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CES, Windows MR, and Game Jams


January 24, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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212 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States

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This month, we’re discussing a broad set of topics at a high level this month and we want your participation!  Bring your favorite news, tips, experiences, and questions.


CES 2018 – Thong Nguyen

CES 2018 had a lot of new AR and VR headsets, news on existing ones, and a lot of beards.  Thong Nguyen was there!  He’ll share his favorites, photos and impressions.  Then, Thong will lead a guided discussion – bring your favorite news and questions.


Windows Mixed Reality Overview – Zach Wendt

Five new VR headsets were released this fall under the Windows MR banner.  They all feature 6dof inside-out tracking using cameras on the front of the headset, and 6dof controllers.  Zach will contrast the capabilities and quality with Vive, Rift, and HoloLens.  He will complain less than 5 minutes about the redefinition of Mixed Reality.  Bring your questions, and especially experiences using and/or programming these headsets.

Game Jam Tips and VR/AR Quick Starts – Martin Grider, Marc Jensen, Patrick Swinnea, Zach Wendt

We’ll share our best tips for productivity, and pitfalls to avoid during a game jam or any other short term project.  In past years, we’ve published startup guides for all major AR/VR platforms.  This year, we’ll focus on newer/rarer ones like ARKit, ARCore, Daydream and HoloLens.  Vive, Rift, GearVR and Cardboard are approaching 2 years old, and documentation is widespread.  We’ll also share more general tips for your first VR/AR project, use of source control, learning Unity and UE4.  Bring your favorite tips, and game jam experiences.


6:30 Social, setup and soda – Thanks space150!
7:00 Kickoff, Plug My Thing
7:15 CES 2018
8:00 Windows MR
8:45 Game Jam Tips
9:30 Wrap up, head 1 block SE to Red Cow



There is nearby street parking and surface lots on 2nd Ave, cheaper starting at 6pm.  Ramp C is also close.  Get the MPLS PARKING app for Android or iOS to easily add time to parking meters.


Plug My Thing!

In addition to informal verbal plugs, we’ll also show your trailer, user group, recruitment page, promo video, personal project, demo reel, etc. Grab the appropriate ticket – first come, first served.


Short and sweet. 3 minutes max!  You will be timed.
1 short URL, Zero setup (any media on reliable site like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
Your contact info is on the page or in the video.
You were a part of this project, are attending the meeting, and will introduce it.
Check in 5-10 minutes early, so we can load your page

CES, Windows MR, and Game Jams