The 2017 events calendar is already filling up with the latest in a long line of events relating to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or a combination of the two being the International AR & VR Conference 2017. A new venture to showcase both developing technologies and discuss how they can potentially be used in the fields of industry and education. Hosted at Manchester Metropolitan University on February 23rd 2017, the conference will be on the theme of “Empowering Human, Place and Business through AR & VR”. Tickets will be priced at £99 for businesses and other individuals and at £79 for students.
The University is no stranger to the technology involved, being home to the Augmented and Virtual Reality Hub, whose Director, Dr Timothy Jung, will be supporting the event.
“There is huge potential in the AR/VR sector and it is predicted that global revenues will reach $162 billion in 2020, and 2017 will be a big year for AR and VR in business.” Jung explains. “This conference will provide a great opportunity for academia and business communities in the North West to come together, share experiences and learn about the latest trends in AR & VR. I am hoping that this event will provide a platform for networking and future collaborations between businesses, academia and developers.”
Attendees can expect a full speaker programme with sessions helmed by industry experts from Brandwith, Microsoft’s Hololens team and noted voices in UK academia on technology. There will also be an interactive exhibition space as well as sessions relating to the discussion of academic papers covering a host of topics. Including future city design, health, education and more.
“In 2016 we began to see AR and VR focused hardware, content and applications finally coming into the mainstream, as industry realised the breadth of applications for the technology.” Adds Tech North’s Richard Gregory, one of the events partners. “The North of England has some fantastic assets in this sector, from innovative incubator spaces, pioneering academic research and compelling content from agencies and brands. We’re delighted to see this conference will showcase some of this talent, alongside the international backdrop to immersive technology.”