2017-04-18 Virtual Reality Gaming at Colony VR

It’s field trip time!  

Continuing our tradition of exciting CapCHI field trips, on Tuesday, April 18th, we’ll be heading to Ottawa’s virtual reality experience studio Colony VR, They are a local business owned by a family of fresh faced entrepreneurs who are passionate about Virtual Reality and shaping the future by creating the next wave of VR software and augmenting hardware.

Since our attendance is limited for this event to ensure adequate opportunities for gaming, a $15 registration fee in advance is required to attend. However, we will be providing dinner (pizza and sandwiches) and a variety of drinks (i.e., beer, coffee, soft drinks). Please arrive by 6:00pm.

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Time: 6-8pm

  • Doors open at 6pm for a mix of networking, gaming and food/drinks
  • Presentation from 6:30-6:45pm
  • More gaming and networking 6:45-8pm

Place: Colony VR58 Beech St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3J6, Canada.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED (limited tickets!):  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-virtual-reality-gaming-at-colony-vr-tickets-33014226440


Please join Thea Scherer Johnston, Colony VR’s Chief Game Testing Officer, in an informal discussion on the HTC Vive (a room scale VR system), overview of the games and experiences currently available and a review of how they are (successfully or not) using the Vive’s motion controllers. Different motion controller interface styles and usability challenges will also be discussed.

Speakers’ Bio:

Stefan Scherer has more than 20 years of technical, product design, operational, and business development experience across the full spectrum of hardware, firmware and software development.

Rebecca Johnston has more than 20 years of diverse community development, education and policy development experience. She applies her finely honed domestic and interpersonal engineering skills to grow both the business and community relationships.


  • 2000 sqft light industrial space.
  • Six 12 foot wide ‘hexes’ to support a true room scale experience.
  • Each ‘hex’ is equipped with a 55” TV, bar table and stools so people can watch.
  • Studio is wheelchair accessible.


Colony VR58 Beech St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3J6, Canada. – View Map

Pre-registration is REQUIRED (limited tickets!):  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-virtual-reality-gaming-at-colony-vr-tickets-33014226440

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

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