How can we create an immersive, original Virtual Reality experience for the HTC Vive centered around a piece of music?
This summer 2017, NYC Media Lab presents the second annual Viacom VR Fellowship in collaboration with Viacom NEXT.
Virtual reality is a new medium that draws from the best of many disciplines and techniques, for example: art, engineering, animation, and game design. This Fellowship is for those who treat VR like the new mish-mash medium that it is and those who are eager to challenge themselves about what works best for them when using this medium.
The focus of this fellowship will be new experiences for fans to enjoy music in new ways. Fellows will be given access to Viacom’s music library to choose one song and create an original virtual reality experience for it.
About the Fellowship
This Fellowship is intended for individual contributors or teams of no more than two students, who are experienced and capable in rapid prototyping (coding, visual design and user experience) in virtual reality environments. Fellows can expect to have access to VR-ready desktop computers and the HTC Vive.
Fellows will be expected to work on their own and required to report progress weekly, in-person at co-working and critique meetings, to audiences of Viacom Mentors and other invited guests from the industry. These weekly co-working and critique meetings will take place at Viacom. There will be a midpoint works-in-progress demo session of each Fellow’s experience as well a final demonstration day at the end of the program.
Following the program’s end in August, there will be additional demonstration opportunities, for example at NYC Media Lab’s Annual Summit in September, and at NYC Media Lab’s Exploring Future Reality in November.
Timeline and Other Details
Application deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:59pm
Interview date for finalists: Thursday April 27, 2017 at Viacom between 9:00am and 1:00pm
Notification date to finalists: By May 1, 2017
Eligibility: Individuals must be currently affiliated with a New York City-based university as a student at the time of application.
Program dates: Exact dates TBD, the program will begin during the week of June 5, 2017 and end during the week of August 7, 2017. There will be a final Demo Day in August.
Stipend Award: $5,000 for completing the Fellowship
Program location: New York City
Expected VR experience deliverable for each Fellow:
Viacom will not prescribe what the form or content of the experience, but it must be delivered in virtual reality.
Throughout the program, each Fellow will prototype an original experience that fits with a song from Viacom’s music library. It could be an animated experience, an interactive exploratory experience, or an auditory-visual adventure through space and time – as long as it tells a story for the song, it is fair game.
Clarification on IP and ownership: Fellows will be given access to music and song licenses from Viacom’s music libraries for the duration of the Fellowship. Fellows will not own these music and song licenses, but will own their VR prototypes that they develop in the Fellowship program. Fellows will grant Viacom a non-exclusive license to demonstrate their prototypes.
Questions? Contact: Amy Chen, Manager of Partnerships at NYC Media Lab at firstname.lastname@example.org