Speaker profileLucas Rizotto

Lucas Rizzotto is an award-winning VR/AR Director and Immersive Designer from Brazil. A pioneer of VR/AR storytelling & human interaction design, Lucas’ work pushes the boundaries of immersive narratives & human connection, connecting audiences with themselves and each other. His directorial debut, Where Thoughts Go, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018 and was known for making 20% of its audience cry. The project went on to win several awards, including a Unity Award, a Gold Telly Award and a Gold Halo Award. He’s currently working on a number of new VR/AR narratives in a number of different genres.

Lucas will be giving a live Q&A with about his latest award winning VR experience Where Thoughts Go available on the Oculus Store.

Speaker profileEmma Hamilton

A graduate of Middlesex University London where she specialised in directing VR content, Emma worked with VR filmmaker Mathieu Pradat on The Roaming (VRHAM! / Venice 75) before joining DVgroup in 2018. As a producer of original content, Emma works directly with DV’s most ambitious narrative XR pieces, with the aim of developing the emerging medium of Immersive XR Theatre into a sustainable LBE format.

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Speaker profileAsha Easton

Knowledge Transfer Manager – Immerse UK

Asha will be talking at our first event of 2020, Women in XR.

After years of experience working in business development and consulting, Asha has become passionate about immersive technologies. She is a VR producer who is a natural networker in the XR community. Asha is an active member of several VR groups, including Women in Immersive Tech which helps to support women in the industry. She has run workshops with the VR Diversity Initiative in London to up-skill underrepresented groups in media and technology, and has spoken on panels internationally. Her focus at KTN is to expand the ImmerseUK community and grow the immersive tech ecosystem around the country.

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Women in XR

Our first event of 2020 is Women in XR, featuring;

  • XR Stories – What is XR Stories and how it is helping shape the future
  • Rosie Summers 3D Animator, #VR Artist & #TiltBrush live performer
    • Storytelling through the medium of VR art. Live from inside VR and Tilt Brush I will delve into how I tell stories through the medium of Virtual Reality art. The techniques and processes I use to tell immersive stories with space as a canvas, and even some tips and tricks!
  • Asha Easton – KTN Manager @ImmerseUK_
  • Emma CooperCoopinnovations
    • Spaceteam VR, is due out in spring, Emma will be talking about the creation of this collaborative game that’s a comedy of chaos, and she will attempt a live demo – what could possibly go wrong?

Venue: Sheffield Technology Park, Cooper Buildings, Sheffield Science Park, Arundel St, Sheffield S1 2NS

Time: 18:00-20:30

  • 18:00 – Arrival & Drinks
  • 18:30- Welcome
  • 18:40 – Words from our Sponsor XR Stories
  • 18:50 – Emma Cooper
  • 19:10 – Asha Easton
  • 19:30 – Rosie Summers
  • 19:50 – News and Community
  • 20:00 – Community pitching/networking.

Get your tickets here!

Our Women in XR event is sponsored by XR Stories.

“XR Stories is helping to shape the future of immersive storytelling across Yorkshire as part of the UK Creative Economy programme in partnership with Screen Yorkshire, the BFI and Game Republic. We have funded more than 18 projects to date across TV, games, theatre and heritage businesses in collaboration with academics from Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Bradford and York. We are currently offering Strategic grants ranging from £5-100k for R&D projects that help creative XR businesses to grow and helping businesses to reach new markets.”

We will also be hearing the latest XR news and open the floor to you if you have anything you would like to share or help shape the direction of the meetup in the future. So please bring any ideas with you!

Speaker profileEdward Murphy

As the global property industry continues to value buildings only as tradable asset commodities to be bought and sold on the open bond markets,  it continues to have scant regard for the end of line people who actually rent and use them. The wider benefit that could be delivered if buildings were actually provided to more purposefully deliver increased user delight and productivity outcomes is rarely entertained. 

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We’ve got another exciting line up of speakers planned for our June event, including;

  • Eddie Murphy – Ollio Consultancy – Eddie runs a buildings and architecture consultancy and has been using VR to help clients make better decisions
  • Robin Williams – Twinkl – Robin will be talking about Twinkl’s use of AR and VR in edu-tech
  • Mark Burkitt – Slanted Theory – Mark will be giving a talk on the benefits of Unity’s new Entity Component System which will squeeze every last bit of performance out of your VR projects

We will also be hearing the latest XR news and open the floor to you if you have anything you would like to share or help shape the direction of the meetup in the future. So please bring any ideas with you!

Also access to @Slantedtheory public ALAIRA VR data room! If you saw Laura Smith’s presentation at Sheffield Digital Festival this year, this is a great chance to have a go on an amazing immersive data platform that allows everyone to analyse data intuitively!

Mark Burkitt & Parampal Singh – Unity3D Entity Component System