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An annual Conference & Expo that explores the future of VR for both entertainment and serious applications

About VRTGO?

Thanks to everyone who attended, exhibited, sponsored and spoke – It was great!

VRTGO is an established, high quality, curated immersive tech conference and exhibition. Since 2014 VRTGO has been helping it’s audience make decisions on their future strategy and helping businesses make those essential connections.

We work closely with partners and sponsors with the aim to develop packages that suit your business needs so if there is anything we can add to the packages please let us know.

VRTGO is a specialist VR and AR event – we have an audience of VR decision makers, developers, innovation managers, press, as well as those looking to buy VR solutions.

0ver 300 people from 103 different organisations attended. We also had over 30 companies exhibiting and demonstrating the latest tech and content.

Last year’s exhibitors and speakers included: NASA, PSVR, Microsoft Hololens, Samsung, Epic Games, Nvidia, Rewind:VR, Escape Technology, Coatsink, BBC, Hammerhead VR, Spearhead VR, Melody VR and many more.

2017 Speakers

Luciana Carvalho Se

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Luciana joined REWIND to lead on business development and partnerships. With over five years experience in award-winning startups such as Racefully, UniPlaces, Import.io – on both the technical and creative side – Luciana is driven by big ideas, a global mindset and empowering tech entrepreneurs. She is an advocate and thought-leader for the UK’s immersive tech industry, having been integral to the founding of Realities Centre London and the VRAR Tech London Advocates sub-group. An ambassador and mentor for Code First Girls, Founders of the Future and Series Q, among others, she also co-runs Unfold Inclusion, a social enterprise that supports underrepresented voices in XR.




Business Development Manager at Rewind

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Business Development Manager

Oliver Kibblewhite

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Head of Special Projects at Rewind

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Head of Special Projects

Liz Rosenthal

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An early advocate and pioneer of interactive and immersive storytelling, new media business models and audience engagement.

Liz is founder & CEO of Power the Pixel, an organisation helping international media businesses and creatives adapt to stay relevant to digital change and changing audiences. Liz advises international media organisations on innovation strategies and helps creators and businesses to ideate, finance and distribute stories that engage connected audiences. She is an expert in devising innovation-centred development labs and programmes around interactive storytelling and VR.

PttP organised the annual Power to the Pixel: The Cross-Media Forum in association with The BFI London Film Festival over 9 years. This leading industry event connected the media industries with key innovators of the digital revolution, pioneering new models of storytelling, finance and distribution, in a conference, a think tank and the first international dedicated interactive and immersive media marketplace, The Pixel Market. PttP’s other main programme The Pixel Lab, is a leading project-focused business course for developing innovative story projects which has developed over 100 projects.

Liz has advised many international media organisations, including national and regional funds, leading international festivals, production companies and commissioners on innovation strategy, funding programmes and project strategy.

She is currently programmer for Venice International Film Festival's VR competition section and Venice Production Bridge Finance Market.

She is invited regularly to speak and moderate at international conferences, film festivals, markets and lecture/mentor at leading media training programmes including: Berlin, Cannes, Hong Kong, Dubai, London, Screen International Conferences, TEDx Transmedia, EAVE and BAFTA.

Liz was the Programme Director of Digimart’s Global Digital Distribution Summit, www.digimart.org in Montréal in 2005 and 2006.

She set up and ran the UK office for Next Wave Films (a Santa Monica based company of the Independent Film Channel US) from 1998 to 2002. Next Wave Films was a pioneer in the production, finance and sales of low budget features and digital filmmaking. The company helped exceptionally talented filmmakers, from the US and abroad, launch their careers. Their award winning films include Christopher Nolan's Following (Winner: Tiger Award, Rotterdam ’99, Silver Hitchcock, Dinard ’99), Joe Carnahan's Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane, Kate Davis' Southern Comfort (Grand Jury Prize, Sundance ’01), Amir Bar-Lev's Fighter (Best Documentary, Karlovy Vary ’00), Josh Aronson's Sound and Fury (Grand Jury Prize, Sundance ’00, Academy Award nomination ’01).

