Now, I gotta give props to Ìmísí 3D, a Virtual Reality (VR) creation lab that came onto the scene not quite long. Their mission is growing a community of VR developers in Nigeria, and growing they’re doing.
First, they invited Nigerians to a Virtual Reality Showcase on July 17 at the Co-Creation Hub in Yaba. Those who attended experienced VR live and direct – they got to use VR devices!
Just yesterday, they partnered The Institute for the Future to organize an event on the future of our beloved Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial centre (and basically the centre for everything).
The budding tech company has announced, yet again, it will be organizing a Virtual Reality hackathon – which might be the very first on the continent – on October 28, 2016 in Lagos.
“It is time for us to become creators and not just consumers of technology, and Virtual Reality is a great place to start,” said Judith Okonkwo, Ìmísí 3D founder.
She added, “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.”
The event is open to developers across the country. They are required to apply by September 9, 2016.
A few developers will get the nod to attend the event – they will be notified on September 16, 2016 – and provided with access to Virtual Reality developer stations and resources  to hone their skills in preparation for the event.
The developers will get to go home with prizes as over US$10,000 worth of prizes has been earmarked for sharing at the hackathon.
The hackathon, as earlier mentioned, will take place on October 28, 2016 at the Co-Creation Hub (6th Floor) in Yaba, Lagos.
The event is sponsored by Virtual World Society and the Institute for the Future, and supported by Co-Creation Hub, Facebook, Akanka Design and a host of others.
“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,” said Jeremy Kirshbaum, Research Manager at the Institute for the Future.
 The selected developers will be invited to join the VR hackathon Facebook networking group.