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Build your Reality

in our AR/VR Challenge

(Submissions Closed)

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Dream It. Build It

Make an impact and harness your innovative and creative talents to bring an AR/VR solution to reality. Tackle real issues and let the Idea Advisory Team help you bring your idea to life

CARIRI’s AR/VR Challenge will allow you to Change our world Nurture your curiousity Realize your passion

Top 10 applicants will be shortlisted in


You Could Win

You Could Win


From the team at CARIRI


and the chance to showcase your idea


To take your project to the next level

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  • Applications Open from

    2nd November to 30th November

  • 10 Applicants are shortlisted

    14th December 2020

  • Top 5 Applicants are Selected

    18th December 2020

  • Submission of the 5 AR/VR Solutions by remaining participants

    18th January 2021

  • Judges Evaluation Period

    18th to 29th January 2021

  • Winner Announced

    1st February 2021

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Change the game in your favor

Registrations are closed.

AR/VR Challenge Submissions are now closed.  The CARIRI team and our partners would like to thank every one of you who entered the Challenge.  We were pleasantly surprised by the volume of entries submitted, many of them of very high quality.  The judges are going to have a difficult time trying to select the top 10 ideas to move forward, but we have a very competent and qualified panel and we have no doubt that they will do an amazing job.

What happens next? 

The judges are armed with their scorecard and the submissions and will be given a deadline of 10th December to score their top 10, and then we combine the scores from each of our judges to come up with the ultimate top 10.  We will be calling the shortlisted persons to tell them that they are moving forward and to get ready to make their ‘elevator pitch’ presentations via Zoom on the 14th December.

Stay tuned to this space and we will continue to share the story as it unfolds!

  • 1st Prize

     Up to $40,000 (TTD) to complete your AR/VR Solution

  • Other Prices

     $20,000(TTD) in devices

About this Challenge

The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) is involved in a 3-year project with the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) on increasing the innovative capacity of the population.  The project is called ‘Bridging the Gap to Commercial Application of Innovation’ where we assist persons in commercializing their ideas, this means that they either start their own business or they can license their idea.  

Given the restrictions in movement imposed due to COVID-19, the demand for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions is likely to increase. This Challenge was devised to generate interest in this technology locally. 


Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities. AR can be defined as a system that fulfils three basic features: a combination of real and virtual worlds, real-time interaction, and accurate 3D registration of virtual and real objects.


Virtual reality (VR) is a simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. Applications of virtual reality can include entertainment (i.e. video games) and educational purposes (i.e. medical or military training). 

What will the future look like

Show us your vision for Trinidad and Tobago, the region or even the world by creating the unknown.  Take the Challenge to showcase your talent in the creation of an AR/VR solution that can be used in any field or sector, including but not limited to entertainment, sports, education, tourism, agriculture, communication, etc.  

This Challenge aims to celebrate the innovative and creative spirit of our people and to bring an AR/VR solution to reality.  This competition provides future leaders the opportunity to use emerging technologies, showcase their vision for the future, and gain professional exposure while commercializing your idea. 

Solutions can be either AR or VR or a combination of both which would be mixed reality or extended reality (XR).

AR/VR practitioners are invited to submit proposals for the development of AR/VR solutions to our website.  The guidelines, etc are uploaded to this website where potential applicants can get more information.

When the submissions are received, a shortlist of high potential applicants will be selected by a panel to move forward to the next stage of development.  

At this point, five (5) finalists will be chosen to develop a Pretotype of their solution and do a presentation to a panel of judges. 

A winner will be selected and will be required to either finish develop the AR/VR solution or to have an actual prototype of the solution within 3 months.  


The organizations, companies and associations that are making this possible

Learn more about the Idea Advisory Service

Have a non AR/VR Idea? We support those too, visit our main page and learn more about how the Idea Advisory Service can work for you

Have questions?

You can also reach us at

Email Alicia: awilliams@cariri.com


the IAS Team: ias@cariri.com

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