The first exhibit upon entering the center is a large touchscreen campus map that uses Google Maps as the underlying technology. Visitors can click on buildings to get content built by the university's Web Communications team including addresses, photos, history, and use descriptions. They can also get point-to-point directions and follow a QR code to view the new visit.vt.edu website and download a new Visit Virginia Tech mobile app built in partnership with Smart College Visit on the Nomad Mobile Guides platform.
Once visitors enter the exhibit gallery, their next stop will likely be the “The Future Starts Here” interactive exhibit that invites viewers to explore over 100 university research and outreach stories via a “moving word” interface on a touchscreen display. Across from this exhibit is a print-on-demand kiosk that allows prospective students to customize admissions information packets.
Next on the tour, four touchscreen kiosks offer photographs and videos leveraging four themes: Community of Learners, Nurturing Critical Thinking, Generating Knowledge, and Sharing Discoveries. The videos – scripted, shot, edited, and produced by the university's Visual and Broadcast Communications team – feature students and faculty speaking directly to the viewer about student life, living in Southwest Virginia, undergraduate studies, departments and colleges, and undergraduate research.
Next is a historical timeline of the university, stretching across a full wall and sharing glimpses of campus life from the library archives and descriptions of milestone achievements over periods of time since the university's founding in 1872.
A “Virginia Tech around the World” exhibit enables viewers to read about research, outreach, and notable alumni across the globe. When a viewer touches a location on the world map, an information box pops up with photographs and a description.
Next, two graphic panels overview “Living and Playing in Blacksburg” and “Virginia Tech Traditions.” These displays also hold two University Relations print publications, "Hokie Hokie Hokie Hy! Virginia Tech Symbols and Tradition"s and a new "Virginia Tech Visitor Guide."
Finally, every visitor center needs a few exhibits that are strictly for fun. A lenticular panel on the wall captures a view of the Duck Pond – voted as one of the favorite places on campus by alumni – over three seasons and evokes childhood memories of lenticular cards found in cereal boxes. A life-size HokieBird exhibit allows fans to select one of three background images and snap their picture with the beloved mascot using their mobile phone or device.