A team of
university students wanted to create a completely different kind of fan
For events such as
football, the Amazing Reality View Experience (ARVEX) will be the next best thing to a ticket for a big event.
Using virtual reality (VR) technology and existing VR glasses, it will allow fans anywhere in the world to interact with events and feel closer to the action, combining the advantages of watching events on TV with an immersive event view experience.
ARVEX is ideally
suited to hugely popular events like the FIFA World Cup™, where demand for
tickets always exceeds supply. Also, by 2022, ARVEX might have a place in the
homes of football fans around the globe, allowing them to experience the 2022
FIFA World Cup Qatar™ like no tournament before it.
developed by a team of four young men, all from the Middle East, who were
studying at Qatar University at the time – and combining Challenge 22 work with exam
A chance meeting at the university between Ali El Dous, who was born to Palestinian parents in Doha, and Salman Badnava, a Doha resident from Iran, resulted in the decision to apply for Challenge 22. Syrian Taofik Al Nass and Egyptian Khaled Mohamed completed the team. Like El Dous, they studied computer science, while Badnava was an electrical engineering student.
El Dous felt the
composition of the team was crucial in their success: “Without a team you
cannot do anything. We are multicultural and multi-disciplined – we all bring
something different to the group.”
The team have received both funding for the project and the advice of an expert mentor from Qatar Science & Technology Park, helping them edge closer to changing the fan experience forever.