Boost your Virtual Reality Skills at Hedgehog Lab’s VR Academy
Newcastle’s Hedgehog Lab (Tech firm) is planning to launch a VR Academy to boost the region’s virtual reality skills.
It comes following the launch of its Immersive Technologies division and it’s currently working alongside Gateshead Council to find a site for the facility. One of the options being explored is the Baltic Digital Quarter.
“This sector is going to be getting very busy, very soon. The aim is therefore to fill the void in skills training and get people industry-ready as quickly as possible. I am also confident we can make the North East the place to be for VR development. We hope to get the biggest players in VR involved. Want people from a range of backgrounds — from graduates to those that show a natural creative and technical ability that doesn’t necessarily fit into the usual formal education route; we want the mavericks and those who dare to think differently.”
– Shaun Allan, Director of Immersive Technologies
The company says it plans to bring in 20–30 students initially, with the course lasting 6 months. Half of this would be spent on formal training, the other half on real-world projects in virtual, augmented or mixed reality.
“And we want them to feel they’ve accomplished something just by joining this initiative. We want it to be aspirational, in line with the hedgehog lab ethos.”