We develop technology rooted in human connection that brings people together. As we focus on helping to build the next computing platform, our work across augmented and virtual reality and consumer hardware will deepen that human connection regardless of physical distance and without being tied to devices.
The “metaverse” is a set of virtual spaces where you can create and explore with other people who aren’t in the same physical space as you. You’ll be able to hang out with friends, work, play, learn, shop, create, and more. It’s not necessarily about spending more time online — it’s about making the time you do spend online more meaningful.
The metaverse isn’t a single product one company can build alone. And it won’t be built overnight. Many of these products will only be fully realized in the next 10 to 15 years, which gives us time to ask difficult questions about how they should be built.
Meta, in partnership with the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong, would like to work with the academic community in the Asia Pacific region to develop solutions-focused research to identify positive approaches in thinking through policy issues, challenges, and opportunities in the metaverse and augmented and virtual reality. Here are a few key areas:
- Economic opportunity: How we can give people more choice, encourage competition, and maintain a thriving digital economy
- Privacy: How we can minimize the amount of data that’s used, build technology to enable privacy-protective data uses, and give people transparency and control over their data
- Safety and integrity: How we can keep people safe online and give them tools to take action or get help if they see something they’re not comfortable with
- Equity and inclusion: How we can make sure these technologies are designed inclusively and in a way that’s accessible
- New use cases: What are new applications of immersive technology that create substantial value for people and communities
To foster further innovation in this area, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Meta and the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong are pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals pertaining to the aforementioned topics. We anticipate awarding a total of six awards, each in the $100,000 USD range. Payment will be made to the proposer's host university as a gift.
The awards are funded by the Meta XR Programs and Research Fund, a two-year, $50 million investment in programs and external research to help in the effort of building the metaverse responsibly.