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A hackathon inspires leagues of developers to create WebVR projects

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A hackathon inspires leagues of developers to create WebVR projects

What if you could access virtual reality anywhere? From your phone, headset, an application, or even a web browser? With WebVR, an experimental Javascript application programing interface (better known as an API), virtual reality is brought to everything. WebVR effectively democratizes VR, making it accessible for even those with the most minimal of VR investments and tools. WebVR has emerged in the recent years as the dark horse in up-and-coming VR technology. And now Virtuleap is hosting a global hackathon to celebrate it.

WebVR is the dark horse of VR tech

As reported by Venture Beat, Virtuleap’s global hackathon is taking submissions from independent developers from all across the world to create WebVR applications, completely unhindered by specific rules or guidelines. Thus far, developers from eight different countries have submitted projects, including those from Japan, Czech Republic, the United States, Spain, and more. The projects vary greatly, from an unexpected WebVR game to a panoramic viewer

A-Frame Arcade is a WebVR experience that lets you play games in the Internet Arcade.
A-Frame Arcade is a WebVR experience that lets you play games in the Internet Arcade.

With no theme or guides to speak of in the WebVR hackathon, developers have been free to create anything of their choosing. One includes A-Frame Arcade, a dimly-lit virtual space for playing games within the Internet Arcade. Another is the abstract art within WebVR Worlds, a project that features interactive gyroscopic interactions and connecting desktop graphics.

The deadline to submit a WebVR application is February 1st, and the winner of the grand prize (a €30,000 cash prize and a slot in the 6-month VR accelerator VRBASE in Amsterdam) will be announced on February 15th.

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