For Immediate Release
Knoxville, TN – A local Virtual Reality Development company, Agilibility, has had its owner Cyndi Buchanan selected by Oculus to participate in Oculus Launch Pad 2016. According to the announcement, “Launch Pad is a program designed to support promising VR content creators so they can take their unique ideas and bring them to market. Starting with a one-day boot camp and potentially leading to a fully-realized VR app.” Oculus is the company behind the Oculus Rift, one of the first wave of Virtual Reality Headsets. Oculus was acquired by Facebook in 2013 for 2.3 billion dollars.
“I’m blown away by how exciting of an opportunity this is for me to grow as a virtual reality developer,” said Cyndi, who started Agilibility to do Web Development and Software Development back in 2012. Agilibility’s foray into Virtual Reality started in 2014 with the purchase of the Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 and subsequent publication of Pocket Graveyard, a virtual reality game for the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard. In August of 2015, Agilibility achieved national attention as it helped save the University of Tennessee thousands of dollars by helping UTK build its own in-house VR Quarterback training solution, using 360 video and the Oculus Gear VR. Agilibility also got to “Run Through the T” at Neyland last September 2015 with its camera.
The Oculus Launch Pad is a one day diversity initiative to get more women involved in virtual reality programming. The Launch Pad acceptance email stated, “Your perspective for VR is powerful, and we think you could be an incredible role model and developer in our industry.”
Agilibility has been programming Virtual Reality using Unity3D and 360 degree video for nearly two years. Agilibility’s clients include the University of Tennessee Athletics Department, the East Tennessee Technology Access Center, Empathy Vision, Smoky Mountain VR, and other forward looking businesses in East Tennessee.