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Jan 14, 2015
Portland Virtual Reality Meetup
eBay Community Lounge

Join us for the inaugural Portland Virtual Reality Meetup!

This is an important moment in the history of virtual reality. For decades VR has been available only to high-budget research laboratories. But that is changing quickly. True immersive VR is finally making its way into the hands-and homes-of early adopters. Come and meet fellow VR enthusiasts, experimenters, and developers, and let's help each other explore this fascinating new frontier together.

We expect to have several speakers, with plenty of time for demos, show and tell, etc.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Kent Bye - (Portland Virtual Reality Organizer) Introduction and vision for Portland Virtual Reality

If you have a project that you would like to share with the group, or a topic you would like to speak about, please contact Kent Bye.

If you have an Oculus Rift or have any other interesting VR hardware or software to share, please consider bringing it along for the demo and show and tell portion of the event.

Doors open at 6:30PM, speakers start at 7:00.

Oct 8, 2015
DesignSpeaks Presents: Peak Performance
52 Limited

DESIGNSPEAKS exists to explore design within the multidisciplinary: architecture, brand, communications, experience, film, fashion, graphic, industrial. We establish an interface within the context of real life, supporting the most compelling regional voices in design, and talk through to the heart of the practice.

PEAK PERFORMANCE Data, Design, and Driving the Future October 8, 2015 7 to 9 pm / 52 Limited Moderated by Tony Thacker

Tony Thacker is a longtime auto industry authority, author and book publisher based in Los Angeles. Most recently, Tony was Executive Director of the World of Speed, an educational motorsports-themed museum, in Wilsonville. He served as executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona and the marketing director for the famed SO-CAL Speed Shop for 10 years.

Led by the enigmatic Tony Thacker, consider this a glimpse into a not-so-distant future of driverless cars negotiating rush hour traffic and carless drivers using augmented reality.

We’ll trace the path of Salem-based Nick McMillen from passionate video gamer to professional racecar driver and learn how the virtual and augmented training environments being pioneered by Keith Maher in Hillsboro give drivers like McMillen an edge on the track.

Then we'll take on engineering feats from self-driving trucks to land speed motorcycle design with Daimler Trucks North America's former vehicle dynamics manager Matt Markstaller and contemplate the future of automotive design with Aaron Pizzuti, a former design manager at Chrysler. From Pikes Peak to peak performance, where is technology taking us and who exactly is in the driver's seat?

Doors open at 6 pm. Come early for food, drinks and virtual reality demos. Your ticket includes the presentation, dinner, hosted bar, and a limited edition poster.

With Panelists:

Keith Maher is a leading authority in automotive simulation - from programming to podiums, he provides custom simulation solutions to automotive problems. With 22 years in high technology and a motorsports obsession, he founded Maher Solutions, LLC to help people in the automotive industry achieve their goals through simulation.

Matt Markstaller is a mechanical engineer who has worked in various capacities for Daimler Trucks North America for 27 years. He designed and built numerous prototype vehicles including Pikes Peak Hill Climb trucks, test facilities, and wind tunnels. By night, he designs and builds vehicles from open road racers to Bonneville record streamliners.

Nick McMillen is a professional racing driver for Nissan. Born in Salem, he took an unconventional path to professional driving by winning the 2013 GT Academy, an international virtual-to-reality contest that allows the best Gran Turismo players to compete for the opportunity to become professional drivers. He won the Dubai 24 and Silverstone in 2014.

Aaron Pizzuti is a designer specializing in automotive, footwear and consumer product design and creative direction. Following a life long passion for both automobiles and art, he spent nine years at Chrysler as design manager and senior product designer. He's currently Creative Director at Under Armour in Portland.

Oct 15, 2015
Nike Tech Talks, October 15
Nike Decathlon Club Cafe

Nike Tech Talks - October 15

Clear your calendar! Nike Consumer Digital Tech is hosting tech talks for the PDX tech community on October 15th. We're bringing great speakers to the Nike campus and there will be time to network and enjoy snacks and drinks.

