Could virtual reality technology make us better people? Could it create more empathy and connection when we use technology for good? Following the VR success of the social enterprise charity:water, the latest news is that HTC Vive have announced a $10 million funding programme called ‘VR for impact’ to support the United Nation (UN)’s sustainable development goals.
The programme aims to create quality VR content within the UN’s global peace efforts. Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC said:
“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. 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 eco-system to join as only together can we drive real impact.”
This exciting news means that you can submit VR Technology ideas via their website, VR for Impact. The winning projects with access to the fund will be announced on Earth Day (April 22).
On their website, they share ways that the technology can be used for social good, including:
‘Understand everyone - literally walk a mile in someone else’s shoes’
‘Educate through experience - bring history to life in the most immersive way possible’
‘Reshape the planet - warn the world about climate change, then show them the possibilities of a fossil fuel free existence.’
If you have an idea to change the world that could be made through VR technology, submit your idea. (Hurry, though! Applications close February 28th, 2017.)