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Continuing the trend from 2016’s event, VR World Congress in 2017 will feature a packed agenda across three full days.

11th April: Registration, VRWC17 EEN Matchmaking Event, afternoon talks, press-only expo pre-show

12th April: Talks, expo, meetings, evening networking event

13th April: Talks, expo, meetings, after party

VRWC17 will include upwards of 70 speakers, 30 exhibitors and ample opportunity to meet with the brightest minds in virtual reality.

Timed Schedule:

Tuesday 11th April:

9:00+: Registration (Reminder - You must register at Expo first)

9:30 - 16:30: VRWC17 EEN Matchmaking Event

14:00: afternoon talks

19:00 - 23:00: Press & VIP expo pre-show

Wednesday 12th April:

9:00+: Registration (Reminder - You must register at Expo first)

10:00 - 17:40: Talks

9:00 - 17:00: Expo Open

14:00-16:30: VRWC17 EEN Matchmaking Event

19:00 - 23:00: Evening Mixer

Thursday 13th April: 

9:00+: Registration (Reminder - You must register at Expo first)

10:00 - 17:20: Talks

9:00 - 17:00: Expo Open

14:00-16:30: VRWC17 EEN Matchmaking Event

19:00+: After Party

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At-Bristol
Watershed - Waterside 3
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At-Bristol - Planetarium

April 11th

Watershed - Waterside 3

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14:10
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VR's Out-of-home Opportunity

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Kevin will be speaking on the possibilities for VR to grow outside of the home.

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14:30
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Sport Capture in VR

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Richard Nockles
Surround Vision
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As VR capture in sport moves into the game engine Richard will showcase their recent work with Anthony Joshua, Formula 1 and the Premier League.

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360 Video Entertainment Film production Marketing VR 101
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14:50
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Democratizing VR adoption by engineering and industrial companies

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Pablo Coca
CTIC Technology Center
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Pablo's talk will be based on CTIC's conversor called RealCAD. They have used this technology in several industrial and engineering applications that will be presented in the talk as real use-cases.

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15:10
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Learning in 3D: making education more real and inclusive

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Maria will be speaking on the design of virtual learning experiences and the Affordances of Immersive 3D Virtual World Environments for Education and Training.

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April 12th

At-Bristol

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10:00
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Intro

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Will Freeman gets the day off and running!

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10:10
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Insights from AMD's Roy Taylor

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Roy will share insights on the role technology is playing in the fast-growing world of virtual reality, and some of the latest developments in content and technologies that are propelling VR forward.

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10:45
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Developing with HoloLens: The Path to Mixed Reality

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Mike Taulty
Microsoft
Peter Daukintis
Microsoft
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This session provides a developer’s overview of the HoloLens and holographic app development in Unity and C#.

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12:20
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The Future of Wearable Displays and Inputs

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David Holz
Leap Motion
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 Leap Motion CTO David Holz will talk about the rapidly emerging future of VR technologies and what it means for human experience.

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12:55
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14:00
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Streaming VR/AR Content over the web

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This talk will focus on the web as an emerging platform for VR/AR content and how new compression technologies are making 360 audio and geometry possible to any device with a browser and an internet connection.

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14:40
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The importance of touch: Mid-air haptic feedback for VR & AR

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Tom Carter
Ultrahaptics
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TBC

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15:20
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Virtual Reality in Healthcare, from research to rehabilitation

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Charles will be speaking on how virtual reality offers extraordinary opportunities for researchers and healthcare practitioners.

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15:40
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Virtually Better - VR for health and wellbeing

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Dr Wendy Powell
University of Portsmouth
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In her talk, Wendy will be providing an overview of the areas in which VR is already being used (or has the potential to be used) for improving health.

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16:00
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VR & physical rehab

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Dr Isabel Van De Keere
Immersive Rehab
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Through VR, Immersive Rehab offers effective physical rehabilitation that keeps those with limited mobility engaged with their physical rehabilitation programme. Isabel will be discussing Immersive Rehab’s work and findings in her talk.

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16:20
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Hacking the Brain: Unlocking the power of NeuroVR

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Luciana Carvalho Se
Realities Centre
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Exploring recent findings on the treatment of phobias, PTSD and mental health issues using VR, and theories around the virtual-physical illusion of presence.

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16:40
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How VR in healthcare is also going to transform corporate training

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Lucy Hayman
Blueprint Partners
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Lucy, along with Chiropractor Matt Flanagan, will be speaking on the ‘Virtual Spine’ that Blueprint Partners built for chiropractors Back to Health.

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Watershed - Waterside 3

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11:00
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Collaborating with brands in VR

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Brynley Gibson
Curve Digital Entertainment Ltd.
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Brynley will be discussing what creating VR for a brand entails. What is the purpose of it? How can we help clients? How can we all ensure we deliver an authentic experience for users?

