For those of you who are just now getting familiar with Virtual Reality, VR has the potential to change the world unlike any technology before it. Mankind’s challenges have never been greater than today, and virtual reality’s unique ability to immerse people into an experience is unmatched. Virtual reality can connect us and create empathy by opening our eyes to someone else's perspective.
The technology (headsets, controllers, software, sensors, etc.) has advanced to a level where we can now experience VR functions straight out of science-fiction movies and literature, such as in competitive gaming and high-end entertainment.
But, what are other applications of VR beyond what we have historically seen in sci-fi? VR hardware is now widely accessible to the public with products like HTC's Vive (my favorite of course!), so what about innovative uses of VR for people who aren’t serious gamers or cinephiles? What new applications for VR are out there that we never thought of before? It was one thing to conceptually theorize about Matrix-esque realities in the past in things like Star Trek, Ready Player One, Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, William Gibon’s Virtual Light, and the Otherland series by Tad Williams, but now we can actually put on a headset and step into a real-life holodeck in our living rooms (or at least a very convincing visual representation of one).
Learn five ways that people are applying VR in new, accessible, and innovative ways.
Keisha Howard speaks about her unique experience and perspectives as a tech entrepreneur who has worked in several industries (real estate, gaming, & technology advocacy.) Keisha has discussed her successes, losses, and the obstacles she's overcome in countless panels, workshops, podcasts and speaking engagements, and also interviews other impactful individuals to help share their stories. Her goal is to motivate people to alter their perspective in a way that turns challenges into opportunities, and ultimately, turns dreams into realities. Keisha's passion project is a class she created for kids called "Intro to Futurism" which teaches tech literacy and applications of coding and programming for CPS. If you are interested in hiring Keisha to speak at your event or hosting a workshop, please fill out the contact form below.
As we imagine what life will be like in the future, often times, our media and entertainment emphasize a world of "Cyberpunk" an idea and aesthetic that focuses on advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics but simultaneously is often dystopic and depicts a breakdown of society.
Recently the idea of SolarPunk has been gaining steam (though still a relatively unknown concept). Solarpunk is similar to cyberpunk with a focus on technology, however, Solarpunk offers a version of the future where communities are powered by renewable energy and most people live in a free and egalitarian world. Both ideas of the future focus on mankind and it's use of tech, but rarely in our media do we see our future from a more positive, sustainable perspective (even though the technology for it already exist).
I'd like to consider the idea of what a solarpunk future looks like and consider some avenues on how we get there as a society.
Below are some of the images that inspired my motivations behind "Imagining a SolarPunk Future"
Keisha Howard founded Sugar Gamers on the idea that as technology rapidly advances, connecting people in real life has become more important than ever. Strong collaborations, strategic relationships, and over all community building are essential to ensure more opportunities and diversity in the geek culture and gaming industries. Below are some examples of events that are not only fun, but socially impactful and educational. Keisha has hosted, coordinated and consulted on many of these types of events over the last 8 years and is excited to do. Her company has partnered with companies such as Microsoft, Scientific Games, SteelSeries, HBO/AT&T more.
For more info on partnerships for events or content creation, fill out the contact form below.