(MENAFN-Caribbean News Global) WASHINGTON, USA – The Institute for Innovation at the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB Lab and Meta announced the 10 communities selected for funding in the Metaverse Communities Challenge. This challenge will deepen our understanding of how people explore and build Metaverse communities, creating a positive social and economic impact on the underserved populations of Latin America and the Caribbean. Initiated to give.
Selected communities apply augmented and virtual reality to develop critical issues such as health, education, job creation, women entrepreneurship, culture and accessibility to cities. They all demonstrated strong community presence, influential solutions, and effective use of augmented, virtual, and mixed reality applications to advance their mission.
The 10 Metaverse Community Challenge grantees were selected from 370 submissions from communities in 22 countries across the region.
Selected community grantees are:
Brillante, Guatemala is a speech rehabilitation app that assists teachers and parents through the generation of augmented reality stimulation solutions for children with speech, language, and communication disorders.
Buro DAP Fundación, Colombia using the metaverse to create a simulator for the design of urban spaces that are more sustainable, safer for pedestrians, and address the needs of women’s safety and people with disabilities.
Club da Alice, Brazil is a community of women entrepreneurs that promotes and encourages women entrepreneurs, enabling members to connect with new clients and access free courses, events and fairs.
CLUMTI AC, MEXICO is a community of independent developers, businesses, and universities working on virtual reality to improve the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
EXPYLAB, Paraguay supports emerging creators developing immersive reality projects by providing augmented reality training that enables low-income and vulnerable people to express their reality, stories and cultural heritage in the metaverse.
Gran Chaco Impact NFT, Bolivia works with collectors and irreplaceable token artists and curators, where female artisans use virtual and augmented reality, NFTs and blockchain to tokenize native artworks as digital art, sustaining and sustaining native communities. Provide a space to help promote.
Cordea, Chile provides computer science training, digital skills coaching and support to female entrepreneurs.
Red de Aprendizaje Inmersivo (Rain), Ecuador to support the use of immersive technology to facilitate learning within educational settings (technical labs and universities) and facilitate the acquisition of XR-related skills.
Socialcrypto.art, Brazil brings together artists, producers and creators from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to digitize and commercialize art, hoping to contribute to the socio-economic development of the favelas.
Youth Can Do IT Limited (YCDI), Jamaica provides technical education to young people as a way to open up suitable new employment opportunities.
Prizes for the winners are:
A set of online trainings on community building, responsible innovation, and virtual and augmented reality.
A US$10,000 grant to advance the goals of the Metaverse community.
Customized business coaching in areas where the community has opportunities for growth and development
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