Breakfast Fight Club: Eggs. Bacon. VR.

Breakfast-Fight-ClubMembers of ARVR Women and Allies recently held their first Breakfast Fight Club at Au Coquelet cafe in Downtown Berkeley.

The informal morning gathering is inspired by an ambassador group I was a part of at the Berkeley Chamber. A few of us would linger after our monthly breakfast meeting, drink more coffee and have the kind of water-cooler conversations that sparked ideas and connections, but that can be hard to come by for people who work independently, from home or don’t have evenings free for networking events.

Naming ourselves after David Fincher’s 1999 film captured the group’s back to basics, no-frills shop talk and the camaraderie between people with unconventional work. Our first rule? Don’t chew with your mouth open.  

Working in immersive tech, where attending the multitude of industry conferences and festivals can cost thousands of dollars, I’m more likely to see my colleagues as 3D avatars in an alternate reality than be with them in real life. Breakfast Fight Club for ARVR Women and Allies is an unplugged cafe meetup where we drink coffee (or tea), grab a bite and share the latest from the virtual trenches. Demos welcome but not required.

Matilda-logoJoin us for our next BFC Thursday April 26th, 8:30am – 10am at Red Door Coffee, 111 Minna in San Francisco.

We’re welcoming visiting group member, Melanie Wagner, Founder of Matilda, an immersive hotel experience company in New York City

During our inaugural breakfast,  a gathering of VR producers, gamers, animators, makers, instructors and engineers, shared tips about the tools we use, VC funding, content, upcoming conferences and more, check out the links below!





WXR Venture Fund 2nd WXR Pitch Showcase Founder Application – Apply by April 15th. If selected for our second cohort, you’ll have the opportunity to present to top industry investors, entrepreneurs and industry executives. You will also be enrolled in the WXR Mentorship Program and paired with a curated Mentor match. The 2nd WXR Pitch Showcase will be held at AWE, the world’s largest AR conference, on June 1st, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA.

Venture Catalysts: The 36 Women Secretly Breaking Up Silicon Valley’s Old Boys’ Club – Forbes

“Called All Raise, the group, now with 36 women, granted Forbes exclusive access as they try to rewrite their industry’s playbook. The stated mission is to double the percentage of women in VC partner roles over the next ten years and increase total VC funding to female founders from 15% to 25% in five years. All Raise was already the invisible hand behind two of tech’s biggest diversity efforts in recent months: the mentoring series Female Founder Office Hours and a 700-startup pledge for diversity called Founders for Change, featuring tech billionaires like Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston.”


F8 May 1st -2nd Two days of learning and discovery as Facebook showcases new tools and the amazing work of the developers who are using them. Attend sessions tailored to your interests, interact with Facebook products and experts, and enjoy more networking opportunities than ever before. Whether you’re with us in San Jose or tuning in from around the world, there’s an F8 experience for everyone.

VRLA May 4th-5th Experience the next generation of immersive and transformative technology at VRLA 2018! The VRLA Expo hosts a thriving community of developers, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and more, all excited and curious about this modern renaissance of virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive technology. This year’s theme, ‘A New Reality,’ represents an expansion of the expo’s scope beyond VR and AR to explore new ways emergent technology improves our lives both in and out of the headset.

PANEL PICK: Imagining Future Worlds: World Building moderated by MA Greenstein 

AWE (Augmented World Expo)  May 30-June 1, “The AWE USA 2018 stage will showcase speakers, startups and organizations who are already using AR & VR to drive economic growth, encourage empathy and collaboration, democratize healthcare and education, and change the world.”

PANEL PICK: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain’s Role in XR with Nicole Lazzaro


Follow the White Rabbit Nicole Lazzaro’s mind-bending VR Adventure Game about a magician who’s magic one day suddenly works and the white rabbit disappears.

Nicole has a pre-release of the Vive Focus HMD and brought it to breakfast so we could hop into a Parisian apartment, find clues and solve puzzles that reveal secret transformations.

NeuroExplorer VR Fifer Garbesi’s Oculus launchpad-winning experience takes us through the the evolution of the human brain from brainstem to neocortex. Along the way, explore the potentials of brain computer interfaces by virtually stimulating neurons.

