Last year, Virtuleap ran the first edition of the Global WebVR Hackathon to champion the open web as the best platform for mixed reality and to rally and catalyze content creators alongside partners like Mozilla, Google, Samsung Internet, Oculus, Microsoft, as well as dozens of other community partners from around the world.
We received 34 concepts by teams from across 13 countries, including the United States, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Japan, Finland, France, Spain, Russia, India, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The concepts were just as diverse, ranging from social VR and templates & tools, to healthcare & medicine and arts & crafts.
Next week, the hackathon returns for its second edition and has been rebranded to the “Global WebXR Hackathon” in honor of the forthcoming seismic-shifting upgrade to the WebXR API, a unified framework that welcomes WebAR into the family, allowing developers to create immersive content that runs on all VR and AR devices.
This round is sponsored by Supermedium, Mozilla and Samsung Internet, and will run from May 25th to June 24th. It will be much more focused than the last edition; limited to two very different tracks that will be announced on the start date. The prizes will consist of the best and latest VR and AR gear.
We have collected a diverse range of industry experts, influencers, and leaders for judges, with a range of backgrounds and skill-sets represented, including developers, designers, devrels, and marketing professionals. You can check out the full lineup on the hackathon teaser page.
Getting votes to support your concepts will be important, but we will also be giving brownie points to those creative developers that take advantage of the cross-modality potential that the WebXR API opens up to the industry. So, think bigger and expand your concepts to be accessible to the full spectrum of VR and AR devices.
While the hackathon ends on June 24, the party isn’t over then. Virtuleap has partnered with WebXR community pioneer, Damon Hernandez, to pass the baton to the upcoming “WebXR Week” global event that starts the day after, on June 25. We can’t share more details with you yet, but it’s going to be a week-long festival of WebXR learnings and collaborations hosted by WebXR advocates and hubs from around the world.
To make sure you stay up to date, follow Virtuleap on Twitter and register for the newsletter on the hackathon homepage. We are super thrilled to see what comes out of this next round and the cross-reality content that it is beckoning all creative developers to manifest on the open web. It is metaversal history in the making.
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