Meta, Code Like a Girl and T&DA partner to train Aussie creators in AR

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Meta has partnered with Code Like a Girl and T&DA to launch the Meta Immersive Learning Academy in Australia. A Meta Spark training module that will be available for those who prefer to learn at their own pace. Meta will offer free, guided training in augmented reality (AR) to over 200 women and gender diverse people so they have the confidence, tools and support they need to enter the world of immersive tech and explore careers in AR and virtual reality.

What is the Immersive Learning Academy?

The Immersive Learning Academy is a global initiative to support the next generation of creators for the metaverse. The Academy will help grow Australia’s creator ecosystem by providing upskilling, community building, mentoring and monetisation opportunities.

The bespoke Meta Spark AR curriculum will equip women with skills to create and publish AR filters and experiences. The curriculum features the work of prominent Australian AR creators, Jess Herrington and Raymond Leung. As part of the launch of the Meta Immersive Learning Academy, a dedicated, self guided online curriculum is now available to all Australians.

Meta Spark training module includes quick start, fundamentals and pro modules making it easy and free for anyone to be up-skilled on augmented reality (AR) effects, most notably seen on Instagram as “facial filters”. This course is open to beginners who have never heard of Meta Spark before or technical creators that have already published a few effects.

The Code Like a Girl and T&DA course will launch in May and includes free support for women in the Code Like A Girl community to upskill in augmented reality by providing:

  • Training and coaching over an eight week period. Participants who complete the course will be able to develop face filters, target tracker and world effects;
  • Information sessions and community building events for women to connect and build networks; and
  • The opportunity to apply for formal Meta Spark certification upon completion of the course.

What does the initiative mean for stakeholders?

Mia Garlick, Meta’s Regional Lead for APAC, reaffirmed Meta’s commitment to supporting future careers in technology. “As so many companies build for the metaverse, we are seeing exciting opportunities for creators to build their business – whether it’s through creating new experiences; designing accessories for avatars; or making the effects that bring augmented reality to life – we want to support creators to make a living,” Ms Garlick commented.

“That’s why we have partnered with Code Like a Girl and T&DA to help grow Australia’s creator ecosystem by providing a platform where creators can upskill, build community and learn how to market and monetise their work,” Ms Garlick further commented.

Ally Watson, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Code like a Girl

Ally Watson, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Code like a Girl commented: “Our digital and physical realities are inextricably linked, so addressing the gender imbalance within tech is paramount. We’re delighted to bring this program and cutting edge curriculum to the Code Like a Girl community where it will introduce a much-needed diverse range of creators into the Metaverse – leading us towards more equitable experiences for all genders.”

Raymond Leung, Creative Director at T&DA, commented, “We are excited to announce our partnership with META to create the Meta Spark Curriculum, an educational program designed to teach Australians how to effectively use Meta Spark to drive innovation and growth.”

“As the demand for digital skills continues to rise, we believe it’s essential to equip individuals and businesses with the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving landscape. By leveraging our expertise in education and training and META’s cutting-edge technology, we are confident that the Meta Spark Curriculum will provide valuable insights and practical applications for individuals at all levels,” Raymond Leung further said.

Sign up for the Code Like a Girl session or sign up to Meta’s Spark program here.