Cape Town’s CiTi (Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative) is at it again, this time on a mission to drive South Africa into becoming a leader in virtual reality by introducing the country to its first ever Virtual Reality Community.
CiTi, a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town that has been making noteworthy progress in developing the region as a global centre for innovation and technology. The organisation has recently launched the first Virtual Reality (VR) community in South Africa at the Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town. Launching this VR community is in line with CiTi’s custom of technology, innovation and inclusive growth.
Although this is a first in South Africa, VR communities have been existing for over 20 years but have been revived and rebirthed in the recent years to meet today’s technological expectations. According to a press release by Citi, this is what Grant de Sousa from Virtual Reality SA had to say during the launch, “Our message then and now is clear: To drive South Africa’s first virtual reality community forward with like-minded ambitious people through one word: passion. As a team will continue to drive the community forward as South Africans in the virtual reality space, not only as followers but, ultimately, as leaders in the virtual reality community, globally.”
To complete the evening, there were also displays of Virtual Reality technology such as Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift. The next VR community event will take place in July at the Bandwidth Barn and it has been said that these events will be taking place every month. VR enthusiasts are encouraged to be part of this initiative. Head of Enterprise Development at the Barn, Chris Vermuelen had this to say, “Telkom and CiTi support the Virtual Reality community by providing space, broadband, skills and mentorship. The community will meet once a month at the Barn and continue to share ideas, learn, grow and build together.”
We cannot wait to see what sort of great technologies in VR will come out of this initiative. Exciting viewing times for South Africa!