XR Bootcamp is an online academy to democratise extended reality (XR) content development by delivering high-quality augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) training for students worldwide.
Founded in 2016, the bootcamp is open to applicants with any level of experience, and the eLearning firm offers “hundreds of VR tools and SDKs” to help students learn XR content creation from any hardware or software perspective.
The Berlin-based digital academy delivers accurate industry insights via its current masterclasses and strong line up of external advisors, lecturers, trainers, and mentors, which include representatives from major XR firms such as Facebook, XR Ignite, and Accenture.
Furthermore, the institution’s ‘XR Creators Expert Group’ is an online network that enables knowledge exchange between students and teachers.
XR Bootcamp is also currently accepting applications for its ‘XR Foundations & Prototyping’ course which started on January 10, 2022.
XR Today spoke with Ferhan Ozkan, Co-founder of XR Bootcamp, to discuss the organisation’s AR/VR education and long-term goals.
How did you identify the need to establish an XR eLearning course in 2016?
Ferhan Ozkan: In 2016, our first goal was to democratise AR/VR, and even before educating people, we had to give them enough infrastructure or a sufficient environment to build upon.
Unfortunately, the number of headsets on the market five years ago was quite low, and young creators had difficulty accessing headsets.
From that perspective, we faced typical early adoption challenges. We initially thought that, the earlier we expose enthusiasts and creators to VR technology, the better [it would be] for the industry.
VR is not a technology that you can explain without effort, and is the reason why our first focus was on how to distribute headsets globally.
We worked with major manufacturers, including Intel, Oculus [Meta], and HTC VIVE, who supported us by donating hundreds of headsets, which we later distributed around the world to over 50 locations.
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