Bristol is fast becoming known for its work leading the way in Virtual (AR), Augmented (AR) and Mixed Realities (MR). Being the home to Virtual Reality World Congress (VRWC), it’s been named the European hub for VR.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce work to the team at the Bristol VR Lab and its early residents”


In January, Bristol will officially be home to its very own VR Lab – the Bristol VR Lab – a brand new shared workspace that has just received £295,000 funding from the West of England Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership to research and develop virtual, augmented and mixed reality technology, applications and projects in the South West.

Ahead of its opening, TechSPARK is inviting the local tech community to the lab on the 14 December to join the important discussion surrounding what these technologies hold for the region’s future.

In a traditional brekkie format, attendees will be invited to contribute to an open discussion over coffee and croissants with Dan Page (pictured left), Creative Director at VRWC and one of the team behind Bristol VR Lab who’ll be heading up the discussion.

Sneak peak

As well as a discussion, the brekkie will offer attendees the chance to see the lab before its official opening date and for local VR experts to showcase some of their work.

As Dan tells us: “Whether your interest is in finding out what’s going on in the sector locally, working in the building, or collaborating with a future resident you’re welcome to join us.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce work to the team at the Bristol VR Lab and its early residents.”

Bristol VR Lab provides a shared studio with high-end VR, AR and 360° equipment available at all times, experts on hand to offer advice, and engaging industry talks and events on a number of subjects related to the field. If you are researching, developing, experimenting or building a business in VR, AR or MR, this is the perfect place to do it.

Bristol VR Lab was founded by Watershed, University of Bristol, University of the West of England and Opposable Games. Bristol VR Lab also has BBC and Bath Spa University on board as partner organisations and maintains a close relationship with the industry-leading VR companies that featured at Opposable’s VR World Congress event.

Tickets to the brekkie cost £5 and include morning refreshments, to sign up head to the TechSPARK meetup group. If you work in VR and would like your work to be set up on a demo machine before arriving please arrange with Dan Page at the lab beforehand.