Launching at the VR/AR Global Summit: Shape Immersive + Occipital + Axiom Zen to bring Blockchain into the World of Mixed Reality

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At this year’s VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver (Sept 21–22), Shape Immersive is partnering up with Occipital, a leader in spatial computing, and Axiom Zen, the makers of the most successful blockchain game, to bring CryptoKitties into the mixed reality world. Players will be able to rescue these adorable digital cats from the notorious Kitty Kong.

“Working with a familiar IP like CryptoKitties adds a new layer of immersion to our mixed reality experience,” said Alex Chuang, Co-founder and CEO of Shape Immersive. “By digitizing the physical world, virtual characters can understand our physical environment and interact with it, which creates a sense of wonder and magic for the end users.”

“The line between the physical world and the digital world is increasingly blurred,” says Bryce Bladon, one of the founding team members of CryptoKitties. “With blockchain technology, digital assets like CryptoKitties are given life — but with augmented and virtual reality, they can come alive.”

This new multiplayer mixed reality experience is powered by Occipital’s depth sensor and its mixed reality framework, Bridge Engine. The depth sensor is used to scan the physical space, generating an accurate 3D model of the world that the AR devices can track on. This makes occlusion (hiding virtual objects behind physical objects), collision (colliding virtual objects with physical objects) and casting of virtual shadows on real-world objects possible.

“Understanding the environment is a foundational component of convincing mixed reality,” says Jeff Powers, Co-founder and CEO of Occipital “Having this knowledge equips storytellers and game-makers with a powerful tool for increasing believability and immersion.”

As the race for augmented reality technology heats up, VCs and tech giants are pouring billions of dollars into building the next computing platform. When AR devices become more ubiquitous, the demand for geospatial data will increase exponentially. Shape Immersive believes that blockchain technology can help make geospatial data universally accessible so that anyone can create scalable and persistent AR experiences.

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Alex Chuang
Co-founder & CEO, Shape Immersive

About Shape Immersive

Shape Immersive is building a decentralized marketplace that will make geospatial data universally accessible so that anyone can create scalable and persistent Augmented Reality experiences. By using blockchain technology, Shape Immersive can create a trustless and open network that allows a distributed workforce to provide, validate and authenticate geospatial data.

About CryptoKitties

CryptoKitties is the world’s most successful blockchain game; since launching, tens of millions of US dollars in transactions have been conducted on the platform, with some of the game’s most popular cats selling for the equivalent of over US$100,000. Unlike cryptocurrencies, CryptoKitties are individually unique digital assets akin to digital art. CryptoKitties was created by Axiom Zen and spun out into a new company called Dapper Labs in February 2018, raising $12.85M from leading investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, and the founders of Dreamworks, Reddit, Coinbase, Zynga, and AngelList, among others. For additional context or access to key team members, please contact

About Occipital

Occipital is equal parts science lab and technology company, dedicated to building full stack computer vision hardware and applications.

Founded in 2008 and backed by leading investors like Foundry Group and TechStars, Occipital first rose to prominence with mobile applications like RedLaser and 360 Panorama. In 2013, Occipital expanded into hardware with the launch of Structure Sensor, the first 3D sensor for mobile devices.

Since then, Occipital has released additional hardware products including Bridge (a mobile MR headset), Structure Core (an embeddable depth sensor) and the Paracosm PX-80 (a large-scale 3D mapping system).

Occipital has also continued to release innovative spatial applications like Canvas and TapMeasure, both used for home mapping and measurement.


Atheer sponsors the VR/AR Global Summit

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Atheer is the pioneer of AiR™ (Augmented interactive Reality) Computing and the standard for AR in the enterprise.

Porsche Cars North America uses Atheer’s flagship AiR™ Enterprise augmented reality platform in its development of “Tech Live Look” and was able to reduce service resolution times in its dealerships by up to 40%. Read here

We decided to be a sponsor of the VR/AR Global Summit as a great way to share our experience in the exciting and fast-growing Enterprise Augmented Reality market with a global audience. We recognized it as an event to network with potential and current partners and customers, as well as demonstrate the power and capabilities of our own AR platform for enterprise. We also look forward to the opportunity of speaking at the event and getting insights from other leaders in the sector.
— Geof Wheelwright, Atheer

VR/AR Global Summit Announces Presenting Sponsors

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The Summit brings together world leaders in the space of VR/AR/MR to discuss the present and future of immersive technologies.


Today the VR/AR Association (VRARA) announced their partnership with Shape Immersive and Victory Square Technologies as the Presenting Sponsors for the VR/AR Global Summit to be held in Vancouver Canada in September 2018. The VR/AR Global Summit brings together world leaders in the space of VR/AR/MR/XR to discuss the present and future of immersive technologies.

