The world’s largest gathering of professional game developers, GDC, launches a dedicated virtual reality sister conference VRDC this year – and the call for submissions to the VR industry and community to present at the inaugural event is now open.
The annual GDC (Game Developers Conference) has risen rapidly to the top of the pile for those awaiting the latest developments from the VR industry. Road to VR has reported from the show since 2013, with each successive event seeing a growing interest in immersive technologies – culminating in this year’s show, which was arguably dominated by virtual reality technologies and related software.
Therefore, UBM Tech Game Network, the body behind the annual Game Developer Conference, have decided to spin up a dedicated, standalone conference to be held alongside the GDC Summits (track-focused gatherings) during the first two days of GDC 2016 (March 14th–15th) in San Francisco.
A call for submissions from those interested in presenting talks “…exploring virtual and augmented reality spaces pertaining to both game and non-game, entertainment-immersive VR & AR development to be represented in two main tracks: the Game VR/AR Track and the Entertainment VR/AR Track.” The deadline for submissions closes on Friday, October 2nd at at 11:59 PT.
The two tracks breakdown like this:
Game VR/AR Track
Advisors are soliciting submissions exploring Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in game development, pertaining to topics across multiple disciplines including Design, Production, Programming, and Visual Art. Submissions should be representative of interesting and current work happening in VR and AR game development and have valuable, actionable and/or inspiring takeaways for the VRDC audience.
Entertainment VR/AR Track
Virtual and Augmented Reality is about so much more than just games. For the Entertainment VR/VR Track, Advisors are soliciting submissions spanning VR and AR application, design, implementation and development across multiple industries including Entertainment, Travel, Retail, Fitness, Product Design, Journalism, Sports Entertainment. If you’re developing an immersive VR or AR experience or application that goes beyond games, we want to hear about it!
The inaugural VRDC will take place on the Monday and Tuesday of GDC 2016 (March 14-15). Passes to attend will also allow entrance to the GDC Expo Floor, March 16-18, where many of VR’s biggest names will be showcasing their latest technology. VRDC will also be open to all GDC 2016 Summits or All Access Pass holders.
Road to VR will of course be there to cover both the VRDC and GDC events to bring you the latest news form both shows. Catch Ben’s recent breakdown of how important GDC has been to VR in recent years here.