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We’re thrilled to announce that, in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, we are starting a $10 million program, VR for Impact, dedicated to showing how VR can lead to positive impact and change. We know that VR provides a tremendous opportunity to develop and share ideas in impactful ways that can lead to change, and through VR for Impact, we will fund and support content and technologies that create the most powerful experiences to transform our world.


The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Virtual Reality’s ability to immerse people into an experience is unmatched, and VR can drive the world to act on global issues the human race is facing. Through VR for Impact, we are committing $10 million to industry partners and content developers to create experiences that improve awareness, education, and lead to action.


“HTC is a pioneer in recognizing the work the UN has done to promote social change through virtual reality,” said Gabo Arora, Creator of the UN’s VR Initiative and Creative Advisor to the World Food Programme. “The Vive’s room-scale VR capability can be a powerful tool for immersive storytelling, education and training; their support will empower more people to effect global change, give voices to the most vulnerable and provide access to new possibilities for the most marginalized.”


“There are millions of untold stories in every crisis, especially on the front lines where much of our work takes place,” said Corinne Woods, Director of Communications for the United Nations World Food Programme, which is utilizing the latest innovations in VR.  “HTC’s support of new ways to tell important stories, and help in shaping innovation for the UN’s sustainable development agenda, will build on the impact of our work and take it in new and exciting directions.”


“The potential for Virtual Reality to help us learn, understand, and transform the world is limitless. VR for Impact is a challenge to the VR community and content developers across the globe to help drive awareness and to solve the biggest challenges of mankind,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO, HTC. “HTC Vive will fund the best ideas using Virtual Reality that truly drive awareness and positive change in our world. We encourage all players in the VR ecosystem to join as only together can we drive real impact.”


Starting today, VR for Impact will be calling for ideas at its website: https://www.vr4impact.com. The first winning projects will be announced on “Earth Day” April 22, 2017.


On Thursday, January 19th at the United Nations WFP Tent, Vive will be demonstrating special VR experiences that allow participants to step inside the shoes of others as they face some of humanity’s biggest challenges and inspire you to see how storytelling, education and creativity of mankind can be reimagined.


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thanks for the post, great initiative! are there any deadlines for applications or is it an ongoing/rolling program? we're working on VR concepts as part of a civic game jam series in Berlin

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Hi , there aren't strict deadlines for applications at this time. Make sure you sign up at VRforImpact.com though. :)

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2 queztions:

1- Do you select the first winning projects just based on the idea or you need implemented projecs for selecting the first winners?

2- Is there a web address that you publish the ideas on for public acsess?



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Great initiative from HTC Vive! I am developing a VR aplication with great social impact and I'm thrilled to submit my project. However, since there is Intelectual Property rights involved, I wonder if the information I share in my application is 100% secure. I have read the Privacy Policy terms, but it is still not clear to me who will have access to this information.

Thank you for your comprehension.

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 - good questions.


1) Final decisions haven't been made on that yet - it depends on what gets submitted. We're open to all stages of an idea, but obviously, the more developed and feasible the idea is (even if it's not prototyped or coded), the more likely it is to be seriously considered.


2) That's a good suggestion, but right now we don't have that site. We will certainly publish details of titles selected on VRforImpact.com.


 - if you're talking about your own IP, you own the copyright and therefore, there should be no concerns in submission. If it's someone else's IP, you may want to talk to the original rights holders. Your application is only shared with those working on the VRforImpact project.

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  - thank you for the quick reply. In fact, since it is an early stage project it is still patent pending... that's why I asked. Thank you.

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I just started my new Vive and new computer experience last night.  Vive and VR in general can show the world that beauty and love is precious and war is a waist

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, no problem. If you're in a patent pending scenario, I'm sure you might want to be reticent. You could in theory suggest what the project is without giving too many details? Ultimately your choice of course.

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Thanks for the great initiative.
I have always wanted to do something that can help making the world a better place - and now it seems I have a real chance to do so.

