kennedy Space Center visitors to use HoloLens just like scientists do; exploring Martian terrain using 3D data and holograms. Andy designed this interactive holographic experience and was also responsible for the creative and technical aspects involved in capturing 3D 360 holographic video recordings with Buzz Aldrin and Erisa Hines, who functioned as guides on Mars. Before Microsoft, he worked as VFX Director at Electronic Arts, where he helped build tools and workflows for Star Wars: Battlefront, PGA Tour, Dragon Age, Need for Speed, and more. These productions and experiences have uniquely equipped him with a vast expertise in the techniques which will power the future of human-machine interaction in our increasingly digital lives. He's happy to play a part in our great transformation from flat screens to volumetric mixed reality computing.

Networking: 5:30pm to 6:00pm (Microsoft)
Event start: 6:00pm sharp (Microsoft)
Please note that doors to the building will locked at 6:00pm sharp and we will not be able to let guests in after this time.

We are charging everyone $5 to attend the event (and are running it at zero profit).

Thank you to Microsoft for hosting us! We look forward to having another event here!