Virtual reality club hosts inaugural creator week
CLEMSON — The Clemson Virtual Reality Club hosted the inaugural “VR Creators Week” March 4-7 in the Immersive Space at the Watt Family Innovation Center. The student-led contests and workshops focused on creativity in virtual and augmented reality, providing students with an overview of new digital tools and the chance to win a variety of prizes, including a new Oculus Go headset and Amazon Echo Dot.
“Students at Clemson are innovative, and VR Creators Week gave us the opportunity to equip and showcase that creativity in the medium of virtual reality,” said Tom Birdsong, vice president of the Virtual Reality Club. “Every student project submission highlighted a unique and compelling understanding of communications in the medium. The VR Club is excited to continue its efforts in leading the Clemson Immersive Space to ensure virtual reality is available and accessible as a tool for student success through creativity and design.”
The following students were awarded prizes in the “Best Styly Creation” contest:
- First Place: DN Cherry, “High Line”
- Second Place: Nathan Binkley, “The Initiation”
- Third Place: Daniel O’Brien, “The Overlords”
Students also competed for prizes in the best overall, best model and most creative categories.
- Best Overall: DN Cherry, “High_Line”
- Best Model: Chloe Worthy, “Dragon Cave”
- Most Creative: Nathan Binkley, “The Initiation”
The Virtual Reality Club also hosted several workshops, including an introduction to the Styly VR software tool with Michael Waite of Physics Labs VR. Nate Newsome of the Watt Center also provided a workshop for students about augmented reality creation.
The Virtual Reality Club partnered with Psychic Lab VR to sponsor the week’s events.
Watt Family Innovation Center
The Watt Family Innovation Center is Clemson’s most technology-enhanced academic building, featuring state-of-the-art information technology and special facilities. Established in 2016 with the support of more than $25 million in corporate donations, the Watt Center’s mission is to create an environment where collaboration among students, faculty, and leaders from industry and government agencies generates ideas and solves complex problems. The Watt Center is available for students and faculty in all disciplines as a flexible space for collaboration, innovation and project