It was the Spring of 2018 in Helsinki (that’s Finland). Local XR folks were getting restless. There was no real action aimed at boosting innovation of the XR scene. “We want to learn and share.” “We want to recruit and be recruited” “We need a place of our own,” they said. So, they started XR Nation.
Finland already has an established XR ecosystem with 100+ companies, 48% of which are located in the Helsinki region. 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 do what Finland does best: organize and collaborate.
And what of our neighbors in the Nordics and Baltics? Surely we could all benefit from better communication and collaboration. While the XR landscape is still quite small in these regions, together we could expand our respective ecosystems and even begin integrating them. 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 experience of corporates, and the tenacity of startups so that we can all grow.
XR Nation regular meetups 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
- XR Tech-talks
Would you like to contribute by sharing knowledge or other resources? Have you got a topic that you want to speak about? Or do you need help organizing a workshop? You might be a talent who would like to introduce yourself and your work here, or maybe you’re a business with a mission to describe. Let’s talk!