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Melbourne VR health hackathon 2017

On 23-25 June 2017 at the Dream Factory in Footscray, six teams participated in the Melbourne chapter of the Global VR hackathon for a chance to compete in Shanghai later this year. The University of Melbourne was represented on a team investigating music therapy while other groups worked on Alzheimer’s disease, food safety, mental health, physical rehabilitation and pregnancy education.

Judging criteria was based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to topic (is this related to health?)
  • Use of VR (could this be done easily without VR?)
  • Effectiveness of experience (how well does the experience do what it’s supposed to?)

If you are interested in future events or meetups be sure to join the Melbourne VR Meetup group.

The event was sponsored by HTC, NVIDIA and AMD and included judges Lachlan Sleight (LiminalVR), Jennifer Scheurle (Opaque Space) and Associate Professor Kate Hoy (MAPrc).

HTC kindly donated a number of headsets for the event (as well as lollies)
HTC kindly donated a number of headsets for the event (as well as lollies)
Once the home of Lonely Planet, the building is now a technology focused co-working space
Once the home of Lonely Planet, the building is now a technology focused co-working space
Hackathon organiser Nathan Beattie oversees developers working on their VR applications
Hackathon organiser Nathan Beattie oversees developers working on their VR applications
NVIDIA provided workstations for the event (Note: May or may not actually contain green alien blood)
NVIDIA provided workstations for the event (Note: May or may not actually contain green alien blood)
Luke Harris (left) and Derek Pritchard work on their 'Build a Burger' application
Luke Harris (left) and Derek Pritchard work on their ‘Build a Burger’ application
Ben Loveridge tests out his team's music therapy rehabilitation application
Ben Loveridge tests out his team’s music therapy rehabilitation application
The 'Build a Burger' team explains their food safety concept to the judges
The ‘Build a Burger’ team explains their food safety concept to the judges
Krystal Thompson from StaplesVR demonstrates how to use the rehabilitation app to the judges
Krystal Thompson from StaplesVR demonstrates how to use the rehabilitation app to the judges
Guests were given an opportunity test out builds in between the judging process
Guests were given an opportunity test out builds in between the judging process
Lachlan Sleight (LiminalVR) tests out the StaplesVR physiotherapy rehabilitation application
Lachlan Sleight (LiminalVR) tests out the StaplesVR physiotherapy rehabilitation application
Developers from team 'Baby Fetus' put the finishing touches on their build
Developers from team ‘Baby Fetus’ put the finishing touches on their build
Hackathon organiser Nathan Beattie thanks everyone for their hard work before results are announced
Hackathon organiser Nathan Beattie thanks everyone for their hard work before results are announced
Runners up - The 'Build a Burger' team received three Radeon RX480 GTR cards courtesy of AMD
Runners up – The ‘Build a Burger’ team received three Radeon RX480 GTR cards courtesy of AMD
First place - The StaplesVR team will compete in the GlobalVR hackathon in August courtesy of HTC
First place – The StaplesVR team will compete in the GlobalVR hackathon in August courtesy of HTC
Mostly smiling faces after 48hrs of hackathoning
Many smiling faces after 48hrs of hackathoning

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Ben Loveridge


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