The Verizon Foundation, in partnership with NYC Media Lab, announced the ten winners of the Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge. In fall 2019, the Verizon Foundation’s 5G EdTech Challenge called on innovators, academics and non-profit business leaders nationwide to submit ideas for powerful, transformative education solutions. The finalist range from AR and VR experiences, to machine learning, AI and mixed reality, projects were chosen for their ability to solve for student engagement, teacher preparedness and special needs support. Parsons professor Anezka Sebek and Tammy Walters named one of the 10 winners with their proposal Making Projects with Purpose in Immersive Media.
The project will connect middle school students from the Learning Community Charter School, Jersey City, and university students from The New School and Parsons School of Design, in the virtual reality classroom spaces in rumii to collaborate and communicate in virtual reality on community awareness projects about sustainability, pollution, climate change, and species protection.