ImmerseUK – an industry-led, cross-sector network to help position the UK as a world leader in the application of immersive technologies – has today announced REWIND Founder and CEO Sol Rogers as its new Chair.
With world-class expertise, research and innovation taking place across the UK in industry verticals such as transport, health, films and games, ImmerseUK’s aim is to bring these sectors together to ensure UK business takes full advantage of the opportunity immersive technology provides. It achieves this through enabling knowledge transfer, making connections, facilitating collaboration and tapping into new areas for growth.
Managed by the Knowledge Transfer Network, ImmerseUK has seen rapid and significant growth since its launch in December 2016, with membership reaching near 1,000. Innovate UK has also confirmed two years of funding for the network.
Sol’s leadership and experience will ensure that the network’s ambitions for the UK immersive technology economy can be fully realised. Immediate priorities for the coming months will focus on business-to-business and business-to-research collaboration and innovation, an analysis of the UK’s immersive tech economy and ecosystem and benchmarking, as well as increasing access to funding, finance and investment.
Sol Rogers commented: "I feel honoured to be selected as the inaugural Chair of the ImmerseUK Steering Group and be a part of its mission to shape the future of the UK immersive industry technology sector. Having grown REWIND into a recognised industry leader in VR and AR content development, I am looking forward to taking a wealth of experience and learning into the role to guide ImmerseUK through an exciting period of growth and development for us all."
Fiona Kilkelly, Creative Industries Specialist, Knowledge Transfer Network, said: “We are delighted that Sol has agreed to be the Chair of Immerse UK. With his experience and in-depth knowledge of this emerging sector, he will lead and help shape the network and its priorities, to ensure there is value to all members and the UK economy as a whole’’