In June some of the team were lucky enough to be asked to attend Unity's Unite Conference in Amsterdam. Our Tech Director Chris O'Connor was speaking at the conference where ZeroLight was also a Platinum Sponsor and exhibitor, showcasing our HTC Vive and 4K demos. Joining Chris were Carsten and Matt from the Tech Team, Tom who travels regularly with the demo team and Erin, the Talent Development Manager.
The aim of the event was to spread the word about ZeroLight throughout the Unity community. We're recruiting for numerous roles within our development team and experience using Unity is a key requirement for many of these position. The conference was the ideal opportunity to talk about our tech and speak to like-minded software engineers about the ground-breaking work we're producing in areas like VR and graphics.
The event was held in the unique industrial event space Westergasfabriek and on arrival the team got stuck into a complicated demo stand set up, hooking the VR sensors onto industrial rigging and mounting our custom purchased 4K screen onto the stand itself. It was great to see the venue go from an empty gas factory to the amazing completed conference space throughout the day.
Once the set-up day was complete, the team geared up for three days of all things Unity. As one of few stands in the main hall showcasing a VR demo, we were inundated with visitors from the moment the doors opened. This continued throughout the day such was the interest in ZeroLight, so much so the team missed out on free hot dogs over lunch!
On the second day Chris gave his first talk ‘Working With More Car Configurators Than There Are Atoms In The Known Universe' which was really well received and attracted even more visitors to the ZeroLight stand throughout the day. All five members of the team were fully engaged throughout the conference talking to potential recruits, like-minded companies and discussing internships with some of Europe's top universities. Carsten and Matt were also able to take advantage of the many interesting technical talks taking place on the main stage.
Day three marked Chris' debut on the keynote stage, talking about ZeroLight's ground-breaking technology and how we overcame the technical problems we'd encountered on the way to achieving this. The rest of the team were able to attend and show their support as part of a crowd of around 300 attendees.
Overall it was a great experience for all of the team, not only getting the opportunity to travel to one of Europe's best cities but also attending and exhibiting at one of the tech world's most important conferences.