Call for Applications: UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Start-ups that are developing and piloting new Open Source XR solutions
UNICEF Innovation Fund Call for XR Technologies
VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), and MR (Mixed Reality) technologies – grouped together under the term of XR (Extended Reality) – can be used to solve real human problems. UNICEF is investing in XR applications to identify scalable solutions that have the potential to enhance the organization’s ability to reach and assist children in its programme countries. To learn about UNICEF programmes and initiatives, click here.
What we are looking for:
The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for start-ups that are developing and piloting new open source XR solutions. We are looking to make investments in
- software for authoring or consuming these new realities,
- platforms and ways providing wider access to that software,
- platforms and ways providing better tools for content creation (such as a template, workflow, or format), and
- particular applications of content.
We are interested in prototypes that: Impact specific areas of UNICEF’s programmatic work (see what UNICEF does here) Teach the language of XR Reduce friction & increase XR accessibility (incl. WebVR based solutions) Use AI in XR
Be mindful of context. Be daring. Be part of something bigger.
Keep in mind the specific contexts in which UNICEF operates: limited bandwidth, difficult to access areas and emphasis on affordability should be strongly taken into consideration. Think about our user. As a part of this cohort, you’ll be part of a community of start-ups working on XR technologies and have a dedicated adviser to support you on appropriate open source licenses, community building, and networking with leaders in the XR space. We fund groups of companies from similar spaces to introduce them to each other’s and work on solutions that push the technology forward.
When to apply?
We encourage you to submit your application when ready as we will be reviewing on an ongoing basis. Only shortlisted companies will be contacted and then requested to submit a more in-depth proposal.
The Fund provides $50-90,000 in equity-free seed funding. You might need a small amount of money to get your prototype to the stage where the company has proof that the solution works for other people. Maybe another developer or two are needed, design help to communicate what the project can do or some server space. Refactoring something into a new language because the initial one won’t scale. Testing it in a new area. Getting some data points.
Deadline for submission: Ongoing
Source: UNICEF Innovation Fund
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