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Interesting take on current events from a trip our CEO took as a kid:In 1990, at 16 years old, I went to the Soviet Unio...
03/13/2022

Interesting take on current events from a trip our CEO took as a kid:

In 1990, at 16 years old, I went to the Soviet Union with ten other Oklahoma kids as a student ambassador from the United States. In Kharkiv, we attended a massive protest demonstration for Ukranian independence from the USSR. We dreamed with Soviet citizens about democracy, open markets, a brighter future (we also sang Oklahoma everywhere we went, which turned out to be a nice ice breaker).

I recall visiting the brand new McDonalds just off Red Square (the only one in the country) and thinking about the funny idea that two countries with a McDonald's never go to war. It was clear to me that Perestroika was real, the world was changing. The following year the Soviet Union collapsed. And for a brief period, their future was wide open.

Today, after 20 years of autocratic rule and a preposterous invasion into Ukraine, Russia's winds of change have turned. It all seems to be rolling back up, right where it was when I visited as a high school kid.

The The Oklahoman ran an article about our trip, highlighting that we were in the country when Iraq invaded Kuwait. And the fact that it was barely covered by USSR's state controlled media (we found out by reading a USA TODAY in Moscow). Ironically, Russia is now invading Ukraine, Russian media is once again controlled by the state, and the 850 McDonalds in the country are closed.

Perhaps it's all symbolic of where Russia is headed...back into a closed, grey world where its citizens will once again pine for a Big Mac, and the ability to participate in the fruits of the free world.

That 1990 trip was organized by People to People International, initially created by President Eisenhower to enhance international understanding. A great program that still does important work today.

03/08/2022

There are tons of great jobs in Ponca City, and with the help of augmented reality, Ponca kids are getting a first hand look. Through an innovative program with the Ponca City Development Authority, Trifecta created a series of iPad based workforce development AR experiences.

Junior high and high school students virtually "walk into" various Ponca employers through immersive 360 environments. Students learn about the businesses by accomplishing tasks, earning badges and discovering employment opportunities...while never leaving the classroom.

#workforcedevelopment #augmentedreality #poncacity

“Hidden In Plain Sight, The (Augmented) Layer of Marketing Engagement” is one of many cool presentations happening at OK...
03/03/2022
MARCON 2022 | April 7 - 8, 2022 | OKC - MARCON OKC

“Hidden In Plain Sight, The (Augmented) Layer of Marketing Engagement” is one of many cool presentations happening at OKC’s first ever MARcon event. Explore 21st Century marketing concepts from Oklahoma thought leaders and experts in the marketing field.

Check out the full list of speakers and get tickets on the link below.

#marketing #augmentedreality #oklahomacity

https://marconokc.com/?utm_source=marcon-list&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=marcon-tickets-launch

April 7 – 8 Will Rogers Theatre Oklahoma City We’re bringing together homegrown heavyweights and out-of-town experts to share their marketing secrets, right here in the heart of Oklahoma City. KEYNOTE KEYNOTE KEYNOTE Whether you’re a one-man-marketing-machine or a suit looking to push the comp...

Augmented reality is developing a growing role in public engagement campaigns, as evidenced by the 2022 AAF Oklahoma Cit...
02/21/2022

Augmented reality is developing a growing role in public engagement campaigns, as evidenced by the 2022 AAF Oklahoma City Ad Club Addy Awards. Trifecta's Emerging Tech Team won a Gold Addy for the University of Oklahoma Sooner Flight Academy augmented reality aircraft app, in conjunction with University of Oklahoma College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

They also won a Silver Addy for the Time Frame augmented reality history tour app, in conjunction with OU Institute for Quality Communities.

This trend will only accelerate as hardware and tech capabilities further develop. It's happening right before our eyes. Stay tuned.

#augmentedreality #engagement #marketing #advertising

Thanks Oklahoma Venture Forum for hosting the Wristworld kid-entrepreneurs as February's Power Lunch presenters. And tha...
02/17/2022

Thanks Oklahoma Venture Forum for hosting the Wristworld kid-entrepreneurs as February's Power Lunch presenters. And thanks Dennis Spielman for the great article: https://ovf.org/Blog/12318637

The cool thing is, these guys are just getting started. The Wristworld kids will have a big product announcement at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this May. Stay tuned.

Team Trifecta went meta for our Christmas outing and admired the augmented reality features we created for the OKCtopus ...
12/21/2021

Team Trifecta went meta for our Christmas outing and admired the augmented reality features we created for the OKCtopus mural in Downtown OKC-Bricktown. In conjunction with Oklahoma City Free Press and the Inasmuch Foundation, the AR features allow users to scan hidden images in the mural and hear directly from the artist…then watch the octopus come alive.

