Created in 1999 under the impetus of the former Minister of Research and Mayor of Laval, François d'Aubert, the concept of "Laval Virtual" (imagined by Bernard Taravel, Professor at the University of Angers, co-creator of Futuroscope , Guy Le Bras, GM of the GART and Simon Richir, Professor at the Arts et Métiers ParisTech) wants to bring together on the same place, a large number of Virtual Reality actors, ranging from teaching to research, businesses and the general public.
The implementation of the "Laval Virtual" concept was entrusted to Jean-François Fontaine who assumed the general direction from 1999 until his tenth anniversary in 2008. Since its first edition in June 1999, Laval Virtual has been a great success. More than 8,000 participants, extensive media coverage and a strong participation of Japanese universities, propel Laval onto the high-tech planet.
In the course of the editions, the International Meetings of Virtual Reality become the International Meetings of Technologies and Uses of the Virtual, representing not only Virtual Reality as a whole but also Augmented Reality, Interactive 3D, Robotics, Internet Objects and all Innovative and Convergence Technologies. Thanks to strong growth of 20% of exhibitors in 2013, Laval Virtual expanded in 2014: an extension of 1 000 m² was added including 300 m² dedicated to the exhibition. The total exposure reaches 7,000m² in 2017, a growth that goes hand in hand with the strong emerging demand from potential users.
Laval Virtual's success continues with the emergence of a new project in Laval: the Laval Virtual Center, inaugurated in October 2017, has become a must for businesses, laboratories and universities working on the development of Virtual and Augmented Reality. .
What can you do in Laval Virtual ?
Laval Virtual offers a professional forum, a startup area, round tables, scientific conferences, awards, an investmen forum, student competitions and the last two days are open for the general public.
To debate, think about what will make the future, and meet professionals :
To take up challenges with your team and be the best in your field :
Laval Virtual wants to make virtual reality reality and augmented reality more accessible. We want to promote technologies in every area and every job. With Laval Virtual, come and share your ideas. Expert or tech lover, you will discover projects and trends of tomorrow from 23rd to 27th March 2016.
DO YOU NEED INFORMATION?
Our team will answer your questions:
+33(0)2 43 49 75 13
DATES AND OPENING TIMES
20th edition from 4 to 8 April 2018
- WEDNESDAY 4 April:10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- THURSDAY 5 April: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- FRIDAY 6 April: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
GENERAL PUBLIC DAYS
- SATURDAY 7 April: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- SUNDAY 8 April: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Salle Polyvalente, Place de Hercé
+33 (0)2 43 49 46 46
From Monday to Saturday
PARIS : 70 minutes (A81 motorway, exit No. 3)
RENNES : 24 minutes
NANTES : 95 minutes
The LAVAL TAXI STATION will be at your disposal during the exhibition: 0243680808
Parking relay technopolis near the exit of motorway served by shuttle
1h30 from Paris-Montparnasse (6 daily return trains),
2h30 from Roissy (1 daily return train), 3h30 from Lyon, 3h45 from Lille, 4h30 from London, 5h30 from Marseille, 5h15 from Brussels.
Information and reservations at Voyages-SNCF.com.
Special TUL (Transport Urbain Lavallois) shuttles will be available at Laval train station for direct access to the exhibition on Wednesday 4th april, Thursday 5th april and Friday 6 april 2018.