2014 has been an amazing year for VR. I love developing VR experiences and games, and I’m convinced that it will continue exploding in popularity over the coming months and years. We’re at an incredibly exciting point in the birth of a new form of entertainment and interaction, and we're helping define the future of a medium.
I set up VR Brighton in early 2014 to get like-minded people together to share their excitement, show off their work and to get the technology into the hands of those who don’t have it yet.
It's been eight months since our first meet up, and Festive VR Brighton on December 8th was our largest, most popular and most successful event so far. We had 70 people in total, mainly from Brighton and London, but also from Dorset, Yorkshire, and Edinburgh! Yes - people came from another country to VR Brighton!
There are lot of people I need to thank! First up is Brightwave, a very forward-thinking eLearning company based in Brighton who hosted the meetup on the top floor of their gorgeous office for the evening. In particular, my thanks goes to: Colin Welch, Hayley Maisey, Laura Ward, and Rob Keery for helping out with the organisation and the invaluable assistance on the evening.
A huge thank you to everyone who bought demos along! Thank you SO MUCH. It would be really quite boring if you didn’t come along. So in no particular order..
FIRMA by John Richard Chipps-Harding (aka @DigitalJohnUK). You really need to keep an eye out for this! Several people have mentioned it to me since the meetup. This one could be big..
Tim Fleming from Future Visual with the very shiny IATA demo (disclaimer: I worked on this!)
Mark Bennett with a very intriguing 3D tablet. Contact him for more info.
If I've forgotten anyone, my most humble apologies. Let me know and I'll add your details.
Also, a huge thankyou to everyone who attended! If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please let me know.
Massive apologies to Peter Brophy for bringing the HOTAS & Vest, but being unable to use it as my PC couldn’t connect to the internet to authenticate Elite: Dangerous. Next time!
Kerry: Thanks for all the help. You're a star.
To everyone who didn’t come along and didn’t change your RSVP to "no" despite all the reminders.. shame on you! You’re on Santa’s naughty list now.
Finally, thanks to Lloyd Digital (oh wait, that's me) for sponsoring the drinks and mince pies. And for the two strands of tinsel.
Hope to see you at the next VR Brighton meetup! Let’s make 2015 an even more exciting year for VR.
Edit: There's a video of the event here, thanks Kevin!