Immerse Conf.2019
Full Program

21,22 & 28 September

Conference - Art + Tech Masterclasses

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September

Venue: St. Andrew’s Anglican College (Learning Hub), Peregian Springs

Registration 9am (21/9)
Starts: 9.30am
Ends: 4.30pm

Two days of hands-on Immersive Art+Tech Masterclasses + Networking event

Masterclasses taught by three world-class creatives:

Program - Day 1

Explore the steps involved in creating an immersive application and see just how simple it is to bring your ideas to life and wow people using Augmented & Virtual Reality (AR/VR).

You’ll explore Google Tiltbrush, Oculus Medium, Blender, Photoshop and After Effects to create dynamic 2D and 3D assets. You’ll learn how to combine images, modeling and animation in EyeJack, Vuforia and Unity – and how these elements can be combined and activated using AR or VR.

You will then introduce yourself to the group, identify your interests, and break into ‘development’ teams. You’ll start planning your immersive application / experience – working with supplied materials, or your own ideas; with lots of guidance from your three world-class facilitators (Helena Papageorgiou, Charles Henden, Craig Bowler).

Networking event – Saturday evening! Details to be announced.

Program - Day 2

Warm up your imagination with lessons in VR painting and sculpting, and make a simple AR marker. Then reassemble into teams, and continue building your immersive project.

In the afternoon, you’ll bring it all together to finalise your project. End the workshop with teams sharing their VR / AR experiences, discussing what you’ve learned and pick up tips from other teams!

Software info

Software in use during Day 1+2 will include: Blender, Photoshop CC (2013 and later), After Effects, Unity, Google Tiltbrush, Oculus Medium, EyeJack Creator (AR app), Vuforia (AR).

If you’re new to 3D design software, we suggest you watch a few introductory YouTube / tutorials about Photoshop CC (design) and After Effects (animation) before the conference. Free access is available to learning portal for all SC and Noosa Library cardholders. Free 7-day trials are available for Photoshop CC and After Effects. Blender and Unity are free. There is a free version of Vuforia. EyeJack Creator app is free (download onto laptop).

Jam Creative Hack Day

Saturday 28 September

Venue: CQ University, Noosa

Starts: 9.30am
Ends: 4.30pm

Get ready to test-drive your new immersive skills in a team to experiment, ideate and collaborate on an immersive project.

Immerse conference participants + additional 3D creatives who can ‘add value’ to teams (eg. tech, sound, coders, filmmakers, game developers) will come together to build an immersive Proof of Concept in one day!

Each Proof of Concept will be shared with the group near the end of the day, and receive a professional constructive critique. An opportunity for presentation at a Sunshine Coast public event in 2020 will be offered to the most resolved / appropriate work/s (including development funding).


Helena Papageorgiou

Video Producer, Animator, Projection artist and Illustrator

Helena Papageorgiou (HP_SecondVariety) is an animator, art director, motion designer, and projection artist. She creates music videos, live visuals and uses augmented reality within her works to explore the integration of multiple platforms to display a post-production wonderland. Her work incorporates various stylistic mediums from film, collage, motion design, 2D and 3D animation to convey a sense of visual immersion. Her music videos have been recognised both locally and internationally with award winning commendations.

Her projects include creating visuals for festival events such as Splendour in the Grass 19, Goovin’ the Moo, Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, Geelong After Dark, BIGSOUND, End of the Line and more.

More recently, Helena has curated [In]Place as part of Sunshine Coast’s ‘Horizon Festival 2019’ to work with local visual artists and transform their work into interactive motion experiences using Augmented Reality to create an immersive art trail around Nambour.


Charles Henden

Immersive Technologist & Studio Founder

Charles Henden has been a software engineer and lead programmer in the entertainment industry for over ten years contributing to a diverse range of video game titles from movie licensed party games, through AAA franchise shooters and next gen sports simulations. Charles recently founded VISITOR, a studio that invites you to explore creative offerings in performance art, storytelling, organisational intelligence and automated cinematography. Through his collaboration with Sutu, he has received a Sundance fellowship for explorations in the VR storytelling space. Charles will tell us how storytellers can blend the disciplines of film, game development, live performance and animation to create new immersive art forms.


Craig Bowler

Art Director and Studio co-founder

Interactive art director and technician possessed by the capabilities of the VR revolution. His skill set has been forged from leading art teams across numerous Mobile, PlayStation, Xbox and PC titles. Craig has a passion for building active, engaging worlds and delivering them to audiences on stage, screen and head-mounted display.

As co-founder of VISITOR Craig has delivered fantastical multi-player, multi-language experiences, non-linear VR storyscapes, photo-real 3D environments and rich simulation. Since establishment, he has released VR documentaries and applications to international audiences, installed permanent exhibits at ACMI and Queensland Museum, showcased immersive film production as a delegate at the Cannes and Tribeca film festivals and explored performance capture solutions by leveraging open source and consumer technology.

Your ticket to learning valuable new skills

Create Noosa is a not-for-profit organisation. Ticket proceeds go to covering the costs of our fantastic presenters and the delicious lunch on offer each day.

I was lucky enough to attend Immerse 2018 and came away inspired by the possibilities showcased by those amazing presenters. This event promises to be even better.

Adam B
Noosa Artist


$16-$95 60 PLACES ONLY
  • 2 x Delicious lunches
  • World class presenters
  • Hands-on masterclasses
  • Use of VR/AR hardware and software
  • Invitation to Immerse networking party
Ticket Booking

Immerse 2019 is produced by:

createNoosa Noosa Council Noosa Council

Proudly supported by:

St Andrews Institute of Learning CQ University HTC Vive

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government, Noosa Council and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in Regional Queensland.