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Pixvana Launches Education Program to Empower the Next Generation of XR Storytellers
[July 11, 2018]

Pixvana Launches Education Program to Empower the Next Generation of XR Storytellers


Pixvana, a company that powers the future of XR storytelling and immersive media, today announced the launch of Pixvana Education, a program that puts the power of Pixvana's SPIN Studio creation and distribution software at the fingertips of emerging XR storytellers. The new initiative supports VR education programs through the donation of SPIN Studio to global partners, including colleges and universities, non-profits and charities, libraries and labs, and museums and other centers for art. Pixvana Education partners include Santa Clara University, University of the Arts London, XR Libraries, and members of the newly founded Washington XR Coalition including CoMotion Labs at the University of Washington, Reel Grrls, Northwest Film Forum, and Arts Corps.

Upon acceptance into the program, partners will receive a 2-year license to multiple SPIN Studio accounts, each valued at $10,000 per year. Select organizations will also have the opportunity to participate as part of the early adopter program where they can pilot the newest SPIN Studio creation tools, including stitching and editing, and gain access to Pixvana educational webinars and learning events. Partners can join the program by completing an online application or upon invitation from Pixvana.

"The Pixvana Education program is helping to shape the future of immersive video by giving creative vanguards access to cutting-edge professional VR tools," said Julia Fryett, Director of Partnerships at Pixvana. "By empowering the next generation of creative genius with the SPIN Studio platform, there's really no limit to where VR storytelling can go."

SPIN Studio transforms the way XR storytellers create, edit, and show high-resolutio VR video experiences across any device anywhere. The platform features VR casting, a first-of-its-kind solution for content creators to securely send their highest quality VR experiences from SPIN Studio directly to targeted VR headsets, regardless of location. SPIN Studio is compatible with all major VR headsets, including Samsung Gear VR, HTC (News - Alert) Vive, Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, Oculus GO, and Windows MR devices.



"VR is a nascent medium that's still being brought closer to the mainstream through efforts like Pixvana's Education program," said Dr. Stephen Lee, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University, which is using VR casting to exhibit student projects in their Imaginarium Lab. "Only by exposing students to the production tools of tomorrow and developing expert storytellers can the industry continue to drive forward. Pixvana's program is not only a tremendous asset for our students, but for the VR community as a whole."

"Having access to Pixvana's SPIN Studio will give our students hands-on experience with the production and post-production tools used in today's top professional environments," said Ana Tudor, Course Leader MA Virtual Reality at the University of the Arts in London, where students will be utilizing SPIN Studio for stitching and editing content. "Pixvana's technical capabilities and influence will certainly have a far-reaching and profound impact on the creative minds that are scripting the future of VR storytelling."


"Pixvana's Education program will help to galvanize the VR trade here in Seattle, strengthening our region as a hub for immersive storytelling," said Elizabeth Scallon, Associate Director of CoMotion Labs at the University of Washington, a multi-industry startup lab. "We are excited about the future talent and innovation that can be created by this grass-roots involvement with the local VR ecosystem."

To apply or learn more about the Pixvana Education program visit: try.pixvana.com/education-partner

About Pixvana
Pixvana is a Seattle-based SaaS (News - Alert) startup that powers the future of XR storytelling and immersive media. SPIN Studio from Pixvana is the first integrated platform that transforms the way customers create, edit and show VR video experiences across any device, anywhere. The company is venture-backed by Vulcan Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Microsoft, Cisco (News - Alert), Raine and Hearst Ventures. Pixvana's founders have proven startup success in media technology, and hail from senior product and engineering leadership roles at Apple, Adobe (News - Alert), Microsoft, and Lucasfilm. For more information visit www.pixvana.com.


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