New York Times’ VR Project "The Displaced"
Takes Best In Show At
AICP Next Awards
The Most Next Award signifying best in show at the AICP Next Awards was bestowed this evening upon The New York Times virtual reality piece The Displaced which tells the story of three children--from Syria, Ukraine and Sudan--who are refugees as a result of war and persecution. Vrse.works partnered with the The New York Times and Google to launch NYTVR with the VR film, which was directed by Here Be Dragons creator Imraan Ismail and NY Times journalist Ben Solomon.
The winner of the Most Next honor directs a $5,000 grant from the AICP Foundation to an educational institution of their choosing. This year’s grant went to Ashoka, an incubator for social entrepreneurs who are using their companies as a platform for good.
The Displaced debuted when over a million subscribers to the Times received a special edition Google Cardboard to experience the VR documentary giving users a birds-eye view of what it’s like to have to flee a country ravaged by war. Nearly 60 million people around the world have been driven from their homes--more than any other time since World War II. Half are children.