The Virtually There conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology explored the cutting edge of virtual reality technology. There were exhibitions and presentations showing how VR could be used in education, immersive news, gaming, medicine and other awe-inspiringly fresh ways. One of the classes I took during my Nieman Journalism Fellowship was an M.I.T. course by William Urrichio which explored innovations in various mediums as ways of documentary storytelling. One of the mediums we looked at was VR.
Urrichio was one of the main organizers of the conference and so I ended up there, in the midst of all the action, snapping away, listening, nodding and dropping my jaw to the floor every so often.