CSUB Communications Department Hosts First XR Hackathon in Bakersfield

As many as 200 college students from across the California State University system will converge in Bakersfield the weekend of Oct. 26-28 for the XR Hackathon, a 48-hour workshop in virtual reality, 360-degree video, and more on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield.

The XR Hackathon will take place in the multipurpose room of Student Housing East located on Kroll Way at CSUB.

The free XR Hackathon, sponsored by the CSU Entertainment Alliance and the CSUB Communications Department, is the first of its kind to be hosted in Bakersfield. Over the course of the weekend, students will learn in workshops taught by industry professionals, then will work in groups to create their own immersive video or animation projects. The theme is “Mechanism to the Mind” and focuses on how the body and mind interact and interface with virtual worlds.

“This is an interdisciplinary event, and it encourages teams and people from different backgrounds to work together,” said Jeremy Warner, professor of digital media at CSUB. “Participants also will work with industry professionals and have chances to get insight into different positions in the industry.”

The term “XR” stands for cross reality and includes:

  • Augmented reality superimposing computer-generated images into the view of the real

    world, such as in the game Pokemon Go,

  • Virtual reality interacting in a fully computer-generated environment,

  • Mixed reality a mix of both augmented and virtual reality,

360-degree filmmaking using special camera equipment to record video in every direction simultaneously.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, Kent Bye, creator of the Voices of VR podcast, will give a talk to participants about projects and strategies. On Saturday, Oct. 27, several industry professionals will give workshops and work individually with student groups. On Sunday, Oct. 28, participants will turn in projects by the early afternoon, and judges will examine the projects and choose winners.

In addition to Kent Bye of Voices of VR, visiting professionals include:

  • Cosmo Scharf, co-founder of VRLA, the largest VR convention in the world, and Mindshow, which allows users to create, experience, and share shows;

  • Michael Annetta, award-winning developer of VR applications theBlu (an underwater educational tour) and Nevermind (an adventure thriller game);

  • Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz, CEO of Los Angeles-based gaming and VR studio Rust LTD and developer of one of the best-selling games on Steam, Hot Dogs, Horseshoes, and Hand Grenades; and

  • Luke Noonan, co-founder of Rust LTD and Aluminum Records, a Buffalo-based record label

    For more information, visit the website at https://www.csub.edu/xrhackathon/ or call Jeremy Warner, professor of Digital Media, at 661-654-2696.

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