Schedule VRTO 2022

July 20-21, 2022

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Event Highlights

Join us in the interactive Exhibits Hall featuring a variety of projects and products pushing the boundaries of this rapidly expanding, complex, and nuanced industry—from multi-user virtual worlds to the latest Augmented Reality art exhibits, (and some free pinball). Be in the same space with today’s startups, and dev studios, playtesting new games before release, and meet companies looking to hire. Be at the centre of Toronto’s tech industry and its key players.

Enter our Workshops featuring instructors that include Award-winning Tisch instructor Ari Tarr and discover the secrets to using 3D web-based and Virtual Reality technologies for live theatre performance and dance, or take a deep dive into the increasingly ubiquitous Virtual Production pipeline with the Emmy-Award-winning team Pixomondo as they show you how they brought the worlds of Star Trek: Discovery, Strange New Worlds, and Halo to life. 

Learn from our esteemed Speakers including Tim Bettridge (Voice Tech Global,) Michael Rosas (Virtualware,) Shenaz Baksh (LIFT/ SIRT), Ashley Huffman (TITAN Haptics,) Dario Laverde (HTC), and Justin Cathcart (Dark Slope) to name only a few of the rare experts featured at this year’s special summit.

Featured Discussions include:

Virtual Humans & Production | AI, GPT-3, GANs, ML, Processing, Image to Text, Computer Vision, Chatbots | Marketing, Retail, & Commerce | The Spatial Web | Immersive Game & Experience Design | Live Performance & Events in Virtual & Hybrid Worlds | The Future of Work & Play | Education, Training, Metrics & Analysis | Accessibility, Neurodiversity, Design & Communications | Health, Data Capture & Visualization | Enterprise | Law, Ethics, Privacy and much more.

Exhibits hall is free with registration on the event site. For additional information on events, see individual ticket descriptions.

Note: Schedule is subject to change. Please check daily for updates.
Day 0 (July 19th, 2022) Day 1 (July 20, 2022) Day 2 (July 21, 2022)
9:30 AM
Virtual Production Workshop Presented by Pixomondo
Asad Manzoor, Mujia Liao, Zachary Dembinsky
9:40 AM
10:40 AM
Pixomondo
Workshop: Low Poly Performance Art
Ari Tarr
9:40 AM
10:40 AM
9:45 AM
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
VRTO 2022 Opening Remarks - Keram Malicki-Sanchez
Keram Malicki-Sanchez
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
VRTO
The Haptics Power Hour
Ashley Huffman, Alex Meland, Maria Karam
11:00 AM
11:40 AM
TITAN Haptics, bHaptics, TADS Inc.
11:15 AM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM
Streaming the Real World into the Metaverse
Adrian Onsen
12:00 PM
12:20 PM
Construkted Reality

12:15 PM
12:30 PM
LOW-FI: Holodeck Program Guidelines - A VR Design Manifesto
Blair Renaud
12:30 PM
1:10 PM
IRIS VR, Inc.
12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
GPT3 in Games - Lee Vermeulen
Lee Vermuelen
1:20 PM
2:00 PM
Alientrap Games
1:30 PM
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
Lunch!
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Lunch!
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
Panel - Access: Who, Where, How YOU Can Get Into The GAME
Shenaz Baksh, Kadon Douglas, Jacob Dockstator, Keram Malicki-Sanchez
3:00 PM
3:40 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
Artist Accessible XR Technologies
David Han, Tobias Williams
3:50 PM
4:15 PM
Styly
4:00 PM
Discord Onboarding & Digital Talks
Digital Guests Speakers and Onboarding
4:00 PM
4:20 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM
Thoughts on Creating Impact and Meaning with VR
Daniel
4:30 PM
4:50 PM
Virtual World Society
4:45 PM
5:00 PM
Panel: Engagement, Attention and Digital Mediation
Linda Ricci, Dr. Kristopher Alexander, Additya Vaze, Julie Smithson
5:00 PM
5:40 PM
HyperReality TV: Unscripted meets Virtual Production
Justin Cathcart
5:00 PM
5:40 PM
Dark Slope
5:15 PM
5:30 PM
5:45 PM
6:00 PM
A Dream of Open Culture in the Metaverse
Adrian Biedrzycki
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Webaverse
Super Session: Exploring Strange New Worlds with Pixomondo Virtual Production
Christopher Cox, Fausto Tejeda, Kristin Patterson, Linda Vo, Nathaniel Larouche, Phil Jones
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
Pixomondo
6:15 PM
6:30 PM
6:45 PM
7:00 PM
What is an XR Guild and Why is it Needed?
Avi Bar-Zeev
7:00 PM
7:20 PM
The XR Guild
7:15 PM
VIP Reception
7:20 PM
8:15 PM
7:30 PM
7:45 PM
8:00 PM

