Tilt Brush Tournament Brings Virtual Reality To The Masses

By Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
on 8 January 2017

Leading educational provider shows off next generation of 3D graphics technology.

Academy Xi, a leading educational provider of short courses in design and innovation, held Australia’s first Tilt Brush tournament recently in Sydney.

The company also showcased the work of some of its recent graduates in Virtual Reality Design.

The public event, held at VR Corner (Sydney’s first virtual reality arcade), saw more than 200 people compete with each other to create the most innovative 3D artworks using Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ app.

Tilt Brush is a 3D painting video game that enables users to paint in a three-dimensional space. Think Microsoft Paint (the free graphics program pre-loaded on Windows PCs), but for virtual reality. It is available on the HTC Vive VR platform through the Steam online game store.

Academy Xi CEO and co-founder, Ben Wong, said the company’s goal for the tournament was to broaden mainstream awareness of the different types of virtual reality applications.

“People automatically think of gaming whenever there’s talk of virtual reality, but it’s so much more than that. This is a burgeoning industry with plenty of exciting and innovative applications in fields like real estate, marketing, e-commerce and education.

“Demand for our virtual reality and augmented reality courses has gone through the roof as businesses have started to catch on that this is a technology that they really need to be on top of,” he said.

Charbel Zeaiter, Academy Xi’s chief experience officer and co-founder, said the Tilt Brush tournament was the first of many public events, workshops and bootcamps that the company was looking to hold in the new year.

“We want to get people excited about virtual reality and augmented reality, and the enormous potential it has to be a truly game-changing technology across the board.

“At Academy Xi, we’re working with some of the leading minds in this field to educate the market on how to design the best possible virtual reality experiences. It’s constantly changing as the technology matures and becomes more accessible, and we’re sitting at the forefront of this revolution,” he said.

Academy Xi is looking to run the next Tilt Brush tournament in early 2017.

About Academy Xi: Academy Xi is a leading Australian educational provider that specialises in teaching short, practical and skill-specific courses for people or companies wanting to upgrade their capabilities in design and innovation. The courses it currently has on offer are user experience design, virtual reality design, service design, product management, growth marketing and augmented reality design.

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