XR For Change 2018 Highlights Progressive VR And AR In New York Next Month

by Jamie Feltham • May 17th, 2018

Next month will see VR and AR developers come together to highlight progressive uses of both technologies at the 2018 XR for Change Summit in New York City.

The event, which takes place on June 30th as part of the wider Games for Change Festival, will feature nine experiences in its Immersive Arcade section. Included in the list are two projects born out of Oculus’ VR for Good initiative in She Flies by Her Own Wings, created in partnership with The Pride Foundation, and Meeting a Monster, from Good and Life After Hate. Tiger Tron’s Jupiter & Mars, the underwater exploration game coming soon to PlayStation VR (PSVR), will also be on display.

Along with the arcade, the Summit will feature a range of talks and panels from some of the biggest names in progressive VR and AR. That includes Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Director, Kamal Sinclair, who will discuss the pitfalls and benefits of working with these new platforms, and UNICEF Innovation VR & Event Lead, Chris Szymczak, who will discuss the charity’s work in VR and AR.

The full programme can be seen here.

“After carefully listening to many voices across different parts of our community about building on the success of the inaugural VR for Change Summit, we decided to expand the focus of the Summit to XR to incorporate other emerging technology in the hopes of being more inclusive for more developers,” said Susanna Pollack, President of Games for Change, in a prepared statement. “We believe there is tremendous potential for impact in all of these technologies and look forward to nurturing a community that can explore the full breadth of possibilities in making social good experiences.”

If VR and Ar have proven anything over the past few years it’s that both technologies that the power to make a real impact on people’s lives, and events like this showcase perhaps some of the most important work being done with the tech as a result.

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