Speakers announced for Museum Tech 2019

Alex Stevens, 09.05.2019
Digital innovation, VR and AR and online collections to be discussed
The Museums Association (MA) has announced the programme for Museum Tech 2019, a one-day conference looking at the use of technology in museums, galleries and the heritage sector. 

The conference, which takes place on 27 June at the Museum of London, will feature case studies, product launches and practical demonstrations that show how technology can be used in many different areas of museum practice. 

There will be a focus on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) and its use in museums, as well as discussions on online collections and commercial opportunities presented by technology.
 
The day will be chaired by Lauren Vargas, a digital fellow on the One by One project, which aims to build digital literacy in UK museums. Vargas is working with the Museum of London and National Army Museum on digital content and digital leadership as part of One by One, and is also undertaking a PhD in museum studies at the University of Leicester. 


The RAF Museum’s head of digital experience, Kevin Carter, and Ollie Lindsay, the founder of digital producer All Seeing Eye, will discuss the production process behind the Dambusters VR Experience (pictured) which recently opened at the RAF Museum London. 

Graham Davies, the digital programmes manager at Amguedffa Cymru (National Museums Wales), will present findings from the Museum ExplorAR augmented reality pilot project at National Museum Cardiff.
 
Andy Baker and Maf’j Alvarez will speak about their journey to producing a successful VR work for the Varlberg State Museum, Austria.
 
A panel discussion will look at online collections, after the MA’s Empowering Collections report recommended a strategic approach that goes "beyond the standard model of putting collections information on a website”, asking how museums can approach the digital future relevantly and effectively. 


Gavin Mallory, the production director of Cogapp, will present on the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), demystifying a potentially powerful tool for digital collections and showing some of its uses in practice. 

There will also be product showcases from TimeLooper, Tonwelt UK, Extensis and Virtualware Group.