How Augmented Reality Will Change Your Life, Relationships, and the Planet

Todd Revolt / Director of Strategic Alliances, Meta / @sfrevo

Augmented Reality opens new opportunities beyond gaming and entertainment. People are only beginning to explore how practical applications of augmented reality in science, medicine, engineering, commerce and education can improve people’s lives in far reaching ways. Due to the broad impact of applications, augmented reality is projected to eclipse virtual reality and become a $120 billion industry over the next five years. This talk touches on the types of applications that will drive the proliferation of AR.

Todd Revolt is the head of Strategic Alliances at Meta. He has more than 20 years experience in the software industry. He built global channels at Zendesk, Atlassian, Lithium, and Zero G. At each, he was responsible for overseeing a variety of activities including marketing, sales, new business development, and global expansion. Todd has entertained, and educated audiences at several major conferences, and events including Wearable Technology Show, We are Wearables, MindCET Isreal, Wearable Tech Expo Japan, and Paris Descartes University.

The Virtual Reality Revolution: The Future of Immersive Technology

Kent Bye / Voices of VR Podcast / @kentbye

Virtual Reality is a completely new communications medium that has the potential to radically change everything from gaming, entertainment, education, health care, architecture, marketing, and social telepresence applications. The consumer launch of VR is just around the corner, and Kent Bye has conducted over 250 Voices of VR podcast interviews with the leading VR developers and academics. Kent will talk about the current state of virtual reality, some of the exciting applications in different fields, some of the current limitations of VR, what is on the horizon, as well as insights into the ultimate potential of virtual reality. He will also have some virtual reality gear on hand that you will be able to try.

Kent Bye is the host of the daily Voices of VR podcast and the co-founder of the Portland Virtual Reality Meetup. The Voices of VR podcast has featured over 200 of the pioneering game developers, enthusiasts and technologists driving the resurgence of virtual reality. Kent has been traveling to the top VR gatherings around world since May 2014 in order to capture a diverse range of VR perspectives and insights from the leading pioneers of VR. He’s also a VR developer creating a variety of different immersive educational experiences.

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Apr 22, 2016
Nice goggles, but is there delight in there? User experience and virtual reality
Connective DX

Moderated by Voices of VR Podcast's Kent Bye, this panel will bring together 360 degree videographers, VR technologists and experience designers to examine the state of user experience in virtual reality, the skills needed to design 360 degree experiences, the challenges of this new medium, and the joys of working inside new realities.

Start your Friday right with hand pies from Pacific Pie Co. and Portland Brewing beer, and then join the conversation with some of the area's brightest minds working in experience design and virtual reality.

The Panel

Matt Rowell—Co-Founder 360 Labs @360labs

Gavin Farrell—Co-Founder Panogs @panogs

Gabe Paez—Founder Wild @builtbywild

Teressa Chizeck—Interaction Designer, Intel

The Schedule

5-5:30 eating, networking, demos 5:45-7 panel discussion 7-7:30 questions, networking

Aug 31, 2016
The Cookie Shop presents: Beyond The Screen with Alysha Naples

Once upon a time, interaction was three-dimensional and physical— think knobs, buttons and dials. In the last decade or so, we've put touchscreens on nearly everything, digitizing interactions and relegating them to two-dimensional screen space and the purview of interaction and graphic designers.

We are about to undergo another paradigm change in computing and will need to shift expectations around design, materiality and experience. Breaking away from screen-based interactions is not going to be easy, but it will be an opportunity for designers of different disciplines to collaborate in a new and immersive space.

As a young girl, Alysha Naples wanted to be an astronaut, a dinosaur or a Solid Gold dancer. Instead, she studied graphic design, moved to San Francisco (Method, Blurb and HP Labs) and became obsessed with interaction and experience. Until recently, she was Magic Leap’s Senior Director of User Experience and Interaction, a position which felt a lot like she’s was going back to kindergarten and getting a PhD at the same time.

Join us for Beyond the Screen. August 31 at Instrument HQ. Doors open at 5:30pm, talk starts at 6:00pm.

