The SPARKies (The SPARKies is back for 2022… – TechSPARK), the digital and tech award ceremony for the West, is taking place on 14 July at one of Bristol’s newest venues, the Propyard. The awards, now in their tenth year, will shine a light on the very best people, products and companies that make up the tech sector in Bristol, Bath, and the broader West of England region, with awards across 17 categories.
MyWorld is already engaging with many of these individuals and organisations from across the West of England, supporting them through funding calls, training, and mentorship, providing access to our facilities and experts, and as such, are delighted to sponsor the ‘Best Use of Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality’ category. This award will recognise the best way VR/AR, 360 video and merged media has been utilised. And so, let us introduce you to the brilliant finalists in this category.
Amutri is a 3D Visualisation software product delivered via a Software As A Service (SaaS). They are currently seeking investment to support their growth and were winners at the most recent Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase in May 2022 which will help facilitate this.
Condense Reality: https://www.condense.live/
Powering the future of broadcast consumer experiences with live-streamed volumetric video, Condense Reality’s mission is to create a system capable of streaming live sports events in volumetric 3D to augmented and virtual reality headsets.
Eirini Lampiri: https://eirinilampiri.wixsite.com/portfolio
Cognition is a fully interactive experience allowing participants to use their actual hands while in VR. Part VR narrative, part physical kinetic set, Cognition bridges and overlaps physical and virtual, precisely mapping 3D elements onto their physical versions. The experience guides participants using light, movement, and sound effects, as opposed to verbal guidance, allowing them to explore and discover on their own the storyline and its world.
Nymbl specialises in 3D animation, motion graphics and extended reality (XR) experiences to create the most immersive 360º virtual reality environments to bring customers closer to the product. Its realism provides confidence to make better decisions, quickly and effectively, providing better return on investment.
Rocketmakers have developed a mobile AR game called ‘Castle of Cans’ to showcase the features of Beam (a content management system for AR and VR environments). This is the first AR game built using this content management system which allows anyone to swap objects and designs into a virtual environment without additional development work.
Virti is an award-winning immersive, enterprise learning solution for healthcare and beyond. Virti allows for creation and cross-platform distribution of interactive, immersive (VR, AR and MR) educational content and provides analytics that intelligently predict how a user will perform under pressure before entering a real environment, such as surgery, sports, emergency response and military training.
Volumetric Video Volumetric Video Ltd: Overview | LinkedIn
Volumetric Video is delivering live performances and presentations to the consumer in ‘3D’ volumetric video and are developing the world’s first mobile platform to live stream in AR onto the consumer’s desktop, dashboard and directly into the metaverse. They are harnessing AI technology developed in Bristol that enables anyone with a smartphone to experience entertainment, education or sporting events live in an immersive 360-degree environment.
Zubr recently hit an impressive milestone of completing 200 AR/VR projects such as creating augmented reality filters that let you slip back in time, to creating VR experience for delegates at a medical conference, to developing a unique immersive visitor attraction at We The Curious. Their ambition is to resolve the hardware issues surrounding most AR/VR tech and their projects reflect their appreciation of culture, seeking to enhance the ways in which we learn about our past, present and future through a positive lens, which drives a positive, immersive, output.
Ben Shorrock, Managing Director at TechSPARK commented: “After such a challenging couple of years, it’s fantastic to be able to get the community together once again to recognise the awesome ecosystem we have here in the SouthWest. Our region is home to so many individuals and organisations who are dedicated to creating a positive impact through tech, and we can wait to shine a light on this year’s work.”
We could not agree more and look forward to announcing the winners in due course. Good luck to all those shortlisted!