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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.

Our production team packed up our gear for the journey all the way to the northern border of Cote d’ Ivoire to the town ...
11/20/2020

Our production team packed up our gear for the journey all the way to the northern border of Cote d’ Ivoire to the town of Doropo. Our 6-hour trek brought us just 15 miles south of the border with the country of Burkina Faso.

One of the stories we are following here is that of student, Joel. After suffering a physical deformity as a result of an accident as a small child, Joel couldn’t walk properly and was doomed to be outcasted from society.

He has a powerful story of advancement since he crossed paths with 1040i as young boy and now has many dreams for his future.

We visited the local pastor in that acts as his guardian and then traveled into the backcountry to local village of Niona. Using 360-video we hope to immerse people in the remote and desolate environment of his upbringing and give viewers a better understanding of life in villages like Joel’s.

In all of our travels for various projects over the years, we have learned the world is smaller than you think. People a...
11/18/2020

In all of our travels for various projects over the years, we have learned the world is smaller than you think. People are more alike than they are different.

While on assignment in Ivory Coast, we decided to bring two worlds together in real time. We connected a group of 5th grade students at the 1040i Tanda Billingual School in West Africa with students at Evergreen an Acton Academy in Oklahoma.

They both love learning, they both love their school, and they love making new friends.

Loaded up the trucks and trailers and our team embedded with our partners at 1040i to head north upcountry to Tanda, Cot...
11/17/2020

Loaded up the trucks and trailers and our team embedded with our partners at 1040i to head north upcountry to Tanda, Cote d’ Ivoire.

We spent the day documenting in both 2D and 360 the work of 1040i, the Tanda Billingual School and the work of US volunteers on site, where they provided mechanical expertise and fitted folks from near and far with needed prosthesis.

We had a little fun too!

At Trifecta Communications we go there, to tell the stories that need to be told. This week our team is in Cote d’ Ivoir...
11/16/2020

At Trifecta Communications we go there, to tell the stories that need to be told. This week our team is in Cote d’ Ivoire in West Africa. We’re on a project with Rotary International to assist 1040i in sharing their work to advance education at one their countries highest-rated schools, Tanda Bilingual School.

Rotary is helping to partner with the school and we are utilizing 360 immersive video to help tell the story. Be on the look out for daily updates.

Working at an imagination company, it never hurts to be a kid at heart.Nice to see our CEO hanging out with people more ...
11/12/2020

Working at an imagination company, it never hurts to be a kid at heart.
Nice to see our CEO hanging out with people more on his level😊

Today was an entrepreneur Hero Talk with Mr. Brent Wheelbarger of Trifecta Communications. He shared the amazing journey of a student-led company he has invested in called WristWorld- an augmented reality toy company owned and run by middle schoolers! Our Eagles have been working on building their own businesses and found his story highly inspiring. We hope the whole Wrist World team can come share sometime soon after the pandemic!

#realworldstoriesareapowerfulteacher #kidentrepreneurs #sharktank #oklahomaeducation #normanok #nobleok #evergreenacton

11/09/2020
10-20-2020 Ken Parker - Virtual Reality: Real and Important

If you're curious about the potential impact of Virtual Reality in industry, Ken Parker at NextThought provided a great talk at Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. Ken is a premiere innovator in OKC and all around forward thinker.

Ken highlighted several Oklahoma VR initiatives including Viribus VR: Cerebral Palsy At-Home Exercise System (about 57 minutes in). Viribus is developing a virtual reality home exercise system for kids with cerebral palsy, for which Trifecta has had the privilege of being involved with.

Thanks ken for moving this agenda forward in Oklahoma. Here's a link to his full presentation:
https://lnkd.in/gYp2KHy

10-20-2020 - Ken Parker - Virtual Reality: Real and Important online video makeup form =>https://form.jotform.com/50844942985166

The kids from Wrist World (a kid tech-startup) are presenting next week at Geekapalooza, a cool STEM event sponsored by ...
11/07/2020
Starting Up with STEAM - MetroFamily Magazine

The kids from Wrist World (a kid tech-startup) are presenting next week at Geekapalooza, a cool STEM event sponsored by MetroFamily Magazine and the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma. It's virtual this year and not too late to sign up.

