The virtual reality (VR) community continues to be a powerful force for promoting the technology. Countless VR-based meetups have been hosted throughout 2014 while developers continue to work together online to showcase tips and tricks for the best VR development. This weekend will see another community driven event take place in a VR Hackathon which gets underway on 17th October 2014 in San Francisco, California, running until 19th October.
The VR Hackathon will see developers coming together to create both new hardware and software for VR across a number of categories. The first evening of the event will see developers pitch ideas and present their goals before the real work gets underway on Saturday 18th October. Teams will have until 13:00 PDT on 19th October to finish there entries, which will then be judged with awards given out later that afternoon.
Entries will be judged against nine different cateogries at the event. These include Best Web-based VR Project, Best Mobile-based VR Project, Best Digital Fabrication & VR Project, Best Looking VR Scene, Best Health & VR Project, Best Character Based Experience, Best Student VR Project, Best VR to 3D Print Project, Best Unity3D VR Project and Best Mixed Reality Gaming Project. Prizes will be given out for each category, including money, Oculus Rift development kits and more.
“By combining the forces of SVVR [Silicon Valley Virtual Reality], SFVR [San Francisco Virtual Reality], VR Lab, GAFFTA, WebGL Developers and many more, the VR Hackathon will be an incredible evening of demos, talks, and competition that pushes virtual reality development forward,” co-organiser Matt Sonic said of the event. Sponsers include the likes of Sony, Sinxense, Leap Motion, Nvidia and more.
The VR Hackathon will take place at Gray Area’s Art & Technology Theater. It’s still possible to register for the event VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR events, reporting back with all the latest updates.