School of Innovation India aims to foster future talent in emerging technologies and bring cutting edge technologies to India for ambitious students. It will help students to work with new-age technologies, learn how to build products while in college and scale under the guidance of the Industry.
The first program under School of Innovation is focused on VR as an emerging technology area, and as a part of this program, top 10 student teams from across colleges in India will be selected to build a next generation VR product idea they have.
Startup Village Collective (SV.CO) is a group of engineers,artists, designers, scientists, technology founders, organisations, governments (city, state, national and international) who have come together with a mission to build a world class learning environment on the Internet for students to build products.
Teams with commercial success join startup incubators, accelerators, angel funds and teams with engineering success get great jobs in startups or go for higher studies.
Facebook is already involved with SV.CO as the Official Silicon Valley Host Partner along with City of Menlo Park and US Embassy in India and hosted the largest contingent of Indian students founders to visit Silicon Valley in June 2017.
Facebook with its interest to nurture future talent in India, is partnering with SV.CO to take the School of Innovation to the students to understand the potential of cutting edge technologies, build products, demo to industry leaders and perhaps also launch to customers.
Virtual Reality and its applications are poised to disrupt a lot of industry areas, but currently there aren't any established business models, products or markets. This offers ample scope to large companies, growth-stage startups, and young technology enthusiasts between 18-22 in colleges across India to be early adopters of this fascinating new technology.
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Individual students or teams of 2-4 students who are currently pursuing their undergrad can apply and they would be selected through different campaign methods.
Students would be on-boarded the SV.CO Online Learning Platform and supported with Human Assisted Learning on a Action Learning (Learn by Doing) pedagogy.
The select teams will be announced by Facebook India and will get an opportunity to present their product demo results to the leadership panel identified.
Based on whether they have customer success, they can choose to build a startup or use their skills to get great jobs in other startups.
This effort needs collaboration between multiple stakeholders. Each stakeholder will find benefit in partnering as it will also help in taking forward their own community mission.
Currently enrolled University/College Students
Individuals or teams who are already exploring to build VR products or aspiring to build.
Startups, Established Tech Companies, Academic Institutes
Already working in the VR space, who want to partner and contribute.
Central and State Governments, Key Institutes/Incubators
Help in taking this pioneering efforts to a large scale.