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World XR at WSIS 2019 in Geneva

World XR @ WSIS 2019 in Geneva

World XR was the official partner of the XR focal point at World Summit on the Information Society 2019 through conferences and exhibitions. WSIS, organized by ITU, is the world’s largest event dedicated to information and communication technologies for development and its 2019 edition was a unique opportunity to promote knowledge transfer and discover immersive experiences.

World XR exposure

As official curator, World XR selected 9 immersive experiences through Aijing Cao, including Last Whispers, a project on the unprecedented disappearance of our linguistic diversity, designed, produced and produced by Lena Herzog.

Another attraction featured in the exhibition was the spectacular Birdly simulator, which allows the ultimate dream to fly like a real bird. Although this device is known to XR specialists, it remains to be discovered by the private sector, governments and organizations. Even ITU Secretary – General Houlin Zhao – flew on Birdly.

XR selection

  • Last Whispers (Lena Herzog)
  • Re-animated (Jakob Kudsk Steensen)
  • Birdly (Max Rheiner)
  • Anote’s Ark (Matthieu Ritz)
  • Accused #2: Walter Sisulu (Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte)
  • The Atomic Tree (Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Le)
  • 360 Figaro (Jan Schmidt-Garre)
  • Great China The Hidden (Xu Xian)


Improve, develop and protect cultural heritage: World XR invited Max Rheiner (Birdly) and Lena Herzog (Last Whisper) to debate, beyond entertainment, on how to preserve and extend culture through new technologies and with VR as an educational platform.

Cinematographic VR from creation to technology: Presentation of Matthieu Ritz, the committed director of Anote’s Ark and Jiawen Gu of Tsinghua University who recently created his company Ray Shaper in Crans-Montana. Its main focus is cinematographic VR and putting into perspective the artistic, technical and ethical issues of 360° capture.

High level

Salar Shahna, World XR President, advocated for the inclusion of women in technology and highlighted the link between virtual reality and access to information for all during the high-level session on gender mainstreaming and equality. His statement is now published in the WSIS outcome document.

The other panelists included leaders from YouTube, the European Commission, and the Israel Tech Policy Institute.

Our special thanks go to the University of Geneva for including us in the Harnessing VR/AR’s Potential for Sustainable Spaces panel.

Sponsors of World XR at WSIS 2019 in Geneva, organized by ITU

Special World XR moments at WSIS 2019