We're on the verge of an amazing evolution of technology where we can work and play in virtual worlds that merge with our own—or let us escape into our imaginations entirely. But creating virtual, mixed, and augmented reality experiences requires resources and hardware that not everyone has access to. If you want to build something awesome with the Microsoft HoloLens (or one of the other awesome platforms), we want to help you do just that.
If you're interested in building an application or game, you just need to fill out this application. We will review submissions as they come in and contact you to discuss your idea further if we think we can help make it great.
Currently, we have a Microsoft HoloLens, HTC Vive, and Google Tango hardware to aid in the development process. We're in the process of acquiring a Meta 2 headset in the near future, as well as others as they become available.
If you're selected for the program, we'll work with you and figure out a development schedule. You can certainly work on your own when it suits you, but we'll arrange time for you to come into our offices to utilize and test your app with the relevant hardware. We can also provide some limited assistance and guidance, and will write about your app after (and possibly during) the development process.
When you're finished, the app is all yours. We're not claiming any rights to your work. We simply want to provide a place to grow the AR/MR/VR community and be the first to cover innovative and inspiring software for these new technologies.
In order to apply, you should meet the following requirements:
- You're a developer, have sufficient development experience, or lead a small team of developers. (Unity experience is a plus!)
- You have a specific, concrete idea of what you want to build, goals you hope to achieve with your software, and a general plan for your app's user experience.
- You must live in the greater Los Angeles area or have a means of commuting. Development will take place at the WonderHowTo offices located in sunny Santa Monica. You'll need access to the hardware you're developing for, so you'll need to transport yourself there in order to use it. (That is, of course, easier if you're a local resident.)
- You should have a portfolio of at least three examples of previous work so we can get a feel for your approach to software development. If you're lacking in good or relevant portfolio samples, mocking up the app idea you're submitting to us may help fill that gap.
In summary, know how to write code and be able to get to Los Angeles with some regularity. If you can fulfill those minimum requirements, you should be just fine.
All you need to do is complete this form. After we've review your submission, we'll contact you to request further details and discuss your project if we're interested in moving forward. If you have any questions about the process, tweet at us and let us know. We're @NextRealityNews.
Best of luck, and we look forward to hearing about out the awesome, software of the future you want to build!