The Dutch Game Awards is a media partner of VR Days, a three day conference on virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality taking place this week, October 25 to 27, in Amsterdam. We’ll be very happy to see you there, so if you hurry there are still some tickets left: http://vrdays.co/tickets/
We’ve seen Dutch VR games really take off the last few years, and not just at the Dutch Game Awards. The Dutch VR & AR community is recognized as one of the most active in the world and more importantly – it is one of the most innovative countries of the world in this sector. Powerful and immersive innovations are being made here in the fields of high tech, healthcare, education, art & storytelling.
VR Days is now in its third year, and this year’s edition has the motto “Where Realities Meet”. This is the leading VR event in Europe, attracting up to 2000 visitors for a celebration of content, creativity and innovation. The event features a whole range of keynotes, sessions, workshops and seminars with over 80 expert speakers from the worlds of health, tech, business and the arts.
- Swim with Wild Dolphins: the audience can experience swimming with virtual dolphins in a giant tank filled with water. The organisation behind this pioneering VR installation is the Dolphin Swim Club, devoted to using real underwater wild dolphin footage in VR to help people with a range of health issues, from multiple disability, severe burning, autism, depression and anxiety.
- Speakers: Martin de Ronde from Force Field will be speaking on the Uptake of VR, Isabel Tewes from Oculus will be speaking on maximizing retention in VR, game designer Heather Kelley of SUPERHYPERCUBE fame will be speaking at the Philosopher’s Salon, while Jason Toff, who oversees Tilt Brush and Blocks at Google, will share a behind-the-scenes look at Google’s VR/AR development.
- The Guardian’s first person journalism: a session with Francesca Panetta who talks about using VR to place readers in someone else’s shoes and life. The Guardian VR makes award winning virtual reality content in-house ranging from their highly credited 6×9: a virtual experience of solitary confinement – to Sea Prayer, a 360 video by novelist Khaled Hosseini which was inspired by a refugee’s story and painted in Tilt brush.
- Church of VR & Writers Room: The Church of VR is the Holy Grail for content, showcasing the very best of cutting-edge creative work globally in XR. The National Theatre of London will share its Immersive Storytelling Studio and its minds for the Writers’ Room, a creative session where the audience can learn how to adapt their writing skills for XR.
- Museum Morning: under the guidance of the Stedelijk Museum, international museums will present a number of cases from their own practice showing how XR increasingly relevant for cultural heritage and the arts.
VR Days Europe (www.vrdays.co) takes place in two Amsterdam locations. On Wednesday 25 October at the De La Mar Theatre in the centre of Amsterdam (Marnixstraat 402, 1017 PL Amsterdam) and on Thursday 26 and Friday 27, at the historic Kromhouthal in Amsterdam North (Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231, 1021 KP Amsterdam).