Oculus announced at their developer convention Oculus Connect 3 that they are devoting $10 million to diversity initiatives. The virtual reality company said they want to help bring more diverse talent to the virtual reality development industry.
The $10 million will be going to projects like Oculus Launchpad, which is a program aimed at training and nurturing a broad spectrum of VR developers, VR For Good, which which pairs filmmakers with nonprofits to tell their stories, and new initiatives like the Diverse Filmmakers Project.
According to Polygon, Oculus’ Project Manager for Diversity Ebony Peay Ramirez said “It’s no secret that this community needs to be even broader. Virtual reality will only succeed if it represents a diverse ecosystem that speaks to different people and opinions. We want to see a wide variety of richer voices. We know that a platform that’s built with diverse thought, personalities, perspectives and imaginations is a much more engaging and dynamic one.”
This announcement comes after a very public scandal where the Oculus founder and figurehead Palmer Luckey was accused of financing a pro-Trump “shitposting” group. Luckey then admitted to giving the group some money, but denied most of the accusations. Luckey did not attend Oculus Connect 3 this year, because after the scandal he did not want to be a distraction at the event, Oculus Co-Founder and VP of Product Nate Mitchell told Polygon.