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Internet2 is Giving Away a Microsoft Hololens – Deadline Approaching

Aug 17, 2016, by Ben Fineman
Tags: 2016 Technology Exchange, Microsoft

Virtual and augmented reality are important emerging technologies for higher education – we've seen schools around the country beginning to use these devices for real live teaching and learning applications, giving their students opportunities that were previously not possible. The vast majority of applications today are focusing on virtual reality using the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Google Cardboard. This is not because augmented reality is any less compelling – on the contrary, I think that while AR and VR are two sides of the same coin, AR is the most important side. But, so far compelling augmented reality platforms have been hard or impossible to get. While many companies such as Magic Leap have announced AR intentions, the best actually shipping product is the Hololens from Microsoft. And even this is stretching the definition of "available", with a price tag of $3000 and an application process required to be selected to buy one.

We believe that many of the best and most innovative ideas come out of the amazing individuals at our member institutions, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to have their great idea rise to the top. That's why Internet2 is offering a contest to give away a Microsoft Hololens augmented reality headset – we want to give one of our members the opportunity to show the world what's possible with this technology. The contest is simple: submit your idea for an education related augmented reality application that could be build on the Hololens. If you win, we'll give you the Hololens so you can build it, and we'll give you the opportunity to show it off at our Global Summit in spring 2017. So what do you have to lose? Submit your proposal now. But don't wait – the call for proposals will close on September 1st, which is coming up very soon!