This was the Virtual Reality Conference 2017


VR experts, users and other interested parties gathered at the first Bitkom Virtual Reality Conference on November 27, 2017 at the Microsoft Atrium in Berlin. Around 170 participants, speakers and VR providers exchanged views on the latest trends and new opportunities in the use of virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

The lectures of our top-class speakers focused mostly on concrete application examples of VR technology. Michael Zawrel of Microsoft and Kevin Prösel of Saint Elmos for example, among other things, talked about how automakers such as Ford, Daimler and co. save time and money projecting product additions into reality and thus decreasing the need for physical models. Another important topic of the day was education. Dr. Susanne Rupp of Cornelsen Verlag emphasized the potential of learning with VR and argued that schools should integrate the VR technology stronger into the learning concept.

Further topics included questions of safety in using VR (Ashley Woolheater, Oculus/Facebook) and the advantages of VR in collaborations as an alternative to video conferences (Ralf Rabätje, vr-on). Furthermore, Dennis Ahrens (Zühlke Engineering) and Uwe Pfisterer (SAP) looked at various application examples of augmented reality in the field of logistics.

In the exhibition area, the participants could try out and learn about different VR glasses, had time to network and enjoyed beer&pretzels after the dence conference program.

We want to thank all participants, speakers and our partners Cornelsen, Dell EMC, Flying Pixel, Materna, Microsoft and vr-on for a great event and look forward to the next Virtual Reality Conference.