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Connect, Wonder, and Play

Welcome to DreamworldVR,

Non-Profit Project born and raised from students at Harvard University,

Here to help improve the lives of pediatric patients

 
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ABOUT US

DreamworldVR

We are a group of healthcare innovators and graduate students that met at Harvard University

who have identified an unaddressed problem and are ready to fix it using Virtual Reality technology.

DreamworldVR was founded as a non-profit project in July 2018 and as of June 2019,

we have been selected by the Harvard Innovation Lab to be incubated into their Summer and Fall VIP. 


To date, we have won

Harvard Business School's New Venture Competition Finalist April 2020,

Harvard President's Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist Feb 2020,

Harvard Innovation Lab's Social Impact Grant Winner October 2019,

MIT 100K Semi-finalist March 2019,

Harvard Chan School of Public Health's Innovation Award  Feb 2019.

 
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WHAT WE DO

DreamworldVR is combating loneliness and helping to develop emotional and social intelligence for isolated pediatric patients using immersive Virtual Reality (VR) technology.

In the US, there are 12 million pediatric patients – children and adolescents – suffering from one or more chronic diseases. Of those, over 1.5 million will need to be hospitalized at least once before the age of 18. During their hospital stay, these patients are often isolated for long periods of time resulting in limited opportunity to interact with others within the hospital as well as friends and family outside the hospital. This lack of interaction is critical as studies have shown that loneliness and isolation can hinder a patient’s emotional and social development,
and ultimately, negatively impact recovery time and mental health.

 

NEEDS WE ADDRESS

Although DreamworldVR will help address several needs, we aim to prioritize the following users

in the short-term: 

  

  • Children who feel lonely due to extended
    or frequent hospital admissions

  • Children who feel lonely because no one around them can relate to their condition

  • Parents who worry their child’s condition will hinder their ability to lead a normal social life 

  • Loved ones who are not able to connect with the child while they are in the hospital

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OUR TECHNOLOGY

Easy. Fast. Secure

At DreamworldVR, our comprehensive Virtual Reality technological solutions help industry leading hospitals and patients have better patient experience. Our platform has a wide range of features that were created with an aim to help isolated pediatric patients live differently. In order to empower our users to build emotional and social intelligence, DreamworldVR is continually building upon its technology, so stay in touch to learn about upgrades and other changes.

For a free demo, contact us today.

 

THE DREAMWORLDVR TEAM

DreamworldVR’s team all have extensive experience in the healthcare industry
and all have past experiences of battling diseases as a child

JEAN JUNG

Co-Founder
Product Management

Harvard

JUN KIM

Co-Founder
Technical Solutions

University of Oxford

JAY LEE

COO
Business Development

University of Oxford

MAYANK ARANKE

CMO
Medical Officer

Harvard

Our board of advisors consist of individuals and/or professors at:

Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health,

Harvard Business School,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

Massachusetts General Hospital,

Tuft’s Medical Center,

and Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

MEDIA & PRESS UPDATES

We operate in a fast-paced world where changes happen often and quickly. 

This media section includes all the exciting news and updates about DreamworldVR,

as well as industry news and analysis.


If you have any questions about our articles, please get in touch.

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MIT 100K
SEMI-FINALIST

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RECEIVED
HARVARD CHAN INNOVATION AWARD

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INCUBATED INTO HARVARD INNOVATION LAB

April 1, 2019

January, 2019

May, 2019

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PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL BOSTON HOSPITALS FOR
CLINICAL TRIALS

Startup Room

PARTNERSHIP WITH HLEP HARVARD LAW SCHOOL'S LEGAL STUDENT ORGAINZATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS

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RECEIVED HARVARD INNOVATION LAB'S SOCIAL IMPACT FELLOWSHIP FUND

August, 2019

September 2019

October, 2019

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PRESS RELEASE AT HARVARD
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FINALIST AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL NEW VENTURE COMPETITION

February, 2020

April, 2020

 
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OUR PRESS KIT

Read our story published by Harvard

 

INTERVIEWS

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/for-kids-facing-long-hospital-stays-a-happier-reality/

February 10, 2020 – Jean Jung was sick as a kid and spent several years in and out of the hospital. She was often lonely and bored. “The day goes really slowly,” she recalled. “There’s nothing to do.” Jung wished she could spend time with other kids, but her parents were worried about her getting an infection, so she wasn’t allowed to roam around the pediatric ward and make friends. Since January 2019, Jung and a team of three other Harvard graduate students have been laying the groundwork to launch a nonprofit called Dreamworld VR that will enable pediatric patients to virtually visit others like themselves. Children in pediatric wards with chronic diseases such as asthma or diabetes or cancer sometimes have to remain isolated for health reasons; the Dreamworld VR platform would provide a way to get around that problem. Using VR headsets and hand-held controllers, kids would be able to immerse themselves in a colorful, virtual world in which they can design their own “rooms” and “meet” other kids—represented by an avatar like a teddy bear or doll or robot—who are dealing with the same disease. Studies suggest that loneliness and isolation can hinder a patient’s emotional and social development, which may in turn negatively impact recovery time and mental health. Jung and her teammates hope that Dreamworld VR might be able to not only help stave off children’s loneliness, but also boost their overall health, said Jung.

GET IN TOUCH

If you’re interested in working with us or, simply want to learn more about what we’re working on,
please feel free to contact us below.
We look forward to reading your request.
A member from our team will be touch
within five business days.

DreamworldVR, Harvard Innovation Labs,
125 Western Ave, Boston, MA, 02163

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