2016 South Event: 2nd/Final year competition

Virtual Reality Challenge

VR

VR holds the potential to revolutionise the way we experience content today into a more immersive and realistic experience. Instead of watching a video on a 2D screen, we will come closer to living the experience with 360 degree viewing pleasure where the same video can be experienced uniquely every time. Question is, what could be developed next for this platform?

A Virtual Experience

With early 2016 looking to be the year of Virtual Reality (VR), with headsets debuting such as the Oculus Rift, HTC’s Vive, and Sony’s Morpheus for PS4, a lot of potential has been building over the past few years. With the general focus on gaming, other experiences are being designed to capture a wider audience’s attention and experience the extra-ordinary from the comfort of their own homes. This will allow anyone who puts on a headset to watch their digital movies at a virtual cinema in 3D or choose to explore the solar system with life like distances between the planets and moons.

Competition Question: What VR experience would you create?

Present your idea for a VR experience, what the main purpose of it is and what it will feature. You should pick one idea and focus on the details of the experience in it. Present your idea with business justification to a panel of employer judges.

The Task

  1. Your idea should think about what purpose it serves for its audience, is it educational or thrill seeking experience or even both?
  2. Explain the experience or activity.
  3. Who is your target audience? How does it solve a problem or improve an experience?
  4. How will you market your product?
  5. Think about your business model along with cost, risks/limitations and why a company should invest in creating your product?
  6. Is it a unique idea? What is the current competition?

Your team will present in front of a panel of judges on 2nd March 2016 at CA Technologies, Slough. Employers will select winner based on the overall idea, innovation, business considerations, presentation and team work.

Competition Rules

One team per university per year group (exceptions may be made for larger cohorts of students).

Maximum 8 members per team.

You must register your team by Friday 12th February 2016 via email degrees@thetechpartnership.com [email to include: University Name, Year Group, Team Name, all member names and a brief description of your idea].

You will have access to internet and a laptop already set up in the presentation room. You must bring a USB with you on the day with your presentation ready. If your presentation is online, ensure you are ready to set it up quickly before you start your presentation.

You will have a maximum of 7 minutes to present your idea. This will be followed by a 3 minute Q&A session led by the judges.

Face to face feedback from the judges will also be available on the day.

For all queries contact us degrees@thetechpartnership.com

 

Recent news & useful websites

Some articles to get you started..

A short video detailing what you can do with VR: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33342903

Video/Article detailing the journey and future of VR:http://time.com/3986185/virtual-reality-headset/

TechRadar showcase existing and upcoming VR headsets (Pros & Cons): http://www.techradar.com/news/wearables/the-best-vr-headsets-2015-1292087

Bringing the orchestra to everyone through VR… in a van!:http://www.wired.com/2015/09/la-philharmonic-vr/

Oculus Rift Website:: https://www.oculus.com/en-us/rift/

Project Morpheus VR website: https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/explore/ps4/features/project-morpheus/