Immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, 360 video and virtual worlds offer a new medium to engage people on issues that matter, and also to deliver direct support. But what makes them more effective than plain old video?
We’ll be exploring what makes these new technologies the best tool for the job when tackling certain social-impact challenges. Our excellent speakers will explain how charities and entrepreneurs are leading the way in creating immersive tech for good, and what their biggest lessons are so far.
- Hannah Blair, researcher into virtual reality experiences for people with dementia https://twitter.com/erhannah
After exploring potential social applications of virtual reality as part of her computer science degree dissertation, Hannah founded a healthtech startup that is geared towards helping those with dementia through a therapeutic VR experience. She'll give us an overview of some of the latest research on how immersive tech is being applied to social challenges
- Moh Alkhateeb and Adam, AUTUS https://www.autus.org.uk/
AUTUS is a charity that creates 3D virtual worlds to help young Autistic people raise their aspirations, harness their potential, and improve their lives and prospects through confidence building, skills development and work related experience
- Dr Katy Stubbs, Alzheimers Research UK http://awalkthroughdementia.org/
A Walk Through Dementia by Alzheimer’s Research UK was one of the first virtual reality experiences of a health condition, and puts users in the shoes of someone with dementia. This immersive insight into the condition has enhanced storytelling, helped to engage with supporters and grown people’s understanding of the condition. We'll hear about the development of the experience, the benefits it has brought to the charity and the future direction of the project
- Sean Rodrigo, VR artist virtualrealityartist.co.uk
Sean is excited by the potential of VR as a democratised design tool. He's used accessible 3D design software to prototype physical tech for good including a customisable backpack for people with Scoliosis and a wheelchair trolley as part of the VR Diversity Initiative.
As this is such a hands-on type of technology, we’d also love to showcase immersive experiences (AR/VR apps etc.) from our community in the networking sessions before and after the speakers. Get in touch via Meetup messages or at [masked] if you have something you’d like to demo at this event!
We’ll have the usual round-up of community announcements at the end, so if have any tech for good news or requests to share, get in touch with us at [masked].
We charge £3 (+VAT) to help manage the number of people who show up on the night, which goes towards the cost of running the event. We don't want this to become a barrier to attendance, so get in touch via Meetup messages or directly with us via [masked] if this causes a problem for you. Furthermore, if you need a VAT receipt please email [masked].
We look forward to seeing you there!