A+E Networks Mobile AR Prototyping Fellowship: 1968, the Year that Changed America

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A+E Networks awarded 5 NYC-based graduate student teams to produce new augmented reality prototypes. In an 8-week program, teams have worked alongside leadership from A+E Networks and its HISTORY brand to explore immersive media and the ability to uncover the historical significance of the year 1968. 

As 2018 marked the year’s 50th anniversary, the focus of the program stemmed from HISTORY’s year-long examination of the 20th century time period and the changes it brought to America. 

The prototypes that emerged from this program used AR technologies as a storytelling platform to depict a crucial moment, event, or movement that took place during America’s most pivotal year. In a final Demo Day event, teams presented their concepts with all 5 prototypes on view for hands-on experimentation.


Participating Teams

Apollo 8, You Saved 1968
Kathryn Bryan
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Integrated Digital Media
An interactive narrative around the first orbit of the moon. The experience leverages ARkit to bring the experience of space exploration into the audience’s own environment.

Let’s Make History
Ilana Bonder, Hadar Ben-Tzu
NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program
Travel back in time to Washington Square Park through AR, and join Wallace and June – two young activists on a 1968 spring day, in a cinematic experience.


Protests of 1968
Oriana Neidecker, Alexander Zimmer
NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program
A series of multimedia projects, each incorporating either written language or film, with an AR component focusing on a variety of important moments of the collective international student uprising of 1968.


State of the Medium
Richard Lapham, Akmyrat Tuyliyev, Jaycee Holmes
NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program 
An AR experience that explores how media has evolved over the last 50 years, focusing on the annual U.S. State of The Union Address.


Unfinished Revolution
Maria Mishurenko
NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Game Design
An AR experience that explores the significance of Douglas Engelbart’s NLS invention, first presented in 1968, and its connection to the modern times through simple spatial puzzles, narration and archival footage.