XChange Reality!

Exploring the Future of Current Challenges with Augmented and Virtual Reality | 27-30 April 2020, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

I find it remarkable that the cultural hackathon was carried out despite the crisis and has now taken on an increasingly virtual format. I’m convinced that times of crisis call for projects such as this one which exude confidence and optimism.

Martin Grüneis, Department of Arts and Culture, Office of the Federal Government of Lower Austria

Digital collaboration, continuous innovation and the augmentation of reality are major buzzwords of our times. As growth to infinity and beyond is often the main goal, we sometimes forget about the social and environmental impact we need to address in our projects.

XChange Reality! means DO SOMETHING! What actually has the power to change your reality? When will the future be GLAMorous again? How do we intend to create and sustain our urban and regional environment? Can Mixed Reality (XR) help us address current challenges or even find new solutions for the future? What we want to identify with you: what are these current challenges? What could new solutions for the future look like?

Review and outlook

XChange Reality Bildschirm

Proceedings are available here

The demos & posters session and another hackathon-session will take place in November. Find more information here soon.

27.04.2020 Opening, Keynote and Netzpolitischer Abend (NetzPAT) 

28.04.2020 Streaming Session I  – XR for Museums & Cultural Heritage

29.04.2020 Streaming Session II – XR for Industry & Healthcare

30.04.2020, Streaming Session III – XR for Theatre & Animation and Hackathon Session – Streaming Presentations 

30.04.2020 Keynote: Peter Bell & Jaqueline Klusik-Eckert (Time Machine Europe, FAU Erlangen)


* Find these programme items on this YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHyPD8pn-Imb4tXaS7eIGbw. All times according to CEST.

Monday, 27 April

Watch on YouTube: Opening, Keynote and Netzpolitischer Abend (NetzPAT) 

  • 17:30 Get together XChange Reality!*
    Welcome by the Organisers: 
    • Franziska Bruckner (St. Pölten UAS)
    • Thomas Moser (St. Pölten UAS)
    • Sylvia Petrovic-Majer (OpenGLAM.at)
  • 17:45 Opening*
    • Hannes Raffaseder (St. Pölten UAS)
    • Thomas Aigner (ICARUS)
  • 18:00 Introduction to the virtual hackathon & conference*
  • 18:15 – 19:15 Arturo Sanchez (CERN) – Effective Open Data&Soft! Knowledge Transfer that Boosts Computer Skills in the Americas*
  • 19:30 – 21:00 Netzpolitischer Abend (NetzPAT) Fokus: Digitaler Humanismus*
    • Christopher Frauenberger (TU Wien): Digitaler Humanismus? Von unserer Verwobenheit mit Technologie und was wir vom Post-Humanismus im digitalen Zeitalter lernen sollten.
    • Martina Scholger (ACDH University of Graz): Digital Humanities – a BIT More! Wie digitale Methoden die Geisteswissenschaften bereichern.
    • Jacqueline Klusik-Eckert (FAU Erlangen): Digital 3H (Humanismus / Humanität / Humanities): „False Friends“ oder Konzepte mit gemeinsamer Vision
    • Klaus Illmayer (ÖAW – ACDH-CH, Wien): Brauchen die Digital Humanities einen digitalen Humanismus?
    • Eveline Wandl-Vogt (Ars Electronica Research Institute k4h, Linz / ÖAW – ACDH-CH, Wien): Actors & Algorithms: Humanity Centered Design für eine inklusive Zukunft

Tuesday, 28 April

Watch on YouTube: Streaming Session I – XR for Museums & Cultural Heritage

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Join, Listen and Contribute: Hackathon Sessions
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Streaming Session I  – XR for Museums & Cultural Heritage*
    • Gerhard Sprung and Agnesa Haxha (FH Joanneum): iFAR: mobileAR for Cultural Heritage
    • Antonio Coelho, Maria van Zeller, Pedro Cardoso, Liliana Santos, Roberto Vaz and José Raimundo (University of Porto): Gamifying the Museological Experience
    • Florian Wiencek and Anna Konrath (Fluxguide): What Smart Cities may learn from Museum Education. Curated Augmented Reality Storytelling
  • 16:30 – 18:00 Hackathon Session

Wednesday, 29 April

Watch on YouTube: Streaming Session II – XR for Industry & Healthcare*

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Join, Listen and Contribute: Hackathon Sessions
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Streaming Session II – XR for Industry & Healthcare*
    • Irene Reisner-Kollmann and Andrea Aschauer (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria): Design and Implementation of Asynchronous Remote Support
    • Renan Luigi Martins Guarese, Emil Nilsson, Pererik Andreasson and Anderson Maciel (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Halmstad University): A Proposal for Augmented Situated Visualization Towards EMC Testing
    • Renan Luigi Martins Guarese, Victor Adriel de Jesus Oliveira, Aimee Calepso, Rafael Valer, Yhonatan Iquiapaza, Luciana Nedel and Anderson Maciel (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences): E-mpathy and the Phantom Limb Sensation: A Multisensory Experience for Embodiment of Amputation
  • 16:30 – 18:00 Hackathon Session

Thursday, 30 April

Watch on YouTube: Streaming Session III – XR for Theatre & Animation and Hackathon Session – Streaming Presentation

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Join, Listen and Contribute: Hackathon Sessions
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Streaming Session III – XR for Theatre & Animation*
    • Markus Wintersberger, Weiss Marcus Josef, Thomas Wagensommerer, Georg Vogt, Colleen Rae Holmes, Ulrich Kühn, Christian Munk and Julia Püringer (St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Open Acting Academy): Wearable Theatre - Immersive Storytelling and Theatrical VR
    • Frank Geßner (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf): TESTeLAB & Guests: Expanded Animation Worlds (Work in Progress)
  • 15:00 – 16:30 Hackathon Session – Streaming Presentations*
  • 16:30 – 17:00 PARTY
  • 17:00 – 18:00: Keynote: Peter Bell & Jaqueline Klusik-Eckert (Time Machine Europe, FAU Erlangen)*
  • 18:00 – 18:30: Closing*

Different Approaches to JOIN, LISTEN and CONTRIBUTE

To tackle these urgent and important issues, XChange Reality! used XR as its technical foundation and combined the following approaches:

A Participatory Hackathon

The hackathon part started with a keynote speech on the impact of OpenData by Arturo Sanchez (CERN/CH) which showed what opening up data can achieve for our social system. Inspired by the talk, we created a purpose for every individual need of each participant of the (third cultural) hackathon on how AR can help create a better future. Starting a “conversation that matters” is the beginning of a new future. “Being present” among others could be a first step. The (cultural) hackathon provided participants with an opportunity to make their vision in XR visible to the public, and to present it to an international audience. Advanced knowledge was not necessary as the hackathon welcomed interested parties of all backgrounds. The event was concluded by another talk about the biggest project human and social sciences had ever seen.

An Interdisciplinary Conference

The conference part of XChange Reality! brings together specialists from various research areas of the digital humanities such as animation, games and media studies with experts from both vision-oriented computer science areas such as computer graphics or information visualisation, and experts from technically-oriented computer science areas such as data integration, Internet of Things or smart automation. By encouraging synergies of interdisciplinary approaches, the conference examines the state of the art within the XR area from different angles and creates new knowledge in the present for the future.


Franziska Bruckner (St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences): franziska.bruckner@fhstp.ac.at

Thomas Moser (St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences): thomas.moser@fhstp.ac.at

Sylvia Petrovic-Majer (OpenGLAM.at): sylviainpublic@gmail.com


The Digital Makers Hub is supported through the „Digital Innovation Hubs in Österreich“ programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs.