Next week, the world descends on Austin, TX to see what's next in movies, music and technology. While there's no way to see and do everything the city has going on (especially with the late night parties and incredible craft beer scene) our team will be easy to find at almost any of the Virtual Reality talks, meet ups and events.
We'll also be hanging out around the city with our own Island Land VR experience on hand. Give us a shout on Twitter and we can connect so you can try "lobstering" for yourself. We're also happy to talk shop about how we made it - and what we're experimenting with now.
Here's our tailored list of VR events that we'll be trying to attend at #SXSW 2017. We threw in a few of the parties that are likely attract a VR crowd.
Follow us on Twitter @bigroomstudios and let's meet up!
All Damn Week - Capital Factory
Rather than listing out all the amazing things happening at Capital Factory, we say, if you have a free hour, go there. They are hosting a VR/AR Megalounge and a ton of ongoing events for the VR-inspired entrepreneur.
Capital Factory | 701 Brazos Street
Friday, March 10th
Talk and intensive workshop. (11-2pm)
1pm AR/VR Hackathon
24 hours of high-tech creativity to develop industry-changing prototypes and compete for cash prizes.
TechSpace Austin | 98 San Jacinto Blvd
Saturday, March 11th
Mimosas, bloody's, and breakfast taco bar while we dance our faces off to silent disco hosted by Austin local favorite, DJ Ota.
UnifyID SXSW Private Headquarters | 1111 E. 11th Street 300
Workshop and training session. (11:30-1pm)
Late evening mini-conference for the VR community and new media experience designers.
Central Presbyterian | 200 E 8th St
Sunday, March 12
One on one mentorship for those interested in TV production, 360 / VR production, post-production.
Panel discussion with experts dive into how virtual reality will affect human behavior, both emotionally and physically, in 2017 and beyond.
JW Marriott / Salon 7 / 110 E 2nd St
3:30pm Designing for Mixed Reality
Talk introducing key challenges and approaches to designing MR experiences including maintaining user focus, mixing Virtual UI into physical spaces, and creating positive interactions with non-users.
JW Marriott / Salon H / 110 E 2nd St
Party supporting Planned Parenthood with a lineup of some kick ass bands including Sleigh Bells, PVRIS, Girlpool and more! (not exclusively VR obviously, but we're planning to bring a crew of VRheads)
Mohawk | 200 Lavaca St
Monday, March 13
One on one mentorship for those interested increative direction, VR, narrative design, content creation. (3:30-4:30p)
One on one mentorship for those interested in social, VR, media business development, sports. (5-6p)
Tuesday, March 14th
Meet up Group.
Deep dive panel discussion.
Panel discussion on how specially designed immersive content allows viewers to have out-of-body experiences, expanding consciousness, tolerance and understanding in society.
VR therapy offers options for working with homeless, incarcerated, underprivileged, or even those in impoverished countries.
Talk with Google's Daydream Labs team.
Talk with entertainers and activists providing access and energize fan communities with VR.
Talk redefining the concept of a music video clip, the way we access to a live concert and how we’ll set up our audio preferences in these new platforms.
Panel discussion on Editing, Narrative techniques and UX for better 360 experiences.
7:30pm VR & Gaming Party
Dive into virtual reality, content creation, gaming and other best-in-class Dell technology.
THE EXPERIENCE | 310 E 3rd St
This year’s lineup is still on lockdown, but this will be one of the biggest parties at all of SXSW.
Stubbs | 801 Red River St
Wednesday, March 15
Talk and live performance with mixing, looping and ambisonic 3D sound; incorporating an explanation on the science and technology of producing such sound.
Panel discussion on the opportunities for virtual reality to drive meaningful and scalable change in society.
Panel discussion about human elements of perception and emotion and how to apply these learnings to VR.
Panel discussion on bridging the worlds of theater and VR.
3:30pm Women in VR/AR Mixer
Open mixer with women interested in VR/AR and all supporters. Feel free to bring your mobile demos to share with the crowd.
Capital Factory | 701 Brazos Street
Panel discussion with experts who are at the forefront of VR content funding.
Thursday, March 16
Panel from Lava Lab will speak about their social and communal AR storytelling experiences.
This session examines many practical, moral and ethical considerations related to protecting the health and safety of people. Part of the IEEE Tech for Humanity Series.
JW Marriott / Salon 6 / 110 E 2nd St
Solo Talk about intellectual property, privacy/First Amendment, products liability and other areas of the law.
Panel discussion about what happens when people discover each other in virtual space.
Panel discussion about how some of the most innovative VR content created today is being financed by Brands.
Fireside talk about the early days of VR, successes, glorious mistakes, as well as their anticipation for the future.
Friday - Sunday March 17-19