Indian students showcase new-age technologies at Virtual Reality Day

Pritha Roy Choudhury | Feb 23, 2019 - 6:10 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23: In an initiative co-organised by Facebook and Startup Village Collective (SV.CO), involving college students who want to a make a career in new-age technologies, 21 young developers showcased their products and skills, as part of the Facebook School of Innovation VR Demo Day.

A collaboration of Facebook and Startup Village Collective (SV.CO), 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.

The demonstrations, which were made to members of the Facebook team and an industry expert, concluded with the announcement of the National VR Student Developer of India, with team VR Bro’s from Rajasthan walking away with 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 skill sets that are required to transform Virtual Reality ideas into next-generation, globally marketable products and services.

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