Nov 4, 2016
Breakfast with Dr. Chris Dede: Virtual and Augmented Worlds
Multnomah Athletic Club

Join us for a special breakfast talk with guest speaker Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University, to explore How Immersion in Virtual and Augmented Worlds Helps Students in the Real World. Many people of different ages now participate in immersive virtual and augmented environments, from World of Warcraft to Pokemon Go. Mobile VR is now affordable and practical, adding full sensory immersion to this menu of possible interfaces. Their entertainment value is clear, but what are the strengths and limits of these and other immersive media for learning and assessment? What are the opportunities and challenges involved in incorporating these into teaching?


$40 purchased in advance online

Event is organized by Concordia University Portland and promoted by the NW Education Cluster.

Jan 26, 2017
TiECon Northwest & Pitch Northwest
The Sentinel Hotel

TiE Oregon, TiE Seattle, TiE Vancouver BC and TiE Rockies are coming together to host the first-ever TiECon Northwest in Portland Oregon on January 25-26th. This 1.5 day conference will bring together entrepreneurs and investors and will highlight three disruptive technology sectors – Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Healthcare, and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality.

The possibilities seem huge and there is tremendous hype, full of great buzzwords and slogans but for investors and entrepreneurs, key questions still exist regarding these technologies:

What is the value? How can such value be unlocked? Is now the right time? What are the specific approaches, applications and markets that these technologies can be utilized in? What do these sectors need in order to continue to grow? Join us at TiECon Northwest as we bring together experts in these sectors for interactive panel discussions, keynotes, and opportunities to network with entrepreneurs and investors throughout the northwest.

PITCH NORTHWEST The conference will end with a pitch competition, Pitch Northwest!

Pitch Competition Criteria Pitch Northwest is available to pre-series A companies from all industries. The company must be headquartered in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, or British Columbia. You must have a minimal viable product, must have customer validation and are looking for funding to scale.


The over-all winner will receive a check for $3,000 --- we are still fundraising so this purse is very likely to increase! The people's choice winner will receive a check for $1,000 - again, we are still fundraising so this purse is very likely to increase! THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY DECEMBER 30TH

Application details can be found at

Feb 4, 2017
UnrealPDX - Monthly Meetup

Let's get together at Lucky Lab on Hawthorne for some food, drinks & Unreal chat! This meetup will be a good opportunity to discuss the future of UnrealPDX and what we can do to grow in 2017. As usual, bring your stories and talk shop with fellow Unreal devs. If you have ideas for growing the meetup in 2017, bring those too! (Shout out to those of you who filled out our recent survey - thanks!)

If you're new to Unreal Engine 4, this is a great way to meet experienced developers and get a feel for both the tools and the community.

Hope to see you there!

Mar 9, 2017
Game On
New Relic

Game On is the Oregon Game Organization (OGO)'s annual celebration of games and new technology. This year, OGO and TAO have teamed up to bring you several presentations on Oregon games, where games are meeting enterprise, and a wide array interactive gaming stations and demos showcasing regional companies and their work.

Our evening will begin with demos, drinks & hors d’oeuvres, followed by several local companies sharing their current work and what is on the horizon for gaming. We will wrap up the evening by sharing additional hand-picked demos to educate and entertain all attendees of Game On.

The world of gaming is evolving rapidly. Games are a strong and ongoing contributor to job creation and the state’s economy, and the rapidly expanding AR & VR markets offer opportunities for us to use gaming skill sets to solve real world problems. Join business and creative leaders, policy makers and educators on the evening of March 9th to see what where we’ve been and what’s coming next.

More details on speakers and tickets are here:

Apr 15, 2017
Betacon Game Expo

The Portland Mercury proudly presents, BetaCon: Oregon's first major video game and technology expo. BetaCon's mission is to bring together gamers, technology fans, educators and innovators. Connect with developers, designers and artists, try new titles, meet studios and inventors, compete in contests and competitions and attend betaLIVE panels and conferences. Experience the future of gaming and technology at BetaCon. BetaCon takes place in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, April 15 & 16, 2017.

