By @SimonCocking

When is it on?

The 3Dcamp AR/VR meetup takes place quarterly in Limerick and bi-monthly in Dublin. October’s 3Dcamp Limerick takes place on Thursday 12th at FuryVR – Ireland’s biggest VR Gaming Centre.

How many years has it been going?

3Dcamp started as an annual conference in 2008 at University of Limerick but after Facebook bought Oculus in 2014 the technology started evolving at such a pace that it was decided to hold more frequent, less formal events, or meetups.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Initially the event was pushing back somewhat against the whole Web 2.0 trend which was all the rage in 2008. Inspired by multi-user virtual worlds, such as Second Life, we were more interested in what the internet might become beyond the 2D web of pages. How would a world of immersive and spatial computing change our lives and how should we rethink interaction design for user experience? Also how would the 3D web intersect with the physical world, vis a vis 3D printing and the Internet of Things?

What exciting things can people look forward to at the October event?

Bank of Ireland has long been the generous host of the Limerick meetup at their Workbench on O’Connell Street but the October event is a one-off that will be held at FuryVR so that all participants will have the opportunity to experience the high-end of consumer VR, or what’s known as room-scale VR.

The evening will open with a presentation from Limerick man Kevin Zemrowsky who is Technical Director and co-founder of Imaginary Pictures, a London based VR/AR technical services company. Imaginary Pictures’ recent projects include the photogrammetry and object capture for a roomscale VR project inside tombs in Egypt by for SKY VR studio. Before joining Imaginary Kevin spent eight years with Onsight where projects included David Attenbourgh documentaries and 2nd unit tech support to Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’.

What opportunities are on offer for people attending?

Attendees of 3Dcamp can expect to learn important lessons from the coalface of VR production, as well as networking with professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds with a common interest in immersive computing.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

3Dcamp is an informal event with a relaxed atmosphere and lots of conversation. We encourage attendees to ask questions, to try any demos, to mingle and to have fun.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

People can register to attend, for free, on the Facebook Group for 3Dcamp Limerick

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