Thank you for your interest in the XR Showdown™! Here are further details that can assist you.
It is projected to start on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 and run through Friday, March 13th, 2020 when the finale event will be held.
There is no cost to apply.
Registrants must submit the online application by Friday November 15th, 2019.
You are required to be eighteen years of age at the time of contractural obligation, which is December 16th, 2019 (the day all applicants will be informed if they are selected as a showdown participant).
No. You can be a recent graduate (you graduated within one year), OR You can be a fantastic independent artist or programmer under the age of 28 years-old. Proof of age or graduation will be required if you are selected as a showdown participant.
No. You can be from any college or university, or an indie talent. Non-enrolled indie talent is required to be between the ages of 18 - 28 years old.
No. Because this is a paid internship, Texas law requires that it be treated as "employment", and you must be a citizen of the United States of America. Proof of citizenship will be required if you are selected as a showdown participant.
No. However, there is no compensation for housing or living costs.
Yes. Our team will be reviewing your work and background, and if you are a strong fit, you will be scheduled for a VIDEO INTERVIEW which will occur sometime between November 15th - December 6th, 2019.
All applicants will be informed if they made a team by December 16th, 2019.
TYM Studio™ is a transmedia internship studio dedicated to connecting students to mentors on paid digital media and technology productions. Your internship contract will be with TYM Studio™ (B-corp pending). TYM.studio
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines an internship as a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths.
It varies by school. Some require it for your degree, others do not. We will be working to provide credit for the educational institutes who do require it and are local to the region.
We are projecting that five types of projects will be developed. The categories include: Education; 2) AR Marketing; 3) Training Simulations; 4) Emergency Response; and 5) Workflow. Our sponsors and advisors will provide feedback to choose the kinds of simulations and games they deem most likely to make money and be used on the market, or that they want created.
It will depend on the feedback from sponsors, investors and the medical community. Some projects might be mobile, while others are Halo Lens / VIVE / or other hardware related equipment for VR /AR/MR.
It will depend on the project. There is no required game engine for these projects, so the final choice will come down to the development needs, the distribution of the game, as well as the programming capabilities of each team.
Yes. We will be working on-site at Ion XR Lab in Houston, Texas.
You can invite them to apply, but every team member has to be veted by our Advisors and Mentors. We have no problem putting you with your friend on the same team IF you both make the cut and are perfect for the needs of the project. This is an individual by individual case, and the final call is made by the Executive Producer.
No. Rather, the teams are required to create a working prototype to be able to submit to potential employers and judges for review at the showdown finale.
Depending on how well you worked with your team, you may be offered further employment to continue devlopment on the project until its completion. Understandably, due to your school schedule, the odds are that you will continue working part-time if your employment contract is extended.
If you are selected as a showdown participant, you will be paid weekly.
Further prizes are yet to be determined, but we are working on that. Our goal is to set up private portfolio reviews by leading video game programmers, artists, animators and producers.
No. Rather, you get to AUGMENT an idea (augment = add to the idea).
Some of the best and brightest industry voices in the Houston region are committed to the showdown. The diversity is amazing. You can review all the mentors here: LEARN MORE
From educational leaders to industry notables, we have a great team offering their experitse and advise to make a successful experience for you. You can review all the advisors here: LEARN MORE
Depending on the need of each project, a series of mentors will volunteer their time accordingly.
We are still confirming which employers will review finished projects. If a potential employer is sponsoring a team, that company will have first rights to offer a job to students. If that student refuses the job offer, or if an offer was not made, then the student is "up for offers" by other employers who can then offer a hiring deal.
No. All job offers made within the event or at the finale are NON-BINDING. As you might imagine, each company has its own hiring processes that must be met beyond the capabilities of the XR Showdown™.
No recruitment fees are taken or asked for by any of the producers or production companies. The only funds being raised to cover the costs of the show are tied to team sponsorships or in-show advertising.
XR Showdown™ terms are subject to change at any point in time.
Fill out the application form on this website.
Our team will be reviewing your work and background, and if you are a strong fit, you will be scheduled for a VIDEO INTERVIEW which will occur sometime between November 18th - December 6th, 2019.
Following the video interview, our Advisors and Mentors meet once more to vote on a final selection of students for each team. If you are selected for a team, you will be informed on December 16th, 2019.
Thereafter, you will be signing a contract and heading into a job orientation meeting occurring on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. Then it's off to the races starting February 3rd, 2020.