Worlds for Change Challenge Kickoff

Event description

  • Arts and entertainment

Join us as we kick off the Worlds for Change Challenge, a distributed festival of worldbuilding with the opportunity to win financial aid packages to one of ASU’s new transdisciplinary XRts graduate degree programs at the Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center in Mesa, Arizona, or at ASU California Center Broadway in Los Angeles.

Imagine the immersive world you want to see, and prototype creative visions for the future. Open digitally to all who wish to attend and locally to current and recently completed undergraduate students at ASU, this is a chance to learn worldbuilding skills and immediately put them into action. MIX Center artists and engineers will facilitate workshops throughout the day in-person and in MIX Center's digital twin in Spatial. Those attending virtually in Spatial will receive a link after they register. No experience required.  



9 a.m. | Breakfast in the Lobby
Continental breakfast offerings and coffee & tea

10 a.m. | Opening panel in the Screening Theater
Featuring: Jake Pinholster, Sultan Sharrief, Robert LiKamWa, Stephanie Tomlin, Nonny de la Peña, Mary Matheson 

11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Creation Stations in the Lobby
Participants are encouraged to experiment with XR worldbuliding tools including photogrammetry and Tilt Brush at pop-up Creation Stations throughout the MIX Center lobby, guided by Meteor Studio artists and engineers.

11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Session A: “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” XR and Worldbuilding Workshops 

Pepper’s Ghost with Sven Ortel and Julien Silva: A two-part workshop beginning with a brief overview of the history of Pepper’s Ghost (live holograms), to fabrication of bespoke Pepper’s Ghost devices and artworks.

3D Worlds in Unity with Robert LiKamWa: Learn how to construct interactive Unity environments from 3D assets and sounds.

1–2 p.m. | Lunch in the Lobby
Boxed lunches and assortment of beverages

2–4 p.m. | Session B: “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” XR and Worldbuilding Workshops 

Volumetric Capture with Sultan Sharrief

Worldbuliding with Laura Cechanowicz

4 p.m. | MIX Center Digital Twin in Spatial Reveal in the Screening Theater

4:30 p.m. | Wrap in the Screening Theater




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Event contact

Saturday, September 23, 2023

9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023

9:00 am5:00 pm (MST)


Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center


Free, Registration required