It was the spring of 2018 in Helsinki (that’s Finland). Local XR folks were getting restless because the XR scene was sleepy. So XR Nation was started to wake things up.
Finland already has an established XR ecosystem with 150+ companies. While about half are located in the Helsinki metropolitan region, there are thriving communities in Oulu and Tampere, for example. On average, XR companies are relatively small; two-thirds have less than 10 employees. The only way to leverage these numbers to expand the scope of the ecosystem is to follow the example of our cousins in the Finnish gaming industry and share and collaborate.
And what of our neighbors in the Nordics and Baltics? Surely we could all benefit from bringing the region closer together in a similar fashion. While the XR landscape is still quite small in these regions, together we could grow and further develop our respective ecosystems and even begin integrating them for mutual benefit. With effort and ingenuity we could stand side by side with the global giants as a ‘nation’.
XR Nation means the joining of forces of the passion of enthusiasts, the support of the states, the experience of corporates, and the ingenuity of startups so that we can all grow.
XR Nation meet ups include:
- Round-tables with carefully crafted topics around technology and design in XR
- Prototyping workshops to boost the potential of storytelling and purposes of XR
- Guidelines on best practices in XR
Besides meet ups and other events, XR Nation Ambassadors promote the local and regional XR ecosystems with a focus on non-profits, startups, and entrepreneurs.
Would you like to contribute by sharing knowledge, skill, ideas, experience, or other resources and become an XR Nation Ambassador? Do you need help organizing a workshop or event? Would you like to be featured in an upcoming article, blog, or podcast? Let’s talk!