Change the Game in Your Favor!

The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in collaboration with the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) has launched an AR/VR Challenge for the month of November. Given the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, the demand for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions are likely to increase. This Challenge was devised in order to generate more 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 fulfills 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).

CARIRI is asking participants to showcase their vision for Trinidad and Tobago, the region or even the world by creating a novel AR/VR solution. The Challenge will display our local 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 their idea. Solutions can be either AR or VR or a combination of both which would be mixed reality or extended reality (XR).

The Challenge is open to any citizen of Trinidad and Tobago over the age of 18 years. Entrants should have experience using or a general interest in AR/VR, XR, or other emerging and immersive technologies. They should also have the passion, energy and drive to see their idea become a reality. The AR/VR Challenge is an opportunity to get involved, showcase an idea, make a name for themselves in the local AR/VR community and even commercialize the idea (which means either starting a business or licensing the idea). Participants will have the opportunity to see their idea come to life, gain some media exposure to kick start their career and make valuable beneficial connections. But most importantly, this idea could change the world!

AMCHAM Trinidad, Ramps Logistics and Avasant have also partnered with CARIRI to encourage participation and make this initiative a success.
More information can be found on the website The deadline for submissions is Monday 30th November 2020 at 11:59pm.