Osso VR Wins U.S. EdSim Challenge
Osso VR won the U.S. Department of Education’s EdSim Challenge, a competition to design the next-generation of simulations that strengthen career and technical education.
The EdSim Challenge called on the virtual reality, video game developer and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for a globally competitive workforce and spur an ecosystem of virtual and augmented reality technology in education.
Five finalists, selected out of 249 submissions, each received $50,000 in cash as well as in-kind prizes donated by Oculus and Samsung and refined their submissions during the Virtual Accelerator phase. Then they presented playable prototypes to the judges at Demo Day at the end of the Virtual Accelerator.
Osso VR, chosen as the winner by a panel of judges with expertise in education, gaming, workforce development, emerging technology and venture capital, will win $430,000 in cash and additional in-kind prizes from IBM and Microsoft. Osso VR is a hands-on surgical training platform that lets users practice cutting edge techniques through realistic, hands-on simulations, bridging the gap between career exploration and career preparation.
“Osso VR’s immersive environment will enhance the career and technical education students are receiving along their career pathways in the healthcare field,” says Michael Wooten, U.S. deputy assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education.
Typically, surgeons learn new techniques by working on cadavers. “What we’re expected to do when we’re learning a new surgical technique is fly out to a remote cadaver course,” Justin Barad MD, an orthopedic surgeon, co-founder and CEO of Osso VR, and a former game developer explained to edscoop. “We get a chance to practice in a hands-on way on a cadaver, and we only get to do that once. Imagine studying for a test and then taking that test six months later with no option to practice in between.”
Barad said, “Osso VR allows you to practice modern surgical techniques anytime, anywhere, in a hands-on manner. We’re working to increase the adoption of new medical technology, improve patient outcomes and democratize access to modern surgical techniques.”
The EdSim Challenge is part of a series of prize competitions that aim to spur development of new technology, products and resources that will prepare students for the high-skill, high-wage and high-demand occupations of tomorrow.