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Build your Reality

in our AR/VR Challenge

(Submissions Closed)

The CARIRI Team and our partners would like to thank every one of you who entered the Challenge. Scroll our page to see what's next

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Congratulations to our winners

Roam Reality (Winner)

Roam Reality (Winner)

Arielle Du Quesnay
Candace Lela

Candace Lela

Carnival Universe (Runner Up)
Irwin Williams

Irwin Williams

Explore Tobago - Underwater (Runner Up)
Derek Haqq

Derek Haqq

Planet Runner (Runner Up)
Dane Ackbarali

Dane Ackbarali

Konnect the Kids (Runner Up)

Learn more about our Top Five Finalists

Our AR/VR Challenge may be over, but we still offer support to ideators and innovators. Learn more about how the Idea Advisory Service can work for you by visiting our main website today.

The Prizes


Each Top 5 Winner

Gets Support to bring their ideas to market



Devices to support their teams.

First Place

Gets $40,000TTD worth of services to push the idea to commercialization

VR Headset Wearing Man

You Dreamt it and Built it.

Over the course of the contest, we proudly looked on as over eighty of you applied to the contest and brought your imaginative and creative talents to bear. The solutions you envisioned were innovative and practical, and we look forward to seeing what this next wave of innovators will create.

For more information on future opportunities, please stay turned to CARIRI’s Social Media Platforms.

Over the course of our competition our innovators proposed new solutions in: Agriculture Tourism Education Healthcare

Change the game in your favor

Thank You.

AR/VR Challenge Submissions are now closed and we have our Winner!  The CARIRI team and our partners would like to congratulate Roam Reality, every team in our Top 5 and all of you who entered the Challenge.  We were pleasantly surprised by the volume of entries submitted, many of them of very high quality.  

Stay tuned to this space as we follow our developers and see how their solutions unfold!

Images from the Finals.

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

  • 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

  • Prize Giving Ceremony
    19th February 2021
A Girl wearing a VR Headset
A Boy in Uniform wearing a VR headset

Have questions?

You can also reach us at

Email Alicia: awilliams@cariri.com


the IAS Team: ias@cariri.com

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