Here’s a link to the OKC Free Press article, which also includes a link to access the AR experience:
https://lnkd.in/guZZJ2dz

Our company does a lot of cool things. But this one is really cool. The octopus mural in Bricktown is now “interactive” ...
11/26/2021
OKCtopus still provides fun as Fowler's massive mural turns 5 years old

Our company does a lot of cool things. But this one is really cool. The octopus mural in Bricktown is now “interactive” through a collaboration between Trifecta, Oklahoma City Free Press and the Inasmuch Foundation. The augmented reality experience all happens through your web browser (no app). Learn about the artist as you scan hidden images in the mural, then watch the octopus come alive. Get the AR link at OKC Free Press.

At Trifecta, we love it when our imagination makes an impact.

It took Jack Fowler 35 days to complete the massive OKCtopus mural in Bricktown. It is still a draw and we add an AR experience to our story.

It's an honor to receive the Vision Award from University of Oklahoma College of Professional and Continuing Studies for...
11/22/2021

It's an honor to receive the Vision Award from University of Oklahoma College of Professional and Continuing Studies for our collaborative work with University of Oklahoma Sooner Flight Academy. Their augmented reality aircraft app is already finding its way into classrooms in Oklahoma and beyond. And setting the stage for even bigger things to come.

Trifecta is an imagination company using technology and storytelling to solve problems. We love it when our imagination makes an impact.

Enid Monthly is building a solid following through quality writing, community engagement and good design.  We’re honored...
11/19/2021
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Enid Monthly is building a solid following through quality writing, community engagement and good design. We’re honored to be a collaborator with the work they’re doing.

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Congratulations to our Director of Account Services, Katie Roberts, for being recognized as an Oklahoma NextGen Under 30...
11/15/2021

Congratulations to our Director of Account Services, Katie Roberts, for being recognized as an Oklahoma NextGen Under 30 recipient at their recent awards gala.

The NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma award recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative, and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries beyond their years in various categories of endeavor in Oklahoma.

Great coverage from the  Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
10/07/2021

Great coverage from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

The University of Oklahoma's Sooner Flight Academy has released a new app that “places” a life-size digital airplane into a user's scanned-in environment.

"This project is an excellent demonstration of augmented reality's potential,” said Brent Wheelbarger, CEO of Chamber member Trifecta Communications.

Learn more about this technology on #VeloCityOKC https://www.velocityokc.com/blog/member-news/ou-s-sooner-flight-academy-releases-augmented-reality-app/?utm_source=ChamberF&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=ExtMemberNews&utm_content=SoonerFlight10_6_21

University of Oklahoma Sooner Flight Academy is unveiling their new augmented reality (AR) aircraft app. Kids can inspec...
10/05/2021
Augmented Reality App- Sooner Flight Academy

University of Oklahoma Sooner Flight Academy is unveiling their new augmented reality (AR) aircraft app. Kids can inspect a life-size AR trainer plane without leaving their school grounds. Developed by Trifecta Communications, the app relies on iPads to generate to-scale aircraft, then allows kids to “inspect” the planes while learning about the fundamentals aviation.

At a time when taking field trips is challenging, AR can bring the experience into the classroom…without need of expensive specialized equipment…just an iPad or phone. Sooner Flight’s new app is an excellent example of AR’s potential in education.

#aviation #aircraft #augmentedreality #education #experientiallearning

https://youtu.be/WipzB9kG_rI

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"I went snow skiing with the Consul General of Australia...in OKC...in July." If that statement doesn't sum up how inter...
07/25/2021

"I went snow skiing with the Consul General of Australia...in OKC...in July." If that statement doesn't sum up how interesting Downtown, Oklahoma City has become, I don't know what does.

Trifecta Communications and Viribus VR Cerebral Palsy Exercise System had a great meeting with Australian Consul General to the United States Benson Saulo Thursday afternoon. And then spent Friday evening with him, snow skiing and watching the Tokyo Olympics at Riversport OKC, where he showed us a few moves. Saturday, Trifecta President Armand McCoy took him bicycling around Lake Hefner before his flight out.

What a cool guy.

Thanks Consul General Saulo for hanging out with us. Here's to a bright future and exciting collaborations between Oklahoma and Australia!

#australia #oklahomacity #collaborations
Bob Eskew

03/03/2021
A Game Called "Disruptus"

There’s a game called Disruptus our staff loves to play. In it, you turn over cards with unrelated objects and must combine them to create something new. It’s amazing the crazy ideas that come from it.