Apr 16, 2017
Betacon Game Expo

The Portland Mercury proudly presents, BetaCon: Oregon's first major video game and technology expo. BetaCon's mission is to bring together gamers, technology fans, educators and innovators. Connect with developers, designers and artists, try new titles, meet studios and inventors, compete in contests and competitions and attend betaLIVE panels and conferences. Experience the future of gaming and technology at BetaCon. BetaCon takes place in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, April 15 & 16, 2017.

Jun 9, 2017
New Social Entanglements: Mixed Realities Tech Summit
White Stag Block (University of Oregon)

This summit explores the social ramifications, opportunities, and trajectories of these new immersive technologies through the lens of art, research, and design. It brings together artists, technologists, designers, and social thinkers for a day of talks, demonstrations, and experiences. It is intended to break open the conversation and tease out distinctions amongst these various realities and how these intersect and mesh with the body social.


FREE but tickets are limited. Register at Brown Paper Tickets


  • 9:30-10:30a Coffee + pastries + demos
  • 10:30-11:45a session 1
    • Tawny Schlieski - Challenge + Importance of Diversity in VR
    • Stephanie Mendoza - Shapeshifter Culture
    • Donna Davis - Diversity Access Gaps and Benefits for Work
    • Jamie Sherman - VR for diversity: working with NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism
  • 11:45-1:00p lunch (independent recommend Pine St Mkt - nearby food court)
  • 1:00-2:15p session 2
    • Matt Henderson - VR social experiments and the emerging Metafesto
    • Jeremy Rotsztain - Mantissa: an historic cinema project
    • David Reuter - Site specific VR 3d worlds and headsets
    • Theo Downes-LeGuin - Exhibition design for new technologies
  • 2:30-4:00p session 3
    • Amy Hillman - Creating Shared Holographic Experiences
    • John Sherry - Intel Research on immersive experiences
    • Reese Bowes - Consilience: presence and affordance in art
    • U of O Art and Technology: advanced student projects
  • 4:00-5:30p Demos, hors d'oeuvres, and schmoozing
  • 5:30-6:30p Interactive performance - harmonic laboratory (
Jul 21, 2017
29th AEC Hackathon
through White Stag Block (University of Oregon)

AEC Hackathon Portland: Agenda and Registration (we are adding more speakers). Friday, July 21st starting at 6 pm - July 23rd at 6 pm,
White Stag Building at University of Oregon.

The Portland VR Meetup Group is hosting a follow up event on Monday, July 24th from 5:30 - 8:30 PM focused on "Disrupting the $30 Trillion AEC Industry with VR/AR"

Jul 24, 2017
Portland VR Meetup: Disrupting a 30 Trillion Dollar Industry - AR/VR for A.E.C.
New Relic

Come join us for our monthly Portland VR Meetups where we explore the growing VR/AR/MR/XR industry and local community.

This month we are exploring how AR/VR will disrupt the 30 trillion dollar a year global industries of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. More details to come soon!

We will also have food, drinks, AR/VR demos, and the best community networking in town.

This event WILL SELL OUT!


5:30pm - Doors Open / Food / Drinks / Demos / Networking

7:00pm - Event Begins!

  • Quick Community Announcements (20 seconds/ea)

More speakers to be announced soon!

Logan Smith

AEC VR 101: What’s possible, and what’s so easy you should be doing it yesterday.

It’s obvious why the building industry was one of the first to embrace virtual reality for enterprise. The experience of space, scale, light, and texture of a design are communicated better than any 2D rendering.

But VR for architects isn’t just renderings on steroids. The VR tools for verification and collaboration are changing the industry and the built environment for the better. We will take a look at some of the ways architects and contractors have already started using virtual reality, what it takes to get started, and what to watch for just around the corner.

Logan is a co-founder of Bevel, a company providing VR consulting and development for the AEC industry. He runs the Portland AEC VR meetup group. Before moving full time into virtual reality, Logan practiced as a licensed architect and CPHC.

Big thanks to our Sponsors who help make this event happen:

New Relic offers a performance management solution enabling developers to diagnose and fix application performance problems in real time. New Relic is hiring!!