Good thing these two producers sat next to each other at breakfast as each one had access to a headset the other was looking for – Nicole helped Fifer with a Google Daydream headset, and Fifer helped Nicole get a Microsoft Hololens

UTurn  What happens when a young female coder joins a male-dominated floundering startup that’s deep in an identity crisis? With a comedic twist, UTURN is an immersive live-action VR series where you get to experience both sides of the gender divide. Now available for Gear VR

Although Producer Nathalie Mathe couldn’t join us, Catie Lee of SF Bay Area Womxn in Games was with us, she consulted on UTurn’s UI. We talked about the award-winning piece as an example of a pioneering, sophisticated narrative structure that takes advantage of viewer agency and character embodiment to reveal blind-spots and multiple perspectives on the gender divide. 


Crypto/Social Media

Minds “is an open source and decentralized platform for Internet freedom. Get paid in crypto for your contributions to the community. Earn tokens by selling exclusive digital content with custom rewards to your supporters. The Wire peer-to-peer payment system is fully autonomous on the blockchain.”

Production Tools

Vuforia  “Vuforia enables Unity developers to create engaging AR experiences and reach the broadest possible audience. Deploy your AR project across a wide selection of handheld and headworn devices for iOS, Android and UWP and unlock new categories of apps by overlaying digital content on physical 3d objects.”

  1. Install Vuforia with the Unity Editor.
  2. Create a new project and activate Vuforia.
  3. Import the Vuforia Core Samples.
  4. Customize them with your own content.

InstaVR  “No Coding, Web Browser-based, Interactive Authoring Tool allows you to make interactive 360 image/video-based VR experiences very quickly. Single-Click Publishing enables you to publish created VR experience to all VR platforms such as Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, Google Cardboard (iOS, Android) and Web as a Native White Label app.

Built-in Heatmap display enables you to analyze and report audience behavior intuitively. Co-Viewing Technology enables you to Control Multiple VR Devices Remotely to sync / navigate / observe multiple VR devices.”

Quill “is the VR illustration and animation tool built to empower artists and creators, whether to create final art or as a production tool for concept creation aid. It is designed to be intuitive to artists. It’s expressive, efficient and comfortable to use over a long period of time. Quill allows users to paint and animate in virtual reality on an infinitely scalable canvas – with rich colors and intuitive tools. Quill is designed to be expressive, precise and to let the artist’s “hand” come through clearly – whether that’s a watercolor style, pencil style, oil painting style or other. Non-creators can download Quill to experience amazing illustrations in our pre-loaded showcase and have an experience completely unlike viewing a painting on a wall in a traditional gallery.”

Adobe Character Animator – for 2D characters – “tracks your facial expressions — from raised eyebrows to moving lips — in real time and records your motion and voice using your webcam and microphone. So when you look surprised, happy, or angry, your character does, too.”


ARVR Women and Allies is a group for women in the immersive tech industry that supports community connection, education and professional growth.

We recently launched a Restorative Justice Initiative with the Restorative Justice Center at UC Berkeley. Click here for more details and to find out about our upcoming training.

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#Berkeley: Restaurant Week at Donato & Co.


Join us for our 3-part series, sponsored by Visit Berkeley, featuring chefs from Donato & Co, Akemi, and Pompette, who share what’s on their menu for Berkeley Restaurant Week, and what inspires them in the kitchen.

Now in its 6th year, Berkeley Restaurant Week, is one of our favorite New Year’s traditions. From January 18th through the 28th participating restaurants across Berkeley will be offering special value lunch and dinner menus highlighting the best of the season. Go ahead. Fill your Instagram with food pics from #BRW18!

For the list of participating restaurants, menus, and to make reservations go to

First up, Chef Gianluca Guglielmi from Donato & Co in the Elmwood.

