September 06, 2019
With the recent release of the OpenXR 1.0 specification, the presence of numerous Open Source platforms for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, and a growing community of developers, the need for a collaborative Open Source XR Conference became clear. With millions of VR headsets already on the market and preliminary support for platforms like Linux and BSD introduced, the only remaining pieces of the puzzle needing more work are better open drivers and adoption.
That being said, we're very excited to announce the 1st edition of the FOSS XR Conference, a new yearly gathering aimed at bringing the community together and giving a podium to the future of XR. Whether it's users, developers, engineers, businesses, hackers or hobbyists, anyone with an interest in Open Source XR can attend, share knowledge and code.
Taking place on 26 October in parallel with the Blender Conference (a long running conference in Amsterdam held by the Blender Foundation, at their trusty location The Balie), FOSS XR will have presentations throughout the day, a small dedicated hackerspace for meeting new people working on projects and more. Presentations will include everything from open source driver development, to the use of open source in XR applications, reverse engineering and showcases.
Collabora has been quite active in the XR domain, with Monado and xrdesktop being prime examples of what Open Source XR can accomplish through collaboration and commercial support. With this conference, Collabora aims to get the community and industry together to collaboratively expand the knowledge and opportunities within Open Source XR, and work on growing the longevity of this exciting platform!
If you want to stay updated on the latest news, please visit https://fossxr.dev and follow the conference on Twitter! We will be regularly updating the website with more information regarding the conference, speaker lineup (after talks are confirmed!) and registration. Keep an eye for more updates soon!
If you are working with or on Open Source XR, drivers, applications, tracking, research or similar, please send in a proposal today! We currently have timeslots of 20-60 minutes, depending on the amount of presentations and the amount of proposals sent in. Deadline for submitting a talk or presentation proposal is 13 September. Please submit your proposal before this date by email.
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