PANOGS is a Portland based full-service virtual reality (VR) agency specializing in creating immersive and gigapixel hyper-resolution experiences from some of the tallest structures and most inaccessible places on earth. PANOGS will be co-presenting their aerial 360 video reel on the HTC Vive with their Aerial Partner VR Drones.

The Khronos Group was founded in 2000 to provide a structure for key industry players to cooperate in the creation of open standards that deliver on the promise of cross-platform technology. Today, Khronos is a not for profit, member-funded consortium dedicated to the creation of royalty-free open standards for graphics, parallel computing, vision processing, and dynamic media.

PERKINS COIE represents market leaders in AR and VR technology, products, services and content. We assist our clients in raising capital for new ventures, protecting intellectual property, distribution, licensing, regulatory compliance and a wide variety of other legal services. Learn more.

Are you interested in sponsoring, demoing, or volunteering? Then email [email protected] to learn more about opportunities.

If the cost of our tickets($5-20) is a prohibiting factor from your attendance, please email Joshua to ask about scholarship opportunities.

Tickets Will Sell Out:

Aug 17, 2017
Meaningful Reality: Moving Beyond the Hype

An educational panel covering development, design, application, business use, and usability of mixed reality (Augmented and Virtual Reality) technology. Walk away with valuable insight from leaders in the emerging tech space, and learn how to apply this new technology in productive and functional ways for your business. With advances in technology, such as AR and VR, Mixed Reality is quickly being “hyped” up to become the next big technological milestone. From cardboard VR headsets, to your neighbors playing PokemonGo, we’ve all been exposed to some form of Mixed Reality. While these iterations are very playful, there’s a reason we’re seeing major investment in Mixed Reality. Our panelists will provide interesting insight into the current world of Mixed Reality, when it’s a fit for your brand and when it’s not, the impact on your business and service offerings, what core use-case is best for you, how to start exploring Mixed Reality, and the potential future of this technology.

featuring DevelopmentNow, Fiction, Giant Astronaut, and PixelPool

Feb 26, 2018
Design Reality - PDX's Immersive Tech Community - Changing Lives with Immersive Technology in Healthcare

How is immersive technology changing lives within Healthcare? From treating pain in burn victims, helping paralyzed individuals gain sensations, to changing patterns in the brain, immersive technology has only just begun to show us its potential uses in the healthcare industry. Come out of an engaging evening of community networking, food, demos, and three presentation exploring the future of healthcare.

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This month we are going to continue the new format of talks beginning at 6:30, with an additional 30 minutes of networking at the end of the event. Be prepared for talks to begin at 6:30pm!


5:30pm - Doors Open / Food / Drinks / Demos / Networking
6:30pm - Event/Talks Begin!
8:00pm - Networking
8:30pm - Event Ends and After Party at Portland City Grill

Raina Tamakawa & Darren Connor - Providence Health

Can Virtual Reality improve pain for post-surgery cancer patients?

The epidemic of opioid addiction is a well-documented consequence of our approach to treating pain. As part of Providence Health & Services’ work in the research and development of alternatives to opioids, a team set out to test the effectiveness of Virtual Reality as a pain treatment for gastrointestinal malignancy​ surgery patients.

Daren is a Product Manager with Ambulatory Services at Providence Health & Services in Portland where he collaborates with clinical experts in sleep disorders, sports medicine, diabetes, physical therapy and chronic pain to develop new offerings and improve existing services.​

Raina is a clinical research supervisor at Providence Cancer Institute. She has a BS in Chemistry from Pacific University and an MS in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of British Columbia.​

Frances Ayalasomayajula - HP - Applications of Virtual Reality in Healthcare

With advances in computer technology and software sophistication, the robustness and
pervasiveness of VR solutions continues to progress. Healthcare-minded technologist are producing more impactful experiences for users and more clinically relevant applications. In this session, Fran Ayalasomayajula, HP’s Global Healthcare Lead for Population Health Information Technology and Innovations will take us on an exploration of virtual reality in healthcare, beginning with an overview of the technology by market segment, including medical education and training, patient education, surgical planning and digital therapeutics.

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Thank you to our sponsors for helping make these events possible:

New Relic provides the real-time insights that software-driven businesses need to innovate faster. We're hiring for a variety of positions in our Portland Headquarters, browse our open jobs and join us!