Day 0 (July 19th, 2022)

Day 1 (July 20, 2022)

Day 2 (July 21, 2022)

Day 0 (July 19th, 2022) Day 1 (July 20, 2022) Day 2 (July 21, 2022)
9:30 AM
Virtual Production Workshop Presented by Pixomondo
Asad Manzoor, Mujia Liao, Zachary Dembinsky
9:40 AM
10:40 AM
Pixomondo
Workshop: Low Poly Performance Art
Ari Tarr
9:40 AM
10:40 AM
9:45 AM
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
VRTO 2022 Opening Remarks - Keram Malicki-Sanchez
Keram Malicki-Sanchez
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
VRTO
The Haptics Power Hour
Ashley Huffman, Alex Meland, Maria Karam
11:00 AM
11:40 AM
TITAN Haptics, bHaptics, TADS Inc.
11:15 AM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM
Streaming the Real World into the Metaverse
Adrian Onsen
12:00 PM
12:20 PM
Construkted Reality

12:15 PM
12:30 PM
LOW-FI: Holodeck Program Guidelines - A VR Design Manifesto
Blair Renaud
12:30 PM
1:10 PM
IRIS VR, Inc.
12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
GPT3 in Games - Lee Vermeulen
Lee Vermuelen
1:20 PM
2:00 PM
Alientrap Games
1:30 PM
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
Lunch!
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
Lunch!
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
Panel - Access: Who, Where, How YOU Can Get Into The GAME
Shenaz Baksh, Kadon Douglas, Jacob Dockstator, Keram Malicki-Sanchez
3:00 PM
3:40 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
Artist Accessible XR Technologies
David Han, Tobias Williams
3:50 PM
4:15 PM
Styly
4:00 PM
Discord Onboarding & Digital Talks
Digital Guests Speakers and Onboarding
4:00 PM
4:20 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM
Thoughts on Creating Impact and Meaning with VR
Daniel
4:30 PM
4:50 PM
Virtual World Society
4:45 PM
5:00 PM
Panel: Engagement, Attention and Digital Mediation
Linda Ricci, Dr. Kristopher Alexander, Additya Vaze, Julie Smithson
5:00 PM
5:40 PM
HyperReality TV: Unscripted meets Virtual Production
Justin Cathcart
5:00 PM
5:40 PM
Dark Slope
5:15 PM
5:30 PM
5:45 PM
6:00 PM
A Dream of Open Culture in the Metaverse
Adrian Biedrzycki
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Webaverse
Super Session: Exploring Strange New Worlds with Pixomondo Virtual Production
Christopher Cox, Fausto Tejeda, Kristin Patterson, Linda Vo, Nathaniel Larouche, Phil Jones
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
Pixomondo
6:15 PM
6:30 PM
6:45 PM
7:00 PM
What is an XR Guild and Why is it Needed?
Avi Bar-Zeev
7:00 PM
7:20 PM
The XR Guild
7:15 PM
VIP Reception
7:20 PM
8:15 PM
7:30 PM
7:45 PM
8:00 PM

Day 0 (July 19th, 2022)

Day 1 (July 20, 2022)

Day 2 (July 21, 2022)

No events available!

Workshop - Day 1 - July 20

Virtual Production Workshop Presented by Pixomondo

Meet with Oscar and Emmy Award-winning VFX and Virtual Production House Pixomondo and its Virtual Production Academy to learn how VP content is made for such shows as Star Trek: Discovery, Strange New Worlds, and more.

Take a journey through one of the Unreal projects from these shows, from first mesh to final shoot. Find out how the Virtual Art Department works in hand with the DPs. Directors, other PXO departments, and the stage crew, to get a final frame in-camera.

Your instructors:
PXO’s Head of Virtual Production Content Asad Manzoor
Head of VAD/Art Director Mujia Liao
VAD Supervisor Zachary Dembinski

On the set of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Workshop - Day 2 - July 21

Low Poly Performance Art: How VR and Ancient Theater History Reveal the “Invisible Body.” 

Learn techniques to utilize the expressive potential of embodied movement in webVR. A special live performance workshop features Award-winning Performer, educator, Ari Tarr going on a deep dive for the secrets to using WebXR as the greatest expressive stage in history by updating ancient theater techniques. In partnership with Active Replica, a company creating Cross-platform 2D and 3D virtual spaces and events that allow for true-to-life communication through conversation, movement, activities and entertainment. The workshop is assisted by Tyler Graham, co instructor and virtual theater PhD student

Your instructors:
Performer, educator, Ari Tarr
Co-instructor and virtual theater PhD student Tyler Graham

Venue

OCAD University

info@virtualreality.to