Virtual Reality

Andy McGrath DevJam News, Jam Sessions, News

April’s Jam Session (Wednesday the 5th) will be Virtual Reality 101 and Beyond.  Speakers will help attendees establish a solid understanding of virtual reality, augmented reality and their differences.  Virtual reality is more than just an advancement in technology for gamers; for more information, this evolving experience is beginning to improve the lives of anyone, from individuals with intense fears to the elderly.

This Jam Session will also provide attendees a chance to experience virtual reality and to voice any questions about the technology. Due to the hands-on nature of this event, attendance will be capped at 100 attendees!

Lightning Talk Speakers:

  • Chuck Olsen

Talk- New Realities: How VR/AR Changes Everything

Beyond the hype, virtual reality and augmented reality are changing the way we interact with the world and each other. We’ll give a brief overview of VR, AR and 360 video and then look at how these technologies are already transforming health, education, art, sports, travel and more.

  • Thong Nguyen

Talk- VR: Opening up the Human API

To many people, Virtual Reality is just another version of 3D TV or an expensive and fancy gaming rig, but those who work in the industry would beg to disagree. VR, AR are actually opening up brand new interfaces into the human mind – and leading to discoveries about how our brains truly work. But rather than just tell you about it, lets experience it – with some live-audience experiments and healthy group discussion.


  • Charlie Hunter 
Talk- Development Overview for the Microsoft Hololens
Get a closer look at the Hololens and some of its augmented reality features available to developers. Charlie Hunter from Praxik will touch on the basics and also show their AR Industrial Interface Demo, featured at the 2017 Connected Plant Conference.



Agenda for the Evening:

5:30 – 6:00 – Eat, drink and start the conversations
6:00 – 7:00 – Lightning Talks (10 – 15 minutes each)
7:00 – 7:15 – Short break
7:15 – 8:00 ish – Experince VR with hands-on demonstrations


DevJam Basement
818 W 46th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55419