Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the XR Showdown™! Here are further details that can assist you.

When is the XR Showdown™ running?

It is projected to start on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 and run through Friday, March 13th, 2020 when the finale event will be held.

Is there a cost to apply?

There is no cost to apply.

What is the application deadline?

Registrants must submit the online application by Friday November 15th, 2019.

How old do I have to be?

You are required to be eighteen years of age at the time of contractural obligation, which is December 16th, 2019 (the day all applicants will be informed if they are selected as a showdown participant).

Am I required to be a college student?

No. You can be a recent graduate (you graduated within one year), OR You can be a fantastic independent artist or programmer under the age of 28 years-old. Proof of age or graduation will be required if you are selected as a showdown participant.

Are only students from participating colleges and universities allowed to apply?

No. You can be from any college or university, or an indie talent. Non-enrolled indie talent is required to be between the ages of 18 - 28 years old.

Can non-citizens apply?

No. Because this is a paid internship, Texas law requires that it be treated as "employment", and you must be a citizen of the United States of America. Proof of citizenship will be required if you are selected as a showdown participant.

Do I have to live in Houston?

No. However, there is no compensation for housing or living costs.

Is there an interview process?

Yes. Our team will be reviewing your work and background, and if you are a strong fit, you will be scheduled for a VIDEO INTERVIEW which will occur sometime between November 15th - December 6th, 2019.

When will I know if I am selected?

All applicants will be informed if they made a team by December 16th, 2019.

Who is the internship with?

TYM Studio™ is a transmedia internship studio dedicated to connecting students to mentors on paid digital media and technology productions. Your internship contract will be with TYM Studio™ (B-corp pending).

What is an Internship?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines an internship as a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths.

Will I receive course credit?

It varies by school. Some require it for your degree, others do not. We will be working to provide credit for the educational institutes who do require it and are local to the region.

Questions about THE PROJECTS & THe PROGRAM
What kind of simulations or games will I develop?

We are projecting that five types of projects will be developed. The categories include:  Education; 2) AR Marketing; 3) Training Simulations; 4) Emergency Response; and 5) Workflow. Our sponsors and advisors will provide feedback to choose the kinds of simulations and games they deem most likely to make money and be used on the market, or that they want created.

What platforms will the games be made for?

It will depend on the feedback from sponsors, investors and the medical community. Some projects might be mobile, while others are Halo Lens / VIVE / or other hardware related equipment for VR /AR/MR.

What type of game engine will be used?

It will depend on the project. There is no required game engine for these projects, so the final choice will come down to the development needs,  the distribution of the game, as well as the programming capabilities of each team.

Do I have to be on-site for the duration of the showdown?

Yes. We will be working on-site at Ion XR Lab in Houston, Texas.

Can I bring on all my friends or class mates to make up a team?

You can invite them to apply, but every team member has to be veted by our Advisors and Mentors. We have no problem putting you with your friend on the same team IF you both make the cut and are perfect for the needs of the project. This is an individual by individual case, and the final call is made by the Executive Producer.

Do the teams create a fully functional simulation or game in six weeks?

No. Rather, the teams are required to create a working prototype to be able to submit to potential employers and judges for review at the showdown finale.

If my team wins the showdown, what happens next?

Depending on how well you worked with your team, you may be offered further employment to continue devlopment on the project until its completion. Understandably, due to your school schedule, the odds are that you will continue working part-time if your employment contract is extended.

How will I get paid?  

If you are selected as a showdown participant, you will be paid weekly.

Will I win prizes?

Further prizes are yet to be determined, but we are working on that. Our goal is to set up private portfolio reviews by leading video game programmers, artists, animators and producers.

Do I get to come up with the game idea?

No. Rather, you get to AUGMENT an idea (augment = add to the idea).

Questions about Advisors, MENTORS, and EMPLOYEERS
Who are the video game mentors?

Some of the best and brightest industry voices in the Houston region are committed to the showdown. The diversity is amazing. You can review all the mentors here: LEARN MORE

Who are the advisors for the showdown?

From educational leaders to industry notables, we have a great team offering their experitse and advise to make a successful experience for you. You can review all the advisors here: LEARN MORE

Who are the enterprise mentors?

Depending on the need of each project, a series of mentors will volunteer their time accordingly.

Who are the employers?

We are still confirming which employers will review finished projects. If a potential employer is sponsoring a team, that company will have first rights to offer a job to students. If that student refuses the job offer, or if an offer was not made, then the student is "up for offers" by other employers who can then offer a hiring deal.

Are students guaranteed a job?

No. All job offers made within the event or at the finale are NON-BINDING. As you might imagine, each company has its own hiring processes that must be met beyond the capabilities of the XR Showdown™.

Do any of the event producers get a recruitment fee for placing students? 

No recruitment fees are taken or asked for by any of the producers or production companies. The only funds being raised to cover the costs of the show are tied to team sponsorships or in-show advertising.

XR Showdown™ terms are subject to change at any point in time.

Application FLOW


Submit the Application

Fill out the application form on this website.



Our team will be reviewing your work and background, and if you are a strong fit, you will be scheduled for a VIDEO INTERVIEW which will occur sometime between November 18th - December 6th, 2019.


Team Members Announced

Following the video interview, our Advisors and Mentors meet once more to vote on a final selection of students for each team. If you are selected for a team, you will be informed on December 16th, 2019.



Thereafter, you will be signing a contract and heading into a job orientation meeting occurring on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. Then it's off to the races starting February 3rd, 2020.



TMC Innovation will provide Medical Mentors
Develop with an up to 8 person team
Work with people who have a passion for games
Video Game Pros will provide