Wednesday July 31st was an exciting evening at Foy’s Arcade as ISPT hosted an interactive tour and networking evening for the Property Council of Australia’s (PCA) 500 Women in Property Program. Jennifer of Foy’s Arcade is being mentored this year by Erin Donnellon, Manager of Digital Delivery at ISPT, who also participated in the Program in its first year. Check out the full list of participants for 2019 here.
We started off the event with wine, cheese platters and networking and then Erin and Lucas of Collective Social Intelligence (CSI), who built Foy’s Arcade along with ISPT began the tour. Erin presented a special intro to country, changing all of our screens to Brett Leavy‘s ‘Virtual Songlines’. This interactive game shows Australia before white settlement, and is longitude and latitude correct.
The team also introduced the history of 246 Bourke Street, with the building originally being the Foy & Gibsons department store up until the 60’s. Mark Foy was a true innovator, holding pop up events in the building – including a French Style catwalk and a Rooftop Fun Park. When creating the space, the team wanted to incorporate the history – hence landing on the name Foy’s Arcade.
Lucas brought us into the present by introducing CSI’s room controller app, Jarviz, from which we can control the lights, blinds, screens etc in Foy’s and how technology like this can be adapted for entire offices or even buildings. He then went on to demonstrate Swiper, a tool they created that uses hand gestures to mimic mouse movements. See pictures below of Lucas with the Jarviz app and playing a matching game with Swiper.
We then moved into our Collaboration Hub, which showcases yet another technology called Cruiser, which turns the whiteboard in the zone into a touch screen. Cruiser also has the ability to ‘throw’ or send content in real time and allows for information to be edited by multiple parties at the same time – even in different locations.
John, also from CSI demonstrated his personal Oculus, which is one of the newest forms of VR on the market, and we also had a Microsoft Hololens on display which attendees got to try out after the tour. CSI even treated us to a demonstration of one of their latest experiments – Bluetrack – which is a tracking technology that can be implemented into many industries such as retail and health.
Thank you again to the Property Council of Australia’s 500 Women in Property Program for letting us host an event in our space and our fabulous attendees for getting immersed in technology and collaboration with us. You can find all the photos of the night on our Facebook Page and thank you to Brent Edwards Photography for the snaps!