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VIRTUAL: Brighton Immersive Meetup: Immersive for Social Change

Wed 25 Mar 2020
17:30 - 21:00

About the event

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The wellbeing of our attendees and contributors will always be our number one priority. Therefore, we have decided to run this event virtually. Information on how to join our virtual meetup can be found below.

Immersive technology is a powerful storytelling tool that has the capacity to change the way we look at the world around us. At this meetup, we will explore some of the ways creative people, businesses and charities are using virtual and augmented reality to encourage positive social change.

If you are interested in seeing how new technologies can be used for good through education, empathetic experiences or third sector practice, come along to hear from a range of expert speakers behind some of the most thought provoking immersive experiences.

We will be joined by:

Samantha Kingston is the Co-founder & CEO of Virtual Umbrella. She is also the creator of Anonymous. 
Premiered at Raindance Film Festival in 2019; Anonymous is a 360 narrative film sharing the personal story of being a child of an alcoholic.  After 28 years, Samantha shares her story of living with an alcohol-dependent parent, hiding the secret and dealing with the death of that parent. The piece highlights a story that 2.5 Million children experience through the UK. The Anonymous.

System Change Hive will join us to talk about The Museum for Hidden Paths, their recent Mixed Reality project. 
The Hive collective created a virtual museum as a space of solidarity with creative activists working for better futures. Together a group of artists created a spacious world of colour and poetry designed to share knowledge, protect the new and encourage transformative creativity to keep on growing out into the real world.

Sam Watts will talk about two use cases of #VR4Good that he’s undertaken as part of the outreach programme at Make Real.

  • Google Daydream Impact project with local charity Stay Up Late, looking to provide greater social confidence and awareness with venues for their members with learning disabilities. 
  • Putting Blind Veterans UK members into VR to provide insight into how the technology can benefit quality of life improvements.

Join us in VR

  1. Create an AltspaceVR account and RSVP to our event
  2. Download the AltspaceVR app on your headset (available for free on Vive, GearVR, Oculus devices and WMR)
  3. Sign into your account via the app on your headset and have fun creating your own avatar
  4. Just before the event is about to start: Open the app and go to Events > Interested where, if you RSVP’d, you’ll see our event; OR you can visit this webpage and click “Enter Now”

Voila! You’ll get a 360° view of our event, be able to interact with other attendees and ask questions to the speakers.

*If you don’t have a headset but do have a PC and would like to join us via AltspaceVR, you can download their desktop app through the Windows or Steam store and enjoy it in 2D mode.

Join us on YouTube

For anyone without a headset or PC, not to worry! You can watch a livestream of the event on our YouTube channel and get involved via the YouTube chat.