How to Build WebVR

Special Event
Theater 6:30–9:30pm
  • Regular $150
  • Media Center Members $100

WebVR has the potential to reach billions of people and help accelerate the adoption of VR for people everywhere. 

In this fascinating crash course, participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals, motivations, and technical components to building the Immersive Web. The class explains the building blocks of the Virtual Reality Web providing support for virtual-reality devices to web apps, enabling developers to create virtual-reality experiences that run on any WebGL-enabled browser. By visiting a website, you can experience interactive 360° and VR environments on mobile, desktop or VR headsets including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, or Google Cardboard.

Brian Chirls, CTO of Datavized Technologies and creator of the WebVR Starter Kit, will present an introduction to how anyone can build VR experiences using a web browser. Brian will be joined by Debra Anderson, Datavized Technologies Chief Strategy Officer. This primer workshop will feature an overview of A­-Frame, rapid prototyping VR in the browser, and other tools and resources as well as live tutorials, demonstrations and prototype applications.

PRESS from previous event: 

"WordPress for VR": Meet the team trying to democratize virtual reality (Technical.ly Brooklyn)


  • An overview of A-Frame open source projects
  • Rapid prototyping VR in the browser, and other tools and resources as well as live tutorials, demonstrations and prototype applications
  • Proprietary platform environments vs. WebVR
  • The fundamentals, motivations, and technical components to building the Immersive Web
  • How learning WebVR development can boost your career in VR/AR/MR

WebVR, a JavaScript API that uses existing web technologies to create interactive VR experiences that works with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream, and Google Cardboard. WebVR browsers include Chrome, Chromium, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Samsung Internet, Oculus Browser and Mozilla's Servo. Now's the time to start experimenting with the future of VR development.


We suggest bringing a laptop for participation in coding exercises. Software development experience is not necessary.


Brian Chirls, Chief Technology Officer

Brian Chirls Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Datavized Technologies and recognized innovator in the independent film world. He was recently 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. In 2014 he created the WebVR Starter Kit, enabling anyone with an internet browser to create VR in one line of code. 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 and his work has been presented at CPH:DOX, IDFA DocLab, SXSW and Tribeca Film Institute.

Debra Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer

Debra Anderson is Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Datavized Technologies. She is a dynamic entrepreneur, strategist and producer specialized in data-driven and researched based approaches to immersive experiences. Debra founded the innovation consultancy Culture Shock in 2007, developed pioneering real-time data visualization applications, presented groundbreaking interactive works with NFB at Sundance New Frontier and Tribeca Storyscapes.  Debra designs and instructs the WebVR at Parsons School of Art, Media, and Technology, Big Data: Consumer Research at The New School For Public Engagement, and has been a guest speaker at MIT, NYU, and ICP. She is founder and organizer of the NY Women in VR Meetup group.

About Datavized Technologies, Inc.

Datavized is a WebVR software company building next-generation 3D immersive visualization tools for Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR/VR) platforms. http://datavized.com

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