Get Hands-on with Virtual Reality!

Track
Media & Technology
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
221 America's Center
Description
Join us for insights from early adopters of virtual reality in museums and those who make it happen. This session uses case studies to demystify the world of VR, looking at budget-friendly, low-tech VR projects and providing a simple demonstration of how VR content is created from a world-leading creative developer. Participants will gain hands-on experience with the technology and will discuss its uses in programming, visitor engagement, and beyond-the-walls engagement.
Learner Outcome
  1. Gain an overview of current technology and its relevance to museums.
  2. Gain practical tools and tips for implementing a VR project in your museum, including who to partner with and the operational considerations.
  3. Understand the power of VR to increase visitor engagement within the museum and beyond.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Barry Joseph
Role: 
Presenter
Organization: 
American Museum of Natural History
Bio
Barry Joseph works at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2000, he has developed innovative programs in youth-produced video games, mobile and augmented learning, virtual worlds, digital fabrication and alternative assessments models - seeking to combine youth development practices with high profile digital media projects. He is helping to guide youth learning programs to leverage digital tools to advance informal science learning.
Presenter: 
John Durrant
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Creative Director
Presenter: 
Lizzy Moriarty
Role: 
Moderator
Bio
Lizzy has worked in museums for over 15 years most recently at the British Museum where she was responsible for the Museum's international consultancy and training projects. Previously she led the International Exhibitions team at the Natural History Museum building partnerships with organisations involved in science communication. As an independent museum consultant she is engaged in museum strategic development and virtual reality projects.
Presenter: 
Marco Castro
Role: 
Presenter
Organization: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bio
Marco Castro Cosio is manager of the MediaLab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has a background in art and technology, coming out of ITP at NYU. He was working as a curator and artist before coming to The Met and also worked at the Queens Museum as a teaching artist and as visitor experience manager at the museum.