Civil Rights in Virtual Reality: Derek Ham’s “I Am A Man” VR
Derek Ham, PhD, will discuss creating his “I Am A Man” VR Experience, an interactive virtual reality experience set to the historic events of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. In this experience, users will witness the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the events leading to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. using the Oculus Rift VR headset. This VR project won an award for funding through the Oculus Launch Pad program, designed to support promising VR content creators so they can take their unique ideas and bring them to market
Derek Ham, PhD is an independent VR developer who also teaches as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at North Carolina State’s College of Design. Dr. Ham’s research interest spans the areas of game-based learning, algorithmic thinking, and digital fabrication/making. In his work, he continues to investigate both virtual reality and augmented reality technology to find ways these tools can expand the possibilities of interaction design.