Help Us Create A Virtual Reality Reading App

Help Us Create A Virtual Reality Reading App

From Trevor Ellis

Trevor Ellis & Isaac Rowaiye want to raise US $8,000 to produce the prototype of an immersive virtual reality reading app to help children become confident readers.

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Once upon a time…  

Jim Stovall brought television to the blind, authored 47 books, and is the principal donor of the Stovall Centre for Entrepreneurship that opened last month at Oral Roberts University - realizing one of his dreams. Now, as our mentor, he is helping young, aspiring entrepreneurs like us, realize ours.

ORU’s LAUNCH competition is the “launchpad” we need to plan and succeed. Jim Stovall is mentoring all ORU entrepreneur teams, and our team is directly mentored by a local, successful, and seasoned business CEO.

We want to create a fully immersive virtual reality reading app that will use stories to teach children who are struggling with literacy to become confident readers.

Did you know that by the fourth grade, children finish "learning to read" and start using their literacy skills to “read to learn” new information?

The stark reality is that in America, by the fourth grade, 65% of students are not reading at a proficient level. Here in Tulsa County, it's an alarming 83%.

We believe we can help. Trevor is completing his Doctorate in Education at Oral Roberts University in immersive virtual reality. For my research, I want to create a virtual reality reading app to help elementary students become proficient readers by the fourth grade. An increasing number of schools are using VR applications in classrooms for demonstrations and experiential learning.

To Make It Happen: I’ve teamed up with Isaac, a Computer Science Engineering major, to create a prototype of the app for the competition.

Our next step is to create one sample VR story for competition judges to experience as part of our pitch to prospective investors on January 25.

The winning team receives $5,000, while giving us validity and exposure to raise more capital, attract the right people, build a beta version, and develop a viable business. The use of virtual reality is rapidly growing in education, business, health care, arts, sports and gaming. The Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality display market is projected to grow 21.8% in the next 5 years to US $4.4 billion. This app has the potential to benefit children in America, Canada, and around the world.  

For production, we’ve connected with a prominent, Tulsa-area, professional VR content studio, as well as an established not-for-profit bringing VR tutoring to students in Tulsa Public Schools.

For research, we have the support and counsel of two Department Chairs at ORU. We also have access, or have been given, fully furnished office space and VR creation software.

We have the idea, we have the network, we have the space. All we need is to produce the product. 

We need to pay for production costs of the alpha version, including design, recording, coding, a 360° camera system, a powerful computer for video editing, VR headsets, and software.

If you have skills to help with this, or know someone who does, let us know. 

The launchpad’s ready, but we need fuel for the tanks!

Help us start production right away!

The price tag is US $8,000. We can do this.

We want to raise it in 11 days, by Sunday, Dec. 8.

With Cyber Monday on our doorstep, can you pitch in $50, $100, $200, $500 or even $1,000 to help us make a great product and win this LAUNCH competition? 

Any amount makes a difference and will be used! Donations are not tax deductible. Fundly's charges are 9%, so if you want to e-transfer us the money feel free - your donation will be noted, just let us know if you want to be anonymous or not.

Please help and give us a kick-start to achieve our dream, so that we can help children achieve theirs.

Trevor & Isaac

P.S. Check out what Steve Forbes has to say about the Stovall Centre for Entrepreneurship that just opened at ORU and is hosting this LAUNCH competition.


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