Valparaíso Makerspace resumed the Maker_Talk program with a day dedicated to immersive technologies

Valparaíso Makerspace resumed the Maker_Talk program with a day dedicated to immersive technologies
Valparaíso Makerspace resumed the Maker_Talk program with a day dedicated to immersive technologies

Valparaíso Makerspace held its first Maker_Talk of the year, titled “Exploring Parallel Realities: More than an Illusion, a Revolution.” This event brought together experts in new technologies, who shared their knowledge and experiences in a day full of innovation and learning, an activity that was open to the public and allowed the participation of people from various disciplines to explore the impact and possibilities of technologies. immersive, such as augmented and virtual realities.

The Director of Innovation, Macarena Rosenkranz, during the inauguration of the activity, referred to the importance of these tools, stating that “it is vital that students dare to learn and experiment with immersive technologies such as virtual reality, because these instruments are redefining the labor landscape of the future. Virtual reality offers enriching, highly interactive and practical experiences that overcome the limitations of traditional learning. Becoming familiar with these technologies from an early stage prepares future professionals for the challenges of the labor market, where competition and innovation are key. That is why, from the Vice-Rector for Research, Creation and Innovation, we are happy that instances are generated that promote such learning, such as the Maker_Talks of the Valparaíso Makerspace. These cycles of talks allow our students to interact with experts and experiment directly with emerging technologies, thus fostering a culture of curiosity, adaptation and leadership in innovation.”

Felipe Muñoz, academic at the School of Civil Engineering, explored the new interactions between humanity and extended reality, highlighting its potential to transform education and industry. Regarding these technologies, he mentioned that “it is essential that students can learn about immersive technologies, virtual reality, augmented or extensive reality in general because we consider that this is going to be the new way in which we are going to interact with things in the world.” daily life in the future.

The second talk of the day was given by the designer Marcela Alvarado, who highlighted the talent and creativity of her team from the Brillo collective through an exhibition that allowed us to explore all the possibilities that immersive technologies provide to work from different areas and professions in an innovative way. In addition, she highlighted that “today we talk about the importance of virtual reality, especially XR experiences in new languages. This is going to be vital, today and in the future, because it opens innovative communication channels in the work and personal world. “It will shorten gaps in distances, it will bring us closer to safer work environments and it will also allow us to have significant learning and collaboration experiences.”

After the talks, a discussion was held where topics such as the insertion of these technologies in student projects, the gaps in their development and the initial challenges faced by the experts were addressed. The event concluded with attendees heading to the inauguration of the Valparaíso Makerspace Extensive and Audiovisual Reality Laboratory to enjoy the virtual reality exhibition prepared by the Brillo collective for the community.

By Nicole Vega

Vice-rector for Research, Creation and Innovation

 
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