Reflections on Attending the Virtual Educa Conference

In early July the Hydrous was invited to attend the Virtual Educa Conference in Salvador Bahia, Brazil by way of an invitation of the World Bank to represent groups that are promoting the Think Blue initiative. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with other non-profit organizations that are also working hard to educate the public about ocean issues using some really awesome technology.

Hydrous Board Member Aaron Roan speaking at the conference.

We saw some amazing presentations from groups similar to ours that are using 3D printing for modeling use, and also in the process of creating structures for coral to grow on. Seeing our partners at the Smithsonian present the content they are bringing online from their collection was fantastic as well. We had the chance to showcase our work with the Minister of Education of Bahia as well as other officials, and it was wonderful to see their reactions and receive their validation. Even more, seeing young students interact for the first time with our VR content was incredible. It was apparent that they were really taken with the experience.

 Previewing our IMMERSE VR content with conference participants

Previewing our IMMERSE VR content with conference participants

We were able to witness some really great work taking place when we were there as well which proved that high level actors like the World Bank and other large institutions are putting grant money towards Ocean Education. On the final day of presentations, after our presentation about Hydrous work to the conference, a multimillion dollar grant was established and earmarked for non-profits to continue the good work around Ocean Education. It was wonderful to be a part of and contribute to the conference at large, and an important reminder of the good work being done by organizations internationally.

 Jim Chowdry and Aaron Roan sharing Hydrous "magic".

Jim Chowdry and Aaron Roan sharing Hydrous "magic".