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Helsinki XR Center – a new meeting place for Extended Reality players

A new home for Extended Reality, Helsinki XR Center (HXRC), opened in the Arabianranta district of Helsinki in the spring of 2019. HXRC celebrates its Grand Opening on Thursday, 5 September. The jewel of HXRC is still under construction: this will be XR Showroom, a demonstration stage that presents to the world the fruits of Finnish XR expertise. 

HXRC is a unique complex integrating design and technology in novel ways, working in conjunction with cultural education institutions. The center, with more than 1,000 square metres of floor space, is right at the core where research, startups and corporate activities meet. It is a place of encounters for creative teams, startups, more mature XR enterprises and client organizations. 

The goal of the center is to open the opportunities of Extended Reality, that is, XR technologies, for enterprises and other organizations, to combine research and development activities in the field, and to support early-stage XR teams. At the same time, students and other players of the field will have new opportunities to network with XR specialists, potential partners, enterprises and guests. HXRC aims to become increasingly international through growth and internationalization services, XR partners and the degree programme in XR Design at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. 

HXRC is operated by Metropolia together with Finnish Virtual Reality Association (FIVR). The center partners with the City of Helsinki and Business Finland. 

HXRC looks for new startup teams and developers

HXRC specialists guide teams and developers in the early stages of various XR projects. The first round of selection in early 2019 produced 13 teams, which will be provided with working spaces, research and development support, and marketing and sales contacts with players in the fields of virtual reality and augmented reality (VR and AR). New teams are actively recruited throughout the year. Application periods will be announced later on the HXRC website and social media sites. 

XR events in Finland and worldwide

HXRC will organize events at its own premises as well as in cooperation with partners and stakeholders both domestically and internationally. 

HXRC’s main event of the year will be The Match Up, organized in connection with the major startup and technology event Slush on 20 November 2019.  

What is XR?

XR (Extended Reality) is a term referring to virtual, mixed and augmented reality technologies. Other terms used include VR (Virtual Reality), MR (Mixed Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality).

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