Magic Leap & Real Industry Empower Thousands of Students
Real Industry will work with Magic Leap to brings campus-wide design challenges to major universities starting Winter 2020.
Real Industry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, organizes and executes Real Industry Design Challenges to educate, inspire, and empower thousands of university students. Working with Magic Leap, we will develop implement turnkey campus-wide programs to:
Empower hundreds of university developers, designers, and builders to develop experiences and provide product insights for MagicLeap.
Enable MagicLeap talent acquisition to discover and hire exceptional and diverse new hires through a differentiated employer branding experience.
Inspire campuses to become spatial computing campuses and future academic partners.
Since 2014, Real Industry produces events at 40 universities that support companies like Facebook (develop VR/Spatial Audio content creators ), Bose (launch of the Bose AR Wearable SDK, and hiring of dozens of summer interns), and Sonos (launch of Sonos SDK, hiring of new college hire applicants).
Students at participating universities spend between several weeks working on a problem statement, receive mentorship from the partner company and Real Industry’s network of hundreds of industry experts, design and implement prototypes, and present their solution to a panel of experts. This program provides invaluable employer branding, workplace diversity recruiting opportunities, product insights, and recruiting opportunities from a pool of the brightest future engineers, content creators, business leaders, and designers.
CREATING A MAGIC LEAP DESIGN CHALLENGE
OCTOBER 2019 - Creating a Design Challenge prompt.
Real Industry will work with Magic Leap Distinguished Fellow Jean-Marc Jot. Jean-Marc is an existing mentor for Real Industry, having been a champion and sponsor of our programs during his role as SVP, R&D at DTS. Additional technical mentors include Colby Leider (Lead Systems Design/Architecture Engineer, Audio Algorithms) and Kedar Shashidhar (Sr. Audio Application Software Engineer)
We will design a 1-sentence prompt that motivates students to bridge the physical and digital worlds, exploring art, science, music, and other disciplines through spatial computing!
How might we use the spatial audio capabilities of the MagicLeap One to create magical new experiences ?
OCTOBER 2019 - Select Universities and Prepare for the Tour. Real Industry works with MagicLeap to select university partners. Over a 6 month process, we select the universities to meet Magic Leap’s research, diversity, hiring, and branding goals, work to prototype the event with small classes and groups, and prepare for on-campus design challenges.
FEBRUARY 2020 - Execute the Real Industry Design Challenge. Each program typically lasts 2-4 weeks and has 4 components:
FEB 2020 - Kickoff event
The main event is a 3-hour experiential, high-energy kickoff event. 100 students are led through a series of design thinking exercises to begin attacking a problem. Students receive a Magic Leap 101 overview, training, and are able to experience demos after the event.
Students self-organize into 3-5 person interdisciplinary teams, learn real-world industry roles, and engage with Magic Leap and Real Industry mentors.
FEB 2020 - Online challenge
Students work in teams outside of the classroom over 2-4 weeks. Students participate in office hours (led by Real Industry), online mentorship sessions, and submit their final demos. See below for recent examples.
MARCH 2020 - Wrap-up event
Students reunite to present their work and receive crucial feedback, advice, and support.
University teams will present their projects to employees for feedback, judging, and prizes. Partners elect to provide experiential prizes (opportunities to demo at hack days, special visits to corporate offices, industry trade shows, interviews, mentorship sessions, etc).
MARCH 2020 - Follow-on mentorship
Students have an optional period to receive one-on-one soft skill or technical coaching based on their career goals.
During this multi-week program, students discover new career paths, expand their professional networks, and develop real-world portfolio projects. They develop a deep personal, brand, and employer affiliation for our partners. We’ll work closely with the partner team to ensure that insights, designs, and applications flow into the organization.
Empower hundreds of university student teams to create insights and experiences for MagicLeap.
Reach and access students at amazing universities to increase the diversity of applicants, employer branding and recruiting, gain product insights, and support the next generation of our industry.
Create new engaging, compelling demonstrations of Magic LeapOne technology, developed 100% by students, that can be demonstrated publicly and internally.
Support a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit and the next generation of industry leaders.
Real Industry handles 100% of event creation, execution and workshop logistics - it will be completely turnkey for Magic Leap. We count on Magic Leap for providing the design challenge prompt and being guest stars on stage with us.
It can be as little as a 6 hours of Magic Leap employee time across a 3 month period, to impact 100 students:
1-2 hour of brainstorming with our team to create the key design prompt ("How might we... ")
3 hours (a weekday evening) per university visited for our big kickoff event (100 students being exposed to the challenge)
1-2 Zoom-based office hours for student Q&A
1-2 hours for the judging and wrap-up event (selecting the winning teams and having them share their presentations)
Real Industry handles 100% of event creation, workshop logistics, and all costs - it will be completely turnkey for Magic Leap.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Real Industry asks for a donation of $30,000 per university engaged during our university tours.
For Winter and Spring 2020, we can support up to 6 new Magic Leap Challenge universities, selected in close partnership with Magic Leap.
This support enables us to provide a 100% turnkey experience for Magic Leap, the university, and produce a multi-week on-campus engagement. There are no additional costs.
WHY REAL INDUSTRY?
Since 2014, educational nonprofit Real Industry has executed over 40 university design challenges. Long-time partners like Pandora, Sonos, and Bose have worked with Real Industry since 2016 to host a minimum of 2 university challenges per year.
In 2019, Facebook joined Real Industry to create a campus-wide, 4-week University of Michigan event.
Companies like Sonos, Bose, Autodesk, Facebook, and Pandora engage us to educate and inspire university students. Since the companies receive extraordinary employer branding and recruiting benefits (Bose, Sonos, and Pandora always hire students from our programs!), budgets are typically provided by their HR/university recruiting or engineering budgets. (Profile: Mike Herring, Google’s Business Finance Officer and former Pandora CFO / President on Real Industry.)
Companies receive much more than just employer branding and recruiting opportunities. University students generate inspiring ideas, too! We helped Autodesk, Sennheiser, Bose, and Sonos receive over 1,000 headphone/speaker/design ideas in 2017. In 2018, we helped Bose launch their Wearable SDK and Sonos empower hundreds of early Sonos API users. We are helping Facebook launch their spatial audio and VR tools in 2019.
Jay LeBoeuf (Founder & Executive Director, Real Industry)
here are some of the universities that support our programs...
Stanford University • University of Michigan • University of Washington • Carnegie Mellon University • University of California, Berkeley • New York University • Tufts University • Massachusetts Institute of Technology • University of Southern California •
University of Hartford • Worcester Polytechnic Institute • California Institute of the Arts • University of California, Santa Barbara • Middle Tennessee State University • Berklee College of Music • Georgia Tech • University of Massachusetts, Lowell • University of Miami • Full Sail University • SAE Institute • Expression College • McGill University • San Francisco State University • CalState University System (23 campuses) • University of Technology, Sydney • Queensland University of Technology • Macquarie University • JMC Academy (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) • Universidad Claeh, Montevideo