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Marketing VR 101
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11:20
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The immersive media revolution: how VR and AR are changing the advertising paradigm

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In this talk, backed by behavioural experiments, entrepreneur Samuel Huber argues that immersive technologies such as VR and AR are the biggest media revolution since television and will reshape the way brands tell their stories while minimising ‘ad blindness’.

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Marketing VR 101
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11:40
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Translating Technology

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Trina Watt
Watt Knowledge
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Trina's talk will discuss the importance of translating increasingly complex technical concepts into easily digestible messages.

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12:00
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Using VR to save lives

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Dave Elliott
Holovis
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Dave’s talk will be exploring VR used for training and the impact this is having, based around Holovis’s proprietary LearnView platform.

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12:40
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Creating Magic! Blow People's Minds and Expectations Through VR

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Andre Elijah
OPIATS
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Andre will speak on taking the pillars of VR and 360 degree design and turning them into engaging projects that immerse and delight users while leaving lasting impressions. 

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Art and Design Development Marketing VR 101
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14:00
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A new medium to build better cities

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Gunita’s talk will elaborate on VR beyond just a visualisation/marketing/sales platform, rather as new medium for design processes and creativity integrated communication within scales and stages.

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14:20
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Using Game Engines to Develop Virtual Reality for Robotics in Challenging Environments

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This talk will explore how existing video-games technology can be leveraged to build low-cost, 3D synthetic viewing for remote robotics and autonomous systems.

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14:40
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Crossrail Tunnel in VR using eXperium Toolkit

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Vin Sumner
Clicks + Links
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Vin will be discussing C+L designed virtual reality toolkit that allows engineers to visit a virtual version of a Crossrail tunnel using data CAD, laser scans and drone photogrammetry.

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15:00
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Investing in VR

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Mike Hayes
Mercia Fund Management
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Mike will be providing an insightful and useful talk focus on the opportunities out there for virtual reality investment.

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Watershed - Cinema 1

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10:55
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Protein synthesis: From textbook to room-scale in one month

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Come learn how Håvard believes science education can benefit from interactive teaching in VR.

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11:15
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Virtual Futures Track: Virtually Be Someone Else and Change Yourself

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Mel Slater
University of Barcelona
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Mel will introduce the topic of virtual body ownership, and discuss examples of how this has been used both for personal enhancement and for changing attitudes and behaviours.

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12:00
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Virtual Futures Track: VR non-fiction - things to come from a historical perspective

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 This talk will draw from history in order to chart forgotten lessons, tease out long term continuities, and map sites of difference as we continue our elusive pursuit of redefining reality.

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14:00
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Layers of Immersion: adding senses to 360 film

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Sarah Jones
Perspectives VR / Coventry University
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Sarah examines and reveals how adding different sensory experiences changes the level of immersion an audience feels.

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14:20
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Pokemon Go 2.0: Next gen localisation for AR

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Ed Miller
Scape AR
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Ed will walk through a new tool for creating city-scale AR content, allowing developers and creatives to truly bring the virtual world to life.

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15:05
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Virtual Futures Track: Perception = Reality: Exploiting Perceptual Illusions for Design of Compelling AR & VR Interfaces

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Hrvoje Benko
Microsoft Research
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Hrvoje will showcase how recent advances in sensing and display technologies make it possible to manipulate user’s perception in surprising ways.

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15:50
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Virtual Futures Track: The Ethics of Virtual Reality: Risks and Recommendations

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Michael Madary
University of Mainz
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Michael will use important scientific results to analyse the psychological effects of VR, identifying possible risks and providing recommendations for minimising those risks.

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16:35
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Why MR wipes the floor with VR in the events space

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Ed Daly
Seeper
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Ed will discuss Seeper's alternative MR experience called seeForm, specifically for use in public events spaces/venues. He will discuss how this tool is changing the events space.

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April 13th

At-Bristol

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10:00
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Intro

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Will Freeman gets the day off and running.

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10:40
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VR for everyone: Daydream

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Iganicio will be speaking on Google’s Daydream platform, an excellent talk for all levels of VR interest and knowledge.

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11:10
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The Early Days of VR: Everything We Did Was Wrong

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Armando will provide an overview of the evolution of VR filmmaking, focusing on assumptions, mistakes, and misplaced hype that circulated in the early days of VR.

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12:15
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Creating 360 factual films

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Mitch Turnbull
Bramble Media
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Mitch Turnbull will talk about how she tackled building narrative when she produced and directed factual 360/VR experiences for the UN and BBC Earth.

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12:35
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Can VR change opera and ballet?

