Starting in the spring of 2018 in Helsinki (that's Finland), XR Nation's goal has always been to bring the AR & VR communities in the Nordics and Baltic region closer together.
Finland already has an established XR ecosystem with 150+ companies, half of which are located in the Helsinki metropolitan region. There are also a number of thriving communities in Oulu, Tampere, and Turku with hubs popping up in other areas as well. On average, XR companies are relatively small; 2/3 have less than 10 employees. The only way to leverage these numbers to expand the scope of the ecosystem is to follow the example of our cousins in the Finnish gaming industry and share and collaborate, but this is easier said than done. While the gaming industry has an international focus and doesn't have to worry about the competition at home, the XR industry focuses on the local market first. Still, sharing and collaboration is not an impossibility.
It does take a creative form of organization that can bring XR content creators of all stripes to collaborate on projects that they might not otherwise attain on their own. Creating this kind of business community is "project 1 A" of XR Nation.
And what of our neighbors in the Nordics and Baltics? Surely we could all benefit from bringing the region closer together by sharing knowledge, working on joint projects, discovering new use cases, and promoting healthy "coopetition". Helping to build this kind of foundation is "project 1 B" of XR Nation.
We firmly believe that with effort and ingenuity we in Northern Europe could stand side by side with the global giants as a 'nation'.
XR Nation means the joining of forces of the perseverance of community-builders, the passion of enthusiasts, the knowledge of researchers, the support of the government, the experience of corporates, and the ingenuity of startups so that we can all grow.
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