How would you like to see a VR Hackathon organised by Nigerian VR Studio, Imisi 3D in October?

Don’t answer that, because kinda I already know you’d love to (which may be why you opened this blogpost).

So, if you read The Boy Who Cried VR! (my article on Medium about how my first experience with Virtual Reality turned me from a VR skeptic to a VR SKEPTIC/content creator) you’d have seen me refer to Judith and Imisi 3D, the VR lab where I popped my Virtual Cherry. Yesterday, they held a workshop about the future of Lagos, and this week, they’ve announced a Virtual Reality Hackathon that will hold in October.

“It is time for us to become creators and not just consumers of technology, and Virtual Reality is a great place to start” said Imisi 3D founder, Judith Okonkwo. “This technology has uses that cut across several industry sectors, and the impact on things as critical as learning is profound. With 2016 being described as the year of Virtual Reality, Nigeria must not get left behind.”

Jeremy Kirshbaum, Research Manager at the Institute for the Future, also shared his thoughts, “since virtual and augmented reality are still completely new consumer industries, it is up for grabs who will make a mark in the field. Nigeria already has a great track record of creating innovative world class content in entertainment and music, and it is exciting to see them take a leadership role in the virtual world.”

That makes sense. The hackathon will hold on October 28, 2016 on the 6th floor of CcHub (294 Herbert Macaulay road, Yaba) and is supported by CcHub, Virtual World Society, Institute for the future, Akanka Design, and Facebook. If you’re interested, you should join the VR hackathon Facebook networking group here, and apply as soon as you’ve formed teams. Those who have been shortlisted will be informed on September 16 and granted access to VR developer stations and resources to hone their skills. As you probably already figured out, I’m participating. Potential prizes are up to $10,000.

Let the games begin.