Upload Launches Next-Gen VR & AR Education Programs Developed by VR Industry Pioneer, Educator and Inventor, Dr. Jacki Morie
Bringing More Than 25 Years of VR Experience to Upload, Morie Has Developed a New Slate of Immersive Curriculum to Make Upload’s Mission a Reality: To be the World Recognized Mecca of VR and AR Education
LOS ANGELES, CA – February 1, 2018 — Upload, Inc., a leading virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR, collectively XR) company focused on accelerating the growth and promise of XR, announces that Dr. Jacki Morie, virtual reality legend and pioneer, officially joined the Company as Vice President of Education in late fall of last year and has since been developing a new slate of hands-on courses for future leaders in VR, AR, and AI. Jacki’s impressive career includes creating the first computer animation training programs for Walt Disney Feature Animation, helping to found the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at USC, and working with DARPA, NASA and other government agencies to drive VR forward. This strategic addition furthers Upload in its mission to positively impact all XR industries by leading the way in immersive education.
On February 19th, the Company will launch its one-week intensive Introduction to AR course, designed for those looking to enter the world of AR development and build their professional network. Later this year, Upload will add courses focused on WebXR, Immersive Performance, XR + Artificial Intelligence, XR + Blockchain and The Business of XR. Starting January 22nd, Upload started three new cohorts of its flagship ten-week Introduction to VR Development course at their San Francisco and Los Angeles locations.
“I’m glad to be on board and working with the team at Upload as they continue to grow the industry and advance what’s possible in immersive education,” said Morie. “My passions lie with projects that challenge me to do good for the community and advance VR, AR and related technologies. In my role at Upload, I am able to help create a future with a focus on the diverse audiences immersive technologies can serve, and also to educate creators from a wide range of backgrounds, thus helping to enrich the entire ecosystem. The Upload team has incredible plans in the works, and I’m excited to take this next step with them to accelerate the future of immersive media.”
Bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in developing research in the field of VR, Jacki joins the team at Upload eager to push the boundaries of immersive education and strengthen the industry’s core community to foster creativity and innovation in the field. Morie is no stranger to exploring uncharted lands in the world of VR. Her pioneering work started in 1989 at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training in Orlando Florida, where she developed techniques to make VR environments more immersive and emotionally compelling, ultimately being the first person to show VR work at a national film festival, The Florida Film Festival in 1992 and 1993. Her recent work has involved expanding VR research to include neuroscience and avatars, developing methods to determine how such technologies can affect positive change and accelerated learning.
“Since getting into VR in 2014, we have looked up to Jacki as one of the premier thought leaders in the industry and it’s a tremendous honor to have her on the team. It’s evident that her deep expertise and passion will quickly advance Upload’s educational mission to leverage tools like immersive technology and AI to radically increase humanity’s ability to learn,” said Taylor Freeman, CEO and co-founder at Upload. “We are thrilled to have her on the team as our VP of Education, knowing that she’ll not only guide this industry as a whole in the right direction, but that she’ll also teach us an endless amount along the way.”
ABOUT UPLOAD, INC.
Upload, Inc. is a technology, education, and media company focused on accelerating the growth and adoption of immersive technology (AR/VR and associated industries collectively known as XR). Upload’s team is passionate about cultivating leaders and building an inspired community focused on bringing immersive technology to life in a way that creates a positive impact on the future.
Upload, Inc. believes that immersive technology is transforming the way people learn, connect and understand the world around them. Through the company’s primary domains – XR skills training, enterprise programs, startup co-working, events and news media – Upload unifies the XR ecosystem and is leading the use of this technology to enhance the ways in which humanity learns.