GOING VIRTUAL: WHERE DO WE START?

#ZeroEvent participants gather virtually inside VirBella

Experiencing something together

Outline:

  1. Virtual events are real. If you haven’t experienced one, don’t think that it’s impossible. BUT! I would not recommend just trying to replicate what we know as physical conferences and exhibitions in the virtual space. A new medium requires a new approach, a new set of rules, and new social interactions. For example, it is currently impossible to gather 1000 people in one virtual room — and the question here is, do we really want to? Or need to? You can not interact with 1000 people at the same time, even in real life. You can communicate with a GROUP. VR events today are best suited to host GROUPS, from 5–10 people on some platforms to 30–50 on average, and up to 300 max, but I haven’t been part of such testing yet and don’t know how it feels.
  2. You don’t need to think that the audience of your virtual events should be limited to those who have VR headsets — or to those who can virtually attend one space. For the majority of VR platforms, it is possible to livestream to any regular flat platform — YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, or to your website. How many people do you usually have in the conference room? Your camera is still pointed at the stage where you have a keynote speaker with a presentation or a panel discussion. The same can be 100% replicated in VR: virtual stage, virtual speakers interacting in real life as avatars, and a livestream. Multiple platforms allow you to do that.
The first business event in social VR I attended back on 2018
Inside Framevr.io
Livestreaming myself to myself on Zoom inside Moot)))
Moot in VR
JoVRnalism meetup in Mozilla Hubs
RecRoom promo video
Upload VR one on one virtual interview
UploadVR virtual show — The VR Download

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Media. Technologist. Passionate about the ways humanity communicates. Exploring immersive storytelling. Founder @LessMedia_Group. Previously @Spherica VR Studio

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Alina Mikhaleva

Alina Mikhaleva

Media. Technologist. Passionate about the ways humanity communicates. Exploring immersive storytelling. Founder @LessMedia_Group. Previously @Spherica VR Studio

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