Oculus Joins WebVR Hackathon as Tech Partner
- 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, VR@MIT, and the ETC at Carnegie Mellon University.
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.
React VR is already available for early access. Participating teams get support and eyeballs watching from all the key players.
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.