Liz is a board director of The Space (BBC & Arts Council England commisoning fund for digital arts projects) and on the advisory board of Immerse UK. She is a member of BAFTA, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the RSA




CEO & Founder at Power to the Pixel

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CEO & Founder

Jon Davies

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Jon has over a decade’s experience in UK game development, predominantly as QA and technical writer for such series as Overlord, DJ Hero and Guitar Hero. After scoring the Narrative Designer role at indie developer Coatsink in 2016 – creators of the telekinetic puzzler series Esper – he spent the last year writing the Gear VR cyberpunk ‘gem’ Augmented Empire, released in July.




Narrative Designer at Coatsink

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Narrative Designer

Martin McDonnell

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Since 2000 Martin has built a group of successful businesses that deliver best in class 3D visualisation and interactive digital presentation.

His vision to connect the latest digital technology platforms to the needs of different market sectors has led his businesses to be amongst the earliest innovators in bringing the benefits of augmented and virtual reality to the industries including design, construction, manufacturing and healthcare.

This drive has led his business Sublime to recently win one of only three inaugural Higgs EDGE awards and Soluis to win Innovate UK’s IC Tomorrow competition to develop augmented reality (AR) software, utilised at Crossrail sites in London.

Martin is now pioneering, and a recognised thought leader, in the development of shared immersive solutions for business and advanced AR assisted tools that will transform the world of work.




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Brynley Gibson

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Brynley Gibson, who has been producing in a range of creative industries for over 18 years. He is currently the head of studios for Kuju, a division of Curve Digital Entertainment. Most recently he released the critically acclaimed and multi award winning The Chainsmokers: Paris VR for Sony Corp. Prior to this as Executive Producer at Sony London Studio he led the PSVR launch title PlayStation VR Worlds.Other titles in Brynley's production portfolio include Battalion Wars 2, the Chime series, the BAFTA winning The Movies and he was also the series producer and one of the original creators behind Nintendo's multi-million selling and long-running Art Academy series.




Head of Studios at Kuju

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Head of Studios

Maximillian Doelle

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Maximilian Doelle is Chief Holographic Officer at Kazendi - a mixed reality studio that helps large organisations to leverage the opportunities of mixed reality. Kazendi helped companies such as Allianz, Remy Martin, SEGRO and many others unleash the potential of holographic technologies such as Microsoft HoloLens.

Max works to change how we interact with digital information using technologies such as Microsoft's HoloLens. With Kazendi’s unique service to prototype any idea from concept to customer in just two weeks, Max is speeding up innovation and challenging the status quo through radical iteration.




Chief Holographic Officer at Kazendi

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Chief Holographic Officer

Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis is the technical lead for Digitally Assisted Assembly within the Integrated Manufacturing Group The AMRC. His research is based on the development of digital work instructions for assembly, maintenance, repair and inspection operations with a focus on augmented and virtual reality.




Technical lead for Digitally Assisted Assembly at The AMRC

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Technical lead for Digitally Assisted Assembly

Keith Russell

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Keith is Virtalis's Global Account Manager, a frequent speaker at conferences, Keith has been travelling the world for the past 3 years advising Engineering companies on implementing VR and AR technology. Keith has a Design and Engineering background in Aerospace and Formula One, plus a great history of bringing cutting edge technologies to the market, being involved with such products as 3dsMax, Wavefront and early 3D CAD.




Global Account Manager at Virtalis

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Global Account Manager

Christophe Mallet

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Christophe Mallet will be joining Simon Barratt on his panel looking at how immersive tech will help us communicate and socialise
Christophe is the co-founder of Somewhere Else, a London-based creative consultancy and production house specialised in immersive technologies (VR/AR/MR).
After 8 years spent between digital strategy consultancy, event production and VR studio Exzeb, Christophe started Somewhere Else to help brands, agencies and innovators harness the power of VR/AR/MR to win in the Age of Experience

Working with the likes of Samsung, Canal+ and ExxonMobil, Somewhere Else has enabled brands in the fashion, retail and entertainment sectors to build deeper relationships with their audiences through powerful VR experiences.

Christophe is a regular VR blogger and a member of the Uni-VR think tank.




