XR Developer Network

Are you working on eXtended Reality (XR) within education or research? And would you like to take your knowledge and experience of XR to the next level or share your knowledge with others? Then join SURF's XR Developer Network.

XR Developer network

The XR Developer Network is a community of people who are interested in the topic of XR within education and/or research and want to exchange technical knowledge with each other. This group focuses on the technical side of XR to complement the existing communities around eXtended Reality.

The aim of this network is to bring people together to share knowledge and exchange experience so that we raise the technological knowledge level of XR. In this way, we want to take the use of XR for education and research in the Netherlands to a higher level. The network is not tied to a specific application domain or sector. Nor do you need to have technical knowledge to participate.

We feel there is much to be gained by coming together, learning from and inspiring each other, discussing (shared) challenges related to technology, XR developments or even developing together. In short, we are building a thriving community, currently the network has about 50 members from different institutions and sectors.


The XR Developer Network organises a series of meetings each year, both online and on-site. On-site meetings allow you to meet in person and provide opportunities for demos. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

15-5-2024 Online AI
3-7-2024 Live @ National XR Day - UTwente t.b.d.
25-9-2024 Online t.b.d.
4-12-2024 Live @ SURF Utrecht t.b.d.

XR Innovation Forum

To stay in touch, share knowledge and discuss outside the meetings, we use the XR Innovation Forum.

This is an online discussion platform that you can log in to with SURFconext, even if you are not a member of the XR Developer Network.

Want to become a member?

You do not need to have a technical background to become a member! The condition is that your institution is a member of SURF. Join and email xr@surf.nl to join the network. We will then keep you informed of future activities.

Would you like to contribute?

We aim to announce the topic of the next meeting(s) some time in advance so that we can find appropriate speakers. If you would like to present for a planned topic, or have other suggestions for topics, please get in touch.

Apart from that, there is always room to introduce other types of activities (such as a demo session, a hackathon, etc.). We would love to hear your ideas and discuss them further.

Read more about XR

See the XR for Education and Research page for more information on eXtended Reaility.
Or read the summary of the previous meetings:

  • 28-02-2024 Responsible XR @ SURF Utrecht
  • 26-01-2023 Kickoff @ SURF Utrecht
  • 30-03-2023 Read the summary of the meeting "Discussing sharing" @Saxion Reality Check Festival
  • 05-07-2023 Try a device! session @ National XR Day, TU Delft
  • 11-10-2023 Continued discussion on sharing @ SURF Utrecht