The JAPAN VR HACKATHON was launched in 2016 as an effort to bring the industry,the developer community and the public together in a fun and creative forum, and to ultimately promote the growth and application of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. In 2016 we assembled over 500 attendees in 7 cities and created over 55 projects that were featured worldwide.
With the success of the 2016 event, the team behind the hackathon wanted to evolve the event and give it a grander purpose while still promoting the development of VR and AR — now collectively referred to as XR. For this to happen we decided to find synergistic partnerships.
In a world mired with conflict we wanted to explore how XR could be utilized to facilitate the mission of humanitarian agencies. The International Committee of the Red Cross answered our call and found common purpose in our shared goals.
We wanted to develop a closer and ongoing relationship with the professionals involved in the AR/VR industry. SVVR as the worlds largest and most reputable organization of industry professionals partnered with us and launched SVVR Japan.
Because of our success showing last year’s best projects around the world, we decided to dedicate a full day to an open showcase where anyone could come and experience for themselves the results of the hackathon – a chance for the public to have hands one access to technology.
The International Committee of the Red Cross in order to support its humanitarian effort in the field has offered to select and support one of the project from the hackathon it believes has the most potential for helping it achieve its mandate and mission. To this end it will make available a fund equivalent to USD$40,000 to the winning team to take their project to completion so that the ICRC may eventually use it in the field. The recipient of this fund will be announced by the ICRC during the Awards ceremony on June 2, 2017. Details on the administration and awarding of the fund will be discussed with the recipients of the fund.
The goal of the ICRC partnership is to explore and promote the development of XR applications and content designed to facilitate the work of humanitarian agencies and build bridges of understanding and cooperation between the ICRC, the VR/AR industry and the professional community. During our symposium we aim to discuss application of XR in the field of humanitarian action in an open forum and explore ancilllary applications of VR/AR in humanitarian action as an educational, communication and awareness building tool. Finally, it is our also our goal to test and validate VR/AR concepts through public evaluation and assessments, and educate the public about the mission of the ICRC through the use of XR during our Expo day. Learn more about the ICRC
Please join us for a half day symposium as we explore the application of VR, AR and MR in the work being done by humanitarian organizations. Join Senior members of the ICRC and honored guests from academia, government and NGOs as we attempt to answer some questions. What is the state of XR in humanitarian action? Who is using it and how? What are the challenges and rewards of using cutting edge technology for humanitarian work? What are the realities and limitations of using XR “in the field”? What are alternative uses of XR? Communication? Social networking? Education and training? What is the future of XR in humanitarian action?
Join the Japan XR Hackathon's top 20 teams and our sponsors for a day of demos and learn about the work the International Committee of the Red Cross is doing using Virtual Reality. It will be the chance for you to interact with developers and members of the ICRC as well representatives from several XR companies. The event is free to the public and anyone is welcome to join. Following the event a private party will be held to announce the winners of the 2017 Japan XR Hackathon (this part of the event is by invite only).
Noitom VR Lab is located inside Mono at the Telecom Center in Odaiba. Established in 2016, the Noitom VR Lab is the Incubator and Marketing branch of Noitom International, Inc. in Japan. The facility was designed to not only showcase Noitom's latest Motion Capture and VR technology such as Project Alice, Perception Neuron and the new Hi5 VR Glove, but to offer a library of equipment and facilities for developers to use free of charge for their project. Since its inception, the Noitom VR Lab has incubated 6 projects. Currently the Lab has Microsoft Hololens, HTC Vive, Google Daydream, OSVR, Oculus, MSI Backpacks, GTX 1080 Workstations, MOCAP facilities and a lot more.
2017 XR Hackathon Themes
XR for Humanitarian Action
The ICRC supports people with disabilities worldwide. As well as providing physical rehabilitation services.
Sexual violence is prevalent in many modern conflicts. The ICRC is stepping up its efforts to prevent this crime and help the victims.
Join us as we explore how to best utilize VR, AR and MR for Humanitarian Action.
The following are the guidelines for participants:
Japanese, English, Chinese, Spanish, French... Any Language Team are Welcome!!!
Individuals or Teams - no limit on team size
16 years old or older
(The Law does forbids anyone younger than 18 to remain overnight and they must return home at curfew)
Any background, employment, or experience level
(Basic programming experience is recommended, but 3D modelers and graphic designers are also welcome to join)
Equipment for use will be provided by the Hackathon
(First-come-first-serve. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment as some of the highly sought after equipment may be in short supply)
Internet access will be provided but may be slow - download all your programs prior to the event
Food and water will also be provided courtesy of our sponsors
Some graphic and other assets will also be offered, but please bring your own too.
TOKYO – ODAIBA
Mono, Telecom Center Building
East Tower 14F
2-5-10 Aomi, Koto-Ku
Tokyo, Japan 135-00
We will have English, Chinese,
French, German, Spanish
speakers at the Hackathon!
Please sign up below!
Everyone is welcome!
Yamanashi Onsen, Kaga
Ishikawa Prefecture 13-1
Registration for Training
17:30 - 18:00
Hitomi Makabe, Christian Rouffaer
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Presentation by ICRC – Guidelines and Ideas on Hackathon Theme
18:00 - 18:30
Qiuhai He, Tobias Baumann, Richard Borys
Noitom Hi5 VR Glove SDK
18:30 - 19:00
Developing with VIVE and VIVE tracker
19:00 - 19:30
HoloLens Overview – Application Development
19:30 - 20:00
Perception Neuron SDK Updates
20:00 - 20:30
ARMA 3 Tutorial
20:30 - 21:00
09:00 - 09:45
Please be on time for registration. Registration is just a formality. This event is free. Please note that if you are under 18 years old you will need to follow Japanese curfew laws.
Participant Welcome Speech
09:45 - 10:00
Start of Hackathon
10:00 - 12:59
Judging for XR Hackathon Finalists
15:15 - 18:00
Judges will evaluate all projects in groups starting at 15:15. They will have a chance to meet with each team and experience their work. They will then score them based on criteria described in the hackathon manager.
End of Hackathon
18:00 - 19:00
Announcement of finalists and thank you toast
18:00 - 19:00
We will announce the 20 teams/projects that will be featured at the Expo and Awards show on July 2. From the 20 teams our judges will select the winners in each prize category.
By Invitation Only
Registration: XR for Humanitarian Action Symposium
13:00 - 13:30
Mono, Telecom Center Building East Tower 14F 2-5-10 Aomi, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japan 135-0064
Welcome keynote and event introduction
13:30 - 14:00
International Committee of the Red Cross
VR and the International Committee of the Red Cross
14:00 - 14:30
The International Committee of the Red Cross will present an overview of the work they have been doing with VR, AR and MR, and the reception it has garnered both in the field and in the media.
Christian Rouffaer (ICRC), Karl Krantz (SVVR), TBA
VR and Humanitarian Action – A Panel Discusion
14:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:15
Question and Answer / Open Floor
16:15 - 17:30
17:30 - 19:00
Symposium reception and cocktail party. Join the members of the symposium in an informal setting to discuss the topics of the event.
VIP Judging of finalists (not open to public)
09:00 - 12:00
Startup Hub Tokyo Meiji Yasuda Mission Building 2-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
XR Hackathon Expo – Open and Free to the Public
12:00 - 17:00
30 experiences by Hackathon participants will be available for experiencing. Sponsors will also have tables for information.
Awards and VIP Party (By invitation only)
17:00 - 19:00
Please note the awards and VIP party is by invitation only. We have limited space.
XR for Humanitarian Action