Perkins Coie represents market leaders in AR and VR technology, products, services and content. We assist our clients in raising capital for new ventures, protecting intellectual property, distribution, licensing, regulatory compliance and a wide variety of other legal services.

The Khronos Group was founded in 2000 to provide a structure for key industry players to cooperate in the creation of open standards that deliver on the promise of cross-platform technology. Today, Khronos is a not for profit, member-funded consortium dedicated to the creation of royalty-free open standards for graphics, parallel computing, vision processing, and dynamic media.

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Apr 2, 2018
Immersive startups: A conversation with AR/VR founders
OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

Immersive technology like augmented and virtual reality is creating a rapidly growing new industry. A report from Tech Trends’ Editor-in-chief, Alice Bonsaio cites this fast growing sector estimated to be $162B by 2020! Far beyond gaming and entertainment, there is potential for this technology to disrupt everything from healthcare and architecture to changing the way we maintain global supply chain. Join us for an engaging evening of conversation with early startup founders and those that support them, as we explore the experience of being on the ground floor of this new immersive reality.

The evening will start with a presentation from Russell Ladson, the Founder of Drop, a ViveX company. Russell will then be joined by two to three other local startup founders in the immersive tech space. We will have a candid conversation about their experiences as founders in the new field, the current state of this technology and where it is headed, along with Q&A from the audience. It will be an insightful and engaging panel.

Apr 22, 2018
Design Reality's Immersed Conference
through OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

Design Reality’s Immersed Conference is scheduled for April 22nd-23rd at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The two-day AR/VR conference will explore the current state of the Immersive Technologies and their impact on how we work, live, learn, heal, and consume. Design Reality builds on its monthly premier immersive tech event series to produce a conference offering a multitude of insights and opportunities.

See the full list of speakers, panels, and workshop:

The two-day AR/VR conference will explores the current state of the Immersive Technologies and their impact on how we work, live, learn, heal, and consume. Design Reality builds on its monthly premier immersive tech event series to produce a conference offering a multitude of insights and opportunities. Who should attend? - Business Professionals in all industries - Entrepreneurs, Investors and Influencers - Designers, Developers and Tech enthusiasts - Storytellers and creatives

Why should you attend?

Attendees will benefit from insightful takeaways delivered through educational workshops, expert speaker presentations, use cases for various verticals, and demonstrations during the expo. Attendees will have ample opportunity to::

Collaborate - meet innovators, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders 
Experience - new immersive technology, expo demonstrations
Network - with multi-industry professionals, experts and thought-leaders
Learn - new perspectives and how to apply it to your professional path. 

Topics to be explored include:: - The overall state of the AR/VR industry - Medical and Mental Health Applications for Immersive Tech - Architecture, Engineering, and Construction - Navigating Legal Matters for the AR/VR Industry - 360 Film and Post Production

Voice of VR's Kent Bye will be giving the opening Keynote on Monday Morning!

Learn more and grab tickets at:

May 17, 2018
Nike Tech Talks
Nike Decathlon Club Cafe

Join Nike Digital for the next event in our Nike Tech Talks series on Thurs., May 17 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Nike Decathlon Club Cafe.

Stephanie Hulburt, Graphics Engineer & Co-Founder of Binomial, will give a talk on Performance in VR & Emerging Tech.

Enjoy snacks and beverages as you network with fellow tech enthusiasts from Nike and beyond. Please feel free to invite friends and colleagues to attend this event.

Sep 15, 2018
OMSI Maker Faire
through OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

We'll be at OMSI for Maker Faire the weekend of September 15th and 16th to show our LED Wearables. Come to see us at our booth all weekend or check out our stage presentation Sunday, September 16th at noon.

You can get tickets here

More about our Meetup Do you want to learn and share your passion in a supportive community? Knowledge Mavens is an ethos of sharing, creativity, and inspiration.

Our Meetup provides an opportunity to "Show and Tell" followed by a feedback and Q&A. You'll have the opportunity to share with our channels such as Meetup, GitHub, YouTube, and Facebook to connect with more passionate people.

