Imisi 3D Holds First Virtual Reality Hackathon in Nigeria
Imisi 3D is a virtual reality creation lab, building a community of VR content creators in Nigeria.
LAGOS, NIGERIA, November 30th, 2016 – Imisi3D holds successful virtual reality hackaton, a first for Nigeria.
On Saturday, November 19th, with relatively little fanfare history was made, 5 teams of young Nigerian VR enthusiasts – developers, 3D animators, graphic designers, students and entrepreneurs – came together to participate in Nigeria’s, and quite possibly Africa’s first Virtual reality Hackaton.
The event was organised by Imisi 3D, the leading Virtual Reality creation lab in the country, with contestants asked to tackle solutions creation in 3 verticals – education, healthcare and tourism for the Samsung Gear VR. Judith Okonkwo, Imisi 3D’s founder, explained the atypical process adopted for the Hackathon “we wanted to give the teams the best chance of success, particularly as we were all so new to VR content creation, so we formed teams 2 months before the hackathon. The thinking was that the teams could get together and start to work on their VR development skills with the lab’s support”. The Imisi 3D lab utilised several VR ready computers, Gear VRs and mobile devices, 360° Cameras and Leap Motions provided in conjunction with event partners Facebook, Samsung and the Virtual World Society.
The 5 participating teams and their projects were:
Team LeVRn – an app that teaches you how to code.
Team GoThere – an app that allows you to experience locations in Nigeria before visiting.
Team Life Race – a gamified learning experience that explains human conception.
Team Farm VR – an application that teaches extension workers how to deal with farm pests in local languages.
Team 3D6 – a retail VR app for virtual shopping.
The judges for the event were CcHub CEO – Bosun Tijani, Former Bank of Industry (BoI) CEO/MD- Rasheed Olaoluwa, and Ericsson Innovation Lead – Bankole Alao; with Bunmi Otegbade, CEO of Generation Enterprise, serving as the MC on the day. They all commended the teams for the work done; with Bosun Tijani reminding participants that the renaissance in the Nigerian tech sector was driven by the first hackathon in 2010, and this may well prove to be the case for the virtual reality industry.
Team LeVRn emerged victorious with their learning experience app, combining the Gear VR with the Leap Motion to create motion aided learning in the virtual environment. They won the Co-Creation Hub sponsored Competition Prize of $1,000 along, with $5,000 seed investment for the development of their product, and the Institute of the Future sponsored $1,000 Future prize.
The teams are now expected to further refine their products, with ongoing support from the lab, with fully developed VR experiences deployed to the Oculus store by the end of the year. Judith Okonkwo explained “the goal of the hackathon was always twofold, an event to inspire innovative creation for virtual reality and a first step to making Nigerian VR experiences available to the world. The Oculus store and Samsung Gear VR provide this opportunity in a way very few HMDs can match, with over 2 million Gear VRs in use globally this is a direct window to the world”.
This event was made possible through the generosity of our partners and sponsors CcHub, Facebook, the Virtual World Society, the Institute for the Future, Samsung HQ and Asktoks.com.
UPDATE!! LAGOS, NIGERIA, October 8, 2016 – The Lagos Virtual Reality Hackathon will now hold on Saturday, November 19th, 2016.
LAGOS, NIGERIA, August 23, 2016 – Imisi 3D the leading Virtual Reality Creation Lab in Nigeria is holding what may be the continent’s first Virtual Reality Hackathon in October. Imisi 3D is supported by Co-Creation Hub, Facebook and Akanka Design amongst others.
Imisi 3D has announced that it will hold its first hackathon on October 28th, 2016. Applications to participate open at 11:59am today, August 23rd and close at 11:59pm on Friday, September 9th. Shortlisted applicants will be informed on September 16th and provided with access to Virtual Reality developer stations and resources to hone their skills in preparation for the event.
“It is time for us to become creators and not just consumers of technology, and Virtual Reality is a great place to start” said Imisi 3D founder, Judith Okonkwo. “This technology has uses that cut across several industry sectors, and the impact on things as critical as learning is profound. With 2016 being described as the year of Virtual Reality, Nigeria must not get left behind.”
Jeremy Kirshbaum, Research Manager at the Institute for the Future, shared his thoughts, “since virtual and augmented reality are still completely new consumer industries, it is up for grabs who will make a mark in the field. Nigeria already has a great track record of creating innovative world class content in entertainment and music, and it is exciting to see them take a leadership role in the virtual world.”
The hackathon will take place on the 6th Floor of CcHub (294 Herbert Macaulay Road, Yaba) and is supported by a range of organisations including the Virtual World Society and the Institute for the Future. Interested applicants should register for the event and are invited to join the VR hackathon Facebook networking group here, and then apply by September 9th once they have formed teams.
Over $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) worth of prizes will be awarded at the hackathon.
About Imisi 3D
Imisi 3D is a Virtual Reality (VR) creation lab dedicated to growing a community of VR developers in Nigeria, creating solutions using VR, and providing educational and engagement experiences with VR. They see huge potential for VR as a tool for creating everyday solutions and intend to change the technology narrative so that here we become creators and not just consumers of technology.
Imisi 3D is future thinking and committed to being responsible ancestors, creating a better world for today and tomorrow.
For more information including sponsorship opportunities contact Imisi 3D at firstname.lastname@example.org