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Oculus VR News | October 26, 2020

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Oculus Opens Applications for 2020 Launch Pad Program

Oculus Opens Applications for 2020 Launch Pad Program

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Staff Writer

Oculus has announced that it is now accepting applications for its fifth annual Oculus LaunchPad program, which aims to give promising developers and creators from diverse backgrounds hands-on training support to bring their VR concepts to market.

This year’s Launch Pad participants will join a virtual boot camp that will take place in September. According to Oculus, ongoing development support will be available to all participants as they work to finalize their working prototype in the coming months. This includes coaching and support from VR experts, as well as a growing online community of peers to help their fellow Launch Pad developers.

“In order for immersive technology to reach its full potential, we need a developer/creator ecosystem that can build and ship diverse VR experiences to the world,” Oculus says in an official blog post announcing this year’s program. “That’s why we started Launch Pad—a program designed to support promising VR content creators from diverse backgrounds with hands-on training and support, so they can iterate on their unique ideas and bring them to market.”

Launch Pad Candidates will also have the opportunity to apply for a competitive scholarship, where Oculus will award a select number of participants between $5,000–$50,000 USD, totaling up to $250,000 in funding to support the development of these unique VR experiences from content creators looking to take their concepts to the next level.

“By investing in developers with unique perspectives, we can bring exciting new content to VR fans everywhere,” Oculus added. “This includes women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and anyone who is willing to share how their perspective adds to the ‘diversity of thought’ in our community.”

Interested developers and creators have until August 20th, 2020 to submit their application—click here to apply. Also, be sure to check out last year’s Launch Pad Scholarship recipients and the inspiring VR projects they created.