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Hosted by the Alternate Reality Initiative @ University of Michigan

ABOUT

XR Midwest is a hackathon dedicated to exploring the latest advancements in extended reality (XR) technologies. After a hiatus following its active years from 2019 to 2022, ARI is excited to announce the revival of XR Midwest for fall 2024. This conference aims to bring together XR enthusiasts from across the U.S. to build and learn together. Attendees can expect a rich program featuring keynote speeches, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities, all aimed at fostering collaboration and driving forward the XR community. Whether you're an industry professional or interested student, the XR Midwest Hackathon offers a chance to try the newest tech, connect with amazing individuals, and turn your dreams of a virtual or augmented world into a reality.

OUR MISSION 2024

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Creation

XR Midwest offers all students, from virtual beginners to XR extraordinaires, the chance to explore concepts they wouldn’t have the equipment or community to try elsewhere. We resolve to ensure every team has access to a VR headset, along with the time and space to pursue their ideas. Extended Reality is a field with high costs of entry, and our goal is to mitigate that in order to give all students the chance to discover a passion for XR.

Connection

A hackathon would be impossible without its people. Whether it’s the collaboration of students, the mentorship of professors, or the support of industry professionals, we are all individuals brought together by our love of XR. Our team at XR Midwest welcomes you to Michigan, and we’d love to introduce you all– no matter your background or familiarity with XR– to our incredible community of developers and dreamers. 

Continuation

 

87% of projects get dropped after a hackathon’s end. One of the greatest reasons for this is the simple fact that the opportunities, resources, and support of a hackathon vanish once the event concludes, leaving teams without a clear path forward. In recognition of this problem, XR Midwest is partnering with the Center for Academic Innovation to provide follow-up opportunities for students and their projects, so that they can continue to build even after the first 24 hours.

THE BEST OF

VIRTUAL REALITY,

AUGMENTED REALITY

AND MIXED REALITY

IN THE MIDWEST

COMING SOON 
2024

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COLLABORATE WITH US

We are currently actively seeking sponsors and partners for the upcoming XR Midwest event!

 

 By becoming a sponsor or hosting a booth, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your brand, products, and services to a diverse audience of industry professionals, academics, and XR enthusiasts from across the Midwest. As a sponsor, you'll receive valuable exposure and networking opportunities, while also supporting the growth and success of the XR community.

 

If you're interested in joining us as a sponsor or partner, please reach out to us to discuss potential opportunities and benefits.

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