AR/VR Workshops to Get Started in XR Development Right Now

January 26 2021

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Let’s be honest. Learning something complex like AR/VR development is a long ongoing process. There are so many things you need to consider besides just the code itself. User experience, interfaces, movement of an user, publishing, animations, scripts, behavior of objects, hand tracking,...

Where do you start?

It’s easy to get lost or even so perplexed that you rather just give out before you take the first step. But no matter what your inclination is: game development, business solutions or design, chances are we ran a workshop that will give you an insight and dispel confusions about AR/VR design/development.

In 2020, Circuit Stream ran 44 workshops and had 22,116 enthusiasts who registered to learn more about the field XR.

Here's a you can pick and choose any workshop that strikes you fancy. AR, VR, design, sound or something very specific like AI or developing for HoloLens 2.

All the workshops are beginner-friendly so have your pick without worry.

It's important to say that these workshops are a little snippet or an insight on how XR development looks like. If you ever decide to take the next step and start an XR design or development career, check out XR Development with Unity course program.

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The list is going to be constantly updated. If you like these, bookmark this page and return back.

*People who register for upcoming workshops also receive project files and assets that comes with the
workshop.

Table of Contents:

  1. Virtual Reality Workshops
  2. Augmented Reality Workshops
  3. Design Workshops
  4. Other XR Workshops

VIRTUAL REALITY WORKSHOPS

These are the workshops that are suited for VR developers and designers. Some of them could overlap with other themes as well.

VR Locomotion: The Art Of Moving in Virtual Reality

locomotion workshopDescription: Navigating the virtual worlds in first person can lead to confusion. Discover the different ways of VR locomotion and learn which one is the best for your application.
Who is it for: UX/UI Designers, developers
Instructor: Tyrell Lewin
Tech: VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/vr-locomotion-workshop/

Build a VR Bowling Game


Description: Pick up your bowling ball and slide it down the lane. With this workshop you'll get familiar with placing objects, implementing physics, and scripting basic interactions. Basic VR fundamentals!
Who is it for:
 UX/UI Designers, developers
Instructor: Usman "Ozzy" Mir
Tech: VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/vr-bowling-game/

VR Workshop: Bow and Arrow Tutorial


Description: Great workshop for complete beginners who want to build their first simple VR project from scratch.
Who is this for: Beginners
Instructor:
 Usman "Ozzy" Mir
Tech: VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/vr-bow-and-arrow/

VR 360 Tours

Description: Circuit Stream's first 360-oriented workshop. In this workshop you will learn how to create a 360-degree tour inside Unity3D.
Who is this for: Beginners, 360 Artists, 360 Photographers/Filmmakers
Instructor:
 Usman "Ozzy" Mir
Tech: VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/vr-360-tours/

Oculus Quest 2 Hand Tracking Workshop!


Description: Oculus Quest 2 is becoming the most popular VR headset. It's affordable, easy to use, and has advanced features such as hand tracking and Oculus Link performance boost. In this lesson you will learn the ins-and-outs of hand tracking capabilities.
Who is this for: Quest 2 owners, who else?!
Instructor:
Jason Campbell
Tech: VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/oculus-2-hand-tracking/

Intro to XR Interaction Toolkit


Description: Coding can be quite scary for non-technical people. In 2020 Unity introduced an XR Interaction Toolkit where you can build simple interactions without touching any scripts. Jerry takes a dive in this new SDK and shows you how to wrangle it effectively. Looking to get your first steps with programming in Unity? Check the Intro to C# workshop!
Who is this for: VR beginners, anyone who is uncomfortable with programming in C#
Instructor:
 Jerry Medeiros
Tech: VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/intro-xr-interaction-toolkit-with-unity/

Create a VR Baseball Game with XR Interaction Toolkit (no coding!)


Descriptions:
Had your go with the Intro to XR Interaction Toolkit workshop already? Let's level up and take the XRIT to the next level by building a simplified baseball game. Jerry goes over the top by making two baseball games — one in AR and one in VR. Both of them under 90 minutes!
Who is this for: AR/VR non-technical developers
Instructor: Jerry Medeiros
Tech: VR, AR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/unity-xr-interaction-toolkit/

Build Your VR Escape Room


Who is this for: Another great workshops for complete beginners. Build your first Escape Room game app with Ozzy. Escape Rooms are Unity's recommended first-time projects and with Ozzy's guidance this one should be a breeze to build. 
Instructor:
 Usman "Ozzy" Mir
Tech: VR, AR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/vr-escape-room-workshop/

AUGMENTED REALITY WORKSHOPS

Virtual reality isn't your cup of tea? Choose from wide variety of augmented reality themes and projects. Do you have your own idea that we haven't put out? Let me know.