AR/VR Specialist at Somewhere Else

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AR/VR Specialist

Dr Faisal Mushtaq

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“The challenges and opportunities for virtual reality: a human factors perspective”

Dr Faisal Mushtaq is a cognitive neuroscientist and Academic Fellow in Health Engineering at the University of Leeds. Faisal’s expertise lie in using principles from cognitive science (including measurement of neural activity) to assess and improve human performance across a variety of contexts- from childhood sensorimotor disorders through to surgeons performing highly skilled minimally invasive procedures. He has previously acted as specialist advisor to industry on the health and safety implications of Virtual Reality (VR) use in young children. Faisal will be presenting on the human factors-related challenges posed by VR and how overcoming these challenges will open exciting new opportunities that could truly transform the ways in which humans interact with computers.




Cognitive Neuroscientist & Academic Fellow In Health Engineering at Leeds University

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Cognitive Neuroscientist & Academic Fellow In Health Engineering

Doug Wolff

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Doug will be facilitating the Architecture and Construction workshop along with Soluis




Partner Technology Manager, at Unreal Engine, Epic Games

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Partner Technology Manager,

Sol Rogers

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Sol Rogers is CEO and Founder of REWIND, a production agency that fuses bleeding-edge technology with award-winning creative storytelling. Known for pushing the boundaries in innovative content creation, REWIND’s acclaimed immersive projects include BBC Home - a VR Spacewalk, the launch of Jaguar I-PACE in VR, and Ghost in the Shell VR. The team combines its deep-rooted heritage in VFX and CGI production, with an industry-defining approach to VR, AR, MR and experiential marketing.

Sol is Chair of Immerse UK, the first nation-wide network for immersive companies, working to ensure that the UK becomes the global leader in immersive technologies. Sol is also a BAFTA VR Advisory Group Executive and an advisor to globally recognised conferences. Sol’s passion for VR has led him to set up VRLO; the UK’s most popular VR meetup, and VR Together; a platform to help create VR for good. Prior to founding REWIND, Sol was a university lecturer for 15 years in Digital Animation, VFX & Emerging Technology.

Sol is a VR evangelist and prominent international keynote speaker, often quoted in the press and appearing on TV.




CEO and Founder, REWIND at REWIND

REWIND, a production agency that fuses bleeding-edge technology with award-winning creative storytelling. Known for pushing the boundaries in innovative content creation, REWIND’s acclaimed immersive projects include BBC Home - a VR Spacewalk, the launch of Jaguar I-PACE in VR, and Ghost in the Shell VR. The team combines its deep-rooted heritage in VFX and CGI production, with an industry-defining approach to VR, AR, MR and experiential marketing.

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Simon Barratt

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How about ‘Social VR / AR – Challenges and Opportunities’ ?
This panel session will explore how immersive tech can help us and hinder us in our social interactions for both work and play.




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Games and VR entrepreneur

Chris Freeman

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Chris will be facilitating the Manufacturing workshop where he will be looking at how immersive tech is impacting this sector and where immersive tech and save companies time and money.

I am theme lead for Digital Manufacturing and technical fellow for Augmented Reality (AR) at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre's (AMRC) Factory 2050. My work focuses on the medium to high TRL (Technology Readiness Level) development and integration of AR, Virtual Reality (VR) and wearable technology in respect of MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul), assembly and digitally connected environments. With a master’s degree in design & manufacture, I specialise in the area of advanced visualisation, focusing on VR & AR. I have a wide range of experience demonstrating applications for aerospace, construction, civil nuclear, automotive and military sectors. As part of Factory 2050 I lead an exceptionally talented team delivering AMRC Factory 2050’s Digital Manufacturing capability, incorporating Manufacturing Informatics and Digitally Assisted Assembly. Tasked with driving vertical and horizontal innovation in emerging technologies, my current activities include developing the AMRC digital manufacturing strategy, managing large programmes of work, building consortiums for collaboration, and identifying funding opportunities in the applied use of AR / VR and IoT technologies.




Lead for Digital Manufacturing and AR at AMRC

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Lead for Digital Manufacturing and AR

Matt Sansam

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Matt Sansam is a digital and creative industries veteran, lead technologist for the digital economy and holds the role of Programme Manager for Innovate UK, the UK's Innovation agency. Matt specialises in project and programme scoping, end to end delivery, product and service deployment and has worked with many organisations within music, publishing, games, film, IV, culture, advertising, fashion, education, sport, healthcare, finance and accessibility.
He has worked on everything from small budget hand-held releases to large scale complex projects. As part of the Innovate UK Digital Economy team, Matt manages relationships with business and academic communities, as well as scoping, planning, developing and delivering various interventions aimed at small and start-up businesses.




