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The XR Showdown™ involves college students creating VR/AR/MR for enterprise use.

a game jam meets Accelerator   

ONLY THE BEST STUDENTS WILL PREVAIL

Presented by ExxonMobil and hosted within the Ion XR lab, the XR Showdown™ involves college students and recent graduates creating VR/AR/MR simulations and games for enterprise use, followed by a review by potential employers — all featured in a livestream TV show.
An Accelerator meets Game Jam, students work on sponsored teams to create serious simulations and video games to assist in corporate marketing, education, research or training efforts.

EPISODE

01

Episode THEME:

Project Managers

Special Guest:

Keisha Howard

LIVE CGI

EPISODE

02

Episode THEME:

3D Art/Animation

Special Guest:

Jeri Ellsworth

Tilt Five

EPISODE

03

Episode THEME:

Programmers

Special Guest:

Zac Duff

JIG Space

EPISODE

04

Episode THEME:

UI/UX

Special Guest:

Connell Gauld

ZAPPAR

EPISODE

05

Episode THEME:

Digital Media

Special Guest:

Ayoola John-Muyiwa

LiveSnap+

EPISODE

06

FINALE:

ProtoType reveal

Special GuestS:

XR Mentors

Gaming Challenge

Showdown supporters

IOn XR lab
Rose, AnaCarolina Art, Zeenigami
MACE Virtual Lab
XR showdown team sponsors
TYM Studios
Industrial XR Forum
AREA Augmented Reality
XR Bootcamp
Houston VR
VR/ AR Association
Kyle Daughtry
"ExxonMobil is leveraging XR to create a safer and more effective workforce. We believe we are just hitting the tip of the iceberg with the technology and want to help drive it forward. XR Showdown™ represents an opportunity to continue on this journey together while helping universities build the skills needed for the future of Serious Games."
Kyle Daughtry
immersive technology design lead at ExxonMobil
"Digital realities will continue to improve and evolve, but ExxonMobil is already using virtual reality for immersive learning to radically change the way we train employees.  We hope XR Showdown™ will invite the curious and creative minds to harness the power of digital realities to improve our current reality!"
Athicha Dhanormchitphong
immersive technology architect at ExxonMobil
Athicha Dhanormchitphong
Showdown

SHOWDOWN

Feb 3rd - Mar 13th, 2020
Showdown length

LENGTH

6 weeks,
3 hours per evening
Projects

PROJECTS

pre-vetted projects will be assigned to a team
Livestream

LIVE-STREAm

Broadcast show
the Ion Xr lab

LOCATION

ION XR Lab
in Houston, TX

PAID

internship
O'Brian Cox using VR
Ink Rose, Anastasia Snyder
Hug Armenta getting an award
Jakob Broaddus Mentoring
Dennis Mathews lead programming mentor
Kelis Woods
James Ancira getting an award
Angel Muniz lead 3D artist mentoring
Greg Grady
Teams at work
Daniel Molski
media team