The Festival from A-Z – F.A.Q.

The easiest way to get there is by train to Gelsenkirchen main station. You can reach the festival site on foot in about 10 minutes if you leave the main station heading south / exit Bochumer Straße and follow the signs. At the main station you can also take the underground / tram 302 and be in the middle of the festival area in about 5 minutes at the stop Wissenschaftspark or Stephanstraße.

We also recommend arriving by bike. This way you’ll be super flexible on the festival grounds and can get from A to B easily.

If you are coming by car, enter the address “Cramerweg 1” into your navigation system. There is a car park here with plenty of space. Parking along Bochumer Straße is not recommended. Otherwise, the car park of the Ückendorf Comprehensive School (Bochumer Straße 190) is also suitable on Saturday.

You can find everything about hygiene and the current Corona protection measures at the festival on our special Corona page of our website. The three most important things: The 3G rule applies, so it’s best to have your certificate with you in digital form. Our staff members with the green waistcoats, who you will find at many places on the festival grounds, will give you an access wristband for the festival locations after checking your certificate. Masks are compulsory at many venues, so you should also have a mask in your bag. Additionally, please have the Corona Warning app on your smartphone so you can check in at the entrance to each location.

Here you can see the entire hygiene concept.

Festival centre
The festival centre is located around the junction of Bochumer Str./Flöz Sonnenschein/Stephanstraße. Our streams will be recorded here in the studio, and in the courtyard you can follow the stream with drinks and snacks. 

Info point
The info point is located in the district office at Bochumer Straße 109, where we will be happy to help you, give you orientation and answer any questions you may have.

The info point is located in the district office at Bochumer Straße 109, where we are happy to help you, provide orientation and answer any questions you may have. For your orientation, you will find our overview map at the info point, which you can also download here.

Festival area
The festival area stretches from the Science Park in Munscheidstraße and the Justice Centre along Bochumer Straße to Virchowstraße, and programme partners will also show their applications in parts of Heidelberger Straße and Flöz Sonnenschein.

Festival for children
Access to our locations is only possible for visitors aged 16 and over. Younger VR enthusiasts must be accompanied by an adult to visit our Experience _ Places. This also applies to “VR for Kids & Parents”.

Online & offline programme
→ See Live Streams & Schedule

Live streams
On Thursday evening we will open our livestream programme with the Startup Pitch. On Friday, the expert panels will be streamed from our studio and on Saturday you can watch the award ceremonies of the Places _ Hackathon and the DIVR Science Awards.

You can follow the streams on Facebook, on our website or via Facebook Live on our Facebook page.

Tickets & Costs
If you are looking for ticket prices, event packages and price tables, you have come to the wrong place. Our festival is freely accessible and free of charge! Only for organisational reasons, pre-registration is necessary at some points.

Registration for the workshop for XR founders

→ Only people who have registered in advance can take part in the Places _ Hackathon.

Food and drinks are available directly at the festival centre. In the courtyard your thirst will be quenched (supported by the Trinkhalle am Flöz) as well as your hunger – including vegan and vegetarian options (from the HUstadt Küchenmobil). Of course, we also recommend using the snack bars, pubs and bakeries in the festival area for food and drinks. Additionally you will find the “Currykultur” Foodtruck in front of the Wissenschaftspark main entry on saturday.

Tasty coffee is served at Jacquelines Coffeebike on Friday & Saturday – also in front of the Wissenschaftspark.

Schedule/Program days
The Places _ VR Festival 2020 starts on Thursday with the live stream of the Startup Pitch.

In overview:
Thursday 18:45 Startup Pitch (Stream)
Friday 15-20 Opening hours
Saturday 10-18 opening hours
Saturday 18:30 Award Ceremony (stream)

On Friday from 3pm to 8pm, our programme partners will open their VR stations at the Experience _ Places and all visitors can experience and try out the VR applications live. At the same time, we will be broadcasting expert talks live from our studio, speakers can be seen live on the stage and the nominees for the DIVR Science Award will be exhibiting their applications in the Science Park and inviting visitors to try them out.
On Saturday, too, you can discover the applications at the Experience _ Places from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and test the VR/AR entries for the DIVR Science Award. In the evening, the prizes for the winners of the Hackathon and the DIVR Science Award will be awarded in a live stream.