Applications now Open for Oculus Launch Pad 2017
A weekend boot camp will take place on 10th and 11th June.
Last year Oculus created its Launch Pad initiative to provide funding and resources for women, people of colour, the LGBTQ community, and those from other underrepresented backgrounds to ensure diversity within in the VR ecosystem. Now applications are open for the programme’s second year.
It will begin with a two-day immersive boot camp experience for up to 100 professionals, where they’ll receive mentoring, hands-on training, and a free Samsung Gear VR to playtest their own video games and experiences. Running on 10th and 11th June 2017, those VR developers selected will also get on-site meals and a travel stipend of $1,200 USD.
Once the boot camp has concluded participants will then receive further guidance and feedback on their projects until 20th August. After which they’ll then have the opportunity to compete for the Oculus Launch Pad Scholarships, with financial assistance ranging from $5K – $50K awarded to enable them to advance their concepts.
Additionally, the top Launch Pad performers will be able to return over the next few years as mentors to help the more VR content creators.
For those interested applications will be accepted from now until 30th April 2017 in three categories: 360 film, VR experiences, and VR games.. Then participants will be selected and notified by 10th May. To apply you need to be a US Citizen or Visa Resident holder.
The previous Oculus Launch Pad saw 100 VR content creators secure investment of more than $250K. In October at Oculus Connect 3 (OC3) the company announced a $10 million fund to aid diversity programmes, including Launch Pad as well as VR for Good, Amplified New Voices and the Diverse Filmmakers Project.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Oculus Launch Pad and the company’s diversity programmes, reporting back with the latest updates.