HTC took the stage at the World Economic Forum (WEF) to announce the new VR For Impact initiative. A whopping $10 million in funds will be offered to companies that are willing to use storytelling for a humanitarian effort in partnership with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
HTC’s own Rikar Steiber is standing at the forefront of this program that wants to “support content and technologies that create the most powerful experiences to transform our world.”
United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals
The UN is focused on using technology for problem solving and wants to incorporate virtual reality to deliver a deeper impact of storytelling. One of the goals is to eliminate world hunger by the year 2030.
VR For Impact
HTC, once again, proves the virtual reality sector is going to have a huge impact on the world and is doing as much as the company can to help grow the ecosystem. If not, for the Vive specifically, the primary message we keep hearing from HTC is that VR is here to stay and they want to encourage others to adopt sooner than later.
During today’s event Rikard Steiber stated you don’t have to be a Vive developer. You just have to create on a virtual reality platform whether that’s for Google Cardboard, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, etc.
VR For Impact Goals
Some listed examples HTC is looking for are on the VR For Impact website and are listed below for your convenience:
- Understand everyone. Literally walk a mile in another person’s shoes. Experience war zones, celebrations, life, death and everything in-between. Creating empathy for every human experience is a new frontier in VR.
- Educate through experience. Bring history to life in the most immersive way yet possible. Place people inside math equations. Unlock the microscopic world. Witness the Big Bang, then rewind and let it happen again.
- Work in new ways. See your industrial project from inside and out. Collaborate with colleagues, going way beyond the whiteboard in real time and real space. Open up the ‘sharing economy’ in whole new ways.
- Travel to the impossible. Get closer to ancient ruins than you ever could in real life. Travel instantly to any point on the globe, or the solar system, or beyond. Experience environments inhospitable for human life. Go on safari as one of the animals.
- Make medicine become magic. Visualize the human body at a definition never witnessed. Operate from anywhere. Bring clarity to the confused, sight to the blind and relief to those in pain.
- Reshape the planet. Warn the world of climate change, then show them the possibilities of a fossil-fuel free existence.
If you have ideas and want to get involved with the VR For Impact movement proceed to vrforimpact.com and fill out the Join Us application.
HTC plans to introduce us to some of the projects accepted into the program as early as April 22, 2017 which is Earth Day.
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