OffPlanet VR #4: Peace. Love. Virtual Reality.


On December 3rd, 2015 we held the first OffPlanet VR meetup at NextSpace in Downtown Berkeley. Inspired by meetups SFVR and SVVR (Silicon Valley Virtual Reality), we wanted to bring together local pioneers in the industry and see what creators were making with platforms like Oculus Rift before its launch to consumers.

A year later, OffPlanet VR is Berkeley’s ticket to the future of computing and a chance to talk with the people designing and testing it.  This Saturday Dec 3rd from 4pm to 8pm  we’re celebrating with our fourth gathering of VR pioneers to see what we’ve learned so far and what could lie ahead for the industry as it attempts to capture mass market appeal.

If you’re curious about virtual reality, 360 video, and want to find out how to get into this radical new territory, don’t miss this chance to experience some of the best VR tech on the planet, and have some cake with us. We look forward to seeing you.

3D creation tools, VR Filmmaking for beginners, year in review and more

Step into the conference room for lighting talks starting at 6pm.

  • 6:00 pm Bryce Schmidtchen, Undergraduate Researcher, VR@Berkeley
  • 6:30 pm OffPlanet VR Founder Siciliana Trevino and 360 video Director Kevin Kunze will share independent VR production insights, tips and reviews of 360 dual camera systems, post prodution techniques, distribution platforms and future trends.

VR demos from 4pm to 8pm. Real refreshments, beer and wine. Cake. Music by DJ Jose Ruiz.



Trip out with Snow Angel in 360: the new music video app made with InstaVR for the Funk-Pop girls of Snow Angel and their debut album. Elle Magazine listed Snow Angel’s track “Fifteen” as One of the 10 best new songs to listen to in December.

Thanks to our Kickstarter Backers for bringing Snow Angel VR to life!  


Travel the globe with Google Earth VR on HTC VIVE. Find out if you can see the Millennial Tower sinking, from space. Yikes.


Get in the game with Sony Playstation VR, and learn about 360 filming equipment and techniques with award-winning filmmaker Kevin Kunze, Director, Kunze Productions.

Kevin Kunze


Pantheon VR


VR at Berkeley


OffPlanet VR #3: reality like you’ve never seen it

Away we go!

Join Bay Area VR and AR pioneers for OffPlanet VR’s 3rd mixer Thursday April 21st from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at NextSpace in Downtown Berkeley. VIP reception + early bird entry from 6pm-6:30pm

Purchase Tickets:

Immerse yourself in 360 video and virtual reality demos using the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung’s Gear VR and more.

Connect with the trail-blazing companies, developers, artists, researchers and thrill-seekers who are defining this radical new territory.

Discover new adventures and mysteries in computing, art, design and engineering.

Demos in the Cafe Space:

Whirlwind VR – Vortx is the first non-contact haptic system that can simulate the virtual environment

Virtual Reality @ Berkeley – Projects and works in progress on HTV Vive

Kunze Productions – 360 video production

GeoPogo – Integrating real and virtual worlds

OffPlanet VR / Quirkeley – HTC Vive demos / Google Tilt Brush

and more! Join us if you have a demo to share!

Special Guest Chats in the Moose Lodge:

6:45 Jodi Schiller, CEO and Founder, New Reality Arts on VR marketing + advertising

7:00 Kevin Kunze, Director, Kunze Productions on 360 video produciton

7:20 Tim CEO and Founder, Whirlwind VR on Vortx, the first non-contact haptic system

Pop-up shop by VRLab

Music by Mayday Sound

Bites by Longbranch Berkeley


$7 advanced general admission /  $15 VIP, early bird entry 6pm-6:30pm / $10 Door (limited!)

Follow us @OffPlanetVR  #OffPlanetVR

Read about our 1st meet up in the SF Chronicle, Bay Area firms make big bets on virtual reality


NextSpace is across the street from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.


Bike Station 2208 Shattuck Ave

Center Street Parking Garage 2025 Center Street

Allston Way Garage 2061 Allston Way

Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar
NextSpace Coworking Berkeley – 2081 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 – View Map

VR’s true believers at SVVR #27

The day after Unity’s highly-anticipated inaugural Vision Summit was over, a sold-out crowd of 200 developers, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and VR enthusiasts convened at Google for SVVR’s 27th meetup. While I regretted missing Vision Summit (where attendees had an Oprah moment when they were told they’d be getting a free Vive) I’m not entirely missing out.

In San Francisco and Silicon Valley there’s a VR meetup just about every night of the week where you can build virtual worlds or explore Mars using the latest disruptive tech since motion pictures, television, the Apple II or mobile devices depending on who you ask. If you want to purchase a Vive, HTC and Valve’s hype-worthy answer to Oculus Rift and Sony’s PlaystationVR,  consumer pre-orders start February 29th.

Organized by  Karl Krantz, Bruce Wooden, John Oakes, and Nana Tsui, SVVR is the largest VR Meetup group in the world. Their 1st gathering was in the spring of 2013. As of this writing SVVR has 3,410 members. They’re followed by NYVR (2,570 avatars) SF’s UploadVR (2,162 enthusiasts) BosVR (2,132 avatars) VRLA (2,061 dreamers) and SF Virtual Reality (1,1920 pioneers.)

In 2014 the SVVR team produced the 1st Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference and Expo, the world’s first professional conference dedicated to consumer virtual reality. SVVR 2016 will be at the San Jose Convention Center April 27th-29th. (Full disclosure: I’ve volunteered at SVVR meet ups.)

The buzz around VR is intoxicating. Seeing – or experiencing rather,  is believing.  While hefty price points for premium VR headsets and AR devices (Oculus, Vive, PlaystationVR, Microsoft HoloLens, Magic Leap and now Meta 2) will still be a roadblock for mass consumption over the next few years, Andrey Doronichev, a Group Product Manager at Google VR and one of the founding members of the original Cardboard told the crowd that so far, over 5 million cardboard viewers have shipped and over 350,000 hours of  YouTube360 videos have been viewed.

Asked to comment on reports Google is developing its own premium mobile headset Doronichev reiterated what he heard at Vision Summit: it’s too soon to predict the future, but speculating about it is the media’s job.

If you want to try VR in the East Bay, Quirkeley has you covered with our 2nd OffPlanetVR mixer Thursday February 25th from 6-9pm.

Inspired by the Bay Area VR community (and a line from the movie Oblivion) I started OffPlanet VR to explore, create and promote positive VR experiences.

SVVR will be joining OffPlanet VR 2 with their Vive to give attendees a taste of room-scale VR, along with demos from VR pioneers including Tony Parisi of Wevr, who will show their official selections from Sundance, Theresa Duringer Co-Founder and Designer, Temple Gates Games, Nick Ochoa of Kaleidoscope VR, and a special guest chat from Allen Yang, UC Berkeley researcher, Microsoft HoloLens Academic Research Grant Recipient – and lots more! Purchase tickets on Eventbrite. Follow on Twitter @OffPlanetVR.

While the world waits for virtual and augmented reality to hit mainstream, its true believers are building the community and industry to bring it you – in real life.


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