The pioneering Shanghai VR Group has teamed up with HTC Vive to mount the first-ever VR jam in Shanghai.

China has no intention of getting left behind in the global drive to develop compelling uses for virtual reality. Many of the major gaming and visual effects studios are beginning to dabble tentatively in the technology, eager to be ready when commercially viable VR starts to emerge.

Blazing the trail in the Middle Kingdom is the Shanghai VR Group (SHVR) a freeform collective of engineers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts striving to bring together the diverse groups around China interested in the technology. The management team includes Vincent Chen, founder of VR game developer TianShe Media; Christian Grewell, program manager for NYU Shanghai; Ben Rudick, co-founder of Transist Labs, which is hosting the event; and Florian Brutsche, co-founder of VR solutions company Pixolabs.

The pioneering group has teamed up with HTC Vive, an as-yet-unreleased virtual reality head-mounted display being developed in co-production between HTC and Valve Corporation, to put on the first-ever VR jam in Shanghai.

The Jam will give China’s most dynamic game developers, designers, 3D artists and animators unprecedented access to the HTC VIVE development kit and SteamVR. The experience will allow them to create virtual reality experiences that demonstrate the capabilities of the Vive, and of VR in general.

“The main goal is to bring developers and artists together to experiment with a world-changing technology and an amazing platform, in the HTC Vive,” said SHVR Jam organizer Florian Brutsche in outlining the aims of the event. “During the two days of the event, we are sure participants are not going to sleep much, as they explore how to create new gameplay and innovative experiences on the Vive. We’re really excited to see what they will come up with!”

The event will run August 14th & 16th on the scenic Shanghai campus of Transist Labs, an early-stage incubator and investor that supports local initiatives which bring technology and entrepreneurs together.

Along with HTC Vive, SHVR has put together a strong roster of partners and collaborators for the event. China Animation & Game Network are helping to promote the event through their extensive China-wide network, while Road to VR has signed up as official media partner. Technology companies Unity and AMD are also providing backing.

The deadline for participation is August 10th. To sign up and for more information, visit www.shvrjam.com.

Source: Shanghai VR Group

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