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Confronting Systemic Racism and Creating Safe Spaces in Real-Life with AR

Nov 9

04:35 PM - 05:30 PM


In the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests around social injustice, Breonna Taylors' sister, Ju'Niyah, was grieving the loss of a loved one. This was complicated by the fact that she was receiving a barrage of death threats from racist counter protesters. In the midst of this upheaval, Breaonna's Garden was created as an augmented reality sanctuary and safe space for Ju'Niyah. A few months later, on the other side of the US, Portland Oregon became the epicenter of mass demonstrations to protest George Floyd's murder. A young, augmented reality creator, Steven Christian, used AR as a way to empower Black communities to express themselves through creativity, art, and technology. This panel will explore how virtual settings and creative technology can be tools for social justice and a means to cope with the realities of America's under-reported and ever-present caste system. Head of Unity's Social Impact group will interview two diverse creators on the ethos behind each project and how other underrepresented storytellers can utilize emerging tech to share their own experiences.


GM and VP of Social Impact and Education , Unity Technologies
Owner , Iltopia Studios
Founder & Creative Director , Black Terminus AR
Founder & Chief Curator , YESUNIVERSE

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