Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Winter 2016 VR Hackathon this year at Microsoft Reactor!
This was VRHackathon.com's 4th Hackathon in San Francisco, and they have hosted over 12 worldwide. The talented developers worked tirelessly over the weekend to create projects in AR and VR.
It is the second VR Hackathon in the Microsoft Reactor, a beautiful shared working space in downtown San Francisco.
Over 70 developers on 19 teams competed for thousands of dollars worth of prizes from event sponsors Web3D Consortium, Enflux, AltspaceVR, and Aircom.
Creating a VR Hackathon Project
Each team's project began with an ideation phase. The teams picked which prize categories to compete for, developed concepts, and narrowed scope to 24 hour projects.
Developers created their projects from 9am to 10pm on Saturday and 9am to 1pm on Sunday.
The developers included VR professionals, first-time developers, and some of the Web3D and VR pioneers who have been developing technology since the early days!
And of course, there was pizza. Lots of pizza...
The Overall Winners
At 1:00pm on Sunday, each team submitted its project. Each team presented in front of the audience, and the overall winners were chosen by three judges. We were honored to have these prestigious judges:
- Livi Erickson, Developer Evangelist at Microsoft,
- Craig Cannon, Director of Marketing at Y-Combinator, and
- Tom Emrich, investor and partner at Super Ventures.
The big winners included:
1. Holo-Dog, an Augmented Reality experience on the Microsoft Hololens that lets users adopt, train, and raise a hologram puppy,
2. Project Pow Pow, a fun skiing game for the HTC Vive and the Enflux Mocap Suit that allows you to naturally ski down the slopes,
and 3. Impossible Tasks Before Tea Time, a fanciful "Alice in Wonderland" inspired experience on the High Fidelity platform and Oculus Rift.
Each group's submission is available at https://vr-hack-microsoft.devpost.com/.
More about the Hackathon event itself on http://vrhackathon.com/san_francisco.html.
The Enflux Projects and Winners
For us at Enflux, it was a huge thrill to organize and sponsor our first VR Hackathon! It was exciting to see the enthusiasm among developers for the Enflux suit, and the amazingly innovative ideas people came up with.
Nine of the 19 teams signed up to use EnfluxVR suits. Enflux awarded three prizes for the top three "Full body experiences in VR and AR."
Third place in the "Full Body" category went to "Let's Get Physical," physical training for individuals undergoing rehabilitation.
Second place in the "Full Body" category was "Full Dive," who created a totally immersive yoga-themed VR experience where you can interact both your body and your mind.
First place went to Project Pow Pow, a fun skiing game for the HTC Vive and the Enflux Mocap Suit that allows you to naturally ski down the slopes.
Thank you to all of our friends for helping out with this VR Hackathon. We are always amazed by the support from our community.
SAVE THE DATE for our next Hackathon, which will be February 17-19 at Developer Week in San Francisco!