The Datavized team is headed to Cambridge, MA this week to present two workshops at the MIT Reality Virtually Hackathon on Thursday, January 17th. On Workshop Day we will lead Getting Started with WebXR (1:30pm-2:30pm) and Building Immersive WebXR Data Visualization with Geometric (3:30pm-4:30pm). All Workshop participants will have first access to the free version of DatavizedGeometric, a web-based tool for building 3D/VR visualizations.

The Reality Virtually Hackathon brings together interdisciplinary minds to explore the application of virtual reality and augmented reality technologies for building new experiences. The hackathon will lead with the full day of workshops to get people ready to contribute to their team’s project. Datavized immersive works will also be presented at the MIT OpenDocLab VR Showcase on Wednesday, January 16 from 4:30pm-7:30pm.

As an MIT-affiliated startup (were in the first cohort of the MIT PlayLabs accelerator), we are excited to return to MIT to share our insights and tools, meet the hackathon participants and mentors and connect with the wider Boston/Cambridge AR/VR technology community.

We’d like to thank Cindy Bishop and Steve Max Patterson for inviting Datavized to be a part of this amazing event.

Getting Started with WebXR

Language: en Complexity: Beginner

Datavized co-founders Brian Chirls and Debra Anderson will present a workshop on WebXR and the immersive web, including an overview of the WebXR API, an introduction to building WebVR applications and practical tips for getting started. Topics covered will include an intro to open-source tools and frameworks like A-Frame, hosting, resources and use cases. Discussions on advanced uses of WebXR, design and technical considerations will be tailored during a live demo and Q&A session.

Building Immersive WebXR Data Visualization with Geometric

Language: en Complexity: Beginner

Learn how to easily build and share immersive 3D experiences in minutes without coding using Geometric, a new software tool by Datavized Technologies. In this workshop participants will use the Geometric dashboard tool and learn the fundamentals of immersive data visualization and WebXR, how to prepare and clean location data sets, import and map geospatial data to a 3D globe for a 360° view of trends and insights, and customize a 3D project for presentation on the web and in virtual reality and mixed reality headsets. Each workshop participant will be given Early Adopter access to Geometric. Product Website:

Workshop Leaders

Brian Chirls CTO Datavized, Datavized

Brian Chirls is the Chief Technology Officer at Datavized, a NYC-based company building tools and 3D experiences for the web (PlayLabs at MIT start-up). A recognized innovator in the independent film world, he was previously the Digital Technology Fellow at POV, a position funded by the Knight Foundation. He has developed innovative models for interaction, data visualization and content-authoring in virtual reality. Brian has helped to create a new genre of interactive video pieces and software libraries that demonstrate ways to combine the interactivity and connectivity of the web with the aesthetic power of cinema. His work has been presented at CPH:DOX, MIT, IDFA DocLab, SXSW and Tribeca Film Institute.

Debra Anderson CSO Datavized, Datavized

Debra Anderson is the Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Datavized Technologies, Inc., a NYC-based company specialized in building custom tools and 3D experiences for the mobile web (PlayLabs at MIT start-up). She is recognized for data-driven and researched based approaches to immersive experiences and emerging technologies. Applying her expertise in WebXR and data visualization, she designs innovative software solutions, has produced and directed groundbreaking interactive web experiences for clients (Google, Mozilla, EY, UN, and the NFB) and was selected by the Sundance Institute for the New Frontier Storytelling Lab. High profile exhibitions: the UN General Assembly, Data for Development Festival, World Bank, Fast Company Innovation Festival, MIT and Harvard WeCode. Debra is Adjunct Faculty at Parsons School of Design where she teaches Digital Development: WebXR, The New School’s first course in WebXR. Organizer of the Immersive NYC, A-Frame-NYC and WebXR NYC Meetups

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