A Day of Virtual Reality

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Here comes the blog post of an event named “A Day of Virtual Reality” which was organized by Mozilla Club Noida at NIET, Greater Noida on 7th November, 2016 under the “Activate Mozilla” campaign driven by WebVR India Team. The objective of the event was to learn and teach the development of virtual reality experiences using A-Frame. A-Frame is an Open Source WebVR framework developed by Mozilla VR team for creating virtual reality contents and scenes. According to Mozilla VR team, Having more developers and content creators playing with WebVR is important for the future of virtual reality to help build towards a free and open virtual reality platform not owned by any individual entity. Moreover, Having more contributors know A-Frame will give them a chance to get involved in one of the most exciting revolutions in the field of technology. So, what was me and my team (Mozilla Club Noida) waiting for ? We also took an initiative to support the organisational goal of Mozilla by diving into virtual reality that leverages the Web and teaching college students about A-Frame.

Within two days after we opened the nomination form for students to participate in this event, I got a clear idea that this event is going to be very successful and productive by just checking the overwhelming responses from participants. The next step was to plan the event properly and make strategies to get best out of the event. I also had three hangout calls with all team members for discussing all the things and two face to face meetings to track the progress of their work. Promotion team did very well in spreading the word “A Day of Virtual Reality” around the whole campus by promoting the event online and offline. Hopefully, everything was going fine as planned.

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Finally , the day arrived with so much enthusiasm and energy among coordinators and participants. Firstly, a common session took place where three trainers including me introduced WebVR and Virtual Reality. We talked about Open Source, A-Frame and Mozilla VR Community. It was an open and two way discussion. Participants were very active and took part in the discussion by raising their queries about A-Frame and virtual reality. Before I introduced A-Frame to them, no participant even heard about it and had no idea about this. This was really surprising for me.

After this common session, we had three breakout sessions facilitated by different trainers to teach A-Frame. I started my session by implementing few primitives and basic concepts. Participants started building their own scenes simultaneously. They found developing VR scenes very interesting and unique. Then I moved to some advanced concepts and explained the ECS pattern by giving real life examples. A break was given to attendees for 30 mins in which we offered snacks to all the participants to keep them energetic and mentally active (as it was a full day event). The break got over and we started a contest in which participants have to build scenes in groups and those who created creative scenes were awarded with VR devices and goodies. The event ended with taking feedback from the participants. Most of the participants said us to organize similar type of event on A-Frame in the future also. We, the team members then discussed future plans, takeaways and follow-up plans and set the final status of our event to “Successful”.

Here is a small video clip from my session : Clip

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Feedback from some participants

 

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