Showcase of American Digital Media Projects

Congress is pleased to feature a Showcase of American Digital Media Projects for members to experience in the Innovation Expo, November 29 and 30. Choose from six VR projects on Gear VR, Oculus and HTC VIVE, as well as featured episodes from four science-focused YouTube channels.

This programming is generously supported by a grant from the Sloan Foundation’s Public Understanding of Science & Technology Program.


After Solitary (NOVA, Frontline, Emblematic Group)
After Solitary, a collaboration between Emblematic Group and PBS' investigative series FRONTLINE, uses photogrammetry and volumetric video capture to tell the story of 39-year-old Kenny Moore, a recently released inmate who spent years in solitary confinement.

Basking in Butterflies (New York Times)
Every year, thousands of monarch butterflies migrate from eastern Canada to Michoacan, Mexico. Step inside a butterfly reserve in Michoacan to see where they make their winter homes.

Chasing Coral VR Experience (D: Jeff Orlowski)
This remarkably sobering VR is the powerful result of Jeff Orlowski's project of the same name about the quest of a group of filmmakers and ocean scientists to provide visual proof of climate change. This exclusive underwater experience follows Zackery Rago, a passionate scuba diver and researcher, as he documented the unprecedented 2016 coral bleaching event at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

It's Okay to Be Smart (YouTube, PBS Digital Studios)
Host: Joe Hanson
Joe Hanson, Ph.D., is a curious group of atoms in a curious universe, and he's here to tell you how it all works.

Journey to the Edge of Space (Discovery VR, Seeker)
What is it like to go to the edge of space? Well, you're about to find out. This video is the first of its kind. The Seeker team attached a VR camera rig to a weather balloon and sent it out of the troposphere and into the stratosphere at 65 miles per hour.

Life of Us (WITHIN; project creators: Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin)
Life of Us is a shared VR journey from WITHIN that tells the complete story of the evolution of life on Earth.

The Possible Series – Episode: Listening to the Universe (WITHIN)
A century ago, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves—ripples in spacetime—but believed they were so small that humans would never observe them. More recently, an MIT physics professor did the math and concluded that Einstein was wrong. So he built the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which measures almost infinitesimally small disturbances in spacetime—smaller than anything that’s been measured before. And in 2016, LIGO succeeded, detecting gravitational waves from a massive, faraway collision between black holes. Watch "Listening to the Universe" to get up close and personal with the scientists of LIGO and their thrilling discovery. Then, stay tuned for GE’s "Fighting Fire With Fire."

SciShow (Complexly)
Hosts: Hank Green, Michael Aranda, Olivia Gordon
SciShow explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious!

Simone’s Robots (YouTube)
Host: Simone Giertz
Maker/robotics enthusiast/non-engineer Simone Giertz has become somewhat of an expert in shitty robots.

Veritasium (YouTube)
Host: Derek Mueller
An element of truth—videos about science, education, and anything else Derek finds interesting.