34 WebVR concepts showcased from 13 countries: the Czech Republic, US, UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, Finland, France, Spain, Russia, India, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The Competition

We’re taking the concept of a hackathon and exploding it in scale and scope that transcends physicality, geography, and hopefully also any barriers of what we think is possible.

You are invited to develop any concept in WebVR that impacts a current industry or category of interest, including but not limited to the following:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Games
  • Engineering & Science
  • Medicine & Healthcare
  • Advertising
  • Finance
  • Industry
  • Sports
  • Products
  • Or any other we've missed!

We don’t host your content or products. Instead, you need to store your work on GitHub or any repository of your choice, and then provide us with the link to a demo or proof of concept when submitting your work.

There are very little rules here. Quality and practicality trumps all, with the exception that we cannot accept any content deemed litigious or that promotes one of the following: porn, tobacco, violence, guns, or discrimination. All concepts must be created in WebVR using the latest specs. You can use any framework you like including for example Mozilla's A-Frame or Vizor that do not require knowledge of WebGL or Javascript.

The submission deadline is February 1st but make sure you give yourself the wiggle room to get as many votes as possible before then. Those that submit their concept(s) by first week of January will have the best chance to collect enough votes to make it as a top 10 finalist.
What are the awesome prizes?

We’ve themed this inaugural round to the city of Amsterdam, the innovation capital of Europe, and so both prizes take the winning teams there this April.

1st prize – €30,000 cash in a slot in a 6-month VR accelerator, VRBASE, in Amsterdam.
2nd prize – 3-month internship at Force Field VR in Amsterdam.

How does the judging work?

During the submission period, teams will have to account not only for the quality of their concepts, but for getting the maximum number of positive votes and views. On February 1st, submissions will be closed and the top 10 concepts will be provided to a panel of judges who will decide on the winning teams, who will be announced by February 15th.

Who are the judges?

  • Sean White
  • Mark Pesce
  • Tony Parisi
  • Damon Hernandez
  • Luis Diego Gonzalez Zuñiga
  • Emma af Robson
  • Danny Stefanic
  • Andrew Mo
  • Patrick de Laive
  • Abigail Albright
  • Nic Mitham
  • Daan Doornink
  • Leen Segers
  • Arthur Houtman
  • Edouard Brauer
  • Taylor Freeman
  • Carissa Flocken
  • Mozilla
  • VR Pioneer
  • Unity
  • AEC Hackathon
  • Samsung
  • Warpin Media
  • ExitReality
  • Oculus
  • The Next Web
  • LucidWeb
  • Force Field VR
  • Upload
  • Entrypoint VR
  • Technology
  • Technology
  • Technology
  • Hackathon
  • Technology
  • Agency
  • VR developer
  • Technology
  • Media
  • Technology
  • Portal
  • Incubator
  • WebVR platform
  • VR studio
  • Non-profit research
  • Media
  • WebVR platform

How should I start?

  1. Determine if you are a lone gun or need to form a team.
  2. Explore, research, and then develop a concept in WebVR.
  3. Submit your concept by offering a direct demo link. This cannot be a link that requires downloading a file or a page that prompts for login credentials. Note that the GitHub/repository link is optional.
  4. Once it’s approved, we’ll showcase your concept on Virtuleap's homepage.
  5. It’s on you now to promote your concept and get yourself to the top 10. Time is of the essence so don't wait to submit too close to the finish line when it's crucial that you get as many up-votes as possible to make it to the final 10.
  6. Our friends at VirtualSpeech created a WebVR prototype of their product, which we have showcased on the homepage. That's the kind of high-caliber concept that we're hoping you'll strive for. Check it out!

It’s a good idea to immerse yourself in the greater WebVR community, as well. Here are a few to get you started.

  1. WebVR Community Slack Channel
  2. WebVR Subreddit
  3. WebVR Mailing List

Keep in mind the ING Challenge is running in parallel, so if you’re feeling ambitious and want to take a stab at tackling the tricky topic of finance, we're looking forward to seeing what you can dream up.