The appointment of an expert on the US market to the Immersive VR Education board signals the Ireland-based company’s intent to take Engage global after a successful year
➨ Dr Harry Kloor, an education expert with a background in bringing science to the public, has joined the board of Immersive VR Education as a non-executive director
➨ Current non-executive director Mike Boyce is stepping down from the Immersive VR Education board to pursue other business interests
➨ Richard Cooper, chairman of Immersive VR Education, pinpointed Kloor’s deep experience in the education sector and in driving adoption of new technologies, “particularly in the important US marketplace”, as the motivation behind appointment
Immersive VR Education, developer of the Engage learning and collaboration platform, has strengthened its boardroom expertise with the appointment of Dr Harry Kloor, an education expert with a background in bringing science to the public, as a non-executive director.
The entrepreneur, scientist, technologist, educator, policy adviser, and Hollywood producer and writer takes up his new role with immediate effect.
Current non-executive director Mike Boyce is stepping down from the Immersive VR Education board to pursue other business interests. He will officially leave at the end of this month.
Kloor is chief executive officer and co-founder of Beyond Imagination, a company seeking to build general-purpose robotic humanoids.
His previous work as an adviser includes NASA, the US Senate and numerous science organisations.
He was also one of the five founding team members of XPrize, the non-profit organisation that designs and hosts public competitions intended to encourage technological development to benefit humanity.
Richard Cooper, chairman of Immersive VR Education, pinpointed Kloor’s deep experience in the education sector and in driving adoption of new technologies, “particularly in the important US marketplace”, as the motivation behind appointment.
Cooper said: “We look forward to his insight and support as we continue to deliver on our strategy and benefit from the increasing interest in VR in multiple sectors.”
He added: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Mike for his counsel and support since VR Education floated in 2018 and wish him well in the future.”
Kloor is “thrilled” to be joining the board of Immersive VR Education. He said: “I have spent decades immersed in XR technologies, and their applications in entertainment, medicine, social networking, and most importantly education.”
“The Engage platform is exactly what is needed in a world which is now working much more remotely than before. There is only so much you can do via video conferencing: looking at a flat screen is a poor substitute for really being at a location, but with Engage you can learn as if you are actually in a classroom, collaborate, or be entertained in so many different ways.”
“Engage shatters the barrier and fears many I think face when thinking about how to utilise VR environments, making it an easy system to fulfill one’s needs. I look forward to sharing my ideas and assisting the company as best as I can as a board member.”
Immersive VR Education’s appointment of an expert on the US market signals the Ireland-based company’s intent to take Engage global after a successful year.
The company signed up Tokyo Global Gateway, an English education facility in Japan, as a customer for Engage in July.
That agreement will see Tokyo Global Gateway use Engage to teach Japanese students and corporate clients how to speak English in everyday travel situations, such as arriving at an airport, checking into a hotel or ordering food at a restaurant.
The agreement with Tokyo Global Gateway in Japan followed the partnership struck with UK-based digital learning solutions provider Virtual College to collaborate on immersive training projects.
They have already identified commercial opportunities in healthcare, infrastructure, defence and security, and solutions created through the partnership will be available to customers across the UK, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
These agreements and partnerships came after HTC invested €3 million in exchange for a 20% stake in Immersive VR Education, which hosted the 2020 HTC Vive Ecosystem Conference on Engage following the outbreak of Covid-19.
Engage is also a key pillar of the new Vive XR Suite, a cloud software solution combining tools for remote collaboration, productivity, events, socialising and cultural content.
Main image: An immersive lecture from Oxford University recorded in real-time on Engage