Two projects funded through our Young XR call: details announced

We’re pleased to be able to announce details of two projects funded by XR Stories through the Young XR funding call. The call saw grants of up to £30,000 made available for research and development projects with an identified commercial opportunity.

Storyland is an exciting new project created by Cooperative Innovations, and informed by academics at the University of Sheffield. The project will work with VR headsets and smart devices to provide children with an immersive experience of a story world they’ve created. The aim of this work is to establish ways in which XR can provide new storytelling opportunities for children. XR Stories’ funding for this project will support the design of a new platform (Storyland), and a set of tools to enable children to tell the stories that are important to them.

XR Stories is also funding Pilot Theatre’s Happiness Project, in collaboration with academics at the University of York. The Happiness Project is an interactive experience that explores happiness in young adults aged 14-25. It takes the form of a science fiction story, experienced using a branching narrative and game-like structure. Exploring what it means to be happy is important to the lives of young people today, perhaps more than ever, and we’re excited to support this innovative work.

Further developments on the projects will be published as they progress, so look out for more information coming soon.

Published on 4 August 2020

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