VR Hackathon Update: 360° and Growing


Here is a quick post to share some cool VR Hackathon news and info on upcoming events.

360° video of the Oct. 2014 event
The MindVR team was cool enough to shoot the October 2014 event in 360° video and then post it on Vrideo, an immersive video platform. I need to dive deeper into Vrideo and its features, but at a glance it seems to be a platform for hosting and viewing 360° video that is also VR enabled. Once you start the video below, left click and hold to grab the video and move your mouse to look around. This video on mobile devices requires you turn with the device to look around.

*if the above embed doesn't work here is a link to the video.

The Growing Community 
With the success of the last event here in San Francisco and the growing interest by developers and designers of immersive technologies to have a weekend of creating and building, the VR Hackathon is expanding to new locations and age groups. There are events this year planned for San Francisco, Seattle, Cameroon, South Africa, and Albania. Check out the website for more details on upcoming events.

Also, the first VR Hackathon MINI for grade school students and young adults will be held in New Jersey this May. This event, initiated by tech savvy teachers, will give students in grades 5th-8th a full day of creating virtual and mixed reality content via tools like Minecraft, PlayingMondo, and Unity3D. I may get the chance to participate in this event as a guest so I am super excited to see what the next wave of VR creators will make.

That is all to share for now but what a start to an event that kicked off just six months ago.

 

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