Unity summit joins packed AR/VR conference schedule

by Ian Hamilton • August 17th, 2015

Unity will be hosting a virtual and augmented reality conference on February 10 and 11 in Hollywood. The event will take place at the same venue as Oculus Connect, the Loews Hotel. The Vision VR/AR Summit joins a packed lineup of events focused on mixed reality. Though the calendar is already pretty full we could still see some new conferences added in the coming months as we approach the consumer launch of competing hardware systems.

The summit is for a wide range of professionals working in mixed reality and will offer sessions covering “conceptual and practical design, technology deep dives, interface design, implementation and creation of full immersion through presence. There will be tracks dedicated to specific hardware, and participants will have a chance to get hands-on assistance with their projects at platform-specific porting labs.” Unity is partnering with Valve, Sony, Oculus and Qualcomm and will hand out awards for VR and AR experiences at the event.

The summit comes a month before VRDC (Virtual Reality Developers Conference) happening as a “standalone” event on March 14 and 15 on the first few days of GDC (Game Developers Conference). It’s also a month after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 6 to 9, which is likely to see reveals of AR and VR hardware. 

There are still a bunch of VR-related events coming in 2015 too, including VRLA on August 29, which has sold out despite upgrading to the Los Angels Convention Center to house the enormous event. Oculus Connect 2, which will see keynotes streamed live online, is being held from September 23 to 25. Immersed will happen in Toronto from October 4 to 6.

Some other events in the coming months worth noting too: Immersed Europe featuring a keynote by Sony will happen on September 3 and 4 in Spain, education-focused Immersion in France from September 7 to 10 and Digital Hollywood from October 19 to 22.

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