Future News: Headlines for Futurists! Valve Index shipping in June, New Images Residency Program Taiwan

Inspired by our Residency program, Headlines for Futurists is focused on AR with a mix of VR, AI, Mobile, Entertainment + Robotics. Spread the word. 


Marvel Continues Its Augmented Reality Rampage with Iron Man Robot for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – NextReality

Streamlabs launches augmented reality face masks for Twitch streamers – Venture Beat

TikTok quietly picked up assets from GeoGif, which created animated, location-specific overlays for video – TechCrunch

Tate and an augmented reality street art application are among the 2019 Webby Awards nominees. – Artsy.Net

TUTORIAL: Build an iOS game powered by Core ML and Watson Visual Recognition – IBM Developer


Nonny de la Peña wants to put virtual reality within Reach – Digital Trends

Dance Central goes VR for Oculus Quest and Rift – Polygon

VIDEO: Ever dream of controlling robot swarms? This new virtual reality headset could help – Science Magazine

AWE: Women Making History

Meet Luisa Valencia, VR Director, Signal Space Lab

Meet Vanessa Matthews, Chief Marketing Officer, Kognitiv Spark

Meet Max Noir, Social Media Manager & Marketing Strategist, FXG

Meet Alex Young, CEO & Co-founder,


This PhD Student is Building a Mental Health App For Black Youth – AfroTech

Meet the female founders behind 7 VC-backed unicorns – PitchBook

What Will the Interior Design Profession Look Like 10 Years in the Future? – Architectural Digest

Over 200,000 users signed up for Apple News+ during its first 48 hours, report says– 9to5Mac

A beginner’s guide to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive computing (2017) – IBM Developer


NEW: 5th Annual Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories Early Bird April 15th/Regular Deadline July 15th. The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories focuses on curating and exhibiting the best Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) narrative content in the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new forms of storytelling.

NEW: VR Residency Program NewImages – Kaohsiung Film Festival 2019
Registrations are open until Friday 3 May 2019 at 11:59 pm GMT/UTC! Are you a young creator of immersive works? This year, the NewImages Festival and the Kaohsiung Film Festival open an exceptional residency in Taiwan. The goal is to help you create a VR experience (at least 5 minutes in length), for world premiere release no later than the 2021 Kaohsiung Film Festival. The creator of the selected project will win production funding, round trip tickets to Taiwan and a monthly stipend for their three month stay.

NEW: Apply now for Opera Beyond – Deadline April 23rd at 23:59 (EET) Use your imagination, experience and knowledge to conjure up a ambitious immersive art concept for the theme “Memories of the Future” with the musical score created by world-renowned composer Esa-Pekka Salonen and story challenge by award-winning musical artist and dramaturge Paula Vesala. The winner will have their concept produced and exhibited in collaboration with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.

NEW: Apply to SkyDeck Berkeley General applications for the Fall 2019 Cohort are open from April 1st-30th. Formed as a partnership between the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, SkyDeck combines the consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of its research university.

Tech Stars Foundation Grant – Applications for grant considerations will be open March 15 – April 8. Support ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 depending on the established organizations budget. Must be a public charity, non-profit, e.g., a 501(c)(3)

Epic Megagrants Awards from Epic MegaGrants will range from $5,000 to $500,000 and will cover a wide variety of endeavors to further strengthen creativity and innovation within the 3D community. This includes projects built with Unreal Engine or developers enhancing open-source 3D content creation, whether or not it integrates with or relates to UE4. Submissions will be evaluated, and grants awarded, on a continual rolling basis as funds allow, with no firm deadlines to submit.

Stories of the Future Saturday, April 27th we are going to bring together a group of Filmmakers, Storytellers and Developers to engage in a conversation about the future of XR tech in the entertainment industry, and generate visionary ideas. The winning team will present its project at the 2019 AWE conference that is taking place in Santa Clara May 29-31, and CODAME will be present to select some projects to be showcased at their ART+TECH Festival.

Inside the Vault: Unity 3D Environment Art Contest Deadline extended 2 weeks, to April 11, 2019 
Unity and Substance invite you to create your vision and add to the Buried Memories world. Create a scene showcasing multiple environment pieces, objects, or characters, textured with Substance, and upload your work to the Unity Asset Store.

Ottawa International Animation Festival – Deadline for entry forms and film URLs: Friday, May 31st, 2019 There is no entry or registration fee. VR submissions can be presented either as a URL link to a streaming video play-through, or as a URL link to a VR build file. The link must be active until the end of July. Supported platforms are Oculus RiftHTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR only. 


Welcome to Tikor | The Swordsfall RPG Setting and Art Book – Kickstarter

Elon Musk Drops SoundCloud Single “RIP Harambe” – Highsnobriety

Nissin and HyperX Introduce Limited Edition Cup Noodle Headphones – HypeBeast

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