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Pixvana and Big Power Project Partner to Deliver an All Access Virtual Reality Learning Experience of the Grand Coulee Dam

New VR Educational Initiative to Launch Memorial Day Weekend,
Providing Grand Coulee Dam Visitors Behind-the-scenes Experience

SEATTLE & SPOKANE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pixvana,
a virtual reality solutions provider, today announced that it has
partnered with Big
Power Project
, a content production studio, to deliver a new
all-access Virtual Reality learning experience of the Grand Coulee Dam.
The five-minute educational VR experience will launch Memorial Day
Weekend, May 25th, and will be available in the Grand Coulee Dam’s
visitor center.

The 360 degree video, produced by Big Power Project and powered by
Pixvana SPIN Studio, brings viewers inside the Dam’s Third Power Plant,
showcasing the impressive infrastructure and teaching visitors the inner
workings of how hydroelectricity works. The Third Plant is one of the
largest and most complicated power-generating facilities on the planet,
producing enough electricity to power approximately three million homes
at maximum capacity.

Oculus Go headsets will now be stationed in the Dam visitor center and
will utilize Pixvana’s SPIN Studio platform, making it easy to manage
and distribute this content to multiple VR headsets at once. Now,
employees can effortlessly lead visitors on an unforgettable guided VR
experience. The fully immersive experience includes never before seen
footage that spans from the top of the dam, inside the water-fed
generators, all the way down the 5,000 foot long face – and everywhere
in between.

“Pixvana’s cloud-based SPIN Studio platform and one-click casting tools
for viewing are second-to-none in the industry,” said Ted Youngs,
Founder of Big Power Project. “And, when the Grand Coulee Dam shared
their vision of providing an immersive VR tour of their impressive
facility that could be experienced by multiple viewers simultaneously,
we knew that Pixvana would provide the best experience for the quarter
million people that visit the Dam each year.”

“The Grand Coulee Dam is one of the most fascinating facilities in the
country, but high security, the extremely loud volume of operation, and
other physical barriers make it difficult to experience live,” said
Rachel Lanham, Chief Operating Officer for Pixvana. “The opportunity
lent itself perfectly to the Virtual Reality medium, helping viewers
learn in an exciting new way that increases retention, memory, and
empathy. An immersive VR tour—along with a delivery system that doesn’t
rely on the visiting guest to understand user interface elements—allows
the facility to engage its visitors, in a fun, low-cost, impactful way.”

Click HERE
to watch a video teaser of the Grand Coulee All Access Tour.

About Pixvana

Pixvana, a virtual reality solutions provider, helps enterprises develop
cutting-edge approaches to solve business challenges in innovative ways.
Customers chose Pixvana for its powerhouse combination of breakthrough
VR technology and award-winning creative team. Pixvana addresses a range
of corporate VR applications – from training and tours, to marketing and
healthcare – and can manages all aspects of project development, from
strategy to execution. The company is venture-backed by Vulcan Capital,
Madrona Venture Group, Microsoft, Cisco, Raine and Hearst Ventures.
Pixvana’s founders have proven startup success in media technology, and
hail from senior product and engineering leadership roles at Apple,
Adobe, Microsoft, and Lucasfilm. For more information visit www.pixvana.com.

About Big Power Project

Big Power Project is a Seattle-based content production studio. Our work
spans mediums – from virtual reality to large-scale art installations.
The company partners with cultural institutions and businesses to bring
powerful ideas to a larger public. For more information visit www.bigpowerproject.com

Contacts

Pete Bahrenburg
Tailwind Public Relations, LLC
802.233.2428
pete@tailwindpr.com

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