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SXSW 2019

VR/AR Save the World! Emerging Tech & Civil Rights

How can non-profit organizations harness the power of VR and AR technology to promote social good? Join the ADL's Center for Technology and Society as it discusses its breakthrough work with VR/AR content creators from Kinevitz, Artie, and The Field Museum. Learn about the public interest projects applying innovative tools to civil rights issues -- like data visualization of U.S. hate crimes statistics in VR; location-based AR community tours generated by African-American and Latinx populations in inner-city Chicago; and VR experience about civil rights struggles with AI-generated immersive characters. Through these conversations, learn how your company or organization can us VR/AR/XR to benefit both partners, while promoting justice and fair treatment for all.

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  1. What type of information do non-profits and VR/AR/XR content creators need to know in order to embark on productive partnerships?
  2. What benefits can non-profits gain from exponential technologies like VR/AR/XR? What benefits can VR/AR companies obtain from working with NGOs?
  3. How can new technologies like VR/AR/XR show us new approaches to social challenges, like hate crimes, racism, sexism, bigotry, and discrimination?



Brittan Heller, Director for Technology and Society, Center for Technology and Society (Anti-Defamation League)

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: VR/AR/MR
  • Level: Beginner
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