The 3rd annual AWE (Augmented World Expo) EU, Europe’s #1 conference and expo dedicated to augmented reality and virtual reality (XR), officially wrapped on 19 October 2018 by paying tribute to Europe’s most exciting XR innovations with the third annual AWE EU Auggie Award celebration. Gathering more than 100 exhibitors of world-changing technologies, 100 speakers and thought leaders, and nearly 2,000 industry attendees at the MOC in Munich—this year’s AWE EU trained its spotlight on the continued growth and maturity of the expanding XR industry and with it, it’s community.
The annual Auggie Awards have been the most recognized industry AR & VR awards in the world since 2010, showcasing the best-of-the-best in XR (AR/VR/MR). This year’s European Auggie Awards featured an expanded program to include nominations for innovative XR projects which featured academia-industry collaboration in three new breakthrough categories: “Most Innovative Breakthrough”, “Most Impactful Breakthrough” and an outstanding “Woman XR Laureate.” With these new categories, organizers AWE, VR First, IEEE, and XR Circles seek to draw special attention to collaborative efforts between industry and academia that have the potential to lead to breakthroughs in the popular adoption of immersive technologies. The Breakthrough Awards were honored in addition to AWE’s annual Best in Show awards for AR, VR and Overall which are selected based on popular vote at the show.
“Each Auggie nominee, finalist and winner at this year’s AWE EU show not only illustrated the robust and industrious spirit of the XR industry, but also echoed the collaboration between business and academia that is the engine behind this community’s skyrocketing growth,” said Ori Inbar, founder and producer of AWE. “From “Breakthroughs” to the “Best of” contenders–we’ve never seen a field with such talent or exemplary degree of solution maturity as today.”
Congratulations to the AWE EU 2018 Auggie Award Winners
Most Innovative Breakthrough: Virtual Reality Vision Therapy VERVE (Virtual Eye Rotation Vision Exercises) by OculoMotor Technologies, New Jersey Institute of Technologies, Salus University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, New Jersey Health Foundation, National Science Foundation
Most Impactful Breakthrough: Virtual Reality Flight Simulator for Surgery by FundamentalVR, Kings College London, Mayo Clinic, University College Hospital London, Imperial College London, UCLA, 3D Systems, Figment Productions
Women XR Laureate: Dr. Tara Alvarez, head of VERVE project
Best in Show – AR presented by Atheer: XMReality
Best in Show – VR: Koliseum Soccer VR
Best in Show – Overall: Vuzix
“Congratulations to our innovative exhibitors, members, and partners and to the thousands of XR industry professionals and enthusiasts who celebrated a spectacular AWE EU 2018 with us,” said Ori Inbar, founder and producer of AWE. “AWE has celebrated the naming of hundreds of Auggie Award winners since 2010, and the process never gets easier—just more exciting.”
The full list of Breakthrough Auggie Award finalists including videos can be found here.