Registration Opens for the Oculus Connect 6 Conference
Facebook this week opened the registration for the upcoming Oculus Connect 6 (OC6) virtual reality developer conference which takes place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on September 25th and 26th.
The conference will bring together some of the biggest names in virtual reality and augmented reality. Oculus Connect 6 is Facebook’s developer conference for both virtual reality and augmented reality and targets developers, creators and visionaries in the industry. The conference includes deep-dive sessions as well as first-hand feedback from the Oculus staff on a range of subjects among other events. The OC6 also provides an ideal platform for collaboration and sharing ideas that will help push the AR/VR industry forward.
The conference is open for various kinds of players in the AR/VR space ranging from the passionate enthusiasts interested in the industry developments to the developers and journalists interested in the latest breakthroughs, launches and tidbits in the space. No matter your space in the industry, the OC6 provides a perfect platform for face-to-face interaction with some of the players and developments at the frontiers of innovation. You will hear inspiring tech-talks and attend thought-provoking discussions on a range of topics ranging from gaming to entertainment, funding, film and much more.
Date and Venue
The Oculus Connect 6 will be a two-day event and will take place on September 25th and 26th. Venue will be in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA. To plan your trip accordingly, check out the “Schedule” and “Getting Here” sections on the Oculus Connect 6 website.
How to apply
There are limited spaces for the OC6 conference. To apply, click here.
A regular conference pass for the OC6 goes for $399. Eligible attendees can also qualify for a discounted Developer pass or Student/Academic pass which goes for $199. The Connect ticket purchases are non-refundable. The tickets are not transferable.
How to Qualify for the Developer Pass
If you are actively involved in creating augmented reality or virtual reality, you may qualify for the discounted developer pass. When applying for the Connect conference, reference your work for consideration. Simply self-identifying as a “developer” during the application will not necessarily guarantee you a developer pass. If you have submitted an application, don’t follow up. The organizers will evaluate your application to determine your eligibility for the discounted rate and reach out to you in case they need additional information.
How to Qualify for the Student/Academic Pass
Academic faculty members or students may be considered for the discounted Student/Academic pass rate. This pass will only be availed to verified students or faculty members from accredited universities or colleges.
To qualify for the pass, a student must present a valid student ID as well as proof of enrollment. The academic staff will need to present the proof of full-time employment status at an accredited college or university. Self-identifying as a student or an academic in the application will not guarantee you a discounted rate. Just as with the Developer pass, the organizers will be evaluating your application to determine your eligibility.
Those picked to attend the Connect conference with the discounted rate will be contacted by the registration team and requested to send documentation that verify their student or academic status. If their application is approved, they will receive an invite to register online and send their payment.
A registration will give you a full access to the conference which will include among other things the keynotes, select meals during the event and evening events. The registration does not cover travel and accommodation.
Members of the press wishing to attend the OC6 should email a request to OC6media@fb.com.
Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014 for a cost of $3 billion. Oculus has faced several woes since its acquisition ranging from lawsuits to staff turnover. The company’s model is targeted on going mainstream and making VR hardware with mass appeal. Oculus has tried encouraging mass VR adoption through very competitive pricing. Its virtual reality headsets are some of the most affordable in the industry. Oculus has also been releasing a very large lineup of virtual reality headset to suit diverse user preferences, including tethered and standalone VR headsets such as the recently unveiled Oculus Quest.
The Oculus Connect 6 developer conference will be another opportunity for Facebook executives to outline their AR/VR vision. The Connect typically includes a keynote by Mark Zuckerberg.
Oculus has already revealed a sneak-peek of some of the panels that have been scheduled for this year’s Connect. Facebook staff will be discussing how VR is being used for business and how developers can build products that will protect users from bullying and harassment. There will be a session exploring how the AR/VR technologies can be used to “deepen our connection to the world around us”.
Facebook will also be launching new VR games at the Connect 6 conference. Electronic Arts’ Respawn Entertainment is collaborating with Oculus Studios to showcase a new video game during the conference. The conference will also feature representatives from ILMxLAB (the studio behind Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series) who will be discussing the game during the conference. ILMxLAB built the game for Oculus Quest.
The OC6 is the perfect platform to discover cutting-edge innovations, learn about AR/VR development best practices as well as how to distribute your work to a bigger audience if you are a developer.