The podcast, hosted by Asha Easton, knowledge transfer manager at Immerse UK, will consider the both the challenges and opportunities arising from the Covid-19 crisis for immersive tech, and the changing legal and risk contexts in which they must be faced and taken
➨ What? Immerse UK: Implications of COVID-19 on the future of IP, Insurance, & Cybersecurity
➨ When? Today at 3pm GMT
➨ How much? Free
Immersive tech group Immerse UK is hosting a podcast this afternoon on the implications of Covid-19 for the future of three key subjects that developers and creators would do well to understand as they move from startup to established business.
Taking place at 3pm GMT this afternoon, the podcast, hosted by Asha Easton, knowledge transfer manager at Immerse UK, will consider the both the challenges and opportunities arising from the Covid-19 crisis for immersive tech, and the changing legal and risk contexts in which they must be faced and taken.
These are crucial points for immersive tech developers and creators to consider, if they are going to manage the challenges themselves, and take advantage of the opportunities presented in a safe and sustainable manager.
As the synopsis of the podcast asks: “Remote working, collaboration and communication are physically safer but what about the cyber security risks? VR and AR are coming into their own in terms of ventilator design, vaccine development, training and telemedicine, but what are the dangers of moving into these new areas?”
To answer these questions and assess whether existing intellectual property and insurance regimes are fit for purpose in the current climate, Easton will speak to lawyer Simon Portman and insurance broker Matthew Clark during the podcast.
Portman, a commercial contract and non-contentious intellectual property lawyer who heads up law firm Marks & Clerk’s extended reality team, told VRWorldTech that listeners can expect to hear how immersive tech is rising to the occasion by mitigating the effects of lockdown through virtual meetings, collaborations and product design; training for healthcare professionals, treatment of patients and the provision of mental health care; and immersive entertainment.
Portman and Clark will also highlight challenges such as adapting to new product lines and supply chains, the need to learn about new regulatory frameworks, liability under existing contracts made difficult by lockdown, and the cost and shortage of hardware.
Clark, of LaPlaya Insurance and one of the most experienced insurance brokers in the UK’s science and technology sectors, will focus on the risk and insurance issues. He told VRWorldTech: “Lockdown has forced firms into a new remote-working reality. This has a direct impact on firms’ exposures in cyber security (cyber criminals have been making hay during the lockdown), insurance of their assets while more widely distributed (eg, costly equipment at employee homes rather than in secure office), and directors’ liabilities and employee-related duty of care (mental health, safe working, etc).
“For some immersive clients, this also raises questions of how to work safely while creating content, either in or outside of the studio.”