Oculus Launch Pad Reflections

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Photo Credit: Jeris Miller

I’m sitting here today reflecting on the news I got last night from Oculus about Smoky Mountain VR, my Launch Pad project. Actually, I don’t even want to call it my Launch Pad project because it is a project that came into existence long before I was accepted into the Launch Pad program. I’m sad to say (well kind of sad, I’ll explain why later) that Oculus will not be helping to fund Smoky Mountain VR.

I’ve known for a couple of weeks now that my project wasn’t a scholarship winner and I had prepared myself mentally for the official email. The Launch Pad participants have been eagerly awaiting to find out who the scholarship winners are since mid-October when we were originally told we were going to find out. Now that it is mid-November we have found out who DIDN’T win. Although Oculus is still being mysterious as to who won the scholarships. Anyone who won a scholarship had to sign a legal agreement stating they wouldn’t announce that they won until Oculus gave them permission.

This is really disappointing to the Launch Pad participants as we have all been in this together since we met in May. We are all really eager to celebrate with the scholarship winners and see their projects.

All of the participants have been invited to reapply for the 2017 Launch Pad program where hopefully they will have all of the bugs worked out from this year. For me, I will not be reapplying. Launch Pad has not been the experience I was expecting and there have been many disappointments and frustrations along the way including issues with the travel stipend, delays in communication from Oculus, delays in announcements and an overall lack of feedback and mentorship that was promised. All of these issues have created a lack of trust in Oculus, which lead me to my previous statement that I’m sad, but not really sad that I’m not one of the scholarship winners.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in this program. And I’m especially thankful for the friendships I have found along the way with fellow developers and content creators. As participants, we realized early on in the scholarship phase that we weren’t going to get the feedback and mentorship we were hoping for from Oculus, so many of us banded together and hosted Google Hangout sessions to discuss our projects and help each other along the way. The community and support we grew from this experience was worth going through the program.

Photo Credit: Jeris Miller

I’m really looking forward to see who of my new friends won scholarships and will keep you all posted on their projects. One thing is for sure. I think most of us have gained a lot of experience and knowledge throughout the past 6 months that have made us stronger developers, content creators and business people. Rather than be disappointed I’m going to focus on the good things that have come my way since Launch Pad and the lessons I’ve learned along the way (both good and bad). No regrets. I’m going to keep moving forward and keep creating!

9 thoughts on “Oculus Launch Pad Reflections”

  1. Meghan Monaghan – Washington DC metro area – Identified by Semrush and Buzzsumo as one of the top 100 content marketers to follow, Meghan is a content marketing strategist with over 25 years of hands-on, in-the-trenches marketing and design experience. You'll find her talking about business and marketing productivity on The Messy Desk Podcast. She's passionate about dogs, veganism, faith, content creation, and minimal marketing.

    It’s tough when we’ve worked diligently toward a goal for a long time only to have it not work out. We have to mull it over then decide if we want to keep pursuing the dream or let it go. You have a terrific attitude, and I’m happy to hear that you were able to turn a not-so-great experience into something meaningful and positive.

  2. sweetteasocialmarketing – Blythewood, South Carolina – Heather Heuman (pronounced Hyman) is the founder of Sweet Tea Social Marketing located in Blythewood, South Carolina. She's a marketing strategist, coach, blogger and speaker and focuses on helping clients across the US manage social media to grow their businesses. You can easily connect with Heather on Twitter at https://twitter.com/heatherheuman

    Your journey is definitely an inspiration to keep pressing on and to not give up.

  3. cgnad – Wichita, Ks – Cheryl is passionate about bringing entrepreneurs and business owners to see their gifts and talents and to help those businesses "Stand out from the crowd" and "Be seen, be heard, and be found" with their social media! Saving you time and money in your social media marketing. Her passion and purpose is to bring others to know their gifts and to bring increase into their lives by igniting their passions to serve others with their business! Also, subscribe to our newsletter "FOCUS On Your Business" at https://www.facebook.com/SocialFocusbyCG/app_208412272531040. Always looking to improve processes and create new opportunities for others. Business development my main interest and passion! Forever a student and always learning. Looking to learn more about entrepreneurial thinking, professional development, business development, relational networking and social media. I can help others create additional income streams through passionate and creative ideas and work ethics!

    With Oculus being so new, I think, they are just beginning to see what they are all about. However, you and your friends in the project are really into your “stuff” for the project and YOU ARE on the ball getting things done! Oculus is just on this for the free ride, sadly. Not a great relationship to have with people like you. I hope you gained much wisdom with your friends in the project. Happy new ventures!

  4. Candess M. Campbell, PhD – Spokane – Candess M. Campbell, PhD is an Author, Intuitive Coach and Mentor, Speaker and International Psychic Medium. Check out her new book Live Intuitively: Journal the Wisdom of your Soul. http://bit.ly/LiveIntPrint

    Looks like you had a “learning curve” experience. Thanks for sharing with others so they can make decisions for themselves whether or not they want to participate. Impressed with your attitude and tenacity.

  5. vickiemaris – Singer-songwriter, author, speaker, facilitator of Everything DiSC; and The Five Behaviors; podcast host of Agile Digital Business; and, Making of the Album - Another Universe.

    I’m bummed for you that you weren’t selected for a scholarship, but with your terrific attitude, you’re going on to even greater things. I can feel it! Great post and kudos to you and the other participants for making the most of the experience.

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