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UCM Participates in Year-long AR/VR Heartland Developer Challenge Hackathon

By Janice Phelan, June 9, 2021

AR AppPhoto courtesy of KC Digital Drive.

The University of Central Missouri is among several stakeholder organizations providing assistance for the AR/VR Heartland Developer Challenge Hackathon, sponsored by KC Digital Drive. The challenge brings together entrepreneurs, hackers, makers, developers and other creative minds with the goal of building mixed reality applications that solve local problems.


During this year-long program, participants develop applications using augmented or virtual reality to address key social impact areas facing this region. Hardware sponsors providing AR/VR equipment include T-Mobile, Intel, Microsoft and Vuzix. UCM is one of three university partners helping provide access to this equipment. 


The event includes a $10,000 first-place award and $5,000 second-place award designated for future development of the projects resulting from the hackathon. 


UCM’s participation is made possible through the university’s new Mixed Reality Studio, launched in 2020. The state-of-the-art studio is part of UCM’s Gigabit Lab, housed within the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit.


Registration for the AR/VR Heartland Developer Challenge Hackathon opens June 11.


Learn more about the AR/VR Heartland Developer Challenge Hackathon




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