Innovation Lead for Digital at Innovate UK

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Innovation Lead for Digital

Antonia Koop

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Training Workshop: 'VR Powered Experiential Learning - Rocket Fuel for Training and Education'

Take aways: understanding the power of VR to deliver high impact trainings, understand the questions you need to ask to identify the value and power of VR for your training programs but also understand the constraints, the uses and limitations for its application in learning and development in a variety of domains (hard skills, soft skills, the concrete technical learning versus how VR can change our thinking and behaviour), sharing of experiences and visions for the future of VR in training and education.

ANTONIA KOOP, Managing Director of Kite Rider-Strategic Adventures Ltd (aka corncutter.games) and Strategic Nudge Ltd
Antonia leads a team of thought leaders and practitioners from the worlds of neuroscience, cognitive and socio-emotional development and professional education, which together with the companies' games development team convert this expertise into high-impact experiential learning adventures. Using cutting-edge games technology including VR and AR the companies provide training for senior executives in a wide range of private and public sector organisations.

Antonia has a rich and varied background in war journalism, professional training, academic lecturing, research and as founder and former CEO of a multinational organization providing training and support for journalists in war zones




Managing Director at Kite Rider

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Managing Director

Jed Ashforth

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Talk Title: Invisible When No One is Looking

Jed is the co-founder of this new VR consultancy. In a previous life Jed worked at PlayStation VR
where he spent everyday exploring new virtual realities, charting the best practices for this incredible new medium, and advising PlayStation® developers on how to build the greatest, most innovative gameplay experiences for PSVR.

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Co Founder at Realised Realities

World-leading expertise for every challenge in Virtual Reality

Developing a Virtual Reality experience can present a wide range of new and unusual challenges for businesses and developers. The medium is so new and unexplored that it can sometimes be hard to find someone with the answers. Realised Realities is a world-class Virtual Reality and Immersive Technology consultancy with decades of experience of helping developers identify and overcome the unexpected challenges that this new medium presents. We're passionate about great VR, and we're 100% focused on guiding our clients to the highest quality solutions.

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Aldis Sipolins

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Enhancing Human Performance with VR and Machine Learning

Abstract (subject to change based on on new research)
Virtual reality tricks your brain into believing you're somewhere real. This is the power of Presence, and it's going to revolutionize human research. An IBM Research experiment had participants complete a memory game in VR while wearing an EEG brain sensing headband. Using machine learning techniques, researchers were able to successfully predict memory based on brain activity. In other words, we can predict whether or not you will remember something based on what your brain was doing when you saw it.

Aldis is a VR evangelist and lifelong videogame nerd whose work combines virtual reality, cognitive neuroscience, and game design. Aldis received a Ph.D. in Visual Cognition and Human Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015, specializing in neuroenhancement. His current work at IBM Research uses machine learning, sensors, 3d printing, and robotics to enhance performance and learning in VR/AR.




Head of Virtual Reality and Game Design at IBM Research New York

IBM Research is one of the world’s largest and most influential corporate research labs, with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. We play the long game, investing now in tomorrow's breakthroughs. Watson, the world's first cognitive system, is the fruit of over 50 years of IBM research in artificial intelligence. Today, it forms a core part of IBM's business.

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Head of Virtual Reality and Game Design

Nick Whiting

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"The Road to Robo Recall and Beyond"

He'll take a look at what they learned about players, technology, physiology, and psychology through creating Robo Recall, and how those lessons are shaping how they think about what they're working on next.

Nick Whiting is currently overseeing the development of the award-winning Unreal Engine 4's virtual and augmented reality efforts, including shipping the recent "Robo Recall", “Bullet Train,” "Thief in the Shadows," "Showdown," and "Couch Knights" VR titles.  Previously, he has helped shipped titles in the blockbuster "Gears of War" series, including "Gears of War 3" and "Gears of War: Judgment."  He is also currently serving as the chair of the Khronos OpenXR initiative, working to create a standard for VR and AR platforms and applications.




Technical Director of VR and AR at Epic Games

Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of the Unreal, Gears of War and Infinity Blade series of games. Today Epic is building Paragon, Fortnite, SPYJiNX, BattleBreakers, RoboRecall and the new Unreal Tournament. Epic’s Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, VR and the Web.

