Last week, we chose our finalists for the #VRDanceParty in AltspaceVR. (In case you missed it, check out the auditions here.) Now it’s time for a historic spectacle, where 16 finalists will compete for an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and eternal glory.

The final round starts at 7pm PT on August 18th, and you’re invited! Thanks to AltspaceVR’s FrontRow feature, everyone will have a clear view of the action. We’re excited to welcome our judges to the finals:

  • Bruce Wooden, aka Cymatic Bruce, Head of Developer and Community Relations at AltspaceVR
  • Eva Hoerth, VR Evangelist and Design Researcher
  • The Wave, creators of a synesthetic cross­-platform VR experience
  • Timoni West, Principal Designer at Unity Labs
  • Zvi Greenstein, General Manager and Head of VR Business Development at NVIDIA

You can RSVP for the finals here. Everyone is welcome to attend both rounds, and there will be a YouTube livestream available for anyone who wants to tune in from the real world. Here’s a little more about how the competition works:

What’s the prize?

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The prize is an insanely powerful Geforce GTX 1070 Graphics Card, worth approximately $449. As the world’s first VR dance competition champion, the winner will also be awarded eternal bragging rights. These may be exchanged for high-fives, thumbs up, and other forms of social acclaim.

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(Please note that the prize may not be redeemed for cash, and can’t be used in conjunction or combined with any other competition or offer. We reserve the right to substitute the prize for one of equal or greater value. The winner is responsible for reporting and paying any and all income, sales, or excise taxes that may apply. The prize may also be reported to the IRS as income to the winner.)

Who are the semi-finalists?

The opening round of the competition was open worldwide to participants who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time they enter, and who have created an AltspaceVR user account. All U.S. federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. The contest is not open to employees of Leap Motion, AltspaceVR, NVIDIA, or anyone else associated with the development, judging, or administration of the contest. Our immediate families, roommates, and pets are also not eligible for entry. (Sorry, Waffles!)

The semi-finalists are, in alphabetical order:

  • Abelia
  • Albert
    Calaquin
  • Daft
  • Fae
  • Harry
  • Julian
  • Kai
  • MrRobot
  • Plix
  • PunkBuddy89
  • RealityCheckerVR
  • Saikoyama
  • Sam
  • TheDGJ
  • Zach

How are the contestants judged?

The judges will award points based on head and hand dancing performance, awarding between 1 and 10 points. Hand tracking (via Leap Motion) and positional head tracking (via the Oculus Rift DK2/CV1 or HTC Vive) is required.

How does the competition work?

During the qualifying round on August 11, 2016, four judges each selected four finalists. The 16 finalists are competing in the final round on August 18, 2016 at 7pm PT.

During the final round, each contestant will perform individually and one at a time. The contestant with the highest score will win. In the event of a tie, the top-scoring contestants will engage in a tie-breaker round where each judge selects the best performance from the round. The winner will be announced upon the conclusion of the competition. Bragging rights will be transferred instantaneously, while the NVIDIA graphics card will involve an email (and shipping) to the winner.

The finals start on August 18th at 7pm PT – don’t miss it! RSVP at http://bit.ly/vrdancefinal and get ready to dance along with our finalists.

(This post was updated on August 18th.)

Alex is the head writer and blog editor at Leap Motion, where he stands as the final bulwark against bad grammar. Want to share your Leap Motion project? Email acolgan@leapmotion.com or PM leapmotion_alex on Reddit.

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