What follows is a letter from the EuroVR President, Dr. Marco Sacco, addressed to Companies operating in the VR/AR/MR field.
EuroVR is an international non-profit association created in 2009 (as a continuation of INTUITION FP6 NoE IST-507248-2) for bringing together organisations and individuals interested in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Technologies and to pursue the development and further deployment of such technologies. Over the past few years, the uptake of VR/AR technologies has rapidly increased with estimates of global market revenues expected to reach $105.2 billion in 2020 (BCC Research). Currently the major part of these revenues is anticipated for markets in the USA and East Asia. There is a very high risk that Europe will lose its lead in many of the key research and technological areas unless investment is made now.
To ready the European marketplace and to strengthen the competitiveness of the VR/AR community, EuroVR intends to organise a formal meeting in Brussels with the Directorate-General for Communications Network, Content and Technology (CONNECT) of the European Commission, in order to explain the urgent need for strong investment in research and development specifically focused on VR/AR technologies, applications, and fundamental research. This meeting will take place in March 2017 and in order to succeed, we need to involve a delegation of key players, representing a significant weight in terms of jobs and business, and from several member states.
Interested Companies can contact the President using the email address: email@example.com