• Partners include Samsung, Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, Autodesk, alongside 20 others.
  • Prizes include €30K cash to one of the winning teams and a space in Europe’s first VR accelerator, VRBASE.
  • Participating communities include Harvard’s VR/AR Club, Stanford’s Rabbit Hole VR, [email protected], and the ETC at Carnegie Mellon University.

HACKATHON

World’s Biggest WebVR Hackathon

Virtuleap is organizing the Global WebVR Hackathon, an online competition that is running until February 1st alongside technology partners like Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, Autodesk, and now Oculus and Samsung too.

Student groups at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and the ETC at Carnegie Mellon have officially confirmed their participation in the 90-day hackathon alongside VR First’s academic network and Sketchfab’s 3D design community.

Teams are tasked with developing concepts in virtual reality completely in WebVR, the Javascript API that runs straight out of a web browser, which is all that is required to load up VR content on a laptop or mobile device. Unlike other VR engines, WebVR makes easy to use frameworks like Mozilla’s A-Frame, an open source library that doesn’t require knowledge of WebGL, accessible to developers and designers without any prior experience in building virtual reality content.

React VR is already available for early access. Participating teams get support and eyeballs watching from all the key players.

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Submit Your Concepts ASAP and Make It to the Top 10

While the deadline is February 1st, teams are strongly encouraged to submit their concepts as soon as possible in order to get enough up-votes before that date and make it as a top 10 finalist. The final batch will be reviewed and the winners decided by an all-star roster of VR industry veterans. Judges include VRML co-founders, Tony Parisi and Mark Pesce.

“Decide on an awesome concept and turn it into an MVP as soon as you can. You can improve and tweak it in parallel to lobbying for votes.”

Says Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh, co-organizer at Virtuleap.

As part of the partnership with StartupAmsterdam, the prizes have been themed to the innovation capital of Europe, Amsterdam. They include €30K cash and a slot in the first VR accelerator in Europe, VRBASE and a 3-month internship program at one of the largest VR studios in Europe, Force Field VR, all-inclusive of travel and living expenses during their stay in the Netherlands.

“We think WebVR can play a big role in the search of true value adding VR/AR software, because of its ease of use and often open-source character, which in turn enables knowledge sharing.”

Said Daniel Doornink, Founder, and CEO at the VRBASE.

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