Snap and Hyper Island collaborate to launch ‘AR Accelerator’ Programme in Singapore

A first of its kind in the region, the programme is designed to grow the augmented reality ecosystem with the world’s leaders in transformative education

Snap, parent company of Snapchat and the world leader in augmented reality (AR) has announced an educational partnership with Hyper Island, a leading transformative education provider to launch ‘AR Accelerator’ – a bespoke AR educational programme in Singapore.

The two-day course is targeted at digital creatives, marketers and brand managers aimed to accelerate participants’ understanding of AR and integration in marketing strategies, the partners said in a media statement.

 A first of its kind partnership for Snap in Asia-Pacific (APAC) will roll out in Singapore beginning September 2022, the announcement said.

“The growing smartphone adoption and camera usage in APAC has led to an increased acceptance of augmented reality,” said Gareth Leeding, Head of Creative Strategy APAC at Snap. “Businesses that incorporate augmented reality in their customer outreach are able to invite people into an immersive experience, facilitate product try-ons, and activate useful formats for education, thus generating conversation. At Snap we believe AR is unlocking channels to reach potential customers far beyond traditional offerings.”

Headded, “We are extremely excited to partner with Hyper Island to launch a unique educational programme in Singapore to help hone augmented reality skills of local creatives and marketing professionals. Through the ‘AR Accelerator’ programme, participants will learn about the power and potential of AR, the development of full-funnel, always-on AR strategies and the ideation and even creation of prototypes. We are confident through this course we will be able to increase understanding of AR and further its integration into marketing activities.”

Paviter Singh, Head of Courses at Hyper Island Asiasaid, “At Hyper Island, we believe in designing learning experiences that challenge companies and individuals to grow and stay competitive in an increasingly digitized world. With our keen knowledge of education and learning built over the past 25 years, coupled with Snap’s expertise in AR, we are confident to deliver a concise and bespoke programme to inspire, equip, and support the growth of the participants.”

At the end of the course, attendees will also try their hand at developing Face, World and Landmarker Lenses on Snap’s Lens Studio, a free software that allows anyone to create, publish, and share AR Lenses with millions of Snapchatters across the globe.

The ‘AR Accelerator’ programme will be launched in Singapore first, and rolled out in other markets later in the year.

In Singapore, there are two courses – September (6-7 September)) and November (29-30 November) – with a total of 20 spaces available for anyone to sign up at a cost of SGD$2,500.