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Reframing the Familiar - Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality

Join some of Te Whanganui-a-Tara's leading pioneers for a series of lightning talks & demos to see how VR/AR tech is being utilized.


Saturday 29 May
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington, Atrium and Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1),
139 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand
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What's it all about?

Millions are being invested in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality technologies by companies such as Apple and Facebook. But what does it look like in Aotearoa? Who is using this technology and what is it being used for?

Lighting Talks will take place from 2:00  - 4:30 pm in Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1) with Demos in the Atrium from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. 

Lighting Talks by:

Patrick Savil - 8I

Tane Moleta - Senior Lecturer, Wellington School of Architecture

Matt Randell - Digital Engineering Lead, Aurecon

Ann Cronin - Principal, Organisational Learning, New Zealand Police

James Everett - Co-Founder. NZXR Ltd

- Sean Audain -  City Innovation Leader, Wellington City Council

Demos by:

- Digitial VR Architecture, DARA 

- Whakakitenga VR Flim, Wiremu Grace, Miriam Ross, Paul Wolffram

- Marae VR Experience, Te Auaha 

- Story Lines AR Experience, NZXR 

Light refreshments and catering will be served in Atrium following the speaker presentations. This event is FREE and open to all but please register your interest for catering and health & safety purposes.

This event is organised by FLINT. FLINT connects and empowers those who aspire to be the leaders of New Zealand’s digital future. We bring people together to help develop meaningful connections and for ongoing professional and personal empowerment as leaders. FLINT is a programme of TUANZ. We host events regularly to inspire young professionals who aspire to live into their potential.


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Matt Randell

Digital Engineering Lead, Aurecon

Matt is the Digital Engineering Lead at Aurecon, an international engineering, management, design, planning, and consulting company. They are one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firms, delivering project design and management across twelve different markets in 26 countries.

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Dr Ann Cronin

Principal, Organisational Learning, New Zealand Police

Dr Ann Cronin is a cognitive psychologist specialising in memory and learning with a M.Sc. in neuroscience. Her VR prototyping at the NZ Police college is innovative, experimental, and will be tested against current best practices and examines the ROI on memory, and long-term behavioral change.

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Tane Moleta

Senior Lecturer, Wellington School of Architecture

Tane Moleta is an academic at the Wellington School of Architecture and a founder of DARA. His work and research specialises in Architectural Design Research, Design Andragogy, Simulation, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Human-Computer Interface, Parametric Design and Procedural Design

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James Everett

Co-Founder, NZXR Ltd

James Everett is the co-founder of NZXR, an XR solution company specialising in AR & VR interactive technology. He has over 20 years of game development experience working for companies such as Magic Leap & Weta Workshop, Ubisoft Toronto, and Sidhe Interactive.

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Patrick Savill

Project Manager, 8I

Patrick is a project manager at 8i. 8i is a virtual reality software company focusing on volumetric video capture which includes interactive telepresence, live broadcast, and recorded entertainment and experiences. Their clients include the likes of LG, Walmart, Apple, Google, and Sony.

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Sean Audain

City Innovation Leader, Wellington City Council

Sean leads the development of Wellington’s smart city, exploring how Open Data, AI, Data Visualisation, GIS and VR can help Council understand the city, and talk better with citizens and make better decisions. Sean’s work has been recognised by a number of National and International Awards.

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