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Hi   Any more info to share on a deadline for submissions?  Can I submit more than one idea?  How fully fleshed out are you looking for - ie how polished a document or video links.  Do you want background info on team members?  I'm just trying to get a handle on the parameters and specs for submission.  This is a very exciting opportunity.  Many thanks.


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.. thankyou for starting this inititive and this is great news for using this technology for positive change! I'm interested in the 'Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources' as I am developing a training sim for Cetaceans experts! I Hope I can be part of this too!


Co-Chair IGDA Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realties Special Interest Group

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Thanks for answering my questions. Would you please answer  and  questions? Any news about the program.

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 - your description doesn't have to be completely final, but of course, the less it changes going forward and the more 'solid' it is, the more likely it is to be considered. Treat it as a serious business proposal is my suggestion!


 - we don't really have a deadline for submissions, currently. If that changes, we'll let you know. Earth Day is, we hope, the first time we'll reveal our first apps, so bear that in mind. As for 'how fully fleshed out' see my suggestion to DAVR above; this should be seen as a business proposal, and the more you can give to support your application, the more likely we are to take it seriously. That doesn't guarantee success, of course, but it probably helps.

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Great inititative - can I ask whether you need to be a developer or whether you can contribute an idea that might then be matched by a developer?

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@Rockjaw Great initiative! What does the call mean exactly with 'for any platform'? I assume it has to be a project made for the Vive, right? And would you also be interested in a 360 video project, making use of the quality of the Vive, but from a static view point and without interaction inside the 360 experience? We do have some ideas about phisical interaction during the experience.

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Hello @Rockjaw

Thanks for the initiative, great to see companies taking climate issues seriously!

Do you accept requests for funding from university teams also or is the program strictly for business ideas? We are an interdisciplinary team of climate scientists, pedagogic experts and designers/programmers that is working on a project. Just to check if an application from us would even be considered.


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 - You don't have to be a developer to contribute an idea. If it's good enough, we hope we'll be able to help you find a developer (or match you with an existing one that perhaps has a similar idea).


 - We actually mean what we say when we say 'any platform'. We're hopeful that we will see finished projects on the Vive, but we won't dismiss ideas because they may have been initially developed on other platforms. Your example of 360 video being a good one. To have the most impact, we hope to see any of these ideas launch on a number of different platforms to get to as wide an audience as possible.


 - We would absolutely consider an application from a team like yourselves, and we'd be glad to see it. #SCIENCE :) 

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Original Article in VR Circle VR news publication


VR Circle publication 2016 Steven Paterson
360-Degree Movies, 360-Degree Video, Augmented Reality, Gear VR, Google Cardboard, Hardware, Video, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality News, VR, VR News (0)

The United Nations invited the creator of a unique way for people to celebrate art & peace monuments and heroic world peacemakers with the latest AR and VR technology. On September 4, the United Nations invited peace walkway artist Paul-Felix Montez to speak at the U.N. in New York City for World Peace day.

What is the Peace Walkway?

The Peace Walkway project is a simple vision of locating one, mile-long peace art monument in 100 different locations (cities, towns, and parks, etc.) around the world. Each peace walkway Monument is one mile long made up of 250 different bronze plaques commemorating significant world heroic peacemakers - men and women whose courage and commitment to our greater humanity have changed our lives forever.

The free global walkway app will use augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) offering full bios for each peacemaker and the ability for anyone at one walkway location to connect and chat to another person at any of the installed monuments in the world. Thus everyone using the app gets to converse with anyone from anyone in the world.

How do the AR and VR apps work?

Using the free Augmented Reality App, simply point it at any given plaque, and two things happen. First, an Augmented reality image of the famous Peacemaker will appear, click on that image and a full biographical timeline of the entire life of that peacemaker is yours to explore. As you explore the story, a symbol [VR] or virtual reality will be seen along the way.

Click on that [VR] symbol, put on your virtual reality goggles such as Google cardboard and get the opportunity to view as if you were that famous peacemaker various moments and events through their eyes. From Martin Luther King ’s speech "I have a Dream" given in Washington D.C. to Mother Theresa’s daily caring for those in a leper colony, and all seen by you through their point of view.














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