“Location Based VR & Entertainment in Italy”: the video of the event

“Location Based VR & Entertainment in Italy”: the video of the event

The fourth meeting of AWE Nite Firenze, “Location Based VR & Entertainment in Italy”, was held on April 29th at 5:00 pm.
Three professionals from the LBEVR sector in Italy took part in the event:
Giovanni Fantoni Modena CCO and Co-Founder of Vitruvian VR
Marco Arena Co-Founder of BEYOND THE GATE.
Alessandro Martire CEO of THE PORTAL
Three very interesting speeches that showed how the development of the LBEVR sector can become an interesting proposal for the next future.

What happened during the event

During the event, the speakers presented their current and future projects related to the gaming, entertainment and museum sectors, showing very high standards in the production of their machinery and software prototypes applicable to the Location Based VR & Entertainment sector.

The Zoombombing – who they are and what they did

Unfortunately, the conference was interrupted several times by the Zoombombing, the jammers who found the ZOOM link on the net and managed to join the online group, accessing screen sharing.
The Zoom link was compromised and the whole meeting suffered a series of unwanted interruptions from people taking over screen sharing and showing inappropriate images.

It’s incomprehensible to understand the reason for such obstinacy in making the continuation of the event complicated. We managed to block them by winning them in speed, but it was not easy, because while we were trying to block one, it disappeared from the conference and at the same time another was sharing completely out of place images.
Only when the reporting of the names to the ZOOM control system started, the bad guys disappeared from the conference, which was able to conclude with an excellent debate.

We are very sorry for what happened, both with the speakers and the people who followed the event live.
We are equally sorry that we had to delay the publication of the video of this event.
In order to give the speakers the opportunity to show their work, we have reconstructed the entire video of the meeting, with the interventions of the three invited professionals. You can see it on the Official YouTube AWE Channel:

These were the highlights of the event:

0:00:00
– Opening presentation from AWE
0:00:06 – Welcome & Introduction by CECILIA LASCIALFARI | Co-Founder ARea6DoF| Creative Strategist Technologist | Event Coordinator AWE Nite Florence
0:02:44ANTONY VITILLO – Presentation
0:03:49ANTONY VITILLO presents MARCO ARENA | Co-Founder of BEYOND THE GATE
0:04:35 – Speech of MARCO ARENA | Co-Founder of BEYOND THE GATE
0:12:50CECILIA LASCIALFARI presents GIOVANNI FANTONI MODENA| CCO and Co-Founder of Vitruvian VR
0:13:22 – Speech GIOVANNI FANTONI MODENA| CCO and Co-Founder of Vitruvian VR
0:26:38CECILIA LASCIALFARI presents ALESSANDRO MARTIRE | CEO of THE PORTAL
0:27:23 – Speech of ALESSANDRO MARTIRE | CEO of THE PORTAL
0:41:06 – Debate ANTONY VITILLO – Question to GIOVANNI FANTONI MODENA and ALESSANDRO MARTIRE 0:41:51GIOVANNI FANTONI MODENA – Answer
0:43:12ALESSANDRO MARTIRE – Answer
0:45:06ANTONY VITILLO – Question to GIOVANNI FANTONI MODENA
0:45:29GIOVANNI FANTONI MODENA – Answer
0:47:22ANTONY VITILLO – Question to ALESSANDRO MARTIRE
0:47:59ALESSANDRO MARTIRE – Answer
0:49:26ANTONY VITILLO – Question to ALESSANDRO MARTIRE
0:49:42ALESSANDRO MARTIRE – Answer
0:50:39ANTONY VITILLO – Question to ALESSANDRO MARTIRE
0:51:22ALESSANDRO MARTIRE – Answer
0:51:40ANTONY VITILLO – Question to GIOVANNI FANTONI MODENA
0:51:59GIOVANNI FANTONI MODENA – Answer
0:53:36ANTONY VITILLO – Question to ALESSANDRO MARTIRE
0:53:40ALESSANDRO MARTIRE – Answer
0:54:33ANTONY VITILLO… The connection is lost!
0:55:02CECILIA LASCIALFARI… Greetings 1… no, not yet!
0:55:16ANTONY VITILLO – Greetings
0:55:49 – Closing and Greetings 2… by CECILIA LASCIALFARI

