Academy: code, tutorials, and lessons

The Mixed Reality Academy is a set of online step-by-step tutorials with corresponding project files:

  • The tutorials cover 100, 200, and 300 level topics, in which: 100-level covers project basics, 200-level covers core MR building blocks, and 300-level covers cloud service integration.
  • Most courses cover concepts applicable to both HoloLens and immersive (VR) headsets.
  • Each tutorial is organized by chapter, and most include video demonstrations of the key concepts.
  • A Windows 10 PC with the correct tools installed is a common prerequiste to complete each tutorial.


The Mixed Reality Academy tutorials were designed with HoloLens (1st gen) and Mixed Reality Immersive Headsets in mind. As such, we feel it is important to leave these tutorials in place for developers who are still looking for guidance in developing for those devices. These tutorials will not be updated with the latest toolsets or interactions being used for HoloLens 2. They will be maintained to continue working on the supported devices. There will be a new series of tutorials that will be posted in the future that will demonstrate how to develop for HoloLens 2. This notice will be updated with a link to those tutorials when they are posted.

We also have an in-person Mixed Reality Academy at the Reactor space in San Francisco. If you're looking for information about the physcial Academy space, or upcoming events, click here or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Microsoft Reactor

San Francisco-Reactor Space

The Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco

The Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco, located at 680 Folsom in SOMA, serves as the flagship location for the Mixed Reality Capture Studio and the Mixed Reality Academy. It is a place where developers and creators can begin their journey building mixed reality experiences for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Check for announcements of upcoming sessions, workshops, and hackathons