How to Build WebVR

Special Event
Suite 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. If you are a developer looking to advance your career and gain a competitive advantage in 2017, then this class is for you.

WebVR, a new JavaScript API that uses existing web technologies to create interactive VR experiences that work across ALL devices, is being integrated into Google Chrome as we speak and is poised to take off next year. Now's the time to start experimenting with the future of VR development. 

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.

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 Rfit, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, or Google Cardboard.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • 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

Laptops Required

Programming Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

180 Minutes | Session


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, Tribeca Storyscapes, and curated arts/tech projects at Volta Art Fair NY & Switzerland.  Debra designs and instructs the Big Data: Consumer Research at The New School For Public Engagement, WebVR at Parsons School of Art, Media, and Technology and guest lectures at MIT, NYU, and ICP. She is Co-founder 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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