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.


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

Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Brown University, and Vice President, Nucco Brain at UNIT 9 Group.

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


1 day ago


At our May Meetup RIVR hosted Cross Trainer Learning from Pawtucket. The extended presentation on the use of VR, AR and MR in learning and training. Speakers gave a deep insight on peer-reviewed and institutional evidence of learner outcomes and best practices on when (or if) VR/AR can best be applied. They showed a range of applications they have executed for their clients.

BIG THANK YOU to Brain and Heather for finding the time to engage with RIVR’s community. Thank you to all who made it out.

Great crowd, pizza and beer! CrossTrainer
#rhodeislandvr #vr #mixedreality

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2 days ago


Yesterday our Rhode Island Virtual Reality members were invited to be view student projects showcase of RISD’s Illustration Department. This is a pilot course in RISD’s Illustration Department that gives students an opportunity to design complex VR experiences using headset-based equipment (HTC Vive) with tracked controllers that allow for interactive navigation within the Unity game platform.
The purpose of this course is to provide palliative experiences for patients facing health-related challenges such as chronic pain, addiction, physical immobility and limited life expectancy. The course has professional input from medical professionals and we gain insight from direct testimony of their patients. Students have been working with clinics from from Butler Hospital, The Meadows Edge Recovery Center, The Children’s Integrative Therapies, Pain Management and Supportive Care program at Rhode Island Hospital, McVay Physical Therapy and Hope Health Care Hospice. RISD Illustration
#rhodeislandvr #vr #healthcare

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