Virtual Reality Developer Conference goes its own way this year


The Virtual Reality Developer Conference has this year decided to distance itself from GDC 2016 and become a standalone conference for VR and AR enthusiasts and experts from the industry to come together.

The Virtual Reality Developer Conference will take place on November 2 and 3 in San Francisco and will cover virtual and augmented reality in games, entertainment and more.

This will be the second edition of VRDC, following the strikingly successful debut of VRDC as a sibling conference to GDC 2016 earlier this year. Bringing an expanded focus overseen by a new advisory board, the two‐day event will bring together VR/AR experts from multiple industries to share best practices, demo new technology, create new business partnerships, and exchange ideas with innovators shaping the industry.

It found that there was so much interest in VR and AR at GDC 2016 earlier this year that the technology warranted its own conference where it could expand and bring even more exhibits.

To meet the growing demand for high‐quality content in the space, VRDC’s second edition will expand to cover virtual and augmented reality in games, entertainment, and beyond into subjects such as healthcare, journalism, travel, manufacturing, retail, live events, real estate, training, so much more.

An advisory board of top names in VR will lead content for the show, including representatives from major platform holders such as Google (Noah Falstein), Oculus (Robert Stevenson), and Valve (Chet Faliszek), as well as creators behind experiences like Job Simulator (Alex Schwartz, Owlchemy Labs), Fantastic Contraption (Colin Northway) & VR experience experts like Pete Isensee (HBO Labs), Jazmin Cano (High Fidelity), Timoni West (Unity Labs), Tracey John (Havas Health) & Christina Heller (VR Playhouse).

Despite VRDC being its own entity, GDC organizers intend to continue running Virtual Reality Developer Conference Game and Entertainment sessions alongside the Game Developers Conference in February 2017.

To find out more, details are available at the VRDC site.

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