Dart 17 is a test laboratory for interactive experiences, objects and tools in San Francisco

New ideas emerge from interdisciplinary approaches, when designers, artists, technologists and researchers come together. We provide university projects and early Startups the space to experiment, test and scale their idea in San Francisco.


DART 17 is for interdisciplinary thinkers with a creative approach to technology. We welcome participants who push the edge of potential in media like AR, VR, 3D, Data, Robotics, Sensors, Gaming, Smart Objects, and beyond.

We are open to applicants from all over the world, all you need is an existing prototype.


  • Desk space at Pier 17 in San Francisco for 1- 3 months
  • Stipend of $5,000 USD (per project)
  • Networking opportunities and introductions to Industry Experts in AR, VR, 3D, Data, Robotics, Sensors, Gaming, Smart Objects etc. as well as Business Insiders and Investors
  • Coaching, Mentors, and Workshops
  • Visibility and MatchMaking Events (GDC, SXSW etc.)

In our pilot year (2017), space will be limited to 6-8 spots for the most promising projects.



DART 17 is housed on the spectacular San Francisco waterfront at the Swiss Pier 17, where more than 70 co-workers from universities, corporations, governments, artists, designers and startups share one space.


Apelab is a production studio specializing in interactive storytelling for VR and mobile devices. Thanks to their tool Spatial Stories, they empower anyone to create their own VR experiences.

DART 17 is supporting Apelab in finding the right funding model and partnerships for their content as well as their new VR Tool. We’re looking for feedback from other developers, content partners, and investors.

Struckd is working on becoming the next Youtube for user generated games.

DART 17 is supporting Struckd by connecting them to industry experts for the continuous development of their platform, and testing their market fit with large brands. DART 17 is supporting in finding brands, influences, and investors to make good matches.

Imverse is democratizing photorealistic virtual and mixed reality content creation, transform a single 360° photo into a 3D interactive environment. Create easily a VR/MR experience with live hologram actors and real-time VFX.

Humanising Autonomy envisions a world of natural interaction between autonomous vehicles and humans. They develop human-centred solutions for human-machine interactions, using machine vision. Their first solution was BLINK, which allowed pedestrians to communicate with autonomous cars through machine-learned gestures. Now they're developing a valuable solution for several autonomous industries.

RE/ME is multi sensory technology and creative tool that enhances body awareness for well-being, and supports imaginative perception of your own body through physically altering your self-image.


Sophie Lamparter

Co-Founder DART 17

Arijana Walcott

AR/VR Evangelist & Director of Consumer Development

Swisscom (Schweiz) AG

Founded and lead by Sophie and Arijana, DART 17 is collaboration between Swissnex San Francisco, Swisscom, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the Engagement Migros development fund and the Gebert Ruf Foundation.

It is carried by a growing number of mentors and friends all over the world.

Mentors & Friends