A demo of the virtual reality game by Sarasota students will be onsite to play at the expo in Austin, Texas.
Sarasota's Ringling College of Art and Design formed a partnership with Daytime Emmy Award-nominated Flight School Studio that has resulted in the development of a multi-level virtual reality game that has players racing against the clock to wash dogs.
The game, titled "Wet Dog Corp," is still in beta. The students aim to seek feedback at the South By Southwest exposition in Austin, Texas, to target a future release date.
Approximately 150 students and faculty have jumped in to bring the activation to fruition. The team has created an entire “Wet Dog experience” to engage SXSW visitors from noon to 11 p.m. Friday.
“Ringling College is dedicated to experiential learning, and this project is an awesome example of that commitment," said Jeff Schwartz, dean of undergraduate studies at Ringling College, in a statement.
"In all my years as an educator I have never seen so many students from such diverse majors work together to realize a project. It is fantastic! What started as just an idea two years ago at a studio visit with Flight School and Ringling College has become a case study for real world learning, collaboration, industry and higher education partnership at the highest level. We cannot wait to see this activation in real time at SXSW.”