Indian Students Showcase New-age Technologies at Virtual Reality Day


Team VR Bro’s from Rajasthan received the National VR Student Developer of India award for their VR Application on “Bails Down”.

VR Bro’s from BITS Pilani walk away with a trophy for their VR Application on “Bails Down”

Twenty-one young Indian developers showcased their technological innovations at the Facebook School of Innovation VR Demo Day held in Bengaluru on Saturday.

The maiden edition of the VR Day was co-organised by Facebook and Startup Village Collective (SV.CO). It enabled 10 student teams, shortlisted after a pan-India selection process, to build a next-generation product idea using virtual reality.

Team VR Bro’s from Rajasthan received the National VR Student Developer of India award for their VR Application on “Bails Down”.

The VR Application by Mayank Bhutani and Koustubh Gupta from BITS Pilani institute focused on creating an immersive VR experience of a Street Cricket player becoming a successful and famous cricketer. The other participating teams are from seven states.

Developing ideas into products

Prior to their demonstrations, the teams participated in a 20-week program that included online and in-person learning sessions to develop their ideas, build a low and high-fidelity prototype and finally launch the product to customers. The developer training was conducted under the mentorship of five professionals, who are experts in the field of emerging technologies.

Satyajeet Singh, Head of Platform Partnerships for India and South Asia, Facebook, said, “With disruption being the new norm driving the Indian technology ecosystem today, we want to equip our budding entrepreneurs with the latest in emerging technologies and enable them to become problem solvers of tomorrow. The Facebook School of Innovation and the VR Day Program seeks to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in Indian students and impart them with relevant skill sets, to bridge the gap between academia and industry requirements.”

Speaking about the program, Suma Sundararajan, Programme Head and Chief Operating Officer of SV.CO, said, “Through the School of Innovation, we now have students who have transformed themselves from being enthusiasts in an emerging technology to become industry-ready, professional VR developers who are capable of building stand-alone VR applications. Students now have a choice to use their skills to take a job, build their own startup or go for masters in areas like Gaming or Machine Vision.”

Training program for student developers

During the training program, the student developers were given the opportunity to engage with the global best practices through multiple online sessions with global Virtual Reality experts. The students were also given access to the Oculus GO VR Devices to build their applications and product prototypes.

These technological innovations were demonstrated at the School of Innovation VR Day, which was attended by an array of vice-chancellors, members from the state startup missions, fellow students and parents.

The engineering and design students, who were shortlisted for the VR Day Programme, belong to some of the most well-known institutes of the country, such as BITS Pilani, NIT Calicut, College of Engineering Pune, KIET Ghaziabad, Meerut Institute of Engineering and Technology, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kerala, Sri Sairam College of Engineering, Bengaluru, and Image College of Arts, Animation and Technology.

The shortlisting process was conducted via a series of workshops conducted by Facebook and SV.CO across India, which saw a participation of over 5,000 students.