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.

Get Involved with RIVR

Rhode Island Virtual Reality

RIVR Events

Join our meetup group (click here) to hear and sign up for our events. We host tours, meetups with speakers and brainstorming, hackathons with opportunities to learn and hands on experiences and job fairs. 2018 events coming soon.

RIVR hosts a special tour of the US Navy Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, Rhode Island

On April 21 RIVR had a special tour of the virtual reality training facilities at the Surface Warfare Officers School at the United States Navy base in Newport. The Navy has created amazing simulators with extraordinary hardware and software experiences, and we were very pleased to take a group of RIVR constituents.


Rhode Island Virtual Reality

Connect with RIVR

Tell us about you and your interests. We’ll be in touch!
Do you have a project or product you’d like to present?
A space to host a meetup? Let us know.

Email: info@RIVR.studio



Other Past RIVR Events

  • November 1 & 2, 2017
    RIVR tour at Brown CCV’s YURT
  • October 20, 2017
    RIVR meetup at NEIT’s 8th Annual Power Game Day in East Greenwich, RI
  • June 15, 2017
    RIVR meetup at Dassault Systemes in Johnston, RI.
  • Apr 21, 2017
    RIVR meetup at US Navy Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) in Newport, Rhode Island. Hosted by SWOS simulation instructor, LT Ryan Murtha.
  • Mar 30, 2017
    RIVR Leadership Summit at IGT, Providence. Stakeholders from RI Industry, Healthcare, Academia, and Government learned about RIVR’s goals and progress
  • Jan 19, 2017
    RIVR meetup, URI Harrington School on the topic of Ocean Science with VR. Presenters: Steve D’Hondt and Bruce Campbell
  • Dec 21, 2016
    RIVR Meetup; co-hosted with Providence Geeks at AS220. Presenter: Seth Fandetti, CEO of Providence Startup Immerz Inc. and creator of the KOR-FX haptic vest will be sharing his story and demos of their product.
  • Dec 7-8, 2016
    RIVR @ VRX 2016 Conference & Expo SF
  • Nov 19-20, 2016
    Hacking Arts 2016 at MIT Media Lab
  • Nov 17, 2016
    RIVR Meetup @ The YURT VR Facility @ Brown University
    Presenter: Tom Sgourosm Brown University Center for Computation and Visualization
  • Oct 20, 2016
    RIVR Meetup at AS220, Providence, Rhode Island
    Presenters: Susan D’Andrea Providence VA Hospital and Nick Knapp, Xmark Labs
  • Sep 28, 2016
    RIVR kick-off meeting at Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University
    Presenters: Adam Blumenthal,
  • Sep 26, 2016
    RIVR leadership demo at Naval Station – Newport, Surface Warfare Officers School
  • Sep 21, 2016
    EduvateRI National Conference on education innovation