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Join our network and learn about, share and make VR in the Public Interest! The Public VR Lab is growing a global network for a Community VR movement that facilitates public dialogue; provides professional training; empowers community knowledge and creation of 360, virtual and augmented content; offers access to tools, headsets, arcades, toolkits, and professional expertise; and generates locally-focused, broadly-impactful, immersive experiences in the public interest.

Try the latest headsets, meet other local developers and creatives, collaborate on XR projects, and share your challenges, ideas, thoughts on the future, and knowledge of these emerging technologies with the community. See more about our public accessibility and virtual literacy initiative in VR at:

What is the Public VR Lab?

The Public VR Lab is a collaborative effort to facilitate a public dialogue and projects around new VR-related technologies; to support the community creation of 360, virtual and augmented content, provide access to tools and headsets; and to generate socially-relevant and locally-focused public interest VR experiences. Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) and Northampton Community Television (NCTV) launched this VR accessibility and literacy initiative at their community media centers in Northampton and Brookline, MA, beginning in the Spring of 2016.

The Lab has trained, mentored and provided free equipment to immersive journalists, filmmakers, game developers, university faculty and students, creators, k-12 students, educators and storycoders to use and create VR/AR/360; offers a national affiliate program and VR Toolkits of hardware, software and curriculum to nonprofits, arts organizations and libraries; and has collaborated to create VR content, hackathons, panels, events, internships, and training programs with the Boston Globe STAT news team, the United Nations Environmental Programme, Boston Neighborhood Network, Women in Next Realities, Boston VR, Mozilla, Boston Jewish Film Festival, the Town of Brookline, Emerson College, Massachusetts Institute of Art, MIT, Hubweek, Lead Boston,, the Alliance for Community Media, NATOA, and the Northampton Film Festival.

VR Academy

The VR Academy is a project of the Public VR Lab that began in Fall 2016 to help facilitate content creation through classes, workshops and hackathons focused on training high school and college students, as well as adults.