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ACS NSW Technical Presents: Re-imagining Virtual Reality in Aged Care

Step into our VR booth, strap on the goggles and discover the magic of VR.

Registration End Date: Mon, 22 Oct, 04:00 PM

  • where

  • The ACS Innovation Hub
    Level 27, International Tower One
    Sydney NSW 2000
  • when

  • Event Start: Wed, 24 Oct, 05:45 PM
    Event Finish: Wed, 24 Oct, 08:00 PM
  • event price

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<p><b>If you can’t take an aged-care resident to the beach, then bring the beach to them - through the wonders of virtual reality (VR). </b><br><br>Aged-care residents with mobility issues often find it difficult to leave their nursing homes. Forced to stay in a low-stimulus, never-changing environment, these residents may experience feelings of loneliness and depression, particularly those who don’t have regular visitors.  <br><br>NomadVR co-founder, Jarrah Cohen has been working in nursing homes to address issues of isolation and boredom experienced by aged-care residents. Jarrah uses VR to create a computer-generated environment that simulates a real-world experience. The user is unconstrained by any physical limitations and can freely explore and interact with the virtual world. Experiences that previously may have been outside a resident’s reach, such as travel, aquatics, a museum visit, or even a game of golf, can now be experienced from the comfort of their home.<br><br>In this presentation, Jarrah will talk about his experiences using VR to enable aged-care residents to explore the world, connect with their past and bring a sense of curiosity back into their lives. Learn the processes Jarrah went through to develop his innovative program and what the future will bring for VR in the aged-care sector. <br><br>Jarrah’s presentation will be followed by an open Q&amp;A discussion where audience members can ask anything about VR in aged care. Jarrah will also bring in his VR goggles so you&#39;ll be able to try out this technology for yourself. <br><br><b>Who should attend:</b></p> <p>•    VR professionals and students<br>•    People interested in innovations in the aged-care sector<br>•    People interested in non-gaming applications of VR</p> <p><br><b>Join the conversation on <a href="" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @ACSNSW #ACSNSW</b><br><br><b>Getting here</b><br>If arriving by train from Wynyard, take exit 4 towards Barangaroo from the west end of the station. Make your way through the tunnel and follow the signs to Barangaroo.<br><br>ACS is located in Tower One which is the red building.<br><img alt="User-added image" src=";feoid=00N9000000EVCh7&amp;refid=0EM90000001FIOu"></img><br><br><b>Accessing Level 27</b><br>An ACS staff member will be in the lobby of the Tower at 5:45pm - 6:10pm to facilitate access to level 27. Access will not be available after 6:10pm. If you arrive early please wait in the lobby until registration commences. </p>


 05:45 PM - 06:10 PM  Registration & Networking                          
 06:15 PM - 07:00 PM  Presentation                          
 07:00 PM - 07:15 PM  Q&A                          
 07:15 PM - 08:00 PM  Networking                          

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Jarrah Cohen

Jarrah Cohen

Jarrah is co-founder of NomadVR and for the past year has been using virtual reality (VR) to bridge the gap between nursing homes and the outside world to re-engage aged care residents with the freedom to explore. Part of NomadVR’s work has been facilitating VR sessions for aged care providers across Sydney to take residents on ‘virtual excursions’ such as to a forest, a beach, an underwater coral reef; or somewhere more familiar, such as the street on which they grew up. They coordinate both grouped and one-on-one sessions with a curated list of experiences tailored to each residents’ interests. Their mission is to redefine how we think about aged care and engage residents and keep them stimulated with thought provoking experiences.

Jarrah Cohen has always been fascinated by video game design and in 2013 he graduated from Academy of Interactive Entertainment with an Advanced Diploma in Professional Video Game Design and 3D Animation. He since spent a few years working in sales for the video games industry to fund a 6 month journey travelling the world. Upon return he entered entrepreneurship by building a few different startups and though they never quite took off, he learned a great deal in the process. He now applies what he has learned to NomadVR which is growing more every day.

Jarrah is an advocate for gamification and using game design theory to innovate in areas that are inherently disengaging by making boring tasks fun. He is passionate about virtual reality and social enterprise and believes all businesses big or small should be building social impact into their business model and thinks all business can give benefits to society and still manage to be profitable. Jarrah is a VR evangelist and sees it as a vehicle for empathy which can connect the
world in ways never seen before by communicating ideas through experiences rather than just words. He is passionate about science communication and reinventing the education system and though still young, considers lifelong learning to be a key aspect to a happy and engaging life.

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Level 27, International Tower One,Sydney,NSW,Australia

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