People in VR , talking VR at a VR Meetup… in VR
Last night I, Gareth Evans of LCE, attended the first Wired Sussex Immersive Meetup to be held in VR and it was awesome!
Due to the current situation we all find ourselves in, the once-monthly Brighton Immersive Meetup, which usually takes place at the Fusebox event space in Brighton’s New England House, was moved to AltspaceVR, the online platform for social gathering.
Chris Chowen of The Fusebox opening the first Immersive MeetUp Brighton in VR
Twenty Fusebox residents and guests met in the virtual auditorium, reminiscent of a brick-built New York loft space complete with bustling traffic that could be heard outside the giant windows. Those without VR headsets were able to join in via the YouTube live stream and made for a great diversion from our current imposed isolation.
Event organizer and host, Chris Chowen kicked off the evening by rightly saying at the start that “If any meetup was going to survive going virtual it would certainly have to be this one.”
Sam Watts of Make Real
The evening was filled with lively conversation and talks from presenters like Sam Watts of Make Real, speaking about #VR4Good and their use of VR with local Brighton Charities and communities, specifically, Stay Up Late and Blind Veterans UK.
Alexandra Stuart-Hutcheson (left) and Elia Habib (right) on stage
Also presenting was Alexandra Stuart-Hutcheson, Elia Habib and Cliff Crawford talking on behalf of Kate Genevieve from System Change Hive, a community art collective of artists, researchers, academics and technologists centered around well being and system change. Explaining about their projects, The Museum of the Future and work in environmental activism before finally hosting a question and answer session.
It was great to meet with friends I hadn’t seen for a couple of weeks, to chat and high-five from my living room, as well as enjoy some thought-provoking discussion. The very few technical hitches throughout the night also helped show we’re all still human even those that appeared as floating robots.
Senior Designer and Head of Immersive Technology at LCE Architects
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