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Technical Director of VR and AR

Thor Gunnarsson

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Surfing Peaks, Surviving Troughs: Navigating Through VR´s Hype Cycle

From building and scaling Everest VR, the team at Sólfar gained a few hard-won lessons for any startup creating VR games and experiences in the middle of a classic Hype Cycle. What did we learn about the technical, design and business challenges of early VR? And how do we climb the slope of enlightenment together?

From his involvement with the first wave of Virtual Reality in San Francisco to the advent of mobile gaming at BAFTA award-winning Ideaworks3D in London, and throughout his 7 years of service as VP Business Development at CCP, Thor has specialized in forging business opportunity in the adjacent possible between creative developers and disruptive technologies.




Co-Founder / Business Development Director at Sólfar

Founded in Reykjavík, Iceland in October 2014 by three game industry veterans, our mission is to create and publish pure VR games that thrill players, define the medium, and establish Sólfar as the category leader in virtual reality entertainment.

We are currently developing multiple projects across all major VR platforms, including PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

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Co-Founder / Business Development Director

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North East England has a vibrant, fast-growing tech cluster with an established niche in Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality. Over 50 specialist gaming companies are supported by more than 70 university and college courses aimed specifically at nurturing talent for the gaming sector. We are also one of the lowest cost locations in the UK and Western Europe, with typical savings of £1m per annum compared to London for a 25-person studio. When combined with the thriving creative and cultural scene, renowned nightlife and a host of specialist properties for the sector, it’s clear to see why North East England Works for the gaming industry.

Invest North East England is the first point of contact for companies looking to invest in the region. Our experienced team opens the door for companies to North East England’s network of specialist organisations and individuals with the information, support and advice essential to any investment decision. We co-ordinate investment enquiries on behalf of our region's local authorities to ensure businesses are able to make the best decisions based on a wide array of information. To find out more, please visit www.investnortheastengland.co.uk or email enquiries@investnortheastengland.co.uk.

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North East England has a vibrant, fast-growing tech cluster with an established niche in Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality. Over 50 specialist gaming companies are supported by more than 70 university and college courses aimed specifically at nurturing talent for the gaming sector. We are also one of the lowest cost locations in the UK and Western Europe, with typical savings of £1m per annum compared to London for a 25-person studio. When combined with the thriving creative and cultural scene, renowned nightlife and a host of specialist properties for the sector, it’s clear to see why North East England Works for the gaming industry.

Invest North East England is the first point of contact for companies looking to invest in the region. Our experienced team opens the door for companies to North East England’s network of specialist organisations and individuals with the information, support and advice essential to any investment decision. We co-ordinate investment enquiries on behalf of our region's local authorities to ensure businesses are able to make the best decisions based on a wide array of information. To find out more, please visit www.investnortheastengland.co.uk or email enquiries@investnortheastengland.co.uk.

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Coatsink is a passionate and talented games development team working on games for PC, VR, console and mobile. Since Tom Beardsmore and Paul Crabb established Coatsink in 2009-10, the company has grown into a recognised face in the developer community, growing VR industry, and applications market. Currently, we’re working on some original projects for release on PC, Oculus Rift/Samsung Gear VR, and console.

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Unreal Engine 4 is a suite of integrated tools for game developers to design and build games, simulations, and visualizations.

There are no shortcuts to creating immersive experiences that are believable to the human mind. VR requires complex scenes rendered at very high framerates. Because Unreal Engine is designed for demanding applications such as AAA games, filmmaking and photoreal visualization, it meets these requirements and provides a solid foundation to build content on all VR platforms - from PC to console to mobile

The guys will be demoing Robo Recall.

In creating Robo Recall, Epic developed a rendering solution specific to VR. The Forward Renderer supports high-quality lighting features, Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA) and instanced stereo rendering to produce crisp, detailed images at 90 FPS.

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TIGA is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Our core purpose is to strengthen the games development and digital publishing sector. We achieve this by campaigning for the industry in the corridors of power, championing the industry in the media and helping our members commercially.

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Ukie, pronounced you-key, (UK Interactive Entertainment) is the only trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry. We are a not-for-profit and represent businesses of all sizes from small start-ups to large multinational developers, publishers and service companies, working across online, mobile apps, consoles, PC, eSports, VR and AR. Meet the team members who are at your service.

