08.18.17 / Virtual Reality

Samsung Partners with BGCA to Launch Galaxy Studio in D.C.

A young member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington inside the 360 Photo Booth at Samsung’s Galaxy Studio D.C.
A young member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington inside the 360 Photo Booth at Samsung’s Galaxy Studio D.C.

On July 27, Samsung celebrated the launch of the Galaxy Studio in Washington, D.C., where guests were able to get hands-on experience and explore the latest Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Gear VR with Controller and Gear 360. The grand opening was hosted by on-air personality and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) brand ambassador Nick Cannon, and featured a live musical performance by Country music star and BGCA supporter Martina McBride. Samsung donated $100,000 to BGCA in support of the local Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, highlighting how the organization is positively impacting and creating change within D.C.’s youth.

Since 2014, Samsung has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a shared commitment to empower youth to explore a future in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This partnership is part of Samsung’s corporate citizenship initiative to support children’s education, health and well-being. Together, Samsung and BGCA have developed programs designed to provide STEM learning opportunities and engage in STEM related projects and activities to foster this commitment and help build the future leaders of tomorrow.

Nick Cannon and members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington get a hands-on experience at Samsung’s Galaxy Studio D.C.
Nick Cannon and members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington get a hands-on experience at Samsung’s Galaxy Studio D.C.

“As a company, we aspire to create meaningful, long-lasting change and impact in the communities we work and live in, and empower and inspire doers,” said Zack Overton, VP of Customer Experience and General Manager of 837, Samsung Electronics America. “We are excited to celebrate the official launch of our Galaxy Studio in Washington, D.C., as well as engage our friends at the local chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to further help in their mission to inspire and prepare the next generation of creators here in D.C.”

“Boys & Girls Clubs of America is so grateful for Samsung’s partnership,” said Edwin Link, National Vice President, Education Foundation and Academic Innovation at Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  “Through Samsung’s support and contributions, we will continue to ignite kids and teens’ interest in STEM as they look to their futures.”

Martina McBride performs at the grand opening of Samsung’s Galaxy Studio D.C. in Union Station
Martina McBride performs at the grand opening of Samsung’s Galaxy Studio D.C. in Union Station

The Galaxy Studio is located on the Metro Level in the historic Union Station, a major transportation hub and retail destination within Washington, D.C. Guests can visit the Galaxy Studio to purchase the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, get one-on-one onboarding to their new device, use Smart Switch to transfer all their files and access exclusive promotions onsite. Guests can also experience Samsung’s innovative technology via several engaging product experiences including:

Liquid Canvas Turn selfies into art. Experience the Galaxy S8’s IP68 function and transform a selfie into ink, oil or liquid die portrait.

360° Photo Experience the moment of standing in a mystical whirlwind in a cylindrical room, while capturing it all on a Samsung Gear 360.

4D Theater Plot your own adventure with Space Battle using a Samsung VR with Controller in Samsung’s 4D Gear VR Theater.

The Samsung Customer Care team will be on-site to assist with Level 1 services, which includes software recovery, software updates, device troubleshooting, software data transfer, and device education for Galaxy devices. Galaxy S8 and S8+ customers can also sign up for Samsung’s new Premium Care, which will cover everything from set up to troubleshooting to repair and replacement, with a team of experts ready to get it done anytime and anywhere.

Samsung Galaxy Studios are currently open in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit samsung.com/us/galaxy-studios.

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