Several prominent companies in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry, including immersive media company RYOT, VR platform Kaleidoscope and Oculus have teamed up to product DevLab 2018, an incubator for VR and AR artists and creators that has previously produced cutting-edge immersive content.
The first DevLab program took place in 2016, and the 2018 will be the second time the event will take place, which is intended to bring together emerging VR and AR artists to explore new ideas and cultivate new work in the immersive space.
Ten participants will be selected to work alongside advisors from various backgrounds, including architecture, videogame design, immersive theatre, magic and storytelling. Participants will be able to take advantages of hands-on workshops, live performances and round-table discussions.
Creators who take part in the DevLab will be able to use the resources and education provided to develop a working version of their project, which will subsequently be presented to 250 industry leaders at a ‘first look’ event in 2019.
“DevLab is a unique way to support independent artists, and we’re proud to support and provide mentorship opportunities for the next generation of content creators as they refine their craft, and use their art to change the world,” said Bryn Mooser, CEO and co-founder of RYOT.
“DevLab has provided an essential creative playground for the new guard of storytellers to ideate and explore,” says Jake Sally, RYOT’s Sr. Director of Immersive Development. “RYOT is excited to partner with Kaleidoscope and Oculus, pillars of the XR ecosystem, to support DevLab.”
“Members of the DevLab program include some of the most promising, sought-after talent in the industry,” said René Pinnell, CEO and Founder of Kaleidoscope. “DevLab artists are risk-takers that will ultimately move the industry forward.”