3-Course Pre-fixe
Lunch $20 (only available during lunch)
Dinner $35

Sautéed wild prawns, garbanzo bean fritters served on sesame bun,
sour carrot sauce

Carnaroli risotto, organic beets & creamy “caprino’ cheese, fried basil

Dark chocolate “cremoso”, hazelnut crunch, mandarin sorbet



Berkeley New Years Eve Parties

Berkeley New Year’s Eve Parties

Berkeley New Years Eve Parties
Photo: Siciliana Trevino

Quirkeley knows one of the best ways to ring in the New Year is close to home. Whether you’re with a tribe or flying solo, here’s your last-minute guide to local parties and a daytime balloon drop for the kid in you.

Cheers to turning the page. Peace out 2017. Do better 2018.

All event descriptions are from the event’s website. Links to NYE dinners and bars are also listed below.

New Year's Eve Berkeley Triple RockTriple Rock Brewery 1920 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Tickets $40

Get your groove on for a 90s New Year’s Prom at Triple Rock! We’re turning our Richter Room into a swanky school gym to say goodbye to 2017 with all the nostalgic throwback goodness you could hope for.

Your ticket is unlimited and all-inclusive, including:

• Hosted bar + free appetizers until midnight
• Dance floor + retro music
• Midnight champagne toast
• Not having to deal with the Bay Bridge

Dress up or dress down, this prom is for everyone. Save $10 off the door price by pre-purchasing your ticket online at

Must be 21+ to attend. IDs will be checked at the door.

Jupiter New Year's Eve with Suenos

Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

No Cover

New Year’s Eve with Sueños

Hip-Hop drum grooves, gospel harmonies, acoustic bass lines, bebop-tinged horns, and electronics define their sound, performing original music as well as covering music by artists like Roy Hargrove, Christian Scott, Kanye West, and J Dilla.  Party favors and champagne toast at midnight!


Spats 1974 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

No Cover

This is a “FREE” event for the community, surrounding city’s and everyone else who wants to join in on all the fun without spending all your funds.

6pm Live Music by AMPM featuring Kalin Joshua Freeman Neo-Soul, Funk, RnB.

9pm-1am Karaoke hosted by Alphonso Brown aka Dj Zo

10pm-2am Dj’s on deck @Dj O’Aces & DJ Guru G of the Mixologist

Berkeley New Year's Eve 2018

La Peña 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Tickets: $10 – $50

New Year’s Eve Party with Orquesta La Moderna Tradición & DJ José Ruíz

Enjoy New Year’s Eve with the timeless Afro-Cuban rhythms of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición! Orquesta La Moderna Tradición is rooted in traditional Cuban dance music of the 19th century (danzon), while also performing passionate boleros, surging salsa, and fierce timba grooves of recent decades.

Advance Tickets:
$35 – Standing Room Ticket “Advance Ticket” available between Dec. 26 – Dec. 31
$50 – Seated Ticket (seated with complimentary coat check) Limited tickets available.

At the Door:
$40 – Standing Room Ticket at the door
$10 – Late night entry fee at the door after midnight

*Please note there is extremely limited seating to make room for the dance floor. If you would like a guaranteed seat, Seated Tickets are available for purchase in advance.*


Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Avenue

Annual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash: Édessa, Drómeno & more!

Tickets $25

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

For many years one of the Bay Area’s premier Balkan dance bands, Édessa is comprised of musicians who have devoted decades to the study and performance of the rich cultural expressions of the southern Balkans.

Seattle’s exuberant band Drómeno plays dance music from all over the Balkans, including the driving brass band music from the border of Greece and the former Yugoslavia, the mournful clarinet tunes from Ipiros and Albania, the energetic dance tunes from Greek and Bulgarian Thrace.

Berkeley New Years Eve Lawrence Hall of Science

Lawrence Hall of Science 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley

A ticketed event, but free with paid admission for guests.

The Annual New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop – A kid-friendly New Year’s celebration.

Advanced registration is highly recommended for this popular event.

Timed drops at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

Members are free. Registration required. There may be a limited number of tickets still available on the day of the event, though not guaranteed. Please register for only one timed drop.

Register Now

New Year’s Eve dinners


Facebook Spaces, virtual selfie in virtual reality

Virtual Zone: Exploring Facebook Spaces

Facebook Spaces, virtual selfie in virtual reality
Virtual selfie within a virtual selfie.

