Real Industry Creative Technology Challenge @ SFSU Resources


We want to empower you to explore a topic or issue experienced near your campus or in your city. Participants in the challenge will create an AR or VR experience that narrates what’s going on. You can think as big as climate change and its effects in your area or as narrow as an issue in a smaller community of which you are a part. We’re going to use alternate realities to increase empathy and bring viewers closer to the epicenter.

THE CHALLENGE: Create an AR/VR experience to raise awareness of a local cause.

Students should work in teams to bring awareness of a local cause or issue that their team is passionate about.

Students may work in teams (up to 5 people max) to ideate, design, and create on any platform.

Kick-off event: Thursday, April 4th, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PT

Mentor session: Monday, April 15th, 3 PM - 4 PM PT
Submissions due: Thursday, April 25th, 2 PM - 4 PM PT

General Resources
-iZotope Spire (Please head to the Digital Media Studio / MakerSpace to check one out)
-iZotope RX Elements (Reach out to to get set up!)
-Insta360 Cameras (Please head to the Digital Media Studio / MakerSpace to check one out)
-APM Music (Reach out to to get set up!)
-Pro Sound Effects Library access (Reach out to to get set up!)

Augmented Reality Resources (Referenced in Kevin May’s ‘Storytelling in AR’ presentation)

A mobile application SDK and an Augmented Reality Engine, making AR easier (works with Unity).

HP Reveal Studio
Adding value to printed content through visual interactivity.

Blippar Layar
Image based recognition and augmented reality technology.

Lens Studio  FREE
Create, publish, and share your own AR experiences for Snapchat with or without code.

Сreate AR experiences for Instagram without code.

A cloud-based 3D design and prototyping app focused on mobile AR.

Build high-quality 3D and 2D games, deploy them across mobile, desktop and VR/AR.

Сreate 3D and AR compatible objects easily.

Vuforia Studio
SDK for mobile devices that enables the creation of augmented reality applications (some programming experience necessary).

Zappar - Zapworks
ZapWorks is a complete, affordable and easy-to-use augmented reality content authoring platform.

Amazon Sumerian
Amazon Sumerian lets you create and run virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D applications quickly and easily without requiring any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise.

Open Space 3D FREE
OpenSpace3D is “Free software” for Virtual and Augmented Reality projects development.

Augmented reality SDK, Wikitude Studio, Cloud Recognition- has a free limited feature version.

VR 180 Resources (Referenced in Brian William’s Insta360 demo)

-Turtle Beach headphones
-3 Month Kadenze Premium Memberships
-LANDR Pro Subscription
-iZotope RX Elements
-Cash Prizes

1st place $500
2nd place $300
3rd place $200


  • Adhere to the theme

  • Educate the end user on one or multiple parts of your theme

  • Include sound

  • Include some level of interactivity for the end user

  • Include materials that you have the copyright to use


  • iZotope Spire

  • iZotope RX Elements

  • Insta360 Cameras

  • Pro Sound Effects Logins

  • APM Music

If you use any of the above tools, please capture behind the scenes footage to share with us. The companies listed above would love to give you a massive shoutout on social media and promote your work. Please also be sure to include the tools you used in your credits.


Mid point office hours (via Zoom video conference):
We will hold office hours halfway through the challenge on Monday, April 15, 3 PM - 4 PM PT


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