In late 2017, Clayton Doherty, WVRF’s President attended Asia VR Association – Singapore Virtual Reality Meetup Group on 28 November.

The Meetup was hosted by Ashia Thomas, Producer and CEO of Warrior9, whose latest project The PhoenIX is an animated sci-fi series in VR. 92 people were present at the event. The evening included speakers that covered the wisdom and woes of: developing the VR industry on a global scale, building a revolutionary travel business, and working on a groundbreaking hospital prototype. Plus, we heard about new SkillsFuture programmes that offer training opportunities and financial grants for employers and graduates in VR-related fields, and of course, shared everyone’s predictions for 2018!  

As a keynote speaker Doherty shared the purpose and history of the World VR Forum and its success of its Annual Summit in Crans-Montana. Other speakers included: Gus Neate, Founder of FlyVR who shared how his company aims to redefine customer engagement in airports using Virtual Reality. Its primary work is to build immersive experiences for passengers including a journey experience comparison between Economy, Business and First Class as well as an exciting flight orientation and safety demonstration; Roy Koo, Founder of Ignite VR shared Under The Sea VR, which won first prize at this year’s Global HIT (Health Innovation Technology) Challenge 2017. It’s an interactive experience that eases children who are anxious about breathing anaesthetic gas before an operation.

Patricia Tan, Nanyang Polytechnic – told us about Nanyang Poly’s new Specialist Diplomas in fields related to VR under the SkillsFuture programme. Both employers and employees who are recent poly grads have access to training opportunities and financial grants in the areas of UX Design & Management, Game Development, Digital Media Production and Visual Effects.