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Partner Event: Creating Reality AR/VR Hackathon

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Partner Event: Creating Reality AR/VR Hackathon


Seeking Design Mentors, Participants, Volunteers and Sponsors

This is a partner event, to participate you must apply at The Creating Reality hackathon website (

The Hackathon is a non-profit and non-commercial event bringing together a diverse group of talented participants to form interdisciplinary teams that will create new uses for and new insights into immersive technology. The Creating Reality hackathon, modeled after the Reality Virtually hackathon held at the MIT Media Lab and adapted for the USC and Los Angeles communities, is a large-scale (world record-setting largest immersive hack) four-day learning experience. We were 43% women, with participants who represented 53 races and countries of national origin at the MIT Media Lab Hackathon where people traveled from 12 countries and 26 states. We plan to meet or exceed these measures at USC

Four hundred hackathon participants will be selected from a field of 1,500 - 2,000 applicants for the LA hackathon. Students and industry practitioners are invited to apply. Students from USC, UCLA, and other universities throughout Los Angeles, the nation, and the world are invited to apply. Designers, developers, and domain experts from AR|VR communities in Los Angeles and beyond are also invited to apply. The hackathon starts with a full day of workshops on AR and VR design and development, platforms and domains such as storytelling. Teams will build for two days using their own and loaned equipment before judging begins and prizes awarded.

Steven Max Patterson
Organizer of Creating Reality AR/VR Hackathon
@ USC Los Angeles and @ MIT Boston
Steven Max Patterson is a technology writer and startup evangelist who has covered Boston and San Francisco Bay Area startups and technology leaders for 20 years.

The Creating Reality Hackathon is sponsored by USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC the Iovine Young Academy, USC Games and VRSC, USC's immersive tech student organization. Intel, Microsoft, AT&T and HP are founding sponsors.

The Hackathon is seeking designers as mentors and participants. This is an excellent opportunity to get exposure to VR/AR/MX or what is now being referred to as XR. To apply, volunteer or learn more, visit The Creating Reality Hack website (

Special thanks goes out to Bern Irizarry ( for bringing design thinking to the diverse and multidisciplinary participants by volunteering to lead a design workshop in team formation, project brainstorming and project selection.

Bern is the founder and CEO of Velvet Hammer Design. She has built and led cross-disciplinary teams for over 20 years. An active member in the LA UX community, she also heads the Los Angeles Ladies that UX Chapter.

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