Andy Serkis’ The Imaginarium, Yogcast and Aardman Heading to SWVRC

Last month saw SouthWest VR (SWVR) announce its first conference to be held in February 2015. The event will see members of the VR industry and the public gather to talk about the state of the technology and showcase some of the latest experiences for it. Speakers include the likes of Oculus VR’s Callum Underwood while Tammeka Games’ Radial-G and Salvaged from SWVR host Opposable Games will be on display with others. Today sees some new additions to the line-up including the production studio created by celebrated actor and animation-specialist Andy Serkis.

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The conference, which will be held at in Bristol’s At-Bristol Science Centre on 24th February, will include a guest from Serkis’ studio, The Imaginarium. Two other video-related companies will be in attendance including Youtube broadcasting network Yogcast and Bristol-based animation studio Aardman. New speakers have also been added, with a talk from Unity 3D expected and more to be announced in the coming weeks. Those in attendance will also be able to sample both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR head-mounted displays (HMD).

“The Bristol and Bath region has a long-established industry in TV, film and animation, coupled with a thriving games industry, meaning that it is well placed to host start-ups and established brands as they move into virtual reality,” Invest Bristol & Bath creative and digital media specialist David Maher Roberts said. “Current estimates indicate a worldwide market of $5.2bn, made up of games, film and TV, visualisation and experiential applications so this is a hugely exciting time for the region.”

Tickets for SWVRC are on sale now over at an Eventbrite page for £120 GBP. The event starts at 09:00 GMT and will carry through to 17:00 with talks, workshops and more. VRFocus will continue to follow SWVRC, reporting back with any further updates on the event.

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