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Oculus Connect developer conference announced

September event to feature Luckey, Carmack and Abrash keynotes

Oculus VR has announced a new developer conference called Oculus Connect.

Scheduled to take place from September 19-20 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, the event will bring together developers "to share and collaborate in the interest of creating the best virtual reality experiences possible".


While a full session list won't be announced until closer to the event, confirmed keynote speakers include Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, CEO Brendan Iribe, CTO John Carmack and chief scientist Michael Abrash. Keynote sessions will be livestreamed for those who can't make it.

The developer-centric event is also open to the public, and those interested in attending will be able to apply to do so on the Oculus Connect website from this Thursday, July 10.

Oculus wrote in a blog post: "In the last two years, we've seen more virtual reality content built than in the last two decades, and that's a direct result of incredible work by the community. With virtual reality's momentum at an all-time high, this is a unique moment for the developer community to come together to take the virtual reality to the next level.

"Attendees will be the first to learn about upcoming Oculus technology, with sessions and workshops led by Oculus engineers and industry pioneers. Developers at the event will also have opportunities to receive design and engineering feedback directly from the Oculus team in hands-on labs."

Oculus VR announced in March that it was to be acquired by Facebook as part of a $2 billion deal.

The company is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media, which claims Oculus Rift was only made possible through years of its own research and investment. It alleges that former employee John Carmack stole its property to aid the development of the virtual reality headset. Carmack has publicly derided the claims.


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