THE WEEKLY SPATIAL

This event was also presented internationally in the AWE newsletter, to which you can subscribe by clicking here: THE WEEKLY SPATIAL

The protagonists of the event

1) Welcome & Introduction by CECILIA LASCIALFARI | Co-Founder ARea6DoF| Creative Strategist Technologist | Event Coordinator AWE Nite Florence

The introduction focused on a 2019 Forbes article titled “Location-Based VR: the next phase of Immersive Entertainment,” in which columnist Anshel Sag says that LBEVR is an area that shows a lot of promise for the future. LBEVR is a space that hosts virtual reality experiences, allowing users to physically interact with the environment, in a way they cannot do in their own homes.

LBE is a revolution in the field of Virtual Reality and it appears to be the technological innovation that will finally launch virtual reality on the mainstream. But just as this prediction seemed to come true, the Corona Virus pandemic spread around the world, locking us all up in the house and letting virtual reality take other paths.
Of course, virtual reality has yet to find its place among the general public. And it is likely that, in the next future, there will be VR arcades, which we cannot do without.

2) GIOVANNI FANTONI MODENA| CCO and Co-Founder of Vitruvian VR
Together with Michele Ghedina, Niccolò Galiazzo and Adriano del Moro, Giovanni founded VVR Srl in 2019.

Giovanni Fantoni Modena - Vitruvian VR

During his speech, Giovanni talked about the genesis of the first Vitruvian VR simulator and the current developments of the Vitruvian VR 4xs, the first ready-to-market product of the company.”

3) MARCO ARENA | Co-Founder of BEYOND THE GATE

Marco Arena - Beyond The Gate

Beyond the Gate has created VR edutainment experiences that bring their users to the heart of culture and history. Their first experience, Beyond the Castle, brought more than 10000 users back in time to enjoy the Sforza Castle of Milan as a medieval archer. 

During his speech, Marco spoke about the risks and opportunities of Location Based Entertainment VR in museums providing lessons learned in developing an edutainment experience and running it for 18 months with tourists, schools and families.

4) ALESSANDRO MARTIRE | CEO of THE PORTAL
Talk name: “LBVR for all. How to design a VR experience that everyone can use.”

Alessandro Martire - The Portal

Alessandro explored the complications and advantages of designing VR games without buttons through the lens of The Portal. Alessandro also explained how the process of testing multiple methods takes place to give clear player feedback without tutorials, using the previous life experience of the players to make them interact, progress and having fun into the VR experience.

He showed how you can get an experience that is natural, without having to use controllers, to be used in Location Based VR. At the end he presented the challenges and discoveries made by The Portal team when designing VR games for LBVR.

5) Debate moderator ANTONY VITILLO | Co-Founder The Ghost Howls | Co-Founder New Technology Walker | Co-Organizers AWE Nite Florence

Antony Vitillo - NTW

Every AWE Nite Florence, Antony Vitillo managed the final debate, with great skill.

Next event: AWE Nite Florence presents “XR Glasses for Enterprise”

AWE Nite Florence presents XR Glasses for Enterprise

On Thursday 27 May at 5:00 pm, AWE Nite Florence will present three companies that will show how glasses that use both Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technology can be used in the industrial sector.

The speakers of the next appointment are:
– Mauro Rubin of JoinPad – https://www.joinpad.net
– Heitor Bravi of Pico – www.pico-interactive.com
– Alessio De Gaetano of VisionAR – www.eyetechlab.com

To follow the event, register on MeetUp at this link: “AWE Nite Florence presents XR Glasses for Enterprise”
Don’t waste time, sign up now!

For more information on AWE:

AWE XR GLOBAL: AWE NITE GLOBAL
Info: AWE NITE FLORENCE

Sign up in Meetup: AWE Nite Florence

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