We are delighted to share that today the U.S. Department of Education announced the winner in the EdSim Challenge! The Challenge launched in November, calling upon the virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for a globally competitive workforce and spur an ecosystem of virtual and augmented reality technology in education.
Five finalists were selected out of an impressive 249 submissions. Each finalist received $50,000 in cash as well as in-kind prizes from Oculus and Samsung, and refined their submissions during the Virtual Accelerator. Finalists presented playable prototypes to the judges at Demo Day at the end of the Virtual Accelerator.
The winner is:
Osso VR: A hands-on surgical training platform that enables users to practice cutting-edge techniques through realistic, hands-on simulations, bridging the gap between career exploration and career preparation.
The winner was recommended by a panel of judges with expertise in education, gaming, workforce development, emerging technology, and venture capital.
Osso VR will win $430,000 in cash and additional in-kind prizes from IBM and Microsoft.
Congratulations to Osso VR and thank you to the five finalists for your tremendous participation! Learn more about how each of the simulations prepares students for the workforce of tomorrow here.