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Hosted within Ion XR Lab, the XR Showdown™ involves college students creating VR/AR/MR simulations and games for enterprise use, followed by a review by potential employers — all featured in a livestream TV show.

Watch & Chat during the live-stream show!

Simultaniously broadcast. Pick whichever streaming platform you want to watch on.

Look for the show on Amazon Prime

Watch & Cheer on College Students!

Feb 7th
7-9 PM Central
Episode THEME
Project Managers
Special Guest: Keisha Howard
Keisha Howard
Feb 14th
7-9 PM Central
Episode THEME
3D Art/Animation
Special Guest: Jeri Ellsworth
Tilt Five
Jeri Ellsworth
Feb 21st
7-9 PM Central
Episode THEME
Special Guest: Zac Duff
JIG Space
Zac Duff
Feb 28th
7-9 PM Central
Episode THEME
Special Guest:  Connell Gauld
Connell Gauld
MAR 6th
7-9 PM Central
Episode THEME
Digital Media
Special Guest: Ayoola John-Muyiwa
Ayoola John-Muyiwa
Mar 13th
7-9 PM Central
Student's FINALE
ProtoType reveal
Join the world's 1st gaming
networking night
C-Suite Gaming Challenge
Kyle Duartery

"ExxonMobil is leveraging XR to create a safer and more effective workforce. We believe we are just hitting the tip of the iceberg with the technology and want to help drive it forward. XR Showdown™ represents an opportunity to continue on this journey together while helping universities build the skills needed for the future of Serious Games."

Kyle Daughtry

immersive technology design lead at ExxonMobil

"Digital realities will continue to improve and evolve, but ExxonMobil is already using virtual reality for immersive learning to radically change the way we train employees.  We hope XR Showdown™ will invite the curious and creative minds to harness the power of digital realities to improve our current reality!"

Athicha Dhanormchitphong

immersive technology architect at ExxonMobil

Athicha Dhanormchitphong

an Accelerator meets GAME JAM  


Hosted in ION XR lab within Station Houston, the XR Showdown™ involves college students and recent graduates creating VR/AR/MR simulations and games for enterprise use, followed by a review by potential employers — all featured in a livestream TV show for six weeks from February 3rd - March 13th, 2020. An Accelerator meets Hack-a-thon Game Jam, selected students will be assigned to a sponsored team to work on serious simulations and video games to assist in corporate marketing, education, research or training efforts.

Feb 3rd - Mar 13th, 2020
6 weeks,
3 hours per day:
6-9 PM each evening
pre-vetted projects will be assigned to a team of up to 6
End with a
live-streamed showcase
Station Houston
in Houston, TX
internship for GAME Development students
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“The AREA is the only global alliance helping to accelerate the adoption of Enterprise Augmented Reality (AR) by supporting the growth of a comprehensive ecosystem. The AREA members are excited to support the XR Showdown™ as it will close the AR skills gap by promoting continuing education and job openings in the XR space.” - Mark Sage, AREA Executive Director



What do you get when you mix enterprise, a simulation and game internship, and a livestream show? Watch and participate in the project development.

Giveaways / Voting / Polls

The audience will be invited to review games while in development, vote on their favorite features and reward team members.

Ink Rose
Live-stream Host

The  live-stream will be hosted by Ink Rose, a student at the Art Insititue of Houston with Guest Talent from Zeenigami and AnaCarolina Art.

Chat and cheer

Participate as an active audience member on Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer,  via a simultaneous stream.

Guest Talent

Participating colleges & universities

Hosted within ION XR lab

Ion XR  aims to transform Houston into a national center for enterprise AR / VR / MR technology.

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"Enterprises around the globe are deploying Augmented Reality solutions to bring new productivity to a wide range of tasks and organizations. It’s time to increase these skill-sets in our community by encouraging our students to focus on  the jobs of the future."

Gabriella Rowe

Executive Director of Ion Houston

Gabie Rowe
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Turn-key enterprise VR & AR hardware and software solution provider

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