The team from the Dragon Hall Trust set up a #techday event in June to give the opportunity to young people that wouldn’t usually have the chance, to try out new technologies such as robotics, 3D printing, VR and AR. Being in charge of the VR side of the event, I presented a prototype of my research, as well as the Irrational Exuberance Introduction using the HTC Vive VR system. By proposing those two very different VR experiences, visitors had the choice between being a builder or an explorer.
Their response was fantastic. Their enthusiasm, positive and sceptic reactions have fueled me to pursue my research with VR and architecture with renewed energy.
I would like to take this opportunity to share the post event respond from the team that gives a pretty good idea of the success of the event:
“I would like to say a huge thank you for coming to display, demonstrate and inspire the young people who attended Tech day. Your VR display was incredible, everyone came off it were amazed and enjoyed themselves. I still have flash backs from when one of the kids let go of the hand sensor. However, the great thing about your headset is that it can engage not only young people but adults and they can all have the same experience and enjoyments from it.That for us is one of the great things about tech day. It is a place where young people are able to see first hand the developments in STEM and how technology can be used.
We reached 232 attendees, with young people and adults witnessing technology they haven’t previously seen. Anyone who we have spoken to has given us great feedback.”
The last thing I would like to add to this post is that I will be ready for the next event with a more advanced VR experience to try out.