Vulcan Productions, the production company established by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, has partnered with immersive tech firm Kaleidoscope to launch the inaugural Impact Reality Summit.
The event, which takes place at Vulcan’s Seattle headquarters on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10, will bring together virtual and augmented reality creators, non-profits, technology leaders and funders to “connect on the next wave of extended reality (XR) projects for social good.”
Programming will feature panels and conversations, workshops, an exhibition of the best in “XR for good” storytelling. The summit will also feature a showcase of the next wave of upcoming projects in development within the XR industry.
Projects can be submitted for consideration here until Dec. 9.
Selected projects will be eligible to receive development funding, with awards handed out in four categories including:
- Grand Prix (US$20,000), which will be awarded to the project with the greatest potential for positive global impact.
- Best in Climate Change (US$10,000), which will be handed out to the project that best highlights the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change.
- Best in Sustainability (US$10,000), which will honor a project with the greatest potential to support ocean health, environmental protection, fresh water resource management, pollution and waste prevention, or species and habitat protection.
- Best in Community & Social Justice (US$10,000), which will reward a project with the greatest potential to positively impact community and social justice.
For more information about the Impact Reality Summit, click here.
“Vulcan Productions is constantly exploring new ways to engage with audiences and scale impact. We’ve seen the potential for impact with XR through our slate of emerging media works,” said Matt Milios, creative director of emerging media at Vulcan Productions. “We’re excited to host this gathering of creators and organizations interested in discovering and supporting new ways to leverage storytelling for social good.”
“We’re looking for in development XR projects that tell a powerful story in a fresh and unusual way,” added Kaleidoscope CEO René Pinnell. “We’re interested in elevating new artistic voices that help bring problems and solutions to life.”
Pictured: VR project Drop in the Ocean