VR Conference 2017 Berlin

The conference begins at 09:30 am and ends at 5 pm. You can buy your tickets here.


MORNING: SPEAKERS confirmed so far

1. Linda Rath-Wiggins (Vragments)  – Words of welcome

2. Zillah Watson (BBC R&D)  –  VR research & development

– Zillah is the author of Reuters Institute Report on VR for News. She offers insights into what lies ahead for VR in the newsroom.

3. Charles Ayats (UX designer) – ‚Carte Blanche‘

– VR examples from the worlds of animation, art, design and fiction curated in a ‚carte blanche‘ session.

4. Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Digging up history

– Deutschlandfunk Kultur was responsible for the VR project „Stasi interrogations: Manipulated confessions.“ Working with audio and text archives is challenging and often limiting. However, VR can also be liberating, as this session suggests.

Afternoon: HANDS-ON Sessions

1. Mini-workshop: Web technologies and VR (from webVR to social VR), curated by Netzdoku network

2. Station 1: Stasi VR (Deutschlandradio)

3. Station 2: We Wait (BBC)


9:00 am: Doors open
9:30 am: Words of welcome
09:45 am: Three talks (20 min + 10 min Q&A each)
11:15 am: Break
11:30 am: Two talks (20 min + 10 min Q&A each)
12:30 pm: Lunch break
13:30 pm: Hands-on/Mini-Workshops
16:30 pm: Words of goodbye


The VR Conference for Journalism & Documentary is that one day in the year where narrative pioneers come together in Berlin. VR enthusiasts, journalists, interactive documentary makers, early technology adopters and other non-fiction storytellers meet to share experiences, seek inspiration and head back home feeling ‚virtually real‘. The conference is self-organised and all costs are covered by ticket sales. The talks of the first conference in 2015 can be found here. The programme from last year can be found here.


Linda Rath-Wiggins, PhD (@Lynda420) is the co-founder and CEO of the Berlin-based VR startup Vragments. They are currently building a VR tool for journalists called Fader.

Frédéric Dubois (@fredericdubois) is a maker of interactive documentary and editor of the Internet Policy Review.

Lorenz Matzat (@lorz) is the founder of the software company Lokaler, he works in data journalism and oversees @vrjournalist.