Having already proven its talents at creating high quality VR games, Opposable VR is investing in the future of its chosen medium by once again hosting the UK’s largest Virtual Reality conference in Bristol. And you can get involved.

Opening on 12 April 2016, Opposable VR’s own Dan Page tells us the VR World Congress, “will bring together the world’s smartest and most forward facing companies based in and around the VR industry to share knowledge, network and experience new technologies.”

Bigger, better, broader

SWVR-ROTO-Tom-Sparey-Photography-1Helped by a fancy new website, the conference is hoping to expand in both scope and scale, moving to a building capable of hosting 600 delegates, multiple stages for talks, and a meeting area for getting first-hand experience of the latest applications of virtual reality.

Drawing in a wide range of local and global partners such as its sponsor AMD, Dan tells us that the conference will once again attract an audience of “TV companies, game developers, engineering firms, architectural visualisation companies, training bodies, medical professionals, hardware manufacturers, data visualisation companies, 360 filmmakers and educational organisations.”

He adds: “In terms of speakers and exhibitors, we’ve already got AMD, BBC Natural History, nDreams, Frontier, Triangular Pixels, Lloyd Digital and Tammeka games involved. There’ll be some more really big names coming very soon though so keep an eye on our Twitter and website.”

Bristol is best

Bristol’s links with the rest of the UK, as well as its international connections to Europe, China and the US, make it an ideal location to nurture one of the most promising forms of technology to emerge in recent years.

“Bristol and Bath have a history in making innovations in technology… we’re creative thinkers around these parts”

 

The South West has rapidly become a hotspot for VR development, and as Dan explains, “Bristol and Bath have a history in making innovations in technology…we’re creative thinkers around these parts; the Bristol Games Hub, the Engine Shed, IBM, BAE, Airbus, HP Labs, Aardman, several VFX studios and the BBC (I could go on), are all based around here”.

Interested? Why not come along?

After a very positive response to February’s debut show, the next show is being expanded not only to diversify the conference, but also to open it up to members of the public who want to try this tech for themselves.

“We’re opening the conference up to students, enthusiasts and those that might just want to dip their toes in”

 

Dan continues: “We’ve created an entirely separate expo area with 26 demo stations, which people will be able to pick up tickets for really cheaply. This does two major things – opens the conference up to students, enthusiasts and those that might just want to dip their toes in, and also means exhibitors can show off their demos all day long’.

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SWVR fun: Here’s TechSPARK assistant editor Alice Whale and editor Jamie
Middleton, amongst others, being entertained at last year’s conference!

Other ways to get involved include becoming a sponsor, showing off your own VR developments or even applying to speak at the conference yourself, all of which will be welcome additions to the expo.

We’d like to thank Dan Page from Opposable games for taking the time to answer our questions. Both expo-only and full tickets can be bought over at Eventbrite. Don’t forgot you can get involved through sponsorship, demoing or talking, and you can keep up to date with the event through Twitter or by signing up to their newsletter.

Image credit: Tom Sparey Photography

Jimmy Crosthwaite