After winning the Virtual Reality Education Hackathon in Orange County, members of Originate formed the Las Vegas Virtual Reality Meetup to build a community of VR enthusiasts in Las Vegas.
"Everyone arrived at 9:00 am on Saturday and they all brainstormed on different educational hacks they could do in 36 hours. One group did a virtual classroom that allowed users to walk around and learn about different topics by looking at them and plugging in the audio stream. Another team created a virtual museum with great works of art hanging on the walls and when you looked at them, information popped up about the works and the artists," Rob Mallery, Head of Origination at Originate, said in an interview with The Innevation Center.
"Our team decided to do things a little bit differently and built a game to help you learn to type on your keyboard without looking," Mallery continued. "They created a virtual keyboard and then produced graphical tiles that would float at you from all angles and when you stared at them inside the goggles, you could explode the tiles by properly typing the word on the tile. It was sort of like Asteroids for typing! Team “Typing Game” ended up winning the hackathon."
Mallery said after spending the weekend with an amazing group of futurists and developers, he knew he wanted to continue the momentum in Las Vegas. After quick search of Meetups in Las Vegas showed there was no Virtual Reality gatherings, he decided to spearhead his own.
"I got the bug. I saw we aren't doing anything like this in Las Vegas, and thought there needs to be something happening here," Mallery told the Downtown Podcast in a recent video interview.
Join Mallery and others at the first group meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 6pm at The Innevation Center. The Oculus Rift is an easy-to-use new development platform that allows you to experience VR and create it as well. Everyone is welcome: engineers, designers, game developers, entrepreneurs, and VR fans. The group will have demos, presentations, speakers, and educational sessions and will also conduct hackathons with Oculus Dev Kits. Join the group here.