#15 BALLARAT XR (VR/AR/MR) Overview

This session Real World VR is coming to BALLARAT in collaboration with The Ballarat Tech School.


Real World VR, is Melbourne’s flagship XR-VR/AR/MR event and presents a series of high-quality speakers and panelists. Topics include Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Drones, 3D Printing, Simulators and more.

The event includes a speakers forum, Q&A, panel, equipment demonstrations, showcase & networking. We facilitate engage, support, educate, influence, promote, connect and inspire audiences, enthusiasts, industry, developers, producers, filmmakers, animators and the XR – VR/AR/MR community / industry – all welcome. Free Entry, includes drinks and nibbles.

– Sofia Fiusco – Director of The Ballarat Tech School
– Leah Bunny

– StaplesVR (Melbourne)
– Casey Thomas, CEO Project Lead – Dark Shadow Studios (Ballarat)
– Rhyan Cook, Founder – Oasis VR (Ballarat)
– Emily Harridge, Post Production & VR/AR – eg+ (agency, Melbourne)

StaplesVR at Real World VR Ballarat

StaplesVR is a multidisciplinary creative technology company with work spanning sectors such as advertising, entertainment, medical, education, training and beyond. StaplesVR is made up of several award-winning enterprises that specialise in using emerging technologies for capture, post and game development to create innovative solutions to problems.

Rhyan Cook Real World VR Ballarat
Rhyan Cook, Founder – Oasis VR, Ballarat (VR, 3D Printing, Education)
Rhyan has a background working in computer software and cutting-edge electronics fields. As a tech entrepreneur, he founded startups including a virtual reality gaming centre and various 3D printing businesses. Rhyan is currently working within the blockchain space on distributed cloud computing with a focus on virtual economies. With a focus on education rather than just entertainment, Rhyan looks to bring Australian schools up to speed within the realm of digital literacy.

casey thomas dark shadow studios real world vr ballarat
Casey Thomas, CEO Project Lead – Dark Shadow Studio (Drone Simulator/VR)
Casey studied design, production and business management at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment and proceeded to work in a fast upscale environment, developing virtual reality games for the public and has been in the gaming industry since 1995. Passionate about virtual reality and drones, the move to Melbourne’s fastest growing gaming scene was a natural fit. With support from the local games community the Arcade, IGDA and Creative Victoria Casey has become the CEO of her own business called Dark Shadow Studio.

emily harridge eg+ Real World VR Ballarat

Emily Harridge, Post Production & VR/AR Development Manager – eg+ (agency, Melbourne)
Emily is a Post-production and VR specialist and has over 18 years experience in broadcast design, production and animation. Emily has worked with some of the biggest brands on television including Masterchef Australia, the Voice, Neighbours, Fox Sports AFL, Australia’s Next Top Model, Zoos Victoria, Mazda, The Logie Awards, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Big Brother and The ARIA Music Awards.

Special thanks to Beth Lamont & The Ballarat Tech School.
Proudly supported by Film Victoria

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