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Lightning Lesson: Usability Testing for VR

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The big question: how do we run air-tight usability tests on our VR applications so we can make data-driven product decisions? This Lightning Lesson will cover Usability Testing. We will discuss some of the top tools, strategies, and techniques for Usability Testing, and finish up the evening testing a handful of VR applications on the market.
Special guest instructor: Olga Ivanova.

Why usability testing, and why this workshop?
As Designers and Developers, you need to discover how to change and improve your product as soon as possible. This means that usability testing should be implemented as early as possible. 
Enough with the anecdotal assumptions; let’s focus on the real truth from our users!

What you will need:
No prior experience needed.
An interest in emerging technology and curiosity of Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Your own computer with the latest version of Unity downloaded.




Why usability testing, and why this workshop?
As Designers and Developers, you need to discover how to change and improve your product as soon as possible. This means that usability testing should be implemented as early.
Enough with the anecdotal assumptions; let’s focus on the real truth from our users!
You will learn how to design and conduct usability tests on different types of VR experiences, so you can continue to iterate and improve your product based on real data. We will show you how to make your VR products comfortable, delightful, and rememberable.

What is Usability Testing?
Usability Testing is the process of evaluating your project based on a series of tests and experiments on a select group of people. Usability Testing, in general, revolves around the Why, When, Where, What and With Whom to test, Heuristic Evaluations, Guerrilla Tests, In-person and remote user tests, analyses (Methods and processes), Tools (Software and Hardware), and specific documentation to conduct testing safely and consensually.

Who this is for:
We’re looking for Designers, Developers, Project Managers, Researchers, Producers, Entrepreneurs, and anyone else passionate about building beautiful Virtual Reality products.

About Olga:
This workshop is taught by VR Product Designer, Entrepreneur, and professional usability tester, Olga Ivanova.
Leading the virtual reality company to create and deliver meaningful experiences to enhance people's everyday life. Olga works on human-centered VR experience design and also researches, evaluates and tests various VR solutions. Olga has Master's Degree in Communication design, during her journey as a creative professional, she has developed brands and successfully launched products always focusing on people, user-centered experiences and business goals. She worked with different platforms, tools, and technologies such as P2P blockchain applications and, of course, VR. Olga’s varied skills were a great asset to start working on VR. Olga is fascinated by the constant VR discovery process and keeps learning new tools and skills every day.
Personal:
website: https://ol-iva.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/olgaoliva/

VR Oxygen:
website: https://vroxygen.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VRoxygen
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vroxygen/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vroxygen/




About Lightning Lessons:
Lightning Learns are a free series designed introduce people to building their VR worlds using Unity. Our mission is to teach as many people how to build VR as possible. We’re here to give you the tools and resources you need to accelerate your learning.
This series will introduce you to a ton of different areas of VR design and development, with the goal of introducing you to Unity, the latest VR experiences exemplifying the lessons’ themes, and a clearer idea of how to get into the industry.
And by the way, feeling the fire to learn and ambition to build each week? Keep on coming! You will leave with your own VR-Ready project by the end of the series.

About Upload:
Upload is a co-working space dedicated to emerging technologies. We believe in people. Bringing together passionate groups leads to thoughtful ideas; from thoughtful ideas grow amazing projects. We’re here to support our tribe, and welcome everyone to join!
We are also an educational organization offering VR/AR development and design workshops.
We offer weekend workshops and a longer form VR development and design course, ideal for those aspiring to break into the industry. You need the tools and resources? Come try them out.
Check out upload.io for more information.
Email [email protected] with any questions.
The big question: how do we run air-tight usability tests on our VR applications so we can make data-driven product decisions? This Lightning Lesson will cover Usability Testing. We will discuss some of the top tools, strategies, and techniques for Usability Testing, and finish u...
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