Lately I’ve been spending more time in the virtual world that is Facebook Spaces.

Spaces is the social network’s VR app that launched at F8 last April, and operates on their Oculus Rift headset. It’s currently not available on GearVR or HTC Vive, although, there are workarounds for the latter.

Spaces is the future of social media. It allows users to hang out in VR with a limit of three Facebook friends (who are also on their Rift headsets), take virtual selfies, make calls to your friends on messenger, draw in 3D, and go live within VR, to your personal Facebook page, where your friends in the real world will wonder what dark arts turned you into a cartoon.

I became such a fan of live streaming from Spaces that I started the first Facebook Group for Spaces Live so creators could connect and share their broadcasts, tips and experiments. It’s also a group for curiosity seekers and VR believers who want to know more about this powerful new communication tool.

After logging into Spaces with your Facebook account, you’ll find yourself in either a park during the day, or a campground at night, under the stars. Whatever algorithm determines your default background I don’t know, but since I never go camping I find the glowing virtual bonfire cozy and welcoming.

Facebook Spaces VR
Who brought the virtual marshmallows?

If it’s your first time in here, you’ll appear in front of a mirror to set your avatar. As a somewhat uninitiated social VR explorer, the simple, cartoonish appearance options made it easier for me to adopt my virtual self. I didn’t feel overwhelmed with choices or spooked by nightmarish combinations. The motion tracking is top notch.

Once you’ve set your avatar, which you can alter at any time by pushing the Appearance button on your main menu, you’re ready for take-off.

Oh, and before I forget to mention it, your avatar doesn’t have legs. So no need for pants or shoes.  It feels weird at first, but then liberating. Everyone you meet in Spaces is bottomless including you.

There are many instances in VR where you just don’t need legs. I suspect at some point legs, paws, or tentacles may be optional.

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Look ma! No legs!

Among these state of the art features you can also change the background media in Spaces with 360 photos and videos that you access through a media tab in your main menu, a panel anchored to a round, translucent blue table.

Changing out the background is essentially, the only way to travel.

You can select media from several sources that will appear before you: Saved, Timeline, Following and Explore. Before I go into Spaces, I’ll spend some time loading 360 videos I’ve made to my timeline, that I’ll be able to bring in, and I’ll save 360 video links from other creators, that may appear in my Saved media folder within Spaces. I haven’t been able to figure out yet why some saved media links show up and others don’t.

Holding my destination – art by Louis Dyer

Once you’ve selected the 360 media with your hands, i.e. your Oculus Touch controllers, it appears as a globe before you. To activate the image or video, pick up the globe and place it in the center of the table or, bring it to your face. Accompanying the transition is an audio “stinger” that sounds like a future re-mix of piped merry-go-round music.

You have arrived.

Inside a 360 video globe – art by Louis Dyer
Inside CNN’s 360 video about the solar eclipse.

In July, Facebook’s social VR team added live-video streaming to Spaces, that allows you to broadcast within VR to your friends and the world.

When you’re live streaming and a viewer makes a comment in the real-world, it appears next to your camera, where you can pick it up and show it to your viewers. It’s a simple yet surprisingly awe-inspiring experience.

Here’s my first Spaces Live stream that kept dropping out while I was changing my appearance.

Ultimately, I appreciate some of the glitches in my first broadcasts. I’m Max Headroom re-imagined, skipping through the early days of a new medium that can teleport me wherever my imagination leads me. I can go far or I can go local.

Over the summer I took my Ricoh Theta S 360 camera to Berkeley’s UC Botanical Garden and edited together a short montage which I brought into Facebook Spaces and presto! I’m a leg-less, animated version of myself, inside a video that I can jump into, anytime I want to chill out at my favorite Berkeley garden.

I’m hooked.

Holding my UC Botanical Garden globe. Background art by Louis Dyer.


I made the colored dots on my avatar with my virtual pen, and attached them to my hair. I can save the dots as a drawing and access them from my Drawings folder which is filled with pre-made objects like chess pieces, animal faces and other photo booth-like props.

