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Meet us at VR Pop-up Week and VR Conference 2017

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When? September 11th – 15th (Pop-up Week), September 22nd (Conference)

Where? Berlin

What is it?

VR Pop-up Week = seven days full of virtual reality madness in the heart of Kreuzberg. There will be (spontaneous) workshops, showcases, beer, and nerd talk. VR Pop-up Week is very informal and free of charge. This is a VR playground.
VR Conference = a one day event that brings together all kinds of VR enthusiasts (journalists, storytellers, media innovators, techies) to share experiences and seek inspiration. This is much more structured and focused, and you will need to purchase a ticket.

Date

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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Meet us @ INTERACTIVE Festival 2017

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When: August 16th & 17th

Where: Cologne

What is it?

INTERACTIVE Festival is an interesting mix of talks, sessions, and workshops focusing on “trends and ideas in the digital sphere”, or more specifically: “their potential as well as their potential consequences.

Date

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Meet us @ Digility 2017

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When?: July 5-6

Where?: Cologne, Germany

What is it?

Digility is a conference and expo that aims to cover “all topics fusing digital content with reality” and “the whole value chain of virtual and augmented reality”.

Date

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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New interactive Fader VR report: The effects of climate change in Europe

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Beta testing digital tools is fun. Beta testing digital tools can also be strenuous, which is why most beta testers stick to a testing schedule and rarely add new work packages. However, much to our delight, our colleague Ole Krogsgaard at Euronews did exactly that: After significantly contributing to the scheduled Fader VR story on the French election launched by Euronews and Vragments last month, he decided that the VR/360 platform our consortium is trying to build should also play a part in his next project. So he took a collection of Euronews 360 footage on the effects of climate change in Europe — and turned it into a Fader story. Because “it just made sense.”

Date

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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Fader 2.0: Euronews and Vragments launch special French election VR story

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Fulfilling the DNI consortium’s mission to create a Fader story that uses special maps, templates, and new interactive features, our colleagues at Euronews and Vragments have just produced a VR reaction video recap of the French elections – and it’s quite exciting to watch.

Date

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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Two simple ideas that could help VR journalism move forward.

Photo: Guido van Nispen (CC BY 2.0)

Five years after Hunger in LA and two years after Clouds over Sidra, everybody in digital media seems to talk about VR/360 journalism, and a lot of news organisations have given the medium a test drive. However, only international top players like the New York Times are able to publish quality content on a frequent basis (nytvr, NYT 360 video channel) – and even they are ages away from reaching a significant number of viewers.

“VR news still has a poor understanding of its audience both in terms of content, content discovery, and attitudes to the technology”, writes Zillah Watson in a recent report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ). She also states that “production costs are still high” while “monetisation remains a central challenge”.

While we certainly don’t have a masterplan to change those facts over night, we’d like to present two simple ideas that could help VR journalism move forward.

Date

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

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Fader 2.0: What the consortium has been up to (I)

As we enter the third month of the Fader 2.0 project, we’re happy to announce the development and marketing of our VR editor have been picking up steam. There have been discussions, meetings, workshops, and hacking sessions all over the place: Berlin, Bonn, Lyon, NYC, London, Munich – and picturesque Singen. Here’s a short summary of what the consortium has been up to.

Date

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Fader 2.0: Building a collaborative online platform for VR journalists

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Remember Fader, the journalistic VR tool created by Vragments? The prototype has only been online since December 2016 – and already the project is ready to move to the next level.

Date

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

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Meet us @ VR & AR World 2016

VR AND 360° FILMING FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTERS

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When: October 19th, 20th 2016

Where: London, GB

What is it?
VR & AR World brings together the leading exponents of Virtual and Augmented Reality worldwide, featuring technology case studies, debates and demonstrations to unite the ecosystem and maximise the full commercial potential of this rapidly developing new technology.

Date

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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Meet us @ Prix Italia 2016

Virtual Reality’s biggest bet

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When: October 1st 2016

Where: Lampedusa , Italy

What is it?
Prix Italia, originally launched in 1948, is one of Italy’s most important Media and Culture events. Lasting from September 30th to October 2nd, Prix Italia 2016 again gathers media and culture actors from all over the World “to promote and celebrate the best quality, innovation and creativity in the production of Radio and Television programmes and content for the Web.” This year’s edition chose a radical approach to draw attention to one of the major challenges of our time: the refugee crisis. All of Prix Italia 2016 numerous cultural events, workshops and expert discussions will focus on this topic.

Date

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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