Introduction to Augmented Reality Workshop


Description: The basic Introduction to AR workshops will show you how to create your first AR project using plane tracking and image recognition. You will learn about ARFoundation and Vuforia SDK and place a digital object in physical environment. Fun!
Who is this for: XR newbies
Instructor:
 Usman "Ozzy" Mir
Tech: AR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/augmented-reality-tutorial/

Build a Pokemon Go-like AR game in Unity

pokemon go workshop
Description: One of the most popular AR workshops where you're going to build your own simplified version of highly successful Pokemon Go app. Whip out your phones and throw the balls to catch digital beasties.
Who is this for: AR mobile developers, Pokemon Go fans
Instructor:
Jerry Medeiros
Tech: AR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/upcoming-live-ar-workshop/

AR Cards: Build Your Own Christmas AR Postcard


Description: Have you ever tried creating your own 3D AR business card? In this workshop, Jerry is makking an AR Christmas Postcard (with cheerful elves, snow, and a Christmas tree). Once you go through the workshop you will be able to make your own AR cards with ease.  
Who is this for: 
Designers, AR Developers, Anyone who feels the Christmas spirit 🙂
Instructor:
Jerry Medeiros
Tech: AR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/ar-cards-workshop/

HoloLens 2 AR Space Invaders!

Description: Remember Space Invaders on Atari? Now you can make an AR version of the classic game in your home office or living room. Nakisa is building it for HoloLens 2 but you won't need the headset to follow hear lead. 
Who is this for:
HoloLens owners, AR developers
 Instructor: Nakisa Donnelly
Tech: AR, HoloLens
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/hololens-space-invaders/

Hide and Seek: Master AR Occlusions


Description: Clipping? Objects popping out without reason? Mastering the occlusions for AR is one of the most important aspects for achieving good user experience. Nakisa shows you how to do them right. 
Who is this for:
HoloLens owners, AR developers/designers
Instructor: Nakisa Donnelly
Tech: AR, HoloLens 2
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/ar-occlusions-workshop/

Play a Holographic Piano in AR


Description: Yes, even musicians and composers have their space in AR world. Nakisa doesn't have a room for piano in her office. That's why she is building a holographic one for HoloLens 2. Her AR piano has pushable buttons, sounds, and visual feedback. 
Who is this for:
HoloLens owners, AR developers/designers
Instructor: Nakisa Donnelly
Tech: AR, HoloLens 2
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/ar-holographic-piano/

AR Face Tracking with ARFoundation

face tracking workshopDescription: Snapchat and Instagram filters are all the rage these days. But they are not that hard to create. You only need Unity, ARFoundation SDK kit (free) and some development skills. You can get the first two on Unity's page, for the skills just rely on Nakisa. 
Who is this for:
Mobile AR developers/designers
Instructor: Nakisa Donnelly
Tech: AR, HoloLens 2
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/ar-face-tracking/

Introduction to HoloLens 2


Description: Did you receive this expensive AR headset but don't know yet how to take advantage of it? Worry not -  in this workshop you will get close and personal with this Microsoft AR device and learn how to setup, develop, and deploy HoloLens 2 AR projects. Do you want to works alongside Nakisa? Make sure you have your HoloLens 2 set up properly.
Who is this for:
AR developers/designers, HoloLens 2 owners
Instructor: Nakisa Donnelly
Tech: AR, HoloLens 2
URL: https://circuitstream.com/live-intro-to-hololens-2/

Introduction to Unity MARS


Description:
Jerry is a huge fan of Unity MARS SDK. It saves him a lot of time while testing, iterating, and creating AR experiences. In this workshop he is sharing and reviewing Unity MARS, the way he is using it, and how it can help you with your AR projects. 
Who is this for: 
Intermediate AR developers
Instructor: Jerry Medeiros
Tech: AR developers
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/intro-to-unity-mars/

Unity MARS: Advanced Workflows


Description: Was the Intro to MARS to basic? See how it performs in the hands of one of MARS creators. Unity Technologies borrowed Circuit Stream one of their engineers. Andrew Maneri is showing you advanced workflows with Unity MARS.
Who is it for: AR developers who are looking to accelerate their work with MARS
Instructor: Andrew Maneri (Unity Engineer)
Tech: AR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/advanced-ar-unity-mars/

DESIGN WORKSHOPS

User experience, user interface, hand tracking, navigating, designing user journeys... It's no wonder design is a standalone skillset that is absolutely necessary for developing any applications. AR/VR being a new technology comes with a set of unique challenges and rules. Want to accelerate your learning - check the workshops from the AR/VR design experts.