In a way, "imagination companies" do the same thing with people in their networks. Big ideas often come from disparate viewpoints.

We invited a varied group of local thinkers to combine perspectives during a pandemic, and it’s amazing the crazy idea that came from it: the OK Wonder Grant.

The second grant is closed, but you can learn all about it at okwondergrant.com.

02/24/2021
3 magic words kids know how to use that adults don't

There are 3 magic words kids know how to use that adults do not: "Let’s pretend that…”. A kid can instinctively put anything they want on the end, and it becomes real to them. These words give them permission to tell stories and think about the world in entirely different ways.

An "imagination company" knows how to harness this magic and apply it to challenges. This storytelling technique is how the OK Wonder Grant happened.

"Let’s pretend that...people were willing to give away $15,000 at a time to help other people innovate."

Learn more at OKWonderGrant.com.

02/17/2021
What Makes and Imagination Company and Why Does It Matter?

What makes an "imagination company” and why does it matter? We believe "imagination hacking" is rapidly becoming a necessity, as evidenced by the global pandemic.

If you’re willing to change your perspective, you’ll see an alternate world of new possibilities (and new outcomes). If you’re willing to be nimble in your approach, you’ll find new options to move forward.

This is how Trifecta developed the Oklahoma Wonder Grants, pivoting a global pandemic into an “idea factory,” spurring quick innovation for Oklahoma businesses.

The second $15,000 Oklahoma Wonder Grants is open through Feb 25th, 2021. Find out more at OKWonderGrant.com.

01/27/2021
Wristworld Hatsune Miku Launch

We're soooooooo exciting to see the kid-team at Wristworld launch their new product with Hatsune Miku. Great work guys!

In the aftermath of the chaos at the Capitol, this photo of Representative Andy Kim on his knees cleaning the rotunda ju...
01/09/2021
Behind the viral photo of Rep. Andy Kim cleaning up at midnight after riots — NBC News

In the aftermath of the chaos at the Capitol, this photo of Representative Andy Kim on his knees cleaning the rotunda just screamed at me. It immediately reminded me of a book by Simon Sinek entitled “Leaders Eat Last,” extolling the virtues of servant leadership. Our executive team read the book several years ago, and I think it’s time to dust it off.

Pictures like this give me faith in a better future. I can’t think of a more appropriate message to share with our organizations right now.

Brent Wheelbarger
CEO, Trifecta Comminications

https://apple.news/AHZQWea6iS3-wLF8z6U75ig

“It’s a room that I love so much. ... It pained me so much to see it in this kind of condition,” the New Jersey Democrat said.

Finished up our final interviews at the 1040i, Tanda Bilingual School. Time to bid farewell to our new friends in Tanda,...
11/22/2020

Finished up our final interviews at the 1040i, Tanda Bilingual School. Time to bid farewell to our new friends in Tanda, Cote d’ Ivoire, West Africa and travel back to Abidjan as we prepare to head home.

We couldn’t leave Tanda without a goodbye dinner though. Thank you to the lovely family that hosted our team to a delicious dinner.

It was a busy day around campus and in and around Tanda, Cote d' Ivoire. Our team climbed to the roof of the tallest bui...
11/21/2020

It was a busy day around campus and in and around Tanda, Cote d' Ivoire. Our team climbed to the roof of the tallest building in town to get a few shots, filmed in the bustling open-air market, and drove deep into the jungle to check on the progress of bamboo harvesting for the construction of the new high school.

A busy day doesn't mean we don't take a few moments for fun though.

As an imagination company that deeply believes that technology and storytelling can solve problems and move the needle. ...
11/20/2020

As an imagination company that deeply believes that technology and storytelling can solve problems and move the needle. We decided to spend part of our day back in Tanda in the classroom at Tanda Bilingual School.

We shared with elementary and middle school computer classes about the power of new technology to change the world.

We spoke about virtual reality and how it can be used to bring history to life and connect students more deeply to what they are learning.

Next we told the students about a group of middle school students on the other side of the world that created their own tech
start up Wristworld through Loveworks Leadership.

Finally, we showed off our 360 camera and explained how we plan to utilize it to immerse viewers in a particular location.

We are leaving a few tech toys in the hands of the school’s IT director to be integrated in future student curriculum.

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We have this crazy idea that the future is bright and exciting with miles of possibilities. In fact, you could say our team works in the future...striving mightily to bring it into the present. This is reflected in our innovative approach to varied clients and industries utilizing technology, imagination and really hard work.

In summary: We are an imagination company that uses technology and story telling to solve problems.

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