HTC Vive has announced that it will be partnering with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to promote the VR/AR for Impact initiative. The pair will be showcasing content at the UN Sustainable Impact Hub at WEF 2018 in Davos.
The initiative was originally launched by HTC at WEF 2017 and looks to use over $10 million to help fund VR and AR content and technologies that will create a positive impact and change in line with the aims of the UN’s sustainable development goals.
HTC Vive will design and create experiences as part of the collaboration, while the UN and WEF will use their considerable influence to champion the use of the technology to educate and empower around the world.
"The challenges our world faces today have never been greater, and humanity needs a clearer understanding and guidance to help solve global issues," said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO, HTC.
"Unlike any other medium, Virtual Reality is able to immerse the global audience in literally any experience, and can help us learn, empathize and transform the world. VR/AR for Impact is a unique way of driving critical awareness toward problems and solutions facing mankind."
The initial application period for the Impact project have closed, but the company says there will be other periods in the near future.
"We see so much untapped potential with VR/AR to drive positive outcomes for society in areas such as health and education, and we are looking forward to working with leaders in this space to build up this initiative in the coming years," says Lauren Joseph, leader of the Electronics Industry Program at WEF.