Are digital planetariums the new frontier of immersive media experiences? The organizers and participants of IMERSA Summit 2014, looking at a full house for their March 6-9 gathering in Denver, would say “yes.” With more than 175 delegates registered, IMERSA, a trade group now in its 6th year, sees validation of its message of opportunity and convergence. The Summit theme: “Shaping the future of digital immersive spaces.”
Over the past 15 years, hundreds of planetariums around the world have replaced opto-mechanical starball projectors with sophisticated multi-projector, 360 digital dome (“fulldome”) systems - quietly growing an international network of high-end specialty theaters that keep pushing the technology envelope – some all the way to 8K stereo 3D at 60 frames per second.
Sunday, March 2, 2014 - Registration has officially closed for IMERSA Summit 2014, March 6-9 in Denver. Organizers are preparing for a full house of delegates and participants.
"We are looking forward to a productive and positive dialog about shaping the future of the digital immersive space, and very pleased to be hosting a record turnout this year," says IMERSA Summit chair Dan Neafus, manager of the Gates Planetarium.
IMERSA Summit 2014 is near capacity; registration will close at 5 pm MST on March 3. Anyone not registered via the online interface at that time will risk being turned away. We look forward to seeing you soon in Denver for a spectacular and positive event. Visit www.imersa.org.
Hiromitsu Kohsaka, award winning Japanese filmmmaker whose recent fulldome works include "MUSICA: Why is the Universe Beautiful?" was interviewed by Carolyn Collins Petersen of Loch Ness Productions. "MUSICA" received an award at Dome Festa in 2013, and will be screened in full at IMERSA Summit 2014.
Browse, network and enjoy brunch at the first-ever IMERSA Summit Marketplace on Sunday, March 9, 8:30-1pm, Holiday Inn Denver East - Stapleton. The companies listed below will present their goods and services. These exhibitors are also the brunch sponsors.
This gathering enables all the IMERSA Summit delegates to gather informally, to share ideas, exchange information, conduct meetings and recharge from the sessions and events of the previous days, before moving on to the afternoon's more structured programming, and the Summit finale in the evening at Fiske Planetarium.
IMERSA is pleased to announce that we'll have a full house, both in terms of registered delegates and the number of exhibitors. We extend a warm welcome and thank you to all participants.
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If you're arriving in Colorado early for the IMERSA Summit, you may be interested in the following invitation from the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery which is about 1 hour's drive north of Denver.
Terry Burton, Digital Media Director at the museum writes:
"We would like to extend an invitation to any early-arriving IMERSA attendees to join us at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s OtterBox Digital Dome Theater Wednesday night, March 5, for a Digital Earth presentation by Ka Chun Yu and Bob Raynolds from DMNS. The topic of the evening is floods; the description is as follows:
"Join us in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater as geologist Bob Raynolds and space scientist Ka Chun Yu from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science take you on a journey to examine flooding and extreme weather at home in Colorado and around the world....