Past Meetup

Chicago VR Meetup - March 2016 (#11)

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Note: In addition to RSVPing here for this event, you need to get a free ticket from Eventbrite ( Our host is using this for ticketing and venue capacity purposes.

With the consumer launch of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive imminent, let's get together to discuss and explore the latest in VR together!

This month we will be meeting at 1871 in Chicago. 1871 is Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in the famed Merchandise Mart, the 75,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. 1871 is the flagship project of the CEC.


6:00 PM - 6:20 PM: Attendees to introduce themselves – a chance for everyone to introduce themselves and briefly explain what role they look to play in the VR space – engineer, developer, business development, investment, etc.

6:30 PM - 8 PM: Demo Stations - this is where you get to really experience what it feels like to be in a VR environment with content created by creators within our very own community!

Demo Stations

Merge VR Goggles (
With a sleek design and a comfortable form factor, the Merge VR Goggles are a beautiful intro to the world of mobile virtual reality.

Gear VR (
Try the consumer version of Samsung and Oculus' Gear VR, the portable virtual reality platform powered by your phone.

Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (
As we wait for the consumer version launching this March, enjoy this refined development kit of the Oculus Rift.

Contact CI (

With a system of exotendons in a glove, Contact CI is creating a user input bringing intuitive finger movements and realistic haptics to VR. Contact, a Midwest startup, will be demoing prototypes of their Maestro controller.


We will have a variety of virtual reality demos available for everyone to experience. Additionally, we invite VR creators to share their work via a free demo station by contacting us. ([masked])


Cubicle Ninjas (
Named by TechCrunch as a leader in the AR/VR space, Cubicle Ninjas are purveyors of fancy virtual experiences. They'll be showing off their new mobile app, Guided Meditation VR ( for the Gear VR.

Block Interval (
Experience the Life of Lon. Learn more about their journey through this latest blog post detailing their creative process. (

InContext Solutions (
Retail and Shopper solutions powered by virtual reality store simulations. Design new concepts, validate them with virtual store research, and share them in real-time with stakeholders and partners.

Bottle Rocket Media (
Bottle Rocket Media is a Chicago-based video agency populated with Emmy Award winning talent. We specializes in authentic storytelling. Born out of the NYC advertising scene, we came of age in Hollywood, and refined our skills while working on The Oprah Winfrey Show. With decades of broadcast TV production experience on our team, we know how to make stunning videos that connect with viewers.

Voyage Virtual Media (
Voyage Virtual Media is a high technology startup specializing in custom tailored virtual reality solutions. Our products include 360 degree live event broadcast, virtual reality games and software for commercial use.

Food & Beverages

Pizza and beverages will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!