Pixvana Launches Education Program to Empower the Next Generation of XR Storytellers

Pixvana,
a company that powers the future of XR storytelling and immersive media,
today announced the launch of Pixvana Education, a program that puts the
power of Pixvana’s SPIN Studio creation and distribution software at the
fingertips of emerging XR storytellers. The new initiative supports VR
education programs through the donation of SPIN Studio to global
partners, including colleges and universities, non-profits and
charities, libraries and labs, and museums and other centers for art.
Pixvana Education partners include Santa Clara University, University of
the Arts London, XR Libraries, and members of the newly founded
Washington XR Coalition including CoMotion Labs at the University of
Washington, Reel Grrls, Northwest Film Forum, and Arts Corps.

Upon acceptance into the program, partners will receive a 2-year license
to multiple SPIN Studio accounts, each valued at $10,000 per year.
Select organizations will also have the opportunity to participate as
part of the early adopter program where they can pilot the newest SPIN
Studio creation tools, including stitching and editing, and gain access
to Pixvana educational webinars and learning events. Partners can join
the program by completing an online application or upon invitation from
Pixvana.

“The Pixvana Education program is helping to shape the future of
immersive video by giving creative vanguards access to cutting-edge
professional VR tools,” said Julia Fryett, Director of Partnerships at
Pixvana. “By empowering the next generation of creative genius with the
SPIN Studio platform, there’s really no limit to where VR storytelling
can go.”

SPIN Studio transforms the way XR storytellers create, edit, and show
high-resolution VR video experiences across any device anywhere. The
platform features VR casting, a first-of-its-kind solution for content
creators to securely send their highest quality VR experiences from SPIN
Studio directly to targeted VR headsets, regardless of location. SPIN
Studio is compatible with all major VR headsets, including Samsung Gear
VR, HTC Vive, Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, Oculus GO, and Windows MR
devices.

“VR is a nascent medium that’s still being brought closer to the
mainstream through efforts like Pixvana’s Education program,” said Dr.
Stephen Lee, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the College of
Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University, which is using VR casting
to exhibit student projects in their Imaginarium
Lab. “Only by exposing students to the production tools of tomorrow
and developing expert storytellers can the industry continue to drive
forward. Pixvana’s program is not only a tremendous asset for our
students, but for the VR community as a whole.”

“Having access to Pixvana’s SPIN Studio will give our students hands-on
experience with the production and post-production tools used in today’s
top professional environments,” said Ana Tudor, Course Leader MA Virtual
Reality at the University of the Arts in London, where students will be
utilizing SPIN Studio for stitching and editing content. “Pixvana’s
technical capabilities and influence will certainly have a far-reaching
and profound impact on the creative minds that are scripting the future
of VR storytelling.”

“Pixvana’s Education program will help to galvanize the VR trade here in
Seattle, strengthening our region as a hub for immersive storytelling,”
said Elizabeth Scallon, Associate Director of CoMotion Labs at the
University of Washington, a multi-industry startup lab. “We are excited
about the future talent and innovation that can be created by this
grass-roots involvement with the local VR ecosystem.”

To apply or learn more about the Pixvana Education program visit: try.pixvana.com/education-partner

About PixvanaPixvana is a Seattle-based SaaS startup that
powers the future of XR storytelling and immersive media. SPIN Studio
from Pixvana is the first integrated platform that transforms the way
customers create, edit and show VR video experiences across any device,
anywhere. The company is venture-backed by Vulcan Capital, Madrona
Venture Group, Microsoft, Cisco, Raine and Hearst Ventures. Pixvana’s
founders have proven startup success in media technology, and hail from
senior product and engineering leadership roles at Apple, Adobe,
Microsoft, and Lucasfilm. For more information visit www.pixvana.com.

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