Morning News 3/23: SpaceX, VRLA, Rhubarb Studios, Worldwide Instameet

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What an action-packed weekend! The tech community in this town just doesn’t stop, cases in point:

VRLA hosted the world’s largest gathering for Virtual Reality companies. We’re not talking about events that have VR as a sideline, but rather an event that was 100% dedicated VR.

In what started as a local meetup group prompted by a single Reddit post, VRLA’s quarterly gatherings have skyrocketed from a 30-person meetup in Orange County a year ago to a full-fledged conference, featuring over 60 companies, a full day of panels, and well over 1000 attendees.

Big names like Google, AMD, Microsoft and Sony were in the house, as were local heroes Jaunt, WEVR, NEXT VR, and VRIDEO. Reload Studios announced the launch of their VR first-person shooter WORLD WAR TOONS, and exhibitors showed off everything from virtual social / meeting rooms (a la Second Life) to holograms, motion capture, peripherals for your hands, 180 & 360-degree cameras, and much much more.

The conference had a feeling of a late-70’s / early-80’s tech gathering, filled with tons of people working on what is without a doubt going to be the next big thing. There are a couple of front runners but no clear winners as of yet, even though you can call Oculus the 21st century IBM, and Samsung its Microsoft. Regardless, we are going to look back at this event as THE beginning of it all.

Hackster brought their 10-city roadshow to downtown LA’s RHUBARB STUDIOS, who hosted multiple teams to build hardware devices.

CICLAVIA ventured to the Valley

hosted a Worldwide Instameet at Cross Campus, before venturing around Santa Monica

LA TIMES has a great article on San Francisco’s tech elite buying up LA real estate (link)
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Some guy named Elon Musk just released a ton of SPACEX photos into Public Domain (link) — y’know, no big deal 😉
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And Global Head of Gaming at Google / YouTube RYAN WYATT just bought a new pair of glasses.

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