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April 30: Delivering Experiences Beyond the Screen with Virtual Reality

The phrase virtual reality has taken a beating over the past 2 decades as it wasn’t within reach based on previous technologies, costs and implementation. At this point, VR often brings to mind some 90’s post-apocalyptic image, people living outside of society wanting to escape life, or gamers or Star Trek HoloDeck. But the future may actually be upon us as over half the US adult population now has a smartphone powerful enough to connect and create virtual experiences. Will we finally be able to close the door on vaporware and broken virtual promises? Join Frederic and Georgia has they explore and provide a overview of the VR landscape, how its evolving and exciting new possibilities just around the corner.

What You’ll Learn

  • A brief history of new media screen technology
  • Origins of Virtual Reality
  • What it’s like to experience VR in its simplest form
  • Use VR with sensory inputs & outputs for health to business
  • Experience VR at home (easily and cheaply) using your smartphone
  • What the future holds (Google Cardboard, OculusRift, Microsoft Hololens)

Fredric-Freeman_140x140Fredric “Fresh” Freeman is an Interactive Art Director & Designer and has been on a journey fueled by creativity and innovation, initially sparked by a Packard Bell 486DX 33mhz, a Das EFX CD and floppy disk copy of Doom. Along the way, he has reshaped the image of the largest banks in America, helped transition one of the nation’s most recognizable brands into the world of mobile, toured the nation as a DJ and became a professor of Interactive Design and Animation. His award winning tours of duty include stints at Razorfish, Tierney, Bristol Myers Squibb, Philadelphia University, Ultra Records, and Lombardi’s Original Brick Oven Pizza in Philadelphia.

Georgia-Spangenberg_140x140Georgia “Slice” Spangenberg is a Design Researcher with Intuitive Company putting herself inside the minds of users and designing interactive experiences for them; her credentials, limitless. As graduate of Temple University with a degree in Psychology specializing Human Factors, she found the perfect job that enabled her to use her skills of analytical thinking, empathy, and design. Her work has ranged from brand campaign digital experiences, to new product launch strategies, to designing large-scale web platforms. She’s presented at UPA, participated in designing a dashboard for Planet Earth care of the United Nations, and co-authored an encyclopedia article. Besides that – stories, heart man, cats, nature, polaroid cameras, drift wood, architecture.

Register: https://panma.eventbrite.com
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm. Program runs 6 – 7:30pm. Networking until 8pm
Location: Wharton School of the Univ. of PA, Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Room: G55


Call for Presenters: May 28 Show and Tell Event

Last year PANMA started a new tradition that was so successful, so much fun and got so many “Must Do Again” survey responses that we said Yes for 2015! Join us on May 28, 2015 to get inspired, motivated and learn something NEW from your creative and technical community. Interested in showing your stuff and sharing with the world? Just fill out this form and submit your topic to our panel review by May 1st. Each speaker will have 6 minutes to tell us about themselves, present their topic and answer 5 questions. To give you an idea of what we are looking for (and everything in between) here is last year’s lineup:

• Content Production: A Cool Website for Document Delivery

• Data Visualization and Dashboards: Telling Stories with Data

• A Blueprint for Modern Publishing

• The Social Media Mad Hatter

• Designing for Loyalty

• The Business of Branding

• Job vs. Entrepreneur

• Google Glass: Living as A Cyborg

• Concept for Content: A Work in Progress

• Defining Your Process

So save the date… it’s going to be a blast!
…and if you’d like to submit a presentation proposal: Just fill out this form!