Co-Producer, AWE2018 XR For Good Forum, Virtual World Society
Linda J. helped create and define the commercial VR industry ecosystem, and has 30 years of continuous experience in VR hardware and software development, marketing, corporate strategy, content production, communications, intellectual property protection, and partner acquisition. These days Linda J enjoys producing AR apps for businesses, leading an enterprise XR dev team, and collaborating with innovators to address global health and wellness challenges, especially those related to brain fitness and eldercare. Claims to fame: co-founding editor of Wired; world’s first VR Evangelist (for Silicon Graphics); one of the first live mo-cap performance artists; co-founder of the SF Bay Area’s first VR user group; and author of books Garage Virtual Reality and CyberArts and hundreds of trade magazine articles. Linda is the 2016 recipient of the Virtual Worlds Society “Nextant” medallion for her contributions to the field.
Insights and inspiration for volunteer community organizing from leaders of the successful VR/AR meetups — the ultimate expression of “Think Global, Act Local” real-world social impact! What happens when you bring the public, the companies, and the VR/AR tech together? How do you set standards for content and activities? What kind of challenges do you face? How can these communities be a force for good? How can others support these efforts? How do you finance a thriving meetup entity? Tips and success stories for anyone who participates in or organizes XR user groups and meetups.
VR Pioneers Linda Jacobson and Brenda Laurel sit down to talk about things they have learned and observed in XR. They will frame the chat around three themes: movement and flow, bodies and avatars, and relationship with nature, including human nature.