WELCOME TO THE AUSTIN CHAPTER OF THE GLOBAL ASSOCIATION FOR VR AND AR

Austin’s unique blend of creativity, technical savvy and forward-thinking has created the perfect environment for virtual reality to thrive. Austin, known affectionately as “the biggest small town,” fosters this growing industry with its unending flow of students, top-tier professionals from around the world, virtual reality and augmented reality start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. for the past five years and home to the famous annual South by Southwest conference, Austin is experiencing a boom of talent and reinventing itself as a dynamic tech city. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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NEWS

FEATURED MEMBERS

THE TEAM

Andrew Caven, Chapter President, andrewcaven@thevrara.com

Andrew Caven is the founder of Axon Virtual Health, a virtual reality start-up dedicated to improving the patient experience through virtual reality. Andrew began his career in healthcare, where he was exposed firsthand to the great need for drug-free pain and anxiety management. He has experience with a variety of immersive media technologies such as game development, 3D/360 video and photogrammetry. Axon Virtual Health is currently being studied in two separate clinical trials for its clinical benefit to both adult and pediatric patients experiencing pain or anxiety due to medical procedures or routine healthcare visits. Andrew is an active member of the Austin virtual reality scene and is co-founder of the city’s Virtual Reality & 360 meet-up, which has grown to over 450 members. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College.

Ricky Holm, Treasurer, ricky@thevrara.com

Ricky Holm is a creator, adventurer and entrepreneur. Ricky moved to Austin in the fall of 2014 shortly after graduating from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, where graduated deans list while also starting two companies. Passionate about entrepreneurship and creative storytelling, Ricky recently launched Chocolate Milk & Donuts, a full-service creative agency focused on helping people tell amazing stories through the use of immersive media: VR, AR & 360° Video. Ricky is also co-founder of the VR & 360° Video MeetUp here in Austin. In his free time, you can find Ricky rippin' up local trails on his mountain bike or searching out the latest craft brewery.

 

NETWORK

Connect and build strong relationships with key players in the VR/AR ecosystem through VRARA or partner-hosted events.

COLLABORATE 

Work with innovators in the VR/AR ecosystem across all verticals, from original content creators to innovative hardware companies.

RESEARCH

Gain unlimited, exclusive access to VRARA research and publications, or, when applicable, receive discounts to third-party reports.