Meetups

Our monthly meetups provide local access to the latest Virtual Reality technology, giving developers a platform to promote, and the public the opportunity to experience immersive environments. We have live demos of Oculus Rift DK2 and HTC Vives on site and encourage everyone, no matter what background, to come along and see the future!

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Our partner meetups include a number of international groups located in Istanbul, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. This collective is officially known as Asia Pacific Virtual Reality Network (APVRN). Multiple online events have been hosted by APVRN in virtual environments such as ConVRge and VRChat, allowing presenters from different locations to log in simultaneously and speak to a live, international audience, on their latest work pertaining to VR.

If you would like to join in next time view HERE for the next meetup date and location.

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Festivals/Exhibitions

IRL (In Real Life) was a major festival held at the Brisbane Powerhouse in March 2015 exploring the meeting point between art, technology and gaming. The Brisbane VR Club partook in the festival, contracted to provide a custom setup consisting of 9 VR stations showcasing local and international demos. Over the course of the festival the public in the hundreds were able to experience virtual reality, many for the first time.

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Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) is a must-see 16-day international event screening more than 80 films from across the region. In its second year, from Thursday 19 to Sunday 29 November, 2015 BAPFF screened more than 100 features, documentaries and shorts from across the Asia Pacific. The program was packed with premieres, cinema classics, guest appearances and special presentations.

As part of its Hybrid Worlds Taking program, audiences were exposed to new visual worlds beyond cinema, through special presents on how gaming and cinematic concepts and technologies are being merged to create hybrid experiences of fact and fiction, physical and digital, historic and futuristic. The Virtual Reality arcade held a major part of this program, with all VR equipment supplied by the Brisbane VR Club and it’s members. Attendees were given the opportunity to experience VR games on the latest hardware such as Oculus DK2 and HTC Vive, a setup which allows room scale immersive experiences.

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As part of the Wear Next_ exhibition held at Queensland’s Center for Craft and Design, Artisan Gallery, the club put on an exclusive VR booth setup for attendees to experience locally created virtual environments. The exhibition theme was based on addressed technology and its increasing penetration into all aspects of our environment, the rapid uptake of devices that live near, on or in our bodies and its facilitation of radical new ways of working, relating and socialising.

Contact us HERE for more info on equipment hiring for your festival/exhibition.

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Workshops

In January 2016 Brisbane VR Club held workshops at both the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) and North Lakes Library. With a younger audience in mind the sessions provided an introduction to developing VR games and using Oculus Rift DK2s to show what was possible with the current technology. Attendees were taken through the user interface of the popular game engine Unity 5, and constructed their own virtual treasure hunts using supplied assets. The basics of animation, coding and level design were incorporated into the learning experience.

Wanting to hold virtual reality workshops at your library, school of museum? You can reach us HERE