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Nova Scotia developing VR, AR and MR innovation hub

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The province of Nova Scotia in Canada is looking into building a facility for developing virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies.

Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI), a business development agency for the province, issued a request for proposals last week for a consultant to conduct a feasibility study into the creation of multi-sectoral virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) facility.

The RFP document describes the facility as a place for companies and the tech community to congregate and share expertise related to VR, AR and MR technology. It would be a place where businesses could receive education and support with these technologies as well as provide collaberate on their development.

The RFP document states: “The primary objective of this initiative is to conduct a feasibility assessment of establishing a multi-sectoral VR, AR and MR facility which will drive collaboration and innovation in Nova Scotia. This feasibility study ought to include explicit partnerships with, at least one, Nova Scotian industry association who is interested in serving as the primary proponent of the facility.

“Secondary objective will be to determine the available levels of funding from public as well as private sources and build a comprehensive cost/payback model.”

In addition to completing the feasibility assessment, the chosen consultant would need to determine available public and private funding, develop a sponsorship package for the facility and generate sponsorship leads.

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