My favorite pre-made drawing of all is a spoon. I hold it and laugh. There is no spoon.

Facebook Spaces virtual reality Oculus Rift

Facebook Spaces UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, virtual reality
My virtual garden.

Below is the original, 360 UC Botanical Garden video I posted to Facebook. If you have an Oculus Rift headset, and want to check out a 360, low-res garden chill zone, you should be able to save it and bring it into Spaces.

For more details about Spaces Live and 360 video scene-scapes that you can save and bring into Spaces, join the Facebook Spaces Live Group and connect with our community of VR creators and explorers.

Dive into a new way of experiencing life.

OffPlanet VR Meetup at NextSpace Berkeley featuring Facebook Spaces

OffPlanet VR #6: Building Virtual Communities


Join OffPlanet VR for our 6th VR meetup in Downtown Berkeley!

Connect with industry pioneers, developers, and immersive media explorers, talk shop, and have fun. Demo the latest premium and independent VR experiences on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Gear VR and more. 

All skill levels welcome.

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TALKS in the Moose Lodge:


with Erin Summers, Software Engineer, Social VR at Facebook 


with Sheridan Tatsuno, Founder, One Reality AB



Explore Facebook Spaces on Oculus Rift! Launched at F8 last April, Facebook’s social VR plaform recently added live streaming to the app, which allows users to engage with viewers on Facebook from VR, and virtually hold comments – a simple but profound feature. Social VR is one of the leading paths to mass adoption of head mounted displays (HMDs), with Facebook’s 2 billion strong network, Oculus tech, and now Spaces, VR is here to stay – and play.

*demo spots limited arrive early.

Visit Spaces Live Group on Facebook


One Reality AB is a VR platform for Sustainable City design, healthcare, energy, sports and tourism. Our mission is to reduce carbon emissions using Smart Cities tools. We’re beginning in Sweden and California.

Our mission: “Healthy Cities for Healthy People.”​


Renowned electric Sitar player, Gabby La La and her psychedelic-punk band, Snow Angel take you on a rainbow-fueled virtual reality experience through four songs from their Kickstarter-funded, debut album.

Bounce from Trampoline of Emotion into Big Group Hug, Fifteen, and We Love, the Oakland band’s first 360 music video, directed by Siciliana Trevino, and DP’d by 360 filmmaker Kevin Kunze.

The app also features original album art from Bud Snow.

Kevin Kunze

Kevin Kunze is an award-winning director with over a decade of experience in feature and commercial filmmaking. In 2014, Kunze’s first documentary MOBILIZE premiered at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco winning the Best Documentary Feature award at the California Independent Film Festival.

Kunze served as Director of Photography for the 2015 Singularity University GSP PROJECT VIDEOS, featured on TechCrunch.

He teaches the Academy of Art’s first-ever course on 360 filmmaking. 

Geopogo demos at OffPlanet VR, NextSPace Berkeley

Our team of architects, software engineers, and 3D animators from Pixar, DreamWorks, and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is building virtual models of exterior and interior spaces to engage users in this immersive new way, at scales ranging from individual buildings to entire cities.

We aim to be the platform of choice for people to explore the world, engage in e-commerce, and connect with others in virtual space.


Hack the brain-body connection. Virtual Bytes is showcasing their interactive VR demos including, MindMoVR, an experience that expands your sense of self with movement: dance with a ballerina that will activate your mirror system and more!!


What happens when a young female coder joins a male-dominated floundering startup that’s deep in an identity crisis?

With a comedic twist, UTURN is an immersive live-action VR series, by Native VR, where you get to experience both sides of the gender divide.

A 360 video Virtual Reality comedy series offering full immersion into the daily life of a woman working in tech. At any time during the story, the viewer chooses which point of view to follow: a female coder or her male boss. It’s like editing your own version of the story.

We aim to raise engagement towards gender diversity through this inclusive and fun VR experience. 


  • 7pm VR demos in the Main Gallery 

  • 7:30pm “Building Virtual Communities” with Erin Summers, Software Engineer, Social VR at Facebook

  • 8:00pm “VR Sustainable Cities” with Sheridan Tatsuno, Founder, One Reality AB

  • 8:30pm Talks end

  • 10pm Demos end

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Enjoy fresh, local bites, beer and wine. 

