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Oculus Rift. Microsoft HoloLens. HTC Vive.

AR/VR hardware provides software developers with the chance to take all of us into new realms of reality – and change the way we interact with our world.

Are you ready to use the hardware of the present to show us the future?

Thank you for applying!

Check out the finalists below.

The Challenge

We want you to create the next-generation AR and VR consumer experience. We want to see your vision of what commerce and security will look like through the lens of these cutting-edge technologies.

We are looking for teams of developers (minimum of 2, maximum of 6 people) to conceptualize and design your VR/AR solution to a problem or challenge in commerce or payments.

The first 15 registrations to the Virtual•2•Reality Challenge will be invited to participate in a 48-hour hackathon in Boston.

The judges will choose the top 3 projects from the hackathon, and these three teams will be invited to participate in a live demo during Innovation Project 2017.

Each team will be responsible for their expenses to and from Boston, including transportation, meals, and lodging.

The Finalists

Team: DiscoverAR

Solution: Personalized marketing based on your purchase history; utilize image recognition to detect a brand they have interacted/purchased in the past and use that data to push ads that are relevant to the customer with a secure payment process associated.

Team Members: Kat Schneider, Kachina Studer, Anish Dhesikan, Jacqueline Assar

Team: Voila-R

Solution: Personalizes marketing powered by AR in locations such as subway stations and airports, etc. DFS would rent these marketing spaces to merchants. Based on previous purchase history, people walking by would be served a personalized advertisement to them with the option for quick purchase.

Team Members: Lei Xia, Ying Zhuo, Xiaoyu (Sharon) Yan, Yaqin Huang

Team: GestPay

Solution: Shortening the VR store payment process from 25 seconds to 4 seconds (currently Alibaba VR store takes approximately 25 seconds to purchase, with the process for putting in your password takes 1 second eye contact per letter to process payment) GestPay has developed a method to shorten that experience and make it more customer friendly.

Team Members: Brian Chitester, Lily Wong, Christina Kayastha, Gal Shenar

How to Register

The Challenge registration begins on February 17th at 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends on February 27th at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

The registration process is simple and easy! All you need to do to confirm your registration at the Virtual•2•Reality Challenge is send an email to and include the following in the in the body of the email:

  • Team Name
  • Team Lead contact name
  • Team Lead email address

A confirmation email of your registration will be sent shortly following your submission. The first 15 confirmed registrations will receive additional details surrounding the upcoming Hackathon. If the hackathon has reached full capacity at the time of your registration, your team will be placed on a waitlist to attend. If a spot becomes available, we will contact teams on the waitlist based on the date/time the registration was submitted.

The Timeline

All dates are subject to change.


Initial Online Submission

Live Hackathon (in Boston)

3 Finalists Solution Presentation

Start Date & Time

February 17, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. ET

March 3, 2017 (evening-exact time TBD)

March 15-16, 2017 (exact time TBD)

End Date & Time

February 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET

March 5, 2017 (morning- exact time TBD)

The Timeline

All dates are subject to change.

Initial Online Submission

Starts: February 17, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. ET

Ends: February 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Live Hackathon (in Boston)

Starts: March 3, 2017 (evening-exact time TBD)

Ends: March 5, 2017 (morning- exact time TBD)

3 Finalists Solution Presentation

Starts: March 15-16, 2017 (exact time TBD)

The Prizes

Subject to terms and conditions, the winners will receive the following:

  • One (1) First Prize will be $10,000.
  • One (1) Second Prize will be $5,000.
  • One (1) Third Prize will be $3,000.

The total value of all prizes is $18,000. All amounts are in U.S. dollars.

The Judges

    Joe Bonefas
    Vice President, Business Technology, Discover Financial Services

      Soumya Chakrabarty
      Head of Payment Innovation, Discover Global Network

        Neil Gupta
        Founder, Boston AR

          Craig Herndon
          Lead Organizer, Boston VR

            Skye Von
            Director, Writer, DP, VR Creator, Producer

            Together, We Work to Enable Global Commerce

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