Facebook India continues to intensify its Indian operations as it rolled out two new programmes, the India Innovation Hub and the School of Innovation, to help students explore and learn about virtual reality (VR).
Facebook, in partnership with T-hub, introduced Indian Innovation Hub as a six month programme which will work with 10 VR-focused startups who will be provided with training, mentors, workshops, research and Facebook's VR Innovation lab. Application process for the programme will open in January 2018, as reported by Economic Times.
While School of Innovation, which is in partnership with Startup Village Collective, will be open for engineering students and will see 10 teams work on a product idea using VR.
The programme is in tangent with Facebook's statement earlier this year at F8 keynote address where it showcased its augmented reality (AR) initiative, lauded as “the first mainstream augmented reality platform” that will employ artificial intelligence (AI) and VR to help developers build games and apps based on its technology, amid a host of other announcement.
Facebook head of platform partnerships (India and South Asia) Satyajeet Singh said: "The partnerships demonstrate our commitment to contribute to India's innovation ecosystem and make emerging technologies like VR a part of daily life.
The teams will participate in a 20-week programme that includes online and in-person learning to develop their idea, build a low and high-fidelity prototype and then launch it for the customers.
Facebook earlier launched two India-exclusive programmes to provide digital training to entrepreneurs and SMBs.