With support from AR VR Women and Allies on Facebook

NextSpace is across the street from Downtown Berkeley Bart, Allston Way Garageand one block north from the BART Bike Station.

Peace. Love. VR.

Monday June 19th, SF Design Week: The Future of AR/VR at Cloud4Wi

downloadJoin Quirkeley’s Siciliana Trevino and industry panelists for SF Design Week’s conversation about the future of business and immersive media Monday June 19th at 6pm. Presented by the San Francisco Fashion And Merchants Alliance, Inc.

Get Tickets

Is Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality the Future of Businesses? Businesses are changing rapidly day by day by embracing various technological innovations. These innovations are making it possible for customers to experience as well as envision a product personally without being present physically. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are 2 powerful technologies capable of making a huge impact on industries.

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Saturday June 3rd: Chance for a Change benefit for the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center, 6:30pm

Enjoy an evening of live music, an exciting auction and delicious food and drink at the 29th Annual Chance for a Change benefit  for the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center, Saturday June 3rd, 6:30pm, at the Berkeley Yacht Club. 1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley.

Tickets are $40 advance / $50 at the door and $25 for students and volunteers.

Click here to purchase tickets or make a donation.

The Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center offers free services to any homeless woman and her children. Women can access WDDC services by dropping in Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm.

Like WDDC on Facebook and Follow WDDC on Instagram

The Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center (WDDC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit program, in the San Francisco Bay Area, empowering women and children to move from the streets to a home by providing ongoing and intensive counseling, case management services, daily support groups, a comprehensive children’s program, a variety of referral services, and a transitional housing program for four single parent families.

The WDDC has evolved from its original mission of providing emergency and crisis response to a program of on-going support services. The WDDC serves an average of 150 women and children each month in a nurturing, home-like environment. Services are available at no fee to any homeless woman or child.

Chance for a Change benefit: Saturday June 3rd, 6:30pm – 9:30pm 

Quirkeley is a proud supporter of the Women’s Daytime Drop in Center.

Tonight! May 2nd: California Raga Association @ Empress Vintage


Set May into motion with First Tuesdays at Empress Vintage May 2nd, 6:30pm – 9pm.

Sway to a live performance by Gabby La La and the California Raga Association – gel with the psychedelic video projections in your fab 60’s attire. Peace, love and all that Raga.

Like California Raga Association on

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Gabby La La / Snow Angel VR

OffPlanet VR #5: Explore Berkeley’s VR demo scene at NextSpace Friday April 7th, 6-9pm

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Try Snow Angel VR This Friday at NextSpace

Quirkeley presents the 5th OffPlanet VR demo mixer in Downtown Berkeley

Re-frame your reality and explore the latest experiences on Oculus Rift, Gear VR, and HTC Vive. Hear from local filmmakers, designers and industry pioneers who are breaking new ground in the rapidly evolving VR industry and learn what it takes to produce content beyond gaming. And have fun trying new games too!

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FREE Google cardboard viewers for the first 50 attendees, courtesty of Kunze Productions!


Berkeley Premiere of UTURN by Native VR – Creative Director/Executive Producer NATHALIE MATHE will talk about 360/VR production at 8pm.

What happens when a young female coder joins a male-dominated floundering startup that’s deep in an identity crisis?

With a comedic twist, UTURN is an immersive live-action VR series where you get to experience both sides of the gender divide.

A 360 video Virtual Reality comedy series offering full immersion into the daily life of a woman working in tech. At any time during the story, the viewer chooses which point of view to follow: a female coder or her male boss. It’s like editing your own version of the story. We aim to raise engagement towards gender diversity through this inclusive and fun VR experience. 

