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XR Start-ups at Tech Days 2020 – 15th June 2020


Bavarian XR Start-ups present themselves at Tech Days 2020.

During Tech Days, Munich became a hotspot for founders, entrepreneurs and creatives in cyberspace. Innovation managers from the corporate world mingled with digital natives to exchange their views on ongoing transformation, new ways of creation, organizing or accelerating innovation.

Due to the coronavirus Tech Days 2020 took also place in a digital format. The program was, however, like in the previous years during the physical event, an interesting mix ranging from political statetements to keynotes, workshops and start up and arts presentations.

The Opening Statements were held by the Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder, the Federal Minister for Digital Affairs, Dorothee Bär and the Bavarian Minister for Digital Affairs, Judith Gerlach.

A number of Bavarian XR-starts took the chance and presented themselves – here they are in alphabetical order:

Cyan Planet is building a global platform that connects people with the ocean through immersive media to spark action in support of marine conservation.

We leverage the empathy-building, educational, and connective power of immersive media to achieve marine conservation goals. We produce immersive media for education and outreach, create enhanced virtual training tools, increase marine organizations’ capacity for communication, and encourage audiences to build a deeper connection with the ocean to facilitate action for conservation. Our aim is to directly inspire users through the experiences we produce, while also supporting institutions through partnerships to provide access to immersive media tools.

Founding Year: 2019
Focus/Sector: Immersive technology, Marine Science, Education
Contact: michal@cyanplanet.org

Devanthro GmbH – the Roboy Company

We solve teleportation – bringing a person to a remote place without having to actually go there. By remote controlling a humanoid robot through an operator suit, the robot copies the motion of the human operator. Applications range from remote, over handling of goods in clean rooms to caring for elderly or contagious patients. We aim to win the ANA Avatar XPRIZE, the world’s largest robotics competition with a 10m$ prize purse. We’re one of only two German teams among 77 qualified teams globally and we need your help to win the price and put Germany back on the map.

Founding Year: 2018
Focus/Sector: Robotics
Contact: rh@roboy.org

Devanthro GmbH – the Roboy Company also gave a talk on the topic „Uncollared: Seeing the Future of Work Like a Robot“

Artificial intelligence and increasingly intelligent robotics are starting a displacement in service jobs, amounting to 70% of our workforce. Many of these jobs don’t rely on physical labour anymore and automation of these white collar jobs follows a different pattern than what we historically know from blue collar automation – which is largely underestimated. Largely, the solution to this has been to look to reskilling.  But what potential pitfalls are there in relying exclusively on reskilling, and are there alternatives? Anthropologists Lora Koycheva and roboticist Rafael Hostettler provoke us to see the future of work like a robot.

Higher realities sell dreams.
We at K5 Factory have set out to create compelling immersive experiences with one shared passion: to entertain and engage audiences.
With a synthesis of storytelling and technology we develop new realities and offer audiences a novel experience of presence, embodiment and self-perception.
We change expectations by creating memories in different futures.

Founding Year: 2018
Focus/Sector: AR / VR / Gaming / Experiential Marketing (gamification mechanisms, indoor navigation, object tracking, promotions, retail media and POS solutions)

The Open AR Cloud (OARC) is a global non-profit organization founded in 2018 with the mission to drive the development of open and interoperable spatial computing technology, data and standards to connect the real and the digital worlds for the benefit of all.

Founding Year: 2018
Focus / Sector: Spatial Computing

vr-on

Based in Munich, vr-on offers individual and comprehensive XR solutions for customers in B2B for more than 4 years. The SaaS product vr-on STAGE enables the next level of realtime conferencing by transforming traditional conferencing workflows into digital 3D realtime conferencing. STAGE can be integrated into existing 3D workflows, to communicate and discuss work results in realtime with distributed teams across the globe.

Contact: mathias.wochnig@vr-on.com

VRTonung

Martin Rieger is a service provider for immersive audio and specializes in sound for virtual reality like probably no other in the German-speaking world. His key to innovative content is a holistic approach to dubbing.

That’s why VRTonung is responsible for 360° audio recordings around the world and the 3D audio post-production in the Munich recording studio. Martin is thus the linchpin for being able to supervise XR projects from the creative input at the beginning to the technical completion and is significantly committed to making his heart’s desire more tangible and developing it to its full potential.

Contact: info@vrtonung.de

WE ARE VIDEO

BettyMü

Over the past two decades, the projection artist has made an international name for herself as a pioneer of digital video art. In her works she defines new spaces with a targeted use of material, space and light. She regularly translates her art at events and exhibitions, creating immersive experiences. www.bettymue.com

Raphael Kurig
The founder and head of the video department at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz has been creating video designs for operas and musicals as well as video and light art installations since 2010. Through this he has acquired a profound knowledge in the field of video technology and technical implementation, and can interlink technology and art. www.indivisualist.com

Christian Gasteiger
The event technician has specialized in the development of interactive, generative and reactive programs and installations. His profound experience in lighting and sound engineering during his career at the Munich State Opera House is reflected in his work.



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Head of XR HUB Bavaria/Munich

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