Immerse at Edtechxasia

25 Nov, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, Tom and I took a trip out to Singapore to attend the EdTechXAsia conference. Featuring over 100 speakers from 20 countries, it was a fantastic opportunity to listen to a range of perspectives on the future of digital in the education space.

The Immerse VR stand again proved to be a huge success, with a constant flow of attendees donning the headset and being wowed. Also manning the stand was new Immerse MD for APAC, Viktor Cheng. Viktor has joined us to develop market expansion across the APAC region and this was his first chance to demo our VR platform to a wide range of people and see the amazing responses we get.

Speakers at the event included Dr. Janil Puthucheary (Minister of State, Ministry for Communication and Information & Ministry of Education for Singapore), Richard Culatta (Former Director of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education) and Sir Vince Cable (former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills). We managed to spend some time talking to Dr. Janil at our stand, and even managed to let Sir Vince experience VR first-hand.

Tom and I delivered a session on reinventing learning with Virtual Reality and 3D Technologies, detailing our belief that VR needs to move out of the confined single-player mode and into an experience that brings learners together. This prompted a number of questions around the role of VR in the classroom of the future and the barriers to entry. It also led to a series of discussions afterwards with people inspired by the concept, highlighting their own particular problems.

We also had some stimulating conversations with a number of representatives from technical and vocational colleges in Singapore, including Temasek Polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education. It’s clear these institutions are already developing their own VR content and looking for ways to exploit these assets across multiple people and campuses.

Overall, a great event and one we look forward to returning to in the future.