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PLDT supports VR Community

IMAGINE yourself as a Space Ninja getting back to Earth, or as an archer-defender perched in a tower, or a robotics engineer repairing a malfunctioning android. What about using real time information from the Diwata-1 satellite, or enjoying a virtual on-site tripping in your dream house?

Imagination becomes limitless with these sample immersive mobile virtual reality works from young and brilliant minds who converged in the recently concluded three-day 1st Philippine Virtual Reality (VR) Conference at the PLDT Innolab in Mandaluyong City making the event an inspiring success.

The VR Conference, organized by Virtual Reality Philippines (VR Philippines) and sponsored by PLDT, is the biggest gathering of Virtual Reality developers, including VR start-ups, independent developers, programmers, 3D animation specialists and enthusiasts in the country.

The event is aimed to develop the country’s local virtual reality content and to help define the promising future of this game-changing technology.

The VR Philippines, a non-profit community for the advancement of Virtual Reality technology, brought together over 70 attendees and divided into 11 teams comprised of university students and freelance or professional app developers.

The teams created some of the most promising VR developments during the 48-hour hackathon kick-off (Samsung’s Gear VR-Philippine Mobile VR Jam) through their own VR game or app—ranging from a horror game to an educational and science reference—for the Samsung Gear VR using room-scale tracking and natural input technology of HTC Vive and StreamVR platform.

Subsequently the participants exhibited their creations, shared their experiences and competed for the special awards and overall championship in the culminating event which was the VR Conference.

“PLDT has always supported startups, we believe in encouraging creative ideas and creative entrepreneurs. Innovation has always been one of the driving forces for everything we do,” said Joey Limjap, PLDT VP for Mainstream Business Development and Research.

“The virtual reality community in our country is now gaining ground, and PLDT is here to show its all-out support. To say that VR in the Philippines is a promising innovation is an understatement. It is here, and it is now, and we (PLDT) clearly see that the youth is definitely not wasted on these young VR developers and enthusiasts,” Limjap added.

Limjap reiterated that PLDT Innolab’s support is one way to nurture the collaboration with promising VR app and game developers in the country.