SNOW ANGEL VR – Debut album experience for Gear VR

Rainbow Rocker Gabby La La and Director Siciliana Trevino joined forces to create their first music video app. Embark on a flower-powered trip through 4 songs from Snow Angel’s debut album available on bandcamp. Thanks to our Kickstarter backers for bringing our first 360 videos to life!


works with Vive and Rift to bring you the latest earth shattering player vs player combat. Master all the elements through immersive gameplay! Abilities are tied to gestures rather than buttons, inspiring a wholesome VR experience. We are a team from UC Berkeley passionate about immersive VR experiences. As the project matured, we brought on new team members to create our own art assets and music. We look forward to hearing your feedback!


Award-winning 360 filmmaker and Academy of Art instructor Kevin Kunze will take us through the recent history of VR cameras, and have demos from the Academy’s first 360 video class.



Dive into underground electronic music from San Francisco to Havana. Experience Ascendant Sun, a new experience produced by Kevin Kunze and Fifer Garbesi, flying above firedancers on the California Coast with music from DISSØLV complete with booming haptic’s from Subpac.

OCULUS RIFT new releases and games including – Mission:ISS

Created in collaboration with NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, this true-to-life simulation lets you explore space and experience the sensation of microgravity in VR.


We create and host models that deliver immersive 3D experiences tied to real-world locations. Our team of architects, software engineers, and 3D animators from Pixar, DreamWorks, and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is building virtual models of exterior and interior spaces to engage users in this immersive new way, at scales ranging from individual buildings to entire cities. We aim to be the platform of choice for people to explore the world, engage in e-commerce, and connect with others in virtual space.


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app prototype for childeren with autism made with InstaVR

VR PRODUCTION TALKS in the Moosewood Conference Room

  • 7pm VR apps made easy with InstaVR, Siciliana Trevino, Quirkeley and Ripley Clipse, Therapy OS
  • 7:30 pm 360 camera review and live-streaming with award-winning filmmaker Kevin Kunze
  • 8 pm U-Turn Creative Director/Executive Producer NATHALIE MATHE

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Drinks and refreshments sponsored by Quirkeley and the VR/AR Assocition.

The VR/AR Association (VRARA) is an international organization designed to foster collaboration between innovative companies and people in the virtual reality and augmented reality ecosystems. It accelerates growth, fosters education, helps develop industry standards and connects member organizations. The SF chapter of VRARA brings this mission to the geographic epicenter of VR and AR.

Additional support from the East Bay Virtual Reality Alliance

New Mo Cut David Peoples's lost film of Moe's Books

See New Mo’ Cut at Moe’s Books April 1st, 7:30pm

Saturday April 1st is the 20th anniversary of the death of Moe Moskowitz, the pioneering founder of Moe’s Books, and a true Berkeley original. While we never met him, he drew us into his world through an unlikely appearance at the city dump that made the local news, and inspired us to make a film about a film about a bookstore.

Join us at Moe’s Books at 7:30 pm for a special free screening of our award-winning documentary, New Mo Cut: David Peoples lost film of Moe’s Books followed by David Peoples’s found footage of the opening night party of Moe’s original Telegraph Avenue location, shot in 1965, and discovered at the Berkeley dump in November of 2014.

“I went and looked on the internet and my mind was blown. How could that be? How could my film be on the internet when it’s supposed to be in my garage?” – David Peoples

In New Mo’ Cut serendipity and a love of books bring together an odd lot of locals that include Moe’s daughter, and store owner, Doris Moskowitz, Kevin Laird, an artist, salvage worker and self proclaimed “yeoman of past lives”, Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Peoples (Unforgiven, 12 Monkeys, Blade Runner) and Moe, the radical bookseller dressed in top hat and coat tails, as their silver-screened ring leader.

New Mo’ Cut: David Peoples lost film of Moe’s Books reminds us that beauty and value are in the eyes of the beholder and how happenstance can occur anywhere, at any time, and interconnect lives in deeply meaningful ways.

The Kickstarter funded short won Best Editing at Tempe Arizona’s 2015 Filmstock Film Fest, and was an official selection at the 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival. It screened at BAMPFA as part of the 2nd Annual Area Book Festival’s Auteur, Author: Film and Literature seriescurated by Tom Luddy, co-founder and co-director of the Telluride Film Festival. 

Moe’s Books is located at 2476 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California.