The world’s largest event dedicated to information and communication technologies for development was an opportunity to promote the transmission of knowledge and the discovery of immersive experiences. World XR was the official partner of the XR focal point through conferences and exhibitions.
As official curator, World XR has selected 9 immersive experiences through Aijing Cao, including Last Whispers, a project on the unprecedented disappearance of our linguistic diversity, designed, produced and produced by Lena Herzog.
Another attraction featured on the exhibition floor was the spectacular Birdly simulator, which allows the ultimate dream to fly like a real bird. Although this device is known to XR specialists, it remains to be discovered by the private sector, governments and organizations. ITU Secretary- General Houlin Zhao himself flew on Birdly.
Last Whispers (Lena Herzog),
Re-animated (Jakob Kudsk Steensen)
Birdly (Max Rheiner)
Anote’s Ark (Matthieu Ritz)
Accused # 2: Walter Sisulu (Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte)
The Atomic Tree (Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Le)
360 Figaro (Jan Schmidt-Garre)
Great ChinaThe Hidden (Xu Xian)
Improve, develop and protect cultural heritage: World XR invited Max Rheiner (Birdly) and Lena Herzog (Last Whisper) to debate, beyond entertainment, on how to preserve and extend culture through new technologies and with VR as an educational platform.
Cinematographic VR from creation to technology: Presentation of Matthieu Ritz, the committed director of Anote’s Ark and Jiawen Gu of Tsinghua University who recently created his company Ray Shaper in Crans-Montana. Its main focus is cinematographic VR and putting into perspective the artistic, technical and ethical issues of 360 ° capture.
Salar Shahna advocated for the inclusion of women in technology and highlighted the link between virtual reality and access to information for all during the high-level session on gender mainstreaming, on gender equality. His statement is now published in the WSIS outcome document. The other panelists included leaders from YouTube, the European Commission, and the Israel Tech Policy Institute. Our special thanks go to the University of Geneva for including us in the Harnessing VR / AR’s Potential for Sustainable Spaces panel.
After a remarkable cable car ride to the top, the participants of the Sunset Cocktail at Cry d'Er were invited by Samsung XR to form a community of improvised dancers. Over 100 headsets made available to guests open doors to a retro-futuristic world. The VR experience transports us to a surreal and interactive dance floor, animated by the musical track "Runnin" by Reggie Watts and John Tejada and inhabited by dancers in color.
For our first hackathon, we teamed up with IATA and the Crans-Montana economic promotion (ACCM) to get the next generation working on aviation. In partnership with hardware manufacturers Samsung XR, Sensoryx and Pico, participants had access to the latest technology to bring their ideas to life. The jury of experts awarded the winning teams with cash prizes from Geneva Airport.