Everything we do helps to support, grow and promote our members' businesses and the wider UK games and interactive entertainment industry by making sure we have the right economic, cultural, political and social environment needed for businesses to thrive.

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Bluegfx provides 3D software, hardware and content creation tools to some of the most exciting creative studios in the media and entertainment industry. As an authority in industry-specific technology, we work with innovative and inspirational clients leading the way in games, design visualisation, film and TV. We pride ourselves on our outstanding technical expertise and the level of personal support and guidance we provide to our clients, whether tiny start-ups or established industry giants. Our excellent reputation is validated by our coveted position as Autodesk Gold Partner.

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The North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence provides support to North East business looking to develop new products & services using satellites.

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Unreal Engine 4 is a complete suite of development tools made for anyone working with real-time technology. From enterprise applications and cinematic experiences to high-quality games across PC, console, mobile, VR and AR, Unreal Engine 4 gives you everything you need to start, ship, grow and stand out from the crowd.

A world-class toolset and accessible workflows empower developers to quickly iterate on ideas and see immediate results without touching a line of code, while full source code access gives everyone in the Unreal Engine 4 community the freedom to modify and extend engine features.

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Gateshead Council supports emerging technology companies and was the first council to create a VR network of Companies VRTGO Labs.

The Council is also developing a new state of the art facility for emerging tech companies called PROTO. This will be a one of a kind location for cutting edge tech companies and is located in the heart of the digital quays.

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Sunderland Software City leads the consortium for the Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley on behalf of the 2 Local Enterprise Partnerships and the five local universities. Its work aims to help businesses and organisations from all sectors unlock insights and create new value from their data. It does this by educating potential customers on the opportunities within emerging technologies (including AR & VR).

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Naomi Morrow Project Manager to the Digital Catapult North East and Tees Valley is here to talk to companies in the room around how they can get involved in the projects they host now with the new Digital Catapult strategy which now includes emerging technologies such as AR/VR. Previous projects have seen SMEs win contracts with corporates by demonstrating what opportunities technology provides whilst also helping corporates overcome internal business challenges.

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We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.
Who we are
We’re an organisation of around 300 staff, drawn mainly from business. We work across the UK, with a head office in Swindon.
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With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. To do this, we work to:
• determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
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• fund the strongest opportunities
• connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
• help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses

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Transmit Consulting has helped numerous entrepreneurs and organisations strengthen, commercialise and innovate.

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Dedicated to bringing you news, updates and features relating to #VR and #AR technology. Contact us: https://www.vrfocus.com/contact-us/

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Digital Union is the largest network of digital companies in the North East.

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OUR MISSION IS TO FOSTER INNOVATION THROUGH COLLABORATION BY GROWING A STRONG AR / VR ECOSYSTEM IN LONDON & BEYOND.

We are technology agnostic and our community is based on diverse Augmented & Virtual Reality industry stakeholders such as startups, device makers, software companies, universities, research centres, media organisations, public initiatives and more.

We strongly believe in the interdependence of AR/VR/MR with AI, IoT and Wearables, and therefore welcome individuals and companies working in those fields.

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Game Republic Ltd runs the two largest networks in the North of England – Game Republic and GaMaYo

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Focal Point VR

Virtual Reality offers an entirely new way of experiencing the real world. With streamed VR video, this emerging technology can give people the chance to be in the best seat in the house for every future real-world event.

Focal Point VR is launching Ubiety – our beyond 4k, broadcast quality 360° live stream VR video platform - in Q1 2017.

This is the first stage in our roadmap for building a fully depth-enhanced, live, ultra-high resolution VR video streaming platform which will deliver true 'presence'.

We are dedicated to creating the technology necessary to realise the dream of people being able to put on a VR headset and then be ‘teleported’ to another place, live.

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Founded in 2007 by our co-founders Sarat Pediredla & Mark Forster, we are a leading global enterprise app developer & post-PC technology consultancy.

Our Immersive division bring nearly a decade of VR/AR/MR knowledge to deliver immersive experiences with a lasting impact . . .

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Virtalis
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The North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence provides support to North East business looking to develop new products & services using satellites.

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Mixed Immersion is a Spatial Audio Production company with a focus on creating immersive, sound based experiences within Experiential, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & Live Performances.

