Vancouver VR Community Monthly Recap – June 2017 Edition

And just like that – the nights got longer, everyone is starting to get married, the heatwave invaded the city, and of course, another month went by. Let’s take a look at the happenings of June!

Our team hosted its second event and it was bigger (and hopefully better) as promised. You can read all about it here. We’ve secured the same venue for our third event on July 25th, so if you want to take a break from the beach, just hate sunshine, or think VR is cooler than being outside, please join us! We’ll be announcing details in a couple of weeks.

We also painted our logo in full colours to support our LGBTQ friends for Pride Month. We believe that everyone has a voice. Every voice matters.

Finally, we opened a store and right now you can get 15% off everything AND get FREE SHIPPING (for apparel). Just use the code: BBQ and you’ll be on your merry way to having a stylish summer.

In full transparency, our team makes a small royalty from sales, which will directly funnel the costs of our future events. Our events have a suggested donation of $5, but if you aren’t able to support us financially, you can always help support the community by:

  • inviting your friends to our community
  • being a part of the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, Discord
  • just coming out to our events!

June 2017 highlights

  • Mana Marketing sat down with Blueprint Reality CTO Ben Sheftel to understand the workings of their mixed reality application called MixCast VR which is available by subscription on Steam. Read all about it on the Mana Marketing blog.
  • CVR posted the official recap video on YouTube. Relive the day:
  • Cloudhead Games announced that September is the big month for their next installment of The Gallery – Heart of the Emberstone is coming in a few months! In the meantime, the team also received the next gen SteamVR Knuckles controller! It’s been very exciting for the entire community, and you can ask questions about Knuckles on Antony’s post on our Facebook group, and he’s also available on our Discord server. Check out Denny Unger’s small demo:
  • Aaron Hilton, organizer of VANVR, spoke at VRCONNECTS in San Francisco this week. Our team is looking forward for future collaborations with VANVR, for our members who are looking for higher level technicality and business practices. Hopefully his talk will come out as a VOD on YouTube, but in the meantime here’s his last talk in London:
  • Newly minted Bad Cookie Pictures will be teaming up with Hammer & Tong for a VR project. While they weren’t able to speak on the details, they will be posting updates on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to follow and support these local filmmakers, about to delve into the world of VR film!
  • The Microsoft Store in Metrotown partnered with Academy of VR for an engaging and packed Introductory Virtual Reality workshop. Attendees learned the process for building VR experiences using Unity and the basics of VR development. Afterwards, attendees had the opportunity to try both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
  • Hammer & Tong’s One Way Trip screening at Seattle International Film Festival was a success. Playing alongside a renowned VR Experience like After Solitary (the VR hit of the festival) was truly special, and getting to meet and mentor alongside the director was lots of fun. There are oodles of new VR converts in Seattle gobbling up VR content.The East Van VR Crawl was an effective experiment and really quite enjoyable. Along with VRtoGo, we took VR crawlers from the back lounge of Havanas to the floor of Continental Coffee and then finished upstairs on display at Toby’s with the Mutato Match team! We attracted quite a bit of interest and further served as evangelists for the church of VR. Hammer & Tong will definitely be putting on more such events in the future.
  • Emily Carr VR student Teejita Gupta uploaded her piece Eat The Men, a mature horror 360 film on Vimeo. Not for the faint of heart, Teejita pushes the limits in her newfound medium. To get in touch, or to collaborate with Teejita, you can contact her on her personal Facebook.
  • Charm Games has proved that the triple A experience is possible in VR with their “Very Positive” reviews on Steam, released earlier this month. Check it out.

What’s coming up?

  • Registration for Class #2 of Academy of VR’s VR Development with Unity online course is now open! Classes begin on July 19th, here’s the link: VR Development with Unity online course has two streams: #1. You’re a developer #2. You’re new to code! Want to learn Unity or have a VR idea you want to develop? Email or visit for more info!And as a special part of the course, Academy of VR is hosting 3 guest speakers as mentors from the virtual reality and augmented reality industry. Expect details of mentor #1 on Friday!

And finally, while we are preparing for our next event, we can say that we are still experimenting with our format. We’re bringing back your faves, and introducing something new. Our events will never be stagnant – you can be sure that there will always be something new to the table. If you’d like to provide feedback for our third event, be sure to fill out our short feedback survey.

Want to share a July highlight or something to look forward to in August? Send us your tips for our next monthly recap in July!

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