In this week’s MiXR Studios podcast, we talk with Beste Aydin and Matthew Kosova, co-presidents of the University of Michigan’s student-run Alternate Reality Initiative (ARI). Beste and Matthew are founding members of the student organization created to provide a community and a home for students at U-M who were interested in exploring extended reality technologies.
We discuss its origins and how a group of enterprising students created one of the largest student XR organizations in the country. This was a real grassroots effort to create a place on campus for students to learn more about XR and explore what is possible. ARI was founded in January 2018 and quickly became a hub for interested students to connect and learn more.