Virtual Reality

The number of Berlin companies and research projects devoted to virtual technologies is estimated to reach a business volume of more than 100 billion by 2020.

Virtual Reality in Berlin

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, and 360 degree-videos (in short: VR) are central trends not only for the moving picture- and entertainment section but also for a number of business areas. Accordingly, VR-technology is used to generate immersive experiences for tourists or gamers, is also used to visualise architecture, develop vehicles right up to experimental surgery.

The VR-scene in the capital is a cross-section industry compiled of various developers, specialised start-ups, relevant departments of large companies of the entertainment industry, as well as other areas (e.g. transport, logistics), scientific and medical institutions, universities, film producers, and agencies.

This number is increased by several enterprises and interested parties that have not yet entered the market with own VR-products or services, however, for whom VR represents an important section to be developed. The VR-industry in Berlin is characterised by numerous enthusiasts, many visions and a great optimistic mood.

Tanja Mühlhans
Tanja Mühlhans

Management of Creative and Media Industry, Digital Economy, Projekt Zukunft

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Regional networks and platforms in the field of VR

Virtual Reality e.V. Berlin-Brandenburg

Virtual Reality e.V. Berlin-Brandenburg combines all competencies from the areas virtual and augmented reality. The goal of the association is to combine the existing strengths from the capital network of companies and industry partners, to develop innovative products and business models in the area VR/AR and to establish themselves competitively. 

Here you can get further information about events of the VR Verein Berlin-Brandenburg.

Meetup-Group Virtual Reality Berlin

 

The Meetup-Group Virtual Reality Berlin was founded in June 2013 and holds more than 2.600 members (Status: March 2018). The Network holds events on a regular basis, where enthusiasts and representatives of the VR-scene can discuss latest achievements and opportunities of VR-applications and -developments.

VR Business Club/VR Business Plaftform

 

The VR Business Club is based in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. The club generates a network of staff in management and executive positions in all areas, who want to provide new business models as part of the VR-technology. During monthly events, latest strategies to strengthen the own market position through the use of virtual reality. Among the club, there’s also the VR Business Plattform for industry-specific B2B-events.

Kaleidoskop

The Kaleidoskop forms an international network with currently 26 locations worldwide to provide the opportunity for communication about latest news in the subject of VR. Additionally, participants of the scene can find collaborators and additional inspirations. In Germany, the organisation is located in Berlin, Leipzig and Cologne. The network researched art and science of virtual reality and is organised by the so-called VR Creators on site. At least quarterly, different events (http://kaleidoscope.fund/events/) offer the opportunity for local startups to present themselves, plus a selection of projects from around the world. At the location Berlin-Brandenburg, Lars Mylius runs the network and presents innovative and realisable VR-developments at various events.

Regional networks and platforms in the field of media

Media:net Berlinbrandenburg

The Media:net Berlinbrandenburg is one of the largest regional networks of the media and digital industry in Germany. It forms the interface between the economy and politics – for companies, their enthusiasts, and their location Berlin-Brandenburg.

Here erhalten Sie Informationen zu den Veranstaltungen des Media.net Berlinbrandenburg.

Media.Connect Brandenburg

Media.Connect is a platform for media companies around the capital region and Brandenburg to network.

Here you can get further information about the events hosted by Media.Connect

National networks/platforms in the field of VR

VRNerds.de

VRNerds.de is the most extensive German language on the subject of VR, so far. It provides a broad overview about latest relevant news about virtual reality. Who wants to try out virtual reality (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, etc.), can use the VR-search engine “nearbyVR, which is integrated for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Erster deutscher Fachverband für Virtual Reality (EDFVR)

In EDFVR, enthusiasts, economy, and research experts, plus providers for technology and content get together to push development and distribution of immersive media in Germany.

Here you can get to events hosted by EDFVR.

Virtual Dimension Center (VDC)

The Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) is a competence network for virtual engineering. Technology providers, providers, users, research facilities and multipliers work in the VDC-network along the whole value chain virtual engineering in the subject’s 3D-simulation, 3D-visualisation, product lifecycle management and virtual reality.

Here you get further information about events hosted by the VDC.

 

 

Regional conferences/trade fairs/pitches with a focus on VR

VR NOW Conference (VR NOW CON)

 

http://www.vrnowcon.io/

VR NOW CON is Germanys first independent conference for virtual reality. Attached to it, the VR NOW AWARDS are being presented. The conference is hosted by the VR Verein Berlin-Brandenburg, held by Booster Space and financed by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Currently, the event is taking place annually in Potsdam.

The last VR NOW CON (in cooperation with EFM) took place in Berlin on the 18th of February.

 

VR NOW CON Business Mixer zur Berlinale

On 13th of February 2017, in cooperation with the Virtual Reality e.V. Berlin-Brandenburg as part of the European Film Market EFM of the Berlinale, the “VR NOW Con Business Mixer, funded by the Medienboard took place for the first time. Virtual Reality-pioneers and experts can pick up latest impulses and trends of the industry. The VR NOW Con Business Mixer wants to bring the EFM trade visitors together with the international virtual reality scene.

Changing The Picture Technology Conference (CTP)

The Changing The Picture Technology Conference is located in Babelsberg and discusses the latest technology-applications and current know-how for production design and contribution of content for TV, cinema, and internet. It brings together international participants from the of film, television and digital production department. The range varies from storyteller, and producers to broadcasters and distributors. 

The last CTP took place in Potsdam on the 9th of December 2017.

re:publica

 

The re:publica is one of the most important events in the digital community worldwide. Representatives of the digital community transfer their knowledge and competencies and discuss the development of the knowledge society. They connect with a heterogeneous mixture of science, hacker-society, B2B, NGOs, journalism, blogger-being, social media- and marketing and many more. That’s how innovations and synergies between network policy, digital marketing, network-technology, the digital society and (pop) culture.

The next re:publica will take place in Berlin from 2nd until 4th of May 2018.

 

Media CONVENTION

 

The MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin (MCB) has turned into one of the most important media congresses in Europe. In cooperation with re:publica and held by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb), national and international experts from television, film and other media, from science and politics, including decision-makers of the digital economics discuss and talk about questions of the media- and network politics, market trends and development of the media society – interdisciplinary, open and discursive.

The next MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin will be held with the re:publica in Berlin during the week of the 2nd until the 4th of May 2018.