Burj Khalifa, HTC and Dubai Future Accelerators invite all Virtual Reality developers to participate in a unique opportunity to build VR content about Burj Khalifa, a global icon.

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and attracts more than 1.8 million visitors each year. In fall 2017, Burj Khalifa in partnership with HTC launched the VR experience ‘Mission 828’ which offers visitors the real-life feel of scaling all 160 habitable levels of the iconic building, a hard-knuckle climb to the top of the spire, and a parachute-jump right down to The Dubai Fountain.

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We are now looking for the next captivate and memorable user experience in virtual reality. Let your imagination fly and impress us with your ideas!

Submissions can be made by individuals and groups from all around the world.

 

Benefits

The winning company will be contracted by Burj Khalifa and HTC to develop the full VR experience, which will then be installed in Burj Khalifa and made accessible to millions of visitors, as well as published as global content on VIVEPORT.

  • Tech support, expertise, mentoring and coaching by HTC VIVE throughout the program.
  • Dubai Future Accelerators’ business and incubation support and access to facility
  • Media exposure and official with association with Burj Khalifa, Dubai Future Accelerators and HTC VIVE
  • Access to fully set-up VR hub and office workspaces throughout the project
  • Access to Burj Khalifa’s facility and premises as well as existing footage of the property
  • Travel and accommodation for companies outside UAE during final submissions (phase 4)
  • Zero equity take in your business.

 

Program Structure and Selection Process

Phase 1 – INTRODUCE YOURSELF: Submit your company profile, portfolio and previous VR content developed by your organization/you individually by filling in the application form. This allows us to get know your work so far and your capabilities overall.

Deadline: Dec. 20th 2018

Phase 2 (for the top 10 shortlisted companies) – SHARE YOUR IDEA: Submit your storyboard outlining your idea for the visitor experience online. Further details will be shared with the shortlisted companies directly.

Deadline: Jan. 30th 2019

Phase 3 (for the top 5 shortlisted companies) – DEMONSTRATE YOUR IDEA IN VR: Submit your first draft of VR content for your visitor experience. Imagery and video footage will be provided by Burj Khalifa’s team.

Deadline: March 30th 2019

Phase 4 (top 3 shortlisted companies) – TIME TO SHINE: Final VR content submission and presentation in front of the judging panel. The presentations will take place in Dubai.

Deadline: April 30th 2019

Phase 5: Announcement of winner on June 1st 2019

Selection Criteria

The top 3 selected winners will be selected by Burj Khalifa, HTC and Dubai Future Accelerators subject to the following criteria:

  • Storyboard
  • Quality of content
  • User experience

Rights of usage: All VR content created as part of this call out will be exclusive to Burj Khalifa, HTC VIVE and Dubai Future Accelerators. This content cannot be used, promoted or sold without prior consent from these parties. Burj Khalifa, HTC VIVE and Dubai Future Accelerators have the right to reject any applications without any justification.

 

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