Web Summit 2016

A group of us Computerlovers recently got to go to sunny Lisbon to attend Web Summit, Europe’s biggest tech conference. With over 50,000 attendees and 21 stages of talks to choose from, we had plenty to get stuck into, not to mention the Night Summit evening networking event which seemed to take over the entire city!

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Rather than focus on individual talks and their takeaways (which, let’s face it, would end up being a very, very long post), I’ve pulled out three clear themes that were covered across the events from various angles.

Theme 1 – Virtual Reality

According to many of the speakers at Web Summit, the future of video is most definitely virtual reality. William Sargent from Framestore explored how films will exist in formats we can’t yet imagine, referencing what they created to support the Magical Beasts movie out this month.

Our very own Computerlover and Harry Potter fan, Charlotte couldn’t wait to try out the Magical Beasts VR experience with Daydream when we got back to the office.

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They’re not just limited to headsets, either. Another beautiful example William shared was Fieldtriptomars.com where they created a virtual reality experience for children to learn about life on Mars. As a specially-kitted-out bus drove around the street of Washington, the children could look out of the windows onto the planet’s landscape.

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Field trip to Mars bus experience

This isn’t the only way virtual reality is doing good. Mike Schroepfer, CTO Facebook, talked about how it has been helping paralysed people in Brazil to walk again.

And virtual reality is very much on Facebook’s agenda now that they’re thinking about what the next 10 years of the social media platform might look like – soon you’ll be able to take selfies of your avatar self in VR!

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Virtual reality selfies with Oculus Rift