Companies including The Boeing Company, Google and Devon Energy will share about science and technology careers while doing interactive experiments. The Wrist World kids will lead a session about augmented reality...and officially launch their newest product!

Thanks MetroFamily and Girl Scouts for putting this great event together.

Check out this article for more info about Geekapoloza and Team Wrist World's involvement.

https://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/starting-up-with-steam/

Starting Up with STEAM It’s not every day a middle or high-school kid can say they worked within a tech start-up company. Connor Davis, 9th grader from Norman High, can say just that. Connor has been involved in Loveworks Leadership throughout middle school. Loveworks was founded to offer experien...

Trifecta appreciates organizations like OneNet and their Next-Generation Classroom initiative, putting an emphasis on au...
10/13/2020
OneNet’s Next Generation Classroom Initiative Transforms Learning - The Quilt

Trifecta appreciates organizations like OneNet and their Next-Generation Classroom initiative, putting an emphasis on augmented and virtual reality for education in Oklahoma. Executive Director Von Royal also participated in the first Oklahoma Wonder Grant as a judge. We look forward to collaborating more in the future as we push this technology forward.

https://lnkd.in/gyWK4iZ

https://lnkd.in/gyyEtEX

Today’s education system is in the midst of a digital transformation. As classrooms become increasingly dependent on technology, tablets are beginning to replace textbooks and educational apps are transforming the way students interact with learning material. The adoption of technology..

Strangely, some guys from Oklahoma State University who wanted to drink beer at age 18, led to our CEO's meeting with Ru...
09/22/2020

Strangely, some guys from Oklahoma State University who wanted to drink beer at age 18, led to our CEO's meeting with Ruth Bader Ginsburg…and also gender equality in the United States.

The Supreme Court decision Craig v. Boren was a landmark case for gender equality, originating with several members of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at OSU in 1976. Then ACLU attorney Ginsburg brought the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trifecta CEO Brent Wheelbarger was lucky enough to be OSU Lambda Chi president in 1996 when the 20th anniversary of the case was celebrated...prompting Justice Ginsburg to pay OSU a visit.

"Helping to organize the anniversary event and spend a little time with Justice Ginsburg was a pivotal experience in my college career," said Brent. "It's amazing how Ginsburg turned a case for 'beer rights' into a precedent-setting case for gender equality."

If you have a little time, check out this great episode of Radio Lab on NPR, which covers it all: https://lnkd.in/gcQGgTW

The Coltrane Group augmented reality history project won the inaugural $15k Wonder Grant, starting a snowball that has a...
09/04/2020

The Coltrane Group augmented reality history project won the inaugural $15k Wonder Grant, starting a snowball that has also attracted assistance from Jeff Price gaming and animation students at Oklahoma City University and Ron Frantz’s architecture students with OU Institute for Quality Communities. Both groups will be working with Trifecta Communications to cover significantly more ground than the initial Wonder Grant would have provided.

Thanks to their contributions, this cool initiative to highlight historic black towns in Oklahoma will have even greater impact.

https://www.velocityokc.com/blog/economy/first-wonder-grant-winner-creating-virtual-train-ride-to-historic-boley/?back=super_blog

This very well may be the future....of history.  Trifecta is underway on the first Wonder Grant project with The Coltran...
08/21/2020
Grant-winners will give virtual tours of Oklahoma's historic black communities

This very well may be the future....of history.

Trifecta is underway on the first Wonder Grant project with The Coltrane Group. This initiative, as outlined in a recent story in The Oklahoman, is a great example of immersive history-telling through augmented reality. Don't just read about history, step into it!

https://oklahoman.com/article/5669565/grant-winners-will-give-virtual-tours-of-oklahomas-historic-black-communities

AUG 21, 2020 - For years, André Head and his wife, Jessilyn Hall Head, have worked to educate people about Oklahoma's 13 historic black towns with annual visits and tours. The coronavirus epidemic temporarily halted those trips, but with a little help, they'll soon have an option to take people on ...

The OK Wonder Grant was so successful, we’ve decided to form the Wonder Grant Group to offer additional grants from lead...
08/14/2020

The OK Wonder Grant was so successful, we’ve decided to form the Wonder Grant Group to offer additional grants from leading technology and innovation organizations. We see this as an ongoing opportunity to expand Oklahoma’s innovation ecosystem.

