By @SimonCocking Quick catch up with Jason Jerald about his latest event next week in LA, whose comprehensive guide to VR we reviewed here

The VR Book, Human-centered design for virtual reality, reviewed

When is it on?

July 29-30 in Los Angeles, tickets here.

How many years has it been going?

I’ve been working on VR in various forms for over 20 years. Some of that has included teaching at universites, shorter talks/courses at various events, private workshops with corporations, and most recently public introductory workshops with AT&T. The VR Book is being used for VR courses at various universities, including some of the leading universities here in the states such University of Washington, Purdue, University of Florida, and Duke University (where I am adjunct faculty).

This event in Los Angeles July 29-30 will be the first time we are offering this new unique 2 day workshop to the public.

What was the inspiration to start it?

For our first workshops that we offered to the public, we designed an introductory VR workshop with AT&T’s DevLab and put together a team of NextGen instructors where we’ve been teaching the basics in cities across the United States. However, what we’ve been hearing over and over is that there is a demand, but lack of supply, for a more advanced workshop that teaches and applies less commonly-understood concepts to attendees’ specific projects. Based on the feedback we’ve been hearing, we created a new more advanced course that focuses on the human-centered design aspects of VR.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

Due to being able to have two days to go into depth on topics we can really get into the details. This makes this event very different from conferences where speakers typically only speak for 20 minutes or so. This workshop stresses the importance of understanding tradeoffs, making interactions intuitive, and using adjustable processes to efficiently iterate towards success. The workshop aims to provide insight that goes beyond mainstream knowledge that have direct application to attendees’ unique designs.

What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

We offer readers a unique $150 discount code. In addition, groups of two get a $150/seat discount when registering.

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

Have one or more current VR project in mind that you can apply the workshop to.

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

More information is available here where there is a registration link. Not sure when it is going to sell out, but we suggest people register ASAP to guarantee a seat.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

We would love to someday do a similar workshop in the UK and/or Ireland if there is enough demand.

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