"It's humbling to work with so many diverse teams haling from all around the globe," said Dace Campbell, XR Prize Manager, "and truly inspiring to see and experience so many creative proposals to harness XR in our fight against climate change."
150 projects made it to the MVP stage of the competition, wherein they had to demonstrate a minimum viable product and highlight to judges exactly how their solutions addressed aspects of:
Creativity – Entrants had to demonstrate how their submissions exhibited appropriateness, quality, beauty, design, and originality, as well as highlight the uniqueness of their XR product or project as a solution for fighting climate change.
Functionality – Entrants had to show how their submissions took into account a range of functional requirements, including thoughtful user experience, access, ease of use, and an innovative user interaction associated with their XR-based solutions.
Impact – Entrants had to quantify the impact that their XR-based solutions would have and demonstrate how they would deliver on their promise to fight climate change, including the viability of the solution in the marketplace, its ability to be scaled, and how a solution would be demonstrated or calculated to achieve its intended effect.
Not everyone could move on to the last stage of the competition, and of these MVP projects, 11 have been selected to make it through to the final round, where they will each present on stage at AWE 2023 this month in Santa Clara, CA.
Without further ado, please meet your XR Prize Challenge finalists (listed alphabetically by project):Between Two Worlds by Under The Skin X Virtualosus
Between Two Worlds is an augmented reality app that invites viewers to experience wildlife art as they’ve never seen before. Scanning endangered animals brings them to life and reveals the threats to their habitats.
Figmin XR by Overlay
Figmin XR is a versatile AR app that lets you create, collect, and play with immersive digital objects, reducing wasteful material practices and promoting sustainability.
inCitu by inCitu
inCitu brings future cities to life through Augmented Reality to foster collaboration around the process of urban change.
Mangrove City by University of Miami
Mangrove City is a VR experience designed for middle school students to explore the crucial role of mangrove forests in protecting coastal communities and mitigating climate change.
Origen Xr by Presencias
Origen Xr is an immersive story-world where stories meet meaningful interactions to connect with the common origin that unites all living beings on Earth, nature. VR, AR and more.
The Sea is Coming! by Virtual Planet
The Sea is Coming! is an interactive VR experience that educates users on the effects of climate change as they make tough decisions, save the coast, and prepare for climate change.
Waste Warrior by ARRR
Waste Warrior is a location-based trash-sorting game we are piloting in Singapore to educate the public about the local recycling program.
Entries from the finalists along with the above videos for each solution are also available to view on the XR Prize Finalists gallery
An enormous thank you goes out to all the entrants that rose to meet the XR Prize Challenge and submitted their projects and solutions. Teams put in a lot of hard work and dedication to show how their solutions could help to fight climate change through the use of XR technology, and have demonstrated that there is hope for humanity yet. Our judges were extremely impressed by the strategic, thoughtful, and creative XR solutions that they reviewed.
Congratulations goes out to all the finalists that have made it this far. We are certainly looking forward to seeing what the final presentations will have in store when they are made in-person in front of our judging panel on May 30th at AWE 2023. The XR Prize winner(s) will be announced on June 1 at the event.