We would like to say a BIG thank you to our sponsors and partners who made this VR event a reality.

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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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Headline Sponsor: Invest North East England

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

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Networking Sponsor: Game Republic

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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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Networking Sponsor: TIGA

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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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Networking Sponsor: UKIE

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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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Party Sponsor: Bluegfx

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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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Workshop Sponsor: Unreal Engine

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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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Workshop Sponsor: Gateshead Council

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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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Workshop Sponsor: Digital Catapult Centre: North East & Tees Valley

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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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Workshop Sponsor: Innovate UK

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

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Media Partner: Transmit Consulting

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Twitter Tech News

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Media Partner: Twitter Tech News

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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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Media Partner: VR Focus

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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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Network Partner: Realities Centre

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