Friday, April 22- Virtual Reality - Real Or Still Virtual? - Asian Heritage Awards

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Free and open to the public

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
5998 Alcala Park, campus of University of San Diego
required, seating is limited

Virtual reality is the newest – and hottest -- medium to take the world by storm.
Find out what it’s all about by those who practice it – and live it.
Will it replace other forms of communication, like Google supplanted newspapers?
What is the historical perspective compared to the printing press, movies, radio and television?

Learn how it’s becoming THE medium for narrative storytelling and historical capture
For health…
For tackling post-traumatic stress and other disorders...
educational instruction…
…And more

It's not just watching an event; it's being part of it.
Opportunities will be available to experience VR Firsthand.

This is for newbies and for those already practicing.  Who knows? You may find your next partner – or place of employment --  here.
Who else should be interested
: Educators, health professionals, journalists, media and communication professionals, historians, writers, students, academicians, government officials, non-profits

Virtual Reality in Entertainment and Storytelling
From Witnessing an Event To Being Part of It
VR in Medicine
How VR Is Tackling Post-Traumatic Stress and Other Emotional Disorders
Education: The New Frontier
Where Is It All Heading?



Barry Sandrew, founder of Legend3D, is a legend of his own , long recognized as an entrepreneur, digital imaging expert and visual effects pioneer.

Nonny de la PeÑa (Invited),”Godmother of Virtual Reality,” is known for pushing technological boundaries for narrative endeavors, including exploring 3D environments for fiction, news, and documentary.

Arno Hartholt,  a computer scientist with the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, is the project leader of the Integrated Virtual Humans group.


Casey Sapp, CEO and founder of VRTUL Inc., a San Diego-based startup that develops 360-degree VR content, is a longtime entrepreneur whose business interest was captivated by the possibilities and ultimate potential of virtual reality.

Matt DeJohn, vice president of VRTUL, has more than ten years of experience as visual effects supervisor and producer in feature films and post-production, where he focused mostly on stereoscopic 3D and virtual reality.

Brian Levine founded and co-organizes the San Diego Virtual Reality (SDVR) Meetup, a group of local VR professionals and enthusiasts, whose mission is to connect and educate people in the community about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.


Barbara Bry is a serial entrepreneur whose passion is leveling the playing field for women and girls in business, health care and politics. Part of the founding team of Provide, she is currently chief operating officer of Blackbird Ventures, which invests in early stage technologies.

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts' district includes some of the largest research, pharma and high tech companies in Southern California. His district bridges the coast to the inland corridor and includes the headquarters of QUALCOMM Inc.

Dean Nelson, founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University, who also writes for the New York Times and contributes to the Boston Globe, USA Today, San Diego Magazine and several other publications and websites.


Bennett Peji is a Senior Director at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, a strategic marketing and communications director, brand consultant, designer and frequent international speaker on community-centered design.


Rosalynn Carmen and Len Novarro, Founders of the Asian Heritage Society

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