Exploring Unite Amsterdam through eyes of XR Bootcamp

XR Bootcamp
November 18, 2023

Attending XR events could be one of the most important aspects for all XR creators and educators and the Unite Conference, hosted by Unity Technologies, is no exception. 

Learning Unity tool is the base and foundation for all XR Bootcamp’s courses and this software development company is now the main sponsor for the Beyond Inclusion scholarship. With that in mind, it was hard to miss its only annual gathering with thousands of game developers and creators that was held in Amsterdam last year.

Beyond Inclusion at Unite Amsterdam

At the Unite Amsterdam, the Beyond Inclusion scholarship program was announced. XR Bootcamp annually supports students from underrepresented communities to make an inclusive and diverse XR industry. 

This year the scholarship is sponsored by Unity, which makes participating in Unite more special. 

“Learning XR was the best thing I ever did for my career. But not everyone has equal access,” Antonia Forster, a senior XR Technical Specialist at Unity, posted to promote the scholarship opportunity. 

“To that end, XR Bootcamp has created the Beyond Inclusion Program, a 4-month program specifically aimed at helping diverse groups to get a chance to work in the XR industry and jump-start (or transition) their career.”

Building a Mixed Reality Course with Meta

Meanwhile, XR Bootcamp was also planning for the first Mixed Reality course with Meta Engineers on a learning platform called Udemy. 

Our team met with Meta at the Unite conference to discuss plans for the course and sought support from influencers and content creators to join.

Now with more than 4200 students enrolled on Udemy, XR Bootcamp successfully guides VR/AR developers to deep dive into the mixed reality.

The course is available for free to anyone with the discount code.

Gleaning Insights for XR Education

One of the key takeaways from the Unite was the insights into upcoming features of Unity and XR platforms. 

Unite Amsterdam was the first event where developers learned about Unity’s most updated features, including Unity 6 launching April this year, and its support for the Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest 3.

This was also the occasion where Apple held a flagship session showing how to build a game for the new Vision Pro.

“It was amazing, I would suggest registering for the sessions before attending the conference. And networking especially on the first night is very helpful to build long-lasting connections,” XR Bootcamp CEO, Ferhan Özkan said.

Source: Unity Blog

About Unite Conference

The Unite Conference is an annual conference held by Unity Technologies where thousands of developers are gathered. The conference includes various events such as keynote speeches, new Unity demo showcases, and networking events. In 2023, Unite was held in Amsterdam, an in-person event held in four years due to the pandemic. Unity hosted more than 30 deep-dive sessions on the latest Unity features and tech, artistry tools, LiveOps, monetization services and more.

About Unity

Unity is a cross-platform game engine used to create games, interactive simulations, and other experiences in three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D). The engine supports C# as a primary programming language and has been gradually extended to support a variety of desktop, mobile, console, and virtual reality platforms.

About XR Bootcamp 

XR Bootcamp is a global online academy, offering skill-to-job beginner and advanced XR development courses. Curricula are developed and taught by award-winning VR, AR, and MR professionals. XR Bootcamp's cutting-edge courses are for designers, game developers, managers, and coders who want to learn how to prototype XR Applications and learn AR, VR, and MR development. XR Bootcamp further supports the XR Creators community with free and open access to knowledge, peer-to-peer learning, and networking opportunities. XR Bootcamp is proud that alumni leave outstanding reviews and work at companies like HP, Autodesk, Accenture, Samsung, Snap, Lockheed Martin, Harvard, USC, and Carnegie Mellon University.


This blog article was co-funded by the European Union’s Single Market Programme.

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