MN VR and HCI Jan 2016: Unity VR/AR Bootcamp and Tips

Posted by IGDA Twin Cities on January 18, 2016

Eventbrite - MN VR and HCI Jan 2016: Unity VR/AR Bootcamp and Tips

Minneapolis, MN | Vidku
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM (CST)

NOTE: Please arrive at Vidku before 7.  The door and elevator are locked, we’ll escort you up. 

Thanks to Vidku for being such great hosts!  And, thanks to Bill Nagel for our snazzy new logo.

The Global Game Jam starts Fri 1/29.  Our local site is over half full – register now atGameCraft.MN  Last year we ended up with 6 VR and HCI focused games, let’s make more this year!


Unity VR/AR Bootcamp and Tips – Various

Just in time for GGJ… Learn how to create your first VR or AR Unity project using free software and content (now free on iOS too!) Then our panelists will share their favorite design, workflow, and code tips and lead a free-form discussion and Q&A session.

Zach Wendt will give a live demo of creating and deploying VR projects for Oculus Rift DK2, Google Cardboard (on Android) and Gear VR. Time/interest permitting, we’ll also demo, or at least discuss Cardboard for iOS, and Project Tango. Zach will also give a quick overview/demo of input for VR and, designing for different hardware.

Then, our panelists will each share a few of their favorite design, workflow, and code tips for beginner to advanced skill levels. Their VR/AR experience covers almost all bases: Unity, UE4, Vive, Oculus, GearVR, Tango, iOS, hand tracking, networked VR, large scale tracking, avatar IK and animation, Blender, heavy geometry and optimization.

Our Panelists are:

  • Paul Eckhardt
  • Ryan Foss
  • Thomas Myers
  • Zach Wendt
  • Aaron Westre

Finally, we’ll wrap with a round-table discussion / Q&A. We’d like to talk about audience projects, roadblocks, and ideas. Bring some!



There is nearby street parking and surface lots.  Parking right in front of Vidku costs more.  Try the lots at 1st and Washington (both sides of Pixel Farm), and 3rd and Hennepin (behind Vidku.)  Bring cash.  Small bills.  Unmarked.



6:30 Social, setup and pizza – Thanks Vidku!
7:00 Kickoff, Plug My Thing
7:15 VR/AR Project Examples
7:45 Round Table
8:45 Wrap up, head to Red Cow


Plug My Thing!

In addition to informal verbal plugs, we’ll also show your trailer, user group, recruitment page, promo video, personal project, demo reel, etc. Grab the appropriate ticket – first come, first served.  Guidelines:

  • Short and sweet. 3 minutes max!
  • 1 short URL, Zero setup (Any media is streamable from fast/reliable site like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  • Your contact info is on page or in video.
  • You were a part of this project, are attending the meeting, and will introduce it.
  • Talk to us at least 5-10 minutes early, so we can load your page.
About MN VR and HCI:
MN VR and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) welcomes developers and tinkerers working with all variety of VR, HCI, hardware hacking, creative coding and interactive art Members are working on projects with custom displays and lenses, projection mapping, mocap, tiny computers, servos and sensors, interactive statues and a wide variety of VR, AR, motion and computer vision applications.

If you’ve only been to our parent group IGDATC meetings, MN VR and HCI is a different format: We aim for smaller group discussions and lots of specific details.


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