IVG'S MY METAVERSE DESIGN COMPETITION, DEDICATED TO GIRLS / NON-BINARY AGED 13 - 17, IS ORGANIZED BY INNOVATIONGIRLS USA, IMISI 3D, WOMEN IN IMMERSIVE TECH EUROPE, AND FUNDED BY THE WIIT META GRANT.
InnoVationGirls (iVG.World) wants to ensure equal participation in the second economy of the metaverse to make sure it's being built equitably from the beginning. We bring together girls / non-binary with mentors, entrepreneurs, business teams and universities to learn and design innovative immersive spaces. By weaving creativity into technology through Systematic Inventive Thinking and VR 3D modeling, members are inventing products, launching them, and becoming mentors for other girls. The iVG community is a safe place to connect and build life-long friendships with like-minded individuals from across the world.
Imìsí 3D is an Extended Reality (XR) creation lab focused on building the African XR ecosystem. We are dedicated to growing a community of African AR/VR creators, creating solutions using AR/VR, and providing educational and engagement experiences with AR/VR. We see huge potential for AR/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.
We are future thinking and committed to being responsible ancestors, creating a better world for today and tomorrow.
IVG’S MY METAVERSE DESIGN COMPETITION
iVG’s My Metaverse Competition is an 8 week-long series of virtual workshops centered around designing and creating their own unique space in the metaverse. The aim is to create equal representation and engage the youth in the development of the metaverse. The participants will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and a winning team will be chosen.
The workshop is headed by Richard Zreik, Co-Founder of iVG.World, supported by Metaverse experts.
We invite nominations for girls / non-binary 13 - 17 years old to participate in this extraordinary cohort to imagine and design their own immersive space in the metaverse. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the community, including family, teachers, counselors, mentors, community leaders and others.
The competition enables sixteen girls / non-binary 13 - 17 years old, to create their unique, virtual space, interact through their avatar and meet women leaders in immersive tech through education and mentorship.
➣ CONDITIONS AND ELIGIBILITY
Participants join the Metaverse Design Competition for eight weeks and will have access to a range of resources during that time.
Who: 16 emerging Virtual Reality creators that identify as girls/ non-binary digital creators between the ages of 13-17.
- Availability during May - June, 2023
- Residing in Lagos, Nigeria, UK or Europe.
- Have a strong command of the English language.
- Must have a guardian sign on behalf of the participant.
- Willingness to create and experiment as well as exchange and learn with peers to develop new skills together.
In addition to the hardware (a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset), participants will each receive a stipend for participation in the Competition. The stipend is meant to honor their creative minds and inspire interest in the immersive technology fields.
➣ ENGAGEMENT OF PARTICIPANTS
START: May, 2023
Participants and Mentors will get to know each other in VR, on the Meta Quest headset and learn how to use the technology.
Selected participants will meet virtually three times a week for one hour each using the Meta Quest 2 VR Headset provided by Meta and commit to a total of 24 hours over the course of eight weeks starting in May.
For participants residing in Lagos: Workshops will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00 PM (WAT) at the Imisi 3D Lab in Yaba or at the participant’s home. Additional Saturday participation is optional.
For participants residing in Europe and UK: Workshops will take place on Mondays / Wednesdays and Tuesdays / Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 PM (CET). Participants can choose to join either the Mon/Wed sessions or the Tue/Thu sessions in addition to optional Saturdays.
➣ HOW TO APPLY
This call for participation is open to English speaking girls/non-binary ages 13-17.
Submit your nomination or application before April 12, 2023 via this application form. You can find out more on the following websites: Imisi 3D https://www.imisi3d.com; AR/VR Africa https://www.arvrafrica.com; WIITs https://www.wiiteurope.org or http://ivg.world/.
Announcement of results: 31st April 2023