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Digital Catapult Announces New Head Of Immersive

As we often say on our regular Sunday feature, The VR Job Hub, the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries are always changing, always moving and there are always new opportunities in each for those looking for a change for those either already in it or looking for a change. And as we have already seen this week there are always new investors, new partners and new roles being filled.

The latest company to announce a new post is UK-based Digital Catapult, which works to encourage technological innovation in the UK with the goal of helping the UK thrives in an increasingly tech-based world and remain at the forefront of that technolgical evolution. The company has today announced that Aurelien Simon has been appointed as their new Head of Immersive.

Simon was previously Head of VR at Unit9 where he led immersive projects for the likes of Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Oculus Rift, which included working on the award winning Samsung: Bedtime VR Stories. Simon is said to be taking on a new remit at Digital Catapult, identifying how immersive technologies can disrupt businesses, sectors and the wider
economy.

“We’re getting close to the next wave in immersive, where hardware improvements, price reductions and more
sophisticated content will strengthen the overall experience and make it easier for people and organisations to engage.” Said Simon on his new role, “For immersive technologies to really take off, it is vital that content creators fully
understand the language of VR and AR and create content with relevance, either that is fitting to a consumer audience or relevant to a specific business or market need. Digital Catapult is uniquely placed to facilitate interactions across all parties and become the innovation hub for the industry in the UK. The opportunity to play a part in that is hugely exciting.”

Digital Catapult’s CEO Dr. Jeremy Silver added: “We are delighted to welcome Aurelien Simon to Digital Catapult. His previous work at Unit9 was exemplary and his appointment is the latest in our drive to hire great talent across our focus areas. Aurelien’s wealth of expertise will add tremendous value to our ongoing work in the immersive sector. We are helping to make the UK the best place in the world to create content and applications for Immersive experiences and Aurelien is already contributing significantly to this effort.”

VRFocus will bring you more news on Digital Catapult’s work with VR and related technologies when they reveal it.

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