We refer to ourselves the ‘World’s First AFX Company’ applying the same consideration that Visual Effects (VFX) have to creating amazing 3D worlds (Lighting, textures, reflections), but where we create 3D audio environments works using reverb, echo, foley, music and many other ‘techniques to create real world realism and believability.

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Newcastle based innovative film company

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Through Soluis | Studios we offer our clients and their stakeholders cutting-edge design visualisation and digital communication services. These include everything from traditional CG imagery and animation - through to the advanced motion graphics and video composition techniques. Using our vast in-house resources & experience, we have created images, graphics and film for some of the UK’s most prestigious projects and businesses, and for a diverse roster of clients from around the world.

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Coatsink is a passionate and talented games development team working on games for PC, VR, console and mobile. Since Tom Beardsmore and Paul Crabb established Coatsink in 2009-10, the company has grown into a recognised face in the developer community, growing VR industry, and applications market. Currently, we’re working on some original projects for release on PC, Oculus Rift/Samsung Gear VR, and console.

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Digital Union is the largest network of digital companies in the North East.

They will be attending and demoing some of the coolest member tech.

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Unreal Engine 4 is a suite of integrated tools for game developers to design and build games, simulations, and visualizations.

There are no shortcuts to creating immersive experiences that are believable to the human mind. VR requires complex scenes rendered at very high framerates. Because Unreal Engine is designed for demanding applications such as AAA games, filmmaking and photoreal visualization, it meets these requirements and provides a solid foundation to build content on all VR platforms - from PC to console to mobile

The guys will be demoing Robo Recall.

In creating Robo Recall, Epic developed a rendering solution specific to VR. The Forward Renderer supports high-quality lighting features, Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA) and instanced stereo rendering to produce crisp, detailed images at 90 FPS.

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Spearhead Interactive is a leading emerging technology agency, providing a diverse and award-winning range of services and solutions in corporate and commercial strategy, consultation, technology, digital transformation, and software development.

We assist our clients in maximising efficiency, productivity and performance to meet their goals and ambitions through the development of world-first and best-in-class creative and innovative technology solutions; enabling and empowering companies and governments to improve operational, managerial and supporting processes across all areas of activity.

Specialising in the creation of interactive and immersive 3D software, Spearhead Interactive are pioneering developments in the Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality sector, with innovative and disruptive solutions specifically targeted at solving commercial business challenges through the visualisation of data and processes.

The business currently operates as an end-to-end ideas and solutions company, creating new technology applications and solving client problems through analysis of the issue and use of creative and intellectual capital to devise, develop and deploy the correct solution.

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Pocket Sized Hands hail from Abertay University where they were finalists in the prestigous Dare Academy contest.
These creative students have developed a VR game using UE4 and have demoed the game at various industry events including EGX.

Honeypot Espionage is an online VR multiplayer shooter, focused on stealth combat, in which you are put against other Spies in a combat arena. The last man standing wins. As a Spy, you are completely invisible, but you will begin to materialize if you move, fire a weapon or set a trap. If you don’t want killed, stay still. Think Predator meets SuperHot. The slower you move in real life the harder you are to see. You can set traps and decoys to trick other players into revealing their location to try to come out on top.

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Transmit Consulting has helped numerous entrepreneurs and organisations strengthen, commercialise and innovate.

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Bluegfx provides 3D software, hardware and content creation tools to some of the most exciting creative studios in the media and entertainment industry. As an authority in industry-specific technology, we work with innovative and inspirational clients leading the way in games, design visualisation, film and TV. We pride ourselves on our outstanding technical expertise and the level of personal support and guidance we provide to our clients, whether tiny start-ups or established industry giants. Our excellent reputation is validated by our coveted position as Autodesk Gold Partner.

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We are Filthy Fresh Studio, a team of four based at Cardiff, South Wales. Filthy Fresh is currently developing a virtual reality game using the HTC VIVE. We are planning to offer a VR Base-Defense game that will bring something fresh to the industry...

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Jeff’s Tower is a virtual reality game where you play as the protagonist (Jeff) who is a woodland botanist that unexpectedly stumbles across an ancient rune stone steeped in legend. The aim of the game is to play as Jeff to defend the tower to prevent the evil king from obtaining the rune stone while using the magical powers you have just obtained to stop incoming hordes of enemies.

