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March Newsletter: 3D & VR for Real Estate. GDC. Special Offers. 
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March 2016 Newsletter
Hi <<First Name>>! The past month has been marked by a number of exciting events. Hopscotch Interactive presented on VR Trends in Real Estate at OffPlanet VR 2 in Berkeley.  We were on location for 3D shoots in the Northwest, scouted locations in Arizona, attended the ICSC Idea Exchange in Monterey, and participated in U.C. Berkeley's Women in Leadership Conference. This month was also marked by the incredible showing of VR and Real Estate marketing trends around the 2016 Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, covered in more depth below.
NEWS
VR Trends for Real Estate Packs the House at Sold-out Event
Hopscotch Interactive founder Emily Olman spoke to a full house at the sold-out Off Planet VR 2 event in Berkeley, CA on 2/25.  The event reached capacity with over 150 attendees, and was a huge success for Off Planet founder, filmmaker Siciliana Trevino of Quirkeley. It also proved that local demand for hands-on experience with new VR content is extremely high.     

Olman spoke about a number of trends in real estate marketing, including the use of virtual reality as a growing trend. Drawing from her own experience producing VR content for real estate, as well as industry research, she painted the picture of a market poised for mainstream adoption as technology becomes more accessible. After the presentation, Olman joined other exhibitors including:  LucidCam, WeVR, Kaleidoscope VRKunze ProductionsSilicon Valley Virtual Reality, and others to demo Matterport VR Showcases. 

While presenting Matterport 3D, we also created a "test" Matterport Space that can be viewed below. For a copy of the presentation on VR Trends in Real Estate, please email us and we will be happy to share. To view the full photo gallery or the "test" Space, please visit the gallery here

Below are photographs taken by the immensely talented Harel Meri of Myrtle Photography, sharing with you some of the highlights of our Matterport VR demo and the event.  A big thanks goes out to Harel and Hadas for the great photographs, and to Siciliana Trevino for inviting Hopscotch Interactive to participate. 

Note: We have not yet selected our winner of the free 3D Showcase drawing, so please stay-tuned for our next newsletter with this announcement. 
Off Planet VR 2, 2/25/16, Photo credit: Myrtle Photography
UPCOMING EVENT 4/7
Hopscotch Interactive will attend the Haas DMEC event in San Francisco on April 7th

Want to mingle with alumni and classmates of the Haas School of Business and learn more about the exciting ecosystem of DMEC alumni? The Haas Digital Media & Entertainment Club (DMEC) is hosting their annual mixer for current members, alumni, and industry professionals who are passionate about the digital media & entertainment space. The ticket covers one drink. Light appetizer will also be provided by DMEC.

What: Haas Digital Media & Entertainment Mixer

When: Thursday, April 7th 6-9pm (followed by Bar of the Week)

Where: Barbarossa Lounge (714 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111)

Cost: $10 (ticket covers one drink and light appetizers Signup Link

Photo credit: creative commons

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
ICSC Ideas Exchange Monterey
At the International Council of Shopping Center's (ICSC) annual event in Monterey, CA March 9-10, many of the nation's top retailers and commercial real estate firms came together for networking and dealmaking. Highlights included the "Retail Runway", where franchisors pitched to attendees about their businesses and what they have to offer; a surprising number shared plans for 100+ new locations in 2016 indicating a strong national economy.  

From Lemonade's fast-casual dining, to Smitten's nitrogen enhanced ice cream and numerous architects, city development offices, and real estate professionals, we were greatly impressed by the diversity and ambition of new and old franchises. 

Disruptors such as
B8TA in Palo Alto, a new retailer that lets you try out "beta" tech before it's been launched in stores certainly seemed to upend the traditional business model.   
Game Developer's Conference San Francisco
While we couldn't attend all of the events surrounding the GDC and Road to VR this year, we did make sure to attend a fantastic event on 3D & VR for Real Estate hosted by eeGeo Ltd., a 3D mapping platform for businesses. At their March 16th event in San Francisco, attendees were able to demo their 3D Mapping Platform in VR, and we got a walkthrough of some great Matterport 3D Spaces. eeGeo's goal is to map the world in 3D, inside and out, and they are well on their way! To find out more about their cutting-edge mapping technology and their staggering early adoption rates in the Japanese market, visit their website at www.eegeo.com 
Bart Denny, eeGeo Product and Business Development Manager shares insights on 3D & VR Trends for Real Estate in San Francisco, March 16th. 
2016 Haas Women in Leadership Conference
The 2016 Haas Women in Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 12th brought together hundreds of businesswomen from the Bay Area and beyond to network and explore aspects of being a woman in business. Inspirational stories were shared by female entrepreneurs as they connected within the business community. There were also a number of men in attendance, gaining critical insights into elements of their business that they want to better understand. Hopscotch Interactive joined many other women-owned businesses to exchange ideas and to discuss opportunities for growth and best-practices amongst our peers.  
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