Two big virtual reality companies are teaming up together to provide VR and AR developers with an opportunity to showcase their skills on the grand stage of a Holographic Hackathon.
The registration page over on Google Docs states that they're looking for bright development teams to partake in the Holographic Hackathon hosted by Microsoft and VRLA, which will span the likes of 48 hours and will see teams formed to create a holographic app within that time. Those who come up with and make the best app will be rewarded for their efforts.
According to the registration form, they're looking for people with companies, organizations or institutions that also have a Microsoft Account. They ask about what specific role each individual will fill, whether it be as a developer, designer or an artist.
Registrants can sign-up either in solo or as a team. So if you do show up and it's just you, they may partner you up with someone just to help make things go by a little easier for you. If you have a team, they request that you list off who all the members are so they know who's potentially showing up. They also want to know if the registrants have built any AR or VR utilities or apps before and whether or not they're familiar with using GitHub.
As they explain over on the Eventbrite page, the entire Holographic Hackathon will be a collaborative process executed with the help of Microsoft's own HoloLens engineers...
Over the course of 48 hours, you'll form teams with other developers, designers, and artists to collaboratively create a holographic app. Engineers from the HoloLens team will be on-site with HoloLens devices. Some sweet prizes will be awarded at the end of the event to the best projects made.
For those of you unfamiliar with HoloLens, it's a neat but expensive piece of technology. It affords developers the ability to construct virtual applications or extend existing applications into a virtual space that is then projected and augmented into real life environments. I know it sounds kind of trippy or like something out of a sci-fi film, but the HoloLens is not expensive for no reason at all.
The device has been tested with things like Halo 5 and Minecraft, giving users a glimpse at how tether-free VR and AR can be utilized for both mobile and stationary purposes. One of the more neat examples showcased the HoloLens taking a small map in Minecraft and extending it into the real world, where users were able to build and modify the map as if they were playing with Lego pieces. It's very impressive technology that's still way too expensive for consumer use.
Nevertheless, Microsoft is slowly edging closer towards a more marketable position for the HoloLens and they're teaming up with the VR expo experts of VRLA to help broaden the horizons of the VR and AR space with the Holographic Hackathon.
The event will take place on Friday, June 24 at the end of this month, and will run through Sunday, June 26th. It will be held at the Creative Technology Center at the Brewer Arts Complex in Los Angeles, California.