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Tom Nelson
Royal Opera House
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Tom Nelson will detail how VR can bring together the old and the new and build audiences for opera and ballet.

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13:05
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Lunch Break

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14:00
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Virtual Reality: Taking museum visitors on extraordinary journeys

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Emily Smith
Alchemy VR
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Emily and Alchemy’s latest partner Science Museum London will discuss how they collaborated to produce Space Descent VR with Tim Peake.

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14:20
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Trying To Connect

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Daniel Efergan
Aardman Animation
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Aardman will be dissecting their projects to look at how emotional connections between audience and story are established in VR.

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14:40
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Creating magical experiences: Behind the scenes with Google Daydream and Warner Bros Fantastic Beasts VR

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Resh Sidhu
Framestore VR
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Resh shares the lessons learned creating the Fantastic Beasts virtual reality experience.

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15:00
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TBC

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Edward Saatchi
Oculus Story Studio
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TBC

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16:30
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How will VR revolutionise the music industry?

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Steven Hancock
Melody VR
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An analysis of how VR technology from MelodyVR will change the music and live events industry by making gigs, festivals and concerts easily accessible from anywhere in the world.

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Watershed - Waterside 3

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11:00
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VR distribution – reaching out to thousands and millions

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Jan Szczycinski
World of VR
Marcin Pleta
World of VR
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Jan and Marcin will present challenges in managing multicast shows & solutions used by event agencies, VR cinemas, fairs, schools and more.

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11:20
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Out of the Living Room: Bringing VR to Arcades and Amusement Parks

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Luke Noonan
RUST LTD.
Lucas Miller
RUST LTD.
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This talk is a distillation of Luke and Lucas’ experience designing VR experiences for both consumer and out-of-home contexts as well as the work they have done porting projects between the two.

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11:40
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How do you put VR into museums?

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Phil Stuart
Preloaded
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This talk will explore the challenges of designing VR for a physical space (in this case a museum) and present data and lessons learned from the first 3 months of audience testing.

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12:00
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Practical advice for optimising for mobile VR

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Lukas Roper
Independent
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In his talk, Lukas will give practical advice gained from personal experiences, detailing tips and tricks for optimising for Mobile VR.

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12:20
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360 Docs: Bringing Domestic Abuse into the light

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Sam Downie
Dsoundz Media
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Sam will be speaking on this unique topic of domestic abuse & 360 films, helping to bring the issue into the limelight.

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14:20
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Challenges to Building a Consumer-Grade Inside-Out Positional Tracking System

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Eonite's CEO Youssri will identify the positional tracking options for VR/AR, discuss what it will take to adopt, fine tune, and standardize inside-out positional tracking, and explore what we can expect in consumer devices as the landscape matures.

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14:40
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Three years in VR

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Tom Beardsmore
Coatsink
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Tom’s talk will discuss Coatsink’s discoveries, successes and failures over three years of developing games, experiences and tools for VR.

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15:00
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VR & accessibility

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Ian Hamilton
Independent
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A look at VR-specific barriers for people with impaired vision, hearing, cognitive and motor ability, and how to overcome them through design.

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Watershed - Cinema 1

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11:10
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Immersive Audio: The Invisible Advantage in VR

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Dave Black
Mixed Immersion
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ave's talk covers all aspects for VR Audio Production and centres on multiple techniques which have been used within the film industry for the past 7 years and how these seamlessly merge into virtual worlds.

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11:30
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Women in VR

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Samantha Kingston
Virtual Umbrella
Catherine Allen
BBC
Kim Majkut
Great Guns
Alyssia Frankland
Breaking Fourth
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Samantha Kingston and her panel look at diversity in VR and the challenges that lay ahead.

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14:00
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WebVR: jumpstarting the industry from the ground up

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Amir will be speaking on how WebVR's role in jumpstarting the VR industry is paramount during the hype cycle stage.

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14:20
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WebVR

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Join a mixed panel of industry veterans who are placing their bets on WebVR and learn why it will play a key role in jumpstarting the industry.

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15:00
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Making the most of VR Audio

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Thomas Bible
Thomas Bible Audio
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Tom will be talking about some of the best ways to work with audio in VR, including some best practices and pitfalls of different approaches.

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15:40
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Do you hear what I hear? The impact of sound on VR

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Steven Lane
Grand Central Recording Studio
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In this session, leading sound designer Steve Lane (GCRS) will talk about the importance of Sound Design in creating truly immersive VR experiences.

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Music and Audio
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16:00
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Building for VR First: Design Thinking and Interactive Environment Design

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Doug North-Cook
DecoderVR & Chatham University
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In his talk, Doug will explore how to design human interactions and experiences that exist in virtual spaces that transcend human capacity. 

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