Boot Camp 2017

JUNE 10 & 11 | FROM 9 AM – 6 PM

Overview

Launch Pad Boot Camp is an immersive weekend experience, held at Facebook/Oculus HQ in Menlo Park on June 10 and 11, that focuses on helping up to 100 professionals grow as emerging leaders. Those who are selected to participate (subject to verification) will receive a complimentary Gear VR headset and admission to the boot camp, which includes hands-on courses to support their passion for VR development, on-site meals during the boot camp, and a travel stipend of $1,200 USD.

Virtual reality is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing branches of the tech industry, but to reach its full potential, it needs a diverse team of creators. That’s why we started Launch Pad.

Launch Pad is a program designed to support promising VR content creators so they can take their unique ideas and bring them to market. We kick things off with a weekend boot camp, followed by continued mentoring and support as participants develop their own VR experiences.

VR is for everyone, and the best way to grow a vibrant content ecosystem with mass appeal is to incorporate the full range of unique perspectives from our development community.

We hope to inspire developers that represent our global audience to share their voices with the world. By investing in developers with unique perspectives, we can bring more exciting content to VR fans everywhere. This includes women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and anyone who is willing to share how their perspective adds to the “diversity of thought” in our community.

Program Structure

Launch Pad participants will be challenged to make their dreams a reality. Following a two-day onsite boot camp, Oculus will provide feedback and mentorship on our Oculus Forum from June 11 through August 20. While the formal program ends at that time, Oculus will provide ongoing networking opportunities and continue to support members of the Launch Pad community.

Launch Pad Fund

Oculus may award competitive scholarships in the amount of $5K – $50K USD totaling up to $250K, helping the most promising candidates take their concepts to the next level.

Future Launch Pad Mentor

After completing the Launch Pad program, developers will be better equipped to bring their skills and expertise to the VR industry. Plus, top performers will be encouraged to return in following years as mentors for the next wave of diverse VR content creators.

Application Process

Applications are now closed.

Participants will be selected and notified by May 10.

Stipend Support

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All participants will receive a $1,200 USD Prepaid Visa Gift Card to assist in travel expenses to be used on hotel, flights, and travel meals. Cash can be taken from the Prepaid Gift Card by going to an ATM kiosk. The stipend will include fees to remove cash from the card if this is the preferred choice of financial support.

Judging Criteria

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Criteria will be based on three main focuses:

  • Passionate understanding of VR (35%)
  • Represents diversity of thought in the industry (35%)
  • Demonstration of Technical Ability (30%)

Requirement of Submission for Funding

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  1. Full attendance at the onsite Oculus Launch Pad Boot Camp
  2. Maintain weekly developer blog posts after boot camp attendance
  3. Build must include the following:
    • Submission overview
    • Complete upload of file to the Oculus Store
    • Image assets for project
  4. Submission demo must be a minimum experience of 30 seconds