Shape Immersive is a new spatial data exchange startup incubated by Victory Square Technologies that aims to make spatial data universally accessible so anyone can create scalable and persistent AR/MR experiences. The startup is only four months old, but it had already demonstrated the world’s first and most spatially accurate multi-player MR experience at TED 2018 and Augmented World Expo.

“Vancouver is poised to become a leading international hub for VR/AR, and we can’t be more excited to partner with the VR/AR Global Summit,” said Alex Chuang, Co-founder and CEO of Shape Immersive. “In the next few years, advancement in immersive technologies will allow us to interact with digital information in a more natural and intuitive way. We're excited to support the growth of knowledge and partnerships for immersive technologies across all industry verticals."

Shape Immersive and Victory Square Technologies will also be hosting a Pitchfest at the Summit, featuring judges from The VR Fund, Women in XR Fund (WXR), GFR Fund and SuperVentures and more. The Pitchfest will take place on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the event, with a grand prize of USD $15,000. Submissions will open on June 26th, 2018.

The VR/AR Global Summit will take place from Sept 21-22, 2018 at the newly launched Parq Vancouver, a casino and entertainment complex in Vancouver Canada. The event will feature dynamic keynotes, collaborative conversations, workshops, creative hubs, demos, exhibits, breakouts and amazing VIP events. It will showcase the best, and most interesting projects, that the industry has to offer.

Speakers at the conference include representation from The Vatican, NASA, HTC Vive, IBM Watson, Amazon and more.

“Having the support from Shape Immersive and Victory Square Technology as a Presenting Sponsor of the VR/AR Global Summit is truly an honor, and is helping to bring together a global community of some of the brightest minds in the VR and AR industry, as well as some of the leading brands utilizing VR and AR technologies,” said Nathan Pettyjohn, President of the VR/AR Association.

The Vancouver VR/AR/MR Ecosystem is the second largest in the world, with over 200 companies that are documented working in this technology. Other great Cascadia sponsors for the Summit include Microsoft, YDreams Global, Atheer, Blueprint Reality, LlamaZoo, and many others.

The VR/AR Global Summit will take place September 21-22, 2018 in Vancouver Canada.

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To get involved in the Summit, please contact Anne-Marie Enns, Executive Producer at


About Shape Immersive

Shape Immersive is building a decentralized marketplace that will make geospatial data universally accessible so that anyone can create scalable, persistent and multi-user Augmented Reality experiences. By using blockchain technology, Shape Immersive aims to build an open and meritocratic network that empowers a distributed workforce to provide and validate geospatial data.

About VR/AR Association

The VR/AR Association (VRARA) is an international organization designed to foster collaboration between innovative companies and people in the VR and AR ecosystem that accelerates growth, fosters research and education, helps develop industry standards, connects member organizations and promotes the services of member companies.

HumanEyes Technologies Sponsors the VR/AR Global Summit

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Founded in 2000, HumanEyes is a team of veterans in the 3D and animated content creation, display and processing and a pioneer of the lenticular printing solutions for the Graphic Arts industry. With over 70 patents in various fields of 3D and photographic 3D, we have become experts in VR and computer vision. We believe Virtual Reality will become a major communication platform and Humaneyes will be a leading player in its VR ecosystem.

The VR/AR Global Summit may well be the catalyst the industry needs to accelerate and monetize this next phase of immersive and interactive technologies. Humaneyes Technologies has elected to not only attend but also sponsor the event, capitalizing on networking, collaboration, teaching and learning opportunities from the industry’s brightest minds.
— Jim Malcolm, GM, HumanEyes Technologies (Vuze)

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YDreams Global Sponsors the VR/AR Global Summit

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About YDreams Global

YDreams Global Interactive Technologies Inc. ( is a technology company with offices in Vancouver, Dubai, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, that combines VR and AR Technology, Design and Intelligence to respond to the challenges and demands of today's users and consumers.

YDreams Global works as a partner for companies and brands to reframe their strategy through relevant human-centered ventures that integrates digital experience with the physical presence and venues. YDreams Global anticipates future challenges and connects them with the needs of the market, building innovative concepts and delivering them with international excellence.

YDreams Global have developed over 1,000 projects for clients all over the world, such as Disney, NBA, Adidas, Cisco, Nokia, Nike, Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola, Santander, AmBev, Qualcomm, Unilever, City of Rio and Fiat.

Why did we Sponsor the VR/AR Global Summit

YDreams Global was received by the city of Vancouver and the VRARA Vancouver Chapter with open arms. We instantly felt part of a community, of a hub and it has been not only extremely helpful but we now feel part of a movement that is molding a new industry.

Being a sponsor of the VR/AR Global Summit and an active member of the VR/AR Association represents to us a chance to give back and the opportunity to welcome outside companies the same way we were received to create connections with different hubs with the goal to find complementary views and experiences.

We are looking forward to this Summit and believe that this will become the most meaningful event for the VR and AR industry.
— Daniel Japiassu, CEO, YDreams Global