Understand the Industry - Globally & Locally

We're taking a look at the many dimensions of the virtual reality and augmented reality markets - globally and locally. We want to understand the unique assets we have among Rhode Island's practitioners, their goals and needs, and help them make valuable connections.

Position RIVR for Competitive Advantage

As we learn about Rhode Island's VR/AR resources, and the needs and interests of the market, our next step is to accelerate learning and connectedness to prepare RIVR for successful competition today and in the years to come. Our goal is for Rhode Island to be a material participant in an industry expected to be worth $180 billion annually within 10 years.

Make A Significant Economic Impact in Rhode Island

Since 2014 billions of dollars have been invested to fund research and development, new companies, and new kinds of communications productions. So far only a tiny fraction of that investment has come to Rhode Island. We're going to form a VR industry cluster, and ignite interest in RIVR constituents.

RIVR is nurturing the development of a Virtual Reality ecosystem in Rhode Island.


Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Lorne Adrain

Lorne Adrain

A community and philanthropic leader. Chair of the URI Foundation and board member at BIF

Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Adam Blumenthal

Adam Blumenthal

VR Artist-in-Residence at Brown University, and Executive Producer at
Curious Sense.

Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Ted Bogosian

Ted Bogosian

Emmy-winning filmmaker and TV producer. Teaches innovative digital techniques for movie making at Brown

Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Siu-Li Khoe

Siu-Li Khoe

An MIT alum with a great track record moving organizations from Vision to Operational Excellence

Rhode Island Virtual Reality - Tom Sgouros

Tom Sgouros

Visiting Scientist at Brown Computer Science, Manager of Brown’s YURT VR facility, RISD Faculty.

RIVR Community


22 hours ago


While Microsoft Hololens sales may have been relatively slow since their launch, a new deal with the US Army will change that in the near future. With this new deal in place, IDC forcasts that sales predict a rise from 8.9 million sales this year to 65.9 million Hololens sales by 2022, a huge boost for the distributor.

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5 days ago


The Office of Special Education and Programs, part of the US Department of Education, has announced a $2.5 million investment towards a new program that will utilize the unique strengths of Virtual Reality in teaching students with disabilities. Researchers believe that VR will help students with Autism learn in more effective environments while in school.

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1 week ago


Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) Summit on Thursday, December 13th from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

RIVR is bringing together AR/VR experiences from all over the state. Three locker rooms worth of VR equipment and experiences! Come and try all the interactives from Dassault Systemes Simulia, Looking Glass Factory, and NEIT students. RIVR, Barrington Public Libraries and Providence Community Libraries will have an Oculus Rift, Oculus GOs and an HTC Vive with popular experiences like Richie's Plank, Beat Saber and Oculus Rooms.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Find more information here: www.cs4ri.org/summit/

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*Photo courtesy of the CS4RI

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