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Animmersion specialises in innovative visualisation through 3D animation, data visualisation and technology solutions for the offshore, energy, process, engineering, construction, automotive and defence industries as well as retail. We focus on delivering innovation allowing traditional businesses to visualise their data, concepts, designs and products. We have four core offering which are
• Visualisation content
• VR/AR
• Interactive media (smartphones, tablets, touchscreens)
• Holograms

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ABOUT NEUTRON
We are an award winning, creative technical team developing bespoke software pushing the boundaries of 3D Virtual Reality experiences and technology for Games, Retail and Enterprise. We pride ourselves in developing long-term relationships with our clients developing bespoke, high-quality solutions to solve their specific needs.

WHAT WE DO
Our team of creatives and technologists collaborate to create elegant cross domain solutions. Our team of game technology experts break boundaries, using games technology to create novel real world enterprise, financial and retail solutions. We go above and beyond delivering a high quality solutions, always exceeding expectations.

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Dedicated to bringing you news, updates and features relating to #VR and #AR technology. Contact us: https://www.vrfocus.com/contact-us/

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Game Republic Ltd runs the two largest networks in the North of England – Game Republic and GaMaYo

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Unreal Engine 4 is a complete suite of development tools made for anyone working with real-time technology. From enterprise applications and cinematic experiences to high-quality games across PC, console, mobile, VR and AR, Unreal Engine 4 gives you everything you need to start, ship, grow and stand out from the crowd.

A world-class toolset and accessible workflows empower developers to quickly iterate on ideas and see immediate results without touching a line of code, while full source code access gives everyone in the Unreal Engine 4 community the freedom to modify and extend engine features.

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Gateshead Council supports emerging technology companies and was the first council to create a VR network of Companies VRTGO Labs.

The Council is also developing a new state of the art facility for emerging tech companies called PROTO. This will be a one of a kind location for cutting edge tech companies and is located in the heart of the digital quays.

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Sunderland Software City leads the consortium for the Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley on behalf of the 2 Local Enterprise Partnerships and the five local universities. Its work aims to help businesses and organisations from all sectors unlock insights and create new value from their data. It does this by educating potential customers on the opportunities within emerging technologies (including AR & VR).

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Naomi Morrow Project Manager to the Digital Catapult North East and Tees Valley is here to talk to companies in the room around how they can get involved in the projects they host now with the new Digital Catapult strategy which now includes emerging technologies such as AR/VR. Previous projects have seen SMEs win contracts with corporates by demonstrating what opportunities technology provides whilst also helping corporates overcome internal business challenges.

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We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.
Who we are
We’re an organisation of around 300 staff, drawn mainly from business. We work across the UK, with a head office in Swindon.
Our responsibilities
With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. To do this, we work to:
• determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
• meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
• fund the strongest opportunities
• connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
• help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses

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We are an award winning, creative technical team developing bespoke software pushing the boundaries of 3D Virtual Reality experiences and technology for Games, Retail and Enterprise. We pride ourselves in developing long-term relationships with our clients developing bespoke, high-quality solutions to solve their specific needs.

Our team of creatives and technologists collaborate to create elegant cross domain solutions. Our team of game technology experts break boundaries, using games technology to create novel real world enterprise, financial and retail solutions. We go above and beyond delivering a high quality solutions, always exceeding expectations.

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North East England has a vibrant, fast-growing tech cluster with an established niche in Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality. Over 50 specialist gaming companies are supported by more than 70 university and college courses aimed specifically at nurturing talent for the gaming sector. We are also one of the lowest cost locations in the UK and Western Europe, with typical savings of £1m per annum compared to London for a 25-person studio. When combined with the thriving creative and cultural scene, renowned nightlife and a host of specialist properties for the sector, it’s clear to see why North East England Works for the gaming industry.

Invest North East England is the first point of contact for companies looking to invest in the region. Our experienced team opens the door for companies to North East England’s network of specialist organisations and individuals with the information, support and advice essential to any investment decision. We co-ordinate investment enquiries on behalf of our region's local authorities to ensure businesses are able to make the best decisions based on a wide array of information. To find out more, please visit www.investnortheastengland.co.uk or email enquiries@investnortheastengland.co.uk.

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