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Médecins Sans Frontières


Multi-city tour, US


2016 - 2017


9-metre dome

Médecins Sans Frontières : Igloo Tour

VR is often described as ‘the empathy machine’, which is why NGOs are investing in the technology.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is one such organisation, that’s had great success with its Forced From Home initiative, an interactive exhibition that exposes the realities of the global refugee crisis.

The free, travelling exhibition gives visitors a deeper understanding of the challenges facing people forced to flee for their safety. This immersive experience includes virtual reality and 360° videos produced by MSF. Upon arrival, visitors enter a 9-metre Igloo dome where they are surrounded by video footage of displaced people struggling to find safety in various contexts: in Greece, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, South Sudan, and Tanzania.

Because MSF was planning a long city-by-city, US-wide tour, it decided to buy its own Igloo dome, and our US team provided training on how to build it and operate the Igloo media player. As well as attracting a large audience to the exhibitions, the initiative generated plenty of positive media coverage, including a great piece in Fast Company.

Igloo Control
Used for controlling most aspects of the Igloo system, like triggering content, controlling playback and switching between content types

Igloo Remote
An application that controls the Igloo wirelessly over a dedicated Wi-Fi network. Easily control different functions from tabs across the top of the app.

Igloo Warper
Back-end software that seamlessly blends all content from the multiple projectors in the Igloo. Corrects geometry and colour for an immersive experience.