Bangalore, Feb 24 2019: In an initiative co-organised by Facebook and Startup Village Collective (SV.CO), 21 young developers showcased their products and skills, as part of the Facebook School of Innovation VR Demo Day yesterday.
The maiden edition of the VR Day enabled 10 student teams, shortlisted after a pan-India selection process, to build a next-generation product idea using virtual reality. Team VR Bro’s from Rajasthan took a trophy for their VR Application on Bails Down
The VR Application by Mayank Bhutani and Koustubh Gupta from BITS Pilani institute, focused on creating an immersive VR experience of a Street Cricket player becoming a successful and famous cricketer. The other participating teams are from 7 states.
Prior to their demonstrations, the teams participated in a 20-week program that included online and in-person learning sessions to develop their ideas, build a low and high-fidelity prototype and finally launch the product to customers. The developer training was conducted under the mentorship of five professionals, who are experts in the field of emerging technologies.
The purpose of the VR Programme, built in collaboration with industry partners like Scapic and Unity, will help to develop skillsets that are required to transform Virtual Reality ideas into next-generation, globally marketable products and services.
Said Satyajeet Singh, Head of Platform Partnerships for India and South Asia, Facebook: “With disruption being the new norm driving the Indian technology ecosystem today, we want to equip our budding entrepreneurs with the latest in emerging technologies and enable them to become problem solvers of tomorrow. The Facebook School of Innovation and the VR Day Program seeks to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in Indian students and impart them with relevant skill sets, to bridge the gap between academia and industry requirements.”
Added Suma Sundararajan, Programme Head and Chief Operating Officer of SV.CO: “Through the School of Innovation, we now have students who have transformed themselves from being enthusiasts in an emerging technology to become industry-ready, professional VR developers who are capable of building stand-alone VR applications. Students now have a choice to use their skills to take a job, build their own startup or go for masters in areas like Gaming or Machine Vision.”
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