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VR-Mystery – A Virtual Reality journey from the past into the future!

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Part of OSW2021 - Public Engagement & Citizen Science Day

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Using Virtual Reality for outreach

Welcome to the VR time-travel machine!

In our session we shall explore the wonders of Virtual Reality as the emerging next-gen social communication technology.

Our participants will benefit from the wonders of the WebXR technology that allows the experience of VR to be delivered via a Web-browser on any device: PC, Mac a smartphone or tablet. Should the participant be equipped with a popular VR headset that is even better but does not limit the participation. The participants will be provided with a link to follow to embark on our VR adventure.

We shall invite our participants to start our journey in the ancient groves and forests of Connemara in the West of Ireland. Here after short briefing and tutorial we shall start a treasure-hunt game. The participants will move around the virtual world looking for specific items. The winner will be proclaimed the Queen/King of VR-Connemara.

After our journey is complete we shall travel into the future and enter into VR-Museum of Computers and Communications at Insight, DSI, NUI Galway where our guides will provide a short tour of computing inside our Virtual Museum. The session will finish with participants exploring the VR worlds in group or on their own.

Should you wish to prepare for your journey you can use this service to create your personal avatar: https://readyplayer.me/avatar. For our journey please use the Half-body type of avatar .

Important: The number of participants of this session is limited so make sure you book soon!

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Brendan Smith is a Science and Technology learning advocate, with extensive experience of delivering educational programmes in Ireland, Africa and the Middle East.

Brendan is Education and Public Engagement Officer of the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway, recognised as a world leader in web science research. Brendan is a long-time committee member of the Galway Science and Technology Forum; and co-founder of the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland. In 2015, he was appointed the first lead mentor and course content developer of the SAP-coordinated Africa Code Week that, partnered with UNESCO, Irish Aid and Google, in 2019 introduced 3.85 million young people and teachers across 37 countries to coding.

Dr. Lukasz Porwol is the E-Gov Deputy Unit Leader at the Insight, NUIG. His research focuses on leveraging digital technologies such as social media, Virtual Reality, AI and Open Data to support effective communication, in the context of e- Participation, e-Gov and Media Convergence. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from NUI Galway, an MSc in CS and an Eng degree in IT from Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. Lukasz has over 11 years’ experience in working and coordinating work in various European Commission funded research and innovation projects in the domain of e- Participation, Open Data and Cloud Computing. Currently, he is the coordinator of EC - funded CSA in the area of Social Media and Media Convergence – COMPACT. Recently Lukasz has been selected for an EC-funded VR & AI research expedition to the USA as part of the Next Generation Internet Explorers programme. He has been a board member and the secretary at Digital Government Society, California, USA. He is a registered ODI (Open Data Institute, London) trainer and official Medley (Elsevier) Advisor. Moreover, Lukasz was one of the founding members of the Computer & Communications Museum of Ireland Ltd.


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