About the Program

Looking for an opportunity to enhance your creative practice and venture into the immersive reality industry worldwide? Take your ideas far and apply to Creative Solutions, Ithra’s immersive design residency program!

This wide-scoped four-month residency program seeks to provide participants with a foundation in digital storytelling, XR game engines and entrepreneurial skill sets through access to advanced immersive technologies, intensive workshops in immersive design & creative storytelling, and one-on-one mentorship from global XR industry experts. 

Whether you’re interested in game design, storytelling, filmmaking, art, education, or visual communication - the sky’s the limit with what you can achieve at Creative Solutions.

Timeline

1

Open Call: February 14, 2024

2

Early bird Application Submission Deadline: April 21st, 2024 

3

Final Application Submission Deadline: May 21st, 2024  

4

Acceptance Announcement: June 5th, 2024 

Why Should You Apply?

 

Exceptional Skills and Production Development

  • Residents will spend 2 in-person weeks engaging in extensive masterclasses and hands on workshops in the  Immersive Lab, located at Ithra. During these two weeks, residents will learn the essentials of digital storytelling, XR game engines, and entrepreneurship.
  •  Finalists of the residency will be taken on an all-expenses paid trip to the UK for a week of intensive workshops to enhance their working prototypes.

 

 

 

Exceptional Skills and Production Development

 

Up to 100,000 dollars in Project Funding

  • Final projects will receive funding, guided mentorship, and guidance from a product management team to further optimize their prototypes, enabling them to qualify their projects for XR awards, future business ventures, and more.
 

Up to 100,000 dollars in Project Funding

 

Exposure and Global Reach 

  • Participating in Creative Solutions can provide residents with exposure to XR industry giants, international networking opportunities, industry recognition, feedback, and a door to potential business ventures.
 

Exposure and Global Reach 

Target Audience

Filmmakers

Filmmakers

Multimedia designers

Multimedia designers

Game designers

Game designers

Graphic designers

Graphic designers

Animators

Animators

Artists

Artists

Architects

Architects

Writers

Writers

Musicians

Musicians

UX designers

UX designers

Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs

Residency Breakdown

1

Masterclasses Phase

2

Pitching Day

3

International Bootcamp

4

Prototyping Phase 

5

Demo Day

Previous Projects

FAQs

What is the Creative Solutions residency program?

Creative Solutions, Ithra’s immersive design residency program, is a one of a kind four-month storytelling and product design residency with a singular focus on utilizing immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), immersive audio and haptics.

The residency is split into two parts: the pre-production phase and the production phase. The pre-production phase is a three-week period (tioo he first two weeks taking place in person inside Ithra, and the last week taking place virtually) where residents will be enrolled in masterclasses and workshops that focus on the entrepreneurial, technical and storytelling foundations of XR technologies developed by Ithra’s Idea Lab.

After the three-week period, residents will pitch their refined concept to a panel of judges, wherein up to 5 finalists will be selected to qualify for the production phase. Finalists of the residency are provided with a dedicated mentor, financial support, a project management team and a development team to complete their paper prototypes in time for the final showcase taking place during Ithra’s Creativity Conference, Tanween, in November, with the goal of fostering long term connection, collaboration and future business ventures.

When is the starting date of the residency?

July 14, 2024.

When is the last day of the residency?

October 31, 2024.

What language will the residency be conducted in?

The residency will be conducted in English.

Will my application be accepted if I submitted it in Arabic?

No, the application must be submitted in English, as the residency will be conducted in English in its entirety.

When can I apply to Creative Solutions?

The open call application period is set to start in Feb 14, 2024.

How long is Creative Solutions?

The full duration of the Creative Solutions residency program is 4 months, the pre-production phase of the residency will be in person (2 weeks – In person) and the remainder of the residency will be virtual.

Is there a fee to apply to Creative Solutions?

There is no application or program fee.

Who can apply to Creative Solutions?

To apply to the residency, you have to be resident of the MENA region, fluent in English, and 18 years or older.

Can a solo individual apply to the program?

No, the requirement would be a team of minimum two individuals per application submitted.

What is the due date for submission?

You have to submit your application no later than May 21st, 2024.

What is the difference between the early bird registration deadline (April 21st) and the final deadline (May 21st)?

Submitting your application before the early bird registration deadline will grant you a free review and consultation of your application by the creative solutions team, securing a higher likelihood of getting accepted into the program.

Can I submit multiple applications?

Yes, but under a different team.

Can I edit and resubmit my application?

Yes, but during the open call time frame only.

Will Creative Solutions take care of travel and accommodation expenses if I don’t live in Khobar/Dammam/Dhahran?

Yes, as lodging and travel are provided as part of the residency.

Over The Years

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