The second half of our session we'll collaborate on new topics. The winner wins an award for the most interesting topic and the opportunity to share in an upcoming session.

Jul 22, 2019
Exploring Film & Media Production in XR
New Relic

Don't miss our summer networking event! On Monday, July 22nd, come join OMPA and Design Reality in this awesome event next week! We'll be exploring how XR—an umbrella term for AR, VR, and MR—can be used to assist and improve film and media production. Guest speakers include experienced VR & VFX producer Will Maurer and immersive influencer Eugene Capon. This is a great opportunity to learn more about virtual reality and network with local professionals. This event will take place in the "Big Pink" with great food and two drink tickets for every guest. This event is free for OMPA members. For non-members, tickets will go from $20 to $25 after Tuesday, 7/15. Register here:

Sep 26, 2019
XR Foundations for Business
52 Limited (New Offices 2019)

Presented by The Wild and Torch, in partnership with 52 Limited.

Extended reality (XR), the spectrum of immersive content including AR, MR, and VR, is revolutionizing workflows and changing how business gets done. XR tools, experiences, and solutions are already transforming nearly every industry—from architecture to healthcare to entertainment. If you’re not using this technology, your competitor soon will, so it’s important to understand this new tech landscape and how it relates to your business and your bottom line.

XR Foundations for Business is for professionals who want to learn more about XR, how it’s used in a professional context both internally and externally, and how to get started using these new technologies.

Join leaders from Torch and The Wild for an interactive workshop that gives you a clear understanding of how XR may impact your work while gathering some tools to help you craft your own immersive XR strategy.

Save $20 with early bird prices!

Check out the event site for full details.

Feb 18, 2020
Free Range Developers presents: Networking for Developers, Artists, and Designers
Wacom Experience Center

*Please register on our Meetup:

We're excited to announce that Free Range Developers has hit their one year anniversary and we have over 280 members in our community. That is really inspiring stuff and We can't thank you enough with the FRD crew that has grown from 1 to 3. We'd like to take some time during this event to give a brief overview of the last year and were we plan to go in 2020. We will also have some announcements to make about up coming events! Come celebrate a year of Free Range Developers with us and network with like minded creatives!

Free Range Developers invites you to join us at the Wacom Experience Center for a night of networking, drinks and appetizers. . Our event is tailored to people who are looking to learn more about Augmented and Virtual reality though we cover many different topics and skill sets and encourage all types of people to join our conversations. Games, immersive tech, web development or graphics. whatever your calling is, we’re just as excited to learn about it as you are sharing it.

We encourage all skill levels of any background to come and chat with us!

Snacks, Drinks and Location Provided by: Wacom

Join us on discord Twitter @FreeRangeDevPDX Purchase a shirt at Or learn more at

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Apr 22, 2020
Living alone and extroverted: A struggle for sanity — but still easier than being a founder

Everyone needs hobbies. And if you follow PIE mentor Nick Lambert on Instagram, you'll see that the pandemic has been a good time for him to reboot a few of them: music, cooking, ridiculous short films… we all deal with this stuff differently.

We're happy to have Nick take moment away from his more creative efforts to join us for an "Ask Me Anything" session. Being a former startup founder, startup accelerator manager, and professional musician — and currently Customer Success Manager at local VR/AR/XR startup The Wild — you've got a wide range of topics at our disposal.

So please register to attend and start adding — and upvoting — the questions we'll be asking.


Feb 21
SW Washington XR
Brothers Cascadia Brewing Evergreen Pub


This is our first Meetup! of SW Washington XR. You want to be more connected with the happenings of AR/VR/MR, this is the place for you.

You can be a seasoned veteran or want to see what all the hoopla is about. Please join us!

We will be at the Evergreen Pub -

108 W. Evergreen Vancouver, WA 98660 6pm - 8pm

We will have Real Wear speakers out to talk about their amazing products. Along with Meta Quest 3 headsets out for demo and beer.

All people that attend will also get Udemy's course on Mixed Reality for free.

If you have been working on something, want to talk VR, or just hang out, we would love to have you!