The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth will be administering this exciting endeavor.

More at www.okwondergrant.com

08/14/2020

The winner of the $15,000 OK Wonder Grant is...watch the video! Big thanks to our partner The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth.

Our incredibly talented selection panel includes
Dunlap Codding, Stacy Eads, LLC, NextThought, OneNet, Cage App, Oklahoma City University Petree College of Arts and Sciences.

More at www.okwondergrant.com

The Oklahoman published an article  on the OK Wonder Grant. Thanks to Dale Denwalt for the coverage!
07/13/2020
Local grant to fund high-tech ways of looking at the world

The Oklahoman published an article on the OK Wonder Grant. Thanks to Dale Denwalt for the coverage!

JUL 13, 2020 - A new $15,000 grant is available for Oklahoma-based organizations and companies to develop an artificial, virtual or mixed reality project. The deadline to apply for the Oklahoma Wonder Grant is August 14. The grant is sponsored by Trifecta Communications and the Ronnie K. Irani Cente...

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has been a great supporter in our endeavors and actively encourages projects that spur...
07/09/2020

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has been a great supporter in our endeavors and actively encourages projects that spur innovation and growth in our community like the OK Wonder Grant.

http://ow.ly/dTN450At84p

The Oklahoman published an article today on the OK Wonder Grant. Thanks to Dale Denwalt for the coverage!https://oklahom...
07/08/2020
Local grant to fund high-tech ways of looking at the world

The Oklahoman published an article today on the OK Wonder Grant. Thanks to Dale Denwalt for the coverage!
https://oklahoman.com/article/5666171/local-grant-to-fund-high-tech-ways-of-looking-at-the-world

JUL 8, 2020 - A new $15,000 grant is available for Oklahoma-based organizations and companies to develop an artificial, virtual or mixed reality project. The deadline to apply for the Oklahoma Wonder Grant is August 14. The grant is sponsored by Trifecta Communications and the Ronnie K. Irani Center...

Do you have questions about the $15,000 OK Wonder Grant? You still have time to register for the last live Q&A webinar o...
07/06/2020

Do you have questions about the $15,000 OK Wonder Grant? You still have time to register for the last live Q&A webinar on Wednesday, July 8 at 12pm. Grant applications close July 15th.

In collaboration with The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth.

Last year at this time, I found myself on a business trip in Washington DC…and stole away to the Smithsonian.  At the Mu...
07/03/2020

Last year at this time, I found myself on a business trip in Washington DC…and stole away to the Smithsonian. At the Museum of American History I came across a remarkable quote by Thomas Paine, written in 1776. He said, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”

It was a brash quote, written at a time when monarchies and autocracies were the norm and constitutional democracies unheard of.

Later at the Museum of African American History, I read a powerful quote by renowned author James Baldwin. He said, “The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it…history is literally present in all that we do.”

Together, these two quotes really got me thinking. If you’re going to start the world over again, both the good and bad aspects of history might have something to say about it.

Which led me to the picture you see below. It includes Trifecta President Armand McCoy and myself at the Lincoln Memorial, reading Lincoln’s second inaugural address. He wrote it during the worst of the Civil War. His comments seem to echo Paine’s…the idea of starting the world over again, without slavery....to build upon the best parts of our history, while outrunning the worst parts. As Baldwin made clear, it’s not an easy thing to outrun history…whichever part.

In America’s present moment, it feels very much like we’re at that kind of place again. A place where we stand on the shoulders of giants, while attempting to work through our historical imperfections. This led me to recall a display at the American History Museum which stated:

“We have dreams of America - THE NATION
of opportunity, the land of promise. We work
and move and struggle to realize our dreams.
WE BUILD, we rebuild. We succeed, we fail.
We agree, we disagree. We change. We learn.
We make the United States TOGETHER.”

I believe we can live into this by listening to each other; collaborating with each other; admitting to our flaws and striving through them…to make a more perfect union. Our forefathers remind us this kind of thing is never easy. But we owe it to our kids and grandkids to understand this unique moment and attempt to reinvent the world for the better…yet again.

From all of us at Trifecta Communications, happy 4th of July.

Brent Wheelbarger

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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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