Despite the cancellation of the Mobile World Congress and a number of high-profile companies that are withdrawing from the upcoming Game Developers Conference, Magic Leap is continuing to organize its own developers conference.
Instead of organizing a major public conference as it did with the LEAP conference in 2018, Magic Leap will instead host developers at its headquarters in Plantation, Florida, for a few events scheduled for May 19-20 and 21 -May 22nd.
The company's development team invites 400 developers to attend the events. Parties interested in attending must submit a request for treatment via a web form that is distributed through an email invitation, allowing applicants to choose their preferred dates.
Magic Leap promises to inform applicants within 30 days if there is room. The events are free, but selected participants will have to cover their own travel costs.
"This is the first time we have organized an event of this size at our Florida headquarters, and there are lots of surprises in store," the team said in the email invitation.
The travel schedule for the conferences includes a day of technical discussions followed by a day of hands-on workshops, including custody of available senior engineers and designers and access to new apps and features for developers. Topics covered at the conferences include technical best practices from Magic Leap Studios teams, success stories from other developers, and revenue-generating apps. Participants also have the opportunity to network with others in the community.
In contrast, Magic Leap & # 39; s inaugural LEAP Con was announced at the end of August 2018 and took place on October 9-10 in Los Angeles, so assuming that applicants receive confirmation of acceptance by March 24, participants have more time to travel arrangements to make than LEAP Con.
In addition, Magic Leap eliminates the cost of renting an event space by hosting the event in its own facilities, but also limiting its capacity versus a conference center designed for hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors. Distributing attendees to two separate events doubles the capacity of the company, but it is unlikely that it will reach the scale and spectacle it did with LEAP Con.
But there is an elephant in the room in the form of the corona virus outbreak, which forced tech companies to contract their travel plans to protect employees and limit production. Yet Magic Leap invites developers to his home and exposes his employees to the process.
It is unclear whether the outbreak will be stopped by that time, but a disclaimer in the event application relieves Magic Leap of "any direct or indirect loss, damage or injury" of the events, including any costs related to the events that be postponed or canceled.
So while the conference is free, visitors must ensure that they are reimbursed for refunds for airline tickets and hotel reservations.