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How could Virtual Reality make a positive difference to University life?
This challenge is closed and the winners have been announced
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Challenge winners
GOLD: Kristi Kuiken
The gold winner of our LifeStart challenges is Kristi Kuiken from London College of Fashion. She’s pitched Podium, a great way to practice public speaking using VR which simulates a presentation environment. Kristi won £1000 in cash, £100 Virgin Experience Days voucher, Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone, DeX Station, Gear 360 camera and Gear VR Headset as well as mentoring from Virgin. Well deserved, Kristi!
SILVER: Ellen Cartwright & Marc Berges
Our silver winner of LifeStart challenges is Ellen Cartwright and team mate Marc Berges from Hult International Business School! They've found a genius way of saving money every time you make a purchase by rounding it up to the nearest pound. The more you spend, the more you save. They won £500 in cash, £100 Virgin Experience Days voucher, Samsung 360 camera, Gear VR Headset, Gear Fit 2 Pro as well as mentoring from Virgin. Great work, Ellen and Marc!
BRONZE: Stefan Kudev
Our bronze winner is Stefan Kudev from Birmingham City University with his proposal for a handy banking app. He’s found a nifty way to cut down on spending in your grocery shopping. Stefan won £250 in cash, a £100 Virgin Experience Days voucher, a Samsung 360 camera and Gear VR Headset as well as mentoring from Virgin Money UK.
What you need to know
the challenge

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are technologies which have the potential to change the way we interact with each other.

By creating entirely new environments (VR) or adding new layers onto the existing ones around you (AR), these technologies will fundamentally change how technology and the real world relate to each other.

Samsung has a range of products such as the Gear headset that utilise these technologies and is looking for ways to use VR and AR to improve education in the UK.


This Challenge is all about creative thinking and testing your new ideas.

Idea generation is an essential part of innovation, whether you're working in a large organisation or starting a business.

To come up with a new product or service, think creatively, identify opportunities that solve problems.

Once you've come up with your idea, you need to test it to find out if it's something people want. Once you've done this, you can start to see if your new idea is worth taking to the next level.

Ideas to get you thinking

Use VR and AR to help freshers navigate their new environments and campus.
Create a product or service that enables distance learning.
Show how AR and VR content can enhance learning.
Anything else you can think of!

Questions that you could explore What are the limits of using technology in learning?
Can you increase access to education using VR and AR?
How would you turn your idea into reality?
How would you fund your idea?

Create entirely new environments and experiences

Remember, you can be as creative and visionary as you like. We want to see great ideas and innovative applications of new technologies.

Join us