March 12, 2018Cynthia LeungCampus, News0 The Virtual Reality (VR) Club hosted UC San Diego’s inaugural HackXR, a unique event for aspiring developers, from Feb. 23 to Feb.

25. The three-day hackathon focused solely on extended reality, with workshops and game development centered around virtual, augmented, and mixed realities.

The hackathon had four workshops for participants of all experience levels, including a mandatory “VR Design” workshop to help teams create an extended reality (XR) game. Limited to 100 participants, the event included 19 teams of three to five students and had 10 mentors, 27 volunteers, and 11 sponsors to guide the hackers.

One of the main goals of the hackathon was to provide guidance, so at least one mentor was available at all times to help the teams, even through the night, according to VR Club President Connor Smith. “I honestly believe that this type of mentorship from experienced leaders can make all the difference in a student’s hackathon project and in their motivation to keep working with a technology in the future,” Smith said.

The 19 teams had to create a game over the three days. Nisha Yerunkar, the vice president of the VR Club; Dr. Jürgen Schulze, an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science; and Anish Kannan, event director, decided the winners for the four categories—Best Overall Hack, Best Medical Hack, Best Beginner Hack, and Best Multiplayer Hack. Read more from…

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