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XR Prize Challenge To Fight Climate Change Winners Revealed

Judge Woolsey says, ‘Between Two Worlds demonstrates a beautiful and thoughtful use of interactive AR that links physical artwork to real world impact’

Global conference Augmented World Expo (AWE), which involves a series of events focused exclusively on the business of AR and VR that collectively becomes XR, has announced the winner of its $100,000 XR Prize Challenge.

The challenge is a global competition that harnesses AR and VR solutions to help fight climate change and the awards were distributed among 11 finalists from 21 countries across five continents.

The winners

Best of Category: OptimiseInCitu, a social-impact software platform that brings future cities to life through AR.

Best of Category: Educate – Mangrove City by The University of Miami clinched this category with its VR experience designed for middle school students to explore mangrove forests and learn how to mitigate climate change.

Best of Category: VisualiseArctic at Risk, a project that unites educators, researchers and VR content creators to create a virtual journey to Qikiqtaruk, an island at the forefront of climate change.

Overall winner – Between Two Worlds, an AR reality app that invites viewers to experience wildlife art uniquely.

The full live presentation of the XR Prize Challenge at AWE USA 2023

XR prize challenge judge Dr Erika Woolsey said, “Between Two Worlds demonstrates a beautiful and thoughtful use of interactive AR that links physical artwork to real-world impact. It is elegant in its simplicity and has the potential to scale and accelerate learning, donating, and acting towards the protection of biodiverse habitats worldwide: a powerful natural defense against climate change.”

Dace Campbell, XR prize challenge competition manager said, “I’m humbled and inspired by all the creative and diverse solutions proposed in this competition, and proud to be associated with such powerful leaders and voices harnessing XR in our fight against climate change.”

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