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Cornell University hosting a theme park design competition

by Brittani Tuttle
VR Coaster design

This VR coaster at Fun Spot Orlando is an example of the types of attractions that could be created for this design competition.

The future of theme park and attraction design begins with the dreams and ideas of young designers. HSI Immersive, a Haverford Systems company, hopes to inspire those future theme park creators by sponsoring Cornell University’s theme park design competition for college students.

With this year’s competition focusing on bringing 3D immersion to the parks, Haverford seeks to allow designers to conceptualize, budget and realize their fully rendered attraction designs, focusing on augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D technologies. Contestants will not only flex their creative muscles in design, but also their planning and budgeting skills with specific spatial and financial constraints attached to their projects.

Participants will form teams of two to four full-time undergraduate students of any major, and can even be from different colleges. Those teams must register before March 5. After the registration period ends, the teams will receive a design prompt and will have about a month to completely conceptualize their attraction.

The team to win first place will receive a $400 cash prize, and the runner-up team will receive $100. Additionally, teams that recruit an industry mentor to help guide them will receive a $100 prize. This is limited, however, to the first 50 teams to do so.

The submissions for the contest will be judged by a panel that has yet to be announced. The winners will be announced after the final judging takes place on April 9.

For more information, visit cornelltpeg.weebly.com

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