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WebVR Ecosystem and API Update

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Join us for a full evening all about WebVR, featuring six experts!

Talk #1: Introduction (Tony Parisi)

About the Speaker

Tony Parisi (@auradeluxe ( is the co-creator of the VRML, and continues to innovate in 3D technology. Tony is the co-organizer of the San Francisco WebGL Meetup ( ), and the San Francisco WebVR Meetup ( ), and a member of the Khronos COLLADA working group creating glTF ( ), the new file format standard for 3D web and mobile applications. Tony is also the author of O’Reilly Media’s books on Virtual Reality and WebGL: Learning Virtual Reality ( (2015), Programming 3D Applications in HTML5 and WebGL ( (2014), and WebGL Up and Running ( (2012).

Tony is currently VP of Web and Open Technologies at Wevr, a virtual reality community and VR media player for aspiring and professional creatives.

Talk #2: Introduction to WebVR 1.0 (Brandon Jones)

Brandon will cover the basics of using the WebVR API and what kind of capabilities it exposes to the browser and how to structure your code to handle everything from smartphone VR to desktop VR.

About the Speaker

Brandon Jones (@Tojiro ( is a Software Engineer and has been working on WebGL as an implementor in Chrome since 2012 and as a hobbyist since it's inception. Now he's working on taking 3D content in the browser to the next level with WebVR, allowing developers to access everything from Google Cardboard to the HTC Vive on the Web.

Talk #: WebVR Across All Devices (Boris Smus)

One of the big benefits of the web is reach. how do you build WebVR experiences that work across all devices? what's the easiest way to get started? all will be revealed as Boris shows you how to embed immersive content on any webpage using VR views, and building apps using the webvr-polyfill.

About the Speaker

Boris Smus (@borismus ( got into VR by accident, while working on an HCI research group at Google. He was one of the initial engineers on Cardboard, where he invented the magnetic button input. Today, he works on making it easy for web developers to build VR experiences. He maintains the WebVR polyfill (a JS implementation of the WebVR API) and the WebVR boilerplate. Most recently, he helped launch VR View, which is a way to embed immersive content on any website.

Talk #4: Create Holographic Web Apps (Amber Roy)

The power of VR is being used to create a brand new class of web experiences. Amber will offer examples of what the holographic web is capable of, describe what's been built to make it happen, and demonstrate how you can create holographic web apps using Three.js and AltspaceVR.

About the Speaker

Amber (@amberroyVR ( has been a software engineer for over 15 years. She got involved in VR technology early 2014 and is currently a software engineer at AltspaceVR, working on their SDK that supports creation of VR web apps. She also hosts a YouTube channel dedicated to VR game reviews ( )

Talk #5: A-Frame - VR for Web Developers (Kevin Ngo and Diego Marcos)

A-Frame is a declarative WebVR framework for web developers. We'll introduce the game-changing concepts of A-Frame, showcase what the community has built with A-Frame in the last several months, and present sneak peeks of novel experiments that we have rapidly prototyped using A-Frame.

About the Speakers

Kevin (@andgokevin ( is a web developer, based in San Francisco, on the Mozilla VR team ( ( The Mozilla VR team is focused on bringing high-performance virtual reality to the open web. He is a core developer on A-Frame ( (, an open-source WebVR framework.

Diego Marcos (@dmarcos ( is a developer in the Mozilla VR team since its inception. A-Frame came out from one of the multiple prototypes he made and currently evolves and maintains the API with Kevin Ngo. His obsession is designing tools that enable anyone to create content in VR.

Talk #6: Enabling Enterprises and Education with the VR Web

From students to non-profits and enterprises, the VR web is a platform capable of bringing virtual reality to communities around the world. Liv will cover how she uses WebVR applications to reach new developers and teach them about virtual reality, both in the classroom and online. From data visualization to ocean pollution simulations, discover how the applications of today’s VR Web technologies are already being used to change the way we interact with our browsers.

About the Speaker

Liv Erickson (@misslivirose ( is a Virtual and Augmented Reality Developer Evangelist at Microsoft based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the creator and host of Just A/VR Show, a web show for aspiring VR and AR developers, developer of KittenVR, and the author of The Matrix is My Office blog. Liv is passionate about making immersive technologies accessible to everyone, and teaching new developers how to create their own VR & AR experiences.

Note: Price: $10 online, $15 at the door. No refunds. No ticket transfers.

We charge this small fee to help reduce no-shows. Please contact the organizers (sfhtml5 at gmail) if this is a financial hardship for you.


5:00 PM Doors open.

5:00-6:30 PM Networking, wine tasting, cocktail, and dinner (gf/veg options available)

6:30-6:40 PM Introductions/Announcements

6:40-6:50 PM Talk #1: Introduction (Tony Parisi)

6:50-7:05 PM Talk #2: Introduction to WebVR 1.0 (Brandon Jones)

7:05-7:20 PM Talk #3: WebVR Across All Devices (Boris Smus)

7:20-7:35 PM Talk #4: Create Holographic Web Apps (Amber Roy)

7:35-8:00 PM Break, networking, drinks, and dessert

8:00-8:05 Lightning Talk with Vizor

8:05-8:20 PM Talk #5: A-Frame - VR for Web Developers (Kevin Ngo and Diego Marcos)

8:20-8:35 PM Talk #6: Microsoft and VR (Liv Erickson)

8:35-9:15 PM Q&A with all speakers

9:15-9:30 PM Raffle *

9:30 PM Room cleared

* You must be present at the venue to qualify for raffle prizes.


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