New Media Art students win AR/VR Hackathon 2018

We are proud to announce that Liepaja University New Media Art students Ieva Vīksne, Kaspars Lēvalds, Diana Mikanova and Paula Ostupe have won VR/AR Hackathon 2018 in a team collaborating with programmers from Accenture and Kristaps Puķītis from Dirty Deal Audio.

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We are excited to announce the upcoming Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) event, Hackathon 2018, taking place over the weekend of Friday 27th-29th April in Valmiera, Latvia!

The 48-hour technology marathon will bring together people from various backgrounds and with diverse expertise. Working in teams, the participants will innovate and create new AR/VR products and solutions.

We will be joined by the well-respected AR/VR expert, Trond Nilsen, from Seattle, US - also known as the epicentre of AR/VR technology development, who will mentor the participants throughout the event and alongside other industry experts evaluate their final proposals. A special prize worth €500 will be awarded to the most innovative team by Overly.

Every tech-head, entrepreneur or industry enthusiast is encouraged to join the event and explore the limitless possibilities of the AR/VR technologies. It is the event to be at for developers, 3D artists, graphic designers or visionaries looking for a team to help them execute their idea. 
If you have your own line-up of experts, you can apply as a team. If you want to participate in the event by yourself, be sure that we will form a great team for you.

During the event, participants will be able to work with such hardware as Google tango, Microsoft Hololens, Daqri smart glasses, Meta2 and/or virtual reality headsets like Oculus, HTC Vive, Gear VR and others.

The event is being organised by Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), Overly, Magnetic Latvia and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. 
The event will take place at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, which is by no means a coincidental location. The university is actively involved in advancing the industry and its workforce and in collaboration with leading VR/AR companies and experts in Latvia and around the globe is developing a Master’s degree programme in Virtual Reality and Mobile Technologies.

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Funding is allocated from the ERDF project “Innovation Motivation Programme” (id No.


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