2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Future Is Now: City Planning Using Social VR

Thursday, March 17
2:00PM - 3:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon A
500 E 4th St

Can VR be social – multiple people in the same virtual space? What if social VR could be harnessed to help groups of people understand something that does not yet exist? The City of Minneapolis saw potential to use VR in its planning review process with the University of Minnesota Virtual Reality Design Lab social VR. Decision-makers set 2D renderings aside, instead donning VR headsets and walking through a proposed development. Join us to explore the potential for VR-powered civic engagement.

Hashtags: #sxsw #vrdlmpls


Aaron Westre at SXSW

Aaron Westre

Research Fellow

University of Minnesota

Kjersti Monson

Dir of Long Range Planning

City of Minneapolis

Lee Anderson

Assoc Professor

University of Minnesota

Paul Mogush

Principal City Planner

City of Minneapolis


Music Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge, Gold Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband
Event Type
VR/AR Track
Thanks to our sponsors
Esurance Logo Mazda Logo Monster Energy Logo CapitalOne logo Bud Light logo McDonald's logo Austin Chronicle Logo
Music sponsor
Sonic Bids Logo Pandora Logo Marriott Rewards Logo
Interactive sponsor
Deloitte Digital Logo Ten-X Logo United Airlines Logo Samsung Logo