Exponential Technologies and Societal Impact – May 31st 2019

The University of Washington’s Evans School for Public Policy & Governance and the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) are hosting a one-day conference: Exponential Technologies & Societal Impact (xT+I 19), on May 31st at GIX in Bellevue.

The conference is being supported by Avanade, City of Bellevue, Icertis, Meylah, Microsoft, Microsoft Alumni Network, TiE Seattle and ASKXXI.

Unlocking Learning

SMARTlab and Learning – Lizbeth Goodman, Professor, University College Dublin and Founder SMARTlab

Technology and Learning – Michelle Zimmerman, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Renton Prep

Expanding Tech Learning through Music – Thomas Swanson, Organization Development, Foundry10

Technology, Art and Environment – Genevieve Trembly, Xdisciplinary design educator, GIX Mentor, MIEE and ASXXI founder

Art and AR – Manish Engineer, Seattle Art Museum

Moderator, Ben Olsen, AI and Ethics Learning Lead, Microsoft

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Intensive One Week Introduction and Hands-on Training Leading to a SMARTlab Certificate in XR Level 1 with an additional

Open session for the community on Thursday 28TH February, 7-8pm

Led by Globally Renowned XR Trainer Zi Siang See and Multimedia Expert Haireena Ooi, in residence from SMARTlab Australia (@the University of Newcastle)

25th Feb to 1st March 2019

Location: SMARTlab Skelligs c/o Cahirsiveen Library, Main Street, Cahirsiveen Times: 10am-5pm daily.

Day 1)

Lecture Demonstraton: XR for Research, Training and Community Impact

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: Introduction

Theory, history, application, use cases and demonstration

AR Basics with Layar

Day 2)

Basic XR Tools

Virtual Reality 360 workflow

Unity: Basic level design

Day 3)

Design; Applications:

AR Visual Programming (Intermediate)

Combining multiple platforms for mobile AR (Unity, Vuforia, Android-studio)

Prototyping and development

Day 4)

Design;

Applications: Virtual Reality Visual Programming (Intermediate)

Combining multiple platforms for room-scale VR (Unity, SteamVR-based device)

Prototyping and development

Day 5)

Advanced Demonstration: XR – Demo Unity of Lighting, Terrain, Custom UX with Hands VR

Participants showcasing their projects, review, discussion on future projects

Background: Upon completion of this training, the student should be able to:

1) Gain a working knowledge of fundamental AR and VR methods and techniques.

2) Be able to demonstrate knowledge of AR and VR methods by explaining certain features or aspects of the creation process.

3) Describe how the techniques would be applied to particular problems and use cases.

4) Develop competency in the visual programming of AR and VR.

5) Gain practical experience through the assignments to understand what is involved in designing and implementing a functional AR and VR system.

A Certificate of completion will be issued by SMARTlab for those who participate in the full week and produce a design concept for a prototype.

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Professor Lizbeth Goodman will be moderating the HCI track at Hopper Local / Dublin at Microsoft Ireland.

Speakers will be:

Grace Hughes, Senior Content Designer for Fjord at The Dock, Accenture’s R&D hub.

Genevieve Smith-Nunes, Lecturer in computing education & digital media at University of Roehampton.

Kathryn Parkes, Design Researcher and UX Designer currently working with Cisco.

Hopper Local / Dublin February 27, 2019 · 7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Hopper Local / Dublin is a one-day locally organized conference modeled after our Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). This immersive event brings together women technologists at all levels – along with leading companies from industry, academia, and research – to build relationships, learn, and advance their careers. Hopper Local / Dublin is the inaugural event and will launch an AnitaB.org Local Community in Ireland.

General Registration – 199.00 EUR / all-day event

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SAMRTlab’s Vinny Hyland will be on RTE 1 television at 4 o’clock Wednesday 13th of February

He will be meeting Maura and Dáithí on the RTÉ Today show Wednesday 13th Feb. Tune in around 4 pm. He will be talking wildlife and Derrynane amongst other things.

Vinny Hyland is founder eTrek Natural History in Derrynane, Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry.
which performs field research in marine coastal environments culminating in production and delivery of learning tools for outdoor environmental interpretation. In his role he physical delivers outdoor education to members of the public, children, students and teachers.
He has previously provided professional underwater Imaging creating the largest digital film archive of marine topside and underwater life in Ireland. Filming marine life above and below water.

He founded Ireland’s first online digital wildlife zine and full colour printed magazine published bi-monthly. He was the 2000 winner Best SME Website of the Year (Sunday Business Post – Irish Internet Awards), Winner Prix d’Europa Marketplace (Wild Ireland/RTE) and Winner PPA Best Consumer Specialist Magazine of the Year Award.
He previously held various positions at Microsoft.com worldwide for over a decade.

He works on augmented reality for interpreting the natural world. His Kenmare Bay Underwater project was the 1st High Definition film of Ireland’s underwater biodiversity. Concentrating on the Kenmare Bay special area of conservation it charts all marine life from Mega Fauna (whales, sharks, dolphins) to Plankton.
He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway – BSc (Geology) programme.

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This month’s IDRC seminar is shared with Engineers Without Borders: see poster below.

The event takes place in Dublin this Thursday (31/01/19) evening from 18:30-19:30, at Engineers Ireland HQ, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4. 

Tickets are free and available from the link below.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-shelter-research-developing-reliable-techniques-for-developing-countries-tickets-55336765756

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In order to share the excitement of the MIT Reality Virtually Hackathon, we created a VR meetup which happened on Monday January 21-12 pm EST.

Speakers included:

Winners of Hackathon Categories,

Alessandro Dini , Chief Marketing Officer,

Wayray Jesse McCulloch, Program Manager, Microsoft Mixed Reality,

Dario Laverde, Senior Developer Evangelist, HTC

Lizbeth Goodman, Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, UCD

RAJ TIWARI, Worldwide Co-Chair, Future Direction’s Digital Reality Committee, IEEE

Scott W. Greenwald, Research Scientist at MIT Materials Research Laboratory

Moderators:

Mark Metry, Host of World’s Top 100 Podcast 🎧 Humans 2.0

Christian Long , Business Developer, Immersive VR Education

Lance Powell , Social Life VR Styles Magazine Creator

Michael Barngrover, VR First Regional Enabler

It was streamed via Facebook here:

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