XR for Change – A curator’s perspective
The XR for Change Summit is less than two weeks away and we could not be more excited about it. While curating speakers for the Summit my goal was to explore how immersive technologies are being used to address real-world challenges, create empathy and drive social change. The three main areas we have focused on for this year’s Summit are health, education and social impact.
More than 30 speakers and panelists from all over the world will be part of the XR for Change Summit on June 30th. From leading organizations such as United Nations, University of Washington, Stanford University, Oculus, Microsoft, IBM, Sundance Institute, New York Times, and Time Inc to startups you have probably never heard of. I wanted to give a platform to those who are leveraging this technology in meaningful and innovative ways. The speakers are a mix of experts, educators and creators who are passionate about the work they do and excited to share their experiences.
XR4C’s Immersive Arcade
As part of the XR for Change Summit G4C is hosting an Immersive Arcade, which features more than fifteen XR impactful experiences that will blow your mind away. These immersive experiences are a great opportunity to test and critically think about concepts that XR leaders will be sharing during the Summit. Here are a few experiences that exemplify how XR tech is creating new forms of social impact and engagement:
– Lost City of Mer, a cross-platform interactive experience combining elements of sci-fi and mystery to inspire users to reduce their carbon footprint and help restore a lost civilization.
– Greenland Melting, a VR experience created with photogrammetry, videogrammetry, CGI and 360 video that allows viewers to discover NASA’s findings on Greenland’s glaciers.
– HoloTour is a VR piece that allows the user to travel through space and time to revisit some of the world’s wonders. All of the heritage sights have been designed in 360 degree video, spatial sound, and holographic scenery that will make anyone believe they are really there.
– My Africa immerses viewers in an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where a local community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.
G4C partners with Virtual World Society
G4C and the XR for Change Summit are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Virtual World Society. The VWS is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the humanitarian development and application of virtual and augmented reality technology throughout the world. As part of this partnership, attendees at the G4C Festival and XR for Good Summit will receive a one-year complimentary membership to the Virtual World Society with benefits of receiving a regular newsletter, discounts at various conferences, job listings, an events calendar and opportunity to propose and participate in projects of the Society. Members can also apply to become ambassadors in the Society and its ‘Peace Corps of VR’. When you register for the Festival and Summit you will received a code for your free membership. Another reason to attend the XR for Change Summit!