Reality, Virtually Hackathon

So stoked….I am going up to MIT Media Lab‘s all day workshop this Saturday, to learn about programming in Augmented and Virtual Reality as part of their Reality, Virtually Hackathon…while I freely admit that a portion of the nitty gritty programming will undoubtedly be over my head, I’m going to get a crash course and overview of the essential process, by all the companies who are the big players in the space.

I’m well chuffed, as they say in the UK.

Companies presenting include Unity, the programming language used to create both Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality; Microsoft – who is involved because of the Hololens; Google’s Tango, which is technology that helps devices understand where they are spatially, and in the world , and others.

Here’s the full agenda. Don’t fall asleep 😉

Reality Virtually

Augmented Reality is projected to be a $120 billion market by 2020 in the US alone; I’m looking at starting a company there next. Fascinating technology with a ton of potential applications, far beyond mere gaming. It’s advantage is that it overlays digital onto the real world, vs having to be completely immersed in one as Virtual Reality is, so it can be used throughout the day and in many natural environments – you don’t have to choose when to use it.

Harvard Business Review has a short article just published about the Mainstreaming of AR…it has been around since 1968, but 2016 is when it’s starting to take off because of hardware.

AR is less sexy than virtual reality, but has more potential for growth IMO because 1) you don’t need a lot of hardware/gear for it 2) you don’t need to have a dedicated space for it 3) people aren’t getting sick from using it (although I have no doubts that will be remedied) and 4) you don’t need to immerse yourself in it completely, shutting out the world. Although I do seem to recall people said much the same about television when it launched (it will “never take off” since people have to sit and watch it, not doing anything else).

So much for predictions and futurists.

I’m going up to Boston to take part in MIT Media Lab’s Reality Virtually hackathon this weekend – we’ll see what that’s like; hoping to meet people, network, and get a real sense for what’s happening out there.

 

I’ve been quoted in The Observer!

Twice actually 😉

There was a {lively} Facebook discussion in the Global Tech Women group, in response to this casting call for a new cable TV show about women entrepreneurs looking for angel investors.

The discussion really took off, over the age cap in the requirements:

“Are you a female tech entrepreneur looking for venture capital? We’re an established NYC TV production company looking for dynamic women 21-40 for a new series we’re developing for a major cable channel. If you’re working on an app or another tech project and looking for an angel investor, we want to meet you!”

The gist of the Facebook discussion was that women already have such an uphill battle in the tech/VC world, why does the show want to only feature young women? Particularly when every other business “reality” show features men and women who are all over 40? – Viewing demographics seems a too facile answer.

At any rate, Sage Lazzaro was listening and wrote an article about it; here’s the link.

And here’s my accompanying graphic, to illustrate the Facebook discussion.