Designing UI for Hand Tracking

Designing for VRDescription: New headsets and new medium comes with new set of UX challenges. How do you design a proper user interface for hand tracking applications? Eric Carter who worked directly on HoloLens and Facebook Horizons projects shares his experiences and advice.
Who is it for: Quest/HoloLens owners, Designers
Instructor: Eric Carter
Tech: VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/hand-tracking-workshop/

AR For Everyone - Designing Accessibility for AR


Description: How do you design experiences for people with disabilities? Color-blindness, injuries, eyesight issues? With AR there are ways to design applications with accessibility in mind. Eric Carter touches some of the principles and recommends how to think about broader audiences.
Who is it for: Designers
Instructor: Eric Carter
Tech: AR, Design
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/ar-for-everyone/

3D Art: Create Amazing XR Effects with Shaders

Description: Shaders can literally transform the way your projects are perceived. And they aren't that complicated at all. Tyrell will share hints and tips on how to create amazing XR effects with shaders in Unity3D. Designers and XR artists - this workshop is a must for you.
Who is it for: Designers!
Instructor: Tyrell Lewin
Tech: AR,VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/xr-effects-with-shaders/

UX for XR: From One Designer to Another

Description: Aleatha Singleton went from traditional print and 2D designers to a XR expert and now serves as a consultant. She shares her experience and recommendations to everyone who are looking to follow her path and transition into a XR career. Job seekers - this one is for you. 
Who is it for:
Designers
Instructor:
 Aleatha Singleton (guest host)
Tech: AR, VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/ux-for-xr-designer-workshop/

VR Secrets To Transform the "Feel" of Your VR App

Description: This workshop has been one of our most popular series. Eric explains best practices and little-known industry secrets when it comes for designing UX and UI for immersive applications. This workshops is definitely a must for everyone who is looking to build something for broader use.
Who is it for: Designers, anyone
Instructor: Eric Carter
Tech: VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/vr-secrets-workshop/

VR Design Secrets - Transform the “Feel” of Your Apps!

Description: Second iteration of Eric's design workshops includes more slides and more examples. If you've already watched the first one, make sure to check the Q&A part
Who is it for: Designers, anyone
Instructor: Eric Carter
Tech: VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/vr-design-secrets-transform-the-feel-of-your-app/

UX Design for XR Applications & Immersive Storytelling

Description: The first design workshop delivered by a guest expert, Adriana Vecchioli. Adriana has a track record in the XR industry and runs her own XR Studio. In this workshops she explains design principles and the importance of immersive storytelling.
Who is it for: Designers, Storytellers
Instructor: Adriana Vecchioli (guest speaker)
Tech: AR, VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/ux-design-and-immersive-storytelling/

OTHER XR WORKSHOPS

We couldn't fit these workshops under the three main themes. But that don't make them any less important. If you're a sound designer, C# beginner, or you're looking to implement a VR training program at your company, you will find a specific workshop for you here.

Intro to C# for Unity

Description: C-sharp (C#) is Unity's programming language which is used for writing scripts. Knowledge of C# is one of the fundamental skills student need to acquire so they can start developing digital worlds. Although some of the interactions could be automated, we strongly recommend anyone to familiarize themselves with C#.
Who is it for: everyone!
Instructor: Jerry Medeiros
Tech: AR, VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/intro-to-c-sharp2/

A Primer on XR Sound Design w/ Travis Fodor

Description: When it comes to immersive apps, the sound design usually takes the back seat. But not a lot of people know that sound constitutes up to 50% of experience to the immersive experience.
Who is it for: Sound Technician, Designers, Anyone looking to implement sound into their applications properly
Instructor: Travis Fodor (HoloLens Sound Designer)
Tech: AR, VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/xr-sound-design-primer/

AI in Unity

Description: Unity3d is most often for developing games. But the gameplay principles also apply to AR/VR environments. Experienced lead game developer Jerry shares his experience of implementing AI to XR projects. Learn about intelligent agents, pathfinding, and believable character behaviors.
Who is it for: Beginner game developers and curious XR developers who are excited by Artificial Intelligence and how it can be applied in XR.
Instructor: Jerry
Tech: AR, VR
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/ai-in-unity/

Virtual Reality Training


Description: Great for business who want to use technology to train their workforce. In this workshop you'll learning everything you need to establish a training system using virtual reality technology.
Who is it for: Industrial, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Automotive Businesses
Instructor: Jason Campbell
Tech: AR,VR, LMS Platform
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/virtual-reality-training-webinar/

Course Info Session: XR Development with Unity


Description: Interested what is covered in 10-week XR Development with Unity course? Check the webinar and learn what's in the program from Head of Education and Matt DiLallo, one of the course alumni.
Who is it for: Anyone who wants to learn AR/VR development and design fundamentals
Instructor: Jerry Medeiros, Matt DiLallo, Kyle Nichols
Tech: AR, VR, Other
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/course-info-session-xr-development-with-unity/

Check the XR Development with Unity course page for details.

Course Info Session: XR Project Accelerator!

Description: A closer look into Circuit Stream's advanced development course XR Project Accelerator
Who is it for: intermediate to advanced AR/VR developers who are looking to upgrade and refine their development
Instructor: Jerry Medeiros, Shannon Bailey, Stephane Licina
Tech: AR, VR, Other
URL: https://circuitstream.com/workshop/course-info-session-xr-project-accelerator/

Check the XR Project Accelerator course page for details.

WRITTEN BY

Dejan Gajsek

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