Voices of VR’s Kent Bye Interviews Educators in VR Co-Founders

Voices of VR - Kent Bye - interviews Lorelle and Daniel.The Educators in VR co-founders, Daniel Dyboski-Bryant and Lorelle VanFossen, were interviewed last week by Kent Bye of Voices of VR Podcast, and the podcast is out now titled Educators in VR – Meetups and Virtual Conferences.

Kent took the two of us back through time to 2018 and the start of our collaborative effort to connect educators, learners, researchers, and others to immersive technologies in education. We discuss the challenges, the evolution, and the success of the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit in February, and look forward into where spatial and immersive technology is going in the future.

Kent Bye is a leader in reporting on virtual reality, augmented reality, and immersive technology with leaders from across the industry. Please support his continued work by following him on Twitter and joining his Voices of VR Patreon to help us all stay informed and have our voices heard.

ENGAGE: 2020 Educators in VR International Summit

Engage logo.The 2020 Educators in VR International Summit, February 17-22, is hosted on multiple virtual social and educational platforms. The following is a list of events hosted on one of our partner educational platforms, ENGAGE.

To access these events, visit ENGAGE and login in or install the virtual platform for PC VR (desktop/2D) or VR device and check out their Events listings, or register directly though these links.

Please note that these are first come, first serve events with a limited seating, so mark your calendar and get in there early.

Note: Some events are still pending. Stay tuned for updates.

Times are in Pacific Standard Time for Seattle/Los Angeles.

Date Time Presentation Title Speaker Track
17-Feb Mon 10:00 PM PST Education Elevated” vs Reimagining Education Alvin Wang Graylin Spotlight Event
17-Feb Mon 6:00 PM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
18-Feb Tue 6:00 PM PST Mindfulness and SEL in VR Caitlin Krause Diversity
18-Feb Tue 8:00 AM PST Content Creator Workshops David McDermott General Topics
18-Feb Tue 9:00 AM PST Presence and Mindfulness (with a Dose of Neuroscience) in VR Caitlin Krause Diversity
19-Feb Tue 7:00 AM PST Chris Long Tribute Educators in VR Community Spotlight Event
19-Feb Wed 2:00 PM PST Vision of the Future – Panel Tom Furness Special Event
19-Feb Wed 5:00 PM PST VR Research Methods for Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Panagiotis Kourtesis Diversity
19-Feb Wed 6:00 PM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
19-Feb Wed 7:00 AM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
19-Feb Wed 8:00 AM PST ENAGE Content Creator Workshop David McDermott General Topics
20-Feb Thu 11:00 AM PST CANCELLED – How Teachers Can Use Their Own VR First Person View to Educate a Large Audience Danny Bittman Special Event
20-Feb Thu 3:00 PM PST Immerse your Audience in All the Realities Steven Sato, James McCrary Special Event
20-Feb Thu 7:00 AM PST Exploring ENGAGE ENGAGE Staff General Topics
20-Feb Thu 8:00 AM PST Steve Bambury Live Steve Bambury Spotlight Event
21-Feb Fri 10:00 AM PST The Spatial Web: Fireside Chat with Gabriel Rene Gabriel Rene Spotlight Event
21-Feb Fri 6:00 PM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
21-Feb Fri 7:00 AM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
22-Feb Sat 5:00 AM PST Social VR and Libraries Ryan Schultz General Topics

Schedule subject to change without warning.

International Summit Spotlight: Charlie Fink

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We are proud to announce that Charlie Fink, author, columnist for Forbes magazine, and Adjunct Faculty member of Chapman University, will be presenting “Setting the Table for the Next Decade in XR,” discussing the future of this innovative and immersive technology, at the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit. He will be speaking in AltspaceVR on Tuesday, February 18 at 11:00 AM PST / 2:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM UK/GMT.

Charlie Fink is a long-time expert and evangelist in VR. We hope he brings his crystal ball (or the time vortex) with him as he explores what we should expect from the next ten years of immersive technology in VR, AR, and XR. He is a former Disney, AOL and AG Interactive executive who writes a popular column about XR for Forbes, and consultant to some of the leading companies in the space. As a 27 year old junior executive at Disney, Fink famously came up with the idea for The Lion King. In the 1990s, he was EVP & COO of VR pioneer Virtual World Entertainment. Variety calls him “XR’s explainer-in-chief.”

We are eager for him to share his expertise, experience, and what he sees in his crystal ball, and welcome you to join us during this ground-breaking International Summit.

To Attend the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit

The 2020 Educators in VR International Summit is February 17-22. It features over 170 speakers in 150+ events across multiple social and educational platforms including AltspaceVR, ENGAGE, rumii, Mozilla Hubs, and Somnium Space. Continue reading

International Summit: Volunteer and Donate

GoFundMe Campaign for the Educators in VR International SummitThe 2020 Educators in VR International Summit begins in less than two weeks and we’ve opened up a GoFundMe 2020 Educators in VR International Summit Campaign to help offset the costs of this free and open-to-the-public all virtual conference. We welcome your help.

The Educators in VR International Summit, February 17-22, 2020, is not just breaking new ground, it is causing an earthquake. The 6-day event features over 160 speakers from around the world presenting across over 200 hours of virtual events, with many live streamed and recorded for future airing on our Educators in VR YouTube channel. The Summit will be held across AltspaceVR, ENGAGE, rumii, Mozilla Hubs, and Somnium Space.

According to people who track these things, outside of Second Life, this is the largest virtual event ever, and the largest immersive, all-virtual conference ever. It’s amazing!

We are also trying to break the world record for the most people at a virtual event for our closing ceremonies in Somnium Space, February 22 at noon PST. We hope you will join us.

The Educators in VR International Summit is more than the 160+ speakers and panels and the diverse wealth of expertise and knowledge they are sharing freely. It is also about the dozens and dozens of volunteers giving freely of their time to help make this event a success by moderating, filming, managing the vast paperwork and schedule, and supporting us in so many ways. It takes a village, and our members come from their own international villages to help us in our virtual one.

We are asking for your help in two ways. You may choose both. We hope you will.

Volunteer: We need volunteers of all skills. Even helping to moderate for an hour or two during the 6-day event is helpful. Or an hour or two a day. Or longer. Join this historical event by filling out our Volunteer Form.

GoFundMe Educators in VR Campaign.Donate: The funds raised through out GoFundMe Campaign not only help support the International Summit, but also help us fund:

  • Educators in VR scholarships funds for training, classes, workshops, and curriculum development.
  • VR and AR equipment as part of our outreach programs around the world.
  • Ongoing free and open-to-public workshops and training programs to future-proof educators in immersive and spatial technologies.
  • Research into the effects, practices, standards, and efficacy of VR/AR in education beyond the WOW-effect.
  • Our commitment to cut carbon emissions. We are calculating the carbon footprint of our event and comparing it to that of a similar real world event. We believe there is a great future for virtual conferences and summits and are proud to be blazing a trail!

Educators in VR on the Road in Engage and heading to the moon.Educators in VR is dedicated to providing educational training, resources, connections, and experiences to educators, learners, researchers, and passionate enthusiasts to help them integrate immersive technologies into education.

Last year, Educators in VR has hosted over 100 free educational weekly workshops in AltspaceVR as well as special events in ENGAGE and other virtual social and educational platforms, reaching over 4,000 attendees. Topics included immersive classroom experiences, textbook publishing with AR, cyberbullying in VR, developing VR classes with elementary students teaching teachers how to teach with and in VR, VR lab building, and reports on research in immersive and spatial technologies for education.

Educators in VR meeting in AltspaceVR Spirit Cave.Educators in VR presented in-person and virtual workshops at AWE 2019, VRX2019 Conference in Amsterdam, the VR/AR Global Summit for the VR/AR Association, among many others last year. We’ve been featured in the AltspaceVR Community Spotlight newsletter, The Virtual Reality Podcast, and the upcoming WebXR Podcast.

Help us make our dreams come true for the thousands of attendees for the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit, and for our ongoing work in helping the education industry prepare for the future.


The Educators in VR Team