Rotterdam as the beating heart of the metaverse
From November 28 to December 2, De Doelen will host the Immersive Tech Week. Here you can see and hear how digital innovations can contribute to solving social challenges. During this event, creativity, innovation, business, research and art come together with augmented reality, haptics, web3, metaverse, technology and virtual reality. Technical solutions for healthcare, the creative industry and education, among others, are discussed. The event includes 150 speakers, a trade show with companies showing their latest innovations, 100 organizations present and more than 2000 visitors.
The digital city of Rotterdam
In the nearby future, virtual and augmented reality will play an increasingly important role in solving societal challenges. On Tuesday morning, November 29, there will be a session in collaboration with the City of Rotterdam, the Province of South Holland and the Sharing Cities Alliance about challenges and opportunities for cities that want to accelerate digitization. In addition, visitors are invited to share their concerns and expectations about the impact of the internet on their city and life during workshops of the Rathenau Institute.
Opportunities and risks
During various sessions, both positive aspects and the risks of, for example, discriminating algorithms and facial recognition software are highlighted. The ‘Netwerk Mediawijsheid’ focuses on questions such as: how can we ensure that children and young people can move media-wise and safely in immersive worlds such as games, VR experiences and the metaverse?
View lung scans with VR glasses
In Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, lung scans are viewed using VR glasses. In the past, a large part of the lung had to be cut away during the operation. Due to current technology that is not necessary anymore. This is one of the developments that the Rotterdam intensivist Diederik Gommers, one of the speakers at Immersive Tech Week, is proud of: “At Erasmus MC we are always looking for innovations that improve our healthcare. The possibilities that tech offers are endless but are still in an early phase. By focusing on medical innovations and their implementation, we may be able to cope with the ever-increasing demand for care despite the shortage of personnel.”
Education and responsible use
Founder and director of Immersive Tech Week, Benjamin de Wit, says, “The Immersive Tech Week means more than boosting Virtual Reality. Immersive Tech has incredible potential, both positive and negative. As a sector, we must ensure that the technologies are used in a socially responsible way.”
Visitors can experience tech applications on the free Playground and in the Church of VR.