Build an AR App: Intro to ARKit

Build an AR App: Intro to ARKit

Calling all designers, developers, makers, and entrepreneurs! Come spend the weekend with us learning how to design, prototype, and develop an augmented reality app with an amazing user experience! In this workshop, we will explore what it takes to create an ARKit project from an idea to a great user experience. We will cover the basics of AR, and the differences between mobile AR, headset AR, and VR. We will also dive deep into the mindset necessary to quickly build an AR application, without getting bogged down by rapid prototyping and development. This workshop will teach you the fundamentals of spacial UX, AR design, and AR development. You will leave with a new knowledge of the augmented world, the ability to build a simple AR portal to an "alternate reality", a new network of passionate people and a great start to your AR future.

What's included

  • 3 Days of Training & Networking at Upload SF
  • Access to One-on-One with Instructors
  • One Week Pass to Upload SF or Upload LA
  • Snacks & Refreshments


Upload SF 1535 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, 94103


  • Bring your own Mac laptop
  • iPhone 6S or newer with iOS 11 (released or beta version)
  • Xcode 9 (released, beta, or above)

About Upload

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  • Friday, December 8th (6:30pm-9pm)
  • 6:30pm: Dinner, drinks and play VR/AR games
  • 7:00pm: AR Weekend Talk
  • 7:20pm: Icebreaker
  • 7:30pm: Intro to the AR Industry: history, industry leaders, how AR works
  • 9:00pm: Light drinks and hanging out then we're done for the night! Get some rest for a big day tomorrow!
  • Saturday, December 9th (10am-6pm)
  • 10:00am: Meet and greet and play VR/AR games
  • 10:30am-12:30pm: Intro to ARKit Development
  • 12:30pm-12:50pm: AR Weekend Talk
  • 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 2:00pm-6:00pm: ARKit Development continued
  • Sunday, December 10th (10am-6pm)
  • 10:00am: Doors open
  • 10:30am: Work on your AR app and add on Individual Challenges, Showcase Work
  • 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 2:00 - 4:30pm: How to best use AR, How to Get Started on Your Own, Continue working on AR app
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm : Continue building challenges, Share your work, Game testing and playing in AR

Meet Your Instructors

Austin McCasland

Austin McCasland is a Senior UX designer at Westfield Retail Solutions, and focusses on traditional media, VR, and AR. He has given talks and created courses around designing for emerging media such as VR and AR. Ultimately - he is a product person, and loves the process of creating great things and putting them out in the world. In his spare time you can find Austin creating VR and AR experiences, art installations, or tech experiments, and talking nonstop about all of them. Check out some of his work!