Oculus, Epic, Google & More Join 15 VR Speakers at Casual Connect This Week

As if Gamescom, SIGGRAPH, PAX Prime and Samsung Unpacked weren’t enough for virtual reality (VR) fans this month, there’s another event to add to the calendar. The USA edition of the Casual Connect conference is running from today through to 13th August 2015 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, California. There are a number of talks being hosted throughout the event, with different tracks for those focused on specific aspects. But the Next-Gen Innovator track will be of particular interest to fans of new technologies. Talks on this track get underway tomorrow.


One of the highlights of the week will be a talk from Noah Falstein, the Chief Game Designer at Google that’s currently working on VR titles for the Android platform. He’ll touch on ‘Design Challenges for VR’ at 11:30 PT on Wednesday 12th August. Those developing VR titles using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 should also look out for General Manager Ray Davis’ speech on ‘Leveraging Visual Programming to Build Compelling VR’ at 10:30 on the same day. Falstein, Davis and Oculus VR’s Head of Partner Relations Aaron Davies will also join the ‘VR Roundup – Looking for What’s Around the Corner’ panel at 13:00.

Kicking off at 14:30 is a talk from Vincent Martel of Frima on ‘How to Make a VR Game Not a Game Using VR’. Merge VR fans can join the company later on in the day for a talk titled ‘Mobile VR is Already at Your Fingertips’ at 16:00.

The final day of the event will also see some panels including ‘Investing in VR & AR: Opportunities and Challenges’ at 10:30 with representatives from Jaunt and more on-stage. ‘Perceptual Learning Games in Virtual Reality’, a talk hosted by James Blaha of Vivid Vision, will follow at 11:30.

A number of indie developers will also be at the show including Tommy Palm and Card-Arvid Ewerbring, co-founders of Solitaire Jester developer Resolution Games and Ariel Arias of The Hum developer Totwise. All-in-all there’s more than enough on offer for VR fans at the event, then. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR-related events, reporting back with the latest updates on them.