Industry Finally Has a Place to Learn About Augmented and Virtual Reality in PRIVATE
Until recently, the non-profit and non-proprietary Immersive Technology Alliance was limited to corporations or academic institutions. At the 2015 SVVR conference, the ITA has announced the immediate availability of individual memberships for all professionals without corporate requirements. First year membership is only $149.99 and includes the new Immersed Access service. Qualified content-making companies can join for free for the first year.
Immersed Access is an NDA-backed online community for the purposes of making it both safe and easy for the industry to share, collaborate, and learn. This private site includes educational sessions, locked-down discussion forums, and community-submitted blogs and articles. The service is non-partisan, all platforms and professionals are welcome, and contributions benefit the industry at large.
“The industry rarely collaborates online because they don’t want content to be shared with the press, or the materials aren’t yet ready to be publicly available, or they don’t want to be embarrassed as they go through the experimental and learning stages like everyone else. Open to all, Immersed Access is where future industry leaders and the most tenured are able to safely interact as a community. Who’s in the community? That’s part of what’s confidential,” explained Neil Schneider, Executive Director of The Immersive Technology Alliance.
“We are excited to finally have a place to drive collaboration and knowledge sharing”,
said Denise Quesnel, Co-Founder of the Canadian 3D & Advanced Imaging Society, and Co-Chair of SIGGRAPH’s 2015 VR Village. “We are encouraging everyone from individual content creators to companies to use the ITA and Immersed Access as an international resource.”
To help bolster The ITA and Immersed Access, the Canadian 3D & Advanced Imaging Society is dissolving and joining forces with The Immersive Technology Alliance. Featuring over 600 member companies and professionals, the Society is encouraging its membership to join The ITA in its place to fulfill its mandate, and their leadership team will continue active roles in the now larger alliance. Key interests for the original Society membership includes 360-degree VR experiences and stereoscopic 3D cinema.
Other relationships have been struck with SIGGRAPH 2015, SVVR, and more to be revealed soon to help drive awareness for The ITA and to start building a constructive community for all professionals in the space.
The Immersive Technology Alliance is also getting ready to launch their next industry-building Immersed conference on October 4-6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada, and the new Immersed Europe conference in Murcia, Spain on September 3-4, 2015.