The United Nations Raises Awareness with a Virtual Reality Exploration

By: Rebecca Byers - Oct 9, 2015
References: adweek
The United Nations recently created a VR refugee camp experience in order to better communicate the harsh realities of a current global crisis to world leaders. The pop-up took place at the United Nations' New York Headquarters and utilized the Samsung Gear VR headset. The leaders first experienced the virtual reality film, while they were the audience to a talk afterwards.

The VR refugee camp experience transports users to the Za'atari refugee camp close to the Jordan-Syria border and follows the story of Sidra, a 12-year-old girl currently living there with her family and 80,000 other displaced Syrians.

The unique educational use of virtual reality in this sense is a intriguing take on its power as a modern storytelling tool. Specifically, this use of virtual reality is aimed at inspiring empathy from world leaders who have a stake in whether or not their nation will support crisis aid efforts.