Live From NYC – Part II: Augmented Reality Developer Camp

If you missed our coverage of the morning – read part I.

Rain turned into snow and a ground breaking discussion was kicked off:

Yours truly proposed an open collaborative game development project: The Big NYC Game – a city wide augmented reality game for New York by New Yorkers.

It would be launched by 2010 June’s Come Out and Play Festival.

Everybody was on board and the ideas kept flowing into the room faster than you could spell: ARDEVCAMPNYC. Wow what a great team!

The discussion consisted of multiple layers:

From technical considerations (what AR engines and devices to use?)

…thru game concepts (learning about AR, teaching how to build AR games)

…and game play (Easter eggs, capture the flag, learn about NYC history)

…and even government relations and promotional activities with local businesses.

Here is a set of slides I captured during the discussion.

If you like the idea and want to join – let us know!

Tish captured the rest of the sessions and took many pictures which can be found on her blog UgoTrade.

Sophia (the organizer of the day) added a quick summary and reference for follow ups.

And if you are wondering what happened at the (bigger) sister event on the left coast (HackerDojo in Mountain View) – here are some snippets:

Mike Libehold (IFTF) summarized the event with these words:

Turnout  for the 12 hour ARdevcamp  at the Hacker dojo was mind boggling. I estimated that at peak, 130-140  people were in and out of the space more comfortable for 70-80.

it was a  barely disciplined massively parallel and fun! dialog  (and party) in 40 discrete sessions, mostly technical and social, with exponentially complex interactions in between all day into evening. We asked everyone to log their session notes on the ardevcap wiki, but the huge crowd flooded the meager DSL connection  from the building, complained they couldn’t post pages.  I haven’t had a chance to explore,  or inspect damages yet.

The mass of expert devcampers  was simply astounding  and uniformly brilliant hackers, mobile techies, mappers,image recognition scientists, 3D, artists, media designers, nav, techies, game designers, a  teacher  a museum guy . . .

The dialog was multi-disciplinary, definitely friendly towards, but not closely focused yet  specifically on  an open ARweb, data interoperability, software and service ecosytems, APIs, rendering and UI conventions. I suspect all of these were discussed in some depth, but but not yet logged.

David Cheney summary of the day

Summary of AR and art session

More Photos

AR is certainly gearing up to start 2010 with a bang!

Next event in NYC is the Augmented Reality New York Meetup – ARNY. Join today!

One Response

  1. Very exciting. Can’t wait to see the game!

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