In a blog post published on Wednesday, Walt Disney Company announced that the Disney Accelerator has picked six companies to join this year’s class initiative, including the Blockchain Company Polygon.
The blog post reads: “This year’s Disney Accelerator class is focused on building the future of immersive experiences and specializes in technologies such as augmented reality (AR), non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and artificial intelligence (AI) characters.”
Joined by Flickplay, Inworld, Lockerverse, Obsess, and Red 6, the companies will focus on Disney’s “next-generation storytelling efforts” using AR technologies, Web3, NFTs, and three-dimensional (3D) environments. Bonnie Rosen, the general manager of the Disney Accelerator program, explained that “for nearly a century, Disney has been at the forefront of leveraging technology to build the entertainment experiences of the future.”
Over the course of the program, each participating company will receive guidance from Disney’s senior leadership team, as well as a dedicated executive mentor.
Two weeks before the first annual Disney+ Day in 2021, Walt Disney Company announced it would drop the ‘Golden Moments’ NFT collection via the digital collectibles app Veve in celebration of the event. Shortly after